— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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Reading List



#PalliserParty

  • Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux
  • Anthony Trollope, The Prime Minister
  • Anthony Trollope, The Duke's Children

A year with our Jane

  • Jane Austen, Persuasion
  • Jane Austen, The Watsons
  • Joan Aiken, Emma Watson, Jane Fairfax, and Mansfield Park Revisited
  • Paula Byrne, The real Jane Austen:  a life in small things 
  • Helena Kelly, Jane Austen:  the secret radical 


Biographies, history, lettters, non-fiction
  • Anita Anand, Sophia:  princess, suffragette, revolutionary 
  • Rosemary Ashton, George Eliot:  a life {B}
  •  Clive Aslet, The Edwardian Country House and An Exuberant Catalogue of Dreams:  The Americans who revived the country house in Britain 
  • Helen Ashton, I had a sister:  a study of Mary Lamb, Dorothy Wordsworth, Caroline Herschel and Cassandra Austen {H}
  • Rosemary Ashton, Thomas and Jane Carlyle, Portrait of a Marriage 
  • Diane Atkinson, The criminal conversation of Mrs. Norton {H}
  • Georgina Battiscombe, Queen Alexandra {H}
  • John Baxter, Paris at the End of the World:  The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 {B}
  • Sylvia Beach, The Letters of Sylvia Beach
  • Ludwig Bemelmans, To the one I love best {H}
  • Nicola Beauman, The Other Elizabeth Taylor
  • Adrian Bell, Apple Acre {noticed on Desperate Reader}
  • Ludwig Bemelmans, To the One I Love Best {recommended here} [H}
  • Carol Berkin, Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
  • Joelle Bielle, ed., Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker : the complete correspondence
  • Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Words in Air:  the complete correspondence
  • Evelyne Bloch-Dano, The last love of George Sand, translated from the French by Allison Charette
  • Kate Bolick, Spinster:  making a life of one's own {noticed here}
  • Walter R. Bomeman, American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution 
  • Mark Bostridge, Lives for sale:  biographers' tales
  • Richard Bradford, Literary Rivals:  feuds and antagonisms in the world of books 
  • Gladys Brooks, Gramercy Park:  memoirs of a New York girlhood, Boston and return, and Three wise virgins 
  • Ursula Buchan, A green and pleasant land:  how England’s gardeners fought the second world war 
  • Sophie Campbell, The Season {noticed on Bas Bleu}
  • Hugh and Mirabel Cecil, In search of Rex Whistler:  his life and his work 
  • Kathy Chamberlain, Jane Welsh Carlyle and her Victorian world 
  • Lady Diana Cooper, Darling monster:  the letters of Diana Cooper to her son, John Julius Norwich, 1939-1952 {noticed here}
  • Anne de Courcy, The fishing fleet : husband-hunting in the Raj {recommended by Lyn}, Margot at War and  The Husband Hunters 
  • Devon Cox, The street of wonderful possibilities:  Whistler, Wilde & Sargent in Tite Street 
  • Tatiana de Rosnay, Manderley forever:  a biography of Daphne du Maurier
  • Joan DeJean, How Paris became Paris : the invention of the modern city
  • John Demos, The Heathen School : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of the early Republic
  • Matthew Dennison, 'Over the hills and far away:  the life of Beatrix Potter {B}
  • Shelley DeWees, Not just Jane: rediscovering seven women writers who transformed British literature
  • Monica Dickens, My turn to make the tea
  • Rolf Dobelli, The Art of Thinking Clearly
  • Anthony Doerr, Four seasons in Rome {recommended by Bellezza}
  • Elizabeth Driscoll, Tea with Miss Rose:  recipes & reminiscences of Boston’s teacup society
  • Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, In Tearing Haste:  letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Jane Dunn, Read my heart:  a love story in England’s age of revolution
  • Philip Eade, Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters : An Eccentric Englishwoman and Her Lost Kingdom
  • Lydia Edwards, How to read a dress {recommended on Random Jottings {H} 
  • A. Herbage Edwards, Paris through an attic {H}
  • Martin Edwards, The golden age of murder
  • Samantha Ellis, How to be a heroine, or what I've learned from reading too much
  • Charles Emmerson, 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War
  • Sian Evans, Queen bees:  six brilliant and extraordinary society hostesses between the wars 
  • Adam Federman, Fasting and Feasting:  the life of visionary food writer Patience Gray
  • Nan Fairbother, The cheerful day {H} and Children in the house
  • Lara Feigel, The Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War {recommended by Fleur}
  • Margaret Forster, My life in houses {noticed on Cornflower Books
  • Margalit Fox, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: the Quest to Crack An Ancient Code {from an interview on NPR}   
  • Janet Flanner, An American in Paris:  profile of an interlude between two wars {B}
  • Flora Fraser, Princesses:  The six daughters of George III and The Washingtons:  George and Martha, 'Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love' 
  • Francois Furstenberg, When the United States was French:  five refugees who shaped a nation
  • Angelica Garnett, Deceived with kindness:  a Bloomsbury childhood
  • Henrietta Garnett, Wives and stunners:  the Pre-Raphaelites and their muses {H}
  • Gillian Gill, Nightingales:  the extraordinary upbringing and curious life of Miss Florence Nightingale
  • Robert Gittings and Jo Manton, Claire Clairmont and the Shelleys
  • Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon; The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food {H}; and At the Strangers’ Gate:  Arrivals in New York    
  • Michael Gorra, Portrait of a Novel:  Henry James and the Making of a Masterpiece
  • Annie Gray, A Greedy Queen:  eating with Queen Victoria 
  • Patience Gray and Primrose Boyd, Plats du jour
  • Dr. Matthew Green, London:  a travel guide through time 
  • Nile Green, The Love of Strangers:  What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen's London {B}
  • Hannah Greig, The Beau Monde:  fashionable society in Georgian London {recommended on Random Jottings
  • J.C. Hallman, Wm & H'ry:  Literature, Love and Letters between William & Henry James
  • Margaret Halsey, With malice toward some {recommended on LibraryThing}
  • Claire Harman, Fanny Burney 
  • Lucinda Hawskley, The mystery of Princess Louise : Queen Victoria's rebellious daughter {a.p,a.  Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter} {M, B} 
  • Daisy Hay, The Young Romantics and Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance {recommended here}
  • Edna Healey, The Queen's House:  a social history of Buckingham Palace
  • Catherine Hewitt, The Mistress of Paris {B}
  • Katie Hickman, Daughters of Britannia : the lives and times of diplomatic wives 
  • Constance Hill, Jane Austen ; her homes & her friends {H}; Fanny Burney at the court of Queen Charlotte {H}; and Mary Russell Mitford and her surroundings {H}
  • Susan Hill, Howards End is on the Landing and Jacob's room has too many books {October}
  • Matthew Hollis, Now all roads lead to France {H}
  • Norah Hoult, There were no windows {H}
  • Kathryn Hughes, George Eliot:  the last Victorian
  • Maggie Humm, Snapshots of Bloomsbury:  the private lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell {H}
  • Sam Irvin, Kay Thompson: from Funny face to Eloise 
  • Diane Jacobs, Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Remarkable Sisters 
  • Clive James, Latest Readings {recommended by Frances}
  • Henry James, Travels with Henry James 
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, Lady Caroline Lamb {H}
  • Kathleen Jones, A passionate sisterhood:  the sisters, wives and daughters of the Lake Poets {noticed on I Prefer Reading {B, H} and A Glorious Fame:  the life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle {M}
  • Linda Kelly, Holland House:  a history of London's most celebrated salon {B}
  • Greg King and Penny Wilson, Twlight of Empire:  the tragedy at Mayerling and the end of the Hapsburgs {M}
  • Greg King and Sue Woolmans, The assassination of the Archduke : Sarajevo, 1914, and the romance that changed the world 
  • Jennifer Kloester, Georgette Heyer's Regency World 
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, The clothing of books 
  • Linda Leavell, Holding on Upside Down:  the life and work of Marianne Moore
  • Lucy Lethbridge, Servants: a downstairs view of twentieth century Britain {noticed on Cornflower Books} {H}
  • Maurice Levaillant, The passionate exiles:  Madame de Stael and Madame Recamier 
  • Daniel J. Levitin, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
  • Alison Light, Common people:  the history of an English family
  • Penelope Lively, Ammonites and Leaping Fish:  a life in time {recommended by Lyn}and A House Unlocked (noticed on dovegreyreader scribbles}{M}
  • Suzanne Loebl, America's Medicis:  The Rockefellers and their astonishing cultural legacy 
  • Elizabeth Longford, The pebbled shore {A}and Victoria R. I. 
  • Mary S. Lovell, Churchills:  in love and war,  A Scandalous life:  the biography of Jane Digby and The Riviera Set 
  • Donna M. Lucey, Archie and Amélie : love and madness in the Gilded Age {H} and Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
  • Stewart MacKay, The Angel of Charleston: Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group {noticed on dovegreyreader scribbles
  • Margaret MacMillan, Women of the Raj:  the mothers, wives and daughters of the British Empire in India 
  • Myra MacPherson, The scarlet sisters : sex, suffrage, and scandal in the Gilded Age
  • Mary Sperling McAuliffe, Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends Through the Great War  
  • Fiona McCarthy, The last curtsey
  • St. Clair McKelway, Reporting at wit’s end:  tales from the New Yorker 
  • John McWhorter, Words on the move {noticed here}
  • Hilary Macaskill, Agatha Christie at Home 
  • David Malouf, The Happy Life:  the search for contentment in the modern world ;-)
  • William J. Mann, The wars of the Roosevelts
  • Regina Marler, Bloomsbury pie:  the making of the Bloomsbury boom
  • Suzanne Mars, ed., Meanwhile there are letters:  the correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald
  • Megan Marshall, The Peabody Sisters and Margaret Fuller:  a new American life 
  • William Maxwell, The outermost dream
  • Emily Midorikawa, A Secret Sisterhood:  the literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf {October}
  • Robert Milder, Hawthorne's Habitations:  A Literary Life {H}
  • Nancy Milford, Savage Beauty:  the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Andy Miller, The Year of Reading Dangerously {recommended by Frances}
  • Jessica Mitford, Hons and rebels {recommended by Darlene}
  • Mary Russell Mitford, Our Village 
  • Wendy Moffat, A great unrecorded history : a new life of E.M. Forster 
  • Wendy Moore, Wedlock : the true story of the disastrous marriage and remarkable divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore {H}
  • Ethan Mordden, The Guest List:  how Manhattan defined American sophistication from the Algonquin Round Table to Truman Capote's ball 
  • Caroline MoreheadDancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era
  • Ann Morgan, Reading the World:  Confessions of a Literary Traveler {a.k.a. The World Between Two Covers:  Reading the Globe, but the UK edition has a much more appealing title!} {noticed on Cornflower Books}
  • Charlotte Mosley, ed.,  Love From Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford and The Mitfords: letters between six sisters{recommended on Cornflower Books
  • Frances Mossiker, Madame de Sevigne:  a life and letters
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, The emperor of all maladies:  a biography of cancer
  • Paul Thomas Murphy, Shooting Victoria:  Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy and Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane
  • Venetia Murray, An elegant madness: high society in Regency England {H}
  • Jeffrey Myers, Robert Lowell in love
  • Lucy Newlyn, William and Dorothy Wordsworth:  all in each other {M}
  • Beverly Nichols, Green grows the city {recommended on Kaggsy's Bookish Ramblings}
  • Juliet Nicholson, A house full of daughters {B}
  • Virginia Nicholson, Among the Bohemians; Singled out : how two million British women survived without men after the First World War; Millions Like Us; and Perfect wives in ideal homes: the story of women in the 1950s {recommended by Claire} {H}
  • Joan Russell Noble, Recollections of Virginia Woolf by her contemporaries {B}
  • Simon Nowell-Smith, The legend of the master 
  • Patricia O'Toole, The Five of Hearts:  An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, 1880-1918
  • Sybil Oldfield, Spinsters of this parish:  the life and times of F.M. Mayor and Mary Sheepshanks {H}
  • Michael Paterson, A Brief Guide to Private Life in Britain's Stately Homes 
  • Stanley Plumly, The Immortal Evening:  a legendary dinner with Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb 
  • Jean Lucey Pratt, A Notable Woman:  the romantic journals of Jean Lucey Pratt {recommended by Kate Macdonald}
  • Marcel Proust {Lydia Davis, translator}, Letters to his neighbor {M}
  • Dorothy Pym, Houses as friends
  • Teresa Ransom, Fanny Trollope:  A Remarkable Life
  • Helen Rappaport, Beautiful forever:  Madame Rachel of Bond Street - cosmetician, con-artist and blackmailer {H}; A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy; Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses; and Caught in the Revolution:  Petrograd, Russia, 1917 
  • Claudia Renton, Those Wild Wenham’s: Three Sisters At The Heart Of Power 
  • Bronwyn Riley, The edge of the Empire: a journey to Britannia : from the heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall {recommended in the NYT Book Review}
  • Eric Ripert, 32 yolks
  • Carol Eron Rizzoli, The House at Royal Oak 
  • Geraldine Roberts, The angel and the cad:  love, loss and scandal in Regency England
  • Katie Roiphe, Uncommon arrangements:  seven marriages {B, } and The violet hour:  great writers at the end {B}
  • Padraig Rooney, The gilded chalet:  off piste in literary Switzerland {noticed on Vulpes Libris} {H}
  • Phyllis Rose, The Shelf {recommended on Stuck in a Book}
  • Virginia Rounding, Alix and Nicky:  the passion of the last tsar and tsarina 
  • Anne Boyd Roux, Constance Fenimore Woolson:  portrait of a lady novelist
  • Michael Ruhlman, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America {recommended by JoAnn}
  • Nina Sankovich, Tolstoy and the purple chair:  my year of magical reading
  • Laura Shapiro, What she ate:  six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories 
  • Michael Sims, The story of Charlotte's Web : E.B. White's eccentric life in nature and the birth of an American classic 
  • Michael Shelden, Melville in love 
  • John Simpson, The word detective:  searching for the meaning of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary {B}
  • Kathryn Smith, The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency 
  • Mary Soames, A Daughter's Tale: The Memoir of Winston Churchill's Youngest Child 
  • Frances Spalding, Gwen Raverat:  friends, family and affections 
  • Julie Speedle, Wonderful Sphinx:  a biography of Ada Leverson
  • Paul Spicer, The Temptress: The Scandalous Life of Alice de Janze and the Mysterious Death of Lord Erroll 
  • Kathleen Spivack, With Robert Lowell and his Circle 
  • Barbara Strauch, The secret life of the grown-up brain : the surprising talents of the middle-aged mind 
  • Noel Streatfield, A vicarage family, Away from the vicarage and Beyond the vicarage
  • Roy Strong, A Country Life {recommended by Claire} and Coronation
  • Sarah Payne Stuart, Perfectly miserable : guilt, God and real estate in a small town
  • Daniel Sutherland, Whistler:  A life for art's sake
  • Emma Tennant, Strangers:  a family romance
  • Anna Thomasson, A Curious Friendship {recommended everywhere!}
  • Laura Thompson, Take six girls:  the lives of the Mitford sisters
  • Gillian Tindall, The fields beneath:  the history of one London village {H}; The house by the Thames, and the people who lived there {H}; Three houses, many lives {noticed on Dovegreyreader scribbles}; Célestine: voices from a French village {H}and  The house by the Thames {H}
  • Adrian Tinniswood, The long weekend:  life in the English country house, 1918-1939 {noted by Lyn
  • Colm Toibin, On Elizabeth Bishop (Writers on writers) 
  • Claire Tomalin, Thomas Hardy and A life of my own
  • Frank Trentmann, Empire of Things:  how we became a world of consumers, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first
  • Jenny Uglow, In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars {noticed on Shiny New Books no. 4}
  • Amanda Vickery, Behind closed doors : at home in Georgian England {H} and The gentleman’s daughter:  women’s loves in Georgian England {H}
  • Wayne A. Wiegand, Part of our lives:  a people's history of the American public library {recommended by Frances}
  • Katie Whitaker, Mad Madge:  the extraordinary life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle {M, B}
  • Kate Williams, Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte
  • Bee Wilson, First bite:  how we learn to eat 
  • Frances Wilson, The ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth : a life {H}
  • Katherine Woolf, Culture club:  the curious history of the Boston Athenaeum
  • Virginia Woolf, Books and portraits {H}
  • Ilyon Woo, The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times
  • Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown, The social sex:  a history of female friendship, noticed in The New York Times Book Review

Fiction

  • Helen Ashton, Parson Austen's daughter {H}; Dr. Serocold: a page from his day-book {H}; Tadpole Hall {H}; Joanna at Littlefold {H}; Yeoman’s Hospital {H}; and Bricks and Mortar {H}
  • Diksha Basu, The windfall {M}
  • Sally Beauman, The Visitors
  • Mark Beauregarde, The whale:  a love story
  • Ludwig Bemelmans, Hotel Splendide 
  • Jill Bialosky, The Prize {recommended on LitHub}
  • Alain de Botton, The course of love
  • Gregoire Bouillier, The Mystery Guest
  • Ann Bridge, Julia Probyn novels (recommended by Fleur} and Peking Picnic {recommended on EmilyBooks}
  • Elizabeth Buchan, Daughters {H} 
  • A.S. Byatt, The Biographer's Tale {noticed on Nonsuch Book}
  • Alice Campbell, Spiderweb
  • Willa Cather, The professor's house {recommended by Ali}
  • Clare Clark, We that are left
  • Janice Clark, The Rathbones
  • John Coates, Patience, Lettice:  the widow’s tale, and time for tea
  • Michael Cox, The meaning of night and The glass of time {H}
  • Lynn Cullen, Twain's end
  • Jill Dawson, The tell-tale heart {noticed on Dovegreyreader Scribbles}, The Great Lover and The Crime Writer {both noticed on A life in books}
  • Louis de Bernieres, The dust that falls from dreams and Notwithstanding
  • Marisa de los Santos, The precious one
  • E.M. Delafield, The provincial lady, The provincial lady in America and The provincial lady goes further 
  • Joyce Dennys, Henrietta's War and Henrietta Sees it Through
  • E.A. Dinely, The Death of Lyndon Wilder (recommended by Fleur}
  • Margaret Drabble, The Seven Sisters
  • Kimberly Elkins, What is visible
  • Elizabeth Fair, Landscape in sunlight, The Mingham Air and The native heath
  • Lyndsay Faye, Jane Steele {noticed on LibraryReads}
  • Rachel Ferguson, The Brontes Went to Woolworths
  • Katie Fforde, Summer of love, A French affair, and Recipe for  Love {M}
  • Margaret Forster, Keeping the world away {noticed on Cornflower Books} and How to measure a cow 
  • Jane Gardam, The Sidmouth Letters {noticed on The Captive Reader}; Faith Fox {recommended by Harriet Devine}; and The Flight of the Maidens {H}
  • Maggie Gee, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan {recommended on Shiny New Books}{H}
  • Stella Gibbons, Here be Dragons {recommended by Claire} {H} and The Matchmaker{recommended by Frances}
  • Julia Glass, A house among the trees {B}
  • Rumer Godden, A Fugue in Time {recommended by Jane}
  • Gwenthalyn Graham, Earth and high heaven {H}
  • Laurie Graham, A Humble Companion, Gone with the Windsors and The Grand Duchess of Nowhere {recommended on Shiny New Books}{H}
  • Andrew Sean Greer, Less
  • Deborah Harkness, The Book of Life
  • Sheila Heti, Ticknor
  • Georgette Heyer, A Civil Contract, The Talisman Ring {recommended by Claire}, An Infamous Army, and Devil's Cub and These Old Shades {noticed here}
  • Mary Hocking, Good daughters
  • Alan Hollinghurst, The stranger's child {noticed here}
  • Anna Hope, Wake and The Ballroom
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard, All Change
  • Judith Hooper, Alice in Bed {recommended on LitHub}
  • Celia Imrie, Nice work (if you can get it) and Not quite nice
  • Catharina Ingleman-Sundberg, The little old lady who broke all the rules {recommended in Shelf Awareness} {B)
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, The winters
  • Sarah Orne Jewett, A Country Doctor {recommended by Lyn}
  • Margaret Kennedy, Not in the calendar:  the story of a friendship and Troy Chimneys
  • Claire King, Everything love is {B}
  • C.H.B. Kitchin, The auction sale {recommended by Fleur}{H}
  • India Knight, Mutton {recommended on Oddments and snippets}
  • Harriet Lane, Alys, Always {recommended on Cornflower Books} {H}
  • Antoine Laurain, French Rhapsody and The Portrait {H}
  • Ada Leverson, The little ottleys
  • Joanne Limburg, A want of kindness {noticed in the NYT Book Review}
  • Elinor Lipman, The pursuit of Alice Thrift and The  family man
  • Penelope Lively, Family album, How it all began and Consequences 
  • Margot Livesey, Banishing Verona
  • Rose Macaulay, Dangerous Ages{H}, The World My Wilderness {recommended here}; Crewe Train and The Towers of Trebizon
  • Denis Mackail, Upside-Down; or, Love Among the Ruins {noticed on Geranium Cat's Bookshelf), Tales from Greenery Street, and Ian and Felicity {a.k.a. Peninsula Place}
  • Bernard MacLaverty, Midwinter break
  • Elizabeth Maguire, The open door {noticed here}
  • Oriel Malet, The green leaves of summer
  • Anna Maxted, Rich again
  • Sophie McManus, The Unfortunates
  • Claire Messud, The emperor's children {recommended by JoAnn}
  • Livi Michael, Succession {noticed in The New York Times Book Review}
  • Francesca Miralles, Love in lowercase
  • Clare Morgan, A Book for All and None {noticed on Cornflower Books}{H}
  • Edith Nesbit, The Lark and The Red House {recommended by Harriet Devine}
  • Christopher Nicholson, Winter {noticed in The New York Times Book Review}
  • Sarah Perry, The Essex serpent {B}
  • Tasmina Perry, The proposal {H}
  • Max Porter, Grief is the thing with feathers {B}
  • Alexandra Potter, The two lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather
  • Natasha Pulley, The Bedlam Stacks
  • Bee Ridgway, The River of No Return
  • Lucy Ribchester, The Hourglass Factory {M} and The Amber Shadows
  • Lucinda Riley, The midnight rose
  • Victoria Roberts, After the Fall {noticed here}
  • Erika Robuck, The House of Hawthorne
  • Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera, The Awakening of Miss Prim
  • Margery Sharp, Britannia mews, In pious memory, and Rhododendron Pie
  • Natasha Solomons, Mr. Rosenblum dreams in English. The House at Tyneford and The Song of Hartgrove Hall {a.k.a. The Song Collector, recommended by Claire}
  • Belinda Starling, The journal of Dora Damage {H}
  • D.E. Stevenson, Bel Lamington;  Fletchers EndThe Young Clementina {recommended by Fleur}; The Four Graces; and Mrs. Tim of the Regiment {H}
  • Beverly Swerling, City of promise:  a novel of New York’s Gilded Age {H}
  • Elizabeth Tallent, Mendocino Fire:  stories
  • Emma Tennant, The Beautiful Child {noticed on Cornflower Books} {M, H};  Felony {H}: and The adventures of Robina, by herself; being the memoirs of a debutante at the Court of Queen Elizabeth II {H}
  • Rosie Thomas, Lovers and newcomers {B}
  • Sophia Tobin, The Widow's Confession {noticed on Shiny New Books no. 4}
  • Colm Toibin, The Master
  • Paul Torday, The legacy of Harltepool Hall {H}
  • Amor Towles, The Rules of Civility {recommended by JoAnn}
  • Barbara Trapido, Sex and Stravinsky {recommended on Oddments and snippets}
  • Joanna Trollope, Balancing Act
  • Norah Vincent, Adeline:  a novel of Virginia Woolf  {noticed on A Work in Progress}
  • Menna von Praag, The house at the end of Hope Street
  • Natasha Walter, A quiet life
  • Louise Walters, Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase {recommended by Fleur}
  • Katherine Webb, The misbegotten {recommended by Fleur}
  • Madeleine Wickham, A Desirable Residence
  • Lauren Willig, Pink Carnation series 
  • A.N. Wilson, The Potter's Hand {recommended by Dovegreyreader}
  • P.G. Wodehouse, Mulliner Nights {noted on Cornflower Books} and Aunts aren't gentlemen {M}
  • Susan M. Wyler, Solsbury Hill

Mysteries

  • Rennie Airth, River of Darkness, The Blood-Dimmed Tide, The Dead of Winter and The Reckoning {A} {Inspector John Madden}
  • Tasha Alexander, Dangerous to Know, A Crimson Warning, Death in the Floating City, The Adventuress and The Counterfeit Heiress 
  • Margery Allingham, The White Cottage Mystery {recommended on Mirabile Dictu}
  • Sally Andrew, Recipes for love and murder
  • David Ashton, Fall from grace and The shadow of the serpent {H}
  • Robert Barnard, The case of the missing Bronte and A little local murder {recommended on Random Jottings}
  • Lauren Belfer, A fierce radiance
  • Harry Bingham, Love Story, with Murders
  • Nicholas Blake, A question of proof and Thou shell of death {recommended by A Desperate Reader}
  • Fabrice Bourland, The Baker Street Phantom {H} and The Dream Killer of Paris
  • Alan Bradley, The grave's a fine and private place {January}
  • William Brodrick, the Father Anselm mysteries {noticed on Cornflower Books}
  • Christopher Brookmyre, Black Widow {M}
  • Kenneth Cameron, The Bohemian Girl
  • Karen Campbell, After the fire, Proof of life and The twilight time {H}
  • Jayne Casey, The Burning
  • C.S. Challinor, Christmas Is Murder, Murder of the Bride and other Rex Graves mysteries {noticed on Bas Bleu}
  • Joanna Challis, Peril at Somner House and The Villa of Death
  • Karen Charlton, The Heiress of Linn Hagh and The San Pareil Mystery
  • Barbara Clevely, Joe Sandilands series
  • Edmund Crispin, The gilded fly and The moving toyshop
  • Oscar de Muriel, The strings of time {recommended in the NYT Book Review} and A fever in the blood
  • Carola Dunn, Manna from Hades, A Colourful Death, The Valley of the Shadow {The Cornish Mysteries} and Heirs of the Body
  • Elizabeth Daly, the Henry Gamadge mysteries {noticed on Bas Bleu}
  • David Dickinson, Goodnight sweet prince,, Death and the Jubilee (and later books in series)
  • Patricia Duncker, The strange case of the composer and his judge
  • Martin Edwards, Take my breath away
  • Marjorie Eccles, Last nocturne and Broken music {and later books in Herbert Reardon series}
  • Kate Ellis, A Painted Doom (and later books)
  • Lyndsay Faye, The Gods of Gotham, Seven for a Secret {recommended on She Reads Novels} and The Fatal Flame
  • Nicci French, Friday on My Mind: A Frieda Klein Mystery 
  • Tana French, Into the Woods {recommended by JoAnn}
  • Elizabeth George, The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel {March}
  • Ann Granger, Mud, Muck and Dead Things and Rack, Ruin and Murder (Campbell and Carter mysteries)
  • Elly Griffiths, The dark angel {May}
  • Martha Grimes, Dust and The black cat 
  • Georgette Heyer, The Unfinished Clue
  • Suzette Hill, Reverend Oughterard mysteries
  • Hazel Holt, Mrs. Malory and death in practice, Mrs. Malory and the silent killer, Mrs. Malory and no cure for death, Mrs. Malory and a death in the familyMrs. Malory and a time to die and Leonora 
  • Anthont Horowitz, The word is murder {June}
  • M.R.C. Kasasian, The Curse of the House of Fockett, The Mangle Street Murders, and Death Descends on Saturn Villa
  • Christobel Kent, The Drowning River,  A Murder in Tuscany and The Killing Room
  • Laurie R. King, Dreaming Spies and The Murder of Mary Russell 
  • C.H.B. Kitchin, Death of my aunt {author recommended by Fleur}
  • Mary Kowal, Shades of Milk and Honey {recommended by Claire}
  • Camilla Lackberg, The Ice Princess and The Drowning 
  • Peter Lovesey, Beau Death {December}
  • Charlie Lovett, The lost book of the grail
  • G.M. Malliet, The Haunted Season and Devil's Breath 
  • David Mark, Taking pity
  • Edward Marston, Peril on the royal train
  • Val McDermid, Trick of the Dark
  • Jill McGown, Murder at the Old Vicarage {M}
  • Jane McLaughlin, A nice place to die
  • Katharine McMahon, The Crimson Rooms and The Woman in the Picture
  • Frédérique Molay, Crossing the Line
  • Martin O'Brien, Inspector Jacquot mysteries {recommended on Random Jottings}
  • Cuyler Overholt, A deadly affection {M}
    L
    ouise Penny, How the Light Gets in, The Long Way Home,  The Nature of the Beast,  A Great Reckoning and Glass Houses 
  • Anne Perry, Twenty-eight days {2018}
  • Ruth Rendell, Dark Corners 
  • Mike Ripley, Mr. Campion's Fault
  • Harriet Rutland, Knock, Murderer, Knock {recommended by Jane} and Bleeding Hooks
  • Nicola Slade, The Dead Queen's Garden
  • Donald Smith, The constable's tale {noticed in The New York Times Book Review}
  • Susie Steiner, Homecoming
  • Peter Swanson, The kind worth killing for and Her every fear {recommended by Harriet Devine}{M}
  • Josephine Tey, The man in the queue {recommended by Danielle}
  • Jane Thynne, Black roses {H}
  • Sherry Thomas, A study in scarlet women
  • Charles Todd, Hunting Shadows and A Fine Summer's Day {Inspector Rutledge}  
  • L.C. Tyler, The herring-seller's apprentice and the next four Ethelred Tresidder and Elsie Thirkettle mysteries {recommended by Fleur}
  • Nicola Upson, The nine lessons
  • Fred Vargas, An Uncertain Place and The Ghost Riders of Ordebec
  • Louise Welsh, Naming the Bones 
  • Andrew Wilson, A talent for murder
  • Laura Wilson, Stratton's War, An Empty Death and The riot{H}

12.4.17


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