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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2. Jan Costin Wagner, Silence (2011 )
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 )
Argentinian. An excellent crime novel, which paints a searing portrait of 1970s Argentina under military rule 5 stars
5. Shuichi Yoshida, Villain (2011 )
Japanese. A gripping dissection of a murder and its repercussions 5 stars
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!