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My Name In Books

I saw this tag on many blogger’s sites in the summer and decided to have a go for myself – I decided to pick favourite reads of all time – I confess, my biggest problem was finding four books that started with the letter O, but I finally located those that deserved a place!

So without further ado I give you CLEOPATRA LOVES BOOKS, in books

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

One of my favourite books from childhood

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

My favourite read by this author who injects so much humour into this dark tale

Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kastner

Possibly my very first introduction to crime fiction where Emil and his friends catch a thief

Out of the Silence – Wendy James

A fantastic combination of fact and a historical crime

Precious Thing – Colette McBeth

One of those books I simply couldn’t stop reading

A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell

The best opening line – “Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write“.

Thursday’s Child – Noel Streatfeild

My favourite book from childhood – Margaret was my heroine, I read this book hundred’s of time although it sadly out of print now.

Rubbernecker – Belinda Bauer

A sensitive piece of crime fiction featuring a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome

Asta’s Book – Barbara Vine

My favourite of the psychological fiction books written by Ruth Rendell under the name of Barbara Vine which depicts Asta’s life from the turn of the twentieth century.



Like This Forever – S.J. Bolton

The third in the brilliant Lacey Flint series

Only the Innocent – Rachel Abbot

A relatively new addition to my must read list of authors and a fellow channel islander, this is the author’s first novel

Victorian Murderesses – Mary S Hartman

Although published in 1976, this is a fascinating look at the social lives of women during the late nineteenth, early twentieth century as well as detailing some historical crimes.

Evil Games – Andrea Marsons

A fabulous new series which has a complex plot and is backed up by well-formed characters.

Shadow Baby – Margaret Forster

Probably the book I have re-read most as an adult, a well told dual time-line tale, well researched and totally captivating.


Burnt Paper Sky – Gillian McMillan

A fresh and innovative debut

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe – Agatha Christie

There simply can’t be a list which doesn’t feature the amazing Agatha Christie so while this isn’t her best novel, it did start with an O

One Last Dance – Judith Lennox

A historical saga set during the First World War, this is a story of sibling rivalry and a grand house.

Keep Your Friends Close – Paula Daly

Domestic noir at its best

Someone Else’s Skin – Sarah Hilary

There aren’t enough adjectives to describe the sheer brilliance of this book



A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

50 thoughts on “My Name In Books

      1. Fab choice of books here Cleo. It reminds me of the Reader Acrostic a few weeks ago – Susan made me do it ;P – so if I reused what I have for poppypeacock technically all I needs is 4 more for pens… but if I remember my rightly P was my nemesis to your O… great fun 🙂


  1. Oh, Cleo, this is so clever!! Not only did you do your entire site name, but with all sorts of different mysteries, too! And explanations. I am really impressed! What fun!


  2. I love this! So interesting and I’ve read several of the books you listed and want to read others. I like the way you mixed up the age group and types of books. I may have to think about doing this sometime soon. It’s a fun way of sharing several favorites.


  3. Great List, Cleo! I grew up with Emil and the Detectives and Charlotte’s Web, so nice to remember them and get some new ideas! I have to save this list, so I can add the books I don’t know to my to-read stack:-)


  4. This is a fun idea. And, a good way to represent your blog name with your favourite books. I just might give it a try. Do you know where the tag originated?


  5. Hehe! Good fun! Oh dear, I’ve only read four of these and another couple have been fishing around on the TBR for ages – I refuse to add all the others and you can’t make me!!


  6. Well done – an excellent piece of work. I’d have a go myself but I think two Z books are going to be even harder than four O’s… Maybe I’ll do the blog title – but that is rather long.


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