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 2016 Top Ten:

1.  A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
2.  Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi
3.  The Last Painting of Sara DeVos by Dominic Smith
4.  Black Widow by Daniel Silva
5.  Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker
6.  Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
7.  What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte
8.  The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
9.  The Woman In Blue by Elly Griffiths
10. Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

Find of the Year:  Fred Vargas series

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I Found You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154591
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - April 25th, 2017

From the author of Girls in the Garden comes Jewell's new book - I Found You ($26)What a read! Perfect for a quiet afternoon... you won't want to put it down. One woman, living in a seaside town in England, finds a man sitting on the beach. He doesn't know who he is, where he's from, where's he's going or why he's there. Meanwhile, in London, a new immigrant bride contacts police when her husband of 3 weeks doesn't come home from work. Alternating between stories, this page-turner will keep youentertained. John also read I Found You... and loved it too. - Brenda

Lisa Jewell will sign at MBTB on Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. This will be her first US tour!

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The Little French Bistro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451495587
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 13th, 2017

 From the author of The Little Paris Bookshop comes The Little French Bistro. 

Unhappily married for most of 41 years, Marianne has finally reached her limit.  While on a guided tour of Paris, she leaves the group and finds herself at the Seine.  Determined to end it all, Marianne jumps... only to be rescued by a homeless man. With her suicide thwarted, Marianne decides she'll go to the "end of the earth" - Brittany.  And, that's where Marianne finds "life begins".  A perfect summer read! - Brenda

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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Psychological suspense at it's best!  This is Helena's story to tell, as she says frequently. It's the story of her mother's abduction, Helena's birth two years later, their lives in the most remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan, their eventual escape, and their lives after they integrate into society. I could not put this book down!  Eerie, cruel, gut-wrenching, brutal and's all that and more! - Brenda

Karen Dionne will sign at MBTB on Tuesday, June 20th

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The Templars' Last Secret: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946800
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 13th, 2017

A woman's body is found at the base of a cliff below a Knights Templar stronghold. The location draws archaeologists and scholars who investigate the maze of caves beneath the stronghold. It appears the woman was searching for an religious artifact that has Middle Eastern significance.  And when she is determined to have Islamic ties, Bruno feels the pressure to solve the age-old mystery of the site, the caves beneath it, and her death.

Tenth in the series, Walker continues to enchant us with Bruno's life in St. Denis. Just in time for summer, be sure to pick up a copy of The Templar's Last Secret! - Brenda

Signed copies available late June.

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He Said/She Said Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250113696
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 6th, 2017