Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2020 #amreading #bookblogger #FridayReads

It’s nearly Christmas and the end of another year, one I think we’ll all be glad to say goodbye to. But on a brighter note, it’s also favourite books of the year time.

As always it’s a difficult choice but despite my reading being a little hit and miss this year I’ve read some fabulous books. So in no particular order, and not necessarily published this year, here we go…

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Dry by Jane Harper #Murder #Mystery set in Australia

For this week’s Throwback Thursday I’m looking back at The Dry, a book I’ve recently reread to hopefully get my reading mojo back. Published in 2017, The Dry was Jane Harper’s debut novel.

My Thoughts

The small town of Kiewarra is in the deadly grip of a drought. It hasn’t rained for two years and the community is under extreme pressure, becoming ever more scared and desperate, the oppressive heat wearing them down. Then Karen Hadler, and her young son, Billy, are found brutally murdered. Luke Hadler, dead in his truck, a suspected murder/suicide. In response to a note from Gerry Hadler, Luke’s father, ‘Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral,’  Federal Police Investigator Aaron Falk arrives back in Kiewarra after an absence of twenty years. 

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#Extract from Mine by @Alison_Knight59 ‘What’s Mine I Keep’ @rararesources Contemporary #CrimeFiction

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Mine, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

Today I have an extract from the book…the beginning of Chapter Three, where we first meet Lily’s boss, Leonard. He’s a respectable, married man, yet he’s been attracted to Lily since the moment he saw her. 

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Sentinel (Voyager Book2) by Carl Rackman ~ Conspiracy #Thriller #BookReview for #RBRT

Author: Carl Rackman

Independently Published: September 2020

Category: Conspiracy Thriller, Suspense, SciFi, Crime, Book Review

Four years have passed since Voyager One sent back chilling photos of a spaceship from deep in interstellar space.

A shocked world prepared to meet the Visitors, but terrorism, pandemics, and global political turmoil have now consumed it. Discredited as a hoax, the Visitors have faded from public attention.

But the powerful global conspiracy known as the Triumvirate is behind much of the chaos. Creating a screen of subterfuge and misdirection, they prepare a clandestine welcome for the Visitors, whose origins may be more sinister than the aliens of popular fiction.

Although this is the second book in the trilogy, there is enough information included, in a non intrusive way, to understand about the conspiracy, and what happened in the first book, Voyager.

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Pivotal Decisions (Moonlight and Murder #2) by @reily_garrett #RomanticSuspense #FridayReads

Author: Reily Garrett

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Romantic Suspense, Book Review

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Sabine’s early morning hike ends with discovering her friend sitting in a chair by the canal and gazing at the sunrise. Peace and serenity pervade, except, he’s dead.

To discover the how and why of his death, she must first survive the shrewd killer intent on removing human collateral and regaining lost technology.

Pivotal Decisions, the second book in the Moonlight and Murder series, is set the Florida Everglades. A horrific murder brings back the characters from A Critical Tangent along with several new and engaging ones. Like the first book, the story revolves around current technology, this time the theme is virtual reality.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Quiet Child by John Burley #Audiobook #Suspense #Histfic #Thriller

Throwback Thursday this week looks back at an audiobook full of tension and twists, performed brilliantly by MacLeod Andrews. It was released in August 2017 by Harper Audio.

My Thoughts

Set in 1950s California, the McCray family live in the small town of Cottonwood. Kate McCray was born and bred there and when she married Michael McCray that’s where they set up home. Their two boys, Sean and Danny, ten and six respectively, complete their family.

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A Critical Tangent (Moonlight and Murder Book1) by @reily_garrett #suspense #romance #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Reily Garrett

Published: December 2019

Category: Crime, Romance, Suspense, Book Review

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She doesn’t trust cops…

He’s an iron-willed detective who doesn’t know whether to cuff her or kiss her.

Keiki Tallerman is a strong-willed tech prodigy whose life is shattered when her drone captures video of her best friend’s bizarre murder.

Experience has taught her good reason to not trust any police officers, especially when the hard-boiled detectives come knocking on her door. Their suspicions narrow when the second of her trio of friends disappears without a trace from their small urban community.

The first book in a romantic suspense series, A Critical Tangent introduces Keiki Tallerman, a college senior, as she and her friend Shelly are testing a prototype drone. Keiki is a skilful mechanic, building drones for Harock Industries and also using her skills with the machines while working part time for a private investigator. When she witnesses a brutal and fatal attack on Shelly through the camera attached to the drone, she is left in no doubt who will be the next target.

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Bedlam (Alexander Gregory Thrillers #3) by @ljross_author #RichardArmitage #Mystery #AudiobookReview @WFHowes

Author: LJ Ross

Performed by Richard Armitage

Published July 2020 by Whole Story Audiobooks

Category: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, AudioBook Review

In a world gone mad, who can you trust?

Fresh from a high-profile case in the Paris fashion world, elite forensic psychologist and criminal profiler Dr Alexander Gregory receives a call from the New York State Homicide Squad. The wife of a notorious criminal has been admitted to a private psychiatric hospital and can no longer testify in his upcoming trial. Without her, their case will collapse, but amid reports that the staff are as unpredictable as their patients, who can the police trust?

Dr Alexander Gregory and his friend and mentor, Professor Bill Douglas are visiting Quantico, Virginia. They have been invited to deliver a presentation on criminal profiling at one of the regular international conferences held there. They were met by Special Agent Hawk and Agent Johnson, who later asked for their assistance with a highly classified case involving the Romano crime family.

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The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly Book 3) by @DervlaMcTiernan ~ #CrimeFiction set in #Ireland #FridayReads

Author: Dervla McTiernan

Performed by Aoife McMahon

Published: March 2020 by HarperCollins

Category: Contemporary Crime Fiction, AudioBook Review

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While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone.

There’s plenty going on in this third outing for Cormac Reilly. He is still having problems at the Galway Garda station. When a young girl is abducted, Superintendent Brian Murphy deliberately makes life difficult by refusing extra manpower on the pretext that the officers are out on much needed surveillance for drugs, although after all that time there was nothing to show for it.

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Hideaway by Nora Roberts #AudiobookReview #FamilyDrama #ContemporaryFiction #FridayReads

Author: Nora Roberts

Performed by January LaVoy

Released: May 2020 by Hatchette Audio UK

Category: Family Drama, Book Review

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A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts’ emotional new suspense novel.

Caitlyn Sullivan, a daughter of Hollywood royalty, was already a star at ten, but still loved to play hide-and-seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur. It was during one of those games that she disappeared.

The story begins in 2001 with the death of Liam Sullivan, an iconic actor. He’d left Ireland when he was almost sixteen for New York and a job in the Meatpacking District. But he had wanted more. When he’d witnessed the magic of the silver screen he’d realised he’d found his more in the golden age of Hollywood. Meeting his wife, Rosemary, when they both starred in a musical, they had gone on to found a dynasty that spanned generations.

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