Top Books of 2017

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Firstborn by Tosca Lee

Tosca once again tops of best of the year list.  Be sure to pick up a copy!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

If I'm Found

 

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Another suspenseful read that keep us on the edge of our seat.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

As our top YA pick, this book is destined to be on your must read list.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Deadly Kiss

 

Every Deadly Kiss by Steven James

James makes our top list every year.  As one of the top suspense writers in the game, he should be on your shelf too.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realms of God

 

The Realms of God by Michael Livingston

Fans of historical fantasies rejoice at this masterful conclusion to the trilogy.  Perhaps he’ll think of turning it into a quadrilogy?

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann

Quickly becoming one of our favorite series, pick up any of these books for an enjoyable mystery!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Crooked Path

 

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

Our top pick for historical fiction is a must read this year, next year, and so on!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orphan's tale

 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Another must read WWII novel completes our historical fiction must reads!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Names

 

The Man with Two Names by Vincent B. Davis II

Possibly our favorite debut novel of the year.  Grab a copy today!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Close to Home and The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni

It’s Dugoni!  Need we say more?

Read the full review for Close to Home here.

Read the full review for The Trapped Girl here.

Almost Missed You

 

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Another great debut novel.  Get it now!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Matter of Trust and Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Great romantic suspense is an art.  Check these out to see more!

Read the full review for A Matter of Trust here.

Read the full review for Rescue Me here.

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Vanishing Point and Pursued by Lisa Harris

More great romantic suspense.  Harris is becoming one of the best.

Read the full review for Vanishing Point here.

Read the full review for Pursued here.

The Divide

 

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

The exciting conclusion to The Alliance makes us really wish there were a third coming out next year.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

End times and Rosenberg always make for a bestseller!

Read the full review here.

Top Suspense Thriller

Quite possibly our favorite category, suspense thrillers are the bulk of what we enjoy reading.  With so many choices, narrowing it down makes it extremely difficult.

firstborn

1. Firstborn by Tosca Lee

The sequel to the gripping novel The Progeny, Firstborn takes us right back to the action that kept us on the edge of our seat throughout the first.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I'm Found

2. If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

The second book in the series but might just be Blackstock’s best book yet. A tight, suspenseful story that will leave you begging for more.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Deadly Kiss

3. Every Deadly Kiss by Steven James

If you have never read a Steven James novel, I suggest you start now with this one. It will keep you up at night and have you looking twice and double locking the doors.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crown of Souls

4. Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

In less than one ten-thousandth of a second, lives will be changed causing Tox and his crew to face their toughest mission yet and not all will survive.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beneath Copper Falls

5. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

A riveting story that will leave the hairs prickling on the back of your neck to the very last page.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost Missed You

6. Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

A wonderful debut novel that will leave the reader guessing at every turn and wondering if we ever really know the people we have in our lives.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. Purgatory Road by Samuel Parker

Another debut novel that just begs to be read.

Read the full review here.

Top Supernatural Thriller

These books might not seem totally realistic, but they are still fun to read.  Here are our top picks for the year!

Realms of God

1. The Realms of God by Michael Livingston

In the exciting conclusion to the Shards of Heaven series, the timetable fast forwards 20 years with several of our favorite characters perishing.  Who survives?

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Delusion

2. The Delusion by Laura Gallier

When a small town becomes the center of a supernatural battle between good and evil, one young man must face the worst to find the best in everyone.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation

3. The Harbingers Series

Each of these books brings four top supernatural suspense authors together to create new thriller stories for our heroes!

Read the review for The Invitation.

Read the review for The Assault.

Read the review for Probing.

 

 

Death in the minds eye

Death in the Mind’s Eye by Rick Acker

A combination of a legal and psychological thriller, the perfect read for anyone wanting a book that will keep them on the edge of their seat.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Small Magic

5. Some Small Magic by Billy Coffey

Things are not always as they seem.  The living might be dead and the dead might be alive.

Read the full review here.

Top Historical Fiction

Another of our favorite categories is historical fiction.  We just can get enough of these authors and couldn’t limit it to five either.

The Crooked Path

1. The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

Another fantastic story set in South Africa during WWII and beyond.  What makes it even better is that some of the characters crossover from her previous novel, giving life back to the story!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Orphan's tale

2. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Yet another fascinating story set in WWII.  This one is sure to leave you in tears.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Names

3. The Man with Two Names by Vincent B. Davis II

Easily one of the best ancient Rome novels that we’ve read in a while.  The ending is left open for a sequel and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

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4. In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson

Learning about turn of the century Alaska and the importance of the railroad along with the Curry hotel made this a spectacular choice.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

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5. A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner

Just when you though Pearl’s troubles couldn’t get worse, they do.  And now she and her family must move to Michigan during the depression.  What else lies in store?

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Illusionist Apprentice

6. The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Fans of Harry Houdini will love this book.  His lady apprentice tells all in this wonderfully construction world by Cambron.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom

7. Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson

Can you say Pirates of the Caribbean?  The settings this book includes take you there in a heartbeat!

Read the full review here.

Top Mystery Fiction

As a bonus Christmas treat, we are also releasing our top mystery fiction picks for 2017.

betrayal

1. Betrayal at Iga by Susan Spann

This is such a terrific series that tackles seemingly unsolvable mysteries in Ancient Japan.  And the truth of Hiro’s past is finally brought to light.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sorbonne Affair

2. The Sorbonne Affair by Mark Pryor

For the first book in this series that we picked up, we couldn’t be happier.  The writing is fast paced and the mystery will keep you guessing until the end!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Poet

3. Local Poet by Paul Trembling

The story may be short, but the mystery is anything but.  Filled with a mystery centered around drug trafficking, you’ll finish this one in no time!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

Another Drew Farthering mystery always keeps up happy.  Even though they are getting a little more predictable, each story is unique and seeing the characters develop from the beginning has been such a fun experience.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of Vengenace

5. Portrait of Vengeance

How does Gwen Marcey continue to get herself into these situations?  This book is crucial to understanding Gwen’s past as well as saying farwell to Thelma and Louise?  Confused?  Pick up a copy!

Read the full review here.

Top Crime Fiction/Legal Thriller

Merry Christmas to all!  And for a Christmas treat, we are releasing our top picks for Crime Fiction and Legal Thrillers!

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1. The Trapped Girl and Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

Well it happened again.  We love the Tracy Crosswhite series so much that there was no possible way to choose between the two installments released this year.  Dugoni is a master suspense story teller in this series that keeps us begging for more.

Read the full review of The Trapped Girl here.

Read the full review of Close to Home here.

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2. Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

Janice Cantore is back in full force with one of her best novels yet. We’ve been waiting for her to write this book for a long time.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

When writing a legal thriller, it is the author’s job to find a fine balance between telling the legal aspects of the case without losing the reader in terminology many will have a hard time understanding while keeping the tension tight. Rachel Dylan has done a great job finding the balance between the tension of the case without going too deep into the legal aspect.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

Deep extraction

4. Deep Extraction by Diann Mills

Another great book by DiAnn Mills that will keep readers guessing and turning the pages well past their bedtime.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Justice

Imperfect Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Beyond Justice and Imperfect Fustic by Cara Putman

We just discovered Cara Putman this year and her new legal thriller series has us getting all of her previous novels!

Read the full review for Beyond Justice here.

Read the full review for Imperfect Justice here.

Top Romantic Suspense

And now another great category.  What’s better than a suspenseful read with a little love story thrown in?

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  1. A Matter of Trust & Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

We just couldn’t decide between Books 2 & 3 of the Montana Rescue Series because they are just that good.  This is our favorite series that Warren has crafted so far.

Read the review for A Matter of Trust here.

Read the review for Rescue Me here.

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2. Vanishing Point and Pursue by Lisa Harris

As luck would have it, we couldn’t decide on this series either.  The strong female lead in these books really takes it to a new level.

Read the review for Vanishing Point’s here.

Read the review for Pursued review here.

Chasing Secrets

3. Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

The final installment in the Elite Guardian Series left us wanting more.  These awesome bodyguards need to make future appearances.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridges

4. Bridges by Maria Murnane

Daphne White faces the same scenario so many authors fear trying to get that first book published, but will it push the relationship with her best friends to the brink?

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dangerous Illusions

5. Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

One of the best in the business, Irene Hannon delivers yet another great read.

Read the full review here.