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Books read in March 2011

Here are the books I read in March, along with a couple from February that I carried over. Links led to longer reviews in my book journal.

Book 23: The Ice Princess ( Erica Falck /Patrik Hedstrom 01) by Camilla Lackberg, 2002. Translated from Swedish by Steven T. Murray, 2008. 465 pages. Lackberg has been described as the 'Swedish Agatha Christie' and reading this engaging whodunit, I can appreciate why.
Book 24: Undead and Unwelcome (Queen Betsy 08) by MaryJanice Davidson, 2009. Unabridged audiobook read by Nancy Wu. Completes the loose trilogy that began with Undead and Uneasy and also crosses over with Davidson's other ongoing series, The Wyndham Werewolves. Reviews of Books 23 & 24 here.

Book 25: The Sandman: The Dream Hunters story by Neil Gaiman; illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano, 1999. 130 pages. A beautifully illustrated novella that tells the tale of a fox spirit who falls in love with a young Buddhist monk and encounters the King of All Night's Dreaming. My review here.

Book 26: South Riding: an English Landscape by Winifred Holtby, 1936. 560 pages. A down-to-earth modern classic that explores local politics, social class and sexual goings on in 1930s Yorkshire. My review here.

Book 27: 2666: a Novel by Roberto Bolaño, 2004. English translation by Natasha Wimmer, 2008. 912 pages. An imperfect yet magnificent post-modern novel, written with intelligence and passion. It took me ages to read but was well worth the time. My review here.

Book 28: Sister by Rosamund Lupton, 2010. 375 pages. An unusual crime novel that focuses on a woman's search for her missing younger sister in London.
Book 29: The Woods by Harlan Coben, 2007. 442 pages. A straightforward crime thriller also involving a sister. Reviews of Books 28 & 29 here.

Book 30: Le Bal by Irène Némirovsky, 1930/1. Translated from French by Sandra Smith, 2007. 106 pages. Two short novellas that explore issues of exile and social class in Russia and France.
Book 31: The Dogs and the Wolves by Irène Némirovsky, 1940. Translated from French by Sandra Smith, 2010. 224 pages. Explores the experiences of two branches of a Jewish family, one rich and one poor, during the Ukrainian pogroms and later as exiles in Paris.
Book 32: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 2001. Translated from Spanish by Lucia Graves, 2004. 510 pages. A re-read of this multi-layered novel that combines a coming-of-age story with an intriguing literary mystery. Reviews of Books 30-32 here.

Book 33: Death and the Maiden (Liebermann Files 06) by Frank Tallis, 2011. 374 pages. One of my favourite series of historical murder mysteries set in 1903 Vienna. My review here.

Book 34: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, 2011. 608 pages. I had a very mixed response to this novel which could be summed up as Harry Potter (without the charm and whimsy) meets The Da Vinci Code (without the religious controversy) via Twilight (without the sparkles). So witches, vampires, a soppy romance and a mystery linked to an ancient manuscript. Well, at least the history was solid. My review here.
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