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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The Stranger Inside Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316444927
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 5th, 2019

Kimberly arrives home from a weekend retreat to find the locks on the house where she lives alone have been changed, and there is someone inside.

A fast paced, psychological thriller that will make you want to do nothing but read until you reach the end. Twisty, gritty, and tense with a perfect twist. - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780544962538
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 15th, 2019

Revenge is fun, isn't it? Stand up comic, Dana Diaz, circulating Austin trying to get her break, meets Amanda. And Amanda has got Dana's back. She hopes Dana has hers, too, because they decide to get revenge on the men who have hurt them in the past... This is a quick, psychological thriller, fun to read, and with a fabulous twist! - Rebecca

Amy Gentry's first book, Good As Gone, was highly recommended by Sally and Sam! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781335507532
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Published: Hqn - January 29th, 2019

Kellen Adams is back. Back with Max, and new her new, 7 year old daughter Rae. Struggling to adapt to being a mom, she takes on a job transporting an ancient relic. One problem - multiple people want to prevent that from happening. Oh, and 7 year old Rae tags along on the mission. 

It would help to have read Dead Girl Running, but it's not a must as the backstory gets explained.  This is a quick, fast paced read full of suspense! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781101985816
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Published: Dutton - January 29th, 2019

Judge Juliana Brody is seduced at a hotel bar whilst attending a conference. What follows is an attempt to blackmail her into ruling in favor of the defendent in her ongoing case. Little do they realise that Judge Brody is a force to be reckoned with as she embarks on a journey to find out who is pulling the strings. Private investigators, murder, threats to her and her family... Fast paced, full of suspense and tension, I would highly recommend picking this one up! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780062875464
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Published: William Morrow - January 15th, 2019

Russian spies, a conspiracy against the US government, and a traitor in the White House. 

Peter Sutherland is a night agent  for the FBI, he mans a secure line every night that never rings. Until one night a call comes in. The woman has the secure password, her aunt and uncle's house is under attack. Peter is told to keep away from the investigation, but he can't. Can he get to the bottom of it before more people are killed?

I kept saying I would put it down after the next chapter, but ended up saying 'just one more chapter...'  - Rebecca


Peter is a really likable protagonist, determined to the right thing in this suspense-filled thriller. - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780062875655
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Published: William Morrow - January 15th, 2019

No Exit starts at dusk and ends the following dawn, and it was full of suspense from the very start. Darby is driving through the Colorado mountains to try to get to her mom in hospital. A snowstorm means she takes refuge in a rest area. There are 4 other people taking refuge, and a child locked in a truck in the parking lot. Darby is determined that she is going to save the child, even if doing so kills her.  This page turner will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. - Rebecca