Here at Mailbox Monday, we want to encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received.
To that end, we’ve decided to share “Books that Caught Our Eye” with you. Each week, Leslie, Serena and Vicki will each share 2 books that caught their eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday and share them here.
We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.
The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf.
Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America. The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends.
I always find this stuff fascinating. And now that Halloween is approaching, it becomes even more topical.
The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth at Beauty in Ruins
Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped “Do Not Investigate” and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell’s standards—everything changes.
I am reading creepy stories this month for RIP IX – the creepier the better – and this sounds like a perfect fit!
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell @ Under My Apple Tree
My daughter loves hugging right now, and there are some people that don’t hug as adults. I wonder if more of these books would help make people more willing to hug and show affection as they get older.
We’re always looking for cute books to read together and this sounds like one that would encourage her to continue hugging.
Of all the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History by Mark Bailey, illustrated by Edward Hemingway @Rose City Reader
This intrigues me because I really like books about the history of Hollywood, and this one is illustrated. I love stories about hijinks, and this one sounds like it fits the bill. And it includes cocktail recipes.
The Absence of Mercy by John Burley @ Fiction Books
A doctor and father in small town Ohio weighs the need to catch a killer against his fears for his family’s safety in this debut psychological suspense novel
Just west of the Ohio River, lies the peaceful town of Wintersville. Safe from the crime and congestion of city life, it is the perfect place to raise a family . . . or so they thought.
Life as the town medical examiner is relatively unhurried for Dr. Ben Stevenson. With only a smattering of cases here and there-car accident victims, death by natural causes-he has plenty of time to spend with his loving wife and two sons. That is until a teenager’s body is discovered in the woods and Ben, as the only coroner in the area, is assigned to the case. But as the increasingly animalistic attacks continue, the case challenges Ben in ways he never suspects.
With its eerie portrait of suburban life and nerve-fraying plot twists, this is psychological suspense at its best-an extraordinary debut that challenges as much as it thrills.
My favorite genre is thriller/mystery and I haven’t been reading much of it lately. So when I read the blurb I knew it was a book I wanted to read . Even though I know this is a fiction, it didn’t hurt that I grew up 2 hrs. from Wintersville, where the story takes place.
Big Driver by Stephen King @ Under My Apple Tree
Now a Lifetime original movie, Stephen King’s haunting story about an author of a series of mystery novels who tries to reconcile her old life with her life after a horrific attack and the one thing that can save her: Revenge.
Tess Thorne, a famous mystery writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing engagement. Advised to take a shortcut at the suggestion of the event’s planner, Tess sets out for home, well after dark. On a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, and when a man in a pick up stops, it is not to help her, but to repeatedly assault her and leave her for dead. Tess survives, and she plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself, capable of gruesome violence.
It’s King and I haven’t read it yet. :)
(FYI~ the movie based on this book is on Lifetime this Saturday and Sunday. I’m going to dvr it but I’ll probably do what I always do, and wait to watch it until after I read the book.