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 2019 Top 10

1. The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger
2. Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
3. Dragonfly by Leila Meacham
4. Girls Like Us by Christina Alger
5. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliot
6. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty
7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
8. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
9. A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan
10. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
11. The Lost Man by Jane Harper

 

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A Murderous Relation (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery #5) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451490742
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Published: Berkley - March 10th, 2020

A Murderous Relation is a fabulous and highly entertaining addition to Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell series. Cleverly written and chock full of witty dialogue, A Murderous Relation may be my new favorite book in this series. Raybourn delves into Veronica’s personal life and familial issues having her meet a few of her royal relatives and make some important discoveries about both them and herself. The story is full of smart twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat until I had turned the last page. Intelligent and humorous, A Murderous Relation was a joy to read from start to finish. - Cindy

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The Sun Down Motel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780440000174
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Published: Berkley - February 18th, 2020

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.  I have not stopped telling people about it since I finished it.  First, the cover is the about the coolest cover I have ever seen.  Second, the book is simply fantastic; I absolutely loved it.  The pacing is perfect; it’s awesomely creepy but not overly scary; and it is one of the best books I have read in a while. Her characters are so well developed, and I rooted for both Viv and Carly as they sought to determine what was haunting The Sun Down Motel. I could talk about it for days and days (and will be for quite some time). - Cindy

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Death in the Family (A Shana Merchant Novel #1) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593097892
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Published: Berkley - February 18th, 2020

Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert - Tessa Wegert’s brilliant debut starts with an Agatha Christie-style premise - an isolated property, a missing man, a blood soaked bed and room, and a defined group of people on the private island. The police are called out to the island just as a terrible storm is brewing trapping the investigators in the house with a cast of unlikeable characters. As they attempt to determine what happened to the missing individual, people start dying. Terrifically atmospheric, Death in the Family contains the perfect balance of a solid and creative mystery and intriguing character development. This is the start of a promising new series with an ending that will have readers clamoring for the next installment. - Cindy


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The Woman in the Mirror: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250230058
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 17th, 2020

I am loving the continued revival of gothic tales following the success of The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware and The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths- two fabulous books that you should read if you haven’t yet. One of my favorite new additions to the genre is The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James - it’s deliciously creepy and so much fun to read. If you like a good solid ghost story with a definite gothic feel- this is the book for you. - Cindy


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Long Range (A Joe Pickett Novel #20) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525538233
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 3rd, 2020

This series is a favorite of mine, and I am always eagerly anticipating the next installment. Long Range is a great addition to the series, and C. J. Box continues to weave in current, timely topics into his mysteries while crafting an entertaining and fast-paced story. In Long Range, Joe Pickett deals with two separate cases - a bizarre grizzly bear attack that is outside his district and the wounding of a prominent judge's wife in what appears to be an assassination attempt on the judge. There are lots of twists and turns, and the ending will come as a surprise to readers. I highly recommend Long Range - it is a lot of fun to read. - Cindy

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I See You So Close: The Last Ghost Series, Book Two Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781948924894
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Published: Arcade - March 17th, 2020

M Dressler’s second installment in the Last Ghost series focuses on ghost Emma Rose Finnis and her attempts to exist in a human world that fears such creatures. Emma stumbles upon a town named White Bar whose secrets are well guarded, and she is determined to uncover the truth about the history of the town. I See You So Close balances character development with a creative tale, and Dressler paces her story well. While it is the second in the series, details from the previous book are rehashed, and readers can leap into this one without trouble if they have not read the first one.  - Cindy


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The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501191886
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer is a fascinating read about a man, Jeffrey Lendrum, who spent his life stealing and smuggling rare bird eggs and UK Detective Andy McWilliam who eventually brought Lendrum to justice. The story is a mix of adventure, history, and true crime and provides a glimpse into the world of rare bird and rare bird egg obsession. The Falcon Thief spans the globe from the Middle East to Canada to Africa to the United Kingdom and is truly a fascinating story. Reading about the detrimental impact on numerous bird species and the singular focus and obsession demonstrated by those involved in the bird egg theft and bird capture was both depressing and mind boggling. Numerous men went to prison repeatedly for these crimes and seemed almost unable to turn away from their obsession. Once I started this book, I could not put it down; I highly recommend it. - Cindy