2017 Books

  1.  “Out of Bounds” by Val McDermid

Crime novel by this most skilled author – love reading her works.

2.  “The Revolving Door of Life” by Alexander McCall Smith

Another delightful tale of the doings at 44 Scotland Street

3.  “Panic Button” A Button Box Mystery by Kylie Logan

Murder mystery set in Chicago with the owner of a button shop as the protagonist.

4.  “Bertie Plays the Blues” by Alexander McCall Smith

Bertie puts himself up for adoption on e-bay.  Poor Bertie!

5.  “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection” by Alexander McCall Smith

Lovely, gentle read.  All the more poignant after seeing the movie “A United Kingdom” about Botswana.

6.  “Poison Ivy” by Cynthia Riggs (A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery)

Murder mystery set in Martha’s Vineyard.

7.  “Sunshine on Scotland Street” by Alexander McCall Smith

Another in this series – delightful.

8.  “The Long Way Home” by Louise Penny (A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)

Murder mystery set in a small town in Quebec.  (Another of those “we ain’t going there, they all get killed” towns!)

9.  “The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe” by Alexander McCall Smith

Things go a bit awry when one of the detectives opens a cafe.

10.  “Night School” by Lee Child

The latest in the Jack Reacher series

11.  “The Songbird” by Marcia Willett

Family drama set in the UK’s West Country.

12.  “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley

What led to this private jet crashing into the ocean?

13.  “The Bertie Project” by Alexander McCall Smith

I just l0ve this series!

14.  “When the Music’s Over” by Peter Robinson

Another in the DCI Banks series (yep, these are the books that the show is based on)

15.  “Penance” by Kate O’Riordan

As the cover says, “a disturbing thriller of obsession and family secrets”

16.  “The Silent Dead” by Claire McGowan

A harrowing story of Northern Ireland’s troubles

17.  “The Girl from Venice” by Martin Cruz Smith

The Golfer gave me this one for my birthday; set in Venice at the very end of WWII.  Really enjoyed it.

18. “The Widow” by Fiona Barton

Psychological thriller set in London – hard to put down.

19.  “The Dead of Winter” by Jane A Adams

Along the lines of an Agatha Christie, but set in today’s times.

20.  “Tapestry of Fortunes” by Elizabeth Berg

Story of 4 middle aged women who venture into their past to find their futures.

21.  “Hour of the Wolf” by Hakan Nesser

Great Skandi crime.  Hadn’t read this author before, but will be searching out more.

22.  “Paving the New Road” by Sulari Gentill

The next in the Rowland Sinclair Mystery series.

23.  “In the Darkness” by Karin Fossum

More Skandi crime – a very different way of telling the story, and very much about the psychology of the criminal mind.  More please!

24.  “A Mersey Mile” by Ruth Hamilton

Family drama set in Liverpool post WW2

25.  “Secrets of the Sewing Bee” by Kate Thompson

Set in London’s East End at the start of the Blitz and following the fortunes of women working in a garment factory.

26.  “Abattoir Blues” by Peter Robinson

Another DCI Banks novel (can’t help but picture the tv characters when reading these now)

27.  “The Water’s Edge” by Karin Fossum

An Inspector Sejer mystery.

28.  “Broken” by Karin Fossum

An intriguing set up; “a writer wakes one night to find a strange man in her bedroom.  He is a character she has invented, but not yet used, and so desperate is he to have his story told that he has resorted to breaking into her house.” Gripping and so unusual.

29.  “The Return” by Hakan Nesser

A Chief Inspector Van Veeteren mystery.

30.  “hellfire” by Karin Fossum

Another brilliant murder mystery.

31.  “Bryant and May – Strange Tide” by Christopher Fowler

New author to me.  Modern day crime with old fashioned coppers set in London.  Quite enjoyable.

32.  “Get Even” by Martina Cole

Set in the underworld of London.  Far too much gratuitous violence and bad language for my liking.  Don’t think I’ll get another.

33.  “Gentlemen Formerly Dressed” by Sulari Gentill

Rowland and his friends are in Germany and things are not looking good.

34.  “A Murder Unmentioned” by Sulari Gentill

This is the best one yet!  Rowly and his friends are in all sorts of trouble.

35.  “The Pink Pepper Tree” by Muriel Bolger

Gentle, escapist read

36.  “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

The book upon which the recent movie is based.  Fantasy and magical.

37.  “Ocean Child” by Tamara McKinley

Family saga set in Tasmania.  Lovely read.

38.  “As Serious as Death” by Quintin Jardine

Crime novel with Primavera Blackstone as the lead character.

39.  “Stay of Execution” by Quintin Jardine

Crime again, this time with Bob Skinner as the lead character.

40.  “Murder 101” by Faye Kellerman

A Decker/Lazarus crime drama

41.  “The Murder of Harriet Krohn” by Karin Fossum

Another great psychological thriller from Karin

42.  “The Bean Patch” by Shirley Painter

A disturbing true story of a young girl growing up in a volatile household in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

43.  “Hidden Killers” by Lynda la Plante

The second in the young WPC Jane Tennison series.

44.  “Visions in Death” by J D Robb

Being read out of order, but this is a detective series set in NY but in 2050+.  Good read.

45.  “Vengeance in Death” by J D Robb

Ditto above.

46.  “The Baker Street Jurors” by Michael Robertson

An interesting take on a certain Baker Street address.

47.  “Beautiful Death” by Fiona McIntosh

British Detective series with DCI Jack Hawksworth.

48.  “Echoes from Afar” by Tamara McKinley

Set mainly in Paris and Spain during the Spanish Civil War

49.  “A Spoonful of Poison” by M C Beaton

Murder to be solved in an English village with Agatha Raisin, detective at large!

50.  “The Woman in the Picture” by Katharine McMahon

Set in London in 1926 with one of Britain’s first female lawyers at the helm.

51.  “Prayer for the Dying” by Quintin Jardine

Murder mystery.

52.  “Foxglove Summer” by Ben Aaronovitch

53.  “A Crimson Warning” by Tash Alexander

54.  “Stay of Execution” by Quintin Jardine

55.  “Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour”  by Alan Titchmarsh

56.  “Lethal Intent” by Quintin Jardine

57.  “Casting Off” by P I Paris

58.  “Pray for the Dying” by Quintin Jardine

59.  “Strange Affair” by Peter Robinson

60.  “The Lavender Keeper” by Fiona McIntosh

Set in WW2

61.  “Fancy Dancer” by Fern Michaels