Books Read in 2023

Books are listed in the chronological order I read them. The links in this list are to my reviews – some ‘reviews’ are mini reviews/notes or as parts of composite posts (not all books will be reviewed).


  • F = Fiction
  • K = Kindle
  • CF = Crime Fiction
  • HF = Historical Fiction
  • LB = library book
  • N = novella
  • TBR = book acquired before 1 Jan 2021
  • RB = a review book from author/publisher/NetGalley
  • RR = re-read
  • B = book borrowed from family/friends
  • NF = non-fiction
  • AB = Audiobooks


  1. The Stroke of Winter by Wendy Webb 2.5* rounded up to 3* F, K, TBR
  2. The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson 3* F, K RB, TBR
  3. Ghost Walk by Alanna Knight 3* CF, F, HF, TBR
  4. Aftermath by Peter Robinson 3* CF, F, K, TBR
  5. Underworld by Reginald Hill 5* CF,F, TBR
  6. Lion by Conn Iggulden 4* F, HF, K, RB, TBR
  7. The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel 3* F, HF, K, TBR
  8. Shroud of Darkness by E C F Lorac 4* CF, F K, TBR


  1. The Dancing Bear by Francis Faviell 5* NF, K, TBR
  2. The City of Tears by Kate Mosse 4* F, HF, K, RB TBR
  3. On the Beach by Nevil Shute 5* F, K, TBR
  4. Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry 4* F, K, RB
  5. A Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari 4* CF, F, TBR
  6. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus 4* F, HF, K, LB
  7. The Shadows of London by Andrew Taylor 5* CF, F, HF, K, RB


  1. The Summer That Never Was by Peter Robinson 4* CF, F, K, TBR
  2. How to Save a Life by S D Robertson 3* F, K, RB, TBR
  3. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym 5* F, K
  4. The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves 5* CF, F, HF, K, RB
  5. Give Unto Others by Donna Leon 3* CF, F, K, TBR
  6. Not Dead Yet by Peter James 4* CF, F, K, TBR


  1. This Nowhere Place by Natasha Bell 3* F, K, RB, TBR
  2. Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks 2* F, K
  3. Elizabeth Macarthur: A life at the edge of the world by Michelle Scott Tucker 4* NF, K, TBR
  4. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck 4* F, K, N
  5. The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson 3.5* NF, TBR
  6. Asking for the Moon by Reginald Hill 3* F, TBR
  7. The Close by Jane Casey 2* F, K
  8. Piece of My Heart by Peter Robinson 4* CF, F, K, TBR
  9. The Driftwood Girls by Mark Douglas-Home 4* CF, F, K, TBR


  1. Put on by Cunning by Ruth Rendell 3* CF, F, K, RR
  2. Before the Poison by Peter Robinson 4* CF, F, K, TBR
  3. The Light Between the Oceans by M L Stedman 4* F, HF, TBR
  4. A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward 3* CF,F, K, TBR
  5. The Road Towards Home by Corinne Demas 5* F, K
  6. The Hairy Bikers Blood, Sweat & Tyres: The Autobiography by Si King and Dave Myers 5* NF, TBR
  7. Empire by Conn Iggulden 5* F, HF, K, RB