Sunday, October 19, 2008

It's.........MAILBOX MONDAY!

In keeping with my post last week, I'll start off by informing y'all that 18 of my books left my house and are winging their way to new readers. In their places, I have 9 new additions. Here's the list of newbies to Cathy's Cache:

--Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman, the first in the Tess Monaghan mystery series. Lippman just won a ton of awards at the most recent Boucheron, and I decided to see what all that fuss was about.

--Murder on Monday by Ann Purser, the first Lois Meade mystery. This is a new-to-me British author, and for some reason I have a good feeling about this book. Lois Meade is "a working-class mum who cleans houses for a living" in a small English village.

--Speak Daggers to Her by Rosemary Edghill, the first of the Bast mysteries centering around "a single white witch living in Manhattan, working as a freelance graphic designer". I don't always do well with woo-woo, but I had a good recommendation from a trusted source. We'll see!

--A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George, the first Inspector Lynley mystery. Like one of my favorite authors, Deborah Crombie, George is an American writing about the UK. I'm interested in seeing how she "stacks up" against Crombie.

--Say It With Poison by Ann Granger, the first Meredith and Markby mystery featuring a British consular officer.

--Bone Walker by Kathleen O'Neal Gear & W. Michael Gear, the third in their Anasazi mystery series. I read and enjoyed the first in the series, The Visitant, but this one's going to be on the TBR shelves percolating a bit until I obtain and read the second in the series. Yes, folks, 99.9% of the time, I insist on reading series in order. (The .1% is for when I screw up....)

--Cast in Stone by G.M. Ford, the second in the Leo Waterman mystery series. I read the first, Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? and really enjoyed it (and loved the title). Leo is a P.I. in Seattle who often enlists the aid of local winos on his cases. Lots of humor and a great cast of characters.

--Dover One by Joyce Porter, the first in yet another new-to-me mystery series. Here is a blurb from the back of the book from the Manchester Evening News: " Meet Detective Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover. He's fat, lazy, a scrounger and the worst detective at Scotland Yard. But you will love him." Sounds like it has possibilities!

--Killing Floor by Lee Child, the first of the Jack Reacher mysteries. I keep hearing nothing but good about this series, and once again, Paperback Swap is allowing me to sample yet another new author and yet another new mystery series. At this rate, I'll have to do a Bella Swan in order to read all the books I want!

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  1. You are a mystery lover! I'm impressed that you had a net loss of books over the week. I need to learn how to do that.

  2. I love being able to see pictures of the book! Man. I need a new camera... *sigh*

    Thanks for stopping by. You have quite the list yourself. *grin*

  3. Oh, and I keep crazy lists on my computer through Goodreads mostly, but also just starting into really using LT as well. I had not heard of using the PDF for that, but that sounds that a great idea! Just in a word document, excel sheet or what?

    Now see what you've done!

  4. Ms. Onion--I never used to have a net loss until I joined Paperback Swap. Before then my husband told me he was looking into buying the houses on either side of ours so he could turn them into my library annexes!

  5. MJ, books may be my first passion, but photography is my second. I get the shakes if I think I'm going to run out of books, and I get the willies if my camera doesn't work! I have two other blogs where I use a lot of the photos I've taken.

    As for using a PDA as a portable book shopping device, I keep my lists on simple Word documents. I find it easier to make corrections and additions on them. Since I read a lot of series (and not just mystery series), I even have the books listed in order on my lists. Sounds anal, but it's helped me so much in not buying multiples and buying the right books in the right order that I don't care!

  6. Oh! I do not think that sounds bad at all, but wonderful... Now where is my PDA... I had one in college to track grades, email, schedule etc... Then I bought my mac. Now that I'm no longer in school, the mac is no longer attached to my hip outside of the house... So.. hmm.. searching I must do.. A little hard since my life is in boxes right now (Should close on our house on Wednesday!)

  7. Does that mean you have no bookshelves in the house, with all the coming and going of books? :)

  8. All right, Matt! LOL I have 25 bookcases in the house. I think. It might be more. I used to have a slideshow of them here on my blog, but took it off.

  9. I am impressed as well! My husband keeps seeing new books comeing into the house, and none leaving! He's starting to give me dirty looks!! Yikes!! Maybe I'd better jump on PBS and see if I can get rid of any :)

    ~ Wendi

  10. I like Elizabeth George, but haven't read Deborah Crombie - another author to add to my list!

  11. Cathy, I've never read Laura Lippman but would like to give her books a try.

  12. So you must have freed up at least 6 inches of shelf space this week - impressive! Or, are you like me and just filled in that new-found space with 6 inches of books that were stacked on the floor?!

  13. Hi Cathy! Thanks for visiting me!! I am on PBS as wbarker (will head over there and see if I can add you as a friend - I'm more familiar with SwapaDVD!). I'd love some tips!!

    :) Wendi

  14. Thank you for stopping by the 'Mailbox' this week. I just added 3 or was it 4 books to my MM Amazon wish list by stopping here. Especially intriguing is the mystery series set in the Seattle area. I was born and raised there so it's always interesting to read books just to try and pick up the where the author may have messed up a fact or two.

  15. Marcia--I tend to keep an eye on books set in Seattle and on the Olympic Peninsula. I've never lived in either area, but I've visited a few times. In fact, I think that's why I got sucked up in the Twilight series...I've been to Forks and most of the places Meyer mentions.

    As a fellow addict, may I say I'm thrilled that my post added to your wish list! LOL


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