Mailbox Monday 16/6/14

I am freezing as I write this! I have learnt today to type in fingerless gloves, toe socks and ear muffs (thank you Daiso) and after this, I think I’ll have to give up and read wrapped in a blanket or three. Fortunately, it was a good week for mail! I received some wins, an order and some surprises. Here’s how my week unfolded…

The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning was a win from Hachette. It’s a YA book about friends, rock gods and love.

I bought Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’ latest book in the Morland Dynasty, The Phoenix (number 35). This series follows a family in York through the ages – we’re currently up to 1931. They can be very difficult to find in store, so I ordered mine with a Bookworld discount voucher.

This wonderful pack of crime and thriller books was a prize from Random House. Wow! Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs is Temperance Brennan (of Bones fame) mystery. James Patterson’s Toys looks at the world of Elites, a group determined to remove humans, while Run for Your Life is about a detective on the hunt for a killer, The Teacher, in New York. The Informationist by Taylor Stevens is about a woman specialising in information for anyone on the hunt for a missing girl. Shamed by Sarbjit Kaur Athwal is a true story, about Sarbjit’s sister in law, who is murdered and Sarbjit’s fight for justice. The Never List by Koethi Zan is about a group held captive- it looks to be a very good psychological thriller. Kill Me Once by Jon Osborne is about a serial killer who recreates historical murders. Karin Slaughter’s Unseen is about an undercover agent and a murder that will entangle his lover (note that Karin is coming to Australia next month!). Lee Child’s Worth Dying For is a Jack Reacher mystery, set in a country town who wants him dead. Finally, The Homecoming by Carsten Stroud is set in America’s south, part 2 of the Niceville Trilogy.

Friday the 13th turned out to be full of surprises. The first parcel, thanks to Simon and Schuster is below.

Jennifer Weiner’s new novel, All Fall Down is about trying to be the perfect mother, wife and woman – but Allison needs a few or more painkillers through the day to make it through. It’s not an issue though…really. Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen is about a couple who take over a bed and breakfast in Vermont, but have to live with the co-owners, strangers and a mysterious new employee…

Finally, thanks to The Reading Room and Random House Australia, I received these new lovelies. You might remember Tony Parsons from his bloke-lit books, such as Man and Boy. Now he’s turned to crime (books that is) with The Murder Bag, about a serial killer and Detective Max Wolfe on the case. This is the first in a new series. Sadie Jones’ latest, Fallout, is a bit more modern in setting than her other books – this is 1970s London, about theatre, relationships and drama.

Well, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some reading to do. Do stop in at the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies. Overseen by Vicki (I’d Rather Be at the Beach), Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) and Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit), I’m sure you’ll find something you want to read, as well as more great books!



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  1. I was able to buy thirty of the Cynthia Harrod Eagles books at a church sale. I loved the writing. Your mailbox is lovely and heavy. I envy you the cold however.

  2. Nice mailbox, Sam! I’m eyeing that Sarra Manning book.All Fall Down and Catching Air look lovely too. Have a good week!

  3. Wow, big week! I really enjoyed The Informationist when I read it a while back. I like the sound of Fallout too.

  4. You had a great week! And that is one fantastic stack of crime novels.

    Brrrr – I don’t tolerate the cold very well either, and after last winter I don’t even want to think about cold. Today it’s blazing hot so I’m hiding in the A/C.

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