Cindy's Staff Picks

Cindy Burnett at Murder By The Book since 2018

Cindy has been reading her entire life and reviewing books for the past three years.  She operates a bookstagram account on Instagram called @ThoughtsfromaPage with her thoughts on all things book related.  When she isn’t reading, Cindy loves to see Broadway musicals, spend time with her three children, and travel.

Some of her favorite authors include:  Susan Elia MacNeal, C.J. Box, Michael Connelly, Jacqueline Winspear, Martin Walker, Jessica Estevao, Elly Griffiths, Jillian Cantor, Jane Harper, Susan Meissner, Hazel Gaynor, Amy Stewart, Alyssa Maxwell, Mary Miley, and Jane Austen.

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Still Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619021112
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 5th, 2018

1 of 22 New Books to Read This Summer (TIME)
1 of 20 New Books to Read in June (Entertainment Weekly)
1 of 30 Exciting New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List (Buzzfeed)

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ISBN: 9780765391315
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Published: Forge - June 12th, 2018

Broken Ice is the second book in Goldman’s Nils (Shap) Shapiro series.  Shap is a Minneapolis-based private detective who is clever, irreverent, and highly entertaining.  In Broken Ice, Shap is hired to find Linnea Engstrom, a missing teenage girl who vanished during the Minnesota high school hockey playoffs.  Early on in the investigation, he is shot in the arm by an arrow alerting him that someone does not want Linnea found.  As he and his partner Anders Ellegaard dig further into Linnea’s disappearance and people continue to die, Nils realizes that his search for Linnea is uncovering dark secrets that people have gone to great lengths to keep hidden.  


My favorite part of this book is Goldman’s rich evocation of Minnesota’s Scandinavian roots and culture. His descriptive imagery brings Minnesota’s unique personality to life, and this fabulous depiction of the area combined with Shap’s clever wit make Broken Ice a standout in the private detective genre.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next Nils Shapiro mystery. In received this book to read and review; all opinions are my own. - Cindy

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ISBN: 9781524742959
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books - August 7th, 2018

The Masterpiece focuses on Grand Central Terminal (I never knew it was Grand Central Terminal versus Grand Central Station) during the late-1920’s and the mid-1970’s, two very different time periods for the terminal.  In 1928, Clara Darden works as an art instructor in the Grand Central School of Art located high up in the terminal when Grand Central Terminal is beautifully maintained and a highlight of the city; in 1974, Virginia Clay is newly divorced and sent by a temp agency to work at the terminal when Grand Central has seen better days and is being targeted for demolition.  The story alternates between the two time periods, and Davis fabulously recreates the atmosphere and relevance of the terminal in both time periods.  As the stories progress, the two tales converge in a surprising and satisfying manner. I highly recommend The Masterpiece; it is a beautiful read. - Cindy

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ISBN: 9780735218451
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 3rd, 2018

"Immersive, satisfying, tense--and timely: This is probably happening for real right now."--Lee Child