Mailbox Monday

07 Aug

My mailbox looks a little like this one!Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books.

Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia, who is now blogging at A girl and her books. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour, August’s host is Staci at Life in the Thumb.

As for my mailbox:

Books for review:

Every Step You Take: A Memoir by Jock Soto

Pretty much the only dancers I know anything about are those on So You Think You Can Dance, so I jumped at the chance to widen my knowledge.

Jock Soto, one of the greatest ballet dancers of our time chronicles the unique circumstances of his extraordinary career, his life among other legends of dance, and his background as a half-Navajo, half-Puerto Rican gay man struggling to succeed in the straight white world of the arts. Regarded as the greatest ballet dancer since Baryshnikov, Soto has achieved a level of success and fame enjoyed by few. Ballet aficionados will be familiar with Soto from the award-winning PBS documentary, Water Flowing Together, which chronicled his life and career. Now, lifelong dance adherents and causal fans alike will have the chance to hear the captivating story of one of the world’s greatest living performers.

Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely

After the death of Elizabeth Parker’s great-uncle Martin Reynolds, the family’s house in the picturesque Maryland town of St. Michaels is sold. When the new owners dig up the pool, they find the body of the man thought to have run off eight years earlier after embezzling over a million dollars from the family business.

This grisly discovery not only unearths old questions about what really happened to the stolen money, but it brings Detective Joe Muldoon bac k into the family’s lives. Eight years earlier, Elizabeth’s cousin Ann reluctantly broke off her relationship with Joe due to family pressure. Ann always regretted that decision and now fears that it is too late for her and Joe–especially after she becomes the main suspect.

In a clever and entertaining story with echoes of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Elizabeth tries to not only match wits against a killer who’s had an eight year head-start, but to also try her hand at matchmaking.

Hell and Gone by Duane Swierczynski

After barely walking away with his life from a shootout that will go down in Hollywood history, ex-cop Charlie Hardie discovers things can, in fact, get even worse. He is kidnapped by a team of team of undercover operatives and forced to stand guard over an underground prison that houses the most dangerous criminals on earth.

Or so he’s told. As Hardie goes deeper, and finds himself behind bars, he begins to wonder: who is running the asylum and are the good guys the ones behind bars or the ones walking the halls? But, Hardie knows that the world outside hasn’t stopped and that his family is in peril as he languishes in this pseudo-prison.

Soon, Hardie is plotting a desperate escape that will visit a Pandora’s box of mayhem upon the state of California. He’ll make some new enemies. But he’ll take care of many more. Because nobody does justice like Charlie Hardie. And if you threaten his family, you better believe there’ll be hell to pay.

A Single Shot by Matthew F Jones

After the loss of his family farm, John Moon is a desperate man. A master hunter, his ability to poach game in-season or out is the only thing that stands between him and the soup kitchen line. Until Moon trespasses on the wrong land, hears a rustle in the brush, and fires a single fateful shot.

Following the bloody trail, he comes upon a shocking scene: an illegal, deep woods campground filled with drugs, bundles of cash and the body of a dead young woman, killed by Moon’s stray bullet.

Faced with an ultimate dilemma, Moon has to make a choice: does he take the money and ignore his responsibility for the girl’s death? Or confess?

But before he has a chance to decide, Moon finds himself on the run, pursued by those who think the money is theirs. Men who don’t care about right and wrong and who want only one thing from John Moon: his body, face down in a ditch.

Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell

This isn’t exactly a review book, it’s a thank you from Sourcebooks for responding to a survey they e-mailed out. Jill Mansell’s an author I’ve been meaning to try for a while, so I’m thrilled to receive this.

Cleo Quinn doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to men, but now Will’s come along she’s optimistic. Handsome, attentive and an absolute gentleman when it comes to her questionable cooking skills, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo… apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her childhood adversary, is back in Channing’s Hill and tormenting Cleo as if he’d never been away.

But life never goes to plan, does it? Johnny isn’t the only one stirring up trouble and, for Cleo’s family and friends, all kinds of sparks are starting to fly. If you think you can put the past behind you, think again…

From Brilliance Audio

Now Playing(Stoner & Spaz II) by Ron Koertge

Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri

Your turn

What came in your mailbox this week? Let me know, then go to Life in the Thumb to check out others!


Posted by on August 7, 2011 in books, meme


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14 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. kaye

    August 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

    The Mansell book is a great read. i hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a great week and happy reading!

  2. lizzy185

    August 8, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Enjoy your books!

  3. BermudaOnion

    August 8, 2011 at 5:25 am

    You got a lot of great looking books! I’m always excited about Mulholland Book’s titles. Enjoy!

  4. gautami tripathy

    August 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

    What a mailbox! Happy reading!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

  5. Laurie @ What She Read

    August 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I love dance, so I’m interested to find out what you think of Every Step You Take, and many of my students love Koertge’s books, so I’ll stop back to find out how the second Stoner & Spaz book “reads” on audiobook. Glad to have found your blog; let’s keep in touch!

  6. Mary

    August 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I think they look good! Enjoy 🙂

  7. nomadreader

    August 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

    1. I also love So You Think You Can Dance. A few years ago I read an interesting memoir of a Cuban ballet dancer, No Way Home by Carlos Acosta. I was fascinated as much by the dance as I was his journey.

    2. I’m looking forward to reading Murder Most Persuasive soon too!

  8. Marce

    August 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

    So You Think You Can Dance is an amazing professional life, not the real ‘life’ of dance, look forward to your review of that Memoir, I am trying to find the perfect one to read.

    Melanie and Jordan were my favourites, so I am totally cheering for Melanie now.

  9. pk @ aisle b

    August 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love the look and feel of the first book – Every Step You Take. It has such a dramatic jump and just pulls you up with the dancer. Wow 🙂

  10. Diana Leigh (@bookofsecrets)

    August 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I chose “Take a Chance on Me” for completing the Sourcebooks survey too. Sounds great! Enjoy your books!

    Diana @ Book of Secrets

  11. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    August 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I have yet to read a Mansell book but I do have a couple of them in the tbr pile. I hear her books are very good. Hopefully we both will enjoy them.

  12. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    August 9, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I really enjoyed Take a Chance on Me. I don’t think you can go wrong with Mansell, though some of her books are better than others. Happy reading!

  13. Mystica

    August 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Some really nice books here. Enjoy them all.

  14. Staci

    August 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Take a chance was so much fun!! Enjoy your reads 😀


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