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Around the World in 80 Books – Mostly by Female Authors – Lioness at Large

Around the World in 80 Books – Mostly by Female Authors

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The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author’s nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).

This is a project continued from 2019-2022.  2023 reads for a country already covered in 2019-2022 will override the earlier reads.  (2019-2022 books listed below.)

The 2023 Books:


Elizabeth Peters: The Curse of the Pharaohs and The Mummy Case (both new)





United States
Dana Stabenow: Dead in the Water (new)
Stuart Palmer: The Penguin Pool Murder (new)
P.J. Tracy: Deep into the Dark (new)
Ellie Alexander: Death on Tap (new)
Sue Grafton: “B” Is for Burglar and “C” Is for Corpse (both new)
Sara Paretsky: Bitter Medicine (revisited on audio) and Blood Shot (aka Toxic Shot) (new)
Alafair Burke: 212 (new)
Margot Hunt: Buried Deep (new)
Judith Tarr: Dragon Winter (new)
N. Scott Momaday: Earth Keeper (new)
Andre Norton, Grace Allen Hogarth: Murders for Sale (new)
Alfred Uhry: Driving Mis Daisy (revisited on audio)
Dan Rather: Stories of a Lifetime (new)
Amor Towles: The Didomenico Fragment (new)
Edith Wharton: False Dawn (new)
Truman Capote: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (new)
Wendy Walker: Hold Your Breath (new)
Michael J. Sullivan: The Jester, Professional Integrity, Age of Myth, Age of Swords, Age of War, Age of Legend, Age of Death, Age of Empyre, The Viscount and the Witch, The Crown Tower, Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, and Heir of Novron (all new)
T. Kingfisher: Paladin’s Grace (new)





Sun Tzu: The Art of War (revisited on audio)

Anand Neelakantan:
Valmiki’s Women (new)




Australia / Oceania

Caroline Overington: Sisters of Mercy (new)





Jean-Luc Bannalec: Bretonische Verhältnisse (new)
E. Phillips Oppenheim: Mr. Laxworthy’s Adventures (new)
Georges Simenon: Maigret and the Minister and Other Stories (new)
John Dickson Carr: The Corpse in the Waxworks (new)

United Kingdom
Deborah Crombie: Now May You Weep (new)
E. Phillips Oppenheim: The Amazing Judgment (new)
Martin Edwards (ed.), Various Authors: The Long Arm of the Law, Final Acts, and Capital Crimes (all new)
Various Authors: Audible Originals: Bard and Skald (both new)
Margery Allingham: Coroner’s Pidgin (revisited on audio) and Hide My Eyes (new)
Agatha Christie: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, Murder Under the Sun, Evil Under the Sun, N or M?, The Secret Adversary, The Body in the Library, Poirot Investigates, Five Little Pigs, Partners in Crime and The Moving Finger (all reread / revisited on audio)
Elly Griffiths: The Crossing Places (new)
Anthony Berkeley: Jumping Jenny (new)
Joanna Hickson: The Tudor Crown (new)
Sharon Kay Penman: Time and Chance and Devil’s Brood (both new)
T.S. Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral (new)
Jean Anouilh: Becket (revisited on audio & movie)
Minette Walters: A Dreadful Murder (new)
James Goldman: The Lion in Winter (reread)
Sebastian Farr: Death on the Down Beat (new)
Georgette Heyer: The Convenient Marriage (new)
Catherine Aird: Parting Breath (new)
Joy Ellis: Crime on the Fens, Shadow Over the Fens, Hunted on the Fens, Killer on the Fens, Stalker on the Fens, Captive on the Fens, Buried on the Fens, Thieves on the Fens, Fire on the Fens, Darkness on the Fens, Hidden on the Fens, Secrets on the Fens, Fear on the Fens, Graves on the Fens, The Dying Light, Guide Star, Solace House, Marshlight, and Trick of the Night) (all new)
Virginia Woolf: Kew Gardens (new)
Caroline Graham: Death in Disguise (revisited on audio)
Glyn Daniel: The Cambridge Murders (new)
Nap Lombard: Murder’s a Swine (new)
Ian Rankin: A Heart Full of Headstones (new)
Graeme Davis (ed.), Various Authors: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (new)
Josephine Tey: The Man in the Queue, A Shilling for Candles, The Franchise Affair, To Love and Be Wise, The Daughter of Time, The Singing Sands, Miss Pym Disposes, and Brat Farrar (all revisited on audio)
Anthony Trollope: The Warden, Barchester Towers, Doctor Thorne, Framley Parsonage, The Small House at Allington, and The Last Chronicle of Barset (all new)
Mark Dawson, Steve Cavanagh: Scorpion (new)
H.C. Bailey: Mr Fortune, Please (new)
Victor L. Whitechurch: The Thorpe Hazell Mysteries (new)
James Krasner: Sherlock Holmes: Beyond the Elementary (new)
Various Authors: Classic Love Poems (revisited on audio)
M.R. James: Ghost Stories, Volume One (new)
Jennifer Paxton: 1066: The Year that Changed Everything (new)
Christianna Brand: Heads You Lose (revisited on audio)
Margaret C. Sullivan: The Jane Austen Handbook (new)
Andrea Penrose: Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens (new)
Sue Wilkes: A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England (new)
Anne Perry: The Face of a Stranger (new)

Andrea Carter: Death at Whitewater Church (new)
Edna O’Brien: Lantern Slides (new)

Inge Löhnig: Mörderkind (new)

Tove Jansson: Das Sommerbuch (new)

Ben Tomasson: Forsberg und das verschwundene Mädchen (new)

Jørn Lier Horst: When It Grows Dark (new)

The 2023 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2023, to date:
Books by female authors: 77
– new: 55
– rereads: 22

Books by male authors: 46
– new: 42
– rereads: 4

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 7
– new: 6
– rereads: 1

The Reading Lists:






WOMEN WRITERS (global list):



The 2022 Books:

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William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (new)

Ngaio Marsh: Black as He’s Painted (revisited on audio)
(Note: fictional country, but could well be Kenya)

Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (revisited on audio)





Zora Neale Hurston: Dust Tracks on a Road (new)
Phoebe Atwood Taylor: The Cape Cod Mystery (new)
Attica Locke: Bluebird, Bluebird (new)
Denise Hamilton (ed.), Various Authors: Los Angeles Noir (new)
Dana Stabenow: A Cold Day for Murder and A Fatal Thaw (both new)
Marcia Muller: Edwin of he Iron Shoes, Ask the Cards a Question, and The Cheshire Cat’s Eye (all new)
Michael McGarrity: Tularosa (new)
Chester Himes: The Real Cool Killers (new)
Amanda Quick: The Girl Who Knew too Much (new)
Isabel Wilkerson: Caste (new)
Denise Hamilton: Savage Garden (new)
Sue Grafton: “A” Is for Alibi (new)
Raymond Chandler: The Little Sister (new)
Sara Paretsky: Killing Orders (new)
Vera Caspary: Laura (new)
Margaret Millar: Vanish in an Instant (new)
Lauren Belfer: City of Light (new)
Kylie Logan: The Scent of Murder (new)
Nevada Barr: A Superior Death and Ill Wind (both new)
Karen Wynn Fonstad: The Atlas of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth (new)
Ross Macdonald: The Moving Target (new)
Various Authors: Pussy Tales (new)
Robert Foster: The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (new)
Lilian Jackson Braun: The Cat Who Said Cheese, The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, The Cat Wo Blew the Whistle, and The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (all new)
Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of the Fiery Fingers and The Case of the Velvet Claws (both new)
Samantha Downing: Sleeping Dogs Lie (new)
Jeffery Deaver: Date Night , Stay Tuned, and The Intruder (all new)
Donna Andrews: Murder with Peacocks, Murder with Puffins, and Dashing Through the Snowbirds (all new)
Barbara Hambly: A Free Man of Color, Fever Season, and Dragonsbane (all new)
Miranda James: Murder Past Due (new)
Suzanne Chazin: Jimmy Vega (new)
Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint (new)
Chris Cander: Grieving Conversations (new)
Margaret Mizushima: Killing Trail (new)
André Minninger: Die drei ???: Stille Nacht, düstere Nacht and Die drei ???: O du finstere (both new)
Emily March: The Christmas Pawdcast (new)
Ulf Blanck:  Die drei ???: 24 Tage Chaos im Zoo (new)
David Rosenfelt: Dachshund Through the Snow and Best in Snow (both new)
Jacqueline Frost: Twelve Slays of Christmas (new)
John Scalzi: The Dispatcher (new)
Carolyn Haines: Bones of Holly (new)

Margaret Millar: An Air That Kills (new)
Robertson Davies: Fifth Business (new)
The Audlib Project: Home 2020 (new)

Margaret Millar: Ask for Me Tomorrow (new)
Jessica Fletcher / Donald Bain: Murder, She Wrote: Margaritas and Murder (new)





Barbara Nadel: Land of the Blind (new)
Adrienne Mayor: The Poison King (new)

Agatha Christie: Come, Tell Me How You Live (new)

Abir Mukherjee: A Rising Man (new)

Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia (revisited on audio)

Rabih Alameddine: The Wrong End of the Telescope (new)

Agatha Christie: Appointment with Death (revisited on audio)

Seishi Yokomizo: The Honjin Murders (new)
Edogawa Rampo:
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Nisen dōka: The Two-Sen Copper Coin (both new)

Simon Beaufort: Murder in the Holy City (new)




Australia / Oceania

Fergus Hume: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (new)
Kate Forster: The Upside Down Christmas (new)





United Kingdom
Anthony Berkeley: Murder in the Basement (new)
Agatha Christie: Three-Act Tragedy, The ABC Murders, A Deadly Affair, Cards on the Table, Dumb Witness, Midsummer Mysteries, The Secret Adversary, N or M?, The Secret of Chimneys, The Seven Dials Mystery, Murder in Paradise, Murder under the Sun, And Then There Were NoneMurder Is Easy, Sad Cypress, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio)
Reginald Hill: A Clubbable Woman (new)
Priscilla Royal: Tyrant of the Mind, Sorrow Without End, and Justice for the Damned (all new)
Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, Mrs. Bradshaw’s Handbook, Small Gods (all new), Witches AbroadLords and Ladies, Hogfather (revisited on audio), and Mort, Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, and Eric (revisited via BBC radio dramatization collection)
Candace Robb: The Lady ChapelThe Nun’s Tale, and A Trust Betrayed (all new)
Helena Marchmont: Bunburry 1-3: Murder at the Mousetrap / A Murderous Ride / A Taste of Murder, Bunburry 4-6: Death of a Ladies’ Man / Drop Dead, Gorgeous / Murder in High Places, and Bunburry 7-9: Sweet Revenge / Sheep Secrets / Deadlier Than Fiction (all new)
Edmund Crispin: Love Lies Bleeding, Buried for Pleasure, and Holy Disorders (all new)
Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Cherringham 1-3: Murder on Thames / Mystery at the Manor / Murder by Moonlight, Cherringham 4-6: Thick as Thieves / Last Train to London / The Curse of Mabb’s Farm, Mydworth Mysteries 2 & 3: A Little Night Murder & London Calling!, and Cherringham 7-9: The Body in the Lake / Snowblind / Playing Dead (all new)
J. Jefferson Farjeon: The Z Murders (new)
Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh: Thrones, Dominations (new)
Vita Sackville-West: All Passion Spent, Seducers in Ecuador, The Heir, and Selected Writings (all new)
Virginia Woolf: Orlando (reread)
Michael Jecks: The Butcher of St. Peter’s (new)
Margot Bennett: The Man Who Didn’t Fly (new)
Kate Ellis: The Armada Boy (new)
Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West: Love Letters (new)
D.E. Stevenson: Miss Buncle’s Book (new)
Susanna Gregory: An Unholy Alliance (new)
Ann Cleeves: The Long Call, The Girls on the Shore, and A Lesson in Dying (all new)
Ngaio Marsh: Artists in Crime, Death in a White Tie, Death at the Bar, Swing, Brother, Swing, Last Ditch, and Clutch of Constables (all revisited on audio)
Ian Rankin:
Knots and Crosses and Hide and Seek (both revisited on audio)
Richard Osman: The Man Who Died Twice (new)
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings (twice), The Hobbit (both revisited on audio), The Silmarillion, The Children of Húrin, Unfinished Tales, Béren and Luthien, The Fall of Gondolin, The Lays of Beleriand, and Tales from the Perilous Realm (all new)
Jane Austen: The Watsons & Sanditon (revisited on audio)
Charlotte Brontë: Shirley (revisited on audio)
Martha Grimes: The Deer Leap, Help the Poor Struggler, I Am the Only Running Footman, The Five Bells and Bladebone, and The Old Silent (all revisited on audio)
Andy Serkis: Gollum: How We Made Movie Magic (new)
Ellis Peters: Monk’s Hood, St. Peter’s Fair, The Heretic’s Apprentice, The Potter’s Field, The Summer of the Danes, and Brother Cadfael’s Penance (all revisited on audio)
Deborah Crombie: Kissed a Sad Goodbye (new)
Peter Tremayne: Absolution by Murder (new)
Elizabeth Gaskell: Mary Barton (new)
Elizabeth George: Payment in Blood (revisited on audio)
Murder Squad: Many Happy Returns (new)
Cath Staincliffe: Blue Murder and Hit and Run (both new)
Francis Duncan: Murder Has a Motive (new)
Martin Edwards: The Coffin Trail (new)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon, and The Nine Tailors (all revisited on audio)
Caroline Graham: The Killings at Badger’s Drift and Death of a Hollow Man (both revisited on audio)
Tony Medawar (ed.), Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 5 (new)
Karen Menuhin: The Curse of Braeburn Castle (new)
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror (revisited on audio)
Ianthe Jerrold: Let Him Lie (new)
Martin Edwards, Various Authors: The Edinburgh Mystery and Other Tales of Scottish Crime, and Guilty Creatures (both new)
Hallie Rubenhold: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (new)
Peter Grainger: But for the Grace (new)
E.C.R. Lorac: Murder in the Mill-Race (new)
The Medieval Murderers: Hill of Bones (new)
Catherine Aird: The Stately Home Murder (new)
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens (revisited on audio)
Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things and The Monarch of the Glen (both new)
Judith Tarr: The Isle of Glass (new)
Rachel Joyce: A Snow Garden and Other Stories (new)
Carter Dickson: The White Priory Murders (new)
Various Authors, Cecily Gayford (ed.): Murder in the Falling Snow (reread)
Jenny Colgan: The Christmas Bookshop (new)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (revisited on audio)
Helene Hanff: 84 Charing Cross Road (new)
LJ Ross: Holy Island (new)

Donna Leon: The Jewels of Paradise (new)
Lindsey Davis: The Silver Pigs (new)
Ngaio Marsh: When in Rome (revisited on audio)
Peter Tremayne: Shroud for the Archbishop (new)
Julie Lipson: Snow Day (new)

Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin, Gentleman cambrioleur, Arsène Lupin, and Arsène Lupin contre Herlock Sholmes (all new)
James Baldwin: Giovanni’s Room (new)
Agatha Christie: Death in the Clouds (revisited on audio)
Georges Simenon: Maigret: Collected Cases (Classic Radio Crime): Maigret Goes Home, Maigret in Montmartre, Maigret Has Scruples, Maigret in Society, Maigret Sets a Trap (mostly new)
Gigi Pandian: The Lost Gargoyle of Paris (new)
Peter Mayle: The Vintage Caper (new)

Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: Roseanna (new)

Nancy Spain: Death Goes on Skis (new)
(Note: Fictional setting, but country clearly modeled on Switzerland)

Vladimir Nabokov: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and Speak: Memory (both new)

Arturo Pérez-Reverte: Captain Alatriste (new)
Michael Jecks: The Templar’s Penance (new)
Akashic Noir, Various Authors: Barcelona Noir (new)

Tim Hodkinson: Lions of the Grail (new)
Dervla McTiernan: The Sisters, The Roommate, and The Ruin (all new)

Hans Christian Andersen: The Brave Tin Soldier and Other Fairy Tales and The Emperor’s New Clothes and Other Fairy Tales (both revisited on audio)


The 2022 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2022:
Books by female authors: 139
– new: 90
– rereads: 49

Books by male authors: 87
– new: 72
– rereads: 15

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 13
– new: 12
– rereads: 1



The 2021 Books:

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South Africa
Agatha Christie: The Man in the Brown Suit (revisited on audio)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Dear Ijeawele (new)

Rebecca Tinsley: When the Stars Fall to Earth (new)

Tsitsi Dangarembga: Nervous Conditions (new)

Mukoma wa Ngugi: Nairobi Heat (new)

Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (revisited on audio)

Assia Djebar: L’amour, la fantasia (new)

Martha Gellhorn: Travels with Myself and Another (new)



Kamala Harris: The Truths We Hold (new)
Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God (new)
Barack Obama: A Promised Land (new)
Toni Morrison: Sula (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Carol, or, The Price of Salt (new)
S.J. Rozan: China Trade (new)
Anne Tyler: Vinegar Girl (new)
John Steinbeck: Travels with Charley in Search of America, The Winter of Our Discontent and The Moon Is Down (all new)
Nella Larsen: Passing (new)
Ursula K. Le Guin: No Time to Spare, A Wizard of Earthsea, and The Lathe of Heaven (all new)
Joy Harjo: Crazy Brave (new)
Marcie R. Rendon: Murder on the Red River and Girl Gone Missing (both new)
Nora Ephron: I Remember Nothing (new)
Mystery Writers of America, Anne Perry (ed.), Various Authors: Odd Partners (new)
Chester Himes: A Rage in Harlem (new)
Sara Paretsky: Deadlock (new)
Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (new)
Robert B. Parker: Small Vices (reread)
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: Murder Is My Racquet and Murder at the Foul Line (both new)
Bernard Malamud: The Natural (new)
Philip Roth: The Plot Against America (new)
Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini (new)
Julie Smith: Louisiana Hotshot (new)
Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm (new)
Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust (new)
Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (revisited on audio)
Michael Connelly: Fair Warning, The Law of Innocence, and The Dark Hours (all new)
Michael Connelly (ed.), Various Authors: Murder in Vegas (new)
Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven and Annabel Lee (both revisited on audio)
Preet Bharara: Doing Justice (new)
Alafair Burke: Never Tell (new)
Julie Schumacher: Dear Committee Members (new)
Donna Andrews: The Twelve Jays of Christmas (new)
Amy Pershing: An Eggnog to Die For (new)
Jessica Fletcher / Donald Bain: Manhattans and Murder (new)

Gabriel García Márquez: El coronel no tiene quien le escriba / No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories (new)

Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride (new)
Katherena Vermette: The Break (new)
Charlotte MacLeod: Murder Goes Mumming (new)

Trinidad & Tobago
Various Authors: Trinidad Noir (new)

Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate (new)



Saudi Arabia
Zahra Hankir (ed.): Our Women on the Ground (new)

Robert van Gulik (transl.), Anonymous: Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An) (revisited on audio)
Maxine Hong Kingston: The Warrior Woman (new)

Orhan Pamuk: My Name Is Red (new)
Jason Goodwin: The Janissary Tree (new)

Dalai Lama: Introduction to Buddhism (new)

Russia (Siberia)
Juri Rytchëu (Yury Rytkheu): Wenn die Wale fortziehen (When the Whales Leave) (new)

Valerie Hansen: The Silk Road (new)

A.M. Stuart: Singapore Sapphire (new)


Australia / Oceania

New Zealand
Ngaio Marsh: Died in the Wool, Colour Scheme, Vintage Murder, Photo Finish (all revisited on audio) and Black Beech and Honeydew (new)

Solomon Islands
Graeme Kent: Devil-Devil and One Blood (both new)

Peter Temple: Black Tide and The Broken Shore (both new)



United Kingdom
J.J. Connington: Mystery at Lynden Sands (new)
Agatha Christie: Crooked House, A Pocket Full of Rye, The Secret of Chimneys, A Murder Is Announced, The Murder of Dr. Ackroyd, The Big Four, The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, The Seven Dials Mystery, The Murder at the Vicarage, Murder in the Mews, Cards on the Table, The Sittaford Mystery, Peril at End House, Midsummer Mysteries, Lord Edgware Dies, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, The Last Séance, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio), The Lie, Spider’s Web, and Giant’s Bread (writing as Mary Westmacott) (all new)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Blood on the Tracks and Resorting to Murder (both rereads), Vintage Crime and Murder by the Book (both new)
Graham Greene: The Fallen Idol (new)
Zadie Smith: Feel Free (new)
John Le Carré: Call for the Dead (new) and A Murder of Quality (revisited on audio)
Shaun Bythell: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops (new)
Ellis Peters: Fallen into the Pit (new)
Nicholas Blake: Minute for Murder and The Sad Variety (both new)
Philip Gooden: The Salisbury Manuscript (new)
The Medieval Murderers: Sword of Shame (revisited on audio)
Christianna Brand: Death of Jezebel (new)
Terry Pratchett: EricMoving Pictures, Reaper Man, and Maskerade (all new) and Hogfather (revisited on audio)
Patricia Wentworth: The Key (revisited on audio)
Georgette Heyer: The Grand Sophy and Sylvester (both new); Duplicate Death (revisited on audio)
Michael Jecks: The Chapel of Bones (new)
John Mortimer: Murderers and Other Friends (new)
Simon Beaufort (Susanna Gregory): Deadly Inheritance (new)
Harriet Rutland: Knock, Murderer, Knock , Bleeding Hooks, and Blue Murder (all new)
Ngaio Marsh: A Surfeit of Lampreys, Grave Mistake, Enter a Murderer, Final Curtain, Opening Night, Death at the Dolphin, Light Thickens, Overture to Death, Death and the Dancing Footman, Tied Up in Tinsel, and Off With His Head (all revisited on audio)
William Shakespeare: Richard II and Twelfth Night (both revisited on audio)
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (all revisited on audio)
Joanna Cannan: Murder Included and They Rang Up the Police (both new)
Ann Cleeves: Red Bones and Blue Lightning (both new)
Martha Grimes: The Old Fox Deceiv’d, The Man With a Load of Mischief, The Anodyne Necklace, The Dirty Duck, and Jerusalem Inn (all revisited on audio)
Daphne Du Maurier: My Cousin Rachel (new)
Catherynne M. Valente: Space Opera (new)
Val McDermid: Still Life (new)
Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery (revisited on audio)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Clouds of Witness and The Five Red Herrings (both revisited on audio)
Sharon Kay Penman: The Sunne in Splendour (reread)
Molly Thynne: He Dies and Makes No Sign (new)
Leonard Gribble: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (new)
Dick Francis: High Stakes (new)
Stephen Fry: The Stars’ Tennis Balls (new)
Josephine Tey: Richard of Bordeaux (as Gordon Daviot) (new)
Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Tin Man and Bertie and the Seven Bodies (both new)
Julian Symons: The Players and the Game (new)
Bernardine Evaristo: The Emperor’s Babe (new)
Virginia Woolf: A Haunted HouseFlush, The Voyage Out, and Night and Day (all new)
P.G. Wodehouse: The Clicking of Cuthbert (new)
J.M. Gregson: Murder at the Nineteenth (new)
F. Tennyson Jesse, Lassiter Wren, Randle McKay: The Baffle Book (new)
E.C.R. Lorac: Checkmate to Murder, Two-Way Murder, and These Names Make Clues (all new)
Colin Dexter: The Daughters of Cain (revisited on audio)
Elizabeth George: Playing for the Ashes (revisited on audio)
C.P. Snow: Death Under Sail (new)
P.D. James: Devices and Desires (revisited on audio)
Cyril Hare: Death Is No Sportsman (new)
Joy Ellis: The Night Thief (new)
Richard Osman: The Thursday Murder Club (new)
Karen Menuhin: The Black Cat Murders and Murder at Melrose Court (both new)
Brian Flynn: The Five Red Fingers (new)
Mary Kelly: The Spoilt Kill (new)
Kate Ellis: The Merchant’s House (new)
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor (new)
E.C. Bentley & H. Warner Allen: Trent’s Own Case (new)
Elizabeth Bowen: The Demon Lover (new)
Ruth Downie: Medicus (new)
David Allan Day (ed.), Various Authors: The Old Haunts (new)
Katherine Mansfield: The Garden Party and Other Stories (new)
William McIlvanney: Laidlaw (new)
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly and Swan Song (new)
Tony Medawar, Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 4 (new)
Members of the Detection Club: Six Against the Yard (new)
Josephine Bell: The Port of London Murders (revisited on audio)
Martin Edwards: Gallows Court (new)
Catherine Aird: The Religious Body and Henrietta Who? (both new)
Beryl Bainbridge: According to Queeney (new)
Nancy Mitford: Wigs on the Green (new)
Margaret Oliphant: The Library Window (new)
Matthew Costello & Neil Richards: Mydworth Mysteries: A Shot in the Dark (new)
Rupert Latimer: Murder After Christmas (new)
Moray Dalton: The Night of Fear (new)
Various Authors: Murder for Christmas (revisited on audio)
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (revisited on audio)
Anthony Berkeley: The Wintringham Mystery (new)
Various Authors: Murder Under the Christmas Tree (reread)
Rosamunde Pilcher: Winter Solstice (new)

Alexandre Dumas: Les trois mousquetaires (reread; audio & print)
Georges Simenon: Les vacances de Maigret (new)
Agatha Christie: The Mystery of the Blue Train (revisited on audio)
Arthur Conan Doyle: Sir Nigel (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game (new)
David Dodge: To Catch a Thief (new)
John Dickson Carr: It Walks by Night (new)

Graham Greene: The Third Man (revisited on audio)
Mary Stewart: Airs Above the Ground (new)
Carol Carnac: Crossed Skis (new)

Patrick Radden Keefe: Say Nothing (new)

Patrick Leigh Fermor: The Broken Road (new)

Olivia Manning: The Spoilt City (new)

Charlotte Brontë: Villette (new)
(Note: Fictional location, but based on Brontë’s stay and experience in Brussels.)

Ursula K.. Le Guin: Lavinia (new)
Italo Calvino: The Castle of Crossed Destinies (new)

Gary Corby: The Ionian Sanction and Sacred Games (both new)

Otfried Preußler: Die kleine Hexe (reread)

George Sand: Un hiver à Majorque (new)
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: El maestro de esgrima (The Fencing Master) (new)

Various Authors: Helsinki Noir (new)

Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio)
(Note: Yugoslavia at the time of the writing — but the action is set after the train has passed Vinkovci, aka “The Gateway to Croatia”.)


The 2021 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2021, to date:
Books by female authors: 138
– new: 86
– rereads: 52

Books by male authors: 90
– new: 66
– rereads: 24

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 18
– new: 13
– rereads: 5



The 2020 Books:


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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We Should All Be Feminists (new)

South Africa
Agatha Christie: The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 (new)

Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing (new)

Gaël Faye: Petit pays (Small Country) (new)

Phyllis Wheatley: Memoir and Poems (new)

Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (revisited on audio – twice)



Martha Wells: All Systems Red (new)
Sarah-Jane Stratford: Radio Girls (new)
Various Authors, Lee Child (ed.): Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance (new)
Tamora Pierce: Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hands of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant (all new)
Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora (new)
Sonia Sotomayor: My Beloved World (new)
Charles Portis: True Grit (new)
Sara Paretsky: Indemnity Only (new)
Lee Goldberg: Lost Hills (new)
Anne Fadiman: Confessions of a Common Reader (new)
Martha Grimes: The Horse You Came In On (new)
Anthony Boucher: The Case of the Baker Street Originals (new)
Otto Penzler (ed.) & Various Authors: Murder at the Racetrack, Dangerous Women, and Bibliomysteries (all new)
Ian Doescher: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Verily, A New Hope (new)
Ellery Queen: The Roman Hat Mystery, The Chinese Orange Mystery , Calamity Town, and The Egyptian Cross Mystery (all new)
Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve (new)
Michael Connelly: The Night Fire (new)
Aimée and David Thurlo: Second Sunrise (new)
Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Tom Dooley (new)
Alice Hoffman: The River King (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground (new)
Julie Smith & Various Authors: New Orleans Noir (new)
Jacques Futrelle: The Thinking Machine at Work (new)
Barbara Neely: Blanche on the Lam (new)
Donna Andrews: The Gift of the Magpie (new)
Robert B. Parker: Silent Night (new)
Charlotte MacLeod (ed.) & Various Authors: Mistletoe Mysteries (new)

Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place (new)

Nicholas Shakespeare: The Dancer Upstairs (new)

Agatha Christie: A Caribbean Mystery (revisited on audio)

Elena John: Unburnable (new)



Mia Alvar: In the Country (new)

Rafik Schami: Murmeln meiner Kindheit (My Childhood’s Marbles) and Eine Hand voller Sterne (A Handful of Stars) (both new)

Barbara Cleverly: Ragtime in Simla (new)

Eve Makis: The Spice Box Letters (new)

Anita Amirrezvani: The Blood of Flowers (new)


Australia / Oceania

Holly Throsby: Goodwood (new)

New Zealand
Medieval Murderers: The Lost Prophecies (reread)
(Note: Counting for the book’s final episode, which is set in a post-apocalyptic version of NZ.)



United Kingdom
Gladys Mitchell: Death Comes at Christmas (aka Dead Men’s Morris), Speedy Death, The Mystery of a Butcher’s ShopThe Saltmarsh Murders, and Death at the Opera (all new)
Agatha Christie: 12 Radio MysteriesTowards ZeroOrdeal by InnocenceThe Harlequin Tea Set and Other StoriesCat Among the Pigeons, Dumb Witness, Elephants Can Remember, Poirot Investigates, Poirot’s Early Cases, At Bertram’s Hotel, Sleeping Murder, Nemesis (twice), Murder in the Mews and Other Stories, Sad Cypress, The Hollow, The A.B.C. Murders, 4:50 from Paddington, A Murder Is Announced, The Thirteen Problems, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary, The Murder on the Links, Midwinter Murder, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio), as well as Black Coffee (play) (new)
E.M. Delafield: The Diary of a Provincial Lady (new)
Dorothy Dunnett: The Game of Kings (new)
David Ashton: McLevy, Series 1 & 2 (new)
Elizabeth George: I, Richard and Careless in Red (both revisited on audio)
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice (twice), Overture to DeathLight ThickensDead WaterDeath at the BarEnter a MurdererA Man Lay DeadDeath on the Air and Other StoriesWhen in RomeSinging in the ShroudsFalse Scent, Final Curtain, Tied Up in Tinsel, Off With His Head (aka Death of a Fool), and Death and the Dancing Footman (all revisited on audio)
Tony Riches: Jasper and Henry (both new)
John Bercow: Unspeakable (new)
Patricia Wentworth: The Case of William SmithThe Case Is Closed, Pilgrim’s Rest, and Lonesome Road (all new), Miss Silver Comes to Stay, and The Clock Strikes Twelve(rereads)
Colin Dexter: Last Bus to Woodstock  and The Dead of Jericho (both revisited on audio)
Raymond Postgate: Somebody at the Door, Verdict of Twelve , and The Ledger Is Kept (all new)
Ellis Peters: The Sanctuary Sparrow, An Excellent Mystery, One Corpse too Many, The Devil’s Novice, The Heretic’s Apprentice, Monk’s Hood, A Morbid Taste for Bones, and The Raven in the Foregate (all revisited on audio)
J. Jefferson Farjeon: Thirteen Guests (new)
Terry Manners: The Man Who Became Sherlock Holmes (new)
Margery Allingham: The Beckoning LadyBlack Plumes (both new), Death of a GhostMystery MileSweet DangerDancers in MourningFlowers for the Judge, and Police at the Funeral (all revisited on audio), My Friend Mr. Campion and Other Stories, More Work for the Undertaker, Coroner’s Pidgin (all new), and The Case of the Late Pig (twice) (reread)
P.D. James: BBC 4 Radio Collection (7 full cast adaptations) and Devices and Desires (all revisited on audio)
Keith Frankel: Granada’s Greatest Detective (new)
Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law, Tenant for Death, and Suicide Excepted (all new)
Georgette Heyer: No Wind of Blame and Envious Casca (both rereads)
Joy Ellis: The Patient Man and They Disappeared (bot new)
Anne Perry: Defend and Betray, and A Christmas Hope (both new)
Michael Cox: A Study in Celluloid (new)
Emmuska Orczy: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard and Skin o’ My Tooth (both new)
Val McDermid: Broken Ground (new)
Josephine Tey: A Daughter of Time and Brat Farrar (rereads), as well as Miss Pym DisposesDickon (as Gordon Daviot), The Man in the QueueTo Love and Be WiseA Shilling for Candles, and The Singing Sands (all new)
Detection Club: Ask a Policeman (new)
Susanna Gregory: An Unholy Alliance and A Killer in Winter (both new)
R. Austin Freeman: The Red Thumb Mark and The Adventures of Dr. Thorndyke (aka The Singing Bone) (both new)
Alan Melville: Weekend at Thrackley (new)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Busman’s Honeymoon (play and novel, new and audio revisit, respectively)Love All (play, new), Have His Carcase, Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors (twice), The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Hangman’s Holiday, Lord Peter Views the Body, Unnatural Death, In the Teeth of the Evidence (all revisited on audio), and The Lost Tools of Learning (new)
Bernard Capes: The Mystery of the Skeleton Key (new)
Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone (new)
P.G. Wodehouse: Thank You, Jeeves and Jeeves in the Offing (both new)
Clemence Dane & Helen Simpson: Enter Sir John (new)
Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local (new)
Christianna Brand: Green for DangerDeath in High HeelsTour de ForceHeads You Lose, Suddenly at His Residence, and Fog of Doubt (all new)
Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other (new)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Ultimate Sherlock Holmes Collection (posthumous compilation) (audio revisit of selected short stories), Tales for a Winter’s Night / Round the Fire Stories (partly reread / mostly new), and The Blue Carbuncle (revisited on audio)
Clemence Dane: A Bill of Divorcement (new)
E.F. Benson: The Blotting Book (new)
J.K. Rowling: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantstic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages (all audio)
A.E.W. Mason: At the Villa Rose (new)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Deep Waters, Resorting to Murder, Continental Crimes, Serpents in Eden, Blood on the Tracks, Murder at the Manor, Settling Scores, and A Surprise for Christmas and Other Stories (all new)
Candace Robb: The Riddle of St. Leonard’s (new)
Nicholas Blake: The Beast Must Die (new)
Anthony Gilbert: Death in Fancy Dress (new)
Kathryn Harkup: Death by Shakespeare (new)
Patricia Moyes: The Sunken Sailor (new)
Michael Jecks: The Malice of Unnatural Death and The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (both new)
T.S. Eliot: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (revisited on audio)
J.J. Connington: Nordenholt’s Million (new)
Emmuska Orczy, Maurice Leblanc, Victor L. Whitechurch, Freeman Wills Crofts: Classic Railway Murders ((largely) new)
Paul Doherty: Bloodstone and The Nightingale Gallery (both new)
Tony Medawar (ed.) & Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 3 (new)
Julian Symons: The Progress of a Crime (new)
Ian Rankin: A Song for the Dark Times (new)
The Medieval Murderers: The Deadliest Sin (new)
Deborah Crombie: Dreaming of the Bones (new)
Josephine Bell: The Port of London Murders (new)
Michael Innes: There Came Both Mist and Snow (new)
Lesley Cookman: Murder in Midwinter and Murder out of Tune (both new)
Matthew Costello & Neil Richards: Cherringham: Secret Santa (new)
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest (revisited on audio)
Molly Thynne: The Crime at the ‘Noah’s Ark’ (new)
Christopher Bush: Dancing Death (new)
Moray Dalton: The Night of Fear (new)
Stuart MacBride: 12 Days of Winter (new)
Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (revisited on audio)
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (revisited on audio)
Brian Flynn: The Murders near Mapleton (new)

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: The Legacy (new)
A.S. Byatt: Ragnarok (new)

Patricia Moyes: Dead Men Don’t Ski (new)

J. Jefferson Farjeon: Seven Dead (new)
Freeman Wills Crofts: The Cask (new)
Jean-Francois Parot: L’énigme des Blancs-Manteaux (new)
James MacManus: Black Venus (new)

Helene Tursten: Night Rounds (new)

Patrick Leigh Fermor: Between the Woods and the Water (new)

Olivia Manning: The Great Fortune (new)

Lili Grün: Alles ist Jazz (new)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saša Stanišić: Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert and Herkunft (both new)

Ranka Nikolić: Mord mit Meerblick (new)
Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio – twice)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Über Kunst und Altertum in den Rhein- und Main-Gegenden (new)
Irmgard Wolf & Manfred Engelhardt: Mit Goethe am Rhein (new)

The Netherlands
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Foreign Bodies (new)
(Note: Anthology featuring stories from around the world, attributing it to NL because of the two Dutch entries)

Naomi Novik: Spinning Silver
(Note: Set in a fictional country, but linguistically, culturally and plot-wise, this is drenched in all things Slav, particularly Russian.)

W. Stanley Moss: Ill Met by Moonlight (new)


The 2020 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2020:
Books by female authors: 176
– new: 91
– rereads: 85

Books by male authors: 73
– new: 64
– rereads: 9

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 22
– new: 21
– rereads: 1



The 2019 Books:

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)

Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)
Agatha Christie:Murder on the Nile (new) and Death on the Nile (revisited on audio)

Alexandra Fuller: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (new)

Laila Lalami: The Moor’s Account (new)

Clea Koff:The Bone Woman (new)

Kofi Annan: Interventions: A Life in War and Peace (new)

Sierra Leone
Aminatta Forna:The Memory of Love (new)

Democratic Republic of Congo
Sandra Uwiringiyimana: How Dare the Sun Rise (new)



Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)
Mary Roberts Rinehart:The Red Lamp (new)
Nevada Barr: Track of the Cat (new)
Louise Erdrich: The Plague of Doves (new)
James D. Doss: The Night Visitor (new)
Ann Leckie:The Raven Tower (new)
Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (eds.) & Various Authors:A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (new)
Bob Berman:Earth-Shattering (new)
Fredric Brown:The Dead Ringer (new)
Jim Butcher:The Aeronaut’s Windlass (new)
Anna Katharine Green:The Golden Slipper (new)
Toni Morrison: Beloved (new)
Clayton Rawson:Death from a Top Hat (new)
Delia Owens:Where the Crawdads Sing (new)
Rex Stout: And Be a Villain (new)
Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen (new)
Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke (revisited)
Dennis Lehane: The Given Day (new)
Sharyn McCrumb: The Unquiet Grave (new)
Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell, Steven Kramer & Various Contributors: Evil Has a Name (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train (new)
Susan Orlean: The Library Book (new)
Dorothy B. Hughes: The So Blue Marble (new)
Donna Andrews:Owl Be Home for Christmas (new)
Louisa May Alcott:The Christmas Stories (individually part new, part revisited; new as a collection)

* Puerto Rico
Rosario Ferré:The House on the Lagoon (new)

Stef Penney: The Tenderness of Wolves (new)
Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed and The Testaments (both new); The Handmaid’s Tale (revisited on audio)
Louise Penny: Still Life (new)

Clarice Lispector:The Hour of the Star (new)

John le Carré: The Night Manager (new)

Dominican Republic
Julia Alvarez: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (new)

Tom Reis:The Black Count (new)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia:Gods of Jade and Shadow (new)

Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton (new)

Kathy Reichs: Grave Secrets (new)

Agatha Christie: A Caribbean Mystery (revisited on audio)
(Note: The book was inspired by Christie’s own visit to Barbados; presumably the book’s fictional island setting of “St. Honoré” is thus based on Barbados.)



Xinran:The Good Women of China (new)

Shizuko Natsuki:Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)

North Korea
Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names (new)

South Korea
Min Jin Lee:Pachinko (new)

Sri Lanka
Michael Ondaatje: Anil’s Ghost (new)

Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve (new)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Sister of My Heart (new)
M.M. Kaye:Death in Kashmir (new)
William Dalrymple: The Last Mughal (new)
Anne Perry: A Christmas Garland (new)

Chingiz Aitmatov: Jamilia (new)

Laurence Bergreen: Over the Edge of the World (new)

Gertrude Bell, Georgina Howell (ed.): A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert (new)

Banine:Days in the Caucasus (new)

Zen Cho:Sorcerer to the Crown (new)

Israel / Palestine
Agatha Christie:Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (new)


Australia / Oceania

Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock (new)
Trudi Canavan: The Magicians’ Guild (new)

New Zealand
Ngaio Marsh:Vintage Murder, Died in the Wool, and Photo Finish (all revisited on audio)
Witi Ihimaera: The Whale Rider (new)



United Kingdom
Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)
Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets (new)
P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)
Agatha Christie: The Big Four, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, The Unexpected Guest, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary (twice), Parker Pyne Investigates, The Mysterious Mr. Quin, The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, Hallowe’en Party, And Then There Were None, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, The Witness for the Prosecution, The Golden Ball and Other Stories, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio; The Unexpected Guest also in print); as well as The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Personal Call / Murder in the Mews (new)
Elizabeth Ferrars: Murder Among Friends (new)
Barbara Pym:Excellent Women, Quartet in Autumn, and An Unsuitable Attachment (all new)
Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters(both revisited on audio), Mort, Sourcery, Guards! Guards!, Monstrous Regiment, Pyramids (all new) and Hogfather (revisited on audio)
Georgette Heyer: Why Shoot a Butler?, They Found Him Dead, A Blunt Instrument, The Unfinished Clue, and Footsteps in the Dark (all new)
Nicholas Blake: A Question of Proof, Thou Shell of Death, and The Case of the Abominable Snowman (all new)
Joy Ellis: The Murderer’s Son, The Fourth Friend, The Guilty Ones, The Stolen Boys, andBeware the Past, and Five Bloody Hearts(all new)
Peter Grainger:An Accidental Death (new)
Elizabeth Gaskell: My Lady Ludlow (new)
Various Authors / Contributors: Agatha Christie Close Up: A Radio Investigation (new)
Virginia Woolf: The String Quartet (new)
John Buchan: The 39 Steps (revisited on audio)
Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (new)
Ellis Peters: The Hermit of Eyton Forest, Dead Man’s Ransom, The Leper of Saint Giles, St. Peter’s Fair, The Virgin in the Ice, Monk’s Hood (twice), and The Rose Rent (all revisited on audio)
Patricia Wentworth: The Alington Inheritance, The Gazebo, The Benevent Treasure, Anna, Where are You?, The Key, The Ivory Dagger, Out of the Past, The Silent Pool, The Catherine Wheel, The Fingerprint, and Eternity Ring (all new)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body? (twice) and The Five Red Herrings (both revisited on audio)
Martin Fido: The World of Sherlock Holmes (new)
Ian Rankin: In a House of Lies (new)
John le Carré: Our Game and A Murder of Quality (both new)
Martin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher: Furry Logic (new)
The Detection Club:The Floating Admiral (revisited on audio)
Tony Medawar (ed.) & var. Golden Age mystery writers: Bodies from the Libary and Bodies from the Library 2 (both new)
Peter Lovesey: The Last Detective (new)
Colin Dexter: Morse’s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (new)
Miles Burton:The Secret of High Eldersham (new)
Ngaio Marsh: The Nursing Home Murder and Death and the Dancing Footman (both revisited on audio)
Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery (new)
Ronald Knox: The Three Taps and The Body in the Silo (both new)
Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility (revisited on audio)
Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams:Skeletons (new)
Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery (new)
Julian Symons: The Belting Inheritance (new)
Israel Zangwill: The Perfect Crime, aka The Big Bow Mystery (new)
Richard Hull: The Murder of My Aunt (new)
Elizabeth George: Deception on His Mind (revisited on audio)
Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (new)
C.J. Sansom: Tombland (new)
Winifred Holtby: South Riding (new)
Wendy Moore: Wedlock (new)
J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy (new)
Ruth Rendell: A Sleeping Life and The Monster in the Box (both new)
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens (revisited on audio)
Candace Robb: The Apothecary Rose and A Gift of Sanctuary (both new)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Mystery of Cloomber, Lot No. 249, The Sealed Room, Danger! (all new), The Speckled Band, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and Sherlock Holmes: Three Tales of Intrigue (all revisited on audio)
Cary Elwes: As You Wish (new)
Diarmaid MacCulloch: Thomas Cromwell (new)
Ben Schott: Jeeves and the King of Clubs (new)
Hesketh Pearson: Conan Doyle: His Life and Art (new)
Arthur Conan Doyle & Various Contributors: The Essential Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (new)
Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (new)
James Hilton:Was It Murder? (new)
Priscilla Royal:Wine of Violence (new)
Peter Ackroyd:Hawksmoor (new)
Michael Gilbert:Smallbone Deceased (new)
Anthony Rolls:Scarweather (new)
Margery Allingham:The White Cottage Mystery (new)
Various Authors:The Lady Detectives, and The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes’ Rival Detectives (both new)
Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (revisited on audio)
Catherine Louisa Pirkis: The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective (new)
Ann Cleeves: Raven Black and White Nights (both new)
J.B. Priestley: An Inspector Calls (new)
Joseph Conrad: The Heart of Darkness (revisited on audio)
Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Players (new) and Chocolat (revisited on audio)
J.V. Turner: Below the Clock (new)
Tom Parker Bowles: The Cook Book: Fortnum and Mason (new)
Peter May: The Lewis Man (new)
Edmund Crispin: Glimpses of the Moon (new)
John Dickson Carr:The Hollow Man (revisited on audio) and Death-Watch (new)
Michael Innes:Death at the President’s Lodging (new)
Gladys Mitchell: Murder in the Snow (revisited on audio) and Death Comes at Christmas (new)
E.C.R. Lorac:Murder by Matchlight (new)
Chris Ewan:The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris (new)
Cyril Hare: An English Murder (new)
Lesley Cookman:Murder in Steeple Martin (new)
Mary Kelly:The Christmas Egg (new)
Angela Thirkell:High Rising (new)
Anne Perry: A Christmas Beginning and A Christmas Odyssey (both new)
Emma Thompson & Greg Wise (eds.) & Various Authos: Last  Christmas (new)

Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)

Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)
Madeline Miller: Circe (new)
Plato:Timaeus and Critias (new)

Astrid Lindgren:Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren: Tagebücher 1939-1945 (A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45) (new)

Emmuska Orczy:The Elusive Pimpernel (new)
Sarah Bakewell: At the Existentialist Café (new)

Agatha Christie:Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio, twice)
(Note: Yugoslavia at the time of the writing — but the action is set after the train has passed Vinkovci, aka “The Gateway to Croatia”.)

Dolores Redondo:El guardián invisible / The Invisible Guardian (new)
Manuel Vicent:Son de mar / Der Gesang der Wellen (new)
Matthew G. Lewis: The Monk (new)

Andrea Camilleri: The Shape of Water (new)

John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany and Absolute Friends (both new)

Nina Blazon:Siebengeschichten (new)

Sofi Oksanen:Fegefeuer (The Purge) (new)

Teffi: Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea (new)
(Note: Counting Russia as European here, not Asian, as the author is from — and this particular book is set in — the country’s European part.)

Katrine Engberg:Krokodilwächter (The Tenant) (new)


The 2019 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2019:
Books by female authors: 152
– new: 107
– rereads: 45

Books by male authors: 85
– new: 75
– rereads: 10

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 10
– new: 9
– rereads: 1


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