John's Staff Picks

John Kwiatkowski, Event Coordinator at Murder By The Book since 2010

In previous career incarnations, John has sold model and toy trains, and been a barista.  Prior to joining the Murder By The Book team he managed one of the local chain bookstores.  When his nose isn't in a book he loves going to concerts, seeing musicals, going to Las Vegas, and spending afternoons in Hermann Park.

John's favorite authors include: Arturo Perez-Reverte, Tasha Alexander, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Daphne Du Maurier, Wilkie Collins, Jacqueline Susann, Victoria Laurie, Beatriz Williams, and Jon Steele.

John's 2016 Top 10:

1. What We Become by Arturo Perez Reverte
2. The After Party by Anton DiSlafani
3. American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
4. A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock
5. The Assistants by Camille Perri
6. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
7. A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander
8. A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
9. American Housewife by Helen Ellis
10. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye 

John Top YA/MG of 2016 (in no particular order):

The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle 
The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
It Wasn't Always Like This by Joy Preble


Late in the Year Discovery (aka: Why Didn't I Read This Sooner?!)

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

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ISBN: 9780062404985
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 27th, 2017

Virginia Fitzwilliam met her husband in France driving ambulances during WWI. Now, years later, she's heading to Florida after news that he died in a house fire. The estranged couple hasn't spoken in years. Parallel timelines tell the story from both angles, and Williams builds the suspense so you can't wait to get back to each story line. Williams continues to expand the world she created in A Certain Age and The Wicked City. I inhaled to last 50 pages in one frantic gulp! - John

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ISBN: 9781501116841
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 13th, 2017

After one of Lydia's regular customers commits suicide in the store, she recieves an unlikely inheritance. A book box of defaced books with some kind of code. Can Lydia decipher the code and figure out how the customer's past relates to her own? - John

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ISBN: 9780553588941
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Published: Spectra Books - June 26th, 2007

Think fantasy Ocean's 11! At it's heart, this is just a fun con novel! - John

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ISBN: 9780060519131
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012

Weezie Foley has just gone through a bitter divorce, and she's living on the same property as her ex and his new fiance. Weezie is also an antiques picker. One night, while waiting for an estate sale to start, she stumbles across the new fiance's body. Now Weezie needs to beat a murder rap, track down some missing antiques, save a historical mansion from being razed, and deal with her crazy Southern family. Full of laugh out loud moments, and a lot of heart, Savannah Blues (an Edgar award finalist!) is Southern mystery at its best! -John

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ISBN: 9781501139239
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Published: Atria Books - June 13th, 2017

Why has Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo briefly stepped back into the spotlight to auction of some of her most famous gowns? And why has insisted on an unknown reporter to tell her story? Monique asks herself the same question as she meets with Evelyn. 

This book is exquisite. It's moving, it's dishy, it's heartbreaking. Evelyn Hugo is so fully realized that you will forget that she's a fictional character. She's completely in control of her destiny, sometimes to her own detriment, and you can't help but root for her. 

I picked this up because I wanted a fun read, and found myself incredibly moved in a way I wasn't expecting. Having finished the book, I'm sad that I can't have an Evelyn Hugo movie marathon. Taylor Jenkins Reid has taken the trope of the Old Hollywood biography and infused it with heart. - John