Well, you can blame Cleopatra Loves Books for this one…
Apparently My Name In Books was a meme that went around over the summer (and over my head as well – never noticed it) but I thought I’d give it a go – namely spelling out my name in the titles of my favourite books. Now, there’s an obvious problem with a name like The Puzzle Doctor – can you spot it? But nevertheless, I thought it was worth a go. But try as I might, the only thing I could come up with for Z was Zzzz for any of the Brother Cadfael books. But this is a friendly blog, so I couldn’t possibly say that. Instead, I thought I’d do My Blog Name In Books. Here goes…
(By the way, as a lot of mystery novels start with “The” or “A”, I’m choosing to ignore those).
- In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward – a very well received debut from a fellow blogger.
- Nightshade by Paul Doherty – the book that started an obsession for me
- Seven Wonders Of Crime, The by Paul Halter – seven impossible crimes!
- Egyptian Cross Mystery, The by Ellery Queen – one of the early ones
- Armada Boy, The by Kate Ellis – the second of the Wesley Peterson series
- Raven Black by Ann Cleeves – the first of the Shetland trilogy, quadrilogy, etc
- Crack In The Lens, The by Steve Hockensmith – Holmes on the Range mystery
- Hoodwink by Bill Pronzini – a locked room mystery by an author I’ve neglected
- Original Skin by David Mark – too grim for some but well worth a look
- Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie – the favourite Poirot of the connoisseur
- Ten Little Herrings by L C Tyler – one of my favourite discoveries this year
- Honk, Honk, My Darling by James Finn Garner – Clown Noir!
- Everyone Lies by A D Garrett – a gripping forensic thriller with proper science
- Chef Maurice and a Spot Of Truffle by J A Lang – why haven’t you read it yet?
- Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton – an unputdownable thriller
- Axeman Cometh, The by Nev Fountain – the finest audio mystery you’ll ever hear
- Shatter The Bones by Stuart MacBride – with one of my favourite ever clues
- Spark Of Death, A by Bernadette Pajer – another author who I’ve neglected.
- Ice Princess, The by Camilla Lackberg – one of my few forays into Scandinoir
- Chessman, The by Dolores Gordon-Smith – a great homage to the Golden Age
- Meditation On Murder, A by Rob Thorogood – a great Death in Paradise novel
- Yesterday’s Papers by Martin Edwards – the fourth of the Harry Devlin series
- Sticklepath Strangler, The by Michael Jecks – a dark medieval mystery
- Thirteenth Night by Alan Gordon – a sequel to Twelfth Night
- Emperor’s Snuff Box, The by John Dickson Carr – a non-series classic
- Red Right Hand, The by Joel Townsley Rogers – a neglected classic
- Yellow Room, The Mystery Of The by Gaston Leroux – a must-read
- Nine Man’s Murder by Eric Keith – a twisty puzzle of a novel, a real treat
- Our Lady Of Darkness by Peter Tremayne – the ninth Sister Fidelma mystery
- Vigilante by Kerry Wilkinson – Book Two of the Jessica Daniels series
- End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake – a Nigel Strangeways mystery
- Last Policeman, The by Ben H Winters – Apocalypse Noir!
OK, E was a bit tricky – End Of Chapter isn’t the finest Blake book but it’s not bad… And sorry about the bit of the cheat on the second Y. But that was rather fun. Apologies for anyone that I missed out – Frances Brody started a lot of her books with M but Rob Thorogood said too many nice things for me to miss out A Meditation for Murder, but I think I caught everyone else. Anyone else fancy a try?