Brenda's Staff Picks

Brenda Jordan at Murder By The Book since 2009

Brenda's "Claim to Fame" is she is McKenna's mother. Some of Brenda's favorite authors: Martin Walker, Alan Bradley, Kate Morton, Jacqueline Winspear, Louise Penny, Daniel Silva, Charles Todd, Anne Zouroudi, and Ariana Franklin

Brenda's 2016 Top Ten:

1.  A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
2.  Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi
3.  The Last Painting of Sara DeVos by Dominic Smith
4.  Black Widow by Daniel Silva
5.  Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker
6.  Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
7.  What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte
8.  The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
9.  The Woman In Blue by Elly Griffiths
10. Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

Find of the Year:  Fred Vargas series

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Need You Dead Cover Image
ISBN: 9781509816316
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Published: Pan MacMillan - June 6th, 2017

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her.

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The Birdwatcher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316248
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Published: Mulholland Books - June 27th, 2017

Shaw's unique novel of juxtaposition is not to be missed! Set on the harsh Kent coastline, loner and peace-loving birdwatcher Sgt. William South hides a deep-rooted secret. South's 
neighbor, fellow birdwatcher and only friend is found brutally beaten to death. Was he the person South believed him to be?  And South's newly assigned supervisor has come to Kent, 
bringing along her own set of secrets. Shaw's intelligently-written psychological thriller is sure to entertain. Be sure to pick up a copy! - Brenda

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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Psychological suspense at it's best!  This is Helena's story to tell, as she says frequently. It's the story of her mother's abduction, Helena's birth two years later, their lives in the most remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan, their eventual escape, and their lives after they integrate into society. I could not put this book down!  Eerie, cruel, gut-wrenching, brutal and's all that and more! - Brenda

Karen Dionne will sign at MBTB on Tuesday, June 20th

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He Said/She Said Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250113696
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 6th, 2017

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The Templars' Last Secret: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946800
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 13th, 2017

A woman's body is found at the base of a cliff below a Knights Templar stronghold. The location draws archaeologists and scholars who investigate the maze of caves beneath the stronghold. It appears the woman was searching for an religious artifact that has Middle Eastern significance.  And when she is determined to have Islamic ties, Bruno feels the pressure to solve the age-old mystery of the site, the caves beneath it, and her death. Tenth in the series, Walker continues to enchant us with Bruno's life in St. Denis. Just in time for summer, be sure to pick up a copy of The Templar's Last Secret! - Brenda