Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1. "Death Comes to Pemberley," by P.D. James. The characters of "Pride and Prejudice" are drawn into a tale of murder and mystery.
2. "Believing the Lie," by Elizabeth George. A mysterious death by drowning reveals secrets and lies in the wealthy Fairclough family.
3. "The Sense of an Ending," by Julian Barnes. A middle-aged retiree re-evaluates his mediocre existence.
4. "The Marriage Plot," by Jeffrey Eugenides. A love triangle among Ivy League graduates.
5. "The Jaguar," by T. Jefferson Parker. A drug lord kidnaps a songwriter, forcing her to write a ballad of his exploits.
6. "Rules of Civility," by Amor Towles. A year in the social life of three twentysomethings set in jazz-age New York City.
7. "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," by Stieg Larsson. The final book of the "Millennium Trilogy" has Lisbeth Salander in peril.
8. "11/22/63," by Stephen King. A man goes back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
9. "The Orphan Master's Son," by Adam Johnson. A young soldier-turned-kidnapper navigates treacherous North Korea.
10. "State of Wonder," by Ann Patchett. An atmospheric tale of two medical researchers and the many shades of truth they find in the Amazon.
1. "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson. A portrait of the late Apple visionary as revealed by those in his inner circle.
2. "Killing Lincoln," by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The dramatic events in spring 1865 leading to the Lincoln assassination.
3. "Thinking Fast and Slow," by Daniel Kahneman. Trusting our intuition in business and personal decisions.
4. "Elizabeth the Queen," by Sally Bedell Smith. New interviews with the Queen's relatives and friends uncover hidden layers of the monarch.
5. "The Obamas," by Jodi Kantor. A look at the first couple's arrival in the White House and their struggles to adapt to Washington.
6. "American Sniper," by Chris Kyle, et al. The battlefield experiences of the Navy SEAL with the most kills in U.S. military history.
7. "In the Garden of Beasts," by Erik Larson. Complex ties between the U.S. ambassador's family and the Nazi elite in 1930s Berlin.
8. "Taking People With You," by David Novak. How getting employees to work together will lead to success in business.
9. "Then Again," by Diane Keaton. Musings in a memoir filled with motherhood, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino and more.
10. "Through My Eyes," by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker. The Denver Bronco's quarterback reveals how his faith and family values have defied convention.