Rebecca's Staff Picks

Rebecca Minnock, at Murder By The Book since 2018

I had to include my 2 all time favorites - Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, and Louis de Bernière's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, both of which I have read so many times I have had to replace my original copies. Same goes for the Harry Potter series, which I am now re-reading with my daughter.

I honestly read a bit of everything, mystery is definitely my preferred genre. Reading Peter James and the Lee Child Reacher books is like catching up with an old friend for me.

I have read almost all of the Ben Elton books, and laughed out loud each time. The Nightingale was one that left me with the ultimate book hangover, I could not stop thinking about the characters and what happened to them after the book finished for ages after reading, the same goes for King's 11.22.63, I think they are both books I have told everyone to read at some stage.

Barclay and Morton, whilst totally different, both have me hooked by the end of the first chapter or 2, and I will never not pick up their newest releases!

Rebecca's 2021 Top 10:

In no particular order...

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
Left You Dead by Peter James
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Hostage by Clare MacKintosh
The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
The Hollywood Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
A Good Kill by John McMahon
These Quiet Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant
Outside Man by Don Bentley


Two Nights in Lisbon: A Novel By Chris Pavone Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374604769
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Published: MCD - May 24th, 2022

"There’s no such thing as a book you can’t put down, but this one was close." —Stephen King
"Smart suspense at its very best."
John Grisham

A Bride's Guide to Marriage and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #5) By Dianne Freeman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496731616
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Published: Kensington - June 28th, 2022

Frances and George are finally married and excited about their trip to Cannes. Until that is, a body is discovered during their wedding reception, and Frances's brother, Alonzo, is arrested for the murder. 

The newlywed Hazelton's find themselves involved in yet another investigation with Inspector Delaney. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the delightful fifth instalment of Freeman's Countess of Harleigh series - the characters are so well written, they feel like old friends at this point. I loved this! - Rebecca

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A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery #1) By Dianne Freeman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496716880
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Published: Kensington - May 28th, 2019

In this exciting historical mystery debut set in Victorian England, a wealthy young widow encounters the pleasures—and scandalous pitfalls—of a London social season . . .

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Do No Harm: A Lucas Page Novel By Robert Pobi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250793645
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 9th, 2022

The 3rd instalment in Pobi's Lucas Page series is every bit as as good as the first two. 

A lot of doctors have died in the medical community - disease, suicide, accident - but Page sees a pattern where no one else does. A pattern of homicide, and he has got to figure it out, and fast - his wife Erin looks to be the next target.

Pobi's writing is fantastic, his characters, the narrative, the plots. I have been waiting impatiently for this one and it was more than worth the wait.Definitely one of my top books of 2022. - Rebecca

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City of Windows: A Novel (Lucas Page #1) By Robert Pobi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250776662
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Minotaur Books - August 4th, 2020

"City of Windows is moving, breathtaking—a great entertainment." —The Wall Street Journal

“A tough, wise, knowing narrative voice, a great plot, a great setting, and even better characters — I loved this.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

The Favor: A Novel By Nora Murphy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250822420
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 31st, 2022

A gripping debut domestic suspense novel, Nora Murphy's thrilling The Favor explores with compassion and depth what can happen when women pushed to the limit take matters into their own hands.

"A thrilling debut—I couldn’t put it down!"—Shari Lapena, #1 internationally bestselling author of Not a Happy Family and The Couple Next Door

Hostile Intent (A Matt Drake Novel #3) By Don Bentley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593333532
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

In the espionage community, Vienna is known as the City of Spies, and Matt Drake is about to learn why in the latest electrifying thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and The Outside Man.

The Island By Adrian McKinty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316531283
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 17th, 2022


A "brilliant and relentless" new thriller from the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Chain (Don Winslow).

"Unrelenting suspense." —Stephen King

“Extraordinary.” T. J.

The Lies I Tell: A Novel By Julie Clark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728247595
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 21st, 2022


"A mindbender." —Jessica Knoll

"Riveting...a winner." —Laura Dave

"A knockout." —Mary Kubica