Sally's Staff Picks

Sally Woods at Murder By The Book since 2011

I read a bit of everything, so I've tried to include both old and new favorites. That said, my favorite genre is dystopian. Though,sometimes I think I read too much of it as I can get obsessed. Two of my favs are in this stack. ( I had to stop watching The Walking Dead when I started becoming too aware of my surroundings and looking for escape routes.)

Other favorite authors are Kevin Brockmeier, whose writing makes me happy, and Marianne Wiggins whose Evidence of Things Unseen is possibly my favorite book of all time.

Mystery wise, Tana French has a wonderful Irish series. I always look forward to anything by Laura Lippman and Megan Abbott. I'm trying to catch up on women crime writers from the 40's and 50's, the collection here is incredible. David Joy. His writing will stop you in your tracks with its beauty.

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

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In A Lonely Place by Dorothy Hughes

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ISBN: 9780316547185
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 17th, 2018

A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" (Meg Wolitzer) psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me.

You told each other everything. Then she told you too much.

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ISBN: 9780399574221
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.

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ISBN: 9780316477604
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 11th, 2018

The Winter Soldier is an historical novel set in the last two years of WWI.

 It is the story of a young medical student, Lucius, pressed into service as the only doctor in a field hospital in the Carpathian mountains with one nurse, Sister Margarete, who has much more experience than he does.  One day, a soldier is brought to the hospital, who can only communicate by drawing pictures. Lucius become obsessed with finding a cure for him- the winter soldier.   

Mason writes beautiful books. He writes with incredible skill of journeys into far away places.This is one of them. It is a story of war, of love, of longing, of trying to do the right thing. -Sally

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ISBN: 9781400030385
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Published: Vintage - August 19th, 2003

A favorite of mine for many years. Not really a mystery,it's a wonderful and intoxicating read about a piano tuner who has never traveled and has to go to Burma to tune a piano for an eccentric British officer in 1886.- Sally

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ISBN: 9780765378385
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Published: Tor Books - July 3rd, 2018

Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning "Lady Astronaut of Mars."

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