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 2019 Top "10"

Top book of the year: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

In no particular order...

Thirteen by Steve Cavannagh
Run Away by Harlan Coben
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk
Judgment by Joseph Finder
City of Windows by Robert Pobi
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup
Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
The Whisper Man by Alex North

Middle Grade Readers:
A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths
The Book Wanderers by Anna James

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ISBN: 9781250217288
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Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!

One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”

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ISBN: 9781250293961
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 4th, 2020

I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on this since I finished City of Windows last year, and I can safely say I was not disappointed. 

Dr Lucas Page is called upon to help the FBI with their investigations after an explosion during a gala at the Guggenheim in New York. One after another, more and more explosions occur and no one can find the missing link. Except for Lucas Page. Can he figure it out before it's too late? 

Page is fast becoming one of my favourite protagonists, I love Pobi's writing, his characters, everything. I was hooked from the first chapter and Under Pressure had me holding my breath more than once. Not one to be missed! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781250776662
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 4th, 2020

"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

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ISBN: 9780451491756
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Published: Berkley - July 21st, 2020

After the death of their Grandfather, siblings Eddie, Beth & Portia set off on a road trip - an exact replica of the one they took when they were kids. And if they want their inheritance, they have to see it through to the end. All 3 have secrets, and as their road trip progresses, tensions rise, tempers flare, and the past comes barrelling back to them.

Samantha Downing has done it again! 'He Started It' is exceptionally well written. Short chapters make for a really fast read - I read from start to finish in a matter of hours. Absolutely superb, you won't want to pass this one by! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780062823274
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 21st, 2019

"A dark and smart page-turner." -The New York Times

In this gripping debut procedural, a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance.

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ISBN: 9781250266071
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 28th, 2020

“Stunning. Addictive. This book should not be missed!” —Samantha Downing
“Deliciously dark…will have readers tearing through the pages.” —Mary Kubica
“Gives Gone Girl a run for its money…I couldn’t stop reading.” —Christina Dalcher

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ISBN: 9781542005906
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - March 1st, 2020

This is a fantastic start to Pinter's Rachel Marin series!

Single mom to 2 kids, Rachel has a past she wants to keep hidden. After the body of the former Mayor of Ashby is found, Rachel ends up inserted in the middle of the investigation, desperately trying to get justice for the murdered woman.

Rachel's character is SO well written, and the snippets into her past gave just so much insight into her, I was desperate to know more about her past.

Heart stopping, thrilling, tense...I think this series is going to fast become a must read! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780358003199
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor will make you gasp, laugh and keep guessing until the very end. 

Carter is an absolute master at what she does. The characters are wonderful, and April makes so spectacular protagonist. I was absolutely cheering for her and her new found family by the end.

This is a must-read middle grade, fully of mystery and suspense, that is going to see lots of children reading past their bedtimes! - Rebecca

Signed copies available!

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By Jacky Davis, David Soman (Illustrator), David Soman
ISBN: 9780062869173
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Published: HarperCollins - February 4th, 2020

I love Agent Lion because I do! It's very funny and Agent Lion went the long way when he should have taken a short cut, he loves finding jelly donuts but he isn't a very good detective because he can't find Mr Fluffy but then he heard purrrrr and found him again. - Seán (Rebecca's son, age 4)