Top Ten Tuesday: Titles that are Taken from Song Titles/Lines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog. The topic this week is Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read/Buy the Book. I’ve tweaked the topic because neither the title nor the cover alone makes me want to read a book. It’s the content and/or the author.

So, my topic this week is Titles that are Taken from Song Titles/Lines. These are all from books I’ve read/want to read. They are all crime fiction.

The first six are Inspector Rebus books by Ian Rankin:

Let It Bleed by Ian Rankin – Rolling Stones – the 7th book in the series

Black and Blue by Ian Rankin – Rolling Stones – the 8th book

Exit Music by Ian Rankin – Radiohead – Rebus’s last case before he retired

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian ~Rankin – Jackie Leven, a Scottish songwriter and folk musician – Rebus is back on the force

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin – Scottish group, The Associates – Rebus is on his second retirement, and then DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case as a consultant.

The Beat Goes On by Ian Rankin – Sonny & Cher. The Complete Rebus Short Stories.

All the Lonely People by Martin Edwards – Harry Devlin is a Liverpool solicitor. This is the first book in the series set in Liverpool. From the Beatles Eleanor Rigby.

Yesterday’s Papers by Martin Edwards – Rolling Stones – the 4th Harry Devlin book.

And finally two Agatha Christie titles taken from nursery rhymes:

A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie – from Sing a Song of Sixpence – Miss Marple investigates a case of crime of by rhyme…

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie – Poirot investigates the apparent suicide of Mr Morley, Poirot’s Harley Street dentist, who was found dead in his surgery, shot through the head and with a pistol in his hand. 

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Titles that are Taken from Song Titles/Lines

  1. I really like this meme, Margaret! I love music, and so lyrics are often on my mind. What a clever idea! You’ve chosen some great titles, too. Funny how sometimes, song titles and lyrics are exactly the right titles for books…


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