Murder By The Book Recommends! Best of 2020 & Holiday Gift Guide!

Get prepared for Small Business Saturday and join us on YouTube for recommendations and discussion of the best books of the year and our favorite gift ideas!

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Event date: 

Friday, November 27, 2020 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
Fortune Favors the Dead: A Novel (A Pentecost and Parker Mystery #1) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546553
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Published: Doubleday - October 27th, 2020

“[Fortune Favors the Dead has] razor-sharp style, tons of flair, a snappy sense of humor, and all the most satisfying elements of a really good noir novel, plus plenty of original twists of its own.”—Tana French


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The Lions of Fifth Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524744618
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Published: Dutton - August 4th, 2020

A Good Morning America Book Club Pick and a New York Times bestseller!
 
“A page-turner for booklovers everywhere! . . . A story of family ties, their lost dreams, and the redemption that comes from discovering truth.”—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife 


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Death at High Tide: An Island Sisters Mystery (The Island Sisters #1) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250194480
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 18th, 2020

Death at High Tide is the delightful first installment in the Island Sisters series by Hannah Dennison, featuring two sisters who inherit an old hotel in the remote Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall and find it full of intrigue, danger, and romance.


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White Trash Warlock Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781094067964
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 13th, 2020

Not all magicians go to schools of magic.

Adam Binder has the Sight. It's a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam's life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father's rage.


Midnight at the Barclay Hotel Cover Image
By Fleur Bradley, Xavier Bonet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593202906
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 25th, 2020

Hunting ghosts and solving the case before checkout? All in a weekend's work.

Read the novel that New York Times bestselling author, Chris Grabenstein calls, "My kind of mystery!"


The Bookstore Cat Cover Image
By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062894342
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020

An irresistible and engaging picture book perfect for story time, and for cat and bookstore lovers alike!

The bookstore cat is an adorable . . .

bossy . . .

cuddly cat.


Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club Cover Image
By Martin Edwards (Editor)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780008380137
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Published: Collins Crime Club - November 17th, 2020

Ninety crime writers from the world's oldest and most famous crime writing network give tips and insights into successful crime and thriller fiction.


Midwinter Murder: Fireside Tales from the Queen of Mystery Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063030367
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 20th, 2020

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction.” —Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of the Dublin Murder Squad novels


Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525574972
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 20th, 2020

Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani shares 100 personal, thought-provoking essays about books that have mattered to her and that help illuminate the world we live in today—with beautiful illustrations throughout.

“A book tailormade for bibliophiles.”—Oprah Winfrey (One of 6 Books Oprah Loves to Give as Gifts During the Holidays)


Before the Coffee Gets Cold Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

*OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD*

*NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER*


Wobble to Death (Deluxe Edition) (A Sergeant Cribb Investigation #1) Cover Image
By Peter Lovesey, Jeffery Deaver (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781641292245
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Published: Soho Crime - October 6th, 2020

The 50th anniversary collector's edition of legendary British mystery author Peter Lovesey's debut, handsomely reissued in hardcover with an introduction from bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.


Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985719
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 4th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A sharp, funny grammar guide they’ll actually want to read, from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus
 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine Paste Shelf Awareness


This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641292696
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Published: Soho Press - November 10th, 2020

“Jacqueline Winspear has created a memoir of her English childhood that is every bit as engaging as her Maisie Dobbs novels, just as rich in character and detail, history and humanity. Her writing is lovely, elegant and welcoming.”—Anne Lamott


Murder Most Puzzling: 20 Mysterious Cases to Solve (Murder Mystery Game, Adult Board Games, Mystery Games for Adults) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781452171609
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2020

Murder Most Puzzling is a gorgeous and witty book that invites readers to play detective and solve a series of absorbing, murder-mystery-themed puzzles.

Readers are cast as the faithful sidekick to amateur sleuth Medea Thorne in order to solve 20 puzzling cases.


A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385545969
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Published: Doubleday - October 13th, 2020

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that The New York Times says is "riveting" and "suspenseful."
  


A Promised Land Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW


Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984826961
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 20th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In her first cookbook, Bon Appétit and YouTube star of the show Gourmet Makes offers wisdom, problem-solving strategies, and more than 100 meticulously tested, creative, and inspiring recipes.


• 1000-PIECE PUZZLE featuring Sherlock Holmes' London in glorious detail
• SPOT FAMOUS CHARACTERS, crime-solving clues, and historical figures as you build the puzzle. Hunt for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most memorable characters, from the hound at Baskerville Hall to Moriarty, Dr. Watson, Mycroft and more, as well as real historical figures from the era.
• INCLUDES A FOLD-OUT POSTER featuring fun Sherlock facts
• STURDY & ATTRACTIVE BOX perfect for gifting and storage

Don your deerstalker and immerse yourself in Sherlock Holmes' London in this art jigsaw puzzle complete with bodies, boat chases, and, of course, 221B Baker Street. Perfect for avid puzzlers, families and bookworms


Award-winning designer, illustrator, creative director and best selling puzzle artist Michael Storrings has created a fun and festive holiday scene of 5th Avenue and the iconic NY Public Library. Piece together this Galison 1000 Piece puzzle during a snowy day at home or throughout the holidays with family.


A Song for the Dark Times: An Inspector Rebus Novel (A Rebus Novel #23) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316479257
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 13th, 2020

"He’s gone…"
 
When his daughter Samantha calls in the dead of night, John Rebus knows it’s not good news.


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The Lion's Den Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538733639
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 30th, 2020

Sex, betrayal, and intrigue: A dream vacation on a luxurious yacht turns deadly in this pulse-pounding beach read "chock full of delicious characters who flaunt their sins . . . like the latest Birkin bag" (Adriana Trigiani).

Belle likes to think herself immune to the dizzying effects of fabulous wealth.


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The Jane Austen Society: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250248732
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 26th, 2020

* INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER *

"This novel delivers sweet, smart escapism."
People


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Eight Perfect Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062838209
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow - March 3rd, 2020

A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2020

“Swanson rips us from one startling plot twist to the next… A true tour de force.” —Lisa Gardner

"Fiendish good fun." —Anthony Horowitz


Camino Island: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524797157
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dell - March 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A delightfully lighthearted caper . . . [a] fast-moving, entertaining tale.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, impossible to resist.
        


And Now She's Gone: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250753175
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Forge Books - September 22nd, 2020

“Sharp, witty and perfectly paced, And Now She’s Gone is one hell of a read!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before

Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?


One by One Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781501188817
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 8th, 2020

“The Agatha Christie of our generation.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Diabolically clever.” —Riley Sager, author of Final Girls

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-c


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The Last Flight Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728215723
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 23rd, 2020

The instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER
#1 Indie Next PickOctober 2020

Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine


Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250268501
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 24th, 2020

From the duo behind the massively successful and award-winning podcast Stuff You Should Know comes an unexpected look at things you thought you knew.


$14.00
SKU: BookstoreDaySocks

Trying times call for meaningful socks. Show off your bookish values with these stylish, comfy sock. Only for Bookstore Day!

Sock Size 10-13
US Men's Shoe Size 8 1/2 - 12
US Womne's Shoe Size 9-12 1/2
60 % Cotton, 35% Spandex, 5% Nylon
 


Gibbs Smith socks are made of a 70% cotton, 28% polyester, 2% elastic blend.  One-size-fits-most: Women 7.5-12; Men 6-11.


Gibbs Smith socks are made of a 70% cotton, 28% polyester, 2% elastic blend.  One-size-fits-most: Women 7.5-12; Men 6-11.


The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984880963
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 22nd, 2020

"A little beacon of pleasure in the midst of the gloom...SUCH FUN!"
--Kate Atkinson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Sky

Amazon Best Mystery Thriller Suspense 2020

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to...
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB


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The Mystery of Henri Pick (Walter Presents) Cover Image
By David Foenkinos, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781782275824
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Published: Pushkin Press - September 1st, 2020

The delightful first title in a new collaboration with Channel 4's Walter Presents: a fast-paced comic mystery enriched by a deep love of books


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The Eighth Detective: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250755933
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 4th, 2020

A New York Times Top Ten Thriller of 2020

"Dizzying, dazzling… When did you last read a genuinely original thriller? The wait is over."
—A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"One of the most innovative mysteries in recent memory." - The Wall Street Journal


Snow Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335230003
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hanover Square Press - October 6th, 2020

*NATIONAL BESTSELLER*

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Editors' Choice Pick