Sally's Staff Picks

Sally Woods at Murder By The Book since 2011

Sally has been in the bookselling biz for almost 20 years.  She comes to MBTB via various Houston indie bookstores.  She did have a life prior to bookstores, but that seems long ago.  She is also somewhat new to the mystery genre and is learning about new authors all the time.

Some her favorite authors include: Stephen King, John Sandford, Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, Kevin Brockmeier, Dan Chaon, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates (especially the short stories), Margaret Atwood, and newly discovered Louise Penny.  

Sally's 2016 Top 10:

1. The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood
2. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
3. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
4. The One Man by Andrew Gross
5. Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell
6. The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
7. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
8. The After Party by Anton DiSclafani
9. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
10. Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

Short stories:
The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. James
Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985526
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books - June 27th, 2017

A riveting psychological thriller inspired by the never-caught Zodiac Killer, about a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.


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$9.99
ISBN: 9781250079527
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 27th, 2017

The One Man is a powerful, fast-paced thriller, which is a bit of a departure for Gross. 

I found it riveting. It's extremely well written and totally believable.  It's one of the must reads of the year! The One Man is primarily set in Auchwitz in 1944. it is about one man, Alfred Mendl,a physicist who has the knowledge to build the atom bomb, and another man, who escaped Europe, and joined the U.S. Army  and has been recruited to sneak into Auchwitz and rescue him.

The One Man will stay with you long after you have read it. - Sally


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$15.99
ISBN: 9781455561797
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 6th, 2017

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF FARGO COMES "ONE THE YEAR'S BEST SUSPENSE NOVELS" (NEW YORK TIMES). On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean.


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735216525
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

The moving and suspenseful new novel that Ann Patchett calls "smart and thrilling and impossible to put down... the book that every reader longs for."

"This summer's undoubtable smash hit... an addictive, heart-palpitating story." --Marie Claire


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$20.79
ISBN: 9781250113696
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 6th, 2017

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Praised by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter, and sure to thrill fans of The Girl on the Train and The Widow, The Marsh King's Daughter is mesmerizing psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.