Books That Caught Our Eye



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, LeslieSerena 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.

21535268The 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 Ruins22543948
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!




18510237Hug 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 Reader21853232
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.








17349207The 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 Tree22929097
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.

4 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

  1. Hi Guys,

    First of all, thank you so much for the mention Vicki, it is much appreciated. Having a personal connection to a place or story always draws you to it subconsciously, doesn’t it? I do hope that you get around to reading ‘No Mercy’ (‘In the Absence Of Mercy’) and that you enjoy it.

    To be honest, the one of your six choices this week which catches my eye, is your other offering Vicki. Stephen King’s name seems to be staring out of the page at me, no matter which site I visit and ‘Big Driver’ does sound like a good ‘traditional’ King storyline. Despite not having read anything by him for so long now, I am very tempted to jump back into the Stephen King fan club, after some of the great recommendations I have come across!

    Have a great ‘rest of the week’ everyone. Autumn has definitely arrived here in the UK … very cold, very wet and very windy!!


    • Yes Yvonne, a connection to where a book is based is always hard to pass up, especially if the book sounds good, and The Absence of Mercy sounds really good.

      I’m a huge King fan and I used to read his books as soon as they came out. Then I started blogging and got behind…darn all those other books that come out too LOL!! Since I haven’t read Big Driver it was a no brainer as one of my picks this week.

      Enjoy your weekend!


  2. Stephen King nearly made my list this week, as did the Book of Witches. I am a King junky…I just love the books, short stories, and movies. I cannot wait to read the ones I have now and the ones I don’t…but I’m hoping to watch the movie of Big Driver at least.

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