Sally's Staff Picks

Sally Woods at Murder By The Book since 2011

I read a bit of everything, so I've tried to include both old and new favorites. That said, my favorite genre is dystopian. Though,sometimes I think I read too much of it as I can get obsessed. Two of my favs are in this stack. ( I had to stop watching The Walking Dead when I started becoming too aware of my surroundings and looking for escape routes.)

Other favorite authors are Kevin Brockmeier, whose writing makes me happy, and Marianne Wiggins whose Evidence of Things Unseen is possibly my favorite book of all time.

Mystery wise, Tana French has a wonderful Irish series. I always look forward to anything by Laura Lippman and Megan Abbott. I'm trying to catch up on women crime writers from the 40's and 50's, the collection here is incredible. David Joy. His writing will stop you in your tracks with its beauty.

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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Pulse: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062443038
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Published: Ecco - October 23rd, 2018

 Pulse has a bit of everything.  Set in 1970's Boston, it's a gritty police procedural  with a bit of sci-fi thrown in.  With plenty of twists and turns, Pulse will lead you down unexpected paths in a crime fiction novel.   For fans of the TV show Stranger Things.  Highly Recommended. - Sally

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ISBN: 9780316477604
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 11th, 2018

The Winter Soldier is an historical novel set in the last two years of WWI.

 It is the story of a young medical student, Lucius, pressed into service as the only doctor in a field hospital in the Carpathian mountains with one nurse, Sister Margarete, who has much more experience than he does.  One day, a soldier is brought to the hospital, who can only communicate by drawing pictures. Lucius become obsessed with finding a cure for him- the winter soldier.   

Mason writes beautiful books. He writes with incredible skill of journeys into far away places.This is one of them. It is a story of war, of love, of longing, of trying to do the right thing. -Sally

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The Piano Tuner: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400030385
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Published: Vintage - August 19th, 2003

A favorite of mine for many years. Not really a mystery,it's a wonderful and intoxicating read about a piano tuner who has never traveled and has to go to Burma to tune a piano for an eccentric British officer in 1886.- Sally

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ISBN: 9780316547185
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 17th, 2018

A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" (Meg Wolitzer) psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me.

You told each other everything. Then she told you too much.

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ISBN: 9780062389923
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Published: William Morrow - February 20th, 2018

 An homage to noir, especially to James M. Cain, Lippman's well-plotted tale of a stranger in town, hidden agendas, and destructive behavior hits all the right notes.  Simply put, Lippman hits it out of the ballpark with Sunburn.   This one is a must read! My highest recommendation! - Sally

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ISBN: 9781616951009
Availability: Backordered
Published: Soho Press - May 31st, 2011

A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that's replaced by obscene insults. Amanda—a successful architect in a happy marriage—finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she's doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette.

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ISBN: 9781501127427
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 4th, 2018

A taut, psychological mind-bender from the bestselling author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

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The Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224629
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Published: Viking - October 9th, 2018

The Witch Elm is Tana French's first novel not in her Dublin Murder Squad series.

It does not disappoint! 

Toby has led a charmed life.  That is until he interrupts two burglars that leave him for dead.  Suffering from loss of memory from his past,Toby goes home to his family's estate to recover and help his Uncle Hugo.  Then, a skull is found in the old witch elm tree. As detectives get closer to an answer, Toby begins to wonder what exactly is in  those lost memories. 

Highly recommended!! - Sally