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
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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 Last Painting of Sara De Vos Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador USA - April 4th, 2017

It's no secret that I'm a art mystery fan... and I can't be happier in finding The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Set in Amsterdam-1631, New York City-1957 and Sydney-2000, this is the story of Sara de Vos, the first woman master painter to be admitted to the Guild of St. Luke. It's the story of a struggling art history student named Ellie Shipley who is researching  female painters of the Dutch Golden Age for her post grad dissertation. And it's the story of Marty de Groot, a wealthy NY lawyer who owns the only known surviving work of Sara de Vos. Following Sara's 1631 story to Ellie and Marty's 1957 story leads the reader to the Sydney 2000 story when now celebrated art historian and curator Ellie is preparing for an exhibition of female painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Beautifully written and intriguing from start to finish, I couldn't put this book's one of the best I've read this year (2016)! - Brenda

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ISBN: 9780062653956
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Published: Ecco Press - April 4th, 2017

Fast-paced and furious, Ragdoll ($27.99) is the debut novel from Daniel Cole. William "Wolf" Fawkes is a gritty, unconventional detective recently reinstated after a suspension for assaulting a suspect. Hoping for a big case...he gets it! A corpse, crudely stitched together from severed parts of 6 unknown victims soon becomes known as the Ragdoll. It's up to Fawkes, his partner Baxter and the Homicide team to solve the crime. The case becomes more complicated when the ex-wife journalist of Fawkes receives a packet of photos and a list of 6 names with dates of impending deaths. And, Fawkes is number 6. Gruesome and suspenseful, with a forceful won't be able to put this one down! - Brenda

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ISBN: 9781250118493
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Published: Picador USA - April 11th, 2017

1885 Austin, Texas.  Texas author Skip Hollandsworth has written a truly amazing account of the Midnight Assassin,  a serial killer who terrorized Austin years before Jack the Ripper did the same in London.  Could the killer by one and the same?  I was absolutely fascinated by this book.  Skip has thoroughly researched this killer and the killings...admittedly to obsession.  Photos, newspaper accounts and police reports bring the story to life.  It's true crime that reads like unbelievable story.  And, the Notes/Sources and Bibliography at the back of the book are well worth a read, too. - Brenda

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ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

My favorite read of 2016! I was intrigued by this book...from page 1. It's an unexpected gem!! - Brenda