January books on my list

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Each month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and sometimes new author strikes my fancy.

I 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. I’m trying to limit the new books I buy each month to the ones I’m going to read soon.

But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these 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. I have quite a few good-sounding books this month! Always exciting!

Jan 1

This sounds interesting and I like mysteries set in the UK.

a-tangled-threadA Tangled Thread: A Family Mystery Set in England and Scotland

by Anthea Fraser

Series: Unknown

Published by Severn House

Genre: Mystery

192 pages

Synopsis: Three separate families. Three different tales of loss. But a tangled thread binds them together . . .” 

Three widely separated households one in Scotland, one in the north of England and one in the south have known the pain of losing a loved one; losses which, over the years, have shaped the characters of those left behind. But it takes the untimely and suspicious death of Martin Petrie, a stranger from the Scottish Borders mowed down in a hit and run, to untangle the threads that will draw them together in ways they could never have imagined, with results that are far-reaching and fatal.

Jan 5

Sounds like an interesting beginning to a new series.

city-of-lightCity of Light

by Keri Arthur

Series: Outcast #1

Published by Signet

Genre: Urban Fantasy

343 pages

Synopsis: When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay….

As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.

Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe…

I read the first book in this series and though I had some problems with it I love the setting (Maine) and that it’s a police procedural.

the-girl-she-left-behindThe Girl She Left Behind

by Sarah Graves

Series: Lizzie Snow #2

Published by Bantam

Genre: Mystery (police procedural)

272 pages

Synopsis: Sure to thrill readers of Jenny Milchman, Linda Castillo, and Lisa Gardner, The Girls She Left Behind marks the return of ex–Boston homicide detective Lizzie Snow, the new sheriff’s deputy in Maine’s Great North Woods.

For Lizzie Snow, the ice and snow of her first punishing North Woods winter are dreadful enough. But near the small town of Bearkill a stubborn forest fire now rages out of control, and as embers swirl dangerously in the smoke-filled air, a teenage girl with a history of running away has dropped out of sight again. The locals and the law both think Tara Wylie is up to her old tricks—until her mother receives a terrifying text message.

Equally disturbing: Henry Gemerle—a kidnapper and rapist who once held three girls prisoner for fifteen years—has escaped, and may be lurking in Bearkill. As the fire closes in, Lizzie teams up with her boss Sheriff Cody Chevrier and state cop Dylan Hudson to search for the missing girl and the wily fugitive. But they’re blocked by Tara’s mother, a frustrating teller of needless lies and keeper of dark, incomprehensible secrets.

Following a trail of grisly clues—a bloodstained motel room, a makeshift coffin in a shallow grave—Lizzie is drawn ever closer to the flames in her race to save an innocent and corner a monster. Someone else also wants to find Tara Wylie and Henry Gemerle, though, for reasons that have nothing to do with mercy or justice. And when they all meet, the inferno threatening Bearkill will pale in comparison to the hell that’s about to break loose.

This is the second in the series and I haven’t read the first, but it sounds like it might be a good. Although the title makes me think of a horror movie title!

nothing-bad-is-going-to-happenNothing Bad is Going to Happen

by Kathleen Hale

Series: No One Else Can Have You #2

Published by Harper Teen

Genre: YA Mystery

272 pages

Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Friendship, Wisconsin…

After catching her best friend’s murderer a few months ago, Kippy thought the worst was over. Then she found her boyfriend at home, barely breathing and clinging to life. The sheriff insists it was a suicide attempt, but Kippy refuses to believe it. Given everything that’s happened to her, she wonders if something more sinister is going on. Without any evidence, no one will listen to her—except maybe her former nemesis. But in a town where everyone has their secrets and a next-door neighbor could be a serial killer, you take all the help you can get.

Even more shocking and thrilling than its critically acclaimed predecessor, Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen is another clever, riotous dark comedy from Kathleen Hale that finds the perfect balance between the humor and horror.

I like the cover for this book. It looks like a good book to read in the winter!

kingdom-comeKingdom Come

by Jane Jensen

Series: Elizabeth Harris Mystery

Published by Berkley

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has always been a place of quiet beauty—until a shocking murder shatters the peace, and leaves a troubled detective picking up the pieces…

After her husband is murdered, Detective Elizabeth Harris turns in her NYPD badge and moves back home, hoping that a quiet life in remote Pennsylvania Dutch country will help her overcome the dark memories of her ten years in New York. But when a beautiful, scantily clad “English” girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Elizabeth knows that she’s uncovered an evil that could shake the community to its core.

Elizabeth’s boss is convinced this was the work of an “English,” as outsiders are called in Lancaster County. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure. All she’s missing is an actual lead—until another body is found: this time, a missing Amish girl. Now Elizabeth must track down a killer with deep ties to a community that always protects its own—no matter how deadly the cost…

This sounds a little like steampunk with cons and thefts, maybe a revolution or a crusade!

steal-the-skySteal the Sky

by Megan E. O’Keefe

Series: The Scorched Continent #1

Published by Angry Robot

Genre: Fantasy

448 pages

Synopsis: Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet—the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful—there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

Jan 12

A fantasy adventure with pirates! Tor started publishing a number of novellas and short novels a few months ago.

the-drowning-eyesThe Drowning Eyes”

by Emily Foster

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Fantasy Novella

144 pages

Synopsis: When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the arichipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.

Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she’s not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina’s caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.

Another cover I really like and an interesting sounding mystery.

the-necessary-murder-of-nonie-blakeThe Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

by Terry Shames

Series: Samuel Craddock #5

Published by Seventh Street

Genre: Mystery (police procedural)

270 pages

Synopsis: “She was a dangerous girl and people think she’ll be a dangerous woman.” Nonie Blake is back home from a mental institution where she has spent the last twenty years, and people in Jarrett Creek are worried. Maybe too worried, for within a week of her return, Nonie is murdered.

Sheriff Samuel Craddock thinks the only possible suspects are members of her tight-lipped family. Ever since Nonie tried to kill her sister when she was fourteen and was sent away to the institution, the family has kept to itself.

Clues are scarce and Craddock is stumped. So he checks with therapists at the mental hospital to see whether they can add anything useful to his investigation. But he discovers that she has not been there for ten years. Now Craddock has to find out where Nonie has been all this time.

Soon the sheriff finds himself dealing not only with murder but layers of deception, a long-held family secret, blackmail, and in the midst of it all–a new deputy sheriff, one Maria Hernandez, sent by the state to beef up security in the small Texas town.

Jan 19

I have the first book in this series and hope to read it soon.

brooklyn-on-fireBrooklyn on Fire

by Lawrence H. Levy

Series: Mary Handley Mystery #2

Published by Broadway Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office— convinced her uncle John Worsham was murdered and desperate for answers—Mary’s second assignment begins.

As she investigates the curious circumstances surrounding John’s death, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high-stakes family scandal, a series of interconnected murders, political corruption, untrustworthy sources, and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York’s elite.

Featuring historic figures like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilt family, Brooklyn on Fire takes Mary on a wild journey from New York City to North Carolina to uncover not only the truth of one man’s death, but to unravel the mystery in three murders – with links tied perilously close to her own personal world.

Jan 26

Sounds like a mix of fantasy and science fiction. About two people who come at problems from opposite sides–science and magic.

all-the-birds-in-the-skyAll the Birds in the Sky

by Charlie Jane Anders

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Dystopia

320 pages

Synopsis: Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

Of course, I haven’t read the first book yet, but I hope to!

city-of-bladesCity of Blades

by Robert Jackson Bennett

Series: The Divine Cities #2

Published by Broadway Books

Genre: Fantasy

464 pages

Synopsis: The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats: not only have the ghosts of her own past battles followed her here, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?

I don’t know if I like this cover! But I think it’s also funny and it sounds like the novella is funny, too. I have the first novella in the series and hope to read it soon.

lustlocked“Lustlocked”

by Matt Wallace

Series: Sin du Jour #2

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Fantasy Novella

224 pages

Synopsis: The staff of New York’s premier supernatural catering company, has their work cut out for them in this outrageous follow-up to Envy of Angels.

Love is in the air at Sin du Jour.

The Goblin King (yes, that one) and his Queen are celebrating the marriage of their son to his human bride. Naturally the celebrations will be legendary.

But when desire and magic mix, the results can be unpredictable.

Our heroes are going to need more than passion for the job to survive the catering event of the decade!

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The books I plan to get (and hopefully read) soon:

  • Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe
  • “The Drowning Eyes” by Emily Foster

What books are you excited about this month?