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!

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Too Far Gone (Lucy Kincaid Novels #14) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250164469
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - October 30th, 2018

This one is part of the Lucy Kincaid series, but works perfectly as a standalone - it's the first of the series I have read. 

FBI agent Lucy Kincaid is married to Sean Rogan, and lives in San Antonio. A hostage situation means she is called into work a new case involving a pharmaceutical company. In the meantime, Sean's son, Jesse, is staying with them for the summer. Jesse's mom, Madison, and stepdad, Carson, are not too happy about it. As Lucy gets to the bottom of her case, events change as a threat is made - but is it aimed at Lucy, Sean or Jesse?

This book does make reference to previous events, but enough information is given that you won't be lost or confused about situations. A good, fast paced, quick read! - Rebecca

Target: Alex Cross Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316273947
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 19th, 2018

Washington D.C. The President is dead, and the vice president is sworn in. Soon after, he is assassinated, as are other high up members of the government in D.C. and in Texas. The assassins then start getting assassinated and Alex Cross is on the case, along with the FBI and his wife, Bree. 

Patterson's Alex Cross is one of my go-to characters, this one doesn't disappoint! - Rebecca

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The Other Woman: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250191984
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 21st, 2018

Emily meets Adam and falls head over heels in love. The only problem? Adam's mother, Pammie, is hell bent on destroying their relationship. How far is she willing to go? - Rebecca

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Tear Me Apart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778330004
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Published: Mira Books - August 28th, 2018

Seventeen year old Mindy is training for the US Olympic Ski Team. An accident leads to a broken leg, a leukemia diagnosis, and a secrets being revealed. Mindy's mom will do just about anything to stop these secrets from tearing her family apart. - Rebecca

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Pieces of Her: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062430274
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Published: William Morrow - August 21st, 2018

Laura has been Andrea's mom for 31 years. When Andrea and her mom are caught up in a mall shooting, Andrea finds out her mom may not always have been who she is now. Jumping from the present day, back to 1986, Pieces of Her tells the suspenseful, gripping story of how Laura ended up being Laura. - Rebecca

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An Unwanted Guest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525557623
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - August 7th, 2018

An isolated hotel, a snowstorm, a power outage, and a body.

The perfect recipe for a quick suspenseful read. My favorite kind of synopsis! - Rebecca

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Sweet Little Lies: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062823199
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Published: Harper - August 14th, 2018

Cat Kinsella, originally from Ireland, is now a young office with the police in London. A young woman is found dead, and during the investigation, it turns out that even though she has a different name, she is someone who Cat knew growing up. Cat believes her Dad is somehow involved, and faces a dilemma about whether to come clean with her superiors and tell them her suspicions, or try to protect her family. 

This was a great debut, the characters were well written, and Cat is a really likeable character. This might just be one of my top books this year!

If you like the Peter James books, this is probably a good next read for you. - Rebecca