Dec 262018

Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2018

There were so many great books this year and many were classified as “Perfect Escapes” by me, but this list contains the books those that received a “Paradise Rating”, those that I enjoyed so much I thought they deserved more than 5 star-fish. 

They are in no particular order. 

Congratulations to all the authors!


Poppy Harmon Investigates (A Desert Flowers Mystery)
by Lee Hollis
My Review

Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook
My Review

The Face on the Other Side (Thomas O’Shea Mysteries)
by John Carenen
My Review

Deadly Payload (Rim Country Mysteries)
by Karen Randau
My Review

Seances Are for Suckers (An Eleanor Wilde Mystery)
by Tamara Berry
My Review

The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
by Leigh Perry
My Review

‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery
by Jacqueline Frost
My Review

Fields’ Guide to Abduction (The Poppy Fields Adventures Book 1)
by Julie Mulhern
My Review

Fields’ Guide to Assassins (The Poppy Fields Adventures Book 2)
by Julie Mulhern
My Review

Hitting the Books (A Library Lover’s Mystery)
by Jenn McKinlay
My Review

The Lacemaker’s Secret (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst
My Review

Portrait of a Sister
by Laura Bradford
My Review

Lethal in Old Lace: A Consignment Shop Mystery
by Duffy Brown

A Brush with Shadows (A Lady Darby Mystery)
by Anna Lee Huber
My Review

Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery
by Amanda Flower
My Review

Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink)
by Krista Davis
My Review

Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 1)
by Libby Klein
My Review

Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery Book 2)
by Libby Klein
My Review

Murder in the Locked Library (A Book Retreat Mystery)
by Ellery Adams
My Review

What were your favorite books this year? Please share them in the comment section below so we can all see them and add them to our wish lists!

Looking ahead to 2019, there are so making fantastic books being released. I have started by Book Recommendations List here. For 2019, I am trying to break them down by the week of release. I only have through February listed right now but will add more as time permits and Amazon links are available. 

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews, recommendations, and giveaways. It has been a pleasure to be your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent this year. I will start my 10th year of blogging about books on Monday. Be sure to come back for an amazing week of giveaways! 

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent


  2 Responses to “Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2018”

  1. I have Midnight Snacks are Murder & the Skeleton Makes a Friend on my personal list of best books. I think the sleepwalking is one of the most clever & unique plot devices ever. I bought myself Class Reunions are Murder for Christmas. But next on my list to read is Twas the Knife Before Christmas. I also gave Murder in the Crooked Eye Brewery & Santa Puppy 5 star reviews. I also really enjoyed Ain’t She a Peach, but it’s not a cozy. There is a bit of mystery, but its really a romantic comedy. There were a couple of other books I rated 5 stars, but they didn’t come out in 2018.
    Hope hubby is starting to feel better.

  2. Somehow I missed this. Thank you! Such an honor!

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