Double celebration…and wishing you a Happy 2012!

Today Mrs P. celebrates not falling over while ice-skating and reaching the milestone of 70,000 hits on the Mrs. Peabody Investigates blog :)

To close out the year, here are two lists: 5 popular Mrs P. posts from the 60 published in 2011, and Mrs Peabody’s top 5 reads of the year.

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5 of the most popular Mrs P. posts of 2011:

1. BBC4′s The Killing Series 1 [Danish crime TV]

This was the first of a number of Mrs P. posts on the Danish drama Forbrydelsen, whose instant popularity took everyone by surprise (not least BBC4). If you haven’t seen it yet, make doing so one of your resolutions for 2012. Outstanding.

2. BBC1′s Zen [British / Italian crime TV]

My review of the TV series based on Michael Dibdin’s ‘Aurelio Zen’ novels, starring the delectable Rufus Sewell. The BBC, somewhat oddly, decided not to commission a second series.

ZEN (high res)

3. Crime novels that make you want to rant: Philip Kerr’s Field Grey [British / German crime fiction]

This was a lament or a rant, depending on your point of view, which examined Philip Kerr’s seventh Bernie Gunther novel in the context of the previous six books in the series. The eighth, Prague Fatale, which I have yet to read, was released in October 2011.

4. Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy [Danish crime fiction]

A review of one of my standout novels of the year, and the first in this Danish author’s Department Q series. The second, Disgrace, is due out with Penguin in June 2012.

jacket image for Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen - large version

5. Matsumoto’s Inspector Imanishi Investigates [Japanese crime fiction]

This was one of my early posts, and remains a favourite – a review of a Japanese classic from 1961, which still holds up extremely well today.

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Mrs Peabody’s top 5 reads of 2011 (in alphabetical order as I can’t bring myself to rank them):

1. Jussi Adler-Olsen, Mercy (2011 [first published in 2008])

Danish. A bravura start to the Department Q series: powerful, gripping and moving in equal measure. Features a strong and compelling female protagonist  5 stars

jacket image for Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen - large version

2. Jan Costin Wagner, Silence (2011 [2007])

German author / Finnish setting. The second novel in the Kimmo Joentaa series. An absorbing police procedural and a sensitive portrayal of grief  5 stars

3. Sam Hawken, The Dead Women of Juárez (2011)

American. An outstanding crime novel set in the corrupt Mexican border city of Juárez, infamous for its high rate of ‘feminicidios’ (female homicides) 5 stars  

4. Ernesto Mallo, Needle in a Haystack (2010 [2006])

Argentinian. An excellent crime novel, which paints a searing portrait of 1970s Argentina under military rule  5 stars

5. Shuichi Yoshida, Villain (2011 [2007])

Japanese. A gripping dissection of a murder and its repercussions  5 stars

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Many thanks to everyone for reading and - most importantly - for contributing in such an illuminating and generous way to the discussions on this blog in 2011.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2012!

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7 Responses to Double celebration…and wishing you a Happy 2012!

  1. Maxine says:

    Some great posts, and books, there Mrs Pea! Of the ones I’ve read, I could not agree more with almost all of them – either excellent or very good in my book. And well done on the ice skating ;-)

  2. lovely idea for a post and I like your choices for best books, I like the ones I have read on your list very much too. I am now going to imagie ice skating for a while…it’s going to get to 40 here today and I hate the heat. Wishing you continued happy reaing for 2012.

  3. kathy d. says:

    First, I am shocked that the Aurelio Zen series starring the delicious Rufus Sewell was not renewed? Was someone asleep at the wheel? And where were those polling calls, especially of women viewers who adore Sewell, some men too, I’m sure. Have they lost their moorings? How could anyone cancel this series? It’s 50 times better than most of what’s on tv in the states.
    Glad to hear Jussi Adler-Olsen’s second book is coming out next year. (A friend is now reading the first, Mercy,” but has nightmares about Merete’s plight and is up all night upset, but then asks me, “But, when is the author’s next book coming out?”)
    Great list. Can’t wait for the 2012 books.

    • Mrs P. says:

      Yes, Kathy, I totally agree! Asleep at the wheel. I saw rumours that Zen might be picked up by another broadcaster over on the ‘It’s a Crime…’ blog, but am not sure what the situation is at present. Will check this up.

      Wishing you a very happy 2012 with lots of great reading. I’ll look forward to more discussions in the course of the year!

  4. suzigun says:

    Congratulations on your celebrations! I spotted two entries there for Mercy – one of the books that “Santa” brought me, which I’m very much looking forward to reading.
    All the best for 2012!

    • Mrs P. says:

      Thanks, suzigun – and I hope very much that you enjoy Mercy. Pretty much everyone in the crime blogosphere seemed to have rated this a standout novel for 2011. All best wishes for a grand 2012!

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