McKenna's Staff Picks

McKenna Jordan, Store Owner at Murder By The Book since 2003

Having read crime fiction almost exclusively for the last fifteen years at MBTB, this “staff stack” was incredibly challenging to narrow down. I decided to go with an approach of which books represent both my reading taste as well as my history - to this point - with the bookstore. Every one of this holds a special place in my heart and has a story to go along with it. 

I have a real respect for the genre and its icons, and I love unique characters. That’s basically all I can find as a thread of similarity throughout my reading taste. I’m happy to read across the genre as long as it’s well-written, and there’s nothing that beats a fresh new voice that grabs you from the first line. 
 

 

McKenna's 2018 Top 10 

1. The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff
2. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
3. Sadie by Courtney Summers
4. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
5. The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
6. The Other Woman by Sadie Jones
7. Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
8. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
9. Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
10. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

 

The Awkward Squad Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781681440033
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Published: MacLehose Press - April 3rd, 2018

Officer Anne Capestan's team of misfits will have to work together to investigate a decades-old unsolved murder . . . and in the process uncover a trail of corruption that leads to the top of the Paris police force.

"Marvelous . . . An absorbing, sometimes laugh-out-loud mystery." --New York Journal of Book


The Echo Killing: A Mystery (A Harper McClain Mystery #1) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250148841
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 13th, 2018

When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new novel The Echo Killing.


Sadie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250105714
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

A New York Times bestseller!


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780385544238
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Published: Doubleday - November 20th, 2018

"Pulpy, peppery and sinister, served up in a comic deadpan...This scorpion-tailed little thriller leaves a response, and a sting, you will remember."--NEW YORK TIMES

"The wittiest and most fun murder party you've ever been invited to."--MARIE CLAIRE


The Glass Ocean: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062642455
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Published: William Morrow - September 4th, 2018

The lives and loves of three remarkable women—two in the past, one in the present—and the tragic final voyage of the HMS Lusitania.


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The Other Woman: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250191984
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 21st, 2018

THE REESE WITHERSPOON X HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK FOR NOVEMBER AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

"One of the most twisted and entertaining plots."—Reese Witherspoon


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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781328863577
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 6th, 2018

A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“Break out the prosecco! There’s a new detective in town – and she’s 60, sexy, wise and utterly adorable. In the first book of what promises to be a smash series, Poldi moves from Munich to Sicily, intent on cheerfully drinking herself to death with a view of the sea.


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Sweet Little Lies: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062823199
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Published: Harper - August 14th, 2018

In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.

Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?
Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.


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Social Creature: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385543521
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Published: Doubleday - June 5th, 2018

One of the Best Books of the Year:
Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Vulture
NPR

"Social Creature is a wicked original with echoes of the greats (Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn)." —Janet Maslin, The New York Times


Give Me Your Hand Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316547185
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 17th, 2018

A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" (Meg Wolitzer) psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me.

You told each other everything. Then she told you too much.