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 2019 Top "10"

Top book of the year: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

In no particular order...

Thirteen by Steve Cavannagh
Run Away by Harlan Coben
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk
Judgment by Joseph Finder
City of Windows by Robert Pobi
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
The Whisper Man by Alex North

Middle Grade Readers:
A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths
The Book Wanderers by Anna James

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False Witness: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062858092
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Published: William Morrow - July 20th, 2021

Sisters Leigh & Callie had a troubled youth. As adults, Leigh is a lawyer. Callie a drug addict - they have grown distant. That is until Leigh has no choice but to track down her sister after she is asked to defend a man accused of a brutal rape. A man the sisters knew as a young boy. Realizing there is far more at stake than just the case, both sisters have to face their pasts and demons to protect the people they love. 

A standalone from Slaughter, False Witness is a heart stopping, page turning thriller that will have you ignoring everything around you. I highly recommend this one! - Rebecca

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Survive the Night: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593183168
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Published: Dutton - June 29th, 2021

Page turning, thrilling, and with a finale I did not see coming. Sager fans will not be disappointed with Survive The Night! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781250789648
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 20th, 2021

The 3rd instalment in SC Perkins' Lucy Lancaster series did not disappoint!

This time, Lucy is investigating genealogy of a former coworker of hers relating to an ancestor who was part of the civil war.

I love getting to know Lucy better, as well as her group of friends and seeing her relationship with Ben growing. Well plotted and written, Fatal Family Ties will give you just enough clues to keep you hooked until the end! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780593156926
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Published: Bantam - July 6th, 2021

Maggie Hope is back, but this time she is in Los Angeles at the request of John Sterling. His fiancé is dead, and John - convinced of foul play, and with a local police force who have closed the case - has called Maggie and asked her to investigate. 

Maggie is an exceptional protagonist, and MacNeal has developed her character beautifully. The Hollywood Spy is both MacNeal and Hope at their absolute finest. Fans of the series will not be disappointed. - Rebecca

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A Good Kill (A P.T. Marsh Novel #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593328361
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 15th, 2021

P. T. Marsh is back and partnered up with Remy, and they are investigating a school shooting. Their investigation leads them to a local government conspiracy, which in turn leads Marsh back to the death of his wife and son.

McMahon is at the top of his game with A Good Kill. I love watching the characters develop, Marsh is a great protagonist, but I really love Remy. This one had me questioning everything, and I loved every minute. I can't wait to see what is in store for them next! - Rebecca

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The Lost Village: A Novel Cover Image
By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250249258
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

"Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." - New York Times book review

"[A] scary, highly entertaining debut...that pays homage to Shirley Jackson." - South Florida Sun Sentinel

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ISBN: 9781728245522
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 22nd, 2021

Feels like a blockbuster movie.--Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone

Mackintosh is a pro...the final scene in the book almost made me sick as I read it. I mean that as a compliment of the highest order.--The New York Times

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ISBN: 9780525539131
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 11th, 2021

Colter Shaw is back in The Final Twist

2 plots run alongside each other - the search for someone's missing daughter; and Colter's reunion with his brother Russell as they work together to follow the clues left by their father before he died.

This is Deaver's 3rd Colter Shaw, you can jump in without needing to read the first 2 instalments and not be confused. I highly recommend picking this one up! - Rebecca