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Books Reviewed in 2021:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
  2. Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  3. As Far as You'll Take Me by Phil Stamper
  4. Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders
  5. Best Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
  6. Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans
  7. The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
  8. Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross! by Rosemary Mosco and Jacob Souva (Illustrations)
  9. Checking Out Crime by Laurie Cass
  10. Chickens on the Loose by Jane Kurtz and John Joseph (Illustrations)
  11. Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
  12. Common Bonds edited by Claudie Arseneault
  13. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
  14. Crow by Candace Robinson and Amber R Duell
  15. A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany
  16. Dark Waters by Katherine Arden
  17. Darling by K. Ancrum
  18. Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia and Shayna Small (Narrator)
  19. A Deadly Chapter by Essie Lang
  20. A Deadly Deletion by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (Narrator)
  21. Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates
  22. Death Gone A-Rye by Winnie Archer
  23. Delivery to the Lost City by P.G. Bell
  24. Double or Muffin by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (Narrator)
  25. Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower
  26. Fatal Fried Rice by Vivien Chien
  27. Float Plan by Trish Doller
  28. Furbidden Fatality by Deborah Blake
  29. A Game of Cones by Abby Collette and Joell Jacob (narrator)
  30. Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People by Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara (Illustrations)
  31. Gideon Falls, Volume 6: The End by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino
  32. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
  33. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
  34. The Hedgehog of Oz by Cory Leonardo
  35. A Hex for Danger by Esme Addison and Emily Durante (Narrator)
  36. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
  37. I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani (Illustrator)
  38. I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
  39. The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari
  40. Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani
  41. Like Home by Louisa Onomé
  42. Little Black Book by Kate Carlisle
  43. Long Island Iced Tina by Maria DiRico
  44. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
  45. Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman and Sean Chiki (Illustrations)
  46. Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes and Frankie Corzo (narrator)
  47. Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly
  48. The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
  49. Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon (Illustrations)
  50. Mulled to Death by Kate Lansing and Brooke Hoover (Narrator)
  51. Murder 101 by Lynn Cahoon
  52. Murder in a Teacup by Vicki Delany
  53. Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews
  54. Muted by Tami Charles
  55. Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith
  56. Oddity by Eli Brown and Karin Rytter (illustrator)
  57. Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon (Illustrations)
  58. The Old Boat by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
  59. One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon
  60. 1, 2, 3 Salish Sea: a Pacific Northwest Counting Book by Nikki McClure
  61. Ozma by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
  62. A Pairing to Die for by Kate Lansing
  63. Paladin's Hope by T. Kingfisher
  64. Paladin's Strength by T. Kingfisher
  65. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
  66. A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching by Rosemary Mosco
  67. Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin (Illustrations)
  68. The Raconteur's Commonplace Book by Kate Milford
  69. Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
  70. Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis
  71. Sabrina: Something Wicked by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish (illustrator)
  72. Samantha Spinner and the Perplexing Pants by Russell Ginns
  73. The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja (Artist)
  74. A Side of Murder by Amy Pershing
  75. Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  76. Speculative Los Angeles edited by Denise Hamilton
  77. Stargazer by Anne Hillerman
  78. Stella's Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises
  79. Tea & Treachery by Vicki Delany
  80. Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo (Illustrator)
  81. There's a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers
  82. These Unlucky Stars by Gillian McDunn
  83. Thor & Loki: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru
  84. Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
  85. Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau
  86. Trouble in the Stars by Sarah Prineas
  87. Two Wicked Desserts by Lynn Cahoon
  88. Unplugged by Gordon Korman
  89. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
  90. What the Cat Dragged In by Miranda James
  91. Wicked Things by John Allison and Max Sarin (Illustrations)
  92. The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad
  93. The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
  94. Yokohama Station SF by Yuba Isukari


  1. Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  2. Ascender, Volume 3: The Digital Mage by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  3. The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley
  4. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  5. Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen
  6. The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling
  7. Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook
  8. Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon
  9. To Coach a Killer by Victoria Laurie
  10. A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert
  11. Death by French Roast by Alex Erickson
  12. Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
  13. Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
  14. Gideon Falls, Volume 4: The Pentoculus by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
  15. Gideon Falls, Volume 5: Wicked Worlds by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
  16. Hatch by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amoss (Narrator)
  17. Hide and Seek by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
  18. How to Make a Bird by Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
  19. Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz
  20. Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing
  21. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  22. Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
  23. The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason and Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator)
  24. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  25. Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
  26. Muffled by Jennifer Gennari
  27. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova
  28. On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young and Dina Pearlman (Narrator)
  29. One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
  30. Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
  31. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
  32. Read or Alive by Nora Page
  33. Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball by Russell Ginns
  34. Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee
  35. Smash It! by Francina Simone
  36. A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison and Emily Durante (Narrator)
  37. Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
  38. A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong
  39. A Study in Murder by Callie Hutton and Rosie Akerman (Narrator)
  40. Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem (illustrator)
  41. These Violent Delights by by Chloe Gong
  42. This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling
  43. This Spell Can't Last by Isabel SterlingDelights by Chloe Gong
  44. Tin by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
  45. To Know You're Alive by Dakota McFadzean
  46. Turning Point by Paula Chase
  47. Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright
  48. Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
  49. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart
  50. War Stories by Gordon Korman
  51. Well Played by Jen DeLuca
  52. Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates
  53. The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen


  1. All For One by Melissa de la Cruz (2019)
  2. Belly Up by Eva Darrows (2019)
  3. Birds by the Shore by Jennifer Ackerman (2019)
  4. Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot and Cara McGee (2019)
  5. Blastaway by Melissa Landers (2019)
  6. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook (2019)
  7. Coached to Death by Victoria Laurie and Rachel Dulude (Narrator) (2019)
  8. Cookies and Clairvoyance by Bailey Cates (2019)
  9. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 7 by Ryoko Kui (2019)
  10. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 8 by Ryoko Kui (2019)
  11. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator) (2019)
  12. Dough Boys by Paula Chase (2019)
  13. Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry (2019)
  14. Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett (2019)
  15. The House of Brides by Jane Cockram (2019)
  16. Jackpot by Nic Stone (2019)
  17. Just Because by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator) (2019)
  18. The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess (2019)
  19. The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick (2019)
  20. Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (2019)
  21. Montauk by Nicola Harrison (2019)
  22. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Illustrator) (2019)
  23. More to the Story by Hena Khan (2019)
  24. Muffin But Trouble by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (Narrator) (2019)
  25. Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (narrator) (2019)
  26. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (2019)
  27. The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (2019)
  28. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay (2019)
  29. Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall (2019)
  30. Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs by Russell Ginns (2019)
  31. Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson (2019)
  32. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  33. Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (2019)
  34. The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O'Neill (2019)
  35. The Tell Tail Heart by Cate Conte (2019)
  36. Those People by Louise Candlish (2019)
  37. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (2019)
  38. This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews (2019)
  39. Well Met by Jen DeLuca (2019)
  40. Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day (2018)
  41. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 6 by Ryoko Kui (2018)
  42. In Your Shoes by Donna Gephart
  43. Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
  44. The Library Book by Susan Orlean (2018)
  45. Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron (2018)
  46. My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn (2018)
  47. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (2018)
  48. A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield (2018)
  49. Purrder She Wrote by Cate Conte (2018)
  50. Read and Gone by Allison Brook (2018)
  51. Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Ginns (2018)
  52. Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye (2018)
  53. Swordheart by T. Kingfisher (2018)
  54. A Witch's Printing Office, Volume 2 by Mochinchi and Yasuhiro Miyama
  55. Wondercat Kyuu-Chan Volume 1 by Sasami Nitori (2018)
  56. Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett, Gayle Leeson and Jorjeana Marie (narrator) (2018)
  57. A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron (2017)
  58. Cat About Town by Cate Conte and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator) (2017)
  59. Death Overdue by Allison Brook (2017)
  60. Feast by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller (2017)
  61. Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari (2017)
  62. The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates (2017)
  63. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Volume 1 by Sumito Oowara (2017)
  64. Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke (2017)
  65. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 3 by Ryōsuke Takeuch (2017)
  66. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 2 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (2017)
  67. Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates (2017)
  68. Restaurant to Another World Volume 4 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations) (2017)
  69. Santa's Husband by Daniel Kibblesmith and A.P. Quach (2017)
  70. Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older (2017)
  71. The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill (2017)
  72. When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day and Laural Merlington (Narrator) (2017)
  73. Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron (2016)
  74. Dead, Bath, and Beyond by Lorraine Bartlett and Laurie Cass (Narrator) (2016)
  75. Hearse and Gardens by Kathleen Bridge and Vanessa Daniels (Narrator) (2016)
  76. Grilled for Murder by Maddie Day (2016)
  77. March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Illustrator) (2016)
  78. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 1 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (2016)
  79. Much Ado About Muffin by Victoria Hamilton (2016)
  80. Restaurant to Another World Volume 3 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (2016)
  81. Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates and Amy Rubinate (Narrator) (2016)
  82. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham (2016)
  83. The White Cat's Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King's Lap: Volume 1 by Kureha (2016)
  84. Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge (2015)
  85. Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton (2015)
  86. Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day (2015)
  87. Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates (2015)
  88. Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron (2015)
  89. Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella (2015)
  90. To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel (2015)
  91. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (2014)
  92. A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle (2014)
  93. House of Cards by Michael Dobbs (2014)
  94. Muffin But Murder by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  95. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (2014)
  96. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson (2014)
  97. Sugar and Iced by Jenn McKinlay (2014)
  98. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella (2014)
  99. When Fairies Go Bad by Ursula Vernon (2014)
  100. Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly and Cassandra Campbell (Narrator) (2013)
  101. Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (2013)
  102. Going, Going, Ganache by Jenn McKinlay (2013)
  103. The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy (2013)
  104. One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett (2013)
  105. Nothing O'Clock by Neil Gaiman (2013)
  106. Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead (2013)
  107. Spore by Alex Scarrow (2013)
  108. An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette (2012)
  109. Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly (2012)
  110. Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, Volume 2 by Hinowa Kouzuki (2012)
  111. Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Volume 3 by Hinowa Kouzuki and Waka Miyama (Illustrator) (2012)
  112. Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont (2012)
  113. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2012)
  114. Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay (2012)
  115. Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon (2012)
  116. Stray Bullets by Robert Rotenberg (2012)
  117. Toured to Death by Hy Conrad (2012)
  118. The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett (2012)
  119. Among the Departed by Vicki Delany (2011)
  120. Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  121. Cloaked by Alex Flinn (2011)
  122. A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett (2011)
  123. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly (2011)
  124. Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  125. No Such Thing as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon (2011)
  126. Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly (2011)
  127. Cut to the Corpse by Lucy Lawrence (2010)
  128. Deadly Daggers by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (2010)
  129. Lips Unsealed by Belinda Carlisle (2010)
  130. Negative Image by Vicki Delany (2010)
  131. Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay (2010)


  1. Red Bones by Ann Cleeves (2009)
  2. Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation by Doug Lansky (2009)
  3. Stuck on Murder by Lucy Lawrence (2009)
  4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (2009)
  5. Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany (2009)
  6. The Ghost and the Femme Fatale by Alice Kimberly (2008)
  7. State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (2008)
  8. White Nights by Ann Cleeves (2008)
  9. Wicked Weaves by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (2008)
  10. Rockridge by Robin Wolf and Tom Wolf (2007)
  11. The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library by Alice Kimberly (2006)
  12. The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly (2005)
  13. A Dilly of a Death by Susan Wittig Albert (2004)
  14. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly (2004)
  15. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (2003)
  16. Death Gets a Time-Out by Ayelet Waldman (2003)
  17. Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert (2003)
  18. The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson (2003)
  19. Made You Look by Diane Roberts (2003)
  20. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (re-read) (2003)
  21. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2003)
  22. Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert (2002)
  23. A Playdate With Death by Ayelet Waldman (2002)
  24. The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman (2001)
  25. Friendship Cake by Lynne Hinton (2000)
  26. Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert (2000)


  1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris (1999)
  2. Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah (1996)
  3. Tippy Toe Murder by Leslie Meier (1994)
  4. How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier (1991)
  5. Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier (1991)
  6. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett (1991)
  7. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (1990)


  1. The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (1986)
  2. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984)
  3. Marmalade's Nap by Cindy Wheeler (1983)
  4. Audubon Cat by Mary Calhoun and Susan Bonners (1981)
  5. Hearts by Hilma Wolitzer (1980)


  1. Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters (1976)
  2. Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin (1976)


  1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)
  2. This is Munich by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  3. This Is Venice by Miroslav Sasek (1961)


  1. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959)
  2. Lullaby For Eggs: A Poem by Betty Bridgman and Elizabeth Orton Jones (1955)


  1. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller (1945)



  1. The Hound of Florence by Felix Salten (1923)


  1. The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1915)
  2. Sky Island by L. Frank Baum (1912)


  1. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome (1900)


  1. Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung (1898)
  2. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)

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