1. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman - as normal, my favorite book of the year was historical fiction. Two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews were trapped on the mountain of Masada by Roman forces and ultimately, massacred. This book tells the story of four, strong Jewish women who came to Masada for different reasons and meet as dovekeepers on the mountain. Fabulous characters and a spell-binding story makes this a must-read.
3. The Faith Club by Rany Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner - The subtitle says it all - A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew - Three Women Search for Understanding. I not only gained knowledge about the Muslim and Jewish faiths through the exploration of these three women, I also gained a much better understanding of my own Christian faith.
8. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. Set in an unknown future date, the American criminal justice system has become so overburdened that criminals are chromed with viruses to denote their crime by the color of their skin and released into society. The laws passed by the far Right have made abortion a crime worthy of chroming, as Hannah discovers when she wakes to find her skin red.
From the acknowledgements in Criminal, I discovered another crime writer - NYC Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Sex Crimes unit, Linda Fairstein. Fairstein's first book, Final Jeopardy, was published in 1997 and features a protagonist based on Fairstein's own professional life. I've read four of her books now, starting at the beginning of the series, and would recommend them to anyone who likes crime fiction!