Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 26/7/21, the big book prize edition

It’s rained a lot here recently (almost three weeks straight) and it was another miserable day when a giant book box arrived. It was full of books that I won from the #helpmelbbooks competition organised by Graeme Simsion to support local authors during lockdown by buying their books. Thank you so much to the authors who donated their books, I am so grateful!

Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic has Caleb looking for the killer of his childhood friend. With his ex-cop friend, there are on the hunt but the killer is always one step ahead.

A Letter to Layla by Ramona Koval is non-fiction, looking at how we think about the world and what makes us human through interviews with experts.

Smokehouse by Melissa Manning is a book of linked stories, set in Tasmania about the turning points in life shaped by people and places.

The Newcomer by Laura Elizabeth Woollett is about the murder of Judy’s daughter Paulina on a small Pacific island. Despite every man on the island being a suspect, it’s Paulina that is maligned.

Small Acts of Defiance by Michelle Wright finds Lucie and her mother trapped in World War II Paris, sharing a small apartment with Lucie’s extremist uncle. Lucie starts to engage in small acts of defiance against the Nazi regime, but how far will she go?

The Schoolgirl Strangler by Katherine Kovacic is true crime, about girls being murdered by a serial killer in 1930s Melbourne and the investigation to find the killer.

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist has Zoe and Martin looking to make a new start by walking the Camino. But will this have them finding each other?

The Performance by Claire Thomas is about a group of women who all have things going on in their life, but it’s the performance that brings them together to develop a new understanding of the world.

Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke is about Elle, who hosts a podcast about cold cases. Her new season promises a tip, but the person is found dead, suggesting that the killer is back.

All That I Remember About Dean Cola by Tania Chandler is about Sidney, who is haunted by memories of her teenage crush. But when she returns to her home town, there is a memory of trauma – but can she face it?

Nancy Business by R.W.R. McDonald is the sequel to The Nancys, who are back together and on the case after a catastrophic explosion. But things are different this time – can the Nancys stay together to save everyone?

The Spill by Imbi Neeme is about two sisters, coming together after falling apart, haunted by the memory of an accident decades ago.

Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander is inspired by a true story. The novel is about a young boy who disappears in the early 1900s. But when he reappears in the company of a tramp, questions are raised as to his identity. Tensions are further raised when two mothers say he is their son.

The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser finds Jakub forced to sort through Jewish books in a concentration camp, while Frantiska’s daughters are summonsed for transport and she must sacrifice everything to save them.

Ghost Girls by Cath Ferla is about Sophie, tracking down a group who is targeting foreign students. But someone also knows about Sophie’s ghosts in the past…

Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng finds Meg is living alone with her African Grey parrot. When second year uni student Andy moves in through circumstances outside of both their controls, it makes for an unlikely friendship. Their bond will become lifesaving.

The Helpline by Katherine Collette is about Germaine’s new job on the senior citizen’s helpline. It’s not what she wants, but the mayor wants the seniors away from their centre. But will things change?

Take the Shot by Susan White has Bug keeping multiple secrets, like that he’s formed a new basketball team when he’s not allowed to play and that nobody knows why.

Time Catchers: When Days Tilt by Karen Ginnane is set in 1858 London, which is in turmoil as a comet flies across the sky and people go missing. In the shadow city of Donlon, the Green Witch rules but can Ava fight to protect everyone?

Kitchen Sink Drama by Paul Connolly contains vignettes of family life in all its messiness from roasts to joy.

To see other books received/bought this week across the world, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date.

What I read last week:

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

What I’m reading at the moment:

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Vaxxers by Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green

What I’ll be reading next:

Spoiled for choice!

13 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 26/7/21, the big book prize edition

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  1. Ooh that’s such an exciting gift! Not just cause it’s book but also cause you’re supporting local authors! ‘Smokehouse’ and ‘All That I Remember About Dean Cola’ look great! Juli @ A Universe in Words

  2. What a wonderful box of books! I can see why it would be hard to choose what to read first. Come see my week here.Happy reading!

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