Books Read in 2014



Biographies, memoirs, letters, history
  • Ronald J. Allison, A short history of Boston {February}
  • Catherine Bailey, The secret rooms {January}
  • Peter Conradi, Hot dogs and cocktails:  when FDR met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson {July}
  • Joan DeJean, The Age of Comfort {for Paris in July}
  • Clotilde Dusoulier, Edible French {for Paris in July}
  • Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, Long mile home:  Boston under attach, the city's courageous recovery, and the epic hunt for justice {May}
  • Dan Jurafsky, The language of food:  a linguist looks at the menu {November}
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, The view from Downshire Hill {February}
  • Valerie Lawson, Mary Poppins, She Wrote:  A Life of P.L. Travers {June}
  • Frances Mayes, Under Magnolia {August}
  • Rebecca Mead, My life in Middlemarch {February}
  • Doug Most, The race underground {May}
  • Nina Stibbe, Love, Nina:  a nanny writes home {October}
  • Julie Summers, Jambusters: the story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War {March}
  • A.N. Wilson, Victoria: a life {December}
  • Lucy Worsley, The art of the English murder {November}

  • Jane Austen, Mansfield Park {May}
  • Laurie Colwin, Happy all the time {December}
  • Gregoire Delacourt, The list of my desires {July}
  • Sebastian Faulks, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells {June}
  • Daisy Goodwin, The Fortune Hunter {August}
  • Georgette Heyer, Sprig muslin {February}
  • Wendy Jones, The thoughts and happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals {April}
  • Margaret Kennedy, The Ladies of Lyndon {October}{for Margaret Kennedy Reading Week}
  • Charlie Lovett, First Impressions {October}
  • Val McDermid, Northanger Abbey {May}
  • Deborah McKinley, That part was true {July}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle's Book {September}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Miss Buncle Married {November}
  • Angela Thirkell, Christmas at High Rising {December}
  • Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse {September}
  • Gabrielle Zevin, The storied life of A.J. Fikry {April}


  • Nancy Atherton, Aunt Dimity and the wishing well {May}
  • Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot {July}
  • Stephanie Barron, Jane and the twelve days of Christmas {December}
  • C.C. Benison, Ten lords a-leaping {March}
  • Harry Bingham, Talking to the dead {May}
  • John Bude, The Cornish coast murder {August}
  • Agatha Christie, The Body in the library {February}
  • Agatha Christie, The moving finger {March}
  • Agatha Christie, Taken at the flood {March}
  • Agatha Christie, The Murder at the Vicarage {January}
  • Mary Higgins Clark, I've got you under my skin {November}
  • Deborah Crombie, To dwell in darkness {October}
  • Martin Edwards, The cipher garden {July}
  • Martin Edwards, The arsenic labyrinth {August}
  • Anthea Fraser, Justice postponed {December}
  • Elly Griffiths, The outcast dead {April}
  • Martha Grimes, Vertigo 42 {July}
  • Martha Grimes, The winds of change {December}
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Hard Going {January} 
  • Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie's The Monogram Murders {November}
  • P.D. James, Death Comes to Pemberley {October}
  • Fay Kellerman, Murder 101 {November}
  • Donna Leon, By its cover {May}
  • Donna Leon, Death at La Fenice {December}
  • Peter Lovesey, The Stone Wife {October}
  • G.M. Malliet, Pagan Spring {April}
  • Anne Perry, Blood on the Water {July}
  • Anne Perry, Death on Blackheath {January}
  • Anne Perry, A New York Christmas {November}
  • Kathy Reichs, Bones are forever {July}
  • Kate Rhodes, Crossbones Yard {September}
  • Peter Robinson, Children of the Revolution {January}
  • James Runcie, Sidney Chambers and the problem of evil {July}
  • Simone St. James, An Inquiry into Love and death {September}
  • Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the evil days {March}
  • Charles Todd, An Unwilling Accomplice {September}
  • Charles Todd, Proof of Guilt {June}
  • Nicola Upson, The death of Lucy Kyte {February}
  • Jill Paton Walsh, The late scholar {April}

The books in bold type are among the year's best.

 as of 12.30.14

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