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Eileen’s Top Reads of 2016

So many books, so little time. Here are my favourites that I’ve read this year.

I notice that a lot of the Fiction are sequels, or part of a series.

In fairness to all the authors I have put them in alphabetical order. (I am a Librarian after all!)

Jeffrey Archer Cometh the Hour – This is the 6th volume of the Clifton Chronicles.   

Alex Brown The Secret of Orchard Cottage – Intriguing family story.The Secret of Orchard Cottage

Ann Cleeves The Moth Catcher  –  The 7th story in the Vera Stanhope series, as good as the first six!         

Lindsey Davis The Graveyard of the Hesperides – The 4th mystery in the Flavia Albia series, she is the daughter of Marcus Didius Falco.

Carola Dunn Superfluous Women – The 22nd Daisy Dalrymple mystery, I’ve read all of them!

Emma Hannigan The Perfect Gift – A story of family, of hope and despair.

David Lagercrantz The Girl in the Spider’s Web – The 4th book  in the Millennium series, continuing on from Stieg Larsson’s first three.The girl in the spider's web

Freya North The Turning Point – A wonderful family story, I can’t lie, I did cry when reading this.

Wilbur Smith Pharoah – The 6th book in the Egyptian Series featuring Taita, history and myth entwined to produce a very readable story.

Lucie Whitehouse Keep You Close – A very suspenseful novel, read it if you dare.

Jacqueline Winspear A Dangerous Place – The 11th book in the Maisie Dobbs crime/thriller stories. A series well worth reading.

Gardening Books

Guy Barter RHS how do worms work?: a gardener’s collection of curious questions and astonishing answers

Monty Don Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs                 

Kate Felus The secret life of the Georgian garden

Nigel           The secret life of the Georgian garden



Eileen’s Best Reads of 2015

These haven’t all been published in 2015, I’m still catching up on books I’ve been meaning to read for some time!

My favourite read this year is Jojo Moyes ‘Me Before You’  Me Before You

Having looked back at what I’ve been reading I see that there are many in the crime/thriller genre. I do love a good murder! Not psychological ones though, I hate knowing who’s done it before finding out why.

Speaking in BonesGhost FieldsSome of my favourites: Kathy Reichs ‘Speaking in Bones’;  Peter Robinson ‘No Cure for Love’; Elly Griffiths ‘The Ghost Fields’; Lindsey Davis ‘Deadly Election’



I’ve also been reading some good quality family stories. Authors include, Rachel Hore, Marcia Willett, Veronica Henry

I love gardening and can’t resist a good book to look through for new ideas.  Making a gardenCarol Klein’s ‘Making a Garden’ has kept me dipping in, new ideas inspired by what works in the wild. Beautiful photographs.First Ladies of Gardening

‘First ladies of Gardening’ is a superb history of female gardeners over the last century and their impact on the history of gardening. Includes Vita Sackville-West, Rosemary Verey and Beth Chatto.

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