See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests
Blackstock, Terri. Truth Stained Lies. Zondervan. (Moonlighter, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780310283133. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780310289333.
Fan favorite Blackstock launches another suspenseful series with a crime blogger determined to prove her brother innocent of murder. “Crisp prose, an engaging story, and brisk pacing make this thriller another home run.” (LJ 2/15/13)
Carr, Patrick W. A Cast of Stones. Bethany. (Staff & the Sword, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780764210433. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781441261021.
A drunkard, a priest, and their companions flee assassins as the medieval fantasy world they inhabit faces opposition to the ascension of a new king. This series debut by a promising CF author is a winner. (LJ 2/15/13)
Holmes, Gina. Wings of Glass. Tyndale House. ISBN 9781414366418. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781414381923.
A girl marries for true love, but her Prince Charming turns into an abusive beast. Holmes’s novel “deftly [portrays] an abusive relationship in a way that will help readers understand why battered women don’t immediately leave their abusers.” (LJ 2/15/13)
Lee, Tosca. Iscariot: A Novel of Judas. Howard: S.& S. ISBN 9781451683769. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9781451683943.
With a fresh, sympathetic reinterpretation of a familiar biblical character, Lee steps out of coauthor Ted Dekker’s shadow to examine Judas Iscariot’s life from childhood through his years as a disciple and to his fateful decision to betray Jesus and its aftermath. (LJ 2/15/13)
Petersheim, Jolina. The Outcast. Tyndale House. ISBN 9781414379340. pap. $13.99; ebk. ISBN 9781414386058.
When a single woman in an Old Order Mennonite community becomes pregnant, she is shunned for keeping the father’s name secret. Petersheim makes an outstanding debut with this original and inspirational retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. (LJ 6/15/13)