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!

Christina's 2019 Top "10":

Book Of The Year:
Dragonfly by Leila Meacham

And in no particular order:
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
City of Windows by Robert Pobi
The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Game of Bones by Carolyn Haines
The Other Woman by Daniel Silva
Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center
The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger
The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio
 

Dragonfly Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538732229
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 9th, 2019

Read the USA Today bestseller from the author of Roses, a "sumptuous, full-bodied, and emotional" novel about five young spies embedded among the highest Nazi ranks in occupied Paris (Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Tony's Wife).


The Secrets We Kept: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656159
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 
A HELLO SUNSHINE x REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK


City of Windows: A Novel (Lucas Page #1) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250293947
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 6th, 2019

"City of Windows is moving, breathtaking—a great entertainment." —The Wall Street Journal

“A tough, wise, knowing narrative voice, a great plot, a great setting, and even better characters — I loved this.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author


The Chelsea Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524744588
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Published: Dutton - July 30th, 2019

The bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel come together in a dazzling new novel about a twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives—from the national bestselling author of The Dollhouse and The Address.


This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

“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.


Game of Bones (A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery #20) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250154156
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 14th, 2019

The next charming mystery from Carolyn Haines featuring spunky southern private investigator Sarah Booth Delaney.


The Other Woman: A Novel (Gabriel Allon #18) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062834829
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Published: Harper - July 17th, 2018

#1 New York Times Bestseller

#1 USA Today  Bestseller

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Kirkus Best Book of 2018

A Real Book Spy Best Thriller of 2018


Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250047328
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - August 13th, 2019

**INDIE NEXT PICK FOR AUGUST**

**AN AUGUST 2019 LIBRARYREADS SELECTION**

**BOOK OF THE MONTH PICK FOR JULY**

**AN AMAZON EDITOR’S PICK FOR AUGUST**

“Center gives readers a sharp and witty exploration of love and forgiveness that is at once insightful, entertaining, and thoroughly addictive.”
KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW


The Dragon Lady Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781448217267
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Published: Bloomsbury Caravel - August 13th, 2019

'A daring blend of romance, crime and history, and an intelligent exposé of the inherent injustice and consequences of all forms of oppression' Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions


The Right Sort of Man: A Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250178367
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 4th, 2019

"A delightful immersion in the period and personalities, with that touch of depth that transforms a good series to a great one." —Laurie R. King


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The Only Woman in the Room Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492666868
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 8th, 2019

The New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both?


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All the Flowers in Paris: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
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