Christina's Staff Picks

Christina Coward at Murder By The Book since 2019.

Christina was an elementary teacher in a former life and has always loved being immersed in good book. Chairing books fairs at her children’s schools and taking the lead on visiting authors has taken the place of “working” in her current life. As a longtime customer of MBTB she is so excited to be on the other side of the bookselling industry! When spending time with her family, Christina loves to travel and dance to 70’s music!!!!!

Favorite authors are Carolyn Haines, Daniel Silva, Chris Pavone, Rhys Bowen, Susan Elia MacNeal, Mark Kay Andrews, Michael Connelly, Catherine Center and Katie Fforde!

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ISBN: 9781492666905
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 7th, 2020

From Marie Benedict, the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room An incredible novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill.

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ISBN: 9781101885055
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 13th, 2019

This beautiful story by Sarah Jio is told by two different  women that lived in different decades, both in Paris.  Caroline’s story begin in 2009  with a bike accident that erases her memory.  We can draw conclusions that she was very unhappy before the accident but are left wondering why.  Celine’s story begins in September of 1943 when the occupation of Paris by German soldiers was beginning.  She lives with her father, the owner of a neighborhood flower shop and her precious daughter Cosi. These characters’ stories are told in alternating chapters keeping the reader on the edge asking, “what do these women have in common? What is the connection between the two?”  The Bistro Jeanty, a local restaurant that has been in business over 100 years holds many secrets and  that will connect these women forever.  This book is about never ending love and healing that takes places through love and forgiveness.  A poignant phase from the book that resinates with readers is  “…I think the most important things in life are thankfulness, forgiveness and love.”  - Christina

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ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019


“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land...This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —Parade

A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace.

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ISBN: 9781496720702
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Published: Kensington - April 30th, 2019

As the nineteenth century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at their summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the cream of the crop can curdle one’s blood . . .

Murder at the Brightwell: The First Amory Ames Mystery (An Amory Ames Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250160348
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 5th, 2017

Shortlisted for the Edgar Awards

Ashley Weaver’s debut mystery, Murder at the Brightwell, is a delicious, stylish novel in which murder invades British polite society and romance springs in unexpected places, and a wonderful testament to the enduring delight of the traditional mystery.

“An elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp.” —Deborah Crombie