Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm has given us an easy task this Tuesday, to list our Top 10 Favourites of All Time. Which, really, when you think about it, is a no-brainer for most of us. And, I’m sure, like me, many are going to have very familiar titles on their lists, that we’ve all seen before. After all, we never really stop telling everyone about our favourite books, now do we? And today will be no exception!
So here we go, my top 10 choices from the last few years are:
- GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny — still my all-time favourite author, and still top on all my lists, but this (book 13 in the series) is outstanding. So well plotted, excellently written, and a culmination of so many threads that it had me yelling out loud at Gamache, “No, don’t … don’t do it!”
- THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh — my first Steve Cavanagh book that introduced me to one of my all-time favourite characters: Eddie Flynn. This first one is still the best of the series.
- THE CITY OF BRASS / THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S. A. Chakraborty — yes, I’m listing these two together, because, really, who can choose between either of them? The first book was really good, but the second one was even better! And that’s saying something about Chakraborty’s fantastic plotting and characters.
- THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper — well, any and all of Harper’s novels, really, would make it onto a list of mine, but of her three novels so far, I enjoyed this one the best.
- THE MISSING INFORMANT / THE SILENCED by Anders de la Motte — this police procedural mystery duo, set in Sweden, was such an unexpected find for me. Cleverly plotted, I really took to the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the political twists and turns that had me second guessing everyone’s motives and actions.
- THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks — this historical mystery set in Elizabethan England, is so richly detailed the characters really came to life, as did the twisted plot of spies and palace intrigue.
- DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb — the first action-packed installment of Broadribb’s Lori Anderson trilogy (so far) has her bounty-hunter MC running down the bad guys, all the while trying to manage being a single mother to a tween daughter with leukaemia. I literally could not put this one down till I had finished it. Fun, fast, and furious.
- THE STOCKHOLM OCTAVO by Karen Engelmann — another absolutely fascinating mystery set in Stockholm, at the end of the 18th-c, in which our erstwhile hero, Emil Larsson, finds his destiny inextricably entwined with that of the King of Sweden, and a plot to assassinate the King. Another superbly written look at life during the turmoil that saw so many upheavals all across Europe.
An ‘honourable’ mention goes to CRITICAL MASS by Sara Paretsky, one of Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski novels that is an outstanding read because of the subject material. And you, what reads would make your Top 10 all-time favourites?