Brenda's Staff Picks

Brenda Jordan at Murder By The Book since 2009

Brenda's "Claim to Fame" is she is McKenna's mother. Some of Brenda's favorite authors: Martin Walker, Alan Bradley, Kate Morton, Jacqueline Winspear, Louise Penny, Daniel Silva, Charles Todd, Anne Zouroudi, and Ariana Franklin

Brenda's 2017 Top Ten:

1. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
2. The Dry by Jane Harper
3. I Found You by Lisa Jewel 
4. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne 
5. Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
6. Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson (out 12/5) 
7. He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly
8. The Birdwatcher by William Shaw
9. The Address by Fiona Davis 
10. House of Spies by Daniel Silva 

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ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

"Magpie Murders is a double puzzle for puzzle fans, who don't often get the classicism they want from contemporary thrillers." --Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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ISBN: 9781250105608
Availability: Backordered
Published: Flatiron Books - January 10th, 2017

"A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up...You'll love her] sleight of hand...A secret on every page." --The New York Times

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ISBN: 9781501154591
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Published: Atria Books - April 25th, 2017

"Readers of Liane Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Ruth Ware will love." --Library Journal (starred review)

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ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017


"Brilliant....About as good as a thriller can be."--The New York Times Book Review

" A] nail-biter perfect for Room fans."--Cosmopolitan

"Sensationally good psychological suspense."--Lee Child

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ISBN: 9781250103444
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 5th, 2017

Sharon Bolton's latest book- Dead Woman Walking - is an action-packed thriller. Known for her twists and turns, Bolton doesn't disappoint with this one. An early morning hot air balloon ride is Jessica's birthday surprise for her sister. But as the balloon floats above the desolate Scottish border, 12 passengers see below them a young woman running from a man. He not only catches her, but bashes her head with a rock. Then, he hears and sees the balloon...and realizes all eyes are on him. What a beginning! Pick up a copy. Fast and furious, you won't want to put this one down! - Brenda

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ISBN: 9781250096098
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 5th, 2017

Chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

Ari Thor Arason is a local policeman who has an uneasy relationship with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland--where no one locks their doors.

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ISBN: 9781250113696
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 6th, 2017

"A tour de force - a gripping, twisting, furiously clever read that asks all the right questions, and keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved it." --Ruth Ware, bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

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ISBN: 9780316316248
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Published: Mulholland Books - June 27th, 2017

Police Sergeant William South has a good reason to shy away from murder investigations: he is a murderer himself.
**Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

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ISBN: 9781524741990
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Published: Dutton Books - August 1st, 2017


Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota--New York City's most famous residence.

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ISBN: 9780062354341
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Published: Harper - July 11th, 2017

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

#1 NYT Bestseller

#1 USA Bestseller

#1 WSJ Bestseller