McKenna's Staff Picks

McKenna Jordan, Store Owner at Murder By The Book since 2003

McKenna has her Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's in Violin Performance from University of Houston. She's owned Murder By The Book since January 2009.

Some of McKenna's favorite authors; Megan Abbott, Cara Black, Ken Bruen, Kerry Greenwood, Charlaine Harris, Carolyn Haines, Peter Lovesey, Daniel Silva, Jacqueline Winspear.

McKenna's 2017 Top 10 

1. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
2. He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly
3. Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes
4. The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
5. The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen (out 12/5)
6. The Address by Fiona Davis 
7. Swiss Vendetta by Tracee De Hahn  (signing 2/20)
8. Final Girls by Riley Sager 
9. The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne 
10. Mad by Chloe Esposito

Highly recommended collections:  
both edited by Lawrence Block

In Sunlight and In Shadow 
Alive in Shape and Color (out 12/5)

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The Mitford Murders: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250170781
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - January 23rd, 2018

"A real murder, a real family and a brand new crime fiction heroine are woven together to make a fascinating, and highly enjoyable, read. I loved it."
--Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of Downton Abbey and Belgravia


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Ultraluminous Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374279660
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux - December 5th, 2017

One of The New Yorker's "Books We Loved in 2017," a BOMB's Looking Back on 2017: Literature Selection, and one of Vulture's 10 Best Thriller Books of 2017.

Girlfriend. Prostitute. Addict. Terrorist? Who is K?


The Vanishing Season: A Mystery Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250126047
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - December 5th, 2017

Winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition, Joanna Schaffhausen's accomplished debut The Vanishing Season will grip readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.


A Well-Timed Murder: An Agnes Luthi Mystery (Agnes Luthi Mysteries #2) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250110015
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 6th, 2018

"A true page turner...I found the plot fascinating, and de Hahn builds the tension and suspense perfectly to a satisfying conclusion. I was left wanting to read more about Agnes, and I am looking forward to her next adventure "--Charles Todd on Swiss Vendetta


Heather, the Totality Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316435314
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

The explosive debut novel - about family, power and privilege - from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men.
Named a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year


Swiss Vendetta: A Mystery (Agnes Luthi Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250109996
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - February 7th, 2017

Swiss Vendetta, Tracee de Hahn's mesmerizing debut, is an emotionally complex, brilliantly plotted mystery set against the beautiful but harsh backdrop of a Swiss winter.