September 2020 books on my list

The books published in September I’d like to read


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 as 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 might not know about! The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

September 1

Don’t Ever Forget

by Matthew Farrell

Series: Adler and Dwyer #1

Published by Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Mystery

348 pages

Synopsis: When police investigator Susan Adler is called to the roadside murder of a fellow state trooper, she’s tasked with finding the people responsible for the cold-blooded act caught on the trooper’s dashboard cam. She traces the car to a nurse who, along with her elderly patient, has been missing for days.  At the old man’s house, she finds disturbing evidence that instantly revives two cold cases involving long-missing children.

The investigation takes a chilling turn when people involved with both the nurse and old man begin to turn up dead, and Susan enlists the help of her friend and forensic investigator Liam Dwyer. Together they must untangle the threads of this ever-more-complicated case—and stay ahead of whoever’s trying to slash their progress. The old man’s failing memory adds urgency: wherever he is, he’s no doubt lost, confused, and in extreme danger.

What started as a traffic stop gone wrong quickly unfolds into one of the darkest cases of Susan’s career, and it all leads to a sick, desperate killer. Susan and Liam must work fast to save the old man’s life and keep future victims from the killer’s grasp.

September 2

The Green Man’s Silence

by Juliet E. McKenna

Series: Green Man #3

Published by Wizard’s Tower Press

Genre: Fantasy

294 pages

Synopsis: Daniel Mackmain has always been a loner. As a dryad’s son, he can see the supernatural alongside everyday reality, and that’s not something he can easily share. Perhaps visiting East Anglia to stay with Finele Wicken and her family will be different. They have their own ties to the uncanny.

But something is amiss in the depths of the Fens. Creatures Dan has never encountered outside folk tales are growing uneasy, even hostile. He soon learns they have good reason. Can he help them before they retaliate and disaster strikes the unsuspecting locals? Can the Green Man help Dan in a landscape dominated by water for centuries, where the oaks were cut down aeons ago?

September 8

Hanging Falls

by Margaret Mizushima

Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

288 pages

Synopsis: A deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls–but heavy rains aren’t the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.

With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.

The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine–but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

Forging Fire

by Lisa Preston

Series: Horseshoer Mystery #3

Published by Arcade Crimewise

Genre: Mystery

288 pages

Synopsis: Days before her wedding, Rainy Dale jumps at a chance to visit the fabled Black Bluff bull sale down in California, but things go awry when she is assaulted and her truck is stolen.

In this twist on the “locked-room” form, more than one mystery is hidden on the ranch where Rainy and her dog, Charlie, end up. Everyone—the owners, ranch hands, angry neighbors, and perhaps even the deliveryman who brings coke coal for the ranch’s old-fashioned forge—is harboring a damaging secret. When Rainy realizes that even her dog knows a grisly hidden truth, the stakes are raised as high as life and death.

September 15

Revenge in Rubies

by A.M. Stuart

Series: Harriet Gordon Mystery #2

Published by Berkley Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

384 pages

Synopsis: When Harriet Gordon receives word from a friend about a tragic death, she and Inspector Curran are thrust into a web of family secrets that threatens to destroy them both in this all-new mystery from the author of Singapore Sapphire. Singapore.

1910 Singapore. Harriet Gordon has found fulfillment at last. Her young ward, Will, has settled into his new home with Harriet and her brother, Julian. And Harriet’s employment as a typist at the Straits Settlements Police Force has given her an intriguing way to occupy her time and some much-needed financial independence. But when her friend and employer, Inspector Robert Curran, is called to the scene of a brutal murder and Harriet is asked to comfort the victim’s family, her newfound sense of contentment is abruptly shattered.

Sylvie Nolan, the new and much-younger wife of Lieutenant Colonel John Nolan, has been bludgeoned to death in her bedroom. The tightly knit military community in Singapore quickly tries to close ranks to hinder Curran’s investigation. Harriet has ties to the Nolan family and realizes that her friendship with the colonel’s sister might prove useful to Curran’s efforts to find the culprit. But to get close enough to the family’s secrets, Harriet must once again face her painful past and Curran is forced to dredge up some long-buried secrets of his own.

And when more shocking deaths occur that all seem linked to Sylvie’s murder, Harriet and Curran realize that they too are in the sights of a callous killer. . . .

September 29

A Deadly Education

by Naomi Novik

Series: The Scholomance #1

Published by Del Rey Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: Learning has never been this deadly

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.

A Christmas Carol Murder

by Heather Redmond

Series: A Dickens of a Crime #3

Published by Kensington Publishing

Genre: Mystery, Christmas

320 page

Synopsis: London, December 1835: Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. But their blood truly runs cold when their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house. They soon learn the dead man at their feet, his neck strangely wrapped in chains, is Jacob Harley, the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws.

Ever the journalist, Charles dedicates himself to discovering who’s behind the diabolical defenestration. But before he can investigate further, Harley’s corpse is stolen. Following that, Charles is visited in his quarters by what appears to be Harley’s ghost–or is it merely Charles’s overwrought imagination? He continues to suspect Emmanuel, the same penurious penny pincher who denied his father a loan years ago, but Kate insists the old man is too weak to heave a body out a window. Their mutual affection and admiration can accommodate a difference of opinion, but matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of an infant orphan. Charles must find the child a home while solving a murder, to ensure that the next one in chains is the guilty party . . .

What books are you looking forward to in September?

Tell Me Something Tuesday: My favorite genres

My favorite genres: mysteries, science fiction, urban fantasy, dog books, women’s fiction

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where a range of topics from books to blogging are discussed.

This week we’re talking about our favorite book genres. My reading tastes have changed throughout my life. I’m a mood reader so sometimes I quit reading a whole genre, but come back to it later. That’s what happened with mysteries. I completely stopped reading mysteries about 20 years ago and then started reading them again about five years ago.

About the same time I stopped reading mysteries I suddenly started reading romances and only read romance for about 10 years. I have trouble getting through a romance these days, but I do like to read books which have romantic elements.

This post became a lot longer than I meant it to…lol! Especially when I started adding my favorites from the genre that I’ve read so far this year. Oh, well. It was fun for me to think a little about the genres I read and how it’s changed sometimes.


I’ve read mysteries since I was a teenager when my favorite mystery authors were Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Tony Hillerman. I still read these authors today. At various time throughout my life I’ve stopped reading mysteries, but right now mysteries are my favorite genre.

I don’t like to read about crimes against children or about serial killers. I don’t like really suspenseful mysteries or thrillers very much. I don’t like mysteries which dwell on the gruesome details of a murder. I don’t like to read a mystery from the murderers point-of-view.

In the past few years I read quite a few cozys, but these days I only have a couple favorite series I continue to read. To me too many cozys just seem silly or the the main character is just “Too Stupid to Live” (TSTL). The main character constantly puts themselves in danger.

I used to read a lot of books about private detectives, but read very few of these anymore since I think it’s difficult to write about private detectives who sound realistic. Private detectives need some way to get information and they usually need to have a connection with the police (which is difficult to really have).

This is one of my very favorite mystery series which isn’t quite a police procedural. (Ruth Galloway is the main character and she’s a forensic archaeologist, but sometimes consults with the police):

Police Procedurals

For the past few years my favorite subgenre is the police procedural. I really like reading about police officers and the work they do–especially honorable police officers who do the job because they want to help people. I like to read about the investigative work the police do to solve crimes. I also like to read series in this subgenre where we get to know the police officers both professionally and personally and other people in the books.

Some of my favorite police procedurals I’ve read so far this year:

Science Fiction

My favorite subgenres in science fiction are space opera, time travel and military science fiction. I do read some others that I would just call “regular science fiction.” I haven’t read as many science fiction this year so I don’t have examples in all my subgenres so I’ve just listed three of my favorite science fiction from this year:


A few years ago I read young adult fantasy and epic fantasy as well as urban fantasy, but I got burned out. These days urban fantasy is about all I read in this genre. And not too many of those anymore.

Urban Fantasy

My favorites from this year:

Dog Books

I started reading and searching for mysteries which had dogs in them last year–mostly working dogs. That led me to other books about working dogs that might not be mysteries and then some that are women’s fiction with dogs as central characters.

I especially like reading about the working dogs (search-and-rescue dogs, bomb sniffing dogs, military dogs, seeing eye dogs) These books often have another genre description. Of the three listed below the first is also women’s fiction. The second is young adult. And the third is a police procedural.

My favorite 2019 books about dogs:

Women’s Fiction

This is another new genre for me I’m actively searching for this year. I cringe a bit when I call a book “women’s fiction,” because it feels a little like I’m belittling the book. However, these books probably do appeal mostly to women and they usually have a lot about women changing their lives as well as usually having some romance in them. However, the romance isn’t what the book is mostly about, IMO. My favorites in 2019:


What are your favorite genres? Have your favorites changed through your years of reading?

Police procedurals I’ve recently added to my TBR pile

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

This week I’m talking about the police procedurals I’ve recently added to my TBR pile. Most of these are from authors I haven’t read before. With a few I’ve read one or two books in the series. I’m always on the lookout for new police procedurals so I’ve been happy to find these to try in the last month or so.


Mike Bowditch is a game warden, but I’m counting him as police officer. 

The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron

Series: Mike Bowditch #1

Game warden Mike Bowditch returns home one evening to find a cryptic message on his answering machine from his father, Jack, who he hasn’t heard from in two years. The next morning Mike gets a call from the police: a beloved local cop has been killed and his father is their prime suspect.

Coming to terms with his haunted past and desperate for answers, Mike and a retired warden pilot journey deep into the Maine wilderness to clear his father’s name and find out why Jack is on the run. But the only way for Mike to save his father is to find the real killer before the killer finds him.


Set in rural Pennsylvania in a small community

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Series: Henry Farrell #1

When an elderly recluse discovers a corpse on his land, Officer Henry Farrell is drawn into a murder investigation that might tear his sleepy community apart. Tom Bouman’s chilling and evocative debut introduces one of the most memorable new characters in detective fiction and uncovers a haunting section of rural Pennsylvania, where gas drilling is bringing new wealth and eroding neighborly trust.



Set in San Francisco with a homicide detective. I read the second book first for some reason–now want to read the first.

Fall From Grace by Clyde Phillips

Series: Jane Candiotti #1

Veteran San Francisco homicide detective Jane Candiotti never had a problem drawing the line between her personal and professional lives—until the night she meets David Perry after his socialite wife, Jenna, is brutally murdered. The facts are damning: the Perrys were embroiled in a bitter divorce and now David stands to inherit millions in the wake of Jenna’s death. But Jane’s instincts tell her there’s more to this case than just greed and love gone sour.

To uncover the truth, she must dig into the sordid secrets of the city’s most powerful families, a quest that will draw her inextricably closer to David and his teenage daughter…and to the cold-blooded killer who’s stalking their every move. But when the case takes a shocking turn, it’s not just Jane’s reputation that’s hanging in the balance—it’s her life.

The rest of these are all procedurals set in England–one of my favorite settings


I read the first book in this series a couple of weeks ago and really liked it.

But for the Grace by Peter Grainger

Series: DC Smith #2

“We are living in the departure lounge,” said Ralph Greenwood, “and flights leave with monotonous regularity.” So when another resident of the Rosemary House care home is found dead in her chair one Saturday evening in December, no-one is very surprised – not until the results of a routine post-mortem reveal something extraordinary. Sergeant DC Smith and his team have to tread carefully as they investigate what took place, and Smith himself has to confront some difficult memories. Others, meanwhile, seem intent on getting him to leave the force altogether, while, despite his best efforts, his social life also becomes a little more complicated. To top it all, Kings Lake has been waiting weeks for the snow to fall, in a winter that seems as if it will never end… This, the second DC Smith investigation, follows on from ‘An Accidental Death’.


Another where I read the first book recently

Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling

Series: DCI Sophie Allen #2

A young man’s mutilated body is found on top of the Agglestone, a well-known local landmark on Studland Heath.

It seems that he was involved in a human trafficking and prostitution gang. But why is DCI Sophie Allen keeping something back from her team? Is it linked to the extraordinary discovery of her own father’s body at the bottom of a disused mineshaft, more than forty years after he disappeared?



A new author and series

Into the Shadows by Shirley Wells

Series: Jill Kennedy & DCI Max Trentham Mystery #1

When Rodney Hill, wrongly arrested for a series of murders, hangs himself, Jill Kennedy, the forensic psychologist whose profile led to Hill’s arrest, gives up her work with the police and moves to the peaceful village of Kelton Bridge to write self-help books, enjoy a quiet life with her cats and perhaps an occasional flutter on the horses.

Then the likeable but unremarkable vicar’s wife, Alice Trueman, is brutally murdered, and Jill discovers that Kelton Bridge is far from the quiet refuge she had anticipated. According to DCI Max Trentham, Jill’s ex-colleague and ex-lover, the case if pretty cut and dried — Alice’s son was found standing over her body with the murder weapon in his hand. But he won’t talk.

And that’s not all. Someone is intent on reminding Jill that she made a mistake in the Rodney Hill case. Is it a malicious joke, or is there a more deadly agenda? It begins to look as if real killer — the man who should have stood in Rodney Hill’s shoes, the man still terrorizing the Lancashire Pennines — is stalking her. And that is a truly terrifying thought.


Another author I haven’t read before. Sounds depressing which I don’t like…we’ll see how this one goes.

Dead Simple by Peter James

Series: Roy Grace #1

Michael Harrison had it all: good looks, charm, natural leadership, a wicked sense of humor, and now, Ashley, his fiancée. While out celebrating with a group of friends a few nights before the wedding, Michael suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself enclosed in a coffin equipped only with a flashlight, a dirty magazine, a walkie-talkie, and a tiny breathing tube. It’s all in good fun — payback for the grief his mates suffered due to his own penchant for tomfoolery — that is until the four are killed in a drunk driving accident just moments after leaving Michael completely alone and buried alive.

Detective Superintendent Grace—himself dealing with the pain of losing his wife—is brought on to the case when Ashley reports Michael missing. Suspicions are raised when Michael’s only friend not at the bachelor party refuses to cooperate, and Ashley’s faithfulness—not to mention her increasingly mysterious past—are suddenly thrown in to question. As Superintendent Grace soon discovers, one man’s disaster is another man’s fortune.


I’ve read a couple of earlier ones in this series and enjoyed them so I’m ready to continue with the next one.

An Unhallowed Grave by Kate Ellis

Series: Wesley Peterson #3

When the body of a middle-aged woman is found hanging from a yew tree in Stokeworthy Churchyard, the police suspect foul play. But the victim is an unlikely one. Pauline Brent was the local doctor’s receptionist, respected and well liked. She seems to have no real enemies-and yet someone killed her.

Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, a black detective recently transferred to the quiet, West Country English village, is determined to discover the truth and, once again, it is history that provides him with a clue. For Wesley’s archaeologist friend, Neil Watson, has excavated an ancient corpse at a nearby dig: a woman who had been buried at a crossroads, on unhallowed ground. It appears that the body is that of the same woman whom local legend has it was publicly executed in the churchyard centuries before.

A chilling echo of the fifteenth-century lynching, Pauline Brent’s death forces Wesley to consider the possibility that the killer also knows the tree’s dark history. Has Pauline been “executed” rather than murdered-and if so, for what crime?

To catch a dangerous killer, Wesley has to discover as much as he can about the victim. But Pauline Brent appears to have been a woman with few friends, no relatives, and a past she has tried carefully to hide…


Another new series to try!

Hushabye by Celina Grace

Series: Kate Redman Mysteries #1

A missing baby. A murdered girl. A case where everyone has something to hide…

Hushabye (A Kate Redman mystery) is the new novel from crime writer Celina Grace, author of Lost Girls and The House on Fever Street.

On the first day of her new job in the West Country, Detective Sergeant Kate Redman finds herself investigating the kidnapping of Charlie Fullman, the newborn son of a wealthy entrepreneur and his trophy wife. It seems a straightforward case… but as Kate and her fellow officer Mark Olbeck delve deeper, they uncover murky secrets and multiple motives for the crime.

Kate finds the case bringing up painful memories of her own past secrets. As she confronts the truth about herself, her increasing emotional instability threatens both her hard-won career success and the possibility that they will ever find Charlie Fullman alive…


I found this on sale at Audible!

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Series: DI Nikki Galena


THE DETECTIVE DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She’s got tough on the criminals she believes did this to her. Too tough. And now she’s been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she’s out.

HER PARTNER DS Joseph Easter is the handsome squeaky-clean new member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has an estranged daughter who blames him for everything that went wrong with their family.

THEIR ADVERSARY is a ruthless man who holds DI Galena responsible for his terrible disfigurement.

The town is being terrorised by gangs of violent thugs, all wearing identical hideous masks. Then a talented young female student goes missing on the marsh and Nikki and Joseph find themselves joining forces with a master criminal in their efforts to save her. They need to look behind the masks, but when they do, they find something more sinister and deadly than they ever expected . . .

What books are you adding to your TBR pile? What genre are they mostly from?

WoW: Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes


I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking forward to coming out in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.


Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes

Series: DCI Louisa Smith #2

Publication Date: March 30, 2015

Genre: Mystery (police procedural)

Synopsis: An old case makes Detective Inspector Louisa Smith some new enemies in this spellbinding second installment of New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes’s Briarstone crime series that combines literary suspense and page-turning thrills.

Ten years ago, 15-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family holiday in Greece. Was she abducted, or did she run away from her severely dysfunctional family? Lou Smith worked the case as a police constable, and failing to find Scarlett has been one of the biggest regrets of her career. No one is more shocked than Lou to learn that Scarlett has unexpectedly been found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone.

Lou and her Major Crime team are already stretched working two troubling cases: nineteen-year-old Ian Palmer was found badly beaten; and soon after, bar owner Carl McVey was found half-buried in the woods, his Rolex and money gone. While Lou tries to establish the links between the two cases, DS Sam Hollands works with Special Branch to question Scarlett. What happened to her? Where has she been until now? How did she end up back here? And why is her family–with the exception of her emotionally fragile younger sister, Juliette–less than enthusiastic about her return?


Why I want this book:

  • I’m loving mysteries especially police procedurals.
  • I haven’t read the first book yet and I want to read both of the books.
  • I like reading a book about a female police officer.

Police procedurals I want to read . . .


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 a new topic is presented. 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 police procedural mysteries I want to read. I’ve started reading more mysteries again and my favorites are police procedurals. I’ve come up with 11 series to try.

Some of these books take place in the United States, some are international–mostly the United Kingdom. A few of them are historical. The thing that ties them together is that a police detective is the main character. But I don’t like dark and gritty mysteries about children or a corrupt main character. I like my police honorable and trying to do the right thing!

I’ve added a few covers to give you an idea about these books:

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1. Charles Todd writes the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. The series takes place after WWI and Rutledge is a Scotland Yard Inspector. I already have the first book–A test of Wills–in this series.

2. The Liam Campbell series by Dana Stabenow. This series takes place in a fishing village in Alaska. Liam is a disgraced Alaska State Trooper sent to the small town and must get his life in order. I read several of the books in this series a number of years ago and would like to start reading the series again.

3. Peter Robinson writes the Inspector Banks series which take place in Yorkshire.

4. The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May takes place on the Isle of Lewis in the United Kingdom with police detective Fin MacLeod.

5. John Harvey writes the Charles Resnick series. Resnick is a Detective Inspector in England.

6. Gods of Gold was published late last year and is the first book in a new historical mystery set in 1890’s England about Detective Inspector Tom Harper.

7. Paul Charles writes another new series (Down on Cypress Avenue) published late last year which takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

8. Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves is the first book in a new series about Lizzie Snow who moves to a remote town in Maine to work as a police officer.

9. The DCI Louisa Smith series by Elizabeth Haynes has two books in the series so far.

10. Malla Nunn writes about 1950’s South Africa in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series.

11. The Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Here are a few others I might try, too:

  • The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron (about game warden Mike Bowditch)
  • A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black (Dublin)
  • Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite (deputy sheriff in Silver Lake, WA)
  • Tana French (Dublin)
  • Steve Bain writes the Fated Blades series about Mariko Oshiro who is a Tokyo cop. Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein is described as”police procedural meets historical fantasy.”
  • Blessed and the Dead by Malla Nunn (1953 South Africa)
  • Adrian McKinty writes the Troubles Trilogy set in Northern Ireland police procedural set in 1980’s.

Do you have any recommendations for me? Have you read any of these?