The Secret Room – Sandra Block

Zoe Goldman is working as a psychiatry fellow at the local correctional facility, spending her days tending to the mental health of the prisoners, ignoring the catcalls, spit and threats from the cells, and attempting to get her coin-obsessed supervisor Dr “Nowhere” to actually give her any feedback on her patients.

Sleep Tight – Caroline Mitchell

I rather enjoy a good mystery, especially police procedurals. The difference between a good mystery and a not-so-good one usually depends on whether it ticks certain boxes.

Paper and Fire – Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire is the second book in Rachel Caine’s The Great Library series. The story is set in an alternate timeline where the Great Library of Alexandria never burned down, and has become the world’s greatest power…

March: Book One – John Lewis

Because I’m not from the United States, I hadn’t heard of John Lewis before this year, when then-president-elect Donald Trump accused him of being “all talk” after Lewis asserted that Trump was an “illegitimate” president…

The Awkward Squad – Sophie Hénaff

After a 6-month suspension from her role as an up-and-coming police officer after having fired “one bullet too many”, Anne Capestan is relieved to discover she still has a job to return to…

Burned (Alex Verus #7) – Benedict Jacka 

Diviner Alex Verus gets an early-morning call from Talisid (the Mage spymaster for whom Alex has been doing some work on the side). Levistus, the Light Council member he pissed off in the last book (well, over the last few books to be more precise) has passed an order for his execution, to be carried out in seven days.

Year of No Clutter – Eve Schaub 

There’s a spectrum of books about decluttering: on the one end you have Marie Kondo, famed organizer, who seems like she’s never left a sock in her makeup drawer in her life. And then there’s Eve Schlaub, who has a Hell Room.

Uprooted – Naomi Novik

I am shamefully late to the Uprooted party, which is my own damn fault. I found out about this story during the Goodreads choice awards – it was a nominee – and subsequently realized it had won both a Hugo and a Nebula award. I had very good intentions to read it right away!

The Hanging Tree – Ben Aaronovitch

PC Peter Grant would be the first to tell you that being a member of The Folly – the department of the London police dedicated to investigating crimes of a magical nature – involves rather little glamour (and glamours) and much more hard graft and paperwork (and practising the fundamentals of spellwork).