Rebecca's Staff Picks

Rebecca Minnock, at Murder By The Book since 2018

I had to include my 2 all time favorites - Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, and Louis de Bernière's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, both of which I have read so many times I have had to replace my original copies. Same goes for the Harry Potter series, which I am now re-reading with my daughter.

I honestly read a bit of everything, mystery is definitely my preferred genre. Reading Peter James and the Lee Child Reacher books is like catching up with an old friend for me.

I have read almost all of the Ben Elton books, and laughed out loud each time. The Nightingale was one that left me with the ultimate book hangover, I could not stop thinking about the characters and what happened to them after the book finished for ages after reading, the same goes for King's 11.22.63, I think they are both books I have told everyone to read at some stage.

Barclay and Morton, whilst totally different, both have me hooked by the end of the first chapter or 2, and I will never not pick up their newest releases!

Rebecca's 2021 Top 10:

In no particular order...

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
Left You Dead by Peter James
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
Hostage by Clare MacKintosh
The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
The Hollywood Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
A Good Kill by John McMahon
These Quiet Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant
Outside Man by Don Bentley


Find Me: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062853363
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Published: Harper - January 11th, 2022

Hope has amnesia following a car crash. She can't even remember her real name. 

Following a move away from her best friend, Lindsay, Hope meets a man who looks familiar, who is then found dead. Hope goes missing, and Lindsay is left desperately trying to find her friend and clear her name.

Ellie Hatcher features in Find Me, but I didn't feel lost having not read that series. 

I was as desperate as Hope and Lindsay were to find out who she really was and where she came from, and I couldn't put this down - highly recommend!  - Rebecca

The Match Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538748282
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 15th, 2022

The Match is a fantastic sequel to The Boy From the Woods. 

Wilde has decided to look into his family, he signs up to a DNA website to see if he can find out who he is, where he came from, and just how he ended up in the woods all those years ago. 

I loved every minute of this - the growing relationships with those around him, his search for his family, and those he meets along the way. Highly recommend picking this up of you enjoyed The Boy From The Woods - Rebecca

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The Omega Factor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538720943
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 7th, 2022

The Ghent Altarpiece is the most violated work of art in the world. Thirteen times it has been vandalized, dismantled, or stolen. Why? What secrets does it hold?  
Enter UNESCO investigator, Nicholas Lee, who works for the United Nations’ Cultural Liaison and Investigative Office (CLIO).

Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead: A Mystery (The Finlay Donovan Series #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250242181
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 1st, 2022

Finn and Vero are back, trying to figure out who wants Steven dead, and working to stop someone from hurting him.

Finlay Donovan Knocks Em Dead is an absolutely fantastic follow up to the first book. Not one to be missed, I highly recommend picking this up! - Rebecca

Reckless Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250274250
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 4th, 2022

Instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller

"A literary pina colada." –-EW
"A high-octane thriller." ––New York Times Book Review (Staff Pick)


The Magnolia Palace: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593184011
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Published: Dutton - January 25th, 2022


Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City's most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

The Violence: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593156629
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Published: Del Rey - February 1st, 2022

The Violence was a jarring, emotional read. Everything looks perfect from the outside of Chelsea's life. Her handsome husband, 2 daughters, everything should be wonderful. Except it isn't, because Chelsea's husband is abusing her. 

Set in 2025, Covid is a thing of the past, but there is a new pandemic - the Violence - transmitted by mosquito bites, it makes people 'storm' where they flip and carry out horrific acts. Chelsea sees it as a way out of the life she is trapped in with her girls. 

Dawson's writing is flawless. The character development as the book progresses is fantastic. Sometimes graphic, sometimes hard to read, Dawson is telling a story of a beaten woman who is determines to survive. - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781982150310
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Published: Gallery Books - January 25th, 2022

With well written characters and excellently plotted, Greenwich Park is a superb debut from Faulkner. 

Helen's seemingly idyllic life begins to change when she meets fellow mom-to-be Rachel at her local prenatal classes. The 2 become friends and Rachel is suddenly everywhere that Helen is, until one day she isn't. 

Faulkner kept me guessing right to the end, if fast paced psychological thrillers are your thing, I highly recommend you pick this one up!  - Rebecca

The Harbor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982127633
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - February 22nd, 2022

I picked this up not realizing it was book 3 in a series, and I will definitely be going back to read the first two!

Oscar has gone missing, a strange note left behind, then a dead body turns up in a waste disposal plant. The 2 are definitely connected, but how? 

Anette and Jeppe's investigation seems to lead to more questions than answers before they finally get to the truth.

Utterly compelling, I couldn't put this down once I started! - Rebecca

The Witching Tree: A Natalie Lockhart Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250783042
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 7th, 2021

Blanchard pulled me into The Witching Tree right from the start. Opening with the murder of Veronica, a modern day witch, member of the Wiccan religion and leader of a local coven. Local Detective, Natalie Lockhart is drawn into the investigation of a murder designed to both shock and humiliate.

Blanchard had me on the edge of my seat, and I cannot wait to see what happens in her next Lockhart novel. - Rebecca

A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250803825
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 11th, 2022

When Chloe was 12, six teenage girls went missing, the killer has been in prison ever since. Fast forward 20 years, and young girls begin to go missing again.

Willingham's debut, A Flicker In The Dark, was fabulous, I was hooked from very start the narrative, characters...everything was fantastic. A brilliantly written thriller, I highly recommend giving this a read! - Rebecca