First book of 2016

imageSo I hadn’t intended to disappear for most of December but life really, really, got in the way. First a new job then this whole Christmas and present giving thing…and now here it is January 1st 2016! All a bit of a shock really. However, it’s also a good opportunity to kick off my New Years Resolution of getting back to blogging.

Today seemed a really good day because, like last year, I’m joining in with Sheila over at Book Journey on her first book of the year post. The idea is to post a photo of yourself with the book you are reading as the new year rolls around.  Here’s mine…likely the only time I post a picture of myself on the blog all year.

fullsizerenderI’m starting 2016 with Cripple Creek by James Saliis, pretty much my favourite author of the last year. I love his stark writing style and the old fashioned noir of his stories. They are sharp and addictive. This is the follow up to Cypress Grove, featuring former PI Turner.

Here is what it’s about: “As Cripple Creek unfolds, a year has passed since Turner reluctantly helped to solve a baffling murder in the small town he now calls home, somewhere between Memphis and forever. He is still deputy sheriff, his relationship with Val Bjron has deepened, and his past as both big-city cop and ex-con is receding. Until a young man is arrested, Sheriff Don Lee assaulted, and Turner is compelled to go after the assailants. Returning to Memphis, the city that formed him, Turner confronts his ghosts and sets in motion a tempest that threatens to destroy his new-found sanctuary. (From Goodreads)”.

I’m excited to read it – and to find out what everyone else is reading.

Happy 2016!



  1. It’s wonderful to kick off a new year of reading with a favorite author. Enjoy!

    1. I hope so…I do love him. Have a good 2016 too. Can’t believe it’s here already x

  2. I love the title of the book.

    I don’t know this author or the book, but ENJOY!!!

    I love finding new books.

    Cute photo.

    Happy New Year!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book Of The Year

    1. He is a great author. I would definitely recommend him. Will head over to see your pick. Have a good new year!

  3. Sounds like a good choice! I will have to try one of his books. Which would you recommend for starters?
    Happy New Year!

    1. I hope so. I do love him. The first in this series is good but Others of My Kind and Drive are great stand alone books. Plus short so if you don’t enjoy, it’s over quickly 😉

  4. A new author to me….I must check this one out! Thanks for sharing and enjoy. Here is my FIRST BOOK OF 2016 POST

    1. He is really work checking out – I just find his books different from a lot I read, which I like. Happy new year!

  5. Great post! I think December got away from many of us. I am linking your post up to the linky attacked to my current post with the book pics 🙂 I seen your comment today was on an older post. Stop in and see all the great pics – including yours and thanks for participating!

    1. It did just flyby didn’t it. Will head over. I didn’t see the post this morning and was trying to be organised before family descended. Hope you had a good day. Emma x

  6. Glad all is well! I feel like I had a handle on most of 2015 but December completely got away from me! I haven’t read this author but it sounds like my kind of book. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Glad it wasn’t just me. The month just flew by. Am hoping January is a bit slower. I would definitely recommend James Sallis is you like a bit of noir fiction. Have a good 2016!

  7. Happy New Year! Hope you really enjoy your first read of 2016.

    1. Thank you. So far, so good. Wish I’d had more time to read mind…still there is always this evening. Have a good 2016!

  8. December totally got away from me too. Happy reading and New Year!

    1. Glad it wasn’t just me but it really did fly by. Still, all worth it. Just want an easy 2016 now…happy new year!

  9. Happy New Year, Emma! Great idea to start 2016 with a favorite author… I’m taking a chance on an ‘unknown’.

    1. Happy New Year…I didn’t want to risk someone new. Wanted an easy start to the year. Hope your risk pays off.

  10. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. I hope you enjoy your read. Ho’omaka’i on your new job. Christmas can be way stressful. It was hectic this year for me.

    1. Happy New Year to you too. Here’s to a good, less busy January!

  11. I hope you are enjoying the book, the title is catchy and makes me want to read it. I hope you have a Happy Reading Year in 2016.

    1. I really am. I figured it was a bit of a safe bet as I always enjoy his books. Wanted the first book of 2016 to be a good one!

  12. Sounds like a great read!

  13. This sounds like a great way to start the new year – it’s great that you’re carrying over favourites in to the new year. An author I loved last year and will continue to read in 2016 is Patricia Highsmith.

    Happy New Year!

    1. It has worked out well. Up too late reading…I haven’t heard of Patricia Highsmith but will keep an eye out. Happy 2016!

  14. I’m not familiar with this book, though it sounds like he’s created some complex characters. Hope you love it — Happy New Year!

    1. They are very complex. Dark and damaged too. Not the cheeriest for the new year but good. Happy new year!

  15. I am finding so many ‘want to reads’ by participating in this tradition/meme! Sounds like a good book… Happy 2016 Reading to you!

    1. I know…it’s great visiting other blogs to see what people are reading. Will be doing more browsing today!

  16. Happy New Year. Sounds like a well written book with mystery and crime. Enjoy.

    1. Happy New Year to you too…definitely a good read to start the year!

  17. You can’t go wrong with a favorite author. Happy New Year.

    1. That’s what I am hoping. Happy new year. X

  18. Looks good! Happy reading 🙂

    1. IT is…thanks for stopping by and have a good new year!

    2. It was…now to get to the review! Happy new year x

  19. Life always feels the need to get in the way, doesn’t it?
    I didn’t know this was a thing. I’ll have to remember it for next year. 🙂

    1. Always…
      Planning for 2017 – I like it!

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