Title Index

List of book reviews since I started to write about books in April 2007, in alphabetical order by title. Clicking on the titles will take you to my reviews. My aim is to write something about each book even if it’s just a few lines, so some of the posts are less detailed than others.


4.50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie

100 Days on Holy Island: a Writer’s Exile by Peter Mortimer


A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

The Accomplice by Elizabeth Ironside

Admit One by Emmett James

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures of a One-Breasted Woman by Susan Cummings

After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson

After the Fine Weather by Michael Gilbert

After Flodden by Rosemary Goring

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

After Work (a cookbook)

Agatha Christie: An English Mystery by Laura Thompson

Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days by Jared Cade

Agatha Christie at Home by Hilary Macaskill

Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House by M C Beaton

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

All Bones and Lies by Anne Fine

All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard

All the Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson

All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

An Autobiography by Agatha Christie

An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope

An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Anna Märklin’s Family Chronicles by Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk

The Arrow Chest by Robert Parry

The Art of Drowning by Frances Fyfield

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher & Other Stories by Hilary Mantel

At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Awakening by S J Bolton


Bad Boy by Peter Robinson

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning

Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo by Julia Stuart

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan

Beachcombing by Maggie Dana

The Beacon by Susan Hill

Before the Poison by Peter Robinson

The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

The Bell by Iris Murdoch

Berenice by Edgar Allen Poe

The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill

Betrayed in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho

The Big Four by Agatha Christie

The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge

The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine

The Black Book by Ian Rankin

Black Dogs by Ian McEwan

The Blackhouse by Peter May

Blessings by Anna Quindlen

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell

Blood Harvest by S J Bolton

Blood Safari by Deon Meyer

Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter by Simon Brett

Blue Heaven by C J Box

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Body on the Beach by Simon Brett

Body Parts: Essays on Life-Writing by Hermione Lee

The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

Body Surfing by Anita Shreve

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs: the Left Bank World of Shakespeare & Co by Jeremy Mercer

The Border Line by Eric Robson

The Brading Collection by Patricia Wentworth

The Bradshaw Variations by Rachel Cusk

The Breaker by Minette Walters

Breakfast at the Hotel Deja Vu by Paul Torday

The Breaking Point: short stories by Daphne du Maurier

The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

The Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Broken Voices by Andrew Taylor

The Builders by Maeve Binchy

The Burning by Jane Casey

Burial of Ghosts by Ann Cleeves

The Burry Man’s Day by Catriona McPherson

By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie


The Cabinetmaker by Alan Jones

Cakes and Ale by W Somerset Maugham

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

A Card from Angela Carter by Susannah Clapp

Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall  Smith

A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

The Case of the Curious Bride by Erle Stanley Gardner

The Case of the Howling Dog by Erle Stanley Gardner

The Case of the Lame Canary by Erle Stanley Gardner

The Case of the Substitute Face by Erle Stanley Gardner

Casting the Net by Pam Rhodes

Castle Dor by Daphne Du Maurier

Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

Catching the Eagle by Karen Charlton

Cauldstane by Linda Gillard

Cause of Death by Patricia Cornwell

The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Christine Kringle by Lynn Brittney

Christmas at Thrush Green by Miss Read

The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee – see also this post

The Cipher Garden by Martin Edwards

Cleanskin by Val McDermid

Climbing the Bookshelves by Shirley Williams

The Clocks by Agatha Christie

The Clothes on their Backs by Linda Grant

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill

The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace

The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

Cold is the Grave by Peter Robinson

The Comfort of Saturdays by Alexander McCall Smith

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Cop Hater by Ed McBain

Consequences by Penelope Lively

A Cool Head by Ian Rankin

The Coroner by M R Hall

Corvus: a Life with Birds by Esther Woolfson

The Cosy Knave by Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell – also here and here

Crime in the Community by Cecilia Peartree

The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon

The Crocodile Bird by Ruth Rendell

The Crooked House by Agatha Christie

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Crucible by S G MacLean

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling)

Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case by Agatha Christie


Dacre’s War by Rosemary Goring

The Dance of Love by Angela Young

Daniel Isn’t Talking by Marti Leimbach

Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson

Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson

Daphne: a novel by Justine Picardie

Daphne by Margaret Forster

Daphne du Maurier: a Daughter’s Memoir by Flavia Leng

A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine

Dark Matter: a Ghost Story by Michelle Paver

Dark Matter: the Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton by Robert Kerr

Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine

The Day Gone By: an Autobiography by Richard Adams

Dead in the Morning by Margaret Yorke

Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins

Dead Simple by Peter James

Dead Water by Ann Cleeves

Dear Dodie by Valerie Grove

Deaf Sentence by David Lodge

Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes

Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn (Daisy Dalrymple 1)

Death Comes To Pemberley by P D James

Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

The Death Maze by Ariana Franklin

Death of a Chief by Douglas Watt

Death of a Gossip by M C Beaton

Death of the Moth and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf – see also here

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death Under Sail by C P Snow

Death’s Jest-Book by Reginald Hill

A Detective at Death’s Door by H R F Keating

Digging to America by Anne Tyler

The Discourtesy of Death by William Brodrick

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

The Divine Comedy by Dante

The Doctor of Thessaly by Anne Zouroudi

Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon

Dominion by C J Sansom

Doors Open by Ian Rankin

Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B Freese

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon

Dreamwalker: the Ballad of Sir Benfro by J D Oswald (James Oswald)

Drood by Dan Simmons

The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg

Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie

Dying Fall by Elly Griffiths

Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody


Eden’s Outcasts: the story of Louisa May Alcott and her father by John Matteson

An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Endless Night by Agatha Christie

The English: a Portrait of a People by Jeremy Paxman

The English Spy by Donald Smith

Entry Island by Peter May

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Excursion to Tindari by Andrea Camilleri

The Expats by Chris Pavone

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

Exit Lines by Reginald Hill

Exit Music by Ian Rankin


Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

Fair Exchange by Michèle Roberts

Faithful Unto Death by Caroline Graham

The Fall by Simon Mawer

The Fall of Troy by Peter Ackroyd

Fallen Gods by Quintin Jardine

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier

The Falls by Ian Rankin – see also here

A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine

Fatherland by Robert Harris

Faulks on Fiction by Sebastian Faulks

Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson

A Fearful Madness by Julius Falconer

A Feast for Advent by Delia Smith

Ferney by James Long

Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin

The Flight by M R Hall

The Flight of the Falcon by Daphne Du Maurier

Flodden 1513: Scotland’s Greatest Defeat by John Sadler

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Four Last Things (Roth Trilogy 1) by Andrew Taylor

Four Stories by Alan Bennett

The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

The Friend of Madame Maigret by Georges Simenon

Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder

Full Tilt: Dunkirk to Delhi by Bicycle by Dervla Murphy


Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The Gardens of the Dead by William Brodrick

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers

Gently by the Shore by Alan Hunter

Gently Does It by Alan Hunter

Gently North West by Alan Hunter

Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott

The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday

The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh

Giving Up the Ghost by Hilary Mantel

The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard

The Glass Room (Vera 5) by Ann Cleeves

Going into a Dark House by Jane Gardam

Gone to Earth by Mary Webb

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – see also this post

Good Evening, Mrs Craven: the Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes

A Good Hanging by Ian Rankin

The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan

The Gourmet by Muriel Barbery

Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier

The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing

The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates – also here

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

The Great Fortune by Olivia Manning

Great Ghost Stories by Various Authors

Green Darkness by Anya Seton

Guilty Consciences: short story collection edited by Martin Edwards


Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin

The Hanging in the Hotel by Simon Brett

The Hanging Valley by Peter Robinson

The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards

The Hangman’s Song by James Oswald

Have His Carcase by Dorothy L Sayers

He Wants by Alison Moore

Heartland by John MacKay

Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig

Hearts and Minds by Rosy Thornton

Heartstone by C J Sansom

Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie

Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Historian and The Gibbon by Virginia Woolf

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

The Hollow by Agatha Christie

The Holly-Tree Inn by Charles Dickens

The Hostelry by Guy de Maupassant

The Hotel Majestic by Georges Simenon

The Hound of Death by Agatha Christie (short stories)

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

The House at Seas End by Elly Griffith

House of Silence by Linda Gillard

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Stairs by Barbara Vine

The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier

Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill


I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant

The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

The Illusionist by Jennifer Johnston

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

In Our Time by Melvyn Bragg

In Praise of Slow by Carl Honore

Ink in the Blood by Hilary Mantel

In the Woods by Tana French

The Inspector’s Daughter by Alanna Knight

Inspiration by Wayne Dyer

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld

Intimate Kill by  Margaret Yorke

Invisible by Paul Auster

Is Anybody Up There? by Paul Arnott

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott – for overall view see also this post


Jamie At Home by Jamie Oliver

James Herriot’s Cat Stories by James Herriot

Jane Austen: a Life by Claire Tomalin

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

The Jigsaw Maker by Adrienne Dines

A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell

The Judgement of Strangers (the Roth Trilogy 2) by Andrew Taylor

Julius by Daphne Du Maurier


Keeping His Promise by Algernon Blackwood

Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster

King Arthur’s Bones by The Medieval Murderers

King of the Streets by John Baker

The King’s Evil by Edward Marston

Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter by Ruth Rendell (Wexford)

Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin


The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

The Lake District Murder by John Bude

Lamentation by C J Sansom

The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart

The Last Girl by Jane Casey

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

A Leap by Anna Enquist

Leaving Alexandria: a Memoir of Faith and Doubt by Richard Holloway

Let it Bleed by Ian Rankin

Lewis Carroll: a biography by Morton Cohen

Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lock 14 by Georges Simenon

The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

Losing You by Nicci French

The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather

The Lost Army of Cambyses by Paul Sussman

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

A Loyal Character Dancer by Qiu Xiaolong


The Madman of Bergerac by Georges Simenon

The Madonna of the Almonds by Marina Fiorato

Maigret and the Ghost by Georges Simenon

Maigret in Court by Georges Simenon

The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

The Man on the Boulevard by Georges Simenon

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The Matchmaker of Kenmare by Frank Delaney

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon

The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear

Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo also these posts

Missing Link by Joyce Holms

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden

The Moon and Sixpence by W Somerset Maugham

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin

Mountains on the Moon by Michael Arthern

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

Mr Blossom’s Shop by Barbara Euphan Todd

Mrs Harris Goes to Moscow by Paul Gallico

Mrs McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

Much in Evidence by Henry Cecil

Murder Being Once Done by Ruth Rendell

Murder by Yew by Suzanne Young

Murder in the Mews (Poirot 4 short stories) by Agatha Christie

Murder in the Museum by Simon Brett

A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie

The Murder of the Mandarin by Arnold Bennett

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner

The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Murder Room by P D James

The Music Room by William Fiennes

My Antonia by Willa Cather

My Cleaner by Maggie Gee

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

My Friend Maigret by Georges Simenon

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens


The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin

Naming the Bones by Louise Welsh

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Nemesis by Agatha Christie

Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson

Ninepins by Rosy Thornton

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe

No Stranger to Death by Janet O’Kane

North Sea Cottage by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Not Dead Enough by Peter James

Not the End of the World by Christopher Brookmyre

Not in the Flesh by Ruth Rendell (audio book)

Not Safe After Dark & other works by Peter Robinson

Nothing To Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

Now You See Me by S J Bolton


The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry

The Office of the Dead (Roth Trilogy 3) by Andrew Taylor

Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy

On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin

On Trying to Keep Still by Jenny Diski

Once Upon a Castle by Alan S Blood

One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

One Two Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie

Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth

Our Longest Days: A People’s History of the Second World War by the writers of Mass Observation

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Over My Dead Body by Hazel McHaffie

The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

The Owl Service by Alan Garner


The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham

The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier

Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

Pariah by Dave Zeltserman

Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie

Paw Tracks at Owl Cottage by Denis O’Connor

Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O’Connor

Payment Deferred by Joyce Holms

Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé by Joanne Harris

The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911 by Juliet Nicolson

Perfume: the story of a murderer by Patrick Süskind

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Pictures at an Exhibition by Camilla Macpherson

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel

Playing with the Moon by Eliza Graham

Playing With Fire by Peter Robinson

The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl

Poetic Lives: Shelley by Daniel Hahn

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Pompeii by Robert Harris

Portobello by Ruth Rendell

Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett

Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie

The Potter’s Hand by A N Wilson

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark – see also this post

The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe

The Private Patient by P D James

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Put On By Cunning by Ruth Rendell


A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin

A Question of Identity by Susan Hill

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

A Quiet Life by Beryl Bainbridge

Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre


The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories by Daphne Du Maurier

Rebus’s Scotland by Ian Rankin

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves

The Red Coffin by Sam Eastland

The Redeemed by M R Hall

The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean

Reflections at Sheffield Place by Virginia Woolf

Relics of the Dead by Ariana Frankin

The Reluctant Detective by Martha Ockley

Remainder by Tom McCarthy

Remember Me by Melvyn Bragg

The Rendezvous and other stories by Daphne du Maurier

Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn (Daisy Dalrymple 2)

Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin

Revelation by C J Sansom

Revenge Served Cold by Jackie Fullerton

The Riddle of the River by Catherine Shaw

The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith

The Road to Nab End by William Woodruff

A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths (opening lines)

The Rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon


Sacrifice by S J Bolton

St Bartholomew’s Man by Mary Delorme

St Mawr by D H Lawrence

The Saint Zita Society by Ruth Rendell

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

Sausage Hall by Christina James

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter

Searching for The Secret River by Kate Grenville (non fiction)

Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Seeking Our Eagle by Karen Charlton

Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

The Serpent Pool by Martin Edwards

Seven White Gates by Malcolm Saville

Service of All the Dead by Colin Dexter

Set in Darkness by Ian Rankin – see also here

A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch

The Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill

Shadows on Our Skin by Jennifer Johnston

Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

Shakespeare’s Restless World by Neil MacGregor

The Shining by Stephen King

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate

A Short Book About Drawing by Andrew Marr

A Short History of Scotland by Richard Killeen

The Shroud Maker by Kate Ellis

The Sidmouth Letters by Jane Gardam

The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn by Colin Dexter

Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion

Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie

The Sixth Lamentation by William Brodrick

The Sixth Wife by Suzannah Dunn

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

The Sleeping Policeman by Andrew Taylor

The Small Hand by Susan Hill

Small Island by Andrea Levy

Snapped in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho

Solar by Ian McEwan

Solstice by Joyce Carol Oates

Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill

Sons and Lovers by D H Lawrence

The Spare Room by Helen Garner

Speaking of Love by Angela Young

Spilling the Beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright

A Splash of Red by Antonia Fraser

The Stabbing in the Stables by Simon Brett

Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin

Standing Water by Terri Armstrong

Star Gazing by Linda Gillard

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

The Steel Bonnets: the Story of the Anglo-Scottish Borders by George MacDonald Fraser

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

Stillmeadow and Sugarbridge by Gladys Taber and Barbara Webster – also here

Stowaway to Mars by John Wyndham

Strange Affair by Peter Robinson

Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

A Summer Bird-Cage by Margaret Drabble

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

Surveillance by Jonathan Raban

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscale

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan


Take My Breath Away by Martin Edwards

Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe

Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tamburlaine Must Die by Louise Welsh

Tangled Roots by Sue Guiney

Tantalus by Jane Jazz

The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton

Ten Little Niggers by Agatha Christie

The Tent, the Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson – see also here

Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Theft by Peter Carey

They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Third Girl (Poirot) by Agatha Christie

The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burke

Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer

The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie

The Three Graces by Jane Wallman-Girdlestone

Ticket to Ride by Janet Neel

Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

Tigerlily’s Orchids by Ruth Rendell

The Time Machine by H G Wells

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Time’s Echo by Pamela Hatshorne

The Tinder Box by Minette Walters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Toast by Nigel Slater

Tom Fleck: a Novel of Cleveland and Flodden by Harry Nicholson

Tony and Susan by Austin Wright

Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster

True Grit by Charles Portis

Turbulence by Giles Foden

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Turn of the Tide by Margaret Skea

Two Moons by Jennifer Johnston


The Uncertain Midnight by Edmund Cooper

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P D James


The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland

Vengeance by Benjamin Black

The Verneys by Adrian Tinniswood

The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison

The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

The Village by Marghanita Laski

The Vows of Silence by Susan Hill


Waiting For Mr Right & Other Sinister Stories by Andrew Taylor

The Warrior’s Princess by Barbara Erskine

Washington Square by Henry James

The Way Through The Woods by Colin Dexter

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Weather in the Streets  by Rosamond Lehmann

A Weekend with Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly

Westwood by Stella Gibbons

Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty

When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies by Andy Beckett

When Will There Be Good News? by  Kate Atkinson

Where Three Roads Meet by Salley Vickers

Wherever You Go by Joan Leegant

A Whispered Name by William Brodrick

The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart

The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn (Daisy Dalrymple 3)

The Whispers of Nemesis by Anne Zouroudi

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

White Noise by Don Delillo

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

The Widow’s Tale by Mick Jackson

Wilberforce by John Pollock – also see here

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang see also this post

Wildwood: a Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin

Wilful Behaviour by Donna Leon

Wilkie Collins by Peter Ackroyd

William, William by Edgar Allen Poe (short story)

Winter in Madrid by C J Sansom

The Witch’s Brat by Rosemary Sutcliff

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

The Woods by Harlan Coben

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death by W J Burley

Wycliffe and the Four Jacks by W J Burley

Wycliffe and the House of Fear by W J Burley

Wycliffe and the Last Rites by W J Burley

Wycliffe in Paul’s Court by W J Burley


X, Y, Z: a Story Told by a Detective by Anna Katherine Green


The Year of Miracle and Grief by Leonid Borodin

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

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