Book List

Irish Fiction & Mysteries – 2018


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St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon! For those of you that focus your reading on holiday/cultural themed books, the list below features Irish writers, mysteries/suspense set in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day murders, or titles with Irish characters central to the plot. Some are modern classics, some are newbies, but all are entertaining reads. You’re sure to find a story in the list of 33 Irish Fiction & Mysteries – 2018 that you will want to read again and again. (Links included for bold titles)


Lisa Alber: “Path into Darkness

Maeve Binchy:  “A Week in Winter

S. Furlong-Bollinger: “Paddy Whacked

Steve Cavanagh: “The Plea

Sheila Connolly: "Many a Twist"

Kathy Cranston: “Apple Seeds and Murderous Deeds

Kathi Daley: “Shamrock Shenanigans

Frank Delaney: "Shannon"

Nelson Demille: “Cathedral”

Tana French: “Broken Harbor

Patricia Gligor: "Marnie Malone"

Alexia Gordon: “Murder in G Major

Andrew Greeley: “Irish Tweed”

Jane Haddam: “A Great Day for the Deadly

Lyn Hamilton: “The Celtic Riddle

Lee Harris: “The St. Patrick's Day Murder

Erin Hart: “The Book of Killowen

Jonathan Harrington: “A Great Day for Dying

Mary Anne Kelly: “Twillyweed

Amanda Lee: “The Long Stitch Good Night

Dan Mahoney: “Once in, Never Out

Brian McGilloway: “Little Girl Lost

Ralph M. McInerny: “Lack of the Irish”

Leslie Meier: “St. Patrick's Day Murder

Stuart Neville: "Ghosts of Belfast”

Carlene O'Connor: "Murder in an Irish Churchyard"

Sister Carol Anne O’Marie: “Death Takes Up a Collection”

Helen Page: "Equal of God"

Louise Phillips: “The Doll’s House

Janet Elaine Smith: “In St. Patrick's Custody”

Patrick Taylor: “An Irish Country Practice

Peter Tremayne: “The Devil’s Seal”

Kathy Hogan Trochek: “Irish Eyes

If your favorite Irish Fiction & Mysteries – 2018 titles are not on the list, let me know and I’ll add them!

Happy choosing and reading!


Irish Mysteries – 2017




St. Patrick’s Day will be here soon! For those of you that focus your reading on holiday/cultural themed books, the list below features Irish writers and/or mysteries set in Ireland. Some are modern classics, some are newbies, but all are entertaining reads. You’re sure to find a title in the list of 30 Irish Mysteries that you will want to read again and again.


Lisa Alber: “Whispers in the Mist”

S. Furlong-Bollinger: “Paddy Whacked”

Sheila Connolly: "Cruel Winter"

Kathi Daley: “Shamrock Shenanigans”

Frank Delaney: "Shannon"

Nelson Demille: “Cathedral”

Tana French: “Faithful Place”

Alexia Gordon: “Murder in G Major”

Andrew Greeley: “Irish Tweed”

Jane Haddam: “A Great Day for the Deadly”

Lyn Hamilton: “The Celtic Riddle”

Lee Harris: “The St. Patrick's Day Murder”

Erin Hart: “Haunted Ground” review here

Jonathan Harrington: “A Great Day for Dying”

Mary Anne Kelly: “Twillyweed”

Amanda Lee: “The Long Stitch Good Night”

Wendi Lee: “The Good Daughter”

Dan Mahoney: “Once in, Never Out”

Brian McGilloway: “Little Girl Lost”

Ralph M. McInerny: “Lack of the Irish”

Leslie Meier: “St. Patrick's Day Murder”

Stuart Neville: "Ghosts of Belfast”

Carlene O'Connor: "Murder at an Irish Wedding"

Sister Carol Anne O’Marie: “Death Takes Up A Collection”

Helen Page: "Equal of God"

Louise Phillips: “The Doll’s House”

Janet Elaine Smith: “In St. Patrick's Custody”

JJ Toner: “St. Patrick's Day Special”

Peter Tremayne: “The Devil’s Seal”

Kathy Hogan Trochek: “Irish Eyes”


If your favorite Irish Mysteries are not on the list, let me know in the comments below and I’ll add them!  :-)

Happy choosing and reading!




The New York Times Best Fiction List 2016



The New York Times Best 100 Books of 2016 list was posted recently. It’s always interesting to see which books editors at the NYT will choose for their “Best of…” lists for the year. The titles are sometimes bestsellers, but more importantly, the editors have fallen in love with the story (or the writing) and Wahoo! the book makes the list.


Check out the top five fiction choices from 2016, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Click on the links below the book titles to read their reviews.


“The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan



“The North Water” by Ian McGuire



“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead



“The Vegetarian” by Han Kang. Translated by Deborah Smith.



“War and Turpentine” by Stefan Hertmans. Translated by David McKay.



Have you read any of the top five titles? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.  :-)



Literary Cookbooks





What cook can resist a great new cookbook?

Even better, what foodie/avid reader can resist a cookbook created by his/her favorite author?


The following twelve cookbooks have been recommended by the readers of Nightstand Book Reviews as part of their literary and/or cookbook collections. The cookbooks would definitely make a fun gift to a fan of any of the authors. There are some pretty famous writers in the mix and many of the cookbooks have been nominated for awards.  :-)  If you have tried any of the recipes, please let us know in the comments.


Click on the book title to learn more about the featured recipes.


"Cooking with Jane Austen" – Kirstin Olsen


"Food to Die For" – Patricia Cornwell, Marlene Brown


"Goldy’s Kitchen Cookbook" – Diane Mott Davidson

"Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader" – Jan Karon


"KP Authors Cook Their Books" – 11 Kindle Press authors


"Mystery Writers of America Cookbook" – Kate White, editor; famous mystery writer contributors


"The Cat Who Cookbook" – Lilian Jackson Braun


"The Cozy Cookbook" – Laura Childs & other bestselling cozy writers


"The Hemingway Cookbook" – Craig Boreth


"The Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook" – Theresa Carle-Sanders


"Yashim Cooks Istanbul: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen" – Jason Goodwin


"Winnie the Pooh’s Teatime Cookbook" – A.A. Milne


Happy cooking!  :-)



10 of the Best Books of the Past Year-2016 update



…and the prize goes to…


Readers all over the world choose their next book based on the award winners announced by various organizations during the recent year. Here is a list of ten popular awards for recent novels in the adult category to receive applause and/or rave reviews from colleagues in the genre or from readers who loved the books.


Have you read any books on the list? If so, let us know what you enjoyed about them in the comment section. 


Agatha Award given to mystery and crime writers, in 2015 cozy subgenre:

“Long Upon the Land” by Margaret Maron


Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction 2016:

“The Five Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart


Edgar Allen Poe Award awarded by the Mystery Writers of America 2016:

“Let Me Die in His Footsteps” by Lori Roy


Goodreads Choice Awards chosen by readers 2015:

“Go Set A Watchman” by Harper Lee


Hugo Awards awarded for the best Science Fiction or Fantasy 2016:

“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin


Macavity Award given to favorite 2015 mystery by Mystery Readers International:

“The Killer Next Door” by Alex Marwood


Man Booker Prize literary prize for best 2015 novel translated to English language:  “The Vegetarian” by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith


National Book Award for fiction given to U.S. authors 2015:

“Fortune Smiles: Stories” by Adam Johnson


Nebula Awards presented by Science Fiction Writers for 2015 work:

“Uprooted” by Naomi Novik


Pulitzer Prize in Literature administered by Columbia University 2016:

“The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen


Congratulations to all the winners!  :-)




Authors of the Carolinas



How many of you have read about a region of the USA in a novel and wanted to travel there, in part to experience the food, in part to relax and enjoy the fabulous scenery that can only be seen in that one area of the planet? The Carolinas (both North and South) are home to fabulous shrimp & grits dishes, as well as mouth-watering other goodies. And you can’t visit either State without having a refreshing glass of world famous Sweet Tea.


The authors listed below either live in North or South Carolina, grew up here, or set their books in the region. We are treated to the cuisine of the Appalachia, the Low Country boils, the scenery of the mountains, and/or the wildlife/marshes of the coast. There is a mix of historical, paranormal, happily-ever-after, outrageous comedy, dark mysteries, and cozies – something for everyone who loves thumpin’ good fiction.


Click on the website links to find out more.  J



Suzanne Adair  “A Hostage to Heritage”


JD Allen “Grasshopper” in “Murder Under the Oaks”


Maria Alonso-Sierra  “The Coin”


Mike Axsom  “Making Memories Down South”


Jodie Bailey  “Breach of Trust”


Kaye Wilkinson Barley  “Whimsey”


Cindy Blackburn   “Five Spot”


Heather Blanton  “A Promise in Defiance”


Susan Boyer  “Low Country Book Club”


Felicia Bridges  “Czechmate”


Antoinette Brown  “One-Cat Woman” in “Carolina Crimes”


Ross Cavins  “Barry vs The Apocalypse”


Diane Chamberlain  “Pretending to Dance” 


C. Hope Clark  “Echoes of Edisto”


J.A. Coffey  "Double Dog Dare"


Cynthia Cooke  “Going All the Way”


E.B. Davis  “Ice Cream Allure” in “Carolina Crimes”


Saword Broyles Eller


Nora Gaskin (Esthimer)  “Time of Death”


Normandie Fischer  “From Fire into Fire”


Beatrice Fishback  “Bethel Manor”


Dorothea Benton Frank  “All Summer Long”


Marni K Graff  “Death Unscripted”


Jordon Greene  "They'll Call It Treason"


Leigh Greenwood  “Forever and Always”


Lynette Hampton  “Fiona’s Journey”


Rick Helms  “Older than Goodbye”


Judy Hogan  “Haw”


Tom Honea  “A Confluence of Rivers”


Ellen Hunter  "Much Ado About Murder"


Polly Iyer  “Indiscretion”


Regina Jeffers  "Angel Comes to the Devil's Keep"


Sabrina Jeffries  “Stormswept”


Linda Johnson  “Trail of Destruction”


Kieran Kramer  “Trouble When You Walked In”


Vicki Lane  “Under the Skin”


Linda Lovely  “Lies”


Cynthia Luhrs  “First Knight”


Margaret Maron  “Long Upon the Land”


Jamie Mason   “Monday’s Lie”


Karen McCullough  “Wired for Murder”


Heather McGovern  "A Moment of Bliss"


Ruth Moose  “Wedding Bell Blues”


Katy Munger  “Desolate Angel”


Nancy Naigle  “Every Yesterday”


Heather Newton  “Under the Mercy Trees”


Kathryn O’Sullivan  “Neighing with Fire”


Gail Oust  “Cinnamon Toasted”


Kate Parker  “Deadly Scandal”


Britni Patterson  “A Thousand Deadly Kisses”


Leigh Perry  “The Skeleton Haunts a House”


Ashantay Peters  “Reading Between the Lives”


Patti Phillips  “Kerrian’s Notebook, Vol. 1”


Karen Pullen  “Cold Feet”


Kathy Reichs  “Trace Evidence”


Jennifer Riley  “Jerk Alert”  available at Amazon


Sarah Shaber  “Louise’s Chance”


Nancy Simpson  “B.O.Q.”


Regina Smeltzer  “Retribution”


Jennifer Hudson Taylor  "For Love or Liberty"


Ellis Vidler  “Prime Target”


Kathryn R. Wall  “Jordan Point”


Tamara Ward  “Concealed Suspicions”


Lynn Chandler Willis  “Wink of an Eye”


Bonnie Wisler  “Count a Hundred Stars”   available at Amazon


Caleb Wygal  "Blackbeard's Lost Treasure"




See any new-to-you names on the list of Authors of the Carolinas? 

Happy reading!  :-)





Texas Fiction – 2016 List


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Every once in a while, it’s fun to focus on regional fiction. It’s a chance for readers to concentrate on stories that take place in their favorite part of the world or an area that has aroused their curiosity. Sometimes, fans like to search for books written by authors that live in that region.


The Texas list of 36 authors is a mix of:


  • Authors who live there, but write books set elsewhere
  • Authors that have written novels set in Texas, but live elsewhere.
  • Authors who live in and write about Texas.


Click on the names to take you to the author sites.


Kathleen Rice Adams: “Prodigal Gun”

Susan Wittig Albert: “Blood Orange”


Linda Bingham: “Skyscraper Caper”

Parris Afton Bonds:  “Blue Bayou” box set

James Lee Burke: “House of the Rising Sun”


Valerie P Chandler: ‘Rota Fortunae’ in “Murder on Wheels”

Caroline Clemmons: “Angeline”

Catherine Coulter: “Nemesis”

Bill Crider: “Between the Living and the Dead”


Stephanie Jaye Evans:  "Safe from Harm"

Ann Everett: “Say You’ll Never Love Me”


Kay Finch: “The Black Cat Knocks on Wood”

Kinky Friedman – series about a Texan living in NYC


Meg Gardiner: “Phantom Instinct”  (reviewed here)

Kaye George: Imogene Duckworthy series, “Broke”


Linda Kozar: “Weighty Matters”

Billy Kring:  “Tonton”


Liz Lipperman:  “Chicken Caccia-Killer”


Nancy Martin: “Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything”

Larry McMurtry: “Lonesome Dove”

James Michener: “Texas”


Golden Keyes Parsons: “His Steadfast Love”

Mark Pryor: “Hollow Man”    


James Reasoner: “The Last War Chief”

Catie Rhodes:  “Rest Stop” 

Rick Riordan: “Rebel Island”


Terry Shames: “The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake”

Leann Sweeney: Yellow Rose Mystery Series


Livia Washburn: “Peach of a Murder”

Nancy G. West:  "Smart, but Dead"

George Wier: “Cold Rains”

Lori Wilde:  “Love of the Game”

Lynn Chandler Willis: “Wink of an Eye”  (reviewed here)

Manning Wolfe:  "Dollar Signs"

Reavis Z. Wortham:  “Dark Places”


Celia Yeary:  “Annalisa”



Have fun choosing from this great list of Texas fiction.  :-)