A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere - When it comes to a fun and quirky cozy mystery Vallere is quickly becoming my go-to author. I've read at least one book out of 3 of her series and they're all so much fun. I loved that this one took place in a costume shop. It sounded like such fun to rummage around in!
2. Death and the Brewmaster's Widow by Loretta Ross - This 2nd book in the Auction House series was one I was really looking forward too for 2016. I had loved the first book and the second did not disappoint though there were a coincidence or two too many. I can't wait to see what happens next!
3. A Reckless Desire by Isabella Bradford - I'd taken a break from historicals for the last year or two and had a hard time getting into any of the ones I tried to read but I loved this one from Isabella Bradford. It's the 3rd in the series about 3 brothers and I absolutely loved it. The characters were so intersting and likable and I liked that there worries were real worries that would have to be discussed instead of feeling like a plot device.
The Rain Sparrow by Linda Goodnight - This ended up being much darker than I expected but without getting too grim. It's one of the few books I've read that had dual timelines that I was equally invested in both narratives.
5. Reunion Pass by Emily March - Emily March is one of those authors that I don't think about all that much but when I read her books I wonder why I haven't read more of them. I always enjoy them and they allways pull me in right away.
6. Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern - I love this series and this was my favorite book yet! I love the 70s setting and Ellison is one of my favorite detectives. This is a great starter cozy if you don't read much of the genre but want to give a try.
7. Deep Dark by Laura Griffin - When it starts getting hotter I love a good romantic suspense and this new one from Laura Griffin did not disappoint! I've seen Griffin around for ages but have never tried her books and I'm so glad I finally did. I can't wait to go back and catch up on her earlier books.
8. How Secrets Die by Marta Perry - This is another author I've seen around for awhile but never read. I loved it and can't wait to go back for more. I always love it when an author takes a character that I don't really like at the beginning and makes it where I really understand and sympathize with her.
Pre-2016 FavoritesI didn't realize it when I picked these 2 but I got both of these in audio book form and they were ridiculously good. The narrators on both did a fantastic job.
In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware - I tend to roll my eyes when a book is labeled "the next Gone Girl" or "for fans of The Girl on the Train". And I think both of those do this book a disservice. This is a mystery plain and simple. It's a twisty fascinating one but when it comes down to it it's a murder mystery. Imogen Church is the narrator on the audio and she is amazing! I would listen to any book she narrates simply on the strength of her name alone.
10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - I love stories about books and stories about life on the home front during the war and this had a bit of both. I absolutely loved it. It was also my first audio that had multiple narrators and I was a little worried about how that would go but they were all absolutely amazing.
So what are your favorite reads so far this year?