Every time I read one of Mike Ripley’s “Getting Away with Murder” columns in Shots, my to-be-read list gets just a wee bit longer (read: that much further out of control). The consequences of perusing his new, May installment may finally be catastrophic for my bookcases.
In this piece he touts the latest novel by South African crime writer Deon Meyer, Thirteen Hours (due out in the States in September), as well as David Downing’s fourth historical thriller, Potsdam Station; endorses a new Pan Macmillan imprint, editor Maria Rejt’s Mantle; enthuses over Requiems for the Departed, a collection of short stories inspired by Irish mythology, edited by Gerard Brennan and Mike Stone; and speaks highly of Appleby Talks About Crime, a collection of Michael Innes’ tales featuring donnish sleuth John Appleby. Ripley also mentions, in passing, oft-overlooked scribbler Peter Fleming (brother of the more famous Ian); the pernicious, wholly monotonous trend in “running man” book covers; and AbeBooks’ rundown of the “top ten train thrillers.”
You’ll find the full text of “Getting Away with Murder” here.