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All of Sophie Hannah’s Books in Order!
Who is Sophie Hannah?
Born in 1971, Sophie Hannah is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of crime fiction and a poet, daughter of the academic Norman Gerac and author Adèle Geras.
She published her first book of poems at 24 and since then, has released other collections of poetry, but Hannah is better known for her psychological crime novels featuring the characters Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer.
Two of her novels have been adapted for television, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives. She has also been chosen by Agatha Christie‘s estate to write new Hercule Poirot stories since 2014.
In parallel, Hannah participated in the creation of a master’s degree in Crime and Thriller Writing at the University of Cambridge, for which she is the main teacher and course director.
She lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge.
How to read Sophie Hannah’s Books in Order?
The Culver Valley Crime series (aka the Spilling CID series)
Also the base for the Case Sensitive TV show starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd as detective Charlie Zailer and her boss Simon Waterhouse solving crime in rural England in the psychological crime series.
To know more about it, take a look at our guide to the Culver Valley Crime series.
- Little Face (2006)
- Hurting Distance (2007) — also published as The Truth-Teller’s Lie.
- The Point of Rescue (2008) — also published as The Wrong Mother.
- The Other Half Lives (2009) — also published as The Dead Lie Down.
- A Room Swept White (2010) — also published as The Cradle in the Grave.
- Lasting Damage (2011) — also published as The Other Woman’s House.
- Kind of Cruel (2012)
- The Carrier (2013)
- Pictures or it Didn’t Happen (2015)
- The Telling Error (2014) — also published as Woman with a Secret.
- The Tennis Church
- The Narrow Bed (2016) — also published as The Next to Die.
- The Dwelling
- The Warrior Prophet
- The Couple at the Table (2022)
The Hercule Poirot Mysteries
Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, needs no introduction. Sophie Hannah, with Agatha Christie’s estate’s blessings, writes new stories with the character.
- The Monogram Murders (2014)
- Closed Casket (2016)
- The Mystery of Three Quarters (2018)
- The Killings At Kingfisher Hill (2020)
- Hercule Poirot’s Silent Night (2023)
Other Novels Written By Sophie Hannah
- Gripless (1999) — Belinda Nield knows what she wants. She wants Tony Lamb, a beautiful but silent stranger who has been foisted on the school where she teaches. But she isn’t the only one who wants him.
- Cordial and Corrosive (2000) — Sebastian Nunn’s surname reflects the number of jobs he’s been offered. He has applied for twenty-two, been interviewed for eleven and got none. When he is shortlisted for the best job in the world, his wife Kate, driving instructor and crusader against the injustices perpetrated by appointment committees, takes matter into her own hands. No sooner has she started poking her nose in than she discovers this prestigious position is not what it seems. Not only does the chair of the interview panel turn out to be the mother-in-law of the favourite candidate, but the last person to hold the poast disappeared in mysterious circumstances. And when Kate takes on a depressive new driving pupil, things go from strange to stranger.
- The Superpower of Love (2001) — When Campbell Golightly, an analytical philosopher specializing in vagueness, leaves the reliable Eve for tobacco heiress Rory Napper, there’s nothing vague about the devastation he causes. Campbell’s friend Simone, self appointed Superpower of Love, with a firm belief in her right to meddle for the common good, wants the old world order restored: Campbell and Eve back together, and she’s rallying the troops.
- The Orphan Choir (2013) — A mother with an empty nest is being haunted by a ghostly children’s choir. Are they giving her an important message that only she can hear, or are their motives more sinister?
- A Game for All the Family (2015) — Pulled into a deadly game of deception, secrets, and lies, a woman must find the truth in order to defeat a mysterious opponent, protect her daughter, and save her own life.
- Keep Her Safe (2017) — also published as Did You See Melody? Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied — by a man and a teenage girl. A simple mistake at the front desk… but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.
- Perfect Little Children (2019) — also published as Haven’t They Grown. All Beth has to do is drive her son to his soccer game, watch him play, and then return home. Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the field, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today—or ever again. But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car. Except . . . There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven’t they grown? How is it possible that they haven’t grown up?
- The Understudy (2019) (with Holly Brown, Clare Mackintosh and B A Paris) — Carolyn, Bronnie, Elise, and Kendall are bound together by one thing-their four daughters are best friends at the highly competitive Orla Flynn Academy for the Performing Arts. Last year the foursome exploded because of brutal bullying between the girls, but they’ve since forgiven each other. The mothers, however, haven’t been able to move on. When new threats surface and “accidents” begin to happen – just as a mysterious new girl enters the scene – the mothers take matters into their own hands. But they will have to risk their own secrets being exposed if they stand a chance at uncovering the truth…
- The Opposite of Murder (2024) – Jemma Stelling has confessed to a murder. She is the police’s lead suspect. She couldn’t have committed the crime. She has an unshakeable alibi: at the time of Marianne Cass’s brutal murder, Jemma was at the police station, confessing to a murderous obsession with Marianne. Is Jemma Stelling innocent? Or is she an ingenious, cold-blooded killer? Can you be guilty of the opposite of murder?
Collection of Short Stories by Sophie Hannah
- The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets (2008) — Everybody has their secrets. Who, for instance, is the hooded figure hiding in the bushes outside a young man’s house? Why does the same stranger keep appearing in the background of a family’s holiday photographs? What makes a woman stand mesmerized by two children in a school playground—children she’s never met but whose names she knows well? All will be revealed . . . but at a cost.
- Something Untoward: Six Tales of Domestic Terror (2012) — Six short tales of chilling suspense
- The Visitors Book (2015) — Why is a young woman so unnerved by the presence of a visitors book in her boyfriend’s inner-city home? And whose spidery handwriting is it that fills the pages? Who is the strangely courteous boy still lingering at a child’s tenth birthday party when all the parents have gathered their children and left? And why does the presence of a perfectly ordinary woman in a post office queue leave another customer pallid and sweating with fear?
Poetry by Sophie Hannah
- The Hero and the Girl Next Door (1995)
- Hotels Like Houses (1996)
- Leaving and Leaving You (1999)
- First of the Last Chances (2003)
- Pessimism for Beginners (2007)
- Marrying the Ugly Millionaire (2015)
Non-fiction books by Sophie Hannah
- How to Hold a Grudge (2018) — Self-help. How often have you held a grudge and felt guilty about it? Positive thinking is essential for a happy life, but how we get to that positive is even more crucial. What if grudges can ward off danger, and help us live better lives? What if they can act as stepping stones, pointing us in the right direction? This ultimate guide will give you all the tools you need to analyse, process and embrace your grudges in order to be your best possible self.
- Happiness, a Mystery (2020) — Self-help. Happiness is one of life’s greatest mysteries. But what even is happiness? Why does it mean so many different things to different people? And how can we actually be happier?
- The Double Best Method (2023) — Self-help. Most people have no idea how to choose well. Their approach to decisions is based on foundations that are incorrect, which makes wise choice-making impossible. The great news is, you don’t need to be one of those people ever again, once you’ve discovered the unique Double Best Method and learned how to make every choice in the best way.
Books edited by Sophie Hannah
- The Poetry of Sex (2014)
- Deadlier (2017)
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