4 Ps ratings 2017

This is a list of the novels I’ve read in 2017, with the score I’ve given each of them out of 20. Scores are made up of four elements, as described in The 4 Ps (plot, pace, poetry, pull). I’ve written reviews on this blog for those highlighted in orange.

1. “Dreams of rivers and seas” by Tim Parks – 13/20 (3, 5, 3, 2)

2. “The cuckoo’s calling” by Robert Galbraith – 15/20 (4, 4, 3, 4)

3. “Present danger” by Stella Rimington – 18/20 (4, 5, 5, 4)

4. “The maintenance of headway” by Magnus Mills – 19/20 (5, 5, 5, 4)

5. “Rip tide” by Stella Rimington – 18/20 (5, 4, 4, 5)

6. “The Geneva Trap” by Stella Rimington – 16/20 (4, 5, 4, 3)

7. “The monogram murders” by Sophie Hannah – 19/20 (5, 5, 4, 5)

8. “Close call” by Stella Rimington – 18/20 (4, 5, 4, 5)

9. “Appointment with death” by Agatha Christie – 19/20 (5, 5, 5, 4)

10. “The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce – 16/20 (4,4,4,4)

11.  “A very distant shore” by Jenny Colgan – 17/20 (4, 5, 4, 4)

12. “One, two, buckle my shoe” by Agatha Christie – 18/20 (5, 5, 5,3)

13. “The perfect lie” by Emily Barr (2010) – 15/20 (4, 4, 3, 4)

14. “Anna, where are you?” by Patricia Wentworth (1953) – 15/20 (4,4,4,3)

15. “After the funeral” by Agatha Christie (1953) –  19/20 (5, 5, 5, 4)

16. “A voyage to Arcturus” by David Lindsay (1920) – 18/20 (4, 5, 4, 5*)

17. “Border Line” by Hilary Custance Green (2014) – 18/20 (5, 5, 4, 4)

18. “The small bachelor” by P G Wodehouse (1927) – 17/20 (5, 5, 4, 3)

19. “The skull beneath the skin” by P D James (1982) – 19/20 (5, 5, 4, 5)

20. “Closed casket” by Sophie Hannah (2017) – 14/20 (4, 3, 4, 3)

21. “Portobello” by Ruth Rendell (2008) – 18/20 (4, 5, 4, 5)

22. “The seven dials mystery” by Agatha Christie (1929) – 15/20 (4, 4, 4, 3)

23. “Dark corners” by Ruth Rendell (2015) – 19/20 (5, 5, 4, 5)

24. “The murder room” by P D James (2003) – 15/20 (4, 4, 3, 4) 

25. “From Doon with death” by Ruth Rendell (1964) – 16/20 (4, 4, 4, 4)

26. “Third girl” by Agatha Christie (1966) – 15/20 (4, 4, 3 4)

27. “Unfinished portrait” by Mary Westmacott (1934) – 20/20 (5, 5, 5, 5)

28. “Sidney Chambers & the shadow of death” by James Runcie (2012) – 14/20 (4,4,3,3)

29. “Pyramids” by Terry Pratchett (1989) – 15/20 (3, 3, 5*, 4)

30. Holding” by Graham Norton (2016) – 15/20 (4, 4, 3, 4)

*a star is a way of giving extra credit to one particular aspect of a book