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 2018 Top Ten:

1.  The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachmann
2.  The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
3. Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
4.  The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
5.  Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
6.  Force of Nature by Jane Harper
7.  The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
8.  Dead if You Don't  by Peter James
9.  Sirens by Joseph Knox
10.  A Gentleman's Murder by Christopher Huang
Finds of the Year:

Iona Whishaw - Lane Winslow series
Steve Burrows - Dominic Jejeune series
Robert Bryndza - Erica Foster series
Robert Galbraith - Comoran Strike series

The Long Call (The Two Rivers Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204448
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 3rd, 2019


From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny

The Nanny: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062875556
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Published: William Morrow - September 10th, 2019

The Nanny kept me in white-knuckled suspense until the very last page. Gilly Macmillan’s breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of Downton Abbey gone very, very wrong.” — Tess Gerritsen,  New York Times bestselling author

The Black Jersey: A Novel Cover Image
By Jorge Zepeda Patterson, Achy Obejas (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781984801067
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Published: Random House - June 25th, 2019

A fast-paced mystery where Murder on the Orient Express meets the Tour de France—someone’s killing off cyclists one by one.

There are cyclists willing to die to win a single stage of the Tour, taking suicidal descents at more than 90 kilometers per hour, but now I know there are cyclists willing to kill to win. 

Theme Music: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524744700
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Published: Dutton - July 23rd, 2019

An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller from stunning new talent T. Marie Vandelly.

She didn't run from her dark past. She moved in.