Wednesday, December 15, 2004


In response to Sarah's post over at her blog, and because there are so damn many books that I'm looking forward to in 2005, here's the list of what I will be looking out for particularly next year...

1. Barbara Vine's The Minotaur, which is to be Rendell's first Vine novel in over three years.
2. John Connolly's much anticipated Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel
3. Obviously, The Closers (which I have a really special feeling about, for some reason...)
4. Beloved Poona, by Karin Fossum, the fourth of her books to be translated from the Norweigan, and
5. The Man Who Smiled, the final Kurt Wallander novel from the pen of Henning Mankell, which is actually fourth in the series chronological order
5. Puccini's Ghosts by Morag Joss
6. Jeffery Deaver's next Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Twelfth Card
7. Crusader's Cross, the very intriguing-sounding next Dave Robichaeux novel from James Lee Burke - hopefully I'll have finished the rest by the time it comes out...
8. Arnaldur Indridason's second novel in translation, Silence of the Grave
9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, which beats even Barbara Vine, as this one's his first novel in five years
10. As he's got two, I'll put them both in this slot... 44 Scotland Street and Friends, Lovers, Chocolate, by Alexander McCall Smith
11. Faithless by Karin Slaughter
12. Val McDermid's The Grave Tattoo
13. The Stranger House by Reginald Hill
14. Lifeless by Mark Billingham
15. Stephen Booth's sixth Cooper and Fry book, The Dead Place
16. Donna Leon's Blood from A Stone
17. The Field of Blood by Denise Mina
18. Ian McEwan 's Saturday (which, even at this stage, is surely a favourite for a Booker shortlist place next year?)
19. Black Fly Season by Giles Blunt
and, finally,
20. Strange Affair by Peter Robinson

I'm also getting excited about The Forgotten Man, One Shot, Caroline Carver's Hidden Beneath the Snow, the new Andrea Camilleri,and a couple others, but I forced myself to limit the list to 20. 2005 looks very good indeed...