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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Force of Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250105639
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 6th, 2018

From the author of The Dry, Jane Harper produces her second offering featuring Aaron Falk. Picture a week-end corporate retreat of office colleagues -2 teams (10 employees - men against women). To build teamwork, each group is supplied with backpacks, maps and compass.  Both groups head into the rugged landscape.  Five women head in, four come out. Aaron Falk has a particular interest in the missing woman.  She is a witness in a case he's working...a whistle-blower, in fact, and she knows secrets about the corporation and the people who work there.

Force of Nature is every bit as good as The Dry!  It will be on my Top Ten List this year!!! - Brenda

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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place: A Flavia de Luce Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345539991
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 30th, 2018

In this final episode of Alan Bradley's award-winning series, Flavia is once again entangled in a murder investigation.  Dogger, the family's longtime servant, has taken Flavia and her sisters for a small boating trip.  While lazily drifting along the river, Flavia lets her hand dangle in the water.  Feeling what she thinks is a fish nibble, she quickly closes her hand and, to her surprise, catches the object.  But it's not a's a human head...attached to the human body.  And so it begins... 

The Flavia de Luce series remains one of the top-selling series at MBTB.  If you've not read these, start with Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  The series carries my highest recommendation! - Brenda

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The Woman in the Window Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062678416
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 2nd, 2018

This  thriller features Anna Fox, a prominent psychologist who is suffering from agoraphobia. Separated from her husband and daughter, Anna lives alone in their family brownstone.  Her days are spent spying on her neighbors, binge watching black-and-white movies and drinking copious amounts of wine.  While watching her new neighbors, Anna sees what she believes to be a murder...of the woman she recognizes as the wife and mother of the family who have just moved into the house next door.  

Police respond and find no evidence of a disturbance, much less a murder.  Is Anna's mind playing tricks or her?  Bound to her house, Anna must find a way to prove what she's seen. Fast-paced and well-written with a number of twists, I loved this book!  - Brenda

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Nightblind: A Thriller (Dark Iceland #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250096098
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 5th, 2017

Second in the Dark Iceland series, Ari Thor is back.  Five years have passed since Ari's arrival in Siglufjorour.  Still considered a new-comer to the close-knit community, Ari is tasked with solving the murder of a police officer.  His investigation is threatened when politics, a new mayor and a psychiatric patient being held against her will are involved. Second in the Thor series, Jonasson is rapidly making a name for himself with first - Snowblind  - and now Nightblind. - Brenda

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A Talent for Murder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501145070
Availability: Backordered
Published: Washington Square Press - January 2nd, 2018

Agatha Christie -- not the author of this novel, but instead, the main character -- in A Talent for Murder.   Wilson has written this novel to chronicle Agatha's 10-day disappearance... the why and how.   

In London to visit her literary agent, Agatha is preoccupied with the knowledge her husband is having an affair.  When she loses her balance and nearly falls into the path of the train she is waiting to board, she is suddenly pulled to safety by an unknown gentleman.  But her rescuer is no gentleman...he's a blackmailer...set on forcing Agatha to commit murder for his benefit. 

What happened during Agatha's 10-day disappearance?  Pick up a copy to reveal Wilson's account! - Brenda