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December 30, 2016

Books Reviewed in 2016


We reviewed a multitude of wonderful books (and just a few so-so books) over the past 12 months from many different genres. We said goodbye to Claire Rees and Elisa Hordon but added Susan Roberts, MK French, and Emily Morley to our team of staff reviewers. Featured writers Alison DeLuca and Kathleen Barker also contributed a few reviews. If you are looking for books to add to your 2017 to read list, take a look at what we recommended.

From Alison DeLuca

Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton
Going Against Type by Sharon Black
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

From Claire Rees

The Lone Wolf's Heart by J. Jennings
Cut Too Deep by Marissa Farrar
Dear Clementina by Colin Burke
Abandoned Soul by Doug Simpson
Fifty Percent Vampire by D.K. Janotta
Sketches of the Wigwam by Mack Moyer
Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum
Chronology of the Apocalypse
Off Campus by Jeff Westwood and Charles Murphy
Killshot by Aria Michaels
Killing the Dead by Richard Murray
Days with the Undead by Julianne Snow
Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt
Felix Jones and the Book of Words by Julian Roderick
Felix Jones and the Honour of The Keeper by Julian Roderick
Dark Illuminations by A.A. Colvin Jr.
The Passion of Jass and Other Short Stories by Nicholas Bridgeman
Gateway to Magic by Annabelle Franklin
Town Secrets by Scott Gelowitz
Giovanni Goes to Med School by Kathy Bryson

From Donna Huber

Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell
The Hitwoman Hires a Manny by JB Lynn
The Hitwoman and the Sacrificial Lamb by JB Lynn
Bury Me by Tara Sivec
Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce
Bayou My Love by Lauren Faulknenberry
Florida Firefight by Randy Wayne White
Two Doors Down: Secret Admirer by J. Jennings
An Invincible Summer by Betta Ferrendelli
The Hitwoman and the Chubby Cherub by JB Lynn
The Hitwoman and the Mother Load by JB Lynn
Firestorm by Katie Robison
An Acre of Fools by Aden James
(Not So) Good in a Room by Dakota Madison
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell
Criminal by K.B. Hoyle
The Letterbox by Layton Green
Hitwoman Under Pressure by JB Lynn
Millicent Marie Just My Opinion by Karen Pokras Toz
Some Like It Perfect by Megan Bryce
Love is a Four-Legged Word by Michele Gorman
Dominion by Lissa Bryan
This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko
Christmas Candy by Samantha Jacobey

From Elisa Hordon

Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson
Fighting Mad by Kathy Bryson
Sinister by Jana Deleon
With One World by Olivia Blake
Killer Kolada by Sybil Hodge
One Little Wish by Gina LaManna
Urban Mermaid by Howard Parsons
Center Stage by Denise Grover Swank
Heartbreaker by Kat Bastion
Spiced by Gina LaManna
A Good Man Gone by A.W. Hartoin
Sprinkled by Gina LaManna
Who, What, Where, When Die by Amanda M. Lee
Christmas Spirit by Morgana Best
Bubblegum Blonde by Anna Snow
The Wife of Riley by A.W. Hortoin
No Money Down by Julie Moffett
No One Lives Twice by Julie Moffett
No One to Trust by Julie Moffett
No Place Like Rome by Julie Moffett
No Biz Like Showbiz by Julie Moffett
No Test for the Wicked by Julie Moffett
No Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett
No Room for Error by Julie Moffett
No Strings Attached by Julie Moffett
Hex on the Beach by Gina LaManna
The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
People in Season by Simon Faye
Rescued by Stephanie St. Klaire
Amaretto Amber by Traci Andrighetti
Witchy Sour by Gina LaManna
One Paris Summer by Denis Grover Swank
Kitten Kaboodle by Kathi Daley
Hidden by Stephanie St Klaire
Death by Diploma by Kelley Kaye
Melody Bittersweet and the Girls' Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French
New Corpse in Town by Lucy Quinn
Scorch by Liliana Hart
Two Little Lies by Gina LaManna
Lights, Camera, Murder by Nikki Haverstock
How to Bake a Murder by K.J. Emrick
David by Johnny Worthen
Hidden Deception by Colleen Helme

From Elisabeth Scherer

Even the Dead Will Bleed by Steven Ramirez
A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber
Antonia Barclay and her Scottish Claymore by Jane Carter Barrett
Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. by Frank Beddor
Chasing the Surface by Sharon Mentyka

From Emily Morley

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

From Kathleen Barker

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
All the Life We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

From MK French

Run Girl by Eva Hudson
Knowing Yourself by Lisa Shea
Chiaroscuro by Matthew S. Cox
Writer's Retweet by Piers Anthony
The Metronome by D.R. Bell
Jack-in-the-Box by William W. Johnstone
Mirror Image by Michael Scott
The Bacchanal and Other Horrific Tales
Tokens and Omens by Jeri Baird
A Night of Forever by Bronwen Evans
Nightmares Anthology by Ellen Datlow
A Raven's Heart by K.C. Bateman
Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan
Eye of the Storm by Frank Cavallo
Too Wyrd by Sarah Buhrman
The Next One Will Kill You by Neil S. Plakcy
Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Kookabuk Shares His Shovel by Kevin and Jesse Howard MK
Rule Breaker by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion
A Very Ruby Christmas by Lavinia Kent

From Susan Roberts

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Come Away with Me by Karma Brown
The Wiregrass by Pam Weber
A Jingle Valley Wedding by Martha Reynolds 
She's Not There by Joy Fielding 
I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable 
Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
Final Approach by John J. Nance
The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives by Theresa Brown
Riot by Charles S. Isaacs
The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner
Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany
Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Scout's Honor by Dori Ann Dupre
Center Ring by Nicole Waggoner
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas
The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Linny's Sweet Dream List by Susan Schild
Paris is Always a Good Idea by Nicola Barreau
The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands
67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence by Howard Means
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe by Dawn Tripp
The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby
The Loft Bette Lee Crosby
What the Heart Remembers by Bette Lee Crosby
Baby Girl by Bette Lee Crosby
The Dreams of Stillwater by Steena Holmes
The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler
When He Fell by Kate Hewitt
The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda
The Winemakers by Jan Moran
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe
The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe
A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe
Luna Tree by Maya Berger
When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards
Saving Abby by Steena Holmes
Remember by Beauties by Lynne Hugo
The Children by Ann Leary
The Gravity-Assist Technique by Dalene Flannigan
Start at the Beginning by Judy Mollen Walters
She Poured Out Her Heart by Jean Thompson
Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Face Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The North Water by Ian McGuire
One Man's War by P.M. Kippert
Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman
Remember the Ladies by Gina Mulligan
The Girls by Emma Cline
The A to Z of Normal by Helen Barbour
One Last Fling by Leela Lou Dahlin
Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber
The Choices We Make by Karma Brown
Love, Luck & Lemon Pie by Amy Reichert
The Torch is Passed by Bill Powers
Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina
Detroit Hustle by Amy Haimerl
Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keys
The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner
Age of Consent by Marti Leimbach
I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around by Ann Garvin
Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul
All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
Flight Patterns by Karen White
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
The Promise by Fredrik Nath
Clean Break by Abby Vegas
Guiding Fate by Tamra Lassiter
Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter
Triple Love Score by Brandi Megan Granett
Results May Vary by Bethany Chase
Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand
Sweet Breath of Memory by Ariella Chen
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
Overlook by Elizabeth Hein
Escape Plan by Elizabeth Hein
Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt
Now and Then Friends by Kate Hewitt
Sweet Carolina Morning by Susan Schild
The Stone Necklace by Carla Damron
The Language of Sisters by Cathy Lamb
Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely
Karolina's Twins by Ronald H. Balson
Redemption Road by John Hart
Forever Beach by Shelley Noble
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
The Legacy of Us by Kristin Contino
Since She Went Away by David J. Bell
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
A Violet and Two Gentlemen by Petronela Ungureanu
Trumped! Beyond Politically Correct by Peter Davidson
Escape to Redemption by Peter M. Parr
Outside the Lines by Sheila Lowe
Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White
A Question of Mercy by Elizabeth Cox
Dive! by Deborah Hopkinson
As Good as Gone by Larry Watson
Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Fractured by Catherine McKenzie
All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell
I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows
Root, Petal, Thorn by Ella Joy Olsen
The Widower's Wife by Cate Holahan
Lovers and Newcomers by Rosie Thomas
Shelby's Creek by Mark Matthiessen
The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman
Mischling by Affinity Konar
Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery
Two Across by Jeff Bartsch
Falling by Jane Green
The Promise Kitchen by Peggy Lampman  
The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo
Frontline Angel by Genevieve Jordayne
Circle of Trust by Jacqueline Simon Gunn
A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Monroe
Blackbeard's Daughter by Diana Strenka
The Blood Led Her by Robert DiGiacomo
A Solitary Awakening by Kevin Cady
I'll Take You There by Wally Lamb
Miss Christmas by Gigi Garrett
Wallflower Blooming by Amy Rivers
All the Breaking Waves by Kerry Lonsdale




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