Rebecca's Staff Picks

Rebecca Minnock, at Murder By The Book since 2018

Rebecca has been living in Houston for 4 years now, having moved from England. In her former life she taught middle and high school French but much prefers being surrounded by books as they don't talk back! She also loves to bake and had a home bakery before arriving in Houston.

Favorite authors are Lee Child, Peter James, Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Robert Galbraith, Mark Billingham & Stuart MacBride

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The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501187896
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Touchstone Books - June 12th, 2018

I could not put this one down, I read it one one sitting!
Jasper is a boy with synesthesia - he doesn't recognize faces, but sees color in everything he hears. His Mom is dead, and he lives with his Dad who struggles to understand his condition.
Their neighbor, Bee, is murdered and Jasper is convinced that he was the killer. As the story progresses, going from present to recent past, the details of what really happen gradually come to light. 

I thought I had worked it all out, but a curveball at the end proved my suspicions were totally wrong! - Rebecca

Dead Girl Running (Cape Charade #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335144362
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Published: Hqn - April 24th, 2018

"Christina Dodd reinvents the romantic thriller. Her signature style--edgy, intense, twisty, emotional--leaves you breathless from first page to last. Readers who enjoy Nora Roberts will devour Dodd's electrifying novels."--Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling authorI have three confessions to make: 1. I've got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.2.

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A Noise Downstairs: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062678256
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow - July 24th, 2018

Paul is a college professor. He happens across a friend and colleague, Kenneth, disposing of the bodies of 2 women, along with a typewriter late at night. Kenneth tries and fails to kill Paul.

Fast forward 8 months, Paul is suffering from PTSD and in therapy with Dr White. His wife, Charlotte, buys him an Underwood typewriter, which wakes him during the night with the sounds of it's keys being used, it then starts writing him messages. He is convinced it is the same typewriter Kenneth threw into a dumpster. Twisting and turning, full of suspense, every time I thought I had worked out what was happening, something else happened that made me doubt myself. I would highly recommend this one!

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Rust & Stardust Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250164193
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - August 7th, 2018

This is a beautifully written novel, based on the real life kidnapping of Sally Horner in 1948.

Sally is an 11 year old girl who is tricked into shoplifting by a group of girls she knows from school. She is seen by Frank, who leads her to believe he is with the FBI and unless she does what he says, she will go to prison.

After kidnapping her, he makes her believe her family no longer wants her, but her mom, sister and brother in law never give up searching for her. Frank does terrible things to Sally, although thankfully, we are spared the gory details.

Each chapter is told by a different character - Sally, her mom, her sister, and other people she meets on her journey.

Greenwood's writing flows perfectly from person to person as the story unfolds, the reader cannot help but get attached to all the characters.

Tip - have some Kleenex at the ready. - Rebecca