Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.
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On the evening of Halloween, I’ve chosen a Goblin mailbox. He’s not too scary, and only a little creepy.

I think I am glad to be done with the darker reading for October. I am looking forward to more cheer for the next two months. How about you?

Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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dragonlegendsAt Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received but to check out the books others have received. Each week will share a few Books That Caught Our Eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We are so happy to welcome EMMA on board this month as a new host. We’ll get to see what catches her eye.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

EMMA:

Spillover

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

 

“This sounds like an essential topic. I actually put it on my TBR two years ago, Sam’s Mailbox makes me want to read it soon!”

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The Family Bones by Elle Marr at Book Reviews by Linda Moore.

FamilyBonesWhat makes a psychopath? A young woman delves into her family’s shadowy legacy in a terrifying novel by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of Strangers We Know.

Psychology student Olivia Eriksen’s family is notorious among true-crime buffs. Faced with a legacy of psychopathy that spans generations, Olivia has spent much of her academic life trying to answer one chilling question: Nature or nurture?

Although she’s kept a safe distance from her blood relatives for years, Olivia agrees to attend a weekend reunion. After all, her fiancé is eager to meet his future in-laws, and the gathering may give her a chance to interview her elusive grandfather about the family traits.

But nothing is ever peaceful among the Eriksens for long. Olivia’s favorite cousin is found dead in a nearby lake. Then another family member disappears. As a violent storm isolates the group further, Olivia’s fears rise faster than the river.

And an uninvited guest is about to join the party. True-crime podcaster Birdie Tan has uncovered a disturbing mystery in her latest investigation―and she’s following it right to the Eriksens’ mountain resort. There’s a deadly twist in the family plot that even Olivia doesn’t see coming.

“I really enjoyed The Missing Sister by Elle Marr, and her upcoming mystery (March 2023) sounds intense and very intriguing.”

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SERENA:

The Lonely Stories by 22 celebrated authors at Silver’s Reviews.

TheLonelyStoriesA collection of essays about the joys and struggles of being alone by 22 literary writers including: Lev Grossman, Jhumpa Lahiri, Lena Dunham, Jesmyn Ward, Yiyun Li, and Anthony Doerr.

If you’re feeling lonely or if you’ve ever felt unseen, if you’re emboldened by solitude or secretly longing for it: Welcome to The Lonely Stories. This cathartic collection of personal essays illuminates what the experience of being alone is like for all of us. Some of these stories are heartbreaking, such as Jesmyn Ward’s reckoning with the loss of her husband, Imani Perry’s confrontation with chronic illness, and Dina Nayeri’s reflection on immigrating to a foreign country. Others are witty, such as Lev Grossman’s rueful tale of heading to the woods alone or Anthony Doerr’s struggles with internet addiction. Still others celebrate solitude and the kind of clarity it can bring about, such as Claire Dederer’s journey toward sobriety and Lidia Yuknavitch’s sensual look at women and desire. Thoughtful and ultimately affirming, The Lonely Stories explores emotions that so often go undiscussed, and lets us all know that we’re not alone.

“I’ve read some of these authors’ books before and I think this would be very interesting”

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Winterland by Rae Meadows at Rose City Reader.

WinterlandIn the Soviet Union in 1973, there is perhaps no greater honor for a young girl than to be chosen to be part of the famed USSR gymnastics program. So when eight-year-old Anya is tapped, her family is thrilled. What is left of her family, that is. Years ago her mother disappeared. Anya’s only confidant is her neighbor, an older woman who survived unspeakable horrors during her ten years in a Gulag camp—and who, unbeknownst to Anya, was also her mother’s confidant and might hold the key to her disappearance. As Anya moves up the ranks of competitive gymnastics, and as other girls move down, Anya soon comes to realize that there is very little margin of error for anyone.

“This sounds fascinating, and I’ve always loved-hated gymnastics because of the stories you hear about how the athletes are abused.”

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MARTHA:

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Secrets in the Stacks by Lynn Cahoon found at Carstairs Considers.

After an ominous Tarot reading, Sedona bookstore owner Rarity Cole must find a killer to keep her friend safe from harm—even if the cards are stacked against her . . .

Following her recovery from breast cancer, Rarity has embraced a life of healing and service in her Sedona, Arizona, community. She welcomes the opportunity to participate in the annual summer healing fair with her fittingly named new-age bookstore, The Next Chapter. The members of the Tuesday Night Survivors’ Book Club are also volunteering, maintaining a cooling station for overheated festivalgoers, and hosting a Tarot card reader for entertainment.

But one member, Darby, is anything but entertained when the Tarot reader pulls a Death card. With a mammogram coming up, she’s freaked out and goes home—only to walk into a crime scene where someone near and dear to her has been murdered. Despite the objections of Detective Drew Anderson, Rarity is determined to help her friend and protect her from being the killer’s next victim . . .

“In addition to the title and cover (books), I like the elements of breast cancer, book clubs and murder mystery.”

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IntheClearingIn the Clearing (Tracey Crosswhite #3) (and three more in the series) by Robert Dugoni found at Bookfan.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime.

So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees. Following up on evidence Jenny’s detective father collected when he was the investigating deputy, Tracy probes one small town’s memory and finds dark, well-concealed secrets hidden within the community’s fabric. Can Tracy uphold the promise she’s made to the dead girl’s family and deliver the truth of what happened to their daughter? Or will she become the next victim?

“This series has crisp covers and good-sounding detective mysteries.”

What books caught your eye this week?

 

 

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Oct Witch mailbox
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Now I can get into Halloween mailboxes. Isn’t this witch cute (rather than scary)?
I’ve been reading ghosts and horror for #Fraterfest. Does anyone else read spooky for October?

Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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dragonlegendsAt Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received but to check out the books others have received. Each week will share a few Books That Caught Our Eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We are so happy to welcome EMMA on board this month as a new host. We’ll get to see what catches her eye.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

EMMA:

TheRevision

In The Art of Revision: The Last Word, Peter Ho Davies takes up an often discussed yet frequently misunderstood subject. He begins by addressing the invisibility of revision—even though it’s an essential part of the writing process, readers typically only see a final draft, leaving the practice shrouded in mystery. To combat this, Davies pulls examples from his novels The Welsh Girl and The Fortunes, as well as from the work of other writers, including Flannery O’Connor, Carmen Machado, and Raymond Carver, shedding light on this slippery subject.

Davies also looks beyond literature to work that has been adapted or rewritten, such as books made into films, stories rewritten by another author, and the practice of retconning in comics and film. In an affecting frame story, Davies recounts the story of a violent encounter in his youth, which he then retells over the years, culminating in a final telling at the funeral of his father. In this way, the book arrives at an exhilarating mode of thinking about revision—that it is the writer who must change, as well as the writing. The result is a book that is as useful as it is moving, one that asks writers to reflect upon themselves and their writing. 

“As many are preparing for NaNoWriMo, this seems to be the perfect book to be reading now.”

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The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews at Bookfan.

BelleofBelgraveA London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.

Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.

For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety, navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.

In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former hero, the more intrigued she becomes…

I never read romance, but as this is about what caught my eye, I have to say, I couldn’t resist this gorgeous cover and had to check what this was about. If you do enjoy romance, this seems to be a great one!

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SERENA:

Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall at Silver’s Reviews.

LookingforJane2017: When Angela Creighton discovers a mysterious letter containing a life-shattering confession, she is determined to find the intended recipient. Her search takes her back to the 1970s when a group of daring women operated an illegal underground abortion network in Toronto known only by its whispered code name: Jane.

1971: As a teenager, Dr. Evelyn Taylor was sent to a home for “fallen” women where she was forced to give up her baby for adoption—a trauma she has never recovered from. Despite harrowing police raids and the constant threat of arrest, she joins the Jane Network as an abortion provider, determined to give other women the choice she never had.

1980: After discovering a shocking secret about her family, twenty-year-old Nancy Mitchell begins to question everything she has ever known. When she unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she feels like she has no one to turn to for help. Grappling with her decision, she locates “Jane” and finds a place of her own alongside Dr. Taylor within the network’s ranks, but she can never escape the lies that haunt her.

“This sounds like a fascinating book. I like books that span many time periods.”

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The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates at The Infinite Curio.

There’s something wrong with Ashburn House…HauntingAshburnHouse

The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house’s secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumours about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realises she’s become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn’s dead are not at rest.

“I’m in the mood for spooky reads, and this one sounds good.”

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MARTHA:

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Halloween Hoedowns Can Be Deadly: A Bucket List Mystery Short (Bucket List Mysteries) by Ryan Rivers found at Carstairs Considers.

Spooky decorations. Murderous intentions. It’s not a party until someone ends up dead.

Bluebonnet Hills, Texas. Sho Tanaka can’t shake the feeling he’s the odd man out. And being best buddies with a fading celebrity always seems to drop him in the midst of homegrown trouble. But when the suspended ICU nurse helps out at the local October festivities, he doesn’t expect to stumble over the librarian’s lifeless body.

Levi Blue is relishing his most demanding role to date. Faking it until he makes it as the interim mayor, the ex-TV tween detective is right on the job to hunt down a vicious murderer hiding among the boisterous crowds. But his script runs off the rails when the apparently deceased woman wanders back into the event… alive.

As Sho’s medical expertise is side-eyed by unamused partygoers, he dives deep to try to comprehend the bookish curator’s previous lack of pulse. And when a shocking turn disrupts the festive night, a gung-ho Levi partners with his reluctant sidekick and taps into his on-screen sleuthing skills to catch a creepy killer.

Can this not-so-dynamic duo solve another prickly puzzle in time for All Hallows’ Eve?

Halloween Hoedowns Can Be Deadly is a hilarious standalone short story in The Bucket List cozy mystery series. If you like colorful heroes, lighthearted humor, and twisty endings, then you’ll love Ryan Rivers’s small-town shenanigans.

“This is the month for “deadly” stories and I thought this cover was so cute!”

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DeathOnWinterDeath on a Winter Stroll (A Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery #7) by Francine Mathews found at BookBirdDog.

In this delicious new mystery from Francine Mathews, no-nonsense Nantucket detective Merry Folger must face her toughest adversaries yet when wannabe Hollywood stars take over the island in the midst of quarantine.

Chief among Nantucket Island’s cherished traditions is Winter Stroll, when evergreen trees line Main Street and tourists and islanders share the spirit of the season in shops and restaurants gilded with firelight. This year, however, is different—the pandemic still threatens the lives of everyone determined to spend a long weekend thirty miles out at sea, with the closest ICU a helicopter flight away.

Nantucket Police Chief Meredith Folger is acutely conscious of the strain COVID-19 has taken on the community she loves. Year-round residents dependent on the island’s support structure are ranged against an influx of wealthy mainland expatriates, quarantining in what they perceive as a germ-free, isolated sanctuary. Chief among them: an oblivious bubble of Hollywood glitterati, cohabiting in an expansive island compound, while they film a television series on the Nantucket moors.

When the twenty-eight-year-old female lead is murdered on location, Merry’s chosen detective, Howie Seitz, is dispatched to the scene. A number of people might have wanted Clara Forsyte dead: her neurotic personal assistant; her volatile boyfriend; her secret longtime lover, who is also the current U.S. Secretary of State—or Secretary Chenoweth’s embittered wife, Sarah.

But while Howie has his hands full with that investigation, Chief Folger responds to a different kind of request: that of a lonely woman at the end of her resources, dying in a derelict house no one has entered for years. Artist Blythe Fitzpatrick has returned to Nantucket as a final act of protest. Can Merry divine a purpose in the

“The blurb is a little long but I was drawn to this cover.”

What books caught your eye this week?

 

 

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Oct dogfallmailboxThis mailbox cover isn’t Halloween yet but it is perfect for fall and pumpkin time. Have you picked out a pumpkin yet? Are you reading any fall books or how about fall food dishes? I know the pumpkin lattes and pies are abundant.

Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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dragonlegendsAt Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received but to check out the books others have received. Each week will share a few Books That Caught Our Eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We are so happy to welcome EMMA on board this month as a new host. We’ll get to see what catches her eye.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

EMMA:

WinterDiscontent

Ethan Allen Hawley, the protagonist of Steinbeck’s last novel, works as a clerk in a grocery store that his family once owned. With Ethan no longer a member of Long Island’s aristocratic class, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.

Set in Steinbeck’s contemporary 1960 America, the novel explores the tenuous line between private and public honesty that today ranks it alongside his most acclaimed works of penetrating insight into the American condition. This edition features an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw.

I read a lot of classics and really enjoy Steinbeck, but have not yet read this one! It’s a nice reminder to see it on Sam’s blog.

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Chinese Homestyle by Maggie Zhu found at A Universe in Words.

ChineseHomestyleEnjoy the bold flavors of Chinese food without the guilt with over 90 easy vegan recipes adapted for the Western cook and kitchen. No wok required!

Everyone loves Chinese food, but takeout can often be unhealthy. In Chinese Homestyle Cooking, Maggie Zhu, the creator of the popular Chinese cooking blog Omnivore’s Cookbook (omnivorescookbook.com), shares authentic, healthy recipes—with a focus on Szechuan and Northern Chinese cooking—that allow you to make quick, delicious meals any night of the week, including:

Favorite takeout
Dim sum
Dumplings
Cold dishes
Seasonal produce
Sweets
Pickles
Sauces and condiments

With recipes adapted to accommodate our busy lifestyles and including helpful information for stocking your Chinese pantry, Chinese Homestyle Cooking will soon have you throwing out those delivery menus and experiencing this exciting cuisine in a whole new way.

“The book cover made me hungry right away! I do a lot of cooking at home, from various cultures, but it’s sometimes tricky to find the necessary ingredients. Adapted recipes for the Western world sounds perfect!”

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SERENA:

The Bookstore Sisters by Alice Hoffman at Bookfan

Isabel Gibson has all but perfected the art of forgetting. She’s a New Yorker now, with nothing left to tie her to Brinkley’s Island, Maine. Her parents are gone, the family bookstore is all but bankrupt, and her sister, Sophie, will probably never speak to her again.

But when a mysterious letter arrives in her mailbox, Isabel feels herself drawn to the past. After years of fighting for her independence, she dreads the thought of going back to the island. What she finds there may forever alter her path—and change everything she thought she knew about her family, her home, and herself.

“Sometimes you just need a short story, and this one has a bookstore.”

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Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner at Silver’s Reviews.

California, 1938—When she loses her parents in an accident, sixteen-year-old Rosanne is taken in by the owners of the vineyard where she has lived her whole life as the vinedresser’s daughter. She moves into Celine and Truman Calvert’s spacious house with a secret, however—Rosie sees colors when she hears sound. She promised her mother she’d never reveal her little-understood ability to anyone, but the weight of her isolation and grief prove too much for her. Driven by her loneliness she not only breaks the vow to her mother, but in a desperate moment lets down her guard and ends up pregnant. Banished by the Calverts, Rosanne believes she is bound for a home for unwed mothers, and having lost her family she treasures her pregnancy as the chance for a future one. But she soon finds out she is not going to a home of any kind, but to a place far worse than anything she could have imagined. 

Austria, 1947—After witnessing firsthand Adolf Hitler’s brutal pursuit of hereditary purity—especially with regard to “different children”—Helen Calvert, Truman’s sister, is ready to return to America for good. But when she arrives at her brother’s peaceful vineyard after decades working abroad, she is shocked to learn what really happened nine years earlier to the vinedresser’s daughter, a girl whom Helen had long ago befriended. In her determination to find Rosanne, Helen discovers that while the war had been won in Europe, there are still terrifying battles to be fought at home.

“Meissner’s work is always engaging, and it’s WWI-WWII era, so definitely on my list.”

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MARTHA:

ClauseChristmasThe Clause in Christmas: A Poppy Creek Novel, Book 1 by Rachael Bloome found at The Book Connection.

Sometimes home is where you least expect it…

Cassie Hayward hates Christmas. Especially this year.
No job. Flat broke. And an ex most definitely on the naughty list.
But the unexpected inheritance of a Victorian cottage in the idyllic town of Poppy Creek may be the miracle Cassie needs. Except for one problem: a clause in the will. Cassie must complete a series of festive tasks for each day in December leading up to Christmas. Overseen by the disarmingly handsome, Christmas-loving lawyer, Luke Davis.
Luke is as strong and steady as the bespoke furniture he crafts as a hobby. He has to be. Stepping into his late father’s shoes as the town lawyer comes with a sleigh full of responsibilities. Which means the alluring stranger collecting her inheritance is a distraction he can’t afford.
As the unlikely pair works together to complete the daily tasks, fighting their attraction becomes more futile than putting good ol’ St. Nick on a diet. But when Cassie’s ex reappears with the offer of a lifetime, she’ll have to choose between love and the life she always wanted.
Curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and visit a town that feels like home. This endearing, sweet romance will warm your heart and fill you will hope. A “must-read” year after year.

“There is a lawyer. a contract, and Christmas. That gets interest for me.”

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DearWildChildDear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You by Wallace J. Nichols

at Savvy Verse & Wit.

A story inspired by a letter from a father to his daughter about wildfire, loss, and learning that we carry our homes inside us wherever we goIn the shade of ancient redwood trees, by a creek, not far from the ocean, a father builds a house for his newborn daughter, where she grows up wild and strong in their coastal canyon home. When a wildfire takes back their beloved house, he writes his now-grown daughter a letter telling her it’s gone. Inspired by the real letter the author wrote his daughter, this poignant story—written together by father and daughter—joyfully declares that a home is more than just wood and stone; it is made of love and can never be taken away. You carry home with you wherever you go.

“The colors in the cover caught my eye and I like the message.”

What books caught your eye this week?

 

 

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Swag+with+Clear+LightsHere is another nice fall swag mailbox before I start moving to Halloween-themed decorations. I might have to take a breather from haunting to the Christmas holiday in my reading. I can only handle so much darkness at a time. How about you?

Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

Books That Caught Our Eye

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dragonlegendsAt Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received but to check out the books others have received. Each week will share a few Books That Caught Our Eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We are so happy to welcome EMMA on board this month as a new host. We’ll get to see what catches her eye.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.

 

EMMA:

CounterfeitWife

The Counterfeit Wife: A Revolutionary War Mystery by Mally Becker found at The Book Connection.

Philadelphia, June 1780. George Washington’s two least likely spies return, masquerading as husband and wife as they search for traitors in Philadelphia.

Months have passed since young widow Becca Parcell and former printer Daniel Alloway foiled a plot that threatened the new nation. But independence is still a distant dream, and General Washington can’t afford more unrest, not with food prices rising daily and the value of money falling just as fast.

At the General’s request, Becca and Daniel travel to Philadelphia to track down traitors who are flooding the city with counterfeit money. Searching for clues, Becca befriends the wealthiest women in town, the members of the Ladies Association of Philadelphia, while Daniel seeks information from the city’s printers.

But their straightforward mission quickly grows personal and deadly as a half-remembered woman from Becca’s childhood is arrested for murdering one of the suspected counterfeiters.

With time running out—and their faux marriage breaking apart—Becca and Daniel find themselves searching for a hate-driven villain who’s ready to kill again.

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SERENA:

BoneOrchardThe Bone Orchard by Sara Mueller at The Infinite Curio.

Charm is a witch, and she is alone. The last of a line of conquered necromantic workers, now confined within the yard of regrown bone trees at Orchard House, and the secrets of their marrow.

Charm is a prisoner, and a survivor. Charm tends the trees and their clattering fruit for the sake of her children, painstakingly grown and regrown with its fruit: Shame, Justice, Desire, Pride, and Pain.

Charm is a whore, and a madam. The wealthy and powerful of Borenguard come to her house to buy time with the girls who aren’t real.

Except on Tuesdays, which is when the Emperor himself lays claim to his mistress, Charm herself.

But now—Charm is also the only person who can keep an empire together, as the Emperor summons her to his deathbed, and charges her with choosing which of his awful, faithless sons will carry on the empire—by discovering which one is responsible for his own murder.

If she does this last thing, she will finally have what has been denied her since the fall of Inshil—her freedom. But she will also be betraying the ghosts past and present that live on within her heart.

Charm must choose. Her dead Emperor’s will or the whispers of her own ghosts. Justice for the empire or her own revenge.

“This sounds like an excellent read for October and the RIP Challenge.”

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MannersandMonsters
Manners and Monsters Collection: A Regency paranormal mystery series
by Tilly Wallace at Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf.

Hannah Miles navigates the etiquette of monster hunting through the parlours of a magical Regency England. This collection contains:

1. Manners and Monsters

Hannah Miles lives a quiet existence, helping her parents conduct research into a most terrible affliction – until a gruesome murder during her best friend’s engagement party pulls her from the shadows. Hannah must work with the obnoxious Viscount Wycliff to find the murderer before the season is ruined.

2. Galvanism and Ghouls

A new Unnatural horror is about to rattle Hannah Miles’ quiet existence, and it’s not the short-tempered viscount prowling the hallways of her home. can Hannah and Wycliff find the monster – and will it be the hand that wields the scalpel, or the creature hiding in the dark?

3. Gossip and Gorgons

The newly married Lord and Lady Wycliff are cordially invited to a house party—to be mocked and ridiculed as entertainment. But someone among the house guests has murder on their mind. The newlyweds need to determine who, as guests are immortalised is stone…

“I am going with the spooky books this week. I love short stories and this audiobook has some very interesting ones, plus they are mysteries.”

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MARTHA:

WatkinsEnglishFolktalesThe Watkins Book of English Folktales by Neil Philip found at A Universe in Words.

With a foreword by Neil Gaiman, this comprehensive, entertaining and authentic collection of English folktales is perfect for fans of Madeline Miller, Philip Pullman and the Brothers Grimm.

This is a golden treasury of over one hundred English folktales captured in the form they were first collected in past centuries. Read these classic tales as they would have been told when storytelling was a living art – when the audience believed in boggarts and hobgoblins, local witches and will-o’-the-wisps, ghosts and giants, cunning foxes and royal frogs. Find “Jack the Giantkiller”, “Tom Tit Tot” and other quintessentially English favourites, alongside interesting borrowings, such as an English version of the Grimms’ “Little Snow White” – as well as bedtime frighteners, including “Captain Murderer”, as told to Charles Dickens by his childhood nurse.

Neil Philip has provided a full introduction and source notes on each story that illustrate each tale’s journey from mouth to page, and what has happened to them on the way. These tales rank among the finest English short stories of all time in their richness of metaphor and plot and their great verbal dash and daring.

“This collection of classic folktales brings back many memories.”

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GoneforGoudaGone for Gouda (Cheese Shop Mystery #2) by Korina Moss at Carstairs Considers.

Things are going from gouda to bad to ugly for cheesemonger Willa Bauer in Gone for Gouda.

Yarrow Glen’s newest cheese shop, Curds & Whey, has a lot on its plate, but cheesemonger Willa Bauer relishes a challenge. There’s a float to build for the fall festival, plus the French-inspired cheese shop is playing host to celebrity vegan chef Phoebe Winston. But when photos surface that prove this vegan influencer is, in fact, a carnivore, things crumble faster than any cheese on the market: Phoebe is murdered. Willa’s employee, the affable Archie, was the last one to see Phoebe alive and the first person the police suspect. To clear his name Willa must uncover who’s been up to no gouda

“Anything with cheese gets my attention and cozy mystery is a plus.”

What books caught your eye this week?

 

 

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I am excited to be moving into October. I’m not sure why, because I am nearly overwhelmed at my office. But I am remaining positive and know that holiday times are coming.
Are you picking any seasonal books to read? I’ve started my October ‘haunting’ and ghostly reads.

Tell us about your new books by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky below:

Be sure to stop back later this week for Books That Caught Our Eye.

New Host and Thank You Blogging Community!

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welcome

Normally, we don’t have too many unpredictable posts. MM on Sunday evening or Monday morning and our Friday Books That Caught Our Eye.

Today is an exception.

I want to thank the blogging community for continuing to participate in Mailbox Monday over the years and for Velvet at vvb32 Reads who stepped in when we needed another host. She has been a fantastic addition to the family.

When Velvet expressed that she wanted to pass on the torch, our search for a replacement began. We received several offers, some who wanted to step outside their comfort zone for the good of the community.

Emma of Words and Peace has been gracious enough to volunteer for the long haul, and she will take over for Velvet in December and onward.

Here’s a little introduction from Emma. If you haven’t visited her fantastic blog yet, you should.

“I have been book blogging at Words And Peace since 2010, and participating in Mailbox Monday since 2013. The book blogging community has given me so much along these years. It’s my joy to give some of my time to help Mailbox Monday live on and grow.”

Please give Emma a warm welcome. We’re happy that she’s on board and helping us keep the meme alive.