My Blog Name In Books

Well, you can blame Cleopatra Loves Books for this one…

Apparently My Name In Books was a meme that went around over the summer (and over my head as well – never noticed it) but I thought I’d give it a go – namely spelling out my name in the titles of my favourite books. Now, there’s an obvious problem with a name like The Puzzle Doctor – can you spot it? But nevertheless, I thought it was worth a go. But try as I might, the only thing I could come up with for Z was Zzzz for any of the Brother Cadfael books. But this is a friendly blog, so I couldn’t possibly say that. Instead, I thought I’d do My Blog Name In Books. Here goes…

(By the way, as a lot of mystery novels start with “The” or “A”, I’m choosing to ignore those).

Everyone Lies

Five Little Pigs


Nine Men's Murder

Thirteenth Night



OK, E was a bit tricky – End Of Chapter isn’t the finest Blake book but it’s not bad… And sorry about the bit of the cheat on the second Y. But that was rather fun. Apologies for anyone that I missed out – Frances Brody started a lot of her books with M but Rob Thorogood said too many nice things for me to miss out A Meditation for Murder, but I think I caught everyone else. Anyone else fancy a try?


  1. Absolutely brilliant – and thank you for my shout out – You’ve got some fantastic choices in your selection too – I really enjoyed A Meditation on Murder and I really hope Rob Thorogood writes another one for us (and I love the TV series too) Good to see there is a AC in there and you’ve highlighted Ten Red Herrings which sounds like one for me!


  2. “….there’s an obvious problem with a name like The Puzzle Doctor”
    Well, you should have no problem with your real name. 🙂


  3. Interesting list, PD. I thought I’d give this a try. That wound up being more difficult than anticipated–Especially since I was determined to stick with mysteries/thrillers that I rated with four or more stars. But I finally found enough for my blog name:

    Murder Stone, The by Charles Todd
    Yellow Room, The by Mary Roberts Rinehart

    Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (one of the few thrillers you’ll find on my list)
    Estate of the Beckoning Lady, The by Margery Allingham
    Abominable Man, The by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
    Death in a Tenured Position by Amanda Cross
    English School of Murder, The by Ruth Dudley Edwards
    Rules for Murder by Julianna Deering
    Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

    Bodies in a Bookshop by R. T. Campbell
    List of Adrian Messenger, The by Philip MacDonald
    One Step Beyond by Henning Mankell
    Champagne for One by Rex Stout
    Key, The by Patricia Wentworth


  4. Oh for goodness sake! I thought you were going to tell me that your blog was appearing in new books. That is, that your blog reviews were being blurbed in published books’ PR material that appears on the back covers or in the front matter. Have you ever checked that? I’m curious how many good blogs like yours, Steve, have been blurbed. Periodically I find one of my reviews has been quoted in a book and I’m floored. I’ve found three so far, all through serendipitous browsing in stores. No one ever tells you when this happens. There may be more. Has it ever happened with you? You certainly review a lot more new books than I do. Must’ve happened at least once by now.


  5. Your blog is quite an unique but peculiar read indeed. I love reading mystery novels especially from the classic book collections for that thrill they offer. The names you have mentioned are really very beguiling and I am looking forward to reading a few of these at least if not all. For instance ‘Everyone Lies’ reminds me of the famous Gregory House.


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