The list author says: "Desperately seeking interesting plotlines, well-described settings, and characters with whom I'd care to solve the problems of the world over a couple of beers in a dark, cozy tavern. Already it's looking like a year for serious series tackling: Finch, Joh, and Penny."
"Penny expertly weaves together three stories in her best Chief Inspector Gamache novel yet. She gives us a terrorist plot, takes another look at the outcome of the previous book, and sneaks in a healthy yet appetizing dose of Quebec history. (7/18)"
"Penny describes a place and people I can easily imagine, a Quebec village I'd like to visit and pleasantly human characters with whom I'd like to shoot the breeze. This is the first book in a series! Hooray. (1/16)"
"Atkinson has a gift for taking readers inside the heads of engaging, funny, and poignant characters. While Jackson Brodie, the erstwhile hero, is rambling around Northern England on a halfhearted search for a client's biological parents, we sink into dementia with an aging actress and explore what it means to be a parent. Brodie's sardonic thoughts never fail to make me laugh. (6/15)"
"This debut thriller by a young Cornell University physics professor was surprisingly compelling with an interesting premise: Japan attempts to unleash a biological weapon in the closing days of World War II and a young Irishman spends the next sixty years trying to develop a cure before the weapon resurfaces. (7/22)"
"Most of Baldacci's characters no longer interest me or never did but that's not true of Oliver Stone and his Camel Club friends. A bomb explodes in Lafayette Park, behind the White House, and the story takes off from there. (16)"
"Yet another Amy Einhorn discovery, Dolan hits all the right notes with his debut mystery set in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just down the road from my hometown. A mysterious stranger hired to edit stories for a literary mystery magazine is compelled to get to the bottom of a real murder...or two. (2/15)"
"Thank God someone murdered CC de Poitiers so Gamache had an excuse to return to our favorite Quebec village. Penny is not one of those authors who fizzles after a smashing debut. This one holds few surprises but an intriguing loose end makes me eager for March to roll around. I'm limiting myself to one Gamache encounter per month to prolong the pleasure.(2/3)"
"Against a backdrop of seances, hatchlings, and talking trees, Penny examines relationships from every possible angle. Most of our favorite characters turn some sort of corner. I am still hooked on this series. (4/11)"
"Grimes ties up many loose ends in this fourth book in her Hotel Paradise series but there are still one or two issues to be resolved. I hope we have not heard the last from our favorite 12-year old sleuth. (4/3)"
"The most surprising tale yet in the Three Pine series features a hermit, new residents in the old Hadley house, poetry, art, horses, and plot twists galore. Penny leaves us with even more loose threads this time. I'm chomping at the bit to tackle the next one. (6/28)"
"Rarely do I jump into a series midstream but I made an exception when my brother loaned me his copy of The Lonely Silver Rain which Dad initialed and dated 1/85. Mom used to say Dad wanted to live on a boat in Florida after he retired. Now I know where he got the idea. (3/4)"
"Gamache and his wife celebrate their anniversary, eat well, and solve a murder at a remote Quebec lodge. Where did that subplot go? I guess I'll just have to look for it in the next installment. (5/13)"
"Found a paperback copy in an Osaka bookstore weeks before the U.S. release date. Rendell scrutinizes the occupants of a suburban London apartment block this time out. Refreshing insights as usual but the plot was less gripping than the usual Rendell fare. (5/29)"
"This is the first in a series set in Victorian London featuring amateur detective Charles Lenox, a charming character with whom I plan to spend an inordinate amount of time over the coming months. (1/29)"