Cindy's Staff Picks

Cindy Burnett at Murder By The Book since 2018

My reading tastes span a wide range of genres: mysteries, historical fiction, literary fiction, memoirs, and engaging non-fiction. I love almost anything related to art, France, New York City, Golden Age Hollywood, the Gilded Age, Texas and World War 2. I enjoy C.J. Box’s mysteries because I always learn something fascinating about the environment or a current political issue, and I love Fiona Davis’s novels because she explores in-depth places like Grand Central Terminal and the Dakota. I will read anything written by Jacqueline Winspear, Susan Elia McNeal, Martin Walker, Michael Connelly, Kate Morton, and Elly Griffiths. They all create incredibly well-written, engaging stories.

Some of my recent non-mystery favorites have been News of the World, A Gentleman in Moscow, How to Walk Away, and Dear Fahrenheit 451. I even have a few books that I return to again and again: both Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen and Robert Frost’s The Road Less Taken.

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Little: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525534327
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 23rd, 2018

Little is the tale of Madame Tussaud (born Anne Marie Grosholtz) from her young life as an orphan through her time at Versailles with King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and then ultimately as the individual who established the wax museum she is still known for today. Carey includes clever drawings of various items throughout the book relating to the subject at hand, some fascinating and others at times a bit macabre, and each drawing adds depth to the book.  My favorite part of the book is the information and descriptions relating to Revolutionary Paris and her life at Versailles.  Little is a fabulous book about an ordinary girl who leaves an extraordinary legacy. - Cindy

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The Subway Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250169761
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 10th, 2018

Schnall's new book focuses on a small slice of New York City histry, the Miss Subways competition that took place from the early 1940s through the mid-1970s. The story is told in a dual timeline format. In 1949, Charlotte tries out to be Miss Subways, and in 2018, Olivia is an ad exec creating a pitch for the MTA who stumbles upon the Miss Subways campain. I highly recommended it! - Cindy 

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Limelight: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501176371
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - May 1st, 2018

Limelight is one of the best books that I have read this year. Her story revovles around a spoiled pop star who is cast in a Broadway show and the woman who falls into a job as a personal minder. Peoppel follows the show from the first rehearsal read of the script through the various events that are required to open a Broadway show. It's a great read from start to finish! - Cindy

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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101904190
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Published: Crown - September 18th, 2018

The Spy and the Traitor is the true tale of Oleg Gordievsky, a high-level KGB agent, who worked as a double agent for Great Britain and MI6.  Gordievsky helped bring about the demise of the Soviet Union, and The Spy and the Traitor details his career and the story of how a CIA agent was almost his downfall. It is a fabulous, nail-biting read that flows like a fast-paced thriller especially as the author carefully unveils the details of Gordievsky’s exciting escape from Moscow in 1985.  In an era where relations with Russia are sinking lower and lower, Macintyre’s tale hits close to home. - Cindy

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ISBN: 9780998843162
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Published: McGuffin Ink - October 15th, 2018

Murder at Archly Manor is the fabulous start to a new series starring the very likeable and highly entertaining Olivia Belgrave. Despite her posh upbringing, Olivia is penniless and needs a job.  Hired by her aunt to investigate a man her cousin has decided to marry, Olivia attends a weekend party and witnesses a murder. She must solve the crime before someone else becomes the next victim. Rosett has clearly done her research and the time period – fashions, word usage, and Archly Manor itself – is expertly detailed. This is a fun new series! - Cindy