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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Reads of 2020

As this hideous year winds down, and we look back at the books we’ve read this year—or, in my case, since I refocused my website towards crime fiction this past summer—we celebrate our favourite and the best of the year as this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Given I haven’t read that many books since the summer, and of those that I did read, a lot are from previous years, this list is strictly going to be less the best of and more what my favourites were.

So, in no particular order, here’s the books and series I’m raving about:

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS by Barbara Nickless

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

Crime Fiction | Suspense | Mystery : Thomas & Mercer, 2016

FALLOUT by Sara Paretsky

Before there was Lisbeth Salander, before there was Stephanie Plum, there was V.I. WARSHAWSKI. To her parents, she’s Victoria Iphigenia. To her friends, she’s Vic. But to clients seeking her talents as a detective, she’s V.I. And her new case will lead her from her native Chicago… and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.

Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished — and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.

Crime Fiction | Detective | Suspense : William Morrow, 2017

AND FIRE CAME DOWN by Emma Viskic

Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions. As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

Crime Fiction | Suspense | Noir Mystery : Pushkin Press, 2018

THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder.

None of them had ever met the elderly woman.

The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing.

Crime Fiction | Suspense | Murder-Mystery : Minotaur Books, 2018

BAD DAY AT THE VULTURE CLUB by Vaseem Khan

The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared.

When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence – where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures – the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced.

Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case.

But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low.

Crime Fiction | Murder-mystery : Mulholland Books, 2019

WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which we ask three simple questions:

  • What are you currently Reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So, what have I been up to this last week, I hear you ask? Well, let’s see …

What I’m currently reading:

I started In Plain Sight by Marion Todd and would (should) have finished it by now, but I got interrupted by the other half and was wrangled into building a set of Ikea book shelves, two days later … and In Plain Sight is only half finished. But still, this is an intriguing police procedural with an MC that’s shaping up to be someone of interest. This is the second in a series featuring DI Clare MacKay, and wonderfully set in Fife, Scotland.

What I recently finished:

If you follow this blog regularly then you’ll know I recently finished The Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny, which was an outstanding read! One of her best, and certainly, one of the best crime fiction reads for the year, at least, for me it was.

What am I reading next:

Last week I was waiting on book mail that finally came that included my next read—the mystery thriller DEAD STOP by Barbara Nickless. This is the second book in her new series featuring Special Agent Sydney Parnell, a character I really enjoyed in book one, Blood on the Tracks. Not only can Nickless spin a thoroughly absorbing plot, but Sydney is a genuinely unique character both in depth and background.

And you, what are you currently reading, or planning on reading next?

WWW Wednesday

Bonjour tout la monde: welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which we ask three simple questions:

  • What are you currently Reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So, what have I been up to this last week, I hear you ask? Well, let’s see …

What I’m currently reading:

I started reading the hardback of, The Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny on Monday, as this one has been sat on my TBR for, well, over a year I think! My bad, I know. I thought I better get on it seeing how the next in the Three Pines series, All the Devils are Here, was release at the beginning of September. To be honest, I don’t know how Penny does it, I mean, keep the momentum up on this series. Continuing to find stories to tell is one thing, but continuing to make you set characters change and grow within these stories, is where her genius lies.

What did I recently finish:

I finished Planetside by Michael Mammay, this weekend—the first in a military SF series. And what a clever roller coaster ride of cerebral twists, and heady fast-paced action it was. Almost a police procedural within a military SF framework, with an alien invasion (that would be humans invading a planet inhabited by a sentient species) resulting in a guerrilla war. It had all the right elements, and a well written and defined cast that carried a plot with some great twists. Definitely well worth your time.

 

What am I reading next:

Ah! This is always the million dollar question, and one I can never answer straight off the bat as I have so many great books sat on my coffee table right now. But I’m thinking, once I finish The Kingdom of the Blind, that I might read Red Noise by John P. Murphy. You could say this is a Kill Bill inspired story, but set aboard a space station. Yes, you see the allure, and oh, does it sound fun! But then again, I’m waiting on Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless in my next book mail. So …

And you, what are you currently reading, or planning on reading next?