Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Favorite Reads of 2011

I love to post this every year because I end up with a huge TBR list to start off 2012. You voracious readers always let me know which great books I missed over the course of the year, but first, let me share some of my favorites.

You'll notice I don't put any cozies on this list, because this is my "other favorites" list. I could never narrow down all the mysteries I loved, but I will start off with a traditional mystery that was beautifully written and a powerful read to boot.

"Adjusting to civilian life after a tour in Iraq proves difficult for Rev. Clare Fergusson in Spencer-Fleming's resonant and timely seventh mystery featuring Clare and her not-so-secret lover, police chief Russ Van Alstyne."

Another character-driven novel is Michael's Connelly's The Drop. I adore Harry Bosch and though he seems on his way to retiring, I hope he continues to investigate for a few more novels!

"Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two."

I read Kate Morton for the Gothic atmosphere. A few times a year, I need to escape to an English Country Mansion filled with family secrets. This installment does not disappoint!

"It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II."

And lastly, I discovered a new-to-me author this year and have since read 3 of her novels. These are my fun books, but they aren't fluff. Keyes tackles some tough
issues and many I can identify with, but she keeps me laughing too!

"Keyes' latest novel about hipster singles in the city takes place in Dublin, where they live and play and bemoan their romantic and professional fates."

Your turn! What non-cozy page-turners do I need to rush out and buy?