Top Reads of 2015

Here are our staff’s top reads for 2015:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Faceoff edited by David Baldacci

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Taming of the Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

Let the Dead Sleep

After reading FaceOff, I knew there were several new authors I wanted to read. My fist pick was Heather Graham’s Let the Dead Sleep. Her character that was featured in FaceOff was so intriguing that I wanted to know more about her, and let me say wow, it was excellent. The book takes place in New Orleans and is a mystery with a bit of a paranormal kick. Danni is the owner of an antique shop and for the most part nothing too exciting happens. However everything changes when a mysterious statue is brought to her store. Before she can even decide to buy it, the original owner is found dead and the statue is missing. Danni discovers that she is not the only one looking for the statue. A PI has been trying to track it down and destroy it and the long evil history that goes with it.  Joining forces, the two begin the harrowing search.

As I said before, this is a great book with not only suspense but quite a bit of creepiness too. In fact there were a few times that I had to set the book down because it was just too late at night to be reading a scary novel. Graham does a great job creating all of her characters. Their interactions are engaging and genuine and it is easy to start rooting for them. I also enjoyed the southern setting. Graham did a great job of incorporating the spooky elements of New Orleans into her tale along with a side of southern charm. If you enjoy your mysteries on the scarier side, then this is the perfect series to start.

Faceoff

Faceoff is a compilation of short stories edited by David Baldacci. This book is great because each short story has two characters who are often the heroes from their own series who faceoff (or work together to take down the bad guy). Short stories are so much fun when it is a new story with a beloved character or a great story from a new author. I loved how riddled this book is with some of my favorite mystery authors.

Here is a brief look at a few of my favorites:

When Jack Reacher walks into a bar in Boston to watch the Yankees take on the Red Sox, I knew something fun was going to happen. Nick Heller was sitting two stools away and within a couple of innings they had figured out the man sitting between them was trouble. I loved seeing how each of the characters sizes up the situation and helps in their unique way!
(Lee Child & Joseph Finder)

I thoroughly enjoyed Cotton Malone meeting Gray Pierce in the South American jungle while they were each on the same assignment. Working together the two take care of business and in just a few pages are on their way. It amazed me that the authors can create such a seamless story together and still stay true to their own characters and writing style.
(Steve Berry & James Rollins)

And on the creepy side was R. L. Stine’s Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy against Preston/Child’s Agent Pendergast in a gaslight story of the weirdest kind. There is something for every mystery fan in this book.