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


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Rock Paper Scissors: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250266101
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 7th, 2021

When Amelia wins a weekend away in a remote Scottish location for her and husband, Adam, she thinks it will be just what they need.

Except that it was no coincidence that buying just one raffle ticket won Amelia that weekend...A weekend that will push their marriage to it's limits, and one which could very easily be the end of them

Feeney is at the top of her game. Rock Paper Scissors is a delightfully twisted psychological thriller that will make your head spin as you tell yourself "just one more chapter" Highly recommend, this is one of my favourite books this year! - Rebecca

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Left You Dead: NOW A MAJOR DRAMA STARRING JOHN SIMM (Roy Grace #17) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781529004243
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Published: Macmillan UK - September 1st, 2021

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace investigates the case of a missing woman in Brighton in the 17th novel in Peter James’s bestselling series. Is this Roy Grace’s most challenging case yet? A mystery that is leaving him totally confounded for the first time in his career.

Most Sundays, Niall and Eden Paternoster like to go for a drive and visit country houses.

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ISBN: 9781250304452
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Published: Celadon Books - June 15th, 2021

Michaelides has knocked it out of the park with The Maidens. It is unputdownable, a psychological thriller that will sink it's claws into you from the start and not let you go until the very end. Michaelides is one to watch, I highly recommend picking this one up. - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781728245522
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 22nd, 2021

Hostage is a nail biting thriller that kept me hooked from start to finish - cleverly plotted, excellently written, characters who you can relate to at every step... This was a one sitting read. An absolute must read. - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9798200696345
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - August 31st, 2021

Some lines should never be crossed.

Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy, and the mystery of a little girl's silence--three unconnected events that will prove to be linked by one small town.

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For Your Own Good Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593100974
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Published: Berkley - July 20th, 2021

English teacher, Teddy Crutcher has just won the Teacher of the Year award. He cares deeply about his students, and he will go above and beyond to ensure they get what they deserve. 

Set in an elite private school, with an expertly written characters, and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat, For Your Own Good is not to be missed! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780593156926
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Published: Bantam - July 6th, 2021

Maggie Hope is back, but this time she is in Los Angeles at the request of John Sterling. His fiancé is dead, and John - convinced of foul play, and with a local police force who have closed the case - has called Maggie and asked her to investigate. 

Maggie is an exceptional protagonist, and MacNeal has developed her character beautifully. The Hollywood Spy is both MacNeal and Hope at their absolute finest. Fans of the series will not be disappointed. - rebecca

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A Good Kill (A P.T. Marsh Novel #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593328361
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 15th, 2021

P.T. Marsh is back and partnered up with Remy, and they are investigating a school shooting. Their investigation leads them to a local government conspiracy, which in turn leads Marsh back to the death of his wife and son.

McMahon is at the top of his game with A Good Kill. I love watching the characters develop, Marsh is a great protagonist, but I really love Remy. This one had me questioning everything, and I loved every minute. I can't wait to see what is in store for them next! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781250793393
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 16th, 2021

Cooper and his daughter, Finch, have been living in an isolated cabin in the Northern Appalachians for 8 years. The only person who knows they are there, is their neighbor, Scotland, who not only knows exactly who they are but why they are there. 

These Silent Woods is beautifully written, and I adored reading about Cooper and Finch's relationship, as well as watching their growth throughout the book. 

Grant has given us a compelling story of sacrifice and survival, and I highly recommend picking this one up. - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781984805140
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Published: Berkley - March 2nd, 2021

The fight for freedom has sent Matt Drake to some of the world's most dangerous spots. This time the war is coming to his front door.

Broad daylight on an Austin, Texas, street and DIA operative Matt Drake is fighting for his life against a highly trained team of assassins. Who are they? Why do they want him dead? How will he protect those closest to him?