Murder By The Book Recommends: At Home Edition!

Join virtually as the Murder By The Book staff recommends recent and upcoming favorite reads from the comfort of their own homes!


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Event date: 

Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Mystery Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250241702
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - February 2nd, 2021

"Getting the job done" for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It.

One of "The Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2021" —Parade
One of "The Most Anticipated Debuts of 2021" —Bustle
One of "The Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021" —Goodreads
One of "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021" —Crimereads


A Will to Kill Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781951709075
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Agora Books - December 1st, 2020

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BOOKS WE RECOMMEND THIS WEEK--The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST CRIME FICTION OF 2020 BY OPEN, THE MAGAZINE


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Shiver Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593187838
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 19th, 2021

In this propulsive locked-room thriller debut, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at their remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm.


The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery (Detective Club Crime Classics) Cover Image
By Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin (Introduction by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780008216474
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Collins Crime Club - January 7th, 2021

One of Buzzfeed's Most Anticipated Books of 2021.
"This trailblazing work of fiction is notable for its depiction of Harlem's African American society and culture in the 1930s" -Bookpage


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SKU: Legends1

With this subscription, you or the gift recipient will be mailed two trade paperback books each month. These books will be important works of the mystery genre, chosen with intention to represent a wide range of authors. One month you might receive a golden age gem paired with last year’s Edgar Award winner. Or it might be a book generally considered to be an author’s best work in translation. Every book will be accompanied by an explanation of its choosing and its historical significance to the world of crime fiction.

Gift subscriptions are possible and recommended! Your subscription will be auto-renewed unless you notify us otherwise. All books will be shipped via media mail.

3 month subscription (including shipping) $99
12 month subscription (including shipping) $375

Texas residents will be required to pay sales tax

Please place subscription orders separately. For instance, if you'd like to place an order for a subscription and a new release or puzzle, place one order for the subscription, and another order for the remaining items.


$0.00
SKU: Legends2

With this subscription, you or the gift recipient will be mailed two trade paperback books each month. These books will be important works of the mystery genre, chosen with intention to represent a wide range of authors. One month you might receive a golden age gem paired with last year’s Edgar Award winner. Or it might be a book generally considered to be an author’s best work in translation. Every book will be accompanied by an explanation of its choosing and its historical significance to the world of crime fiction.

Gift subscriptions are possible and recommended! Your subscription will be auto-renewed unless you notify us otherwise. For this option please choose "In-Store Pickup" as your shipping option.

3 month subscription (local pick-up) $89
12 month subscription (local pick-up) $349

Please place subscription orders separately. For instance, if you'd like to place an order for a subscription and a new release or puzzle, place one order for the subscription, and another order for the remaining items.


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The Windsor Knot: A Novel (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063050006
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - March 9th, 2021

“[A] pitch-perfect murder mystery… If The Crown were crossed with Miss Marple…, the result would probably be something like this charming whodunnit.” – Ruth Ware, author of One by One


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The Postscript Murders Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780358418610
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - March 2nd, 2021

"This droll romp is a latter-day Miss Marple.” Washington Post

Murder leaps off the page when crime novelists begin to turn up dead in this intricate new novel by internationally best-selling author Elly Griffiths, a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie.

The death of a ninety-year-


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Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316500319
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 2nd, 2021

A "stylish and sharp" character-driven suspense novel, "with wicked hairpin turns," about a famous novelist and a small-town striver locked in a struggle for fortune and fame. (Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?)

Florence Darrow is a low-level publishing employee who believes that she's destined to be a famous writer.


The Paris Library: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982134198
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - February 9th, 2021

An instant New York Times, Washington Post, and USA TODAY bestseller—based on the true story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris during World War II—The Paris Library is a moving and unforgettable “ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both” (Kristin Harmel, New York Times


We Begin at the End Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250759665
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

Winner of The Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from The Crime Writers’ Association (UK)
An Instant New York Times Bestseller


“A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. One of those rare books that surprise you along the way and then linger in your mind long after you have finished it.”


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With this subscription, you or your gift recipient will be mailed one new release hardcover each month that is chosen by the Murder By The Book staff as one of the very best books that month. There’s no guarantee of sub-genre… We might choose something that is a techno thriller or a ghost story. It could be anything from foreign intrigue to domestic psychological suspense. The only guarantee is that it will be a book that we love, and one that you’ll be able to jump into with no other previous reading required. Most, if not all, books will include a signed bookplate or be signed copies.

We’ll also have a subscriber-only virtual book group with the author popping in to say “Hi” the following month - timed ensure that you’ve had a chance to read the book ahead of time.

Gift subscriptions are possible and recommended! Your subscription will be auto-renewed unless you notify us otherwise. All books will be shipped via media mail. 

3 month subscription (including shipping) $99
12 month subscription (including shipping) $375

Texas residents will be required to pay sales tax.

Please place subscription orders separately. For instance, if you'd like to place an order for a subscription and a new release or puzzle, place one order for the subscription, and another order for the remaining items.


$0.00
SKU: BOTM2

With this subscription, you or your gift recipient will be mailed one new release hardcover each month that is chosen by the Murder By The Book staff as one of the very best books that month. There’s no guarantee of sub-genre… We might choose something that is a techno thriller or a ghost story. It could be anything from foreign intrigue to domestic psychological suspense. The only guarantee is that it will be a book that we love, and one that you’ll be able to jump into with no other previous reading required. Most, if not all, books will include a signed bookplate or be signed copies.

We’ll also have a subscriber-only virtual book group with the author popping in to say “Hi” the following month - timed ensure that you’ve had a chance to read the book ahead of time.

Gift subscriptions are possible and recommended! Your subscription will be auto-renewed unless you notify us otherwise. For this option please choose "In-Store Pickup" as your shipping option.

3 month subscription (local pick-up) $89
12 month subscription (local pick-up) $349

Please place subscription orders separately. For instance, if you'd like to place an order for a subscription and a new release or puzzle, place one order for the subscription, and another order for the remaining items.


The Wife Upstairs: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250245496
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 5th, 2021

Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

“Compulsively readable...a gothic thriller laced with arsenic.” ––EW


Her Dark Lies Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778388302
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mira Books - March 9th, 2021

If you only read one thriller this year...

"A great modern gothic. Ellison outdid herself-- what an ending " --Catherine Coulter, #1
NYT bestselling author of VORTEX.


The Smuggler's Daughter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780008430160
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HQ Digital - April 6th, 2021

'I loved this book I was hooked from the start... I devoured this.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Only she knows the truth. Only she can save them.


Olive Bright, Pigeoneer (An Olive Bright Mystery #1) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781496731517
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kensington - December 29th, 2020

“Delightful.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
"Charming and exciting...the perfect cozy mystery, with a brilliant heroine you’re sure to adore."—Apple Books, Best of the Month Selection


Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250782595
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 9th, 2021

Lana Lee returns for another delectable cozy set in a Chinese restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in Vivien Chien's Fatal Fried Rice


A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #2) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593099681
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - March 2nd, 2021

In this charming mystery series set in an ice cream shop, no case is too cold to crack!


Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop (A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781496731722
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kensington - February 23rd, 2021

In the first of a new series, after Lindsey Bakeswell catches her celebrity chef fiancé sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey leaves big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker--and gets mixed up in someone's sweet taste of revenge...


$0.00
SKU: Cozy1

Welcome to John’s Cozy Corner! This subscription includes one mass market paperback each month, chosen by our resident cozy expert, John. This subscription has been informally available for some time to great success, but we’re now making it official! You or your gift recipient will receive a delightful, non-graphic traditional mystery new release. All selections will be chosen to ensure that you don’t need to have read any earlier books in a series to enjoy the monthly pick.

Gift subscriptions are possible and recommended! Your subscription will be auto-renewed unless you notify us otherwise. All books will be shipped via media mail. 

3 month subscription (including shipping) $35
12 month subscription (including shipping) $135

Texas residents will be required to pay sales tax

Please place subscription orders separately. For instance, if you'd like to place an order for a subscription and a new release or puzzle, place one order for the subscription, and another order for the remaining items.


$0.00
SKU: Cozy2

Welcome to John’s Cozy Corner! This subscription includes one mass market paperback each month, chosen by our resident cozy expert, John. This subscription has been informally available for some time to great success, but we’re now making it official! You or your gift recipient will receive a delightful, non-graphic traditional mystery new release. All selections will be chosen to ensure that you don’t need to have read any earlier books in a series to enjoy the monthly pick.

Gift subscriptions are possible and recommended! Your subscription will be auto-renewed unless you notify us otherwise. For this option please choose "In-Store Pickup" as your shipping option. 

3 month subscription (local pick-up) $25
12 month subscription (local pick-up) $99

Please place subscription orders separately. For instance, if you'd like to place an order for a subscription and a new release or puzzle, place one order for the subscription, and another order for the remaining items.


Later Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781789096491
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hard Case Crime - March 2nd, 2021

“Part detective tale, part thriller…touching and genuine.” —The New York Times
 
#1 bestselling author Stephen King returns with a brand-new novel about the secrets we keep buried and the cost of unearthing them.
 


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
 


Never Far Away Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316535939
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 9th, 2021

New York Times bestselling "master" of American thriller writing Michael Koryta returns with an electrifying new novel about a mother seeking to reconnect with her children after a terrible trial tears their family apart

Nina Morgan’s bloodstained car was found a decade ago on a lonely Florida road.


The Sanatorium: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593296677
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 2nd, 2021

REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK
An instant New York Times bestseller!

“An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.” Reese Witherspoon


You won't want to leave. . . until you can't.


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The Lost Village: A Novel Cover Image
By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250249258
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - March 23rd, 2021

"Come for the mounting horror and scares, but stay for a devastating examination of the nature of family secrets." - New York Times book review

"[A] scary, highly entertaining debut...that pays homage to Shirley Jackson." - South Florida Sun Sentinel