Mailbox Monday

07 Nov

My Mailbox looks a little like this one.Wow, this was a terrific book week!

From Mulholland Books, I received:

BloodlineBloodline by Mark Billingham

Night and day, country music lover Detective Tom Thorne is on call to solve the most difficult crimes. It’s a schedule that has pushed his fragile relationship with his girlfriend to the breaking point. In an attempt to avoid becoming like the Hank Williams song, “A Stranger in the Night,” Thorne eagerly takes charge of what seems like, for once, an ordinary domestic murder. But when a mysterious sliver of bloodstained X-ray that was found clutched in the victim’s fist is replicated at other crime scenes around the city, it becomes clear that the past is coming back to haunt the city of London.

Detective Thorne realizes that a killer is targeting the children of victims of an infamous serial killer from years before. Before everyone on the list is killed, Thorne must stop the most twisted killer he has ever hunted.

A Drop of the Hard StuffA Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block

Matthew Scudder is finally on the straight and narrow when he runs into “High-Low” Jack Ellery, a childhood friend from the Bronx. In Scudder, Jack sees the moral man he might have become. In Jack, Scudder sees the hard-won sobriety he hopes to achieve. Then Ellery, following to the letter the dictates of Alcoholics Anonymous’ infamous twelve steps, is shot down while attempting to atone for past sins, and Scudder is drawn into a murder investigation that threatens to upset his path toward recovery–and get him killed in the process.

The Bayou TrilogyThe Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell

In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth.

As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell’s three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.

For a TLC tour in December, I received
Secrets to the GraveSecrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag

Marissa Fordham had a past full of secrets, a present full of lies. Everyone knew of her, but no one knew her.

When Marissa is found brutally murdered, her young daughter, Haley, with her head on her mother’s bloody breast, this mystery woman sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See-No-Evil killer, residents are shocked at reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days but for a chilling 911 call: a small child’s voice saying, “My daddy hurt my mommy.”

The police face a puzzle with nothing but pieces that won’t fit. To assist with their only witness, four-year-old Haley, they call teacher-turned-child advocate Anne Leone. Anne’s life is hectic enough—she’s a newlywed and a part-time student in child psychology, and she’s the star witness in the See-No-Evil trial. But one look at Haley, alone and terrified, and Anne’s heart is stolen.

As Anne, her FBI profiler husband, Vince, and local sheriff’s deputy, Tony Mendez, begin to peel back the layers of Marissa Fordham’s life, they find a clue fragment here, another there. And just when it seems Marissa has taken her secrets to the grave, they uncover a fact that puts Anne and Haley directly in the sights of a killer: Marissa Fordham never existed at all.

The publisher also sent the first book in the series, Deeper than the Dead so that I can start at the beginning.

Pam from Bookalicious gave me a great birthday present:

I Like You: Hospitality Under the InfluenceI Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris

The charismatic and multi-talented Amy Sedaris is many things: actress, author, and yes, David Sedaris’s sister. Now, she takes on the world of entertaining in this blisteringly funny collection of bizarre tips, recipes and craft ideas (like mini pantyhose plant-hangers!) perfect for hosting an unforgettable fete. Your guests will rave.

Thank you to Kate at The Parchment Girl for passing on her copy of
The Orchid Affair (Pink Carnation, #7)The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig

Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte’s minister of police. Jaouen and his arch rival, Gaston Delaroche, are investigating a suspected Royalist plot to unseat Bonaparte, and Laura’s mission is to report any suspicious findings. At first the job is as lively as Latin textbooks and knitting, but Laura begins to notice strange behavior from Jaouen—secret meetings and odd comings and goings. As Laura edges herself closer to her employer, she makes a shocking discovery and is surprised to learn that she has far more in common with Jaouen than she originally thought. . . . As their plots begin to unravel, Laura and Jaouen are forced on the run with the children, and with the help of the Pink Carnation they escape to the countryside, traveling as husband and wife. But Delaroche will stop at nothing to take down his nemesis. With his men hot on their trail, can Laura and Jaouen seal the fate of Europe before it’s too late?

And if all those lovely books weren’t enough, I also won a twitter contest from Vintage/Anchor: A movie poster and a t-shirt celebrating the US movie release of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest! Sorry, no picture yet.

Thank you to everyone that sent books my way!

Mailbox Monday is a weekly post where I talk about the books that have arrived in my house over the last week.

Marcia at The Printed Page hosts the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour. This month’s host is Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Leave a note here with what new reads came your way (and any thoughts about mine), then check out some other blogs!


Posted by on November 7, 2010 in books, meme


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9 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. bermudaonion

    November 8, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Wow, you had a great week last week! I’ve heard Mark Billingham is very talented! I hope you enjoy your new books and had a happy birthday!!

  2. Julie Anne Lindsey

    November 8, 2010 at 4:23 am

    You have some fun reads this week! I got my first MG (since jr high anyway) in the mail this week, an online win. Turns out I really enjoyed it. SO glad not to be 13. Ugh lol

  3. Mary

    November 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Nice mailbox list. I think A Drop of the Hard Stuff sounds pretty good. Happy belated Birthday 🙂

  4. Alayne

    November 8, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Great book selection! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  5. Leslie

    November 8, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Some nice titles there this week.

    I’m curious to know what you think of the new Matthew Scudder novel; I’ll be watching for that review. That’s high on my to read list and a favorite series of mine.

    No new books for me this week but that’s a good thing… I’m a few weeks behind as it is.

  6. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

    November 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    That IS a great mailbox! I love getting a good mix in; it gives me something to read no matter what my reading taste is that day!

    Enjoy them all!

  7. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    November 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Great mailbox! Amy Sedaris is quite amusing. The Orchid affair sounds very good too! Enjoy!

  8. chandragarbanzo

    November 9, 2010 at 11:59 am

    “I Like You” sounds like a hoot. I always enjoy a unique approach – especially to something I find uninteresting (entertaining). Thank you for the suggestion.

  9. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    November 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

    The Amy Sedaris book looks hilarious! Happy reading!


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