The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day. As I said, I read for character. Anna Winger is a flawed, determined character, a woman who has always been on the run. She never doubted that she was doing what was right, until the day her son disappears. She finds unknown strength in her determination to find her son.
Murder in Mayfair by D.M. Quincy. The wit and setting bring this Regency mystery to life as adventurer Atlas Catesby buys Lilliana Warwick at auction, only to see her return to her husband. But, when the man is murdered, Atlas teams up with Lilliana to find the killer because the two are suspects in the eyes of a shrewd Bow Street Runner.
And, my number one book for the year was Louise Penny's Glass Houses. A recent book discussion reminded me why Penny continues to take first place. Her latest Armand Gamache book is a powerful story that deals with the greater good while involving all of the townspeople of Three Pines in a perplexing current mystery.
Are there a couple books that stood out for you this year? What books might top your list?