I began getting involved in ‘Spell the Month in Books’ on Instagram last year, having come across the hashtag and decided it looked like fun. If you don’t know, the idea is that you gather together a bookstack of titles and create the name of the relevant month with the first letter of the title of each book.
This year, I have decided to try and find books that fit into the crime and/or mystery category, and which I currently have in paperback in my bookcases. I can tell you already that finding certain letters of the month has been a challenge, and as much as I would love not to repeat a book in the twelve bookstacks for the year, I get the distinct feeling that there might be one or two that I have no choice to repeat, unless I go out and deliberately buy books beginning with specific letters! I’m resisting doing that, as I have so many unread books that I’m determined to use ones I’ve got.
This is my chosen Spell the Month in Books bookstack for January:
Jamaica Inn – Daphne du Maurer
Among the Mad – Jacqueline Winspear
Nemesis – Agatha Christie
Under the Dragon’s Tail – Maureen Jennings
A Shilling for Candles – Josephine Tey
Return of Sherlock Holmes (The) – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
You Let Me In – Lucy Clarke
You’ll notice a few Golden Age (or modern versions of Golden Age) mysteries among this lot – and being the Agatha Christie obsessive that I am, I couldn’t resist adding one in. However, this group ranges from Victorian to contemporary, and spans detective, suspense and thriller books.[Read more…] about Spell the Month in Books: January