Read in 2021

Here is a list of all the books I’ve read in 2021 in chronological order. I have given each book a rating, with five stars being the highest (based purely on how much I enjoyed the book). I try to review every book I read, though not necessarily in the order that I finish reading them!

January

1. The Land Beyond the Sea by Sharon Penman (2020) *****
2. The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brien (2020) ***
3. Islands of Mercy by Rose Tremain (2020) **
4. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (1942) ****
5. The Light Ages by Seb Falk (2020) ***
6. The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki (1810) *****
7. Rags of Time by Michael Ward (2019) *****
8. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (2019) ***
9. The Soul Thief by Cecelia Holland (2002) ***
10. Ashes by Christopher de Vinck (2020) ***
11. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (2017) ****

February

12. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (2021) ***
13. Hare Sitting Up by Michael Innes (1959) ****
14. Good by Stealth by Henrietta Clandon (1936) *****
15. Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (2021) *****
16. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie (1940) ****
17. A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago (2021) ***

March

18. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (2021) *****
19. The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins (2020) ****
20. Imperfect Alchemist by Naomi Miller (2020) ***
21. The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRoux (2020) ***
22. The Deadly Truth by Helen McCloy (1941) ****
23. The Prophet by Martine Bailey (2021) ****
24. The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand (2020) ****
25. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (1945) ****
26. The Drowned City by KJ Maitland (2021) ****
27. The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea (2021) ****
28. The Pact by Sharon Bolton (2021) ****

April

29. The Killer of the Princes in the Tower by MJ Trow (2021) ****
30. The Damask Rose by Carol McGrath (2021) ***
31. The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale (2020) ***
32. Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal (2021) ****
33. Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis (1936) ***
34. River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay (2013) ***
35. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (1936) ***
36. John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk (2012) ****
37. The Royal Secret by Andrew Taylor (2021) *****
38. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (2021) ****
39. The Hardie Inheritance by Anne Melville (1990) *****
40. The Protector by SJ Deas (2015) ****
41. The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji (1987) ***
42. The Rich Earth by Pamela Oldfield (1980) ***

May

43. The Horseman by Tim Pears (2017) **
44. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie (1953) ****
45. Myself When Young by Daphne du Maurier (1977) ***
46. The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley (2021) *****

June

47. China by Edward Rutherfurd (2021) *****
48. Still Life by Sarah Winman (2021) ****
49. The Wrecking Storm by Michael Ward (2021) ****
50. Nemesis by Agatha Christie (1971) ****
51. The Last Daughter by Nicola Cornick (2021) *****

July

52. Red Adam’s Lady by Grace Ingram (1973) ****
53. High Rising by Angela Thirkell (1933) ****
54. The Echo Chamber by John Boyne (2021) *****
55. Death in Zanzibar by M.M. Kaye (1959) *****
56. Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (2014) *****
57. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (1930) ****
58. I Will Repay by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1906) ****
59. Cecily by Annie Garthwaite (2021) ****

August

60. St Martin’s Summer by Rafael Sabatini (1909) *****
61. The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani (2021) ***
62. Rose Nicolson by Andrew Greig (2021) *****
63. The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach by Jas Treadwell (2021) ****
64. The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude (1936) ****
65. A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry (2021) ****
66. The Man Who Wasn’t There by Henrietta Hamilton (2021) ***
67. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (1941) *****
68. The Green Gauntlet by RF Delderfield (1968) *****
69. The Women of Troy by Pat Barker (2021) ****

September

70. Goodbye, Mr Chips by James Hilton (1934) ***
71. Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (1872) ***
72. Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies (2021) ****
73. Katherine Parr, the Sixth Wife by Alison Weir (2021) *****
74. An Evening with Claire by Gaito Gazdanov (1930) ***
75. The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (1985) ***
76. Crooked House by Agatha Christie (1949) *****