Mailbox Monday

23 Oct

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, October’s host is Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit.

I haven’t been accepting books for review for the last couple of months, but unsolicited (but still appreciated) books have still made their way to my mailbox.  Some of these will be read and reviewed, others will not, but I’m thankful for each one.

I’ve gotten further behind than I’d like, so this is the print book edition for the last couple of months.  Next week, I’ll post the audiobook edition.

As for my mailbox:

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

The Complaints: that’s the name given to the Internal Affairs department who seek out dirty and compromised cops, the ones who’ve made deals with the devil. And sometimes The Complaints must travel.

A major inquiry into a neighboring police force sees Malcolm Fox and his colleagues cast adrift, unsure of territory, protocol, or who they can trust. An entire station-house looks to have been compromised, but as Fox digs deeper he finds the trail leads him back in time to the suicide of a prominent politician and activist. There are secrets buried in the past, and reputations on the line.

The Drop by Michael Connelly

(I’ve been meaning to, but I haven’t read a Michael Connelly book before.  I know I’ll miss out on character development, but can I jump into this series this far in?)

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.

DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court.

Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.

Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.

Assassin of Secrets by Q.R. Markham

An elite spy risks his biggest asset to defeat an insidious international organization hell-bent on selling the most sensitive state secrets to the highest bidder.

Jonathan Chase, the CIA’s top field agent, is sworn to protect and serve the United States at all costs. But after a brutal period of captivity during the Korean War, Chase developed an agenda of his own: to use his mastery of war to create peace.

His new target: the Zero Directorate, a cabal of rogue assassins who have embarked on a campaign to systematically interrogate and kill seasoned secret agents from across the globe.

But the Directorate has set an elaborate trap, and for Chase the whole mission involves an inescapable paradox. As the world’s preeminent operative, the closer he gets to the cabal, the closer the cabal gets to their primary target.

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci

A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

“We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings.

“I know what I am.”

Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world — or, at least, an idea of the world.

Then he meets Hooper. Who says he’s from another planet. And may be going home very soon.

Survivors by James Wesley, Rawles

Your turn

What came in your mailbox this week? Let me know, then go to Savvy Verse & Wit and check out others!


Posted by on October 23, 2011 in books, meme


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12 responses to “Mailbox Monday

  1. Leslie

    October 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    A nice mix this week. I haven’t read a Michael Connelly book yet either… I keep meaning to try one.

  2. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea

    October 24, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Oh Laura, lots of these look good, especially the Connelly book -enjoy

  3. BermudaOnion

    October 24, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Ooh, great looking books! I’m jealous of The Drop. I hope they’re all winners!

  4. Mary

    October 24, 2011 at 5:10 am

    I hope you enjoy each book!

  5. RAnn

    October 24, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Enjoy your books

  6. laurelrainsnow

    October 24, 2011 at 7:17 am

    They all look very exciting and suspenseful. Heart-stopping, even. Hope you enjoy them.


  7. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    October 24, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Funny, I just reviewed FIRST DAY ON EARTH on my blog. I’m interested to see what other people think of it because I don’t think I really “got” it. It was a very strange read for me. Can’t wait to read your review of it.

  8. kaye

    October 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

    My hubby would love a couple of your books this week especially The Drop and Assassin of Secrets. Good looking mailbox! Have a wonderful week, Laura, and happy reading!

  9. Beth(bookaholicmom)

    October 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I hope you enjoy all these suspenseful books!

  10. Serena

    October 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I haven’t read connelly in ages. Happy reading.

  11. Peggy @ Peggy Ann's Post

    October 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Lots of suspense this week! Enjoy!


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