Brenda's Staff Picks

Brenda Jordan at Murder By The Book since 2009

Brenda's "Claim to Fame" is she is McKenna's mother. Some of Brenda's favorite authors: Martin Walker, Alan Bradley, Kate Morton, Jacqueline Winspear, Louise Penny, Daniel Silva, Charles Todd, Anne Zouroudi, and Ariana Franklin

Brenda's 2017 Top Ten:

1. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
2. The Dry by Jane Harper
3. I Found You by Lisa Jewel 
4. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne 
5. Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
6. Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson (out 12/5) 
7. He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly
8. The Birdwatcher by William Shaw
9. The Address by Fiona Davis 
10. House of Spies by Daniel Silva 

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The Word Is Murder: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062676788
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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

What a book!!!  I loved it!!!  Horowitz has again confirmed he's one of the best!

The book begins with an older lady walking into a funeral home -- to plan her own funeral.  Six hours later, she's dead. Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant albeit disgraced Scotland Yard police detective is called in as a consultant to solve the crime.  But Hawthorne wants someone to write a novel based on his investigation, and since he's worked on several projects with Anthony Horowitz in the past...seems only logical to get Horowitz to follow him around and write the story.

So begins the collaboration of the two. As Horowitz becomes Watson to Hawthorne's Holmes, they soon get down to solving the crime. The juxtaposition of the two characters - Hawthorne (eccentric and multilayered); Horowitz (methodical and detailed) is brilliant.  

EXCELLENT READ!!  It's on my Top Ten for 2018!!! - Brenda

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The Girl in the Ice (Erica Foster) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538713426
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 24th, 2018

The first book in the Detective Erika Foster series finds killings in and around London parks, where women's bodies are being found frozen under ice.  Back on duty after an almost career-ending event, Erika has a lot to prove as she begins to connect the dots...and her superiors dismiss her theory.  

The killer is still out there, and he's closing in on Erika. Although Erika is not without her own unique issues, I couldn't help but want the best for her.  I'm definitely looking forward to her next adventure. - Brenda

The Lost Vintage: A Novel Cover Image
By Ann Mah
ISBN: 9780062823311
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Published: William Morrow - June 19th, 2018

“If you enjoyed Sarah’s Key and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, then this wonderful book by Ann Mah is for you.”   -- Tatiana de Rosnay

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White River Burning: A Dave Gurney Novel: Book 6 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640090637
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 3rd, 2018

Dave Gurney has been approached by White River city officials to conduct a private investigation into the seemingly racially motivated killing of a police officer. The killing appears to be retaliation for the death of a black motorist killed a year prior by another White River Police Officer.

Dave is released from his investigation, however, when he reveals discrepancies in each killing.  And those discrepancies have long-reaching effects. Sixth in the Gurney series, John Verdon once again delivers a thought-provoking surrounded by secrets and lies. - Brenda