Reading List

Since 2015, I have recorded all the books that I have read which are detailed below. The titles in BOLD are my pick for the best read of that year.


  1. Marple: Twelve New Stories by Various
  2. The Long Drop by Denise Mina


  1. Dark Paris by Various
  2. Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography by Billy Connolly
  3. Deep Level by Richard E. Rock
  4. Second Wind by Jimmy White
  5. Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
  6. The Magic Cottage by James Herbert
  7. Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
  8. My Word is My Bond by Roger Moore
  9. 1979 by Val McDermid
  10. Forever and A Day by Anthony Horowitz
  11. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  12. Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin
  13. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  14. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  15. Dark New Orleans by Various
  16. In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
  17. A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
  18. Love is Blind by William Boyd
  19. Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie
  20. Dog Day by Walter Emanuel
  21. Dark Venice by Various


  1. Blood Red Roses by Lin Anderson
  2. Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham
  3. Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh
  4. Dark Scotland by Various
  5. Dark Pines by Will Dean
  6. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
  7. Threat by Hugh Fraser
  8. A Small Weeping by Alex Gray
  9. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  10. Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
  11. The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson
  12. A Fine House In Trinity by Lesley Kelly
  13. Unto Us A Son Is Given by Donna Leon
  14. Whisky From Small Glasses by Denzil Meyrick
  15. The Twelve by Stuart Neville
  16. The Hangman’s Song by James Oswald
  17. Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny
  18. The Player On The Other Side by Ellery Queen
  19. Standing In Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin
  20. Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers
  21. Pine by Francine Toon
  22. Sorry For The Dead by Nicola Upson
  23. The Bone Keeper by Luca Veste
  24. Final Cut by SJ Watson
  25. Death Of A Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
  26. Safe Custody by Dornford Yates
  27. Blinded By The Lights by Jakub Zulczyk
  28. Christmas Is Murder by Val McDermid


  1. Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
  2. I am C-3PO The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels
  3. Boys Do Cry by Various (compiled by Michelle Catanach)
  4. The Rats by James Herbert
  5. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  6. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
  7. Greenmantle by John Buchan
  8. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary
  9. Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
  10. How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb
  11. Sweet Caress by William Boyd
  12. The Chain by Adrian McKinty
  13. Natural Causes by James Oswald
  14. The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
  15. The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd
  16. Tall Tales & Wee Stories by Billy Connolly
  17. The Six by Luca Veste
  18. Nat Tate – An American Artist 1928-1960 by William Boyd
  19. A Silent Death by Peter May
  20. A Very Murderous Christmas by Various


  1. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
  2. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  3. The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin
  4. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
  5. Maigret’s First Case by Georges Simenon
  6. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
  7. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
  8. The Dream Lover by William Boyd
  9. The Snapper by Roddy Doyle
  10. I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May
  11. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  12. A Cat Called Hope – The Complete Saga by Oliver Clarke
  13. Exit Music by Ian Rankin
  14. The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  15. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  16. The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
  17. Laidlaw by William McIlvanney
  18. The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell
  19. Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
  20. Maigret’s Memoirs by Georges Simenon
  21. Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly
  22. Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  23. Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
  24. A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
  25. The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless


  1. Mystery in the Channel by Freeman Wills Crofts
  2. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  3. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
  4. Challenges – A Short Story Collection by Various
  5. Cast Iron by Peter May
  6. How to Write & Sell Great Short Stories by Linda M James
  7. Harm by Hugh Fraser
  8. Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
  9. Carrie by Stephen King
  10. Pearl Jam Twenty by Pearl Jam
  11. Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin
  12. Terra Exitus by Scott M Liddell
  13. What Does This Button Do – An Autobiography by Bruce Dickinson
  14. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
  15. The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
  16. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  17. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  18. The Shining by Stephen King
  19. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  20. Maigret and the Old People by Georges Simenon
  21. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  22. The White Lioness by Henning Mankell
  23. A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre
  24. Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
  25. Dead Simple by Various
  26. A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories by Georges Simenon


  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  2. Blow Back by Peter May
  3. Raven Black by Ann Cleese’s
  4. Coffin Road by Peter May
  5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  6. Miraculous Mysteries by Various (edited by Martin Edwards)
  7. A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin
  8. Murder on Christmas Eve by Various


  1. The Critic by Peter May
  2. Stars and Bars by William Boyd
  3. Runaway by Peter May
  4. The Last 10 Seconds by Simon Kernick
  5. Life Class by Pat Barker
  6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  7. S.U.M.O (Shut Up and Move On) by Paul McGee
  8. Blacklight Blue by Peter May
  9. On Writing by Stephen King
  10. Resorting to Murder – Holiday Mysteries by Various (edited by Martin Edwards)
  11. The Beatle Man by Scott M Liddell
  12. Freeze Frame by Peter May
  13. The New Confessions by William Boyd
  14. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie
  15. Murder at the Old Vicarage by Jill McGown
  16. The Vanishing Game by William Boyd


  1. Stonemouth by Iain Banks
  2. Armadillo by William Boyd
  3. The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  4. Extraordinary People by Peter May
  5. Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon
  6. Picture Her Dead by Lin Anderson
  7. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
  8. Fascination by William Boyd
  9. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  10. Entry Island by Peter May
  11. Resurrection Man by Ian Rankin
  12. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  13. Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
  14. Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
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