Sally's Staff Picks

Sally Woods at Murder By The Book since 2011

Sally has been in the bookselling biz for almost 20 years.  She comes to MBTB via various Houston indie bookstores.  She did have a life prior to bookstores, but that seems long ago.  She is also somewhat new to the mystery genre and is learning about new authors all the time.

Some her favorite authors include: Stephen King, John Sandford, Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, Kevin Brockmeier, Dan Chaon, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates (especially the short stories), Margaret Atwood, and newly discovered Louise Penny.  

Sally's 2016 Top 10:

1. The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood
2. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
3. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
4. The One Man by Andrew Gross
5. Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell
6. The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
7. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
8. The After Party by Anton DiSclafani
9. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
10. Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

Short stories:
The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. James
Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

Burning Bright Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735215375
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 2nd, 2017

"LOTS OF CHARACTERS GET COMPARED TO MY OWN JACK REACHER, BUT PETRIE'S PETER ASH IS THE REAL DEAL."--Lee Child

*An Entertainment Weekly Must List Pick


The Second Girl Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316264198
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - April 4th, 2017

He's a good detective...with a bad habit.
One of the best crime novels of 2016 - The New York Times Book Review, Booklist


Ararat Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250117052
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 18th, 2017

Fans of Dan Simmons THE TERROR will love ARARAT, the thrilling tale of an adventure that goes awry. When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah's Ark.


Into the Water Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735211209
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

Signed copies available


The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

From the bestselling author of the MaddAddam trilogy, here is the #1 New York Times bestseller and seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning author.

Now a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes. Includes a new introduction by Margaret Atwood.