Books of 2012 – The Final Tally

I finished the year with a not insubstantial total of 124 books read, and in no particular order here are my top ten books from that list.

Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride

666 Charing Cross Road by Paul Magrs

Bryant and May investigate The Victoria Vanished by Christopher Fowler

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Halfhead by Stuart MacBride

Taken by Robert Crais

Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo

Let’s start all over again in the morning shall we?

Bryant and May and the Memory of Blood

Everyone loves Bryant & May, and I would really love to be just like Arthur Bryant.


As always with the Bryant & May novels, The Memory of Blood is brilliant. Taking you back to the greats of mystery writing and the classic locked room mystery, it is as funny, devious and devourable as ususal. So much so that I sat and read this in one night, although with only one novel left in the series thus far, I really wish Christopher Fowler could write faster….

White Corridor

Only Bryant & May can solve a crime via mobile phone from hundreds of miles away whilst simultaneously solving a murder on their doorstep, all while being stuck in a van in the middle of a snowstorm.

In their usual mix and match method of investigating, the unconventional octogenarians do just that, in this fantastic tale.

With the usual blend of clever plotting, and humour added to an interesting and most welcome change in the pace from that of the earlier Bryant & May novels, White Corridor is a riveting read.

Ten-Second Staircase

Why, O Why, O Why, have I left it four years since I read my last Bryant & May Novel? They are delightfully complex, and so darkly comic you just can’t help but keep on reading. I so want to be like these two when I’m old….