Independent Bookstore Day

 
 

Join us for Murder By The Book Recommends at 1 p.m. Each staff member will take turns discussing some of their favorite recent releases as well as a favorite bookseller gem! We are planning to livestream MBTB Recommends for those who can't be here in store. 

All recommended titles will be 20% off Saturday and Sunday. 

Spend $50 on Saturday and be entered into a drawing for a basket of upcoming ARCs.


While we aren't requiring masks for in store browsing we will be requiring them for in-store events because of the limited size of the seating area.

Event date: 

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
Hammer By Joe Mungo Reed Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982121624
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 22nd, 2022

An art auction house employee helps a Russian oligarch sell his prized collection, ensnaring himself in a dangerous romance and an even more treacherous political plot.

It’s 2013, and much of the world still reels from the global economic collapse. Yet in the auction rooms of London, artworks are selling for record-breaking prices.


Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives By Rick Bleiweiss Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781665046756
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - February 8th, 2022

For fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, author Rick Bleiweiss's quirky new detective and ensemble cast of characters set against the backdrop of small-town England in the 1910s will feel both comfortingly familiar and thrillingly new.


The Maid: A Novel By Nita Prose Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593356159
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 4th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.
 


Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel By Natalie Jenner Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250276698
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022

"Delightful." --People, Pick of the Week

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Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Katie Couric Media, the CBC, the Globe and Mail, BookBub, POPSUGAR, SheReads, Women.com and more!*


The Night Shift: A Novel By Alex Finlay Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250268884
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 1st, 2022

From the author of the breakout thriller Every Last Fear, comes Alex Finlay's electrifying next novel The Night Shift, about a pair of small-town murders fifteen years apart—and the ties that bind them.


The Chalk Circle Man (A Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery #1) By Fred Vargas, Sian Reynolds (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fred Vargas, Sian Reynolds (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143115953
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2009

“Wildly imaginative.”—The New York Times

“Adamsberg is a terrific creation and his team of misfits a joy to watch in action.”—Peter Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Banks series


The Hacienda By Isabel Cañas Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593436691
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches...


The Murder of Mr. Wickham By Claudia Gray Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593313817
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2022

A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen's Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.


On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery #1) By Allie Pleiter Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593201787
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Published: Berkley - June 1st, 2021

For Libby Beckett, opening her charming yarn shop, and introducing customers to the joys of knitting and crochet, is the work she was meant to do.  Until the yarn she loves is used for murder….
 


Knit or Dye Trying (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery #2) By Allie Pleiter Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593201800
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2022

Business is booming for Libby Beckett and her fabulous Maryland shop, aptly named Y.A.R.N., but when a town festival brings a fatality with it, Libby gets all tangled up in murder.


Fadeout (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery #1) By Joseph Hansen, Michael Nava (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Joseph Hansen, Michael Nava (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781681990460
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Published: Soho Syndicate - January 11th, 2022

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF DAVE BRANDSTETTER

With a new Introduction by Michael Nava. 

Published fifty years ago, a time when being gay was illegal in 49 out of 50 states, Joseph Hansen’s first Dave Brandstetter novel shattered stereotypes and redefined the Private Eye novel as we know it.


Just Harriet By Elana K. Arnold Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063092044
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Published: Walden Pond Press - February 1st, 2022

From the award-winning author of A Boy Called Bat comes a new young middle grade series in the tradition of Ramona and Clementine, starring an unforgettable girl named Harriet.

There are a few things you should know about Harriet Wermer:


Old Bones (Nora Kelly #1) By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538701379
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

The #1 NYT bestselling authors Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in this thrilling novel of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.


The Oxford Brotherhood: A Novel By Guillermo Martinez  Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781643138770
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Published: Pegasus Crime - April 5th, 2022

This literary thriller set at Oxford University puts talented mathematics student G at the center of a murder mystery sparked by the discovery of hidden secrets in the life of famed author Lewis Carroll.

Mathematics student G is trying to resurrect his studies, which is proving difficult as he finds himself drawn into investigating a series of mysterious crimes.


The Bangalore Detectives Club: A Novel By Harini Nagendra Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781639361595
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Published: Pegasus Crime - May 3rd, 2022

The first in a charming, joyful crime series set in 1920s Bangalore, featuring sari-wearing detective Kaveri and her husband Ramu. Perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No.


Wahala: A Novel By Nikki May Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063084247
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Published: Custom House - January 11th, 2022

"Contemporary female friendship goes glam in this lively debut novel with remarkable depth." -- Washington Post

"Great fun and extremely smart." -- npr.org


Under Lock & Skeleton Key: A Secret Staircase Mystery By Gigi Pandian Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250804983
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 15th, 2022

"Wildly entertaining." —The New York Times Book Review

Known for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted.


The Diamond Eye: A Novel By Kate Quinn Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062943514
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Published: William Morrow - March 29th, 2022

New York Times Bestseller

The bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet bookworm who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.


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The Song Is You: A Novel By Megan Abbott Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743291729
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 19th, 2008

From Edgar® -nominated novelist Megan Abbott, who makes “devotees of Cain and Chandler fall down and beg for mercy” (The Hollywood Reporter), The Song Is You imagines a thrilling conclusion to the still unsolved since 1949 Black Dahlia murder case.

On October 7, 1949, dark-haired starlet Jean Spangler kissed her five-year-old daughter good-bye and left


The Younger Wife: A Novel By Sally Hepworth Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250229618
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 5th, 2022

From the author of The Good Sister, the breakout New York Times bestseller and “stunningly clever thriller” (People), comes Sally Hepworth’s latest novel of domestic suspense about the tangled vines of family secrets.


The Long Weekend: A Novel By Gilly Macmillan Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063074323
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - March 29th, 2022

“Twisty, dark, and packs a punch. . . . Gripping and genuinely nail-biting.” — Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium


I'll Be You: A Novel By Janelle Brown Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525479185
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - April 26th, 2022

Two identical twin sisters and former child actors have grown apart—until one disappears, in this “cleverly crafted and psychologically nuanced” (Time) suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Things.
 


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The Murder Rule: A Novel By Dervla McTiernan Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063042209
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Published: William Morrow - May 10th, 2022

"Matters culminate in a courtroom fireworks display worthy of Perry Mason in his prime. “The Murder Rule” holds one’s interest from its cheeky opening pages through its final scene." —Wall Street Journal


The Match By Harlan Coben Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538748282
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 15th, 2022

A shocking genetic match exposes a family's darkest secret in this gripping thriller from the creator of the #1 hit Netflix series Stay Close.

After months away, Wilde has returned to the Ramapo Mountains in the wake of a failed bid at domesticity that confirms what he's known all along: He belongs on his own, free from the comforts and constraints of modern life.


Deep State: A Thriller (A Hayley Chill Thriller #1) By Chris Hauty Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781982126599
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pocket Books - October 27th, 2020

THE INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“One of the more surprising double-reverse plot twists...in some time.” —The New York Times

In this “propulsive, page-turning, compelling, fragmentation grenade of a debut thriller” (C.J.


Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time travel, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.


The Runaway (A Peter Ash Novel #7) By Nick Petrie Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525535508
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 18th, 2022

"Petrie has a preternatural talent for ratcheting up suspense."--New York Times Book Review
 
When Peter Ash rescues a stranded woman, he finds she’s in far deeper trouble than he could ever imagine in the powerful new thriller in this bestselling and award-winning series.


Pay Dirt Road: A Novel (Annie McIntyre Mysteries #1) By Samantha Jayne Allen Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250804273
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 19th, 2022

Friday Night Lights meets Mare of Easttown in this small-town mystery about an unlikely private investigator searching for a missing waitress. Pay Dirt Road is the mesmerizing debut from the 2019 Tony Hillerman Prize recipient Samantha Jayne Allen.

Annie McIntyre has a love/hate relationship with Garnett, Texas.


The Heights By Louise Candlish Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982174125
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Published: Atria Books - March 1st, 2022

“Impossible to resist, impossible to predict, impossible to put down…this is an author at the top of her game.” —Erin Kelly, author of Watch Her Fall

The author of the “masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner” (The Guardian) Our House takes you on a haunting and nail-biting journey of tragedy and revenge.


Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases By Paul Holes, Robin Gaby Fisher (With) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250622792
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Published: Celadon Books - April 26th, 2022

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

"It’s a mark of the highest honor when I say it’s even more riveting than an episode of 'Dateline'."
—The New York Times


In a Lonely Place By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681371474
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 15th, 2017

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.