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Ranking Author Catherine Webb / Claire North / Kate Griffin’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

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“What are Catherine Webb (Claire North/Kate Griffin) Best Books?” We looked at all of her authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Catherine Webb as well as the books written under her pseudonyms Claire North &Kate Griffin and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page. We will update the article if/when a new book by Catherine Webb is released. Although it probably won’t be immediate so the scores on each site have time to settle and aren’t overly influenced by the early, usually much more opinionated, users.

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The Top Book’s Of Claire North’s



19 ) The End of the Day (2017)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 17

“You might meet him in a hospital, in a warzone, or at the scene of a traffic accident.

Then again, you might meet him at the North Pole – he gets everywhere, our Charlie.

Would you shake him by the hand, take the gift he offers, or would you pay no attention to the words he says?”

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18 ) The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 18
  • LibraryThing: 14

In Victorian London at the height of the industrial revolution, Horatio Lyle is a former Special Constable with a passion for science and invention. He’s also an occasional, but reluctant, sleuth. The truth is that he’d rather be in his lab tinkering with dangerous chemicals and odd machinery than running around the cobbled streets of London trying to track down stolen goods. But when Her Majesty’s Government calls, Horatio swaps his microscope for a magnifying glass, fills his pockets with things that explode and sallies forth to unravel a mystery of a singularly extraordinary nature.

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17 ) The Sudden Appearance of Hope (2016)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 10
  • LibraryThing: 17

“My name is Hope Arden, and you won’t know who I am. But we’ve met before-a thousand times.

It started when I was sixteen years old.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit, you will never remember who I am.”

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15 ) Stray Souls (2012) (Magicals Anonymous series, book 1)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 10
  • LibraryThing: 16

When Sharon Li unexpectedly discovers she’s a shaman, it’s not a moment too soon: London’s soul is lost. Using her newfound oneness with the City, she sets about saving London from inevitable demise, but the problem is she has no clue where to start. Meanwhile, a mysterious gate has opened, and there are creatures loose that won’t wait for her to catch up before they go out hunting. Now Sharon and her motley crew of magical misfits must find a way to save the world…

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15 ) Touch (2015)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 17

Dying after being viciously beaten by a vagrant in a dark alley, Kepler discovers he can jump into another person’s body with just a touch and ultimately sets out on a mission of vengeance when one of his bodies is brutally assassinated.

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14 ) The Obsidian Dagger: Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 14
  • LibraryThing: 8

“There seem to be some odd things going on in the city of London, lately. Take the murders, for instance; quite peculiar. And those missing statues – what’s going on there? And shouldn’t Saint Paul’s have a roof? Odd. . .

Horatio Lyle, of course, is no stranger to. . . well, strangeness. In fact, he finds the lure of the unknown quite invigorating. But having just survived the most frightening episode in his life, the last thing he wants is that pompous Lord Lincoln sticking his nose in again and demanding that he take on another case the police are too thick to solve. Of course, His Lordship can be painfully persuasive at times, so it should come as no surprise that Lyle, along with his young proteges Tess (the thief) and Thomas (the toff), and his faithful hound Tate (the smart one), is soon up to his cravat in events of a singularly unscientific nature.”

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13 ) A Madness of Angels (2009) (Matthew Swift series, book 1)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 5
  • LibraryThing: 15

“Two years after his untimely death, Matthew Swift finds himself breathing once again, lying in bed in his London home.

Except that it’s no longer his bed, or his home. And the last time this sorcerer was seen alive, an unknown assailant had gouged a hole so deep in his chest that his death was irrefutable…despite his body never being found.

He doesn’t have long to mull over his resurrection, though, or the changes that have been wrought upon him. His only concern now is vengeance. Vengeance upon his monstrous killer and vengeance upon the one who brought him back.”

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12 ) Mirror Wakes (2003)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 7

Deadly spells are igniting across Haven, and the Queen of Dreams is in mortal danger. The court is pointing accusing fingers at Lord Rylam. One thing is clear—Haven needs Laenan Kite. He’s the most powerful magician in all of Dreams, the bane of Nightkeep, the protector of Earth’s sleeping souls. Queen Lisana wants him on the case fast, because if Rylam isn’t the enemy, then the Realm of Dreams is in deep trouble.

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11 ) Waywalkers (2003)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 13

Sam Linnfer works part-time at a London university as a translator of obscure ancient texts. He’s a quiet chap with a few friends here and there, and an affection for cats. He’s also immortal and the Son of Time. In fact, you might know him better as Lucifer, the Devourer of Souls or the Devil. And with all the gods in Heaven about to go to war over ownership of Earth, you’re going to be extremely glad he’s not exactly the person legend makes him out to be – but that he does know how to handle a flaming sword …

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9 ) The Doomsday Machine: Another Astounding Adventure of Horatio Lyle (2008)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 12

“London, 1865. There are many mysteries in this world that are yet to be resolved. Some of them, man was not meant to know . . .

Scientist, inventor and occasional sleuth, Horatio Lyle, is a man of science – a man of reason. As such, he does not care for the Tseiqin and the strange, mystical enigma they represent. But when news reaches him of a plot to remove them – through the simple expedient of mass murder! – well . . . that presents a problem for a man of moral fortitude. A decent man. A man like Horatio Lyle . . .”

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9 ) The Dream Thief: An Extraordinary Horatio Lyle Mystery (2010)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 3

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8 ) Mirror Dreams (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 1

Every dream you’ve ever had, and every dream yet to come, exists in the Kingdoms of the Void. Every nightmare, too. Because there has to be balance—it’s the rules. But the Lords of Nightkeep aren’t big on rules—only Conquest, Fear, and Eternal Darkness for All. It takes a powerful wizard like Laenan Kite to keep them in check. But Kite has other worries, and Nightkeep is growing strong. Its Lords hunger for power. And they’ve turned their gaze towards earth.

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5 ) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (2014)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 11

SOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIME Harry August is on his deathbed Again No matter what he does or the decisions he makes when death comes Harry always returns to where he began a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before Nothing ever changes Until now As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life a little girl appears at his bedside I nearly missed you Doctor August she says I need to send a message

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5 ) The Gameshouse (2015)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 8

“In 17th Century Venice exists a mysterious establishment known only as the Gameshouse.

There, fortunes are made and fortunes are broken over games of chess, backgammon and every other game under the sun.

But those whom fortune favours may be invited to compete in the higher league . . . a league where the games played are of politics and empires, of economics and kings. It is a league where Capture the Castle involves real castles, where hide and seek takes place on a scale as big as the British Isles. “

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5 ) The Midnight Mayor (2010) (Matthew Swift series, book 2)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 10
  • LibraryThing: 5

“It’s said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, then the Tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall. Resurrected sorcerer Matthew Swift is about to discover that this isn’t so far from the truth…

One by one, the protective magical wards that guard the city are falling. This is not good news. This array of supernatural defenses – a mix of international tourist attractions and forgotten urban legends – formed a formidable shield that protects the city of London from threats that are known to no one. But what could be so dangerous as to threaten an entire city?”

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4 ) The Neon Court (2011) (Matthew Swift series, book 3)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 13
  • LibraryThing: 2

“A daimyo of the Neon Court is dead and all fingers point towards their ancient enemy – The Tribe. And when magicians go to war, everyone loses.

But Matthew Swift has his own concerns. He has been summoned abruptly, body and soul, to a burning tower and to the dead body of Oda, warrior of The Order and known associate of Swift. There’s a hole in her heart and the symbol of the Midnight Mayor drawn in her own blood. Except, she is still walking and talking and has a nasty habit of saying ‘we’ when she means ‘I.'”

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3 ) The Glass God (2013) (Magicals Anonymous series, book 2)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 5
  • LibraryThing: 8

“It wasn’t the career Sharon had in mind, but she’s getting used to running Magicals Anonymous and learning how to Be One With The City.

When the Midnight Mayor goes missing, leaving only a suspiciously innocent-looking umbrella behind him, Sharon finds herself promoted. Her first task: find the Midnight Mayor. The only clues she has are a city dryad’s cryptic message of doom and several pairs of abandoned shoes …”

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2 ) Timekeepers (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 6

With the aid of the Pandora Spirits, the elder Gods have taken a giant step toward freeing the dread Lord Cronus. It seems that Earth’s only hope rests with Sam Linnifer and the power of the Light bestowed upon him by Time. But unleashing the Light would have deadly consequences for Sam. For to do so, he must touch the mind of every human on Earth. And to save their souls, he may have to destroy himself. This is the stunning sequel to Waywalkers.

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1 ) The Minority Council (2012) (Matthew Swift series, book 4)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 3

Matthew Swift, Midnight Mayor, is in charge. And London is having its issues.The new drug on the market is fairy dust and it turns humans into walking drug labs. Teenage vandals are being hunted by a mystical creature. And criminals are dying by magical means.If Swift is going to save London from a rising tide of blood, he’s going to have to learn his lessons – and fast.

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Kate Griffin’s Best Books



Catherine Webb Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
The Minority Council (2012) (Matthew Swift series, book 4) 123 1
Timekeepers (2004) 516 2
The Glass God (2013) (Magicals Anonymous series, book 2) 258 3
The Neon Court (2011) (Matthew Swift series, book 3) 2132 4
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (2014) 6211 5
The Gameshouse (2015) 928 5
The Midnight Mayor (2010) (Matthew Swift series, book 2) 4105 5
Mirror Dreams (2002) 8151 8
The Doomsday Machine: Another Astounding Adventure of Horatio Lyle (2008) 10712 9
The Dream Thief: An Extraordinary Horatio Lyle Mystery (2010) 7193 9
Waywalkers (2003) 11713 11
Mirror Wakes (2003) 12157 12
A Madness of Angels (2009) (Matthew Swift series, book 1) 16515 13
The Obsidian Dagger: Being the Further Extraordinary Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006) 15148 14
Stray Souls (2012) (Magicals Anonymous series, book 1) 121016 15
Touch (2015) 14717 15
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (2016) 181017 17
The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle (2006) 161814 18
The End of the Day (2017) 191717 19