A Conspiracy of Friends (Corduroy Mansions 3) - Alexander McCall Smith
Book 3 of McCall Smith's online serial novel from the Telegraph. I tend not to read these online anymore as I like to go through it in book form. It's still online if you'd like to read it here - plus Andrew Sachs also narrates these on the same site - available for download or as a podcast.
A Bedlam of Bones (Francis Oughterard 5) - Suzette A. Hill
The latest exploits of the Rev. Francis Oughterard, Maurice the cat and Bouncer the dog. This is an unusual mystery (although there isn't always one) that is very well written and witty. Set in a 1950's Surrey, it has a very cosy feel to it despite the reverend's unexpected shenanigans.
Rack, Ruin and Murder (Campbell and Carter 2) - Ann Granger
The first book in this series following two Cotswolds police officers was promising and it's taken two years for its sequel to appear. It's a good read and fans of Ann Granger's other series should hopefully agree.
The Herring on The Nile (Elsie and Ethelred 4) - L. C. Tyler
These are brilliant! Light spoofs of golden age crime with wit, fun and quite a lot of deceit thrown in as you follow crime and romantic writer Ethelred Tressider and his opinionated agent Elsie Thirkettle. I have enjoyed these immensely and look forward to this very Christie-like title. The covers are always a delight!
Heartless (Parasol Protectorate 4) - Gail Carriger
Ah... the Parasol Protectorate... this is a truly escapist, laugh-out-loud and grin from ear-to-ear read. If you haven't read this series - please avoid reading any blurbs, reviews or write-ups on book sites as each book after book 1 contains big spoilers. If you're looking for an entertaining read, pick this up. It has paranormal elements and a parallel Victorian London but the prose is good and the author's humour is refreshing.
Pirate King (Mary Russell 11) - Laurie R. King
I've only read the first book so I have quite a few to look forward to. This series has been growing from strength to strength and gathering a lot of fans. It follows Holmes' apprentice and how their relationship and equal partnership develops. Again, another series to be savoured in order.
Unusual Uses of Olive Oil (von Igelfeld 4) - Alexander McCall Smith
Another AMS! The advent of this book has been announced by the author and his publishers for years now and the publication date keeps getting pushed back. Fingers crossed this will be the year. I've listened to the first two instalments of the wacky Prof. von Igelfeld's adventures narrated superbly by the multi-talented Hugh Laurie. Highly recommended in audiobook form! Laurie's various foreign accents are side-splitting if sometimes a little wonky. His English, though, is smooth and silky.
11 - The Forgotten Affairs of Youth (Isabel Dalhousie 8) - Alexander McCall Smith
Isabel Dalhousie - sleuth or nosy parker? Set in a beautifully-evoked Edinburgh, this is not really a crime mystery but AMS' philosophical ramblings and love-letters to Edinburgh keep me coming back for more.
What series books do you follow and what are you looking forward to in 2011?