December 2018 books on my list

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of asbooks-on-my-list the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–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.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I missed.

December 1

A Bad, Bad Thing by Elena Forbes

Series: Eve West Mystery #1

Published by Severn House Publishers

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

320 pages

Synopsis: A highly effective police officer, albeit one who keeps her past carefully hidden, Eve West is suspended from duty after a police operation goes catastrophically wrong. Receiving help from an unexpected quarter – a criminal she put away many years before – Eve feels she has no choice but to agree to his request to investigate a possible miscarriage of justice in return. But why is a hardened criminal like John Duran so keen to help a fellow-inmate convicted of the murder of a stable-girl? And why has he chosen Eve to look into the case?

December 4

Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw

Series: Iris Grey Mystery #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery, Christmas

400 pages

Synopsis: A picture hides a thousand lies . . . And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth.

Iris Grey arrives at Mill Cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighbouring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer.

At the Wetherby’s Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow – but so too are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime?

With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets and murder.

December 8

Catch Me if Yukon by Maddy Hunter

Series: Passport to Peril #12

Published by Midnight Ink

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

312 pages

Synopsis: As tour escort Emily Miceli leads her globetrotting band of Iowa seniors into the wilds of Alaska, she discovers that, in the land of the midnight sun, whales aren’t the only killers on the prowl. When a tour member turns up dead on a mountainous hiking trail, Emily blames herself for the mishap—until she learns that something far hairier might be to blame. 

December 18

Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox

Series: Literary Pub Mystery #1

Published by Kensington

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

352 pages

Synopsis: Booklover Sadie Coleman knows that in life, as in fiction, the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady Creek, Vermont, seems like the perfect place to start over after losing her Boston job to a merger and her relationship to her ex’s gambling addiction. She’s bought and redecorated the old grist mill pub, transforming the Inkwell into a cozy spot where tourists and regulars alike can enjoy a pint or a literary-themed cocktail, or join one of several book clubs. 
 
Sin as Scarlet by Nicolás Obregón

Series: Inspector Iwata #2

Published by Minotaur

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

320 pages

Synopsis: After a brutal murder investigation ripped apart his life, Kosuke Iwata quit both his job as a detective with the Tokyo Police Department and his country, leaving Japan for the hopefully sunnier shores of Los Angeles, California. But even though he’s left his old life behind, he still has to make a living and Iwata sets up shop as a private investigator. But murder still follows him.

Approached by an old contact whose daughter has been murdered and the case laid to rest—unsolved—Iwata agrees to take on the case out of loyalty. But what seems initially like a cold-blooded murder takes a different turn when a homeless witness recalls the murderer’s parting words: “I’m sorry.”

December 24

Death Comes to Bath by Catherine Lloyd

Series: Kurland St. Mary Mystery #6

Published by Kensington

Genre: Historical Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: On a visit to Bath, Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lady Lucy Kurland discover that the English spa town is not beneficial to everyone’s health . . .

After Sir Robert’s injury from the battle of Waterloo begins troubling him again, his wife Lucy insists they relocate from the village of Kurland St. Mary to Bath, along with her sister Anna, so that Robert can take the waters and recover.

What books are you excited about this month?

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.

5 thoughts on “December 2018 books on my list”

  1. Lots of mysteries here which was my go-to genre for years. I don’t know any of these authors but I was more likely to read police procedurals, PIs, with some cozies, very few historical. Anne – Books of My Heart

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  2. I’ve read the first two of the Lloyd books. I should try to get back to it since I enjoyed those. Now I’m curious about the Forbes book, and good it’s book 1. The Hunter series, I’ve heard of but never read it, and it’s already with a long backlist. I’ll check out if it’s feasible to jump in this far advanced, or go back to book 1.

    Good choices here- hope you get to read one or more of them!

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