John's Staff Picks

John Kwiatkowski, Event Coordinator at Murder By The Book since 2010

In previous career incarnations, John has sold model and toy trains, and been a barista.  Prior to joining the Murder By The Book team he managed one of the local chain bookstores.  When his nose isn't in a book he loves going to concerts, seeing musicals, going to Las Vegas, and spending afternoons in Hermann Park.

John's favorite authors include: Arturo Perez-Reverte, Tasha Alexander, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Daphne Du Maurier, Wilkie Collins, Jacqueline Susann, Victoria Laurie, Mary Kay Andrews, Beatriz Williams, and Jon Steele.

John's 2017 Top 10:

1. I Found You by Lisa Jewell 
2. The Book of Dust Vol. 1 by Philip Pullman
3. Final Girls by Riley Sager 
4. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
5. Death In St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander (signing 1/17)
6. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
7. The Address by Fiona Davis 
8. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
9. Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander
10. The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack 

Discovery of the Year - Mary Kay Andrews

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I Found You Cover Image
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)

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017


"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." --The Washington Post

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ISBN: 9781101985366
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Published: Dutton Books - July 11th, 2017


"The first great thriller of 2017 is here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this."--Stephen King

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ISBN: 9781477848661
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - July 1st, 2017

An Amazon Charts and USA Today bestseller.

Gina Royal is the definition of average--a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband's secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor--the ultimate warrior mom.

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Death in St. Petersburg: A Lady Emily Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250058287
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 10th, 2017

Colin's work has brought him to Russia. A night at the ballet with Emily comes to an abrupt end when a ballerina is found dead outside the theater. Emily is asked to look into the murder by an aristocrat. As always, you can tell that Tasha Alexander falls in love with a place when she writes about it. The passages about the history of ballet are beautifully written. And long time readers of the series will be pleased at the appearance of a certain thief. - John

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ISBN: 9780062667571
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Published: Harper - October 17th, 2017

Amber thinks she deserves Daphne's life, and she will stop at nothing to get it. Will she get it? Will her past catch up with her? It's inevitable that this book is going to get the Girl book comparisons (Gone GirlThe Girl on the Train), and they're wrong. There's no unreliable narrator here. It's The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Big Little Lies. I couldn't put it down. It's bonkers and delicious. It's been a while since I had this much fun reading a book. - John

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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: 9781501137471
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 10th, 2017

Prequels can be tricky, especially when it involves characters that are as beloved as the aunts from Practical Magic. This book was everything I wanted it to be. Hoffman's prose is effortless. The book is hopeful, sad, and just beautiful. The Rules of Magic ($27.99) stands on its own, and readers will fall in love with the Owens sisters all over again. TheRules of Magic is an unexpected treat. - John

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ISBN: 9781250108630
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 3rd, 2017

After discovering her husband in the arms of another woman, Sloan leaves the family business to work for a new brewery in town. Did I mention that every building in town looks like it belongs in the German mountains, and the town is known as Beervaria? When Sloan's ex is accused of murder, it's up to her to clear his name. I wasn't sure that beer brewing was something I cared about when I started Death on Tap, but the characters immediately sold me. It's just quirky enough, but not enough to be silly. Which is exactly what I love in my cozies. I love when they walk that line of whimsy. Highly recommended by John! 

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ISBN: 9781250099778
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Published: Picador USA - June 6th, 2017


From the award-winning author of The Memory Painter comes a sweeping and suspenseful tale of romance, fate, and fortune.