Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Best of 2016: Series Fiction for Adults

As the year comes to a close, library staff members and volunteers reflect on the best books they've read in 2016. Here are their suggestions for the best books in series fiction for adults:

The Immortals (Olympus Bound, #1)
by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Recommended by Diane Roberts, Information Specialist, Cumming Library





Jar City (Erlendur Sveinsson mysteries, #1)
by Arnaldur Indriðason
Recommended by Beth, Information Specialist, Hampton Park Library
More of Beth's recommendations can be found throughout the year on our Thrillers & Suspense bookshelf on Goodreads.com.



A Dangerous Place (Maisie Dobbs, #11)
by Jacqueline Winspear
Also available as CD Audiobook, eAudiobook, eBook, and Large Type
Recommended by Diane Roberts, Information Specialist, Cumming Library




Murder at the 42nd Street Library (Ray Ambler novels, #1)
by Cornelius Lehane


 Killing Trail (Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, #1)
by Margaret Mizushima
Also available as a CD Audiobook
Recommended by Mary Ann Kowaleski, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library




Night Shift (Midnight, Texas, #3)
by Charlaine Harris
Also available as eBook, Large Type, and CD Audiobook

Bill Hodges Trilogy
by Stephen King
Mr. Mercedes (#1), also available as CD Audiobook, eBook, and eAudiobook
Finders Keepers (#2), also available as CD Audiobook and eBook
End of Watch (#3), also available as CD Audiobook, Large Type, and eAudiobook



Jade Dragon Mountain (Li Du Novels, #1)
by Elsa Hart
Also available as CD Audiobook
Recommended by Kim Tomblin, Collection Development Librarian
Kim says: "This historical mystery set in 18th century China was one of my favorite fiction reads of the year. Li Du is an exiled imperial librarian, wandering the Chinese countryside. He arrives in the southern borderland city of Dayan, only to discover the city preparing for the Emperor himself, who will command an astronomical event in the form of a solar eclipse during his historic visit to their province. When a Jesuit priest is murdered Li Du convinces his cousin, the local magistrate, to let him investigate. With time slipping away and the political intrigue mounting, Li Du’s fate rests on his ability to solve the crime. Debut author Elsa Hart does a masterful job of evoking time and place and I can’t wait to read more about Li Du’s adventures in The White Mirror, the next title in the series."

The Sleeping Beauty Killer (Under Sucpicion, #4)
by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
Also available as eBook, Large Type, CD Audiobook, and eAudiobook
Recommended by Sharon Anderson, Collection Support Supervisor, Post Road Library



The Curse of the Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson Novels, #4)
by Darynda Jones
Also available as CD Audiobook





Sex, Lies, and Serious Money (Stone Barrington Novels, #39)
by Stuart Woods
Also available as CD Audiobook and LargeType
Recommended by Sharon Anderson, Collection Support Supervisor, Post Road Library



The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Day 1)
by Patrick Rothfuss
Also available in Spanish and as eBook and CD Audiobook
Recommended by Alexis Belasco, Information Specialist, Hampton Park Library
Alexis says: "My fiancé recommended this book to me. Every time I asked him for a book recommendation he would tell me to read The Name of the Wind, but I kept putting it off. I finally decided to give it a try when I had a lot of driving to do and could listen to it in the car. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it, but then I was completely engrossed in the story of Kvothe the Kingkiller who came from nothing to become something. I love that each character has his or her own story; they have substance and depth to them. In addition, Rothfuss has done an amazing job of creating a world that consumes the reader and makes them want to know more about it."

All the Little Liars (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, #9)
by Charlaine Harris
Also available as eAudiobook and Large Type
Recommended by Sharon Anderson, Collection Support Supervisor, Post Road Library

Betrayals: A Cainesville Novel (Omens and Shadows, #4)
by Kelly Armstrong






A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mysteries, #14)
by Victoria Laurie
Recommended by Sharon Anderson, Collection Support Supervisor, Post Road Library


The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling, #1)
by Erika Johansen
Also available as eBook and CD Audiobook





Smooth Operator (Teddy Fay Novels, #1)
by Stuart Woods
Also available as CD Audiobook, Large Type, and eBook
Recommended by Sharon Anderson, Collection Support Supervisor, Post Road Library


Emperor of the Eight Islands (Tale of Shikanoko, #1)
by Lian Hearn
Also available as CD Audiobook
Recommended by Sarah Reynolds, Collection Development Manager, Library Headquarters



Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike Novels, #3)
by Robert Galbraith
Also available as eBook, CD Audiobook, and Large Type,
Recommended by Sarah Reynolds, Collection Development Manager, Library Headquarters



The Kept Woman (Will Trent series, #8)
by Karin Slaughter
Also available as eAudiobook and eBook
Recommended by Beth, Information Specialist, Hampton Park Library
More of Beth's recommendations can be found throughout the year on our Thrillers & Suspense bookshelf on Goodreads.com.


Ender's Game (Ender Saga, #1)
by Orson Scott Card
Also available as Paperback, eBook, CD Audiobook
Recommended by Alexis Belasco, Information Specialist, Hampton Park Library




The Nature of the Beast (A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, #11)
by Louise Penny
Also available as eBook and CD Audiobook
Recommended by Beth, Information Specialist, Hampton Park Library
More of Beth's recommendations can be found throughout the year on our Thrillers & Suspense bookshelf on Goodreads.com.


The Trespasser (A Dublin Murder Squad Novel)
by Tana French
Also available as eBook, eAudiobook, and CD Audiobook
Recommended by Stephen Kight, Assistant Director for Public Services and Amy Weiler, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Amy says: "Ms. French writes character-driven, atmospheric, police procedurals set in in Ireland. Her latest book, The Trespasser, was one of my favorites."

An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter Thrillers, #6)
by Chris Carter
Recommended by Amy Weiler, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Amy says: "I could not put this psychological thriller down. A suspect is arrested when two severed heads are discovered in the trunk of his car. He will speak to only one person, an FBI agent with whom he was a childhood friend. The suspect claims he is innocent and much of the book are interrogation scenes between the men as the FBI agent tries to get into the brain of his old friend and determine if he really is evil. The book is very violent and gory. It is not for the squeamish."

1222 (A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel)
by Anne Holt
Also available as eAudiobook, CD Audiobook, and eBook
Recommended by Lola Nichols, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Lola says: "I thought it was time to read something from the FCPL Nordic Noir suggestion list."


The Drowning
by Camilla Lackberg
Also available as eAudiobook
Recommended by Beth, Information Specialist, Hampton Park Library
More of Beth's recommendations can be found throughout the year on our Thrillers & Suspense bookshelf on Goodreads.com.


Dragonsong (Harper Hall Trilogy, #1)
by Anne McCaffrey
Recommended by Lola Nichols, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Lola says: "A scifi/fantasy classic. Anne McCaffrey has written so many books I decided it was time to read one of them."



A Banquet of Consequences (An Inspector Lynley Novel)
by Elizabeth George
Also available as CD Audiobook and eBook
Recommended by Beth, Information Specialist, Hampton Park Library
More of Beth's recommendations can be found throughout the year on our Thrillers & Suspense bookshelf on Goodreads.com.


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
by Victoria Schwab
Also available as CD Audiobook and eBook
Recommended by Jennifer Anderson, Information Specialist, Cumming Library




The Mistletoe Promise (The Mistletoe Collection)
by Richard Paul Evans
Also available as Large Type and CD Audiobook
Recommended by Teresa Santangelo, Collection Support Supervisor, Sharon Forks Library



The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Also available as eBook, eAudiobook, and CD Audiobook,
Recommended by Holly Raus, Youth Specialist, Cumming Library
Holly says: "This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  I have come across so many references to this book in pop culture that I felt I needed to read it and I was hooked from the first page. Rather bizarre but extremely funny, it was a very enjoyable read and surprisingly apt for today."

Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff
Recommended by Kayla Lawson, Youth Specialist, Hampton Park Library
Kayla says: "Nevernight is the story of a young girl out for revenge. After witnessing her father’s execution, Mia Corvere sets out to become a member of the Red Church. However, surviving the school of assassin’s deadly trials proves much harder than Mia first imagined. Her determination, training, and rare ability to communicate with shadows will be put to the test in the first installment of The Nevernight Chronicle.  After hearing about this book on Goodreads, I was immediately intrigued. Kristoff’s writing has enough drive and wit to move the plot forward at an excellent pace. I loved the characters, especially Mia’s sarcastic shadow cat Mister Kindly. This is definitely one series I will look forward to with each installment."

The Invisible Library
by Genevieve Cogman
Also available as Large Type

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