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


Staff Pick Badge
The Turn of the Key Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501188770
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 6th, 2019

The Turn of the Key is the first Ruth Ware book I have ever read, and rest assured, I will now be making sure I get my hands on everything else she has written.

Rowan applies for - and accepts - a job as a live in Nanny in Scotland, the pay is excellent, and the job seems too good to be true. When Rowan arrives things seem a little strange, and only get stranger still until someone dies. 

The Turn of the Key is a wonderfully written psychological thriller, just the right level of creepy, brilliant plot, great characters and fantastic atmosphere. - Rebecca

Staff Pick Badge
Strangers She Knows (Cape Charade #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335468338
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hqn - September 17th, 2019

Mara is back, escaped from prison and desperately hunting Kellen with one goal. To kill her.

Kellen, Max & Rae are in hiding on Isla Paraíso off the coast of California. Cut off from civilization, no cell phones, no wifi, and a psychopath on their tail.

I loved the first 2 books in this series and was so excited to get my hands on #3, I was not disappointed. Exciting and tense, I held my breath throughout the final showdown! - Rebecca

Staff Pick Badge
City of Windows: A Novel (Lucas Page #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250293947
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - August 6th, 2019

The worst blizzard on record has hit New York, and there is a sniper on the loose.

A sniper with an exceptional talent - taking out law enforcement officers on the move through the blizzard.

Dr Lucas Page, ex-FBI, gets pulled back into the bureau because of his own unique skill of being able to analyze a crime scene like no one else. 

Dr Page is in a race against time to find out who is pulling the trigger, because he may well be on the sniper's list of targets. 

This was an absolute rollercoaster of a debut, Dr Page is a great protagonist, and Pobi's writing superb. I already can't wait for the next in the series! - Rebecca

Thirteen: The Serial Killer Isn't on Trial. He's on the Jury. (Eddie Flynn #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250297600
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - August 13th, 2019

Thirteen is the legal thriller Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and Ruth Ware are raving about and readers can’t put down.

“Outstanding - an intriguing premise, a tense, gripping build-up, and a spectacular climax. This guy is the real deal. Trust me.” —Lee Child

The Night Agent: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062889164
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - September 17th, 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

Staff Pick Badge
Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316488167
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: jimmy patterson - September 9th, 2019

Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause is a rollicking rollercoaster of a book!

Contaminated water in 2 different countries, and it is up to Max and her group of CMI friends to save the day! While Max and her friends are working on a plan, the Corp is still plotting to get Max using their latest invention to help them...

A fun and exciting book that will make you not want to stop reading until you have finished. - Emma (age 11)