I surveyed readers at the end of 2021, and their favourite reads of the year, listed in alphabetical order, were:


  • 59 Memory Lane by Celia Anderson
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Vet by M C Beaton
  • Cove, The by LJ Ross
  • Death of a Blogger by Dawn Brookes
  • Girl from the Island, The by Lorna Cook
  • Hazardous Cruise by Dawn Brookes
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Midnight Library, The by Matt Haig
  • Miss Seeton Sings by Heron Carvic
  • Murder at Melrose Court by Karen Baugh Menuhin
  • One in a Hundred Thousand by Linni Ingemundsen
  • President is Missing, The by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
  • Queen of Blood by Beth Durst
  • Thursday Murder Club, The by Richard Osman


  • Agatha Christie: an autobiography by Agatha Christie
  • Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri
  • Girls, The by Abigail Pesta
  • Happiest Man on Earth: the beautiful life of an Auschwitz survivor by Eddie Jaku
  • Hurry up Nurse: Memoirs of nurse training in the 1970s by Dawn Brookes