Brooke's Staff Picks

Brooke Kaiser, at Murder By The Book since 2023

Brooke is a lifelong Houstonian who is happiest when surrounded by great books, fine wine, fresh black coffee and large animals, preferably at the same time. When she isn’t reading or sneaking new books into the house, Brooke can be found riding her horse, Lewis. 

Brooke’s favorite authors: Jo Nesbo, Elle Cosimano, Alice Feeney and Lucy Foley. 

Brooke's Top Reads of 2023:

When I’m Dead by Hannah Morrissey
Midnight is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead
Triptych by Karin Slaughter
A Spinster’s Guide to Danger & Dukes by Manda Collins
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord by Celeste Connally
Speak of the Devil by Rose Wilding
The Island by Ragnar Jónasson
Killing Moon by Jo Nesbo
Murder by Degrees by Ritu Mukerji
The Professor by Lauren Nossett

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Midnight Is the Darkest Hour: A Novel By Ashley Winstead Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728269962
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - October 3rd, 2023

From the critically acclaimed author of In My Dreams I Hold A Knife and The Last Housewife comes Midnight is the Darkest Hour, a gothic Southern thriller about a killer haunting a small Louisiana town, where two outcasts—the preacher's daughter and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks—hold the key to uncovering the truth.

You'd Look Better as a Ghost: A Novel By Joanna Wallace Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136170
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2024

Claire, a grieving daughter and part time serial killer, is trying to maintain her lifestyle when a blackmailer comes knocking. If you are in the mood for a fast-paced, slightly bonkers and hilarious dark comedy, then you will love this book. It is such a delight. - Brooke

Everyone Who Can Forgive Me Is Dead: A Novel By Jenny Hollander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250890849
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 6th, 2024

A great debut exploring trauma and what we are capable of in our darkest hours. For fans of “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll.    I couldn’t put it down! - Brooke

A Governess's Guide to Passion and Peril (Ladies Most Scandalous #4) By Manda Collins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538725603
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Published: Forever - March 26th, 2024

I love this series for many reasons, but mostly because it's perfect blend of romance and mystery. - Brooke

The Familiar: A Novel By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250884251
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 9th, 2024

If you like historical fantasy, read it. If you like Leigh Bardugo, read it. If you like quiet and complex and beautiful books, read it. What else is there to say? - Brooke