Christina's Staff Picks

Christina Coward at Murder By The Book since 2019.

Christina was an elementary teacher in a former life and has always loved being immersed in good book. Chairing books fairs at her children’s schools and taking the lead on visiting authors has taken the place of “working” in her current life. As a longtime customer of MBTB she is so excited to be on the other side of the bookselling industry! When spending time with her family, Christina loves to travel and dance to 70’s music!!!!!

Favorite authors are Carolyn Haines, Daniel Silva, Chris Pavone, Rhys Bowen, Susan Elia MacNeal, Mark Kay Andrews, Michael Connelly, Catherine Center and Katie Fforde!

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ISBN: 9781501188770
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 6th, 2019

This was my first book by Ruth Ware and I now understand why she is so loved by many! The story starts out with a young lady, Rowan, desperately trying to gain employment as a nanny in Scotland. When she lands what she believes is her dream job, things are just not as they seem. Strange noises, disappearing jewelry and defiant children are enough to make her lose her mind. Then... one of the children is found dead and she has been charged for the murder. The book is written as letters from Rowan in jail to a lawyer explaining the chain of events that took place around the family and the death of the child. This book was a page turner with an ending that left me in shock! - Christina

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ISBN: 9781250178367
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 4th, 2019

The Right Sort of Man is the first book in the Sparks and Bainbridge series. June of 1946, the war is over and London is trying to recover. Two women, Iris Sparks and Gwen Bainbridge start a service to help others find the perfect mate. They are starting to bring in several clients and business is going well. Until…a client, Tillie, is found murdered and the prime suspect is the man the ladies set up to meet Tillie for a date! These women will not accept that the sweet man, Dickie Trower, is the murderer and they find themselves playing detective to prove his innocence. The past secrets of both women, one a secret agent during the war and the other a grieving widow with a small child, make them an unlikely pair. Through humor and of course tears, a friendship and respect for the other unfolds. Can they prove an innocent man is in prison without getting killed themselves? - Christina

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ISBN: 9780451492845
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Published: Berkley - August 6th, 2019

I loved the latest installment of the royal spyness series by Rhys Bowen.  It begins with Darcy and lady Georgie on their honeymoon.  Yes, they finally married!!!!  The begin their new life on a houseboat on the Thames which gets old after 3 days when the food runs out and they want real baths etc.  The honeymoon  continues in Kenya where Darcy is “working” to find a jewel thief and they end of in the middle of another murder.  Bowen describes the era when the  English lived in the happy valley and their excess of money, booze and drugs and  sexual partner swapping brilliantly.  My favorite part is when the two newlyweds go to a house party and upon entering their bedroom see a mirror on the ceiling.  Sweet innocent Georgie doesn’t understand how to fix her hair with it on the ceiling and the more worldly  Darcy has to explain.  The murder goes deeper than just a jilted mistress, we learn about the  tribes of the area and how the white men treated them.  There is a lot of sidewalk talk among the English about  Hitler and his plan for world dominance and and how he planted  his people around the globe in his plan in preparation.  This book has it all-mysery, romance, history and of course the royals! - Christina

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ISBN: 9781101885055
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 13th, 2019

This beautiful story by Sarah Jio is told by two different  women that lived in different decades, both in Paris.  Caroline’s story begin in 2009  with a bike accident that erases her memory.  We can draw conclusions that she was very unhappy before the accident but are left wondering why.  Celine’s story begins in September of 1943 when the occupation of Paris by German soldiers was beginning.  She lives with her father, the owner of a neighborhood flower shop and her precious daughter Cosi. These characters’ stories are told in alternating chapters keeping the reader on the edge asking, “what do these women have in common? What is the connection between the two?”  The Bistro Jeanty, a local restaurant that has been in business over 100 years holds many secrets and  that will connect these women forever.  This book is about never ending love and healing that takes places through love and forgiveness.  A poignant phase from the book that resinates with readers is  “…I think the most important things in life are thankfulness, forgiveness and love.”  - Christina

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ISBN: 9781982111571
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 11th, 2019

Get swept away to the enchanting South of France with this “exquisite and shimmering” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone) suspenseful historical novel, where perilous secrets lurk under the glitz and glam of seaside wealth.

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ISBN: 9781250047328
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 13th, 2019





“Center gives readers a sharp and witty exploration of love and forgiveness that is at once insightful, entertaining, and thoroughly addictive.”

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ISBN: 9780062884275
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Published: William Morrow - December 31st, 2018

One of the most anticipated reads from InStyle, HelloGiggles, Hypable, Bookbub, and Bookriot!

One of Real Simple's Best Historical Fiction novels of the year!


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ISBN: 9780735222335
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Published: Penguin Books - April 9th, 2019

An early work from the New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars, Jojo Moyes, the story of a young woman who opens an eclectic shop and comes to terms with the secrets of her past.

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ISBN: 9780062834836
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Published: Harper - July 16th, 2019

#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 USA Today Bestseller • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, this summer’s hottest thriller.