December books on my list

December 1, 2016 2016, books on my list . . . 7

I don’t have too many books on my list this month. That’s good! Each month I list the books I think I would like to read.

books-on-my-listI don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget…lol.

The list I make each month helps me remember the books. And I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too! I also hope they will point me toward books I missed.

December 1

dennys-lawDenny’s Law

by Elizabeth Gunn

Series: Sarah Burke

Published by Severn House Publishers

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

192 pages

Synopsis: A murder leads Sarah Burke to investigate a money-laundering ring with connections extending far beyond Tucson but does the key to solving the case lie closer to home than she realizes?

The murder of a man seen fighting in a house during a Fourth of July street parade plunges Sarah Burke’s whole household her fragile mother Aggie, shrewd and ever-helpful live-in boyfriend Will and even her hard-charging niece, Denny into her latest case.

The investigation leads to a money-laundering ring with international connections, and Sarah and her smart, hard-working crew of detectives must follow the puzzle, set against the backdrop of Tucson’s unique character an ancient, beautiful valley with a polyglot ethnic community and a bilingual, modern city without knowing where it might take them. Could the answers lie closer to home than she realizes?

December 6

out-of-boundsOut of Bounds

by Val McDermid

Series: Inspector Karen Pirie #4

Published by Atlantic Monthly Press

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

464 pages

Synopsis: When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from twenty-two years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself.

Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating, a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.

An enthralling, twisty read, Out of Bounds reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business.

christmas-days-12-stories-and-12-feasts-for-12-daysChristmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

by Jeanette Winterson

Series: None

Published by Grove Press

Genre: Holiday Short Stories, Christmas

240 pages

Synopsis: For years Jeanette Winterson has loved writing a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold tales. For the Twelve Days of Christmas—a time of celebration, sharing, and giving—she offers these twelve plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories. These tales give the reader a portal into the spirit of the season, where time slows down and magic starts to happen. From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson’s innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Perfect for reading by the fire with loved ones, or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.

December 13

forgotten-cityForgotten City

by Carrie Smith

Series: A Claire Cordella Mystery #2

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

320 pages

Synopsis: NYPD Detective Claire Codella is chomping at the bit for a new case. Lieutenant McGowan is determined to keep her out of the news, but she’s about to be back in the public eye in a big way.

Broadway legend Lucy Merchant has tragically succumbed to early onset Alzheimer’s. At age fifty-six, she’s tucked away in the dementia care unit of the ultra-exclusive Manhattan care facility Park Manor. When she falls asleep and doesn’t wake up, her billionaire husband is ready for the funeral, but her daughter demands an investigation.

Only three months back on the job after cancer treatment, Codella finds herself at the center of a high profile case nearly everyone–especially her lieutenant–wants to shut down. But the forensic evidence raises alarming questions and Codella needs answers. To find them, she will have to crack the defenses of slippery administrators, frightened caregivers, and unobliging family members, all while unlocking some of her own dark memories.

Forgotten City, Carrie Smith’s gripping follow-up to Silent City, pits the unrelenting detective against a cast of diverse New Yorkers driven by their desires and ambitions and haunted by their pasts. But can she piece together the truth before the murderer kills again?

after-the-crownAfter the Crown

by K. B. Wager

Series: The Indranan War #2

Published by Orbit

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

416 pages

Synopsis: Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she’s been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.

December 20

one-fell-sweepOne Fell Sweep

by Ilona Andrews

Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #3

Free online serial (until published)

Published by Ilona Andrews

Genre: Fantasy

259 pages

Synopsis: Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

December 27

iced-underIced Under

by Barbara Ross

Series: A Maine Clambake Mystery #5

Published by Kensington

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

304 pages

Synopsis: The snow is deep in Maine’s Busman’s Harbor and the mighty rivers are covered in ice. Snowden Family Clambake Company proprietor Julia Snowden and her mother, Jacqueline, are hunkered down for the winter when a mysterious package arrives—heating up February with an unexpected case of murder . . .

Inside the mystery package is an enormous black diamond necklace that once belonged to Julia’s great-grandmother and disappeared in the 1920s. Who could have sent it—and why? Julia’s search for clues takes her on a perilous journey through her mother’s troubled family history, from a squabble over the family fortune in “frozen water” to the recent unexplained death of Jacqueline’s long-lost cousin Hugh—who’d been missing and presumed drowned for more than forty years. To protect her mother’s inheritance, Julia must fend off a small army of feuding relatives, solve the mystery surrounding Hugh’s demise, and get back home before the next blizzard buries them all . . .

What books are you excited about this month?

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7 Responses to “December books on my list”

  1. Rita

    Nice list and I wasn’t aware of any of these. I love to find new to me series ☺ have a good weekend, Jan!

  2. sjhigbee

    That’s a cracking list, Jan:). I like the variety you have there… the one that particularly caught my eye is After the Crown – the premise is a doozy. I take it you’ve read the first book in the series?
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  3. Jan

    Actually I haven’t read the first one yet, Sarah. I have bought it and when I saw that the second one is coming out I knew I’d better push it up a little higher. So, I hope maybe this month . . . .
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