MBTB Recommends: Best of the Year & Holiday Gift Ideas - In Store

Join us on Small Business Saturday as each staff member takes turns discussing some of their favorite 2022 releases as well as their recommendations for great gift books!

All recommended titles will be 20% off for the day!



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Saturday, November 26, 2022 - 12:00pm

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The Cloisters: A Novel By Katy Hays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668004401
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2022


A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick

“For fans of The Talented Mr.

The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel By Peter Swanson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062267535
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 4th, 2016

A devious tale of psychological suspense so irresistible that it prompts Entertainment Weekly to ask, “Is The Kind Worth Killing the next Gone Girl?” From one of the hottest new thriller writers, Peter Swanson, a name you may not know yet (but soon will), this is his breakout novel in the bestselling tradition of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Tr

Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives By Rick Bleiweiss Cover Image
ISBN: 9798200991990
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - June 28th, 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.

Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six: A Novel of Thrilling Suspense By Lisa Unger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778333234
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Published: Park Row - November 8th, 2022

"A deliciously tense ride." --Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of One By One


Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for in this chilling locked-room thriller.

Sisterhood of Sleuths By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, Vesper Stamper (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316331074
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - October 4th, 2022

A clever and thought-provoking mystery that pays homage to classic Nancy Drew stories, perfect for fans of Wendy Mass and Trenton Lee Stewart. 

Maizy always assumed she knew everything about her grandmother, Jacuzzi. So when a box full of vintage Nancy Drew books gets left at her mom’s thrift store, Maizy is surprised to find an old photo&

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Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder: A Delicious and Charming Cozy Mystery (A Baker Street Mystery #1) By Valerie Burns Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496738226
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Published: Kensington - August 30th, 2022

In a brand-new culinary cozy series with a fresh edge and a delightful small-town setting, the acclaimed author introduces Maddy Montgomery, a social media expert who’s #StartingOver in small town Michigan after inheriting her great-aunt’s bakery…and a 200-pound English Mastiff named Baby.

The Christmas Murder Game By Alexandra Benedict Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728263038
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 4th, 2022

"Curl up by the fire (and lock all the doors) for this Christmas cracker of a book." C.S. Green, author of Sleep Tight

Twelve clues. Twelve keys. Twelve days of Christmas. But how many will die before Twelfth Night?

Agatha Christie meets Clue in this delightful, tense manor house murder mystery.

Grave Reservations: A Novel (Booking Agents Series #1) By Cherie Priest Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982168902
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Published: Atria Books - July 19th, 2022

A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective try to solve a murder in this “ebullient tap dance of a mystery” (Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author)—perfect for fans of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files and Elle Cosimano’s Finlay Donovan series.

Meet Leda Foley: devoted friend, struggling travel agent, and inconsistent psychic.

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Lavender House: A Novel By Lev AC Rosen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250834225
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Published: Forge Books - October 18th, 2022

A "Best Of" Book From: Amazon * Buzzfeed * Rainbow Reading * Library Journal * CrimeReads * BookPage * Book Riot * Autostraddle

A delicious story from a new voice in suspense, Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist.

A Murder at Balmoral By Chris McGeorge Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593544136
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 25th, 2022

The Crown meets Clue in this delightful locked-room mystery, sure to charm Agatha Christie fans and keep readers guessing to the end.

The king is dead. The killer is in the family. Solving this murder will be a royal pain.

Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire's Wife, and the Murder of the Century By Roseanne Montillo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982153731
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2022

This glittering, “wild romp of a story, boldly and beautifully told” (Neal Thompson, author of The First Kennedys) explores the darkly intertwined fates of infamous socialite Ann Woodward and literary icon Truman Capote, sweeping us to the upper echelons of Manhattan’s high society—where falls from grace are all the more shocking.

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Cape Fear: A Novel By John D. MacDonald, Dean Koontz (Introduction by) Cover Image
By John D. MacDonald, Dean Koontz (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780812984132
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 14th, 2014

How far would you go to save your family? In John D. MacDonald’s iconic masterwork of suspense, the inspiration for not one but two Hollywood hits, a mild-mannered family is tormented by an obsessed criminal—and with the authorities powerless to protect them, they must take the law into their own hands.
Introduction by Dean Koontz

Shadow Voices: 300 Years of Irish Genre Fiction: A History in Stories By John Connolly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781529394665
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Published: Hodder & Stoughton - November 22nd, 2022

The story of genre fiction - horror, romantic fiction, science fiction, crime writing, and more - is also the story of Irish fiction. Irish writers have given the world Lemuel Gulliver, Dracula, and the world of Narnia. They have produced pioneering tales of detection, terrifying ghost stories and ground-breaking women's popular fiction.

Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers By Emma Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524749095
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Published: Knopf - November 15th, 2022

A history of one of humankind’s most resilient and influential technologies over the past millennium—the book. Revelatory and entertaining in equal measure, Portable Magic will charm and challenge literature lovers of all kinds as it illuminates the transformative power and eternal appeal of the written word.

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The Enigma of Room 622: A Novel By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780063098817
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Published: HarperVia - September 13th, 2022

A September 2022 Amazon Best of the Month Pick

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The Resemblance: A Novel By Lauren Nossett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250843241
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 8th, 2022

Lauren Nossett’s artfully written debut, The Resemblance is an exhilarating, atmospheric campus thriller reminiscent of The Secret History and The Likeness.

Never betray the brotherhood

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Killers of a Certain Age By Deanna Raybourn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593200681
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Published: Berkley - September 6th, 2022


“This Golden Girls meets James Bond thriller is a journey you want to be part of.” -Buzzfeed

Older women often feel invisible, but sometimes that’s their secret weapon.

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A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1) By Dianne Freeman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496716880
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Published: Kensington - May 28th, 2019

In this exciting historical mystery debut set in Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasures—and scandalous pitfalls—of a London social season . . .

The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545912402
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016


"I wish I'd had these books as a kid. Hilarious!" -- Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants and Dog ManThis New York Times bestselling illustrated series is perfect for fans of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.They sound like bad guys, they look like bad guys . . . and they even smell like bad guys. But Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr.

A Rather Lovely Inheritance (Penny Nichols #1) By C.A. Belmond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451220523
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Published: Berkley - January 2nd, 2007

After her Aunt Penelope dies, historical researcher Penny Nichols is astonished to learn that not only is she a bona fide heiress-but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work. This time, the history she's researching happens to be her very own.

The Raphael Affair (Art History Mystery #1) By Iain Pears Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425178928
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Published: Berkley - February 1st, 2001

"Deliciously literate" (Kirkus Reviews) and filled with "articulate characters and erudite art commentary" (The New York Times Book Review), this acclaimed series of novels by Iain Pears combines art and history, literature and mystery fiction, with the same passion for detail he displayed in his New York Times bestseller An Instance of the Fingerpost.

Arabella (The Georgette Heyer Signature Collection) By Georgette Heyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492677635
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - September 4th, 2018


Georgette Heyer is known as the "Queen of Regency Romance," and you won't want to wait to find out why! You'll fall in love with Arabella Tallant, one of the most memorable and delightfully exuberant heroines you've ever met.

Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel By John le Carré Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143122579
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2nd, 2012

The first of his peerless novels of Cold War espionage and international intrigue, Call for the Dead is also the debut of John le Carré's masterful creation George Smiley.

What's for Dessert: Simple Recipes for Dessert People: A Baking Book By Claire Saffitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984826985
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 8th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A love letter to dessert by the New York Times bestselling author of Dessert Person

ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR: Bon Appétit, Vice, Saveur, Mother Jones