Cindy's Staff Picks

Cindy Burnett at Murder By The Book since 2018

My reading tastes span a wide range of genres: mysteries, historical fiction, literary fiction, memoirs, and engaging non-fiction. I love almost anything related to art, France, New York City, Golden Age Hollywood, the Gilded Age, Texas and World War 2. I enjoy C.J. Box’s mysteries because I always learn something fascinating about the environment or a current political issue, and I love Fiona Davis’s novels because she explores in-depth places like Grand Central Terminal and the Dakota. I will read anything written by Jacqueline Winspear, Susan Elia McNeal, Martin Walker, Michael Connelly, Kate Morton, and Elly Griffiths. They all create incredibly well-written, engaging stories.

Some of my recent non-mystery favorites have been News of the World, A Gentleman in Moscow, How to Walk Away, and Dear Fahrenheit 451. I even have a few books that I return to again and again: both Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen and Robert Frost’s The Road Less Taken.

Cindy's 2018 Top 10

1. The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery
2. Force of Nature by Jane Harper
3. Past Tense by Lee Child
4. The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
5. Still Lives by Maria Hummel 
6. The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
7. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
8. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
9. Liar’s Candle by Thomas August
10. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis


Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

The Silent Patient is the best psychological thriller that I have read in ages.  As the book opens, Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter, has been in a psychiatric facility for six years following her gruesome murder of her husband.  She has not spoken since the crime occurred, refusing to provide an explanation for why she murdered him.  Her refusal to speak has caused the public to become fascinated with the crime and her motive, and the price of her art has skyrocketed.  Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist, seeks to work with Alicia; he is determined to find out her motives and get her speaking again.  

The story alternates between Theo’s perspective and Alicia’s diary entries from before the crime occurred. There are several fabulous twists and turns, and the ending is simply stunning.  I certainly did not see it coming which made for a fantastic read. The Silent Patient is a page turner, and you will not want to put it down once you start reading.  I highly, highly recommend it. - Cindy

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ISBN: 9781250105684
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 5th, 2019

A simply fabulous read! The book has everything - a great mystery, stellar characters, and a desolate, unforgiving setting. -- Cindy

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ISBN: 9780062869852
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Published: Harper - February 19th, 2019

The first entry in a clever, lighthearted mystery series set in modern Provence—a delightful blend of Agatha Christie and Peter Mayle—featuring the irrepressible Penelope Kite, a young-at-heart divorcee with a knack for stumbling across dead bodies.

It’s love at first sight when Penelope Kite sees Le Chant d’Eau—The Song of Water—the stone f

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ISBN: 9781250148872
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 12th, 2019

Christi Daugherty’s series starring crime reporter Harper McClain is a true standout in the mystery/thriller genre, and A Beautiful Corpse is a stellar addition to the series. The mysteries are clever and realistic, the Savannah setting is superb, and her writing is fabulous.  In A Beautiful Corpse, a law student who bartends at Harper’s local corner bar is murdered in the downtown historic district of Savannah.  As the city demands answers, Harper works to untangle the web of lies and jealousy that drove someone to kill Naomi Scott.  Meanwhile, her personal life is stressful as she struggles to keep her job as the newspaper faces another round of layoffs and she realizes that someone is watching her every move.  A Beautiful Corpse is a fabulous mystery that will make my top 10 for the year – it is that good. - Cindy

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ISBN: 9781101990513
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Published: Berkley - January 22nd, 2019

The New York Times bestselling author of The Widow returns with a brand new novel of twisting psychological suspense about every parent’s worst nightmare...