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 Child Finder Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062659057
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Published: Harper - September 5th, 2017

A strong contender for my favorite book of 2017! - McKenna


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He Said/She Said Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250113696
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 6th, 2017

"A tour de force - a gripping, twisting, furiously clever read that asks all the right questions, and keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved it." --Ruth Ware, bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10


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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062429025
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Published: Harper - May 9th, 2017

"A rollicking murder mystery. . . . a wildly entertaining romp. . . . Laugh? I died."--Vogue

The New York Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes takes us back to the decadent 1980s in this comic murder mystery set in the tony world of Oxford University.


The Last Place You Look: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250120519
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 13th, 2017

"Roxane is a wonderfully complex character...This is a remarkably accomplished debut mystery, with sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. Let's hope there are more Roxane Weary novels on the way."--Booklist (starred review)


The Vanishing Season: A Mystery Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250126047
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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.


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The Address Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524741990
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Published: Dutton Books - August 1st, 2017

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER

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.


Swiss Vendetta: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250109996
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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.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985366
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Published: Dutton Books - July 11th, 2017

THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

"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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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

"Brilliant....About as good as a thriller can be."--The New York Times Book Review

" A] nail-biter perfect for Room fans."--Cosmopolitan

"Sensationally good psychological suspense."--Lee Child


Mad Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985991
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Published: Dutton Books - June 13th, 2017

In this compulsively readable debut, set between London and Sicily over one blood-drenched week in the dead of summer, an identical twin reveals the crazy lies and twists she'll go through to not only steal her sister's perfect life, but to keep on living it.


In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper Cover Image
By Lawrence Block (Editor)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781681772455
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 6th, 2016

So says Lawrence Block, who has invited seventeen outstanding writers to join him in an unprecedented anthology of brand-new stories: In Sunlight or In Shadow. The results are remarkable and range across all genres, wedding literary excellence to storytelling savvy.


Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781681775616
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 5th, 2017

Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none came to mind who could equal Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper's place, how about a full palette of them?