Best books so far in 2016

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week has a different topic and it’s fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

This week I’m talking about the best books I’ve read so far this year. As you can see I’ve read lots of good mysteries so far!

Note: The links go to my reviews unless I haven’t reviewed them yet. Then the link goes to Goodreads.


Murder in an Irish Village

  • by Carlene O’Connor
  • Contemporary Mystery (cozy)
  • Set in a small village in County Cork, Ireland
  • I love the setting, the characters–especially the O’Sullivan family–and the story.

Out of the Blues

  • by Trudy Nan Boyce
  • Police Procedural
  • Set in Atlanta, Georgia
  • A police procedural–one of my favorite types of mysteries. By a debut author who was a police officer for over 30 years.

In the Shadow of the Glacier (not reviewed yet)

  • by Vicki Delany
  • Constable Molly Smith series #1
  • Police Procedural
  • Set in a small town in British Columbia, Canada
  • I haven’t reviewed this book yet, but it is very good. The first in a series and I have already read the second book and would have read more, but I want the series to last awhile!

Killing Trail

  • by Margaret Mizushima
  • Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series #1
  • Police Procedural
  • Set in a small town in the Colorado Rockies.
  • The main characters are a police officer and her K-9 partner. I really like partnership between the two of them.

A Muddied Murder

  • by Wendy Tyson
  • A Greenhouse Mystery #1
  • Contemporary Mystery (cozy)
  • Set on an organic farm and a small town in Pennsylvania
  • I love the setting and the characters in this cozy.

The Royal Wulff Murders

  • by Keith McCafferty
  • Sean Stranahan series #1
  • Contemporary Mystery (part police procedural, part detective)
  • Set in southern Montana in fly fishing country
  • The setting is great in this book. And the story is really good, too!

Death Comes to London and Death Comes to Kurland Hall (not yet reviewed)

  • by Catherine Lloyd
  • Kurland St. Mary Mystery series #2 & #3
  • Historical Mystery
  • Set in Regency England, 1817–one in London, one in a small village
  • I really like the characters, settings and stories in these books.

A Useful Woman

  • by Darcie Wilde
  • Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1
  • Historical Mystery
  • Set in Regency England–London
  • Rosalind Thorne is a smart woman. She’s been through a lot, but is still resilient. I liked the story and setting as well.


Fire Touched

  • by Patricia Briggs
  • Mercy Thompson series #9
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Set in the Tri-Cities, Washington State
  • Number 9 is just as good as all the rest! One of my all-time favorite series.

Marked in Flesh

  • by Anne Bishop
  • The Others #4
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Set in Lakeside
  • Another favorite series. Very unique take on urban fantasy.

What are some of your favorite books?

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.

4 thoughts on “Best books so far in 2016”

  1. Love this! Such good choices. I’ve read a few of these and agree with you: In the Shadow of the Glacier & A Muddied Murder, and want to read others: Murder in an Irish Village, Killing Trail, and Out of the Blues.

    No surprise that I’m drooling over new mysteries, whether cozy or crime fiction. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and adding some books to my wishlist for the library now.

    Hope the move is going smoothly. Good luck!


  2. Great list! I loved Murder in an Irish Village and pretty much all of the other mysteries. In the Shadow of the Glacier especially is tempting and I loved the other books from Wendy Tyson I’ve read so I’m really looking forward to A Muddied Murder.


  3. as I too love good mysteries (I’ve got several on my list this week also), I will be bookmarking this list for future reference! 🙂


  4. I haven’t read any of the books on your list this week. I’ll be adding a few of the book titles to my ever growing reading wishlist.


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