Sally's Staff Picks

Sally Woods at Murder By The Book since 2011

Sally has been in the bookselling biz for almost 20 years.  She comes to MBTB via various Houston indie bookstores.  She did have a life prior to bookstores, but that seems long ago.  She is also somewhat new to the mystery genre and is learning about new authors all the time.

Some her favorite authors include: Stephen King, John Sandford, Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, Kevin Brockmeier, Dan Chaon, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates (especially the short stories), Margaret Atwood, and newly discovered Louise Penny.  

Sally's 2017 Top 10:

1. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
2. The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
3. UNSUB by Meg Gardiner 
4. The Late Show by Michael Connelly 
5. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
6. The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
7. Celine by Peter Heller
8. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
9. Burning Bright by Nick Petrie  
10. The Address by Fiona Davis 
11. The Dry by Jane Harper

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Discovery Reprint
In A Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes

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The Woman in the Window Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062678416
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - January 2nd, 2018

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." --Gillian Flynn

"Unputdownable." --Stephen King

"A dark, twisty confection." --Ruth Ware

"Absolutely gripping." --Louise Penny

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Force of Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250105639
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - February 6th, 2018

Five women go on a hike. Only four return. Jane Harper, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dry, asks: How well do you really know the people you work with?

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.

A Map of the Dark (Searchers #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316505666
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - January 2nd, 2018

A race-against-time thriller for fans of Tana French and Megan Abbott: To save a missing girl, FBI Agent Elsa Myers may have to lose herself...

Light It Up (Peter Ash Novel #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399575631
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 16th, 2018

"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child

In this action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado's mellowest business, but Ash may find there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

Killman Creek (Stillhouse Lake #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542046411
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas & Mercer - December 12th, 2017

A #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he's not going away.