Killing Trail by Margaret Misushima
This doesn't go on sale till December 16th so you can't get your mitts on it yet, but I snagged a copy from the editor. One thing I particularly liked is that the cop behavior seems real, and the protagonist isn't perfect. Plus...dogs!
The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie
This is one of Barbara Poelle's clients but honest to godiva, I'm so in love with this book
It comes out in January 2016. Don't miss it. Seriously.
Come To Harm by Catriona McPherson
You simply can't go wrong with any of her books. Don't plan to just dip in for a couple pages or a half hour. Set aside the time to start and finish cause you'll not be able to put it down.
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
It's almost unfair to list this now since it doesn't go on sale till January 2016, but I'd be failing you miserably if I didn't insist you pre-order this. It's brilliant. I got an early copy from the editor and when I was done I emailed the editor and the publisher and the publicist with my response: holy fuck.
Gregg Hurwitz has written several previous books, but this one is simply the best thing he's ever done.
Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel
I'm a long time devoted fan of ESM, have been since Last Night in Montreal.
When the rest of the world discovers one of my favorite authors I'm always hesitant to read that book, fearing it won't be as good as previous ones. Station 11 won a lot of accolades. I should have read it sooner. It's fabulous. If you don't love this book, we can't be friends. I'm sorry, it's just how it has to be.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Somehow I ran out of things to read on the way home from a conference. Fortunately there was a bookstore at O'Hare so I grabbed this cause I'm Twitter friends with the author and heard a lot of good things about it. I should have read it sooner. It's brilliant.
Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
When readers wonder who will step up to fill the mighty shoes of the grandmasters we've lost in recent years (Don Westlake, Tony Hillerman, Ed McBain) this is one of the guyz.
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
Just plan to read everything she writes. It's easier that way.
Murder with a Twist by Tracy Kiely
This is a new series from one of my favorite authors. It's a modern day Thin Man homage,
but you don't ever have to seen the movies to appreciate this book. Banter. Booze. Dogs.
Honestly, if you don't love this book, I'll give you your money back. (And cross you off my Christmas card list!)
A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan
This books is too deliciously creepy for words. That moment, as you're reading about the narrator's favorite breakfast spot, and you realize he's inside his neighbor's house...without the neighbors being home...that's the moment when you know you're not going to stop reading till the last page.
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
This book just knocked my socks off. It was nominated for an Edgar for Best Novel and as far as I'm concerned Karin Slaughter got robbed this year. Her next one, Pretty Girls, is on my to be read stack. I'm saving it for a day when I deserve a reward.
The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
This is a terrific book that really made me feel like I was right there with her in her world. Not enough people read this. You should!
So, what novels have you read and loved this year? List them in the comments section, or link to your blog if you prefer.