We've picked 20 of our favorite reads, and they're 20% off for the month of February!
A couple of years ago, I was wandering looking for something to read (like I don't have enough already) and McKenna handed me Blacklands. Now, I would like to hand it to you to read, you'll be back for more of her books! - Sally
Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name.
One of my all-time favorite books! Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book restorer, is offered the job of restoring the Sarajevo Haggadah, an ancient Jewish illustrated volume. The year is 1996, and as Hanna begins the tedious process of loosening the binding, she finds several tiny artifacts -- wine stains, a white hair, an insect wing fragment and salt crystals. What's the story of each?
This is where Geraldine Brooks shines. She expertly takes us back in time to each restoration of the Haggadah...where at each a tiny artifact finds its way into the binding of the Haggadah. Based on a true event, Brooks has written an amazing historical novel. My highest recommendation! - Brenda
Reading this, I felt like I spent two weeks inside the most extravagent opera, and I loved every second of it. - John
City of Dark Magic is a fun read with old castles, mysterious drugs, family secrets, Beethoven, a 400 year old dwarf, conspiracies, and a little romance thrown in. - John (also highly recommended by McKenna!).
Don't miss Meg Howrey (half of Magnus Flyte) signing on 3/20!
Anna is a phd student doing work on the origins of birds when her thesis adviser is found dead with a copy of her thesis in his lap. Days later, another scholar is found dead and Anna is the only link. Full of mysterious parasites, severed tongues, and academic intrigue, The Dinosaur Feather is one of a kind. - Sam (also highly recommended by McKenna!)
A demented Dead Poets Society. The ghosts of the past haunt St Oswalds Boys School, and the new headmaster is one of those ghosts. A diabolically good read. - Sam
Isiah Quintabe - IQ - is the high school dropout, Sherlock Holmes of crime ridden East Long Beach. Don't miss this debut, Ide is going to be a major force in crime for years to come. - Sam
As richly complex and brutal as the terrain it depicts, here is the mesmerizing, darkly original novel that heralded the arrival of Dennis Lehane, the master of the new noir and introduced Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, his smart and tough private investigators weaned on the blue-collar streets of Dorchester.
After tearing my way through Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope series, I was curious about Bletchley Park and codebreaking. I was immediately fascinated by how the recruits came from all aspects of society and were not just mathematicians. McKay throws the reader into daily life and covers all aspects of what happened at Bletchley. This non-fiction read is a great companion to any WWII mystery! - John (also recommended by Sally!)
A group of women buy a beloved bookstore in Scotland, and quickly find themselves trying to solve the murder of a local reporter. A charming read, perfect for fans of Sheila Connolly's County Cork mysteries. - John
Two mathematicians must join forces to stop a serial killer in this spellbinding international bestseller
A favorite of mine for many years. Not really a mystery,it's a wonderful and intoxicating read about a piano tuner who has never traveled and has to go to Burma to tune a piano for an eccentric British officer in 1886. - Sally
Part historical, part legal thriller. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, this book is about the invention of electricity and the bloody battle (both literally and legally) that followed. From the author of The Imitation Game. - Sam
Tobias, newly released from prison after serving 10 years for the disappearance of two teenagers from his town, has come home. Although he was convicted, Tobias was drunk the night the girls went missing and doesn't know for sure if he was involved in their disappearance. Newly home, another girl goes missing...has Tobias committed another crime? Residents of the village are quick to blame Tobias, but police officers Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein need to find the truth...and, the missing girl. - Brenda
Very atmospheric, bleak and well-written, pick up a copy of The Blood Strand...it's a good read! - Brenda
The first John March book. March is a high finance guy turned rural sheriff who finds himself dragged back into the seedy world of white collar corruption. One of my favorite P.I. thrillers of all time! - Sam
Still Missing is Chevy Stevens debut.Told from the point of view of a women who was kidnapped and managed to escape, it's a fascinating take on the abducted woman story. For fans of Laura Lippman. Excellent read. She's coming to MBTB on March 15th for her latest book! - Sally
An excellent medieval mystery about a young man whose life takes an unexpected turn and then a young woman is found brutally murdered on his land. Excellent plot, well written and is the start of a series! - Sally
Stella Darnell, daughter of Detective Chief Inspector Superintendent Darnell, begins the process of clearing out her dad's house after his death and comes across a 30-year-old case file. Thinking she will just read through his notes and shred the whole file, Stella soon knows she has to solve this case...the one that haunted her dad for 30 years. A complex story with dark characters, I am looking forward to the next episode from Thomson. Perfect for Peter James and M. J. Arlidge fans! - Brenda