Sam Mayer has been working at Murder By The Book off and on since 2008. He likes to read British whodunits and bleak, American noir.
Sam's 2017 Top 10:
1. The Fact of a Body by Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich
2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
3. Shadow Man by Alan Drew
4. Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama
5. Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre
6. Safe by Ryan Gattis
7. Proving Ground by Peter Blauner
8. The Dry by Jane Harper
9. Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes
10. Different Class by Joanne Harris
Spotlight on Second in Series:
Righteous by Joe Ide
Down for the Count by Martin Holmen
Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen *
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.
Twenty years ago, Detective Mikami and the police in Prefecture D handled a kidnapping and ransom case that went horribly wrong. A small child ended up dead and the killer free. Mikami is now press secretary for the police and dealing with his own daughters' mysterious disappearance. But the case that has haunted him, nicknamed Six Four, contains to come up. And why has the police set up a wall of silence surrounding Six Four all of the sudden? And just what is the Koda Memo? Six Four is a twisty, thrilling procedural and fascinating look at Japanese society and policing. Perfect for Stieg Larrson fans! - Sam
Famed mystery novelist Alan Conway's final manuscript in his popular Atticus Pünd series just might contain all the clues to a very real, very dangerous, very cunning murder. It's up to Susan Ryeland, Conway's former editor, to read both his manuscript and the real-life clues left behind to solve not one, but two murders. Fans of Christie and Sayers will delight at the puzzles, intricacies, and plotting of Conway's manuscript and fans of thrillers will be riveted by the Ryeland's race against the clock to solve the crime Conway's manuscript hints at. One of the most clever, pleasing, and spell-binding reads of the year. From the author of House of Silk and creator of Foyle's War. Honestly, what's not to love?! - Sam
Inspired by the real first female lawyer in India, Massey introduces us to Perveen Mistry. Oxford educated and fiercely independent: Perveen is determined to start her life over again after a failed marriage. What she doesn't expect, however, is to find herself investigating murder and deception in Bombay's notoriously closed off and secretive Muslim community. Packed to the gills with gorgeous period detail and featuring a strong, likable heroine The Widows of Malabar Hill is a fantastic start to what I'm sure will be a stellar series. - Sam
K spends her days having sex, doing heroin, getting drunk. Maybe she's plotting a terrorist attack. Maybe she is the most exclusive call-girl in New York. Maybe she is oth. Ultraluminous is a brutal and poetic novel that is unlike anything I have read in a long time. An unforgiving but riveting book about a woman hellbent on destruction. - Sam