Wednesday, the 6th of February and time again for another Shelf Control post. Shelf Control is a feature created by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies and is all about celebrating the books waiting to be read on your TBR pile. To participate, simply pick a book from your TBR and write a post about it, and link back to Lisa’s page. I’d also love to read about your selections, so do leave a link in the comments as well.
This month my ‘theme’ is historical mysteries (my post on my reading plans for February is here), and like I did last month, for Shelf Control too, I want to try and pick historical mysteries to feature (trouble is, I’ve covered so many previously in these posts, not sure how many I have left 😛 ). Anyway, so my pick for this week is one of my most recent acquisitions, The Riddle at Gypsy’s Mile by Clara Benson, book four in her Angela Marchmont series.
The Story: The Angela Marchmont series is set in 1920s England, and in this one, Angela Marchmont stumbles on the disfigured body of a woman, when lost at Romney Marsh. Who she was and what she was doing in such a remote place are questions that Angela must answer. This takes her to various places, from a stately home, to a fashionable and disreputable nightclub, and the world of jazz music.
The Author: Clara Benson was fascinated by Golden Age mysteries, the works of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Josephine Tey among them, and in writing the Angela Marchmont series set out to emulate their tone and style. When she published the first book, it was with a fictitious backstory, according to her to see if the book could pass muster as a golden age mystery.
Why I want to read it: Both because this is a historical mystery which I really enjoy, and also because I’ve rather enjoyed the first three books of this series which I’ve read so far. While Angela Marchmont is mostly on the sidelines in the first book, the character develops a little more in the second and third, and I’ve enjoyed all three books even when I did manage to guess (at least in book 1) whodunit. (My reviews of the first three books are here, here, and here).
Have you read any books in this series (Book 1 by the way is free on Kindle)? Which one/s and how did you like them? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!