Reading List 2021

Reading List 2021

 Louise Penny - All the Devils Are Here                My rating: 5/5

Ann Cleeves - The Darkest Evening      (her latest "Vera" mystery)    My rating 5/5

Elly Griffiths - The Lantern Men    My rating  3.5/5  (This may have been a higher rating if I had read more of her other books, which I might do. I feel like perhaps I needed to know the characters better)

Deborah Crombie - Garden of Lamentations    My rating 3.5/5  (This is a Duncan Kincaid, Gemma James mystery and I haven't read one of these in quite a while. I found it hard to keep track of all the characters.)

Janet Evanovich - Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven  4/5  (A quick, fun read. I've read all twenty-six leading up to this one.  If you are looking for a series that has humour and a mystery, this won't disappoint. If you are looking for thought-provoking literature, look elsewhere.)

Sarah Ward - In Bitter Chill  4/5  (First time reading this author - crime fiction - liked it so much, I ordered the next one from the library)

Jonathan Kellerman - Serpentine  (3/5) This is the latest Alex Delaware novel. I am tiring of Kellerman's overly wordy style, and his need to keep repeating how he describes characters.

Jann Arden - If I Knew Then (4/5) I'm not a big listener of Jann Arden's music, but I have seen her on various shows (Rick Mercer, for example) and I thoroughly enjoy her personality. This is a reflection on her life and how she is embracing her inner Crone now. I really liked it - funny with some good (relatable, for me) serious stuff underlying it all.

Richard Osman - The Thursday Murder Club  (4/5) I enjoyed this first novel from the author. I can see it turning into a series of books. It can sometimes be a bit confusing in the beginning as it dances around various characters (residents of seniors' apartments), but it's fun, well-crafted, and a relatively quick read.

Elly Griffiths - Postscript Murders  (3.5/5) Good, enjoyed it, has detective Harbinder Kaur in it.

Elly Griffiths - Stranger Diaries  (3.5 / 5)  Same as above. 

Kelley Armstrong - A Stranger in Town  (2.5/5)  I had to force myself to keep reading this one. It is not my usual style (murder mystery), but instead set in some secret community with a group of people gone wild. There were many characters and twists and turns but I won't be reading another one of her books.

Caroline Graham -A Place of Safety  (4/5)   You can't go wrong with a good old Inspector Barnaby "Midsomer Murder" book. I'm not much of a tea drinker, but it always makes me feel like I should be. 

Elly Griffiths - The Crossing Place  (4/5)  I've decided to start back at the beginning of the Ruth Galloway mysteries and try to read them in order.

Elly Griffiths - The Janus Stone (3.5/5) This is the second in the series. Good, but not quite as good as the first.

Elly Griffiths - The House at Sea's End (4/5) I'm still on my quest to read this in order - most I haven't read at all yet. All Ruth Galloway mysteries.

Harry Bingham - The Dead House  (4/5)  This is a new author for me. I'm not even sure how I came to hear about him, but I'm glad I did. This is a series featuring DC Fiona Griffiths. I now want to read more.

Elly Griffiths - The Outcast Dead  (4/5) I am still waiting on two others in the proper order of this series, so this one shouldn't follow "The House at Sea's End" but I read it regardless. 

Elly Griffiths - The Ghost Fields (4/5) Again, this follows "The Outcast Dead", but there were two others that should have come before.

Elly Griffiths -  A Room Full of Bones  (4/5)

Elly Griffiths - A Dying Fall (4/5) 

Harry Bingham - Love Story, With Murders  (4/5) I am really enjoying this new author. Quirky main character. Good murder mystery with secondary mystery as well.

Elly Griffiths - The Woman in Blue (4/5)

Elly Griffiths - The Chalk Pit  (4/5)

Harry Bingham - The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths (4.5/5) This was intriguing, sometimes uncomfortable, suspenseful..

Elly Griffiths - The Dark Angel (4/5)


  1. I read ALL the Penney's, too :) If you never read News of the World, please try it - one of my favorites EVER. I recently enjoyed The Pull of the Stars, and Light Changes Everything (as well as it prequel), and The Evening and the Morning by Follett. Other all-time favorites are These is my Words by Nancy Turner, Pillars of the Earth by Follett, Trade Wind by M.M. Kaye (well, EVERYTHING by her) - and too many more to list here!

  2. Thank you for your comment. I have Pillars of the Earth, a long time ago. I shall have to look into the others.