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 2020 Top 10:

In no particular in order

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howell Hall
Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
I See You So Close by M Dressler
If It Bleeds by Stephen King
Firewatching by Russ Thomas
The End of October by Lawrence Wright
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
The Two Mrs Carlyles by Suzanne Rindell

Bonus Fun Book!
Behind the Horror: True Stories that Inspired Horror Movies by Lee Mellor


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Ordinary Grace: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451645859
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Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014


From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger, a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

“That was it.

And Now She's Gone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250753175
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Published: Forge Books - September 22nd, 2020

Sharp, witty and perfectly paced, And Now Shes 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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The Last to See Me: The Last Ghost Series, Book One Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510742918
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Published: Skyhorse - August 6th, 2019

"Exquisitely written, introduced me to the inner life of a ghost and held me spellbound throughout….M Dressler has written an extraordinary book, poignant and tragic."—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

Over one hundred years ago, Emma Rose Finnis was born and died in the remote northern California town she now haunts.

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ISBN: 9781728215723
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 23rd, 2020

The instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller

Theme Music: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524744724
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Published: Dutton - September 29th, 2020

An utterly propulsive and unpredictable psychological thriller from stunning new talent T. Marie Vandelly

She didn't run from her dark past. She moved in. 

Japanese Ghost Stories Cover Image
By Lafcadio Hearn, Paul Murray (Editor), Paul Murray (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780241381274
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 24th, 2019

Brilliantly entertaining and eerie ghost stories, regarded as major classics in Japan, by the Irish writer and Japanophile Lafcadio Hearn—whose life inspired bestselling writer Monique Truong's novel The Sweetest Fruits

A Penguin Classic