The most popular library book in Worcestershire has been revealed as a murder mystery.

Still Life, by Val McDermid was borrowed from libraries in the county 645 times last year, making it the most popular adult book.

Worcestershire County Council has released data on the most borrowed books from our public libraries throughout 2021.

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A murder mystery novel was also in second place, with author and TV presenter Richard Osman’s debut Novel, The Thursday Murder Club, issued 632 times.

In third, Lee Child and Andrew Child’s latest edition to the popular Jack Reacher series, The Sentinel, was issued 605 times.

For the children of the county, David Walliams took the number one spot with his funny page turner, Slime, which was borrowed more than 300 times.

In both second and third place, author Liz Pinchon’s Ten Tremendous Tales and Spectacular School Trip (really...), both were issued over 200 times respectively.

Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, Cllr Matthew Dormer, said: “It’s always interesting to look back and see which page-turners proved popular in the past 12 months.

“It’s been great to see that the joy of reading has been there for so many people in Worcestershire, especially during another particularly difficult year with the Covid pandemic.

“I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t already, to look into what our Digital Library Hub can offer. The magic of a good book really is there for everyone.”

Worcestershire Libraries are also promoting online reading through their Digital Library Hub.

The service offers a selection of eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines, free webinars to support job seekers and business start-ups, online connect bubbles and a range of online events and activities for families and children.

Blunt Force by Lynda Le Plante was in the number one position for the adult e-book charts, with Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins leading the charts for teenagers and David Baddiel’s Parent Agency taking the top spot for the county’s junior readers.

To find out more about Worcestershire’s Digital Library Hub you can visit here.