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 2022 Top 10:

  1. The Enigma of Room 622 – Joel Dicker
  2. The Resemblance by Lauren Nossett
  3. Do No Harm – Robert Pobi
  4. Two Nights in Lisbon – Chris Pavone
  5. The Lies I Tell – Julie Clark
  6. The Murder Rule – Dervla McTiernan
  7. The Bullet That Missed – Richard Osman
  8. The Favor – Nora Murphy
  9. The It Girl – Ruth Ware
  10. The Long Weekend – Gilly MacMillan



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Device Free Weekend By Sean Doolittle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538706596
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 28th, 2023

7 friends, a billionaire, and an all expenses trip to a remote island for a weekend together. 

Once they arrive, cell phones and smart watches are locked away. When their host presents them with a classic trolley problem, it turns out the weekend isn't going to go quite as they expected...

Fast paced, tension-filled, Device Free Weekend is sure to guarantee you spend some device free time. - Rebecca

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Red Queen By Juan Gómez-Jurado Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250853677
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 14th, 2023

Translated from Spanish, Red Queen is the start of a trilogy featuring Antonia Scott. She isn't a cop but she's solved some of the most impossible crimes after being enlisted by the man she refers to as Mentor.

This had me hooked from the start and on the edge of my seat until the end - I can't wait for the next instalment! - Rebecca

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The Golden Spoon: A Novel By Jessa Maxwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668008003
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Atria Books - March 7th, 2023

“This delicious combination of Clue and The Great British Bake Off kept me turning the pages all night!” —Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Only Murders in the Building meets The Maid in this darkly beguiling locked-room mystery where someone turns up dead on the set of TV’s hottes

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The House in the Pines: A Novel By Ana Reyes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593186718
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Published: Dutton - January 3rd, 2023

Maya's best friend inexplicably dropped dead just before she left for college. Maya is convinced that Frank - a creepy guy they know - is somehow behind it, but no one will believe her. 

Fast forward, and Maya stumbles across a video on YouTube. A woman drops dead whilst sitting directly across from Frank.

Reyes debut is a well written and atmospheric psychological thriller. - Rebecca

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The Last Party: A Novel By Clare Mackintosh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728250960
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - November 8th, 2022

"Wicked fun, devilishly clever, with echoes of Agatha Christie." —Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author

At midnight, one of them is dead. By morning, all of them are suspects.

It's the party to end all parties….but not everyone is here to celebrate.

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The Long Weekend: A Novel By Gilly Macmillan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063074330
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 28th, 2023

3 couples are planning a long weekend away. Last minute changes mean the 3 wives are travelling to their rental cottage a day before their husbands, and a girl's night is just what they all need. However, on arrival things start to go wrong as they find a note telling them that one of their husbands will be dead by now. 

I could not put this down. Every time I thought I had figured it out, something else happened to make me rethink. The Long Weekend is a cleverly plotted, intricately woven thriller that will keep you hooked from the very start. - Rebecca

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I Love It When You Lie: A Suspense Novel By Kristen Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778333432
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Published: Mira Books - March 14th, 2023

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and the Williams sisters all have a man in their life they might well be better off without. 

I loved the Williams sisters, and highly recommend picking this up! - Rebecca

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All the Dangerous Things: A Novel By Stacy Willingham Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250803856
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 10th, 2023

It's been a year since Izzy's18 month old son was taken from his crib in the middle of the night. With no sign of forced entry, no clues, the investigation into his disappearance is going nowhere.

Dealing with horrific insomnia, Izzy is determined to consider all possibilities into her son's disappearance, while confronting some truths about her own past.

I could feel Izzy's desperation coming off the page and completely empathized with her, Willingham's writing is flawless - I didn't even realize I had been holding my breath until the very end. Willingham is definitely one to watch out for.  - Rebecca

Stacy Willingham and Hannah Morrissey will sign on Saturday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m.

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The Chateau: A Novel By Jaclyn Goldis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668013014
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - May 23rd, 2023

Darcy, Jade, Vix and Belle are 4 friends who met while studying in France 20 years ago. They have all received a very formal looking invitation from Darcy's grandmother, Séraphine, to spend a weekend in her chateau in Provence - and each one has their own motive for accepting the invite. 

The morning after Jade's 40th birthday celebration, Séraphine is found brutally murdered, and the 4 friends begin to point fingers at each other, and secrets dating back for generations threaten to spill.

Told from the 4 friends viewpoints, this was fantastic - a perfect read for fans of Lisa Jewell and Ruth Ware! - Rebecca