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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.1863.5Something in the Water by Charlotte MacLeod
1.0683.79Summer of the Dragon by Elizabeth Peters
1.0613.53The Laughter of Dead Kings by Elizabeth Peters
1.0343.14The Night of Four Hundred Rabbits by Elizabeth Peters
1.0343.56Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters
1.0193.24Evans Above by Rhys Bowen
1.0183.8Street of the Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters
1.0153.65A Highland Christmas by M. C. Beaton
1.0033.56Death of an Addict by M. C. Beaton
1.0013.66Devil-May-Care by Elizabeth Peters
13.32The Grub-and-Stakers Move a Mountain by Charlotte MacLeod
0.9993.71The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
0.9933.73Silhouette in Scarlet by Elizabeth Peters
0.9923.91Trojan Gold by Elizabeth Peters
0.993.58The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters
0.9893.41Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
0.9853.76Old Bones by Aaron Elkins
0.9833.75Death of a Glutton by M. C. Beaton
0.9693.55Murder Goes Mumming by Alisa Craig
0.9693.89Sacrifice by Andrew Vachss
0.9663.69Aunt Dimity: Snowbound by Nancy Atherton
0.9633.98Brother Cadfael's Penance by Ellis Peters
0.9613.06The Curse of the Giant Hogweed by Charlotte MacLeod
0.9583.62Pistols for Two and other stories by Georgette Heyer
0.9563.7Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday by Nancy Atherton
0.9563.8Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer
0.9563.93The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer
0.9513.86Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters
0.9513.68An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer
0.9483.77Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World by Richard O'Neill
0.9463.24The Balloon Man by Charlotte MacLeod
0.9463.53Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer
0.9383.76The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters
0.9343.79Morality Play by Barry Unsworth
0.9323.83Aunt Dimity's Death by Nancy Atherton
0.933.55The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters
0.9293.68Death of a Nag by M. C. Beaton
0.9253.61The Jackal's Head by Elizabeth Peters
0.9243.64Die for Love by Elizabeth Peters
0.923.88The Golden Ocean by Patrick O'Brian
0.9183.43Exit the Milkman by Charlotte MacLeod
0.9163.5The Corpse in Oozak's Pond by Charlotte MacLeod
0.9123.78Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters
0.9113.71Death of a Macho Man by M. C. Beaton
0.9113.56The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy by James Anderson
0.9113.7Aunt Dimity's Christmas by Nancy Atherton
0.9093.59Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer
0.9093.67Death of a Dentist by M. C. Beaton
0.9093.68The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson
0.9083.85Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
0.9063.77Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea by Nancy Atherton
0.9053.95Footsteps of the Hawk by Andrew Vachss
0.9053.85An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters
0.9043.93The Serpent on the Crown by Elizabeth Peters
0.9033.66Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton
0.9023.79The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
0.9013.53Fellowship of Fear by Aaron Elkins
0.93.92The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer
0.8983.77Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss
0.8983.26Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb
0.8973.81Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
0.8973.39The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears
0.8963.99Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
0.8953.78The Plain Old Man by Charlotte MacLeod
0.8944.04The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
0.8943.55Something the Cat Dragged In by Charlotte MacLeod
0.8933.97The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters
0.8923.72The Silver Ghost by Charlotte MacLeod
0.8893.74Death of a Charming Man by M. C. Beaton
0.8884.09The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
0.8873.76Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson
0.8863.7Skeleton Dance by Aaron Elkins
0.8864.13These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
0.8833.65Murder with Puffins by Donna Andrews
0.8813.71Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil by Nancy Atherton
0.8793.91The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters
0.8793.58Death of a Dustman by M. C. Beaton
0.8774.02The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer
0.8733.74Death and the Chapman by Kate Sedley
0.8733.6The Convivial Codfish by Charlotte MacLeod
0.8713.76Harbors and High Seas, 3rd Edition : An Atlas and Geographical Guide to the Complete Aubrey-Maturin Novels of Patrick O' by Dean King
0.8713.65Good Blood by Aaron Elkins
0.873.94Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters
0.8694.02Arabella by Georgette Heyer
0.8693.83The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters
0.8694.07Shella by Andrew Vachss
0.8684The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters
0.8683.69Blossom by Andrew Vachss
0.8684.01A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer
0.8683.82A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
0.8673.72The Hermit of Eyton Forest by Ellis Peters
0.8663.99Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss
0.8653.67The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
0.8643.49The Dead Sea Cipher by Elizabeth Peters
0.8643.87The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
0.8623.42Blood on the Moon by James Ellroy
0.8613.57An Owl Too Many by Charlotte MacLeod
0.8613.61The Recycled Citizen by Charlotte MacLeod
0.8613.51The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters
0.863.7The Holy Thief by Ellis Peters
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