Sally's Staff Picks

Sally Woods at Murder By The Book since 2011

I read a bit of everything, so I've tried to include both old and new favorites. That said, my favorite genre is dystopian. Though,sometimes I think I read too much of it as I can get obsessed. Two of my favs are in this stack. ( I had to stop watching The Walking Dead when I started becoming too aware of my surroundings and looking for escape routes.)

Other favorite authors are Kevin Brockmeier, whose writing makes me happy, and Marianne Wiggins whose Evidence of Things Unseen is possibly my favorite book of all time.

Mystery wise, Tana French has a wonderful Irish series. I always look forward to anything by Laura Lippman and Megan Abbott. I'm trying to catch up on women crime writers from the 40's and 50's, the collection here is incredible. David Joy. His writing will stop you in your tracks with its beauty.

Sally's 2021 Top 10:

In no particular in order

Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar
Billy Summers by Stephen King
State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
Falling by T.J. Newman
The Guide by Peter Heller
We Begin at the End by Chris Whittaker
The Hunting Wives by May Cobb
Where They Wait by Scott Carson
The Rovers by Richard Lange
The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier

Late to the Party Read:

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J.  Klune


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The Runaway (A Peter Ash Novel #7) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525535508
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 18th, 2022

"Petrie has a preternatural talent for ratcheting up suspense."--New York Times Book Review
When Peter Ash rescues a stranded woman, he finds shes in far deeper trouble than he could ever imagine in the powerful new thriller in this bestselling and award-winning series.

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ISBN: 9781250622792
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Published: Celadon Books - April 26th, 2022


From the detective who found the Golden State Killer, a memoir that "grabs its reader in a stranglehold and proves more fascinating than fiction and darker than any noir narrative." (LA Magazine)

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ISBN: 9780593101162
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Published: Berkley - May 17th, 2022

Named A Most Anticipated Novel of 2022 by Crime Reads * Goodreads * and more!

Three lifelong friends plus a dangerous, sexy new stranger in town add up to a scorching summer of manipulation, obsession, and murder, from the acclaimed author of The Hunting Wives.

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ISBN: 9781250833518
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Published: Forge Books - December 28th, 2021

“Sharp, witty and perfectly paced, And Now She’s Gone is one hell of a read!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before

Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

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ISBN: 9780593296691
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Published: Penguin Books - January 11th, 2022

REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK | A New York Times bestseller!

“An eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat.” Reese Witherspoon

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ISBN: 9781250759665
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

Winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK)
Winner for Best International Crime Fiction from Australian Crime Writers Association
An Instant New York Times Bestseller

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ISBN: 9780593101131
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Published: Berkley - May 18th, 2021

A Most Anticipated Novel by The Skimm * Cosmopolitan * SheReads * Frolic * PopSugar * BuzzFeed * Goodreads * E! Online * Betches * Crime Reads * Pure Wow * Book Riot * Bustle * and more!

A Book of the Month Club Selection

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ISBN: 9781982104627
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - October 26th, 2021

Where They Wait is so readable, you’ll be a couple of hundred pages in before you realize you’re terrified…and then you can’t put it down.

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ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 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”