Brenda's Staff Picks

Brenda Jordan at Murder By The Book since 2009

After years of reading only True Crime, I slowly moved to mystery novels. Now, I primarily read British, Historical, Foreign and Espionage novels. From Peter James to Alan Bradley, Geraldine Brooks to Mark Pryor, Kate Morton to Amor Towles, Martin Walker to Daniel Silva, each author offers his/her unique ability to tell a story well. And, the well-written, well-told story is what I want!

Whether fast-paced, intense, poignant, charming— I know the story has “it” when I can’t get it out of my mind. What’s better than the anticipation of a new book by a favorite author, or the unexpected find of a great book by a new author? Nothing! That’s what it’s all about.

Brenda's 2023 Top Ten:

1.  The Quiet Tenant - Clemence Michallon
2.  Murder Your Employer by Rupert Holmes
3.  The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths
4.  The Art Thief by Michael Finkel
5.  The Square of Sevens by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
6.  The Last Devil To Die by RichardOsman
7.  Homecoming by Kate Morton
8.  All That is Mine I Carry with Me by William Landay
9.  The Little Village of Book Lovers by Nina George
10. The Golden Gate by Amy Chua

The Mystery Writer: A Novel By Sulari Gentill Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728285184
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - March 19th, 2024

"A mischievous twist on mystery novels and the people who write them." — Benjamin Stevenson, author of Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone and Everyone on the Train is a Suspect

There's nothing easier to dismiss than a conspiracy theory—until it turns out to be true

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The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers: A novel By Samuel Burr Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593470091
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Published: Doubleday - April 9th, 2024

An extraordinary, gloriously uplifting novel about the power of friendship and the puzzling ties that bind us

The Last Party: A Novel By Clare Mackintosh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728269849
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 11th, 2023

"Wicked fun, devilishly clever, with echoes of Agatha Christie." —Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author

At midnight, one of them is dead. By morning, all of them are suspects.

It's the party to end all parties….but not everyone is here to celebrate.

A Game of Lies: A Novel By Clare Mackintosh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728296500
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - April 23rd, 2024

"It's everything you want from a thriller—and then some. Hugely enjoyable." —Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author

They say the camera never lies. But on this show, you can't trust anything you see.