Chesli's Staff Picks

Chesli Lobue, at Murder By The Book since 2023.

After briefly living out of state, Chesli is happy to be back in her hometown of Houston. While away, she fell in love with working in the indie bookstore scene and is happy to continue exploring this career path with Murder By The Book! She has always enjoyed reading and pretty much will go for any genre if it grabs her attention. Lately, she has been captivated by horror and fantasy books. When not in the bookstore, Chesli enjoys catching up on new tv and movies, crafting props and costumes for cosplay, and working through her never-ending "to be read" list.

Chesli's favorite authors include: Grady Hendrix, Kazuo Ishiguro, Leigh Bardugo, Hanna B. Hölling, Christopher Moore, Madeline Miller, Shirley Jackson

Chesli's Top Reads of 2023:

1. Leech by Hiron Ennes
2. September House by Carissa Orlando
3. Red Rabbit by Alex Grecian
4. A Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand
5. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 
6. Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
7. Murdle 1 by G.T. Karber 
8. The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson
9. You're Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron 
10. Board to Death by CJ Connor

Leech By Hiron Ennes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250811202
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Published: Tordotcom - August 8th, 2023

“[Leech] is The Thing meets The Alienist . . . beautifully written and so strangely humane . . . I will follow this writer anywhere going forward.” —Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

A surreal and horrifying debut, Hiron Ennes's Leech defies our understanding of identity, heredity, and bodily autonomy.

The September House By Carissa Orlando Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593548615
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Published: Berkley - September 5th, 2023

“Why run from a haunted house when you can stay and ignore the ghosts?

Red Rabbit By Alex Grecian Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250874689
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 19th, 2023

"Impossible to put down.” —Kelly Link, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Get In Trouble

A ragtag posse must hunt down a witch through a wild west beset by demons and ghosts—where death is always just around the bend
in this new supernatural horror by bestselling author Alex Grecian.

A Haunting on the Hill: A Novel By Elizabeth Hand Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316527323
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 3rd, 2023

From award-winning author Elizabeth Hand comes the first-ever novel authorized to return to the world of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill Housea "scary and beautifully written" (Neil Gaiman) new story of isolation and longing perfect for our present time.
**Named a Best Book of the Year by The New

A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593128503
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Published: Del Rey - May 4th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the first book of the Scholomance trilogy, the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder By Holly Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984896391
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Published: Ember - January 5th, 2021

THE MUST-READ MULTIMILLION BESTSELLING MYSTERY SERIES • Everyone is talking about A Good Girl's Guide to Murder! With shades of Serial and Making a Murderer this is the story about an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Murdle: Volume 1: 100 Elementary to Impossible Mysteries to Solve Using Logic, Skill, and the Power of Deduction By G. T. Karber Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250892317
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 13th, 2023

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The Worldwide Puzzle Phenomenon One of The Washington Post's 10 great gifts for book-lovers"Clever, satisfying and utterly addictive." —Janice Hallett, bestselling author of The Appeal

The Christmas Guest: A Novella By Peter Swanson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063297456
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Published: William Morrow - October 17th, 2023

“Delicious…I defy you to stop reading The Christmas Guest once you begin.” — New York Times Book Review

You're Not Supposed to Die Tonight By Kalynn Bayron Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547611546
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 20th, 2023

Instant New York Times bestseller!

At Camp Mirror Lake, terror is the name of the game . . . but can you survive the night?

This heart-pounding slasher by New York Times bestselling author Kalynn Bayron is perfect for fans of Fear Street.

Board to Death (A Board Game Shop Mystery #1) By CJ Connor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496742223
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Published: Kensington Cozies - August 22nd, 2023

The first in an ulta-charming new “quozy” mystery series starring Ben Rosencrantz, a queer 30-something English professor (and closet scifi fan) who’s returned to his hometown of Salt Lake City to run his family’s board game shop in the trendy Sugar House neighborhood – a community hotspot for players of all ages…and for killer collectors!