Happy New Year!

Can you believe it’s nearly the second week of January 2019 already?!  The weather here in New England is a bit cold and gloomy, but there’s something shiny about starting a new year, even when the weather is a dull gray, a degree of excitement that’s unique to this time of year.

My year is starting off with a fascinating array of “new”:  new health insurance, payroll schedule, and company name as my company continues on its path of merging with another; new master bathroom (our current one had a bit of an accident over the holidays – a bad ceiling fan caught fire, and thus. . .new bathroom); new adventures! I’m traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico this month, a city/state I’ve never visited, and to Miami, Florida in February. (I’ve only been from the Miami airport to the cruise ship dock, so I don’t think that counts as having visited before!) Both are work trips, but I’m excited to see new places.

And perhaps best of all, new books! Santa brought me a couple of good ones, and I might have accidentally picked a couple out for myself when I was holiday shopping. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone.)

Today I finished City of Endless Night, by Preston & Child.  This mystery thriller was released in January 2018, but I picked it up last week. It was fantastic, as all the books I’ve read by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have been. The multiple points of view were woven together beautifully, and the plot was delightfully twisty. The authors kept me on the edge of my reading chair!

Last week I read A Deadly Feast, by Lucy Burdette. (I received the book through Net Galley.) This most recent entry in the Key West Food Critic Mysteries series is possibly Burdette’s best work yet. I absolutely loved the plot, and the story kept me guessing. The strongest attributes of all the books in this series are the characters, including the setting. When I read one of these books, I feel as though I’m in Key West, walking or scootering along with the characters. The place and the people are so tangible, you can’t help but be drawn in. (Also, I’m always hungry when I finish her books.)

In the TBR pile, my newest additions include Michele Obama’s book, Becoming; Dare to Lead by Brene Brown; Suspect, by Robert Crais; and If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino. An eclectic mix, to be sure!

What’s new and/or exciting for you in the new year? Is the TBR pile ready to topple over? I hear a few of our own Mysteristas may have amazing books to add to your reading list this year.

Wishing you health and joy – and plenty of great mysteries to read – in 2019!


Author: Pamela A. Oberg

Pamela is Director, Client Services (Program Management) at an educational assessment company by day, writer by night. Founder of Writers on Words (a discussion and critique group), Pamela enjoys spinning tales of murder and mayhem, with an occasional foray into the world of the paranormal.

15 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. My second Maeve Malloy, Hemlock Needle, releases later this month so I’m up to my ears in doing promotion. Just finished listening to Milkman by Anna Burns. Breathtaking. Next on my TBR is Death of a Rainmaker by Laurie Lowenstein.

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  2. Oh, looking forward to all the Mysteristas’s releases!

    I didn’t get any books under my tree either. Do you think Santa believes we’re impulse buyers when it comes to our reading lists? I know I am. I did get a nice juicy B&N gift certificate and a few Amazon gift certificates. So many books, so little time—-

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  3. Santa didn’t bring me any books, either 😦 but then he must be dismayed over my TBR piles. Plus, I treated myself with A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. Yay on the upcoming Mysterista releases! I will have one, too. No release date yet, but Kreg is thinking spring.

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  4. We spent the week between Christmas and New Years in Vegas, so I have some great reading additions waiting for me at home.
    I am almost finished with Gregg Hurwitz’s new Orphan X book “Out of the Dark” and it is the thriller of all thrillers. I LOVE it. I also have “on deck” Thomas Perry’s newest “The Burgler.” He will be visiting The Book Carnival in Orange, so I will have questions for him. I also have The Favorite Daughter” by Kaira Rouda and what should be an interesting anthology, “Murder-a-Go-Go’s” crime fiction inspired by the music of The Go-Go’s .
    Those should keep me out of trouble for a little while at least.

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  5. The only book I got this year was from my brother-in-law, a copy of his very favorite book of all time, a collection of essays called FIRST PERSON RURAL by Noel Perrin. It was written in 1978 by a guy who transplanted himself from NY to Vermont. I’m looking forward to digging in after I finish this month’s book club selection of A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline. It’s a fictionalized account of the story behind the woman who was the subject of the famous Wyeth painting “Christina’s World.”

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  6. Pamela Oberg, thank you so much for the good report on A DEADLY FEAST! It’s scary to send a book out into the world and have no idea how it will be received, thanks a million for the “you go girl!”


  7. I’m finishing Anne Lamott’s newest, ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE with Michele Obama’s book sitting right underneath it (I gifted BECOMING to myself for Christmas). Staying within the non-fiction arena (a place I’m rarely in) is Gabrielle Bernstein’s JUDGMENT DETOX which I plan on reading with my dad and my sister. It was my idea so I hope it doesn’t suck.

    On the fiction side, I recently listened to Michael Connelly’s TWO KINDS OF TRUTH and James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s 17TH SUSPECT. Currently I’m listening to James Patterson and James O. Born’s HAUNTED.

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