McKenna's Staff Picks

McKenna Jordan, Store Owner at Murder By The Book since 2003

Having read crime fiction almost exclusively for the last fifteen years at MBTB, this “staff stack” was incredibly challenging to narrow down. I decided to go with an approach of which books represent both my reading taste as well as my history - to this point - with the bookstore. Every one of this holds a special place in my heart and has a story to go along with it. 

I have a real respect for the genre and its icons, and I love unique characters. That’s basically all I can find as a thread of similarity throughout my reading taste. I’m happy to read across the genre as long as it’s well-written, and there’s nothing that beats a fresh new voice that grabs you from the first line. 


McKenna's 2018 Top 10 

1. The Awkward Squad by Sophie Henaff
2. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
3. Sadie by Courtney Summers
4. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
5. The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
6. The Other Woman by Sadie Jones
7. Auntie Poldie and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano
8. Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
9. Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
10. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott


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The Butterfly Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062698162
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - October 1st, 2019

“A heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, and yet ultimately hopeful novel by the amazing Rene Denfeld.” —Margaret Atwood, via Twitter

The Oxford Murders Cover Image
By Guillermo Martinez, Sonia Soto (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143037965
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2006

Two mathematicians must join forces to stop a serial killer in this spellbinding international bestseller

The Last Seance: Tales of the Supernatural Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062959140
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 24th, 2019

From the Queen of Suspense, an all-new collection of her spookiest and most sinister stories, including an Agatha Christie story never before published in the USA, The Wife of Kenite!

City of Windows: A Novel (Lucas Page #1) Cover Image
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

Monkeewrench (A Monkeewrench Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451211576
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 6th, 2004

People are dying for the new computer game by the software company Monkeewrench. Literally. With Serial Killer Detective out in limited release, the real-life murders of a jogger and a young woman have already mimicked the first two scenarios in the game.

But Grace McBride and her eccentric Monkeewrench partners are caught in a vise.