Bedside Table

What I’m reading and what I’ve read…

As Stephen King says in his book On Writing:

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:
Read a lot and write a lot.

Being an avid reader, my virtual and actual to-read bookshelves are always piled high, so there’s plenty to keep me going.

I read ebooks and paperbacks and usually have an audiobook on the go, too. My TBR list includes classics, favourite authors and indie publications. Reviews are interspersed with regular blog posts (see my Blog).

I give each book a mark out of five – 5 indicating an intellectually stimulating read, 1 being more in the line of brain freeze, though I will usually only write reviews where I can award at least 3 stars. (The abbreviation DNR indicates that I read it but did not feel able to write a review, or that I got bored and/or irritated and didn’t finish it). If you’re an author or publisher interested in requesting a review, check out my submissions procedure, though bear in mind I’m currently not adding anything else to my reviewing list until June 2020.

Bookwise, I tend to jump from one author/subject to another, and before someone else mentions it, I do know there are books here that I probably should have read years ago, but what can I say? I’m catching up.

Currently Reading

McMaster, Kathryn: Kids who Kill: Cristian Fernandez
Rohmer, Sax: The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu

Reviewed Books

Richards, Ant: Damned if I Don’t (DNR)
Cooper AC: Visitor to Blue Lake (4)
Johns, Captain WE: Biggles and the Black Peril (3)

Lee, Jean: Fallen Princeborn: Stolen (4)
Rule, Ann: The Stranger Beside Me (5)
McMaster, Kathryn: Kids who Kill: Eric Smith (5)
Cramer, Scott: Eden Chip (4)
Ross, LJ: Sycamore Gap (5)
Ferguson, Niall: Empire (Audiobook/hardback) (5)
Titus, Richard: The Gift of the Quoxxel (4)
Canning, Patrick: The Colonel and the Bee (4)
King, Stephen: Salem’s Lot (5)
Mutter, Joy: The Trouble with Liam (5)

Cooper, AC: Murder in Blue Lake (5)
Jackson, David: A Tapping at my Door (Audiobook) (5)
Reid, PR: The Colditz Story (4)
Stewart, Craig: Worship Me (5)
Stark, Ken: Arcadia Falls (5)
Harter, Karl: Winter of Frozen Dreams (3)
Ecke, KM: Moral Panic (4)
Books, Exo and Shor, Karina: Schmuck the Buck (4)
Francis, Felix: Refusal (5)
Blue, Nicky: Escape from Samsara (4)

Sounes, Howard: Heist (5)
Douglass Lima, Annie: Heartsong (DNR)
Thorne, Tamara and Cross, Alistair: Darling Girls (DNR)
Crouch, Robert: No Remorse (5)
Roy, Chris: Her Name is Mercie (DNR)
Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist (5)
Huber, Linda: The Paradise Trees (5)
James, Maggie: Deception Wears Many Faces (5)
Jenkins, Steven: Blue Skin (4)
Bickerstaff, Gordon: Tears of Fire (5)

Moon, Brigitta: A Husband’s Will of Fortune (4)
McCammon, Robert: The Queen of Bedlam (5)
Ball, Brendan: Thieves in the Night (DNR)
Leins, Tom: Meat Bubbles and Other Stories (4)
Rule, Ann: Green River, Running Red (5)
Lowe, Jez: The Dillen Doll (4)
Morgan, Michelle: The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones, and Other Victorian Scandals (4)
Newman, Kim: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles (4)
Fry, Stephen: The Fry Chronicles – An Autobiography (5)
Selzer, Adam: HH Holmes – The True History of the White City Devil (5)

Cross, Alistair: Sleep Savannah Sleep (4)
Ross, LJ: Holy Island (5)
Daley, Martin: The Casebook of Inspector Armstrong DNRV
Trow, MJ: Crimson Rose (4)
Christie, Agatha: Peril at End House (4)
Dixon, Keith: The Song of Geneva Chance (5)
Guinn, Jeff: The Road to Jonestown (5)
Wyndham, John: The Midwich Cuckoos (5)
Lock, Joan: Scotland Yard’s First Cases (5)
Verne, Jules: A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (5)

Herbert, James: Lair (5)
Keyes, Edward: The Michigan Murders (5)
Wells, HG: The Invisible Man (5)
Fasone, Rob: Santas Claus Vampyre Slayer (DNR)
James, Neal: A Ticket to Tewkesbury (4)
Patel, Sheila: The Magic Vodka Wardrobe (4)
Hughes, JD: Northman (5)
Richmond, SC: Pictures of Deceit (4)
Lane, Mark: Last Word (5)
Hines, Rafael Amadeus: Bishop’s War (DNR)

Dahlhaus, Jacky: Killing a Vampire (5)
Jade, Elizabeth: Akea (4)
Messenger, Jack: Four American Tales (5)
May, Tam: The Order of Actaeon (5)
Cheadle, Robbie: Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster Story and Cookbook (5)
McCammon, Robert: Speaks the Nightbird (5)
Robson, G & R: London Large: Blood on the Streets (3)
Greene, Graham: The Third Man (5)
Colqhoun, Kate: Mr Briggs’ Hat (5)
Keith, Dixon: One Punch (5)

Summerscale, Kate: The Wicked Boy (5)
Herbert, James: The Rats (5)
Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (5)
Dawson, Mark: The Cleaner (5)
Six, David: Look Fast or Die Slow (5)
Kozma, Andrew: A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs and Other Stories (4)
San Giacomo, Ernesto Ragged Souls (5)
Leather, Stephen: Nightfall (5)
O’Hare, Brian: 11:05 Murders (4)
Preston, John: A Very English Scandal (5)

Crouch, Robert: No Bodies (5)
Beaton MC: Death of a Gossip (3)
Needham, Jake: The Ambassador’s Wife (5)
Mutter, Joy: Random Bullets (4)
Hartje, Shawn: Pipeliner (3)
Graham, Peter: Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century (5)
Mutter, Joy: Confronting the Hostile (Audiobook) (5)
Six, David: For Weeds Will Grow (5)
King, Stephen: The Dark Half (5)
Harper, Peter: Cascade (5)

Hogan-Gulliver, Faye: Noctis: Transcendal Series (DNR)
Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451 (DNR)
Harris, Thomas: The Silence of the Lambs (5)
English, Lucy: Girl Ghosted: A Penny Wade Mystery (4)
Mutter, Joy: Confronting the Hostile (5)
Crouch, Robert: No Accident (5)
King, Stephen: The Running Man (5)
Dahlhaus, Jacky: Raising a Vampire (5)
Thomas, Valerie: Ashes to Ashes (DNR)
Harris, Thomas: Red Dragon (5)

Tomlinson, Dave: Around the World in 80 Tales (4)
Skate, Martin: Start Right Here (DNR)
Earle, Robert: She Receives the Night (5)
Hill, Martin Roy: The Butcher’s Bill (4)
Jackson, Deborah: The Furies’ Bog (4)
Eagleton, Daniel: The Sweet Oil of Vitriol (4)
Burn, Scott: The Enemy Within (4)
Petch, Angela: Now and Then in Tuscany (4)
Lander, Lex: The Man Who Hunted Himself (5)
Adams, Pete: Ghost and Ragman Roll (4)

Mutter, Joy: The Hostile Game (5)
Powell, Julie Elizabeth: Weird: A Henry Ian Darling Oddity: Missive One (4)
Cribbs, Greta: Primogénito (4)
James, Maggie: Sister, Psychopath (4)
Felix, Matthew: A Voice Beyond Reason (4)
New, J: The Curse of Arundel Hall (5)
Walker, Tim: Ambrosius: Last of the Romans (4)
Brass, Egan: Esper Files (DNR)
Mathis, Le Ann: The Magician’s Dream (4)
Dellenbusch,Thomas: Chase – The Hunt for a King (4)

Gascoigne, Laura: The Horse’s Arse (5)
Simmill, JK: Severaine (4)
De Louise, Debbie: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (DNR)
Widmer, Jeff: Mr Magic (4)
Dickenson, Mike: IQ84 (4)
Stine, RL: Goosebumps: Vampire Breath (3)
James, Maggie: After She’s Gone (4)
Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita (5)
Tilbury, Mark: The Abattoir of Dreams (5)
Lahey, Michael and Ian: The 45th Nail (DNR)

Grossman, Cary Marc: Chopin’s Ghost (4)
Lamb, Shelby: Something (DNR)
Bristow-Bailey, Daniel: The Ruins (5)
May, Tam: Gnarled Bones and Other Stories (5)
Evan, Maria and Evan, Max: In The Land of Broken Time: The Incredible Journey (3)
Dellenbusch, Thomas: Chase: The Hunt for the Mute Poetess (4)
Heidtman, Laurel: Bad Girls (4)
Martin, Michael. R: Screams in the Woods (4)
Craven, Johanna: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (5)
Various: Holiday Heartwarmers: An Anthology of Short Stories (4)

Alderson, Jennifer: The Lover’s Portrait (4)
Ross, Orna: After the Rising (5)
Herbert, James: Creed (5)
Nabavian, Michael and Wall, Phil: Gary’s Guide to Life (5)
Carter, Stephen J: Storyworks Monthly (5)
Crouch, Robert: Fisher’s Fables (5)
Joy, Mutter: Holiday for the Hostile (5)
James, Maggie: His Kidnapper’s Shoes (5)
Helford, Jason: From a Killer’s Mind (DNR)
Lopez, Sandra: Single Chicas (3)

Milling, Declan: After the Texans (5)
Griffiths, Shaun: Changing Times (5)
Richmond, S.C: The Community (4)
Dahlhaus, Jacky: Living Like a Vampire (5)
Bickerstaff, Gordon: Toxic Minds (4)
Dixon, Keith: Storey (5)
Critchton, Michael: Jurassic Park (5)
Aiken, Joan: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (5)
Febry, Diana J: Who Killed Vivien Morse (4)
Lander, Lex: I Kill (5)

Yarde, Mary Anne: The Du Lac Chronicles (4)
Craney, Glen: The Virgin of the Wind Rose (4)
Cooke Hogan, Fiona: The Lights Went Out (4)
Barclay, Alex: Killing Ways (5)
Moriarty, Liane: The Husband’s Secret (5)
Vega, Caspar: The Pink Beetle (5)
Sugarman, Tina: Horse Flesh (3)
Lucas, Rachel: Wildflower Bay (5)
Patterson, James: NYPD Red (3)
Boiani, David: A Thin Line (4)

Pepper, Andrew: The Last Days of Newgate (5)
Ward, Tom: Dead Dogs and Splintered Hearts (5)
Brownlie, Sharon: Betrayal (4)
Bickerstaff, Gordon: Deadly Secrets (4)
McMaster, Kathryn: Who Killed Little Johnny Gill? (4)
Campbell Rees, John: Summertime Blue (DNR)
Paul, Cecilia: Elizabeth, Just 16 (3)
China, Max: The Sister (DNR)
Thornton, Rosie: Sandilands (5)
Griffith-Jones, AJ: Prisoner 4374 (5)

Camus, Albert: The Plague (3)
Mullen, Owen: Old Friends and New Enemies (4)
Lander, Lex: End as an Assassin (5)
C. Eddy, Jeffy: An American Song (DNR)
Cleeves, Ann: Raven Black (5)
Stone, Barry: Barking at Winston (3)
Goodman, Ruth: How to Be a Victorian (5)
Horowitz, Anthony: House of Silk (5)
Dolan, Eva: Long Way Home (5)
Salote, Ana: Oy Yew (5)

Grossey, Susan: Fatal Forgery (5)
Franzen, Jonathan: The Corrections (5)
Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm (5)
McVeigh, Paul: The Good Son (5)
James, Maggie: Blackwater Lake (3)
Kasasian, MRC: The Mangle Street Murders (4)
McDonald, MP: No Good Deeds (4)
King, Stephen: Night Shift (4)
Hudson, Eva: Run Girl (3)
Carter, Stephen, J: Storm Ring (4)

Stanton, Dave: Stateline (3)
Connelly, Michael: The Black Echo (5)
Mantel, Hilary: Bring Up the Bodies (5)
Hayder, Mo: Poppet (5)
McBride, Stewart: Shatter the Bones (4)
McDermid, Val: A Darker Domain (4)
Norton, Mary: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (3)
Flaubert, Gustave: Madame Bovary (3)
James, Lawrence: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire (4)
Keel, John A: The Mothman Prophesies (2)

Billingham, Mark: Sleepyhead (5)
Hornby, Nick: A Long Way Down (3)
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Chronicle of a Death Foretold (5)
Atkinson, Kate: Life After Life (4)
Child, Lee: The Hard Way (4)
Seacole, Mary: The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands (4)
Orwell, George: Burmese Days (4)
Hegi, Ursula: The Worst Thing I’ve Done (4)
Welsh, Louise: Naming the Bones (5)
Miller, Sue: The Senator’s Wife (4)

Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice (3)
Chandler, Raymond: Farewell My Lovely (4)
Mantel, Hilary: Wolf Hall (4)
May, Peter: The Blackhouse (3)
Child, Lee: One Shot (4)
King, Stephen: 11.22.63 (5)
MacBride, Stuart: Dark Blood (4)
Child, Lee: The Enemy (4)
King, Stephen: The Shining (5)
Walker, Alice: The Colour Purple (4)

Chandler, Raymond: The Big Sleep (4)
Shaffer, Mary Ann: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (4)
Moss, Alan & Skinner, Keith: The Victorian Detective (4)
King, Stephen: On Writing (5)
Kueishi, Hanif: Intimacy (4)
King, Stephen: The Green Mile (5)
Child, Lee: Persuader (4)
Lessing, Doris: The Good Terrorist (5)
Child, Lee: Without Fail (4)
Jenkins, Simon: A Short History of England (4)

Grisham, John: Runaway Jury (4)
Child, Lee: Echo Burning (4)
Atkinson, Kate: Behind the Scenes at the Museum (4)
Bolton, Sharon: Dead Scared (5)
MacBride, Stuart: Blind Eye (4)
Child, Lee: The Visitor (4)
Child, Lee: Tripwire (4)
MacBride, Stuart: Broken Skin (4)
Child, Lee: Die Trying (4)
Picard, Lisa: Restoration London: Everyday Life in the 1660’s (4)

Child, Lee: Killing Floor (5)
Edge, Christopher: Shadows of the Silver Screen (4)
MacBride, Stuart: Dying Light (4)
Davies, Martin: The Conjuror’s Bird (5)
MacBride, Stuart: Cold Granite (4)
Wingfield, JD: Frost at Christmas (4)
Shaben, Carol: Into the Abyss (5)
Chandler, Raymond: The Big Sleep (4)
Nesbo, Jo: Redbreast (4)
Conan Doyle, Arthur: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (4)

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