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 2018 Top 10:

Top book of the year: The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Kate Morton

In no particular order...

Past Tense by Lee Child
The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
Alex Cross: Target by James Patterson
Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
The Woman in The Window by AJ Finn
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Favourite debuts of the year:
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear 
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Top 3 Middle Grade Readers (from Emma):
Max Einstein by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Bad Dad by David Walliams 
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty


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ISBN: 9780802121493
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Published: Grove Press - July 9th, 2013

"Billingham is one of the most consistently entertaining, insightful crime writers working today." --Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

It's been twenty-five years since Tom Thorne last went to work wearing the "Queen's cloth" but now, having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform. He's no longer a detective, and he hates it.

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ISBN: 9781501190100
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Published: Atria Books - November 5th, 2019


“Rich, dark, and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” —Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author

“A haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read.” —Megan Miranda, New

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ISBN: 9781368041287
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 15th, 2019

Welcome to Elizabeth Webster's world, where the common laws of middle school torment her days . . .

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ISBN: 9780062895363
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Published: Harper - September 3rd, 2019

A Book of the Month Club selection | An Indie Next Pick | A Kirkus Best Book of the Year | A Library Journal Best Book of the Year


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ISBN: 9781501188770
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 6th, 2019

The Turn of the Key is the first Ruth Ware book I have ever read, and rest assured, I will now be making sure I get my hands on everything else she has written.

Rowan applies for - and accepts - a job as a live in Nanny in Scotland, the pay is excellent, and the job seems too good to be true. When Rowan arrives things seem a little strange, and only get stranger still until someone dies. 

The Turn of the Key is a wonderfully written psychological thriller, just the right level of creepy, brilliant plot, great characters and fantastic atmosphere. - Rebecca