Brenda's Staff Picks

Brenda Jordan at Murder By The Book since 2009

After years of reading only True Crime, I slowly moved to mystery novels. Now, I primarily read British, Historical, Foreign and Espionage novels. From Peter James to Alan Bradley, Geraldine Brooks to Mark Pryor, Kate Morton to Amor Towles, Martin Walker to Daniel Silva, each author offers his/her unique ability to tell a story well. And, the well-written, well-told story is what I want!

Whether fast-paced, intense, poignant, charming— I know the story has “it” when I can’t get it out of my mind. What’s better than the anticipation of a new book by a favorite author, or the unexpected find of a great book by a new author? Nothing! That’s what it’s all about.

Brenda's 2017 Top Ten:

1. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
2. The Dry by Jane Harper
3. I Found You by Lisa Jewel 
4. The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne 
5. Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
6. Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson (out 12/5) 
7. He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly
8. The Birdwatcher by William Shaw
9. The Address by Fiona Davis 
10. House of Spies by Daniel Silva 

The Middleman: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250036179
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 7th, 2018

"The Middleman is smart and entertaining and consistently intriguing..." --Scott Turow, The New York Times Book Review

One of Entertainment Weekly's hottest summer thrillers

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The Girl in the Ice (Erika Foster series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538713426
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 24th, 2018

The first book in the Detective Erika Foster series finds killings in and around London parks, where women's bodies are being found frozen under ice.  Back on duty after an almost career-ending event, Erika has a lot to prove as she begins to connect the dots...and her superiors dismiss her theory.  

The killer is still out there, and he's closing in on Erika. Although Erika is not without her own unique issues, I couldn't help but want the best for her.  I'm definitely looking forward to her next adventure. - Brenda

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A Double Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224964
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Published: Viking - July 31st, 2018

Claire is a doctor living in London. She lives with a secret -- 30 years earlier, her father brutally murdered her mother, and disappeared. Over the years, police have reported sightings of him...but each has been unfounded. Now, police have notified Claire again...will this be the time he's found? Coming off last year's Award Winner Under The Harrow, Berry proves she's on track once again for another award winner. Don't miss out on this one! - Brenda

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Ragdoll: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062653963
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Published: Ecco - December 5th, 2017

Fast-paced and furious, Ragdoll is the debut novel from Daniel Cole. William "Wolf" Fawkes is a gritty, unconventional detective recently reinstated after a suspension for assaulting a suspect.  Hoping for a big case...he gets it!  A corpse, crudely stitched together from severed parts of 6 unknown victims soon becomes known as the Ragdoll.  It's up to Fawkes, his partner Baxter and the Homicide team to solve the crime.  

The case becomes more complicated when the ex-wife journalist of Fawkes receives a packet of photos and a list of 6 names with dates of impending deaths. And, Fawkes is number 6. Gruesome and suspenseful, with a forceful won't be able to put this one down! - Brenda

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A Gentleman's Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942645955
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Published: Inkshares Inc. - April 17th, 2018

A Golden Age mystery that rivals Christie! - Brenda