Let's face it. I haven't started a book. I have plans for half the day on Dec. 30th, and there's lots of college football to watch. I'm ready to post my list of favorite books of 2018. My disclaimer is always that this is not a "Best of" list. It's just a list of my favorite books read during the year. Of course, it's mostly mysteries. The list is in alphabetical order by author, other than the book that I picked as my #1 choice.
The Rain Watcher is Tatiana de Rosnay's moving story about one family caught up in their own tragedies and misunderstandings while coping with rain that is flooding Paris in January. As the city floods, the Malegarde family is flooded with memories, not always happy ones. Thirty-five-year-old Linden Malegarde, an internationally known photographer, is the heart of the story, and witness to his family's heart wrenching collapse.
Brendan DuBois' The Negotiator features an unnamed narrator, a man who admits he chose the dark path of life. He acts as a negotiator between two parties who don't trust each other, and commands a hefty fee for doing that. However, when he is careless with one job, everything goes wrong. He carefully plans his revenge, while reviewing his errors. There are multiple twists in this wonderful crime novel featuring black humor and a lovable antihero.
I could have selected any one of Cora Harrison's Reverend Mother mysteries, set in Cork, Ireland in the 1920s. But, Death of a Novice, the 2018 release, was the first I read, and the reason I went back and read all the others in the series. Reverend Mother Aquinas finds the body of a novice in a chicken coop. She suspects murder, and calls together a team that works with her in the entire series, two former students, one who is now a member of the Garda; one who is a former Republican rebel. She also works with the doctor who consults with the Garda. These books are traditional mysteries with a strong historical setting in a time of change in Ireland.
I'm one of the last to list my favorite books of 2018, but I always want to make sure I haven't missed one. I can't wait to start the books of 2019.