50 Books To Read If You’re An Armchair Detective by Eric Karl Anderson @lonesomereader @murdochbooksUK @randomttours #50BooksToRead #armchairdetective

Happy Thursday everyone! The weekend is almost here so maybe you’re looking for a new read? Maybe I can tempt you with this book? It might make your reading pile grow even more 🤣

My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and for my-copy of 50 Books To Read If You’re An Armchair Detective.

The Blurb

50 Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective is the perfect gift for book-loving friends.

Part of a new series of gift books celebrating books and reading, 50 Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective is packed full of inspiration for fans of cosy crime to discover lesser-known books and revisit forgotten classics.

Whether you’re a Richard Osman fan or a Sherlock Holmes devotee, bibliophile and book blogger Eric Karl Anderson will introduce you to some new and unexpected novels. The book includes an interactive element with space for star ratings, lists of favourite reads, thoughts and dates for beginning and finishing books.

Encompassing a range of authors and books, from classic to contemporary, 50 Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective offers the lucky reader plenty of scope to discover the best cosy crime books across the globe.

What Did I Think?

I don’t know about you but I really don’t need any more books but need is very different to want. So reading a book recommending 50 crime novels was always going to be up my street.

The format of the book is a short resume of the book in question; not the blurb, more Anderson’s take on the book. No covers, no blurb. Kind of a blind date with a crime novel. A crime fiction reader’s heaven!

In reading 50 Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective, I had my eyes opened to new authors that I might not have considered based on a cover or a blurb. Anderson rewrote the marketing in a way that appealed to me.

Anderson caters for all tastes across the very varied crime fiction genre. He includes a number of historical based reads, some from the Golden Age and some written in more modern times. Not all the books chosen are straight murder mystery, Anderson throws into the mix a couple with a supernatural twist. Then there is the locations – you could circumnavigate the world with settings from around the world, south of France, the Caribbean, Bolivia, the Far East as well as good old Blighty.

50 Books to Read If You’re an Armchair Detective is a short read packed with recommendations to get those “little grey cells” working. This crime fiction reader’s wish list grew considerably during the reading of this book. I’d recommend getting the paperback as the format allows you to add your own rating to the novel!

Who Is Eric Karl Anderson?

Eric Karl Anderson, aka the Lonesome Reader, hails from Maine and has lived in the UK for many years. He started a reading blog to record his thoughts on the books he was reading and he now reviews books for several publishers across his socials, including his popular YouTube channel. As well as having his own novel and short stories published, he’s been on the judging panels of numerous literary awards including The British Book Awards (2017) and The Costa Book Awards (2020). RuPaul praised his blog on his podcast ‘What’s the Tee?‘ after Eric recommended he read Damon Galgut’s novel Arctic Summer.



3 thoughts on “50 Books To Read If You’re An Armchair Detective by Eric Karl Anderson @lonesomereader @murdochbooksUK @randomttours #50BooksToRead #armchairdetective

  1. Okay so… a book about books to read… not sure I would buy that kind of thing, to be honest. I mean, I’d rather read about these books from a blog post or in a magazine.


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