Brenda's Staff Picks

Brenda Jordan at Murder By The Book since 2009

After years of reading only True Crime, I slowly moved to mystery novels. Now, I primarily read British, Historical, Foreign and Espionage novels. From Peter James to Alan Bradley, Geraldine Brooks to Mark Pryor, Kate Morton to Amor Towles, Martin Walker to Daniel Silva, each author offers his/her unique ability to tell a story well. And, the well-written, well-told story is what I want!

Whether fast-paced, intense, poignant, charming— I know the story has “it” when I can’t get it out of my mind. What’s better than the anticipation of a new book by a favorite author, or the unexpected find of a great book by a new author? Nothing! That’s what it’s all about.
 

Brenda's 2019 Top Ten:

1. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
2. The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
3. The Book Artist by Mark Pyror
4. The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey
5. The Whisper Man by Alex North
6. Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
7. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
8. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
9. The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
10. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Find of the Year: Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy

The Stranger Diaries Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781328577856
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 5th, 2019

International Bestseller

"This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end."
People

“Utterly bewitching…As unforgettable as it is original.”A.J.


The Sentence Is Death: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062676832
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Published: Harper - May 28th, 2019

New York Times–bestselling author Anthony Horowitz and eccentric detective Daniel Hawthorne team up again in a new mystery, the sequel to the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder, to delve deep into the killing of a high-profile divorce lawyer and the death, only a day earlier, of his one-time friend.


The Book Artist (Hugo Marston #8) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781633884885
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Published: Seventh Street Books - February 5th, 2019

Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, puts his life in danger when he investigates the murder of a celebrated artist, all the while fending off an assassin looking to settle an old score against him. Hugo Marston accompanies his boss, US Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor, to the first night of an art exhibition in Montmartre, Paris.


The Satapur Moonstone (A Perveen Mistry Novel #2) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616959098
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Published: Soho Crime - May 14th, 2019

The highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel The Widows of Malabar Hill.


The Whisper Man: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250317995
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Published: Celadon Books - August 20th, 2019

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

"WORKS BEAUTIFULLY... If you like being terrified, The Whisper Man has your name on it."
The New York Times, Editor's Pick

"SUPERB"
Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review


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The Turn of the Key Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781501188770
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 6th, 2019

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely.


The Family Upstairs: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501190100
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Published: Atria Books - November 5th, 2019

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA COVER TO COVER BOOK CLUB PICK

“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New


The Silent Patient Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller

"An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
Entertainment Weekly


The Long Call (The Two Rivers Series #1) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250204448
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 3rd, 2019

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny


The Chestnut Man: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062895363
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Published: Harper - September 3rd, 2019

A Best Book of the Year: Kirkus, Library Journal, New York Times Book Review

A Book of the Month Club selection | An Indie Next Pick

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE HIT TELEVISION SHOW THE KILLING, THE MOST ANTICIPATED THRILLER OF THE SEASON—SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES.


The Old Man in the Corner: The Teahouse Detective: Volume 1 (Pushkin Vertigo #1) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781782275237
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Published: Pushkin Vertigo - June 11th, 2019

A classic collection of mysteries from the Golden Age of British crime writing, by the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Mysteries! There is no such thing as a mystery in connection with any crime, provided intelligence is brought to bear upon its investigation.