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 2017 Top 10:

1. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
2. The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
3. UNSUB by Meg Gardiner 
4. The Late Show by Michael Connelly 
5. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
6. The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
7. Celine by Peter Heller
8. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
9. Burning Bright by Nick Petrie  
10. The Address by Fiona Davis 
11. The Dry by Jane Harper

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Discovery Reprint
In A Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes

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Blood Standard (An Isaiah Coleridge Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212879
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 29th, 2018

Laird Barron steps into the crime fiction genre with a classic noir story about a mob enforcer forced to go underground in upstate New York and stay out of sight after he decides to beat down a mob boss. That works fairly well until a girl goes missing and Isaiah decides to help, which leads to exactly the kind of attention he does not want. 

I look forward to seeing more about Isaiah Coleridge. He's flawed, darkly funny. I liked him. For fans of James Ellroy, James Crumley. - Sally

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How It Happened Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316293938
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 15th, 2018

I'm a huge fan of Michael Koryta. I always look forward to his next book and this one may just very well be his best yet! 

"How It Happened" is a stand alone. With Koryta's excellent plotting and riveting characters,he keeps you guessing and wondering to the very end. This is a powerful read.  I loved it. - Sally

City of Ink: A Mystery (Li Du Novels #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250142795
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Minotaur Books - August 21st, 2018

Following the enthralling 18th century Chinese mysteries Jade Dragon Mountain and White Mirror, comes the next Li Du adventure in City of Ink.

Li Du was prepared to travel anywhere in the world except for one place: home. But to unravel the mystery that surrounds his mentor’s execution, that’s exactly where he must go.

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Eagle & Crane Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184291
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 3rd, 2018

Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.