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 2021 Top 10:

In no particular in order

Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar
Billy Summers by Stephen King
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
Falling by T.J. Newman
The Guide by Peter Heller
We Begin at the End by Chris Whittaker
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb
Where They Wait by Scott Carson
The Rovers by Richard Lange
The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier

Late to the Party Read:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J.  Klune


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Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases By Paul Holes, Robin Gaby Fisher (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250622792
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Published: Celadon Books - April 26th, 2022


"It’s a mark of the highest honor when I say it’s even more riveting than an episode of 'Dateline'."
—The New York Times

The Self-Made Widow By Fabian Nicieza Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593191293
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 21st, 2022

From the cocreator of Deadpool and author of Suburban Dicks comes a diabolically funny murder mystery that features two unlikely sleuths investigating a murder that reveals the dark underbelly of suburban marriage.

Suburban Dicks By Fabian Nicieza Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593191286
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 3rd, 2022

From the cocreator of Deadpool comes a hilariously entertaining debut featuring two unlikely and unforgettable amateur sleuths. An engrossing and entertaining murder mystery full of skewering social commentary.

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American Demon: Eliot Ness and the Hunt for America's Jack the Ripper By Daniel Stashower Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250041166
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 6th, 2022

New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award-winner Daniel Stashower returns with American Demon, a historical true crime starring legendary lawman Eliot Ness.

Boston had its Strangler. California had the Zodiac Killer. And in the depths of the Great Depression, Cleveland had the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.

The End of October: A novel By Lawrence Wright Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593081143
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Published: Vintage - April 27th, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Towera riveting thriller and “all-too-convincing chronicle of science, espionage, action and speculation” (The Wall Street Journal)

Pay Dirt Road: A Novel (Annie McIntyre Mysteries #1) By Samantha Jayne Allen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250804273
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 19th, 2022

Friday Night Lights meets Mare of Easttown in this small-town mystery about an unlikely private investigator searching for a missing waitress. Pay Dirt Road is the mesmerizing debut from the 2019 Tony Hillerman Prize recipient Samantha Jayne Allen.

Annie McIntyre has a love/hate relationship with Garnett, Texas.

The Lies I Tell: A Novel By Julie Clark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728247595
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 21st, 2022


"A mindbender." —Jessica Knoll

"Riveting...a winner." —Laura Dave

"A knockout." —Mary Kubica

The Drifter (A Peter Ash Novel #1) By Nick Petrie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593422571
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 7th, 2022

The first explosive thriller featuring Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren’t easily left behind...

“Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie’s Peter Ash is the real deal.”—Lee Child