Janet Evanovich's favorite reads of 2020

Vannessa Cronin on November 03, 2020
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Janet Evanovich's favorite reads of 2020

Janet Evanovich is the best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum series, including the latest, Fortune and Glory. All the gang are back: Grandma Mazur—now the widowed Mrs. Rosolli—Lula, Connie, Stephanie, and her two hot, sometime love-interests, Morelli and Ranger. Each of them has a part to play in helping Stephanie and Grandma retrieve the treasure hidden by Jimmy Rosolli, Grandma's late husband, and his mob buddies.

But there's competition: others are looking for the treasure, too, and they fight dirty. Are Stephanie's detection skills good enough to help her locate the treasure before anyone else does? One thing is for certain, as Stephanie has proved in over 27 novels: sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Evanovich is also the author of the Knight and Moon series, the Lizzy and Diesel series as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, Troublemaker, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author. And she's the co-author of the Fox and O'Hare series. You might well wonder where she finds the time to read. Luckily she does, and she told us about a few of her favorites of 2020.


Broken by Don Winslow

A remarkable collection of six short novellas from one of the most acclaimed authors in the world. Winslow, the author of three New York Times best books of the year, spends years researching his stories and it shows on every page. I first became a fan with Savages and I also loved his novels The Force and The Border. The Border is set to be a major FX television series next year.


The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

A haunting mystery from Irish author Dervla McTiernan that will have you turning pages late into the night. This is Gone Girl-level good writing. You are totally absorbed. I stayed up late into the night reading. It's the final book in a fantastic trilogy. Colin Farrell has the film rights.


The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Three dead bodies found dressed in black in a mansion on the Thames, a crying baby upstairs, and no one in sight. Creepy cult or something even more sinister? Unexpected and very twisted, this is a suspenseful story about three families that become entangled in a house of secrets.

Janet's final pick doesn't publish in the U.S. until December 2022, so doesn't yet have a jacket image to view. But here's what she has to say about the novel: "Two sisters on trial for murder. They accuse each other. Who do you believe? This is an incredible book! Cavanagh has become a major bestseller overseas and Fifty/Fifty is as good as Thirteen, his novel about a killer on a jury in a court case. If you love a great thriller, check out Steve Cavanagh's terrific books."

Author photo by Roland Scarpa

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