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 2021 Top 10:

In no particular order...

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
Left You Dead by Peter James
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Hostage by Clare MacKintosh
The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
The Hollywood Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
A Good Kill by John McMahon
These Quiet Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant
Outside Man by Don Bentley


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Absolutely Truly (A Pumpkin Falls Mystery) By Heather Vogel Frederick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442429734
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

Meet Truly Lovejoy, a girl who always stands out in a crowd. Follow her journey as she moves with her family to Pumpkin Falls, a tiny New Hampshire town. 

From following clues found in a letter in an old copy of 'Charlotte's Web', to someone sabotaging maple trees during the annual maple festival, to uncovering a mystery at summer camp, the Truly stories are an absolute delight for any mystery loving tween - these are the perfect books for curling up with under a blanket with a steaming cup of cocoa. - Rebecca

Yours Truly (A Pumpkin Falls Mystery) By Heather Vogel Frederick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442471870
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 30th, 2018

Another wild mystery needs to be solved and it’s up to the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes to solve it in this hilarious follow up to the heartwarming middle grade mystery, Absolutely Truly.

Even Truly Lovejoy has to admit that teeny-tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, has its charms—like the annual maple festival, where tourists flock from all over to sample the local m

Really Truly (A Pumpkin Falls Mystery) By Heather Vogel Frederick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534414389
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

The Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes grapple with pirates and mermaids in the third cozy mystery of the Edgar Award–nominated middle grade series from the author of the beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club books.

Truly Lovejoy is excited for the perfect summer in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire: swim practice outside, working at the bookstore, one-on-one time with her mom, and best of all,

Killers of a Certain Age By Deanna Raybourn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593200681
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Published: Berkley - September 6th, 2022

It's kill or be killed for a group of four 60-something female assassins. 

I absolutely loved this - the characters, the dialogue, everything. - Rebecca

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Things We Do in the Dark: A Novel By Jennifer Hillier Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250763167
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 19th, 2022

Paris Peralta is arrested for the murder of her celebrity husband, and she is scared. Not just because she is being accused of murder, but because this could be the thing that uncovers the past she has tried so hard to hide. 

Hillier has knocked it out of the park with Things We Do In The Dark, I couldn't put it down, it kept me guessing until the end. Highly recommend - Rebecca

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Do No Harm: A Lucas Page Novel By Robert Pobi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250793645
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 9th, 2022

The 3rd instalment in Pobi's Lucas Page series is every bit as as good as the first two. 

A lot of doctors have died in the medical community - disease, suicide, accident - but Page sees a pattern where no one else does. A pattern of homicide, and he has got to figure it out, and fast - his wife Erin looks to be the next target.

Pobi's writing is fantastic, his characters, the narrative, the plots. I have been waiting impatiently for this one and it was more than worth the wait.Definitely one of my top books of 2022. - Rebecca

The Bullet That Missed: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery By Richard Osman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593299395
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 20th, 2022

The 3rd instalment of Osman's Thursday Murder Club series is utterly delightful, it was everything I hoped for and then some - his best yet! - Rebecca

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The Enigma of Room 622: A Novel By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780063098817
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Published: HarperVia - September 13th, 2022

A corpse is discovered in Room 622 of the Hôtel Verbier in the Swiss Alps...

There are multiple layers to The Enigma of Room 622, and the precision Dicker's writing is just phenomenal, making this one of the most intelligently written books I have ever read. Completely addictive, I could not put it down. This is one of my top books this year, and definitely not one to missed. - Rebecca

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