Favorite books of 2020

December 21, 2020 Misc. 5

I have decided to split my best and worst into 4 different post adding surprising and disappointing. It’s funny but each list ended up with 6 books! 🙂 So today you are getting my favorite books of 2020! This has been one heck of a year but reading wise it hasn’t been so bad.

These are not in any order just written down in order they were read. You will notice they are all part of series. I read a LOT of series books this year…lol.

On the outskirts of San Diego, the bodies of two young women are discovered. They have no names, no IDs, and no family looking for them. Fearing the possibility of a human trafficking ring, the police and FBI reach out to Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding the missing, for help in finding out who the Janes were—and finding the others who are missing.

Alice Vega is a powerful woman whose determination is matched only by her intellect, and, along with her partner Cap, she will stop at nothing to find the Janes before it is too late.
Louisa Luna is writing new classics of crime fiction, and her partnership of Vega and Cap is rightfully joining the pantheon of the most memorable in crime fiction.

This is book two in the Alice Vega series and a very good read. I really like Vega she is a very determined woman and will stop at nothing to find the missing and that gets her and Cap into a lot of trouble in this one! I do hope there will be more but I see nothing listed on Goodreads yet.

Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l’Etoile, and the proprietress, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Worse yet, London is gripped by hysteria in the autumn of 1888, terrorized by what would become the most notorious and elusive serial killer in history, Jack the Ripper–and Lady Wellie suspects the prince may be responsible.

Veronica and Stoker reluctantly agree to go undercover at Madame Aurore’s high class brothel, where another body soon turns up. Many secrets are swirling around Veronica and the royal family–and it’s up to Veronica and Stoker to find the truth, before it’s too late for all of them.

Book five in the Veronica Speedwell series. I love this series! This is a series that I always enjoy buddy reading with Barb. I love the banter between Veronica and Stoker and I think it’s a series I could see myself reading again! 🙂

A young boy and girl who must protect their small town from otherworldly forces threatening to destroy it.

Rae’s father vanished without a trace—and Rae knows what happened to him. But no one believes her when she says that her father didn’t run off, that he was actually taken. Now, a year of therapy later, Rae’s mother decides they need a fresh start, and so they move to a new town in the hope that life can return to normal.

The problem is, there is nothing normal about the town of Whispering Pines.

No one knows this better than Caden. He’s lived in Whispering Pines his entire life, and he’s seen more than his fair share of weird—starting with his own family, as the town is the perfect home base for his mother’s ghost hunting business.

When several kids go missing and then show up like zombies with their eyes removed, many locals brush it off. Just another day in Whispering Pines. But Caden has a dark secret, one that may explain why someone is stealing eyes. And Rae, who knows how it feels to not be believed, may be just the person Caden needs to help him put things right.

Favorite middle grade of the year and first in a series or trilogy! This was a super creepy kids book and I just really loved it. It had all the great stuff you want in a spooky kids read and I really liked the two main characters. This one left me hanging a bit so can’t wait for the next one to come out.

Wedding bells are ringing in the latest page-turning Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Word to the Wise.

Love is in the air in Briar Creek as library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike (Sully) Sullivan are finally tying the knot. The entire town is excited for the happy day, and Lindsey and Sully’s plan for a small wedding evaporates as more and more people insist upon attending the event of the year.

When Lindsey and her crafternoon pals head out to Bell Island to see if it can accommodate the ever-expanding guest list, they are horrified to discover a body washed up on the rocky shore. Even worse, Lindsey recognizes the man as the justice of the peace who was supposed to officiate her wedding ceremony. When it becomes clear he was murdered, Lindsey can’t help but wonder if it had to do with the wedding. Now she has to book it to solve the mystery before it ends her happily ever after before it’s even begun…. 

You all know how I love my cozies! Book eleven in the Library Lovers series.  This is one series that I am glad Barb got me to read because I pretty binged this one I think it was a couple years ago and the only bad thing about that is having to wait not so patiently for the next book to come out! I love all the characters and because this author is a romance writer she really can write a good swoon worthy male and Sully is on my tops favorite male characters!

Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, prefers to let the good times roll. But hard times rock her hostelry when a new cell phone app makes it easy for locals to rent their spare rooms to tourists. With October–and Halloween–approaching, she conjures up a witch-crafty marketing scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana.

Five local plantation B&Bs host “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, featuring regional crafts, unique menus, and a pet costume parade. Topping it off, the derelict Dupois cemetery is the suitably sepulchral setting for the spine-chilling play Resurrection of a Spirit. But all the witchcraft has inevitably conjured something: her B&B guests are being terrified out of town by sightings of the legendary rougarou, a cross between a werewolf and vampire.

When, in the Dupois cemetery, someone costumed as a rougarou stumbles onstage during the play–and promptly gives up the ghost, the rougarou mask having been poisoned with strychnine, Maggie is on the case. But as more murders stack up, Maggie fears that Pelican’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

Another favorite cozy series! Book six in the Cajun Country series. Features one of my favorite dogs, Gopher! I really love the cajun feel of this one and all the characters are great! I love how Maggie has taken to Bo’s son who is autistic and a very talented artist. Maggie has been giving him lessons. This one had a whole lot going on in it but I loved every minute!

In J.C. Eaton’s seventh Sophie Kimball Mystery, Sophie’s kooky mother, Harriet, is gearing up to become Arizona’s newest radio star as the host of the Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour. But when she ends up broadcasting herself discovering a dead body live on air, it’s up to the reluctant sleuth Sophie to find the killer…

Phee’s mother Harriet is going to be a star! At least, that’s how the Sun City West retiree describes her chance to host a live radio program of her book club’s Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour on Arizona’s KSCW. But instead of chatting about charming cozies, Harriet ends up screaming bloody murder over the airwaves after discovering the body of Howard Buell, the station’s programming director, in a closet–with a pair of sewing shears shoved into his chest.

The number one suspect is Howard’s ex-girlfriend Sylvia Strattlemeyer who believed she was going to host a sewing talk show before Harriet was offered the spot. But not only do the fingerprints found on the scissors not match Sylvia’s, they belong to a woman who passed away twenty years ago at the age of ninety-seven. Now, with the whole town on pins and needles, it’s up to Phee to stitch together enough clues from the past to uncover the identity of a killer in the present…

Another favorite cozy that I had to mention. 🙂 This one always makes me laugh out loud and look at Streetman there on the cover so cute! He reminds me of my chiweenies. I will tell you that it’s really the seniors in this book that really make it fun. Harriet and her friends are so overly dramatic and even though they would drive me crazy they are fun to read about. I sometimes feel sorry for Phee because she has to put up with them. 🙂

What are some of your favorites?

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5 Responses to “Favorite books of 2020”

  1. Katherine

    Not shocked to see the Veronica Speedwell on your list! That was such a good one! I love that McKinlay series and the Eaton series! My goal for next year is to get caught up on the Byron series. I’m a few books behind but have really loved all the books I’ve read.

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