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 2018 Top 10:

Top book of the year: The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Kate Morton

In no particular order...

Past Tense by Lee Child
The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
Watching You by Lisa Jewell
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
Alex Cross: Target by James Patterson
Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
The Woman in The Window by AJ Finn
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

Favourite debuts of the year:
Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear 
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Top 3 Middle Grade Readers (from Emma):
Max Einstein by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Bad Dad by David Walliams 
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty


Murder Lo Mein (A Noodle Shop Mystery #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250129192
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 26th, 2019

The third in a tasty series, Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien is a delight!

Everyone agrees that the food at Ho-Lee Noodle House is delicious—unless it happens to be deadly.

A Noise Downstairs: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062906120
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Published: William Morrow - April 30th, 2019

Be afraid . . .


College professor Paul Davis’ life is turned upside down when he spots his colleague Kenneth driving in a suspicious manner along a deserted road. Curious, Paul follows Kenneth and catches him trying to dispose of two bodies.

That was eight months ago.

Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399593536
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Published: Dell - April 30th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

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Sweet Little Lies: A Novel Cover Image
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.

Your father is a liar. But is he a killer?
Even liars tell the truth . . . sometimes.

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ISBN: 9780062883094
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 21st, 2019


Mother. Hero. Liar. Killer. How can you tell when all you have is...


What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

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An Unwanted Guest: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525557647
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Published: Penguin Books - May 14th, 2019


The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away

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ISBN: 9781451649413
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 21st, 2019


“An ambitious, compelling historical mystery with a fabulous cast of characters…Kate Morton at her very best.” —Kristin Hannah

An elaborate tapestry…Morton doesn’t disappoint.” The Washington Post

"Classic English country-house Goth a

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ISBN: 9780143133698
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Published: Penguin Books - May 14th, 2019

From the author of The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller set in the fiercely competitive, cutthroat world of research and academia, where the brightest minds will stop at nothing to succeed.

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The Good Detective (A P.T. Marsh Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525535539
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 19th, 2019

Present day in Mason Falls, Georgia. A black teenage boy has been lynched. P.T. Marsh - still grieving from the loss of his wife and son - is on the case. 

Racial tensions are high, and P.T uncovers a conspiracy that seems to date back to the civil war...

The Good Detective is a wonderful debut from McMahon. Characters are so well written, and I really empathised with P.T as he struggles to draw a line between bad decisions and smart moves as he works on solving the case. The procedural details are fantastic, and the momentum is kept up from the first page to the last. 

If procedurals are your thing, give this one a go, dark at times, but it is never unwarranted! - Rebecca

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Confessions of an Innocent Man: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743888
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Published: Dutton - April 9th, 2019

This is absolutely a one sitting read. Rafael Zhettah, chef and restaurant owner, married to Tieresse and living in Houston, is accused of murdering his wife. He cannot possibly have done it, yet he still ends up on death row.

I had a lump in my throat for at least the first half of this heart stopping, tense debut. I went through such a huge range of emotions whilst reading it. For Rafael, death row isn't the end, it's the beginning and Dow's writing is just superb. An absolutely stunning debut! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9780451491725
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Published: Berkley - March 26th, 2019

This was definitely my favourite kind of book - dark, disturbing, gritty and twisted. Delightfully so. 

The back cover states "Dexter meets Mr & Mrs Smith" and that could not be more accurate. 

I was hooked from the start and beyond desperate to know how it would end, my hands hurt from gripping the book so tight towards the end. 

Well written characters, prose that is precise and to the point with no extraneous details, made this an absolutely superb debut! - Rebecca

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ISBN: 9781538748466
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 19th, 2019

A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.

You've lost your daughter.

She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.

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The Night Agent: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062875464
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Published: William Morrow - January 15th, 2019

Russian spies, a conspiracy against the US government, and a traitor in the White House. 

Peter Sutherland is a night agent  for the FBI, he mans a secure line every night that never rings. Until one night a call comes in. The woman has the secure password, her aunt and uncle's house is under attack. Peter is told to keep away from the investigation, but he can't. Can he get to the bottom of it before more people are killed?

I kept saying I would put it down after the next chapter, but ended up saying 'just one more chapter...'  - Rebecca


Peter is a really likable protagonist, determined to the right thing in this suspense-filled thriller. - Rebecca