It’s been good reading time already, so here’s the start of this year’s books!
1. “Bring me Home” by Alan Titchmarsh
Family drama set in the highlands of Scotland from the 1950’s onwards. Very enjoyable.
2. “Aunt Jane of Kentucky” by Eliza Calvert Hall
Lovely mix of stories from another era, as told by Aunt Jane.
3. “Empire Girls” by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
Set just after WW1, this novel follows the fortunes of two country girls as they venture to New York City in the time of Prohibition.
4. “This Heart of Mine” by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
Small intro setting the scene for the next book…..
5. “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
Two women in the USA enter into an unlikely correspondence, sharing their fears of their men fighting in WWII.
6. “Hostile Witness” by Rebecca Forster
Legal/thriller with the main character Josie Bates
7. “Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders” by Gyles Brandreth
Using Oscare Wilde as the protagonist, a series of murders awaits his solving.
8. “Hamilton” by Catherine Cookson
Follows the (mis)fortunes of a young women in northern England in the 1960’s
9. “Goodbye Hamilton” by Catherine Cookson
10. “Harold” by Catherine Cookson
Both the above continue the story.
11. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty
Australian drama, with such a twist!
12. “Frenchman’s Creek” by Daphne du Maurier
One of those books you think you’ve read.
13. “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” by Jack Mayer
Follows the lives of three young school girls as they discover the true story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic woman who saved more Jewish children than Schindler but remains largely unknown. Harrowing but remarkable.
14. “Oxcrimes” various authors
27 great crime stories from the cream of the crime writers’ world. I’ve discovered some great new authors and the proceeds from the book go to Oxfam – we all win!
15. “The Twelve” by Stuart Neville
Thriller based on happenings during Northern Ireland’s recent sad past.
16. “The Invisible Ones” by Stef Penney
Mystery surrounding a missing woman
17. “Sleepyhead” by Mark Billingham
Thriller regarding strange “natural” deaths
18. “Last Rituals” by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Icelandic murder mystery
19. “Forgotten Witness” by Rebecca Forster
Another in the Josie Bates series
20. “Silver Meadow” by Barry Maitland
UK based murder mystery with DCI Brock
21. “Chocolate Girls” by Annie Murray
Follows the fortunes of friends working at a chocolate factory in the UK at the start of WWII.
22. “Apart at the Seams” by Marie Bostwick
Another in the Cobbled Court Quilts series – light hearted fun.
23. “Lazy Bones” by Mark Billingham
Crime/thriller where perpetrators are the ones being murdered
24. “Private” by James Patterson
First in a series based around the world’s most exclusive detective agency
25. “Promises to Keep” by Patricia Sands
A story of falling in love in the South of France
26. “The Villa” by Rosanna Ley
Family drama set in the UK and Sicily
27. “The Skeleton Road” by Val McDermid
Gotta love anything by Val McDermid!
28. “Dead Heat” by Bronwyn Parry
Adventures of a park ranger in the outback of New South Wales. Great Aussie yarn
29. “The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
It was time to read this…….again!
30. “Death in Zanzibar” by M. M. Kaye
Murder, mystery and romance on the exotic “Isle of Cloves”. Love these books; set in the 1950/60’s
31. “Death in Cypress” by M. M. Kaye
More murder, mystery and romance
31. “Apple Tree Yard” by Louise Doughty
Two wrongs don’t make a right……. Very different mystery.
32. “Tennison” by Lynda La Plante
Goes back to Jane Tennison’s beginnings in the police force.
33. “Storm Clouds” by Bronwyn Parry
Australian romantic suspense.
34. “Northanger Abbey” by Val McDermid
A slightly different take on the traditional version!
35. “The Homestead Girls” by Fiona McArthur
A story of friendship set in the Australian outback
36. “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty
Another Australian author; suburban intrigue.
37. “The Promise of Provence” by Patricia Sands
Gentle story of love and life in Provence
38. “Raven Black” by Ann Cleeves
Murder mystery set in the Shetand Isles.
39. “The Crow Trap” by Ann Cleeves
The first of the Vera Stanhope novels.
40. “Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson
Intriguing look at what could happen if a different path is taken in life.
41. “Telling Tales” by Ann Cleeves
The second Vera mystery.
42. “Emma” by Alexander McCall Smith
Another of the modern takes on a classic
43. “Still Waters” by Viveca Sten
More Scandi crime
44. “Another Good Killing” by Stephen Puleston
Another crime novel, this time set in Wales
45. “A Single to Filey” by Michael Murray
More British crime
46. “Worse Than Dead” by Stephen Puleston
47. “Death of a Temptress” by P. F Ford
48. “On Laughton Moor” by Lisa Hartley
More crime, this time with a woman DS as the lead
49. “Double Dealing” by Lisa Hartley
50. “Where Eagles Dare” by Alistair McLean
The novel of one of my (and Dad’s) favourite movies
51. “The Distant Echo” by Val McDermid
Love this woman’s writing!
52. “Splinter the Silence” by Val McDermid
The latest Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel
53. “Doors Open” by Ian Rankin
Saw the telemovie and decided to read the novel too.
54. “Booked for Murder” by Val McDermid