Courtney's Staff Picks

Courtney Walton at Murder By The Book since 2018

I’m Courtney, and books are my home, my safe place. I’m an incredibly eclectic reader. My mother, whose bookmark I now use, told me to ‘read everything’. My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, I’m a mega fan of Harry Potter, I adore YA, I read romance novels, mysteries, true crime, scholarly journals, and the list goes on. Mysteries and true crime are definitely my favorite because my mother read those. Some of my favorites, like John Grisham, Lisa Scottoline, Patricia Cornwell—I got my love of their books from her. She would share her favorites with then 14 year old me and I was hooked. Trying to solve the mystery before Scarpetta, trying to stay one step ahead and be just as smart as they were. Books like Helter Skelter and Zodiac show me the courage of regular people and also how brutal crimes can obsess and possess you, and keep you hooked, looking for the solution. Recently my brother had gotten me into the stories of Brandon Sanderson. I always look for a story I can find myself in, even just a small piece, for a little while.

The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101887424
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 29th, 2016

In her most masterful novel of medical suspense, New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen creates a villain of unforgettable evil--and the one woman who can catch him before he kills again.


The Pelican Brief: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440245933
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Published: Dell - January 5th, 2010

In suburban Georgetown, a killer’s Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home. In a seedy D.C. porno house, a patron is swiftly garroted to death. The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief.


The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

Many know of Lolita, and very few know of Sally. Sarah Weinman, in The Real Lolita, opens up the wall behind which Sally Horner, and her story, has been hidden for so long. Nabokov’s novel, revered as a classic (albeit a disturbing one), romanticizes the terror and trauma Sally Horner, whose story he stole, was put through. Weinman, with touching care, reveals Sally’s story and restores her voice. Her writing is captivating, and it made me simultaneously angry and sad, but I was hooked from the first page and basically read this book in three days. This is the true hallmark of a brilliant storyteller; though, in Weinman’s case, she is more a truth teller. I so highly recommend this book. - Courtney


Feared: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250099594
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 14th, 2018

In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio’s ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back...with a vengeance.


Tailspin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455572168
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 7th, 2018

Don't miss the spine tingling suspense and tantalizing romance in this thriller about a daring pilot caught in a race against time from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown.