Favourite Reads of 2015: Part II

Back in July I wrote a post about some of my favourite reads of the year so far. Now that the year is almost at an end, I thought I’d write another post about the books I’ve read over the last few months. Although I read and enjoyed many books, these ones were my top favourites:

SNOWED INN by Heather Horrocks

In the middle of November I started craving books set during the winter, particularly during a snowstorm. When I came across Snowed Inn, I thought it might fit the bill perfectly, and I wasn’t disappointed. This is the first book in the Who-Dun-Him Inn mystery series and there were so many things I loved about it. Not only was it a great wintry mystery, the inn run by the main character was mystery-themed. All the rooms were named after famous fictional detectives and were decorated accordingly. And of course there was a real murder with plenty of suspects among the inn’s guests. All in all, Snowed Inn was a thoroughly enjoyable mystery.

Here is the link to the book on Amazon.

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford (MG)

I also came across Greenglass House while looking for books to satisfy my craving for wintry stories. Set at a rambling old smugglers’ inn during icy, snowy weather, Greenglass House starts out with 12-year-old Milo – the innkeepers’ son – looking forward to a quiet holiday season. But then, one after the other, several odd guests arrive to stay at the inn, and all of them seem to be harboring secrets. When items go missing from several guest rooms, Milo and the cook’s daughter set out to untangle a mystery that is somehow connected to the history of Greenglass House. This book had the wintry atmosphere I was looking for, but it also had so much more — a whole host of colourful characters, a great setting, and an intriguing mystery. I started out reading the sample of this book on my Kindle, but as soon as I reached the end of the sample I had to purchase the entire book.

You can find it on Amazon here.

THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL by Katie Alender (YA)

I picked up this book because I was wanting to read something creepy. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try because I absolutely loved it. It kept me hooked from start to finish and there were times when I looked up from the book confused because I’d been so lost in the story that I’d forgotten there was a world around me. The main character, Delia, inherits an old house, but soon finds out that the house was once an insane asylum for women. Although the asylum was shut down long ago, the house still wants to hold on to troubled girls. It’s also haunted by many former inmates who died in the house. When the house gets Delia in its grasp, she has to uncover dark secrets before everyone she cares about is destroyed.

You can find out more about this book here.

So that wraps up my list of favourite reads for 2015. I’m looking forward to reading many more fabulous books in 2016 and hopefully I’ll remember to share some of my favourites here on my blog.

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