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Hello mystery fans! This is the time of year where I would normally do a roundup of my favorite books of the second half of 2020—following the first half of 2020 favorite list I did. But I just can’t. I keep sitting down to do it. Or trying to start a list on my phone. Thinking about it while walking the goat and I keep circling back to the fact that I didn’t read anywhere near as many books as I usually do this year. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have an end of year list for you.
I have some great books that came out this year that don’t have a lot of reviews/ratings, and no, that is not an indication of the quality of the book. Most likely, these books didn’t get a lot of publicity. Just as a book that had the whole marketing train behind it, and everyone read it, and you’re like, “eh,” the same happens in reverse. There are super good books that just haven’t crossed enough radars. So read these books.
What You Don’t See (Cass Raines #3) by Tracy Clark
This is a recent P.I. series with an ex-cop lead who is still friends with her ex-partner, manages the apartment complex she lives in, and has a nun for a friend. Every book has been a satisfying mystery, with a character I enjoy spending time with, that leaves me wanting the next book. And if you want a marathon, three books is totally doable. (Review)
A Deadly Inside Scoop (Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1) by Abby Collette
A cozy with a ton of descriptions of ice cream I needed to get in my pie hole immediately. The bonus for me, this year, was that it had a really nice family and was very low on drama, meanness, etc, even though there was a dead body. (Review)
Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery (Vera Kelly #2) by Rosalie Knecht
Knecht started the series with a spy novel unlike the rest and now transitioned into a P.I. series, both books focusing on history rarely used in historical fiction. If you like character driven books, the series is great; if you need more speed, start with the sequel. Either way if you need a fresh, new voice, grab these books. (Review)