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, Mary Kay Andrews, Beatriz Williams, and Jon Steele.

For additional cozy mystery recommendations, check out John's Cozy Corner

John's 2017 Top 10:

1. I Found You by Lisa Jewell 
2. The Book of Dust Vol. 1 by Philip Pullman
3. Final Girls by Riley Sager 
4. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
5. Death In St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander 
6. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
7. The Address by Fiona Davis 
8. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
9. Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander
10. The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack 

Discovery of the Year - Mary Kay Andrews

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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781328863577
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 6th, 2018

Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions  ($24) is the first in a promising new series. Auntie Poldi has come to Sicily to drink herself to death with a sea view. Her hobbies include taking photos of attractive policemen, and inserting herself into police investigations. I love her! - John

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Crime & Punctuation (Deadly Edits #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496712554
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Published: Kensington - May 29th, 2018

Mikki is setting up shop as a freelance editor to help pay for the renovations on her childhood home. When one of her first clients is murdered, she's convinced the clues to her death hidden in her manuscript. Could one of the suspects be Mikki's old high school boyfriend, or maybe her high school nemesis? Anything is possible! - John

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The Last Time I Lied: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743079
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Published: Dutton - July 3rd, 2018


In the latest thriller from the bestselling author of Final Girls, a young woman returns to her childhood summer camp to uncover the truth about a tragedy that happened there fifteen years ago.

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Tiffany Blues: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501173592
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Published: Atria Books - August 7th, 2018

Jenny Bell wrestles with ideas of art, beauty, and duty as she is accepted at an art colony created by Louis Comfort Tiffany. She doesn't paint in anything other than blacks and grays, and before she can expand her painting pallet she must come to terms with her past. A past that seems to be encroaching on her new world. M.J. Rose writes so passionately about art and Tiffany glass that you can instantly tell how inspired she was to write this story.