2016 most anticipated new-to-me authors and their books

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I take part in when I can think up answers! It’s a great meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week they suggest a new book-related topic. It’s not only fun to think about my list, but to read what other people come up with!

This week I’m talking about the books I’m most anticipating in the first half of 2016. I’ve decided to just list the new-to-me authors and their books since I have so many new authors and their books I want to read!born-in-a-burial-gown

Born in a Burial Gown

  • by Mike Craven
  • Mystery (police procedural)
  • A police procedural which takes place in England. It sounds a little grittier and darker than most mysteries I read, but it also sounds very good. The main character–Detective Inspector Avison Fluke–commits a crime so he can get back to work, conceals an illness and soon won’t have a home. Then a body is found buried on a building site and for some reason the dead woman has gone to a lot of trouble to disguise herself.
  • Expected publication date: Jan 1



All the Birds in the Sky

  • by Charlie Jane Anders
  • A mix of science fiction and fantasy
  • The world’s falling apart. One of the main characters is magically gifted and the other is an engineer struggling to stave off catastrophe with technology. Sounds like a near future story about the coming apocalypse.
  • Expected publication date: Jan 26



 Thicker Than Water: A Monika Paniatowski British Police Procedural

  • by Sally Spencer
  • Mystery (police procedural)
  • Another British police procedural! This is not the first in the series and I will have to investigate which book this is. I like that the protagonist is a female DCI just back from maternity leave. I think it would be very difficult to work as an investigator and be a new mom. I’m interested to see how realistic it is, but I will probably search for earlier books since she must have a relationship with someone…lol
  • Expected publication date: Feb 1



A Criminal Magic

  • by Lee Kelly
  • Young Adult Historical Fantasy
  • 1926 Washington, DC, but with magic! Prohibition in this world is a prohibition against sorcery, but as in our world that creates an underworld–bu in this case of magic complete with mobsters.
  • Expected publication date: Feb 2



  • by Mishell Baker
  • Urban Fantasy
  • The main character botched a suicide attempt and ended up losing her legs. She’s given a second chance to live when she’s recruited by a secret society whose job is to police the traffic between a parallel reality and ours.
  • Mar 1


Death Sits Down to Dinner

  • by Tessa Arlen
  • Historical Mystery
  • An Edwardian mystery set in London. This is second in the series, but it sounds like I could pick it up with the second book. I like that there are historical characters in the book: the murder happens during a dinner to celebrate Winston Churchill’s 39th birthday.


The Courier: A San Angeles Novel

  • by Gerald Brandt
  • Science Fiction (Distopian) with a mystery!
  • “A far-future science fiction debut set in San Francisco—action adventure with a cyberpunk tone.” Yes! A motorcycle courier worth nothing who witnesses a murder and now everyone wants her dead. This is a debut I missed in my “2016 Debut novels” Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Expected publication date: Mar 1


Central Station

  • by Lavie Tidhar
  • Science Fiction
  • Central Station is an interplanetary hub which connects to everything. Sounds like there’s virtual reality and real life intertwining plus since the city is called Tel Aviv and “it’s a worldwide diaspora” perhaps the main group of people are Jews? And there’s a mysterious group called the Others. Sounds so interesting!
  • Expected publication date: May 10


Company Town

  • by Madeline Ashby
  • Science Fiction (and maybe a murder mystery?)
  • The main character chooses not to get bio-engineered enhancements and is the last organic person on the rig. She’s an expert in self-defense charged with teaching the Family’s youngest self-defense after they receive death threats–maybe from another time-line!
  • Expected publication date: May 17


The Invisible Library

  • by Genevieve Cogman
  • Science Fiction (steampunk) & Fantasy, too!!?
  • One of my favorite bloggers Li from Me and My Books talks about this book and that the second book is already out in England. She snapped it up as soon as possible since she enjoyed the first book so much!
  • A spy, a mysterious Library (which harvests books from other realities), stolen books, forbidden societies. “. . . think Doctor Who with librarian spies!” Oh, My Goodness, Yes!
  • Expected U.S. publication date: June 14


What books are you looking forward to in 2016?


Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

11 thoughts on “2016 most anticipated new-to-me authors and their books”

  1. First let me apologize for not visiting recently. I’ve gotten way behind on answering comments and stopping by my friends’ blogs, and I feel really badly about it. Catching up is one of my goals for January, and I’ll try not to neglect my favorite bloggers again! I love your new look and the holiday header – so fun!

    You’ve just added three more books to my TBR list: The Invisible Library (“Doctor Who with librarina spies” is absolutely irresitible!), Death Sits Down to Dinner (or maybe book one in the same series) and possibly Criminal Magic. I like the idea of concentrating today’s list on new-to-you authors; I stuck with authors I’ve already read, which is less adventurous (but I still want to read them!)

    I hope you had — are having! — a wonderful holiday season!


    1. I am way behind in my commenting, too, Lark. I’m trying to catch up this week and next and then hopefully stay caught up. We’ll see how that goes! It’s great to hear from you, Lark.

      I’m especially excited about The Invisible Library. But there are also so many more great sounding books coming out. I have many, many books from my favorite authors I want to read, too. I’m always excited when I know an author or series I love is coming out with a new book.

      I hope you had–are having–a wonderful holiday season, too! Our has been great. We spent Christmas with our three children in the Midwest and had a wonderful time.


  2. I like this list because there are some new ones for me on it. Curious about Charlie Jane Anders’ book since I’m somewhat familiar with her from io9, and the Tessa Arlen book- I think you’ll be OK starting with that one, although the first one is a good read. Some of those upcoming scifi books look great!


    1. I know, Greg, there are some really great sounding sci-fi books aren’t there? I want to start reading faster so I can read more of these!


    1. Thanks, Samantha! I don’t know if I’ve just happened to find lots of great sounding books or if 2016 is just going to be a great year for new releases…lol


  3. I hope you get your hands on THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY when it’s released in the US!

    A CRIMINAL MAGIC sounds really interesting, as does BORDERLINE, and really, all the rest of the list…!


    1. I’m very excited about The Invisible Library, Li. Impatient to wait until June. I might have to check out The Book Depository to see what their price is!


  4. All the Birds in the Sky and A Criminal Magic are both on my watch list, too! I haven’t heard much about The Invisible Library but it’s about libraries so…clearly I’m going to read it. Great picks, Jan!


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