It's not like I'm a professional reviewer or anything, just a reader who enjoys good crime fiction, the edgier the better. But every year I read and post my thoughts about the books that are on the CWA International Dagger shortlist. This year's books are (linked to my reviews):
You'll notice that there's no link to the book by Parot; I bought it from the UK, started to read it, and realized it was #5 in a series. Well, no can do. I'm by nature a series purist -- must read books in their publication order to keep up with all of the backstories, characters etc. and right now I don't have enough time for that. So, I gave the book to one of my blogger friends, something I do every so often.
My choice for the International Dagger is Mallo's Needle in a Haystack. I read this book back in November and still find myself thinking about it every now and then. It is everything I love about crime fiction -- strong characters, great plot, setting and above all, good writing. Plus it's set in a time period in which I have a strong interest. If I was voting on second place (if there were such a thing), it would be Villar's Death on a Galician Shore... another piece of solid crime fiction done by a very good writer. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the others, but there does have to be a winner, right?
Is anyone who might possibly read this an International Dagger shortlist enthusiast? I'd love to know your choice.