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 2017 Top 10:
1. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
2. The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
3. UNSUB by Meg Gardiner
4. The Late Show by Michael Connelly
5. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
6. The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
7. Celine by Peter Heller
8. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
9. Burning Bright by Nick Petrie
10. The Address by Fiona Davis
11. The Dry by Jane Harper
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
In A Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes
The Child Finder is a beautifully told story of a woman, Naomi, who has spent her adult life looking for missing children and her own past. Madison Culver is one of those missing children. Madison has been missing three years and we get the story from her point of view; her life as an imagined fairy tale "Snow Girl." The Child Finder is a haunting tale of a little girl lost; the woman trying to find her in a landscape daunting at best. This book is one of the must-reads of the year! - Sally
An American ghost story, told from the ghost's point of view, both as a ghost and while she was alive. With both a past and present time-line, we learn about Emma Rose's life and the events that lead up to to her death and her determination not to leave the mansion she has lived in for a hundred years. Now, a ghost hunter has come to clear the house and Emma Rose is just as determined to stay there.
Not a conventional ghost story, The Last to See Me is a beautifully told tale of love and loss and missed chances. I missed her when I finished the book. I think you will as well.
The Last to See Me is in contention for my favorite book of the year! - Sally
A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.
An Amazon Best Book of 2017
A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017
#1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly introduces Renee Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD's toughest beat--the Late Show.
A dazzling new series, a pure adrenaline rush, debuts with Jane Hawk, a remarkable heroine certain to become an icon of suspense"I very much need to be dead."
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Jane Hawk--fiction's most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine--continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner."No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this."
From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense--the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.
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.
"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 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFiona 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.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up...You'll love her] sleight of hand...A secret on every page." --The New York Times
"'The Last Mrs. Parrish' by Liv Constantine will keep you up. In a 'can't put it down' way. It's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' with XX chromosomes."--The Skimm
A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time.