Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2017 books read

I read and reviewed 85 books this year. A somewhat slower reading year than the last eight, but a good year with a lot of enjoyable reads. In fact, fifty of the books I rated were four star and above (in large part from getting recommendations from other book review blogs). Here's the full list of the books I read.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty *****
Real Tigers by Mick Herron *****
After You Die by Eva Dolan *****  
Riptide by John Lawton *****
The Trespasser by Tana French *****
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch *****
There’s Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty *****
Redemption Road by John Hart *****
The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell *****
The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong *****

A Thousand Falling Crows by Larry Sweazy ****.5
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ****.5
Sleeping Dogs by Mark O’Sullivan ****.5
A Cold Red Sunrise by Stuart Kaminsky ****.5
The Man With the Poison Gun by Serhii Plokhy ****.5
Moth by James Sallis ****.5
Love Story, With Murders by Harry Bingham ****.5  
The Road to Ithaca by Ben Pastor ****.5
The Burning Gates by Parker Bilal ****.5
The Dry by Jane Harper ****.5
Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Coterill ****.5
The Divided City by Luke McCallin ****.5
Whiskey River by Loren Estleman ****.5
The Intrusions by Shav Sherez ****.5
Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham ****.5
A Red Death by Walter Mosley ****
Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic **** 
Bryant and May – The Burning Man by Christopher Fowler ****
Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout ****
Birds in a Cage by Derek Niemann ****
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee ****
A Dangerous Man by Charlie Huston ****
Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr ****  
Present Darkness by Malla Nunn ****
City of Lies by Michael Russell ****
Dead Water by Ann Cleeves ****
Pilgrim Soul by Gordon Ferris ****
The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman ****
Out of Bounds by Val McDermid ****
After the Fire by Jane Casey ****
The Dying Detective by Leif G.W. Persson ****
Silence by Anthony Quinn ****
The Long Firm by Jake Arnott ****
Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker ****
Dead Skip by Joe Gores ****
The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner ****
The Detour by Andromeda Romano-Lax ****
The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko ****
The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home ****
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen ****
Solo Hand by Bill Moody ***.5
Codebreakers by James Wyllie and Michael McKinley ***.5
Flashman’s Lady by George MacDonald Fraser ***.5
Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding ***.5
Snow Blind by Ragnar Jónasson ***.5
Rusty Puppy by Joe R. Lansdale ***.5
The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich ***.5
Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler ***.5
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor ***.5
One or The Other by John McFetridge ***.5
A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward ***.5
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith ***.5
Kill the Next One by Federico Axat ***.5
Invasion Rabaul by Bruce Gamble ***.5  

Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente ***
Map of the Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt ***
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen ***
A Savage Hunger by Claire McGowan ***
Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher ***
The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth ***
Dietrich and Riefenstahl by Karin Wieland ***
The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith ***
Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea ***
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet ***
Flight from Berlin by David John ***
Where the Iron Crosses Grow: The Crimea 1941–44 by Robert Forczyk ***
The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey ***
Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb***
Don’t Mess With Mrs In-Between by Liz Evans **.5
Whisky in Small Glasses by Denzil Meyrich**.5
The Dust of Death by Paul Charles **.5
Death in Shanghai by MJ Lee **.5
Stasi Wolf by David Young **.5
Midnight in Berlin by James MacManus **
Bulldog Drummond by Sapper **

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