Monday, January 12, 2009

Mailbox Monday--More Gift Card Goodies

Paperback Swap picked up a little steam last week; I sent six books to new homes. I need to restock my bookshelf there, but don't feel like doing it yet. The mail carrier and I are enjoying the rest! In the meantime, I received eight books via PBS and Barnes & Noble (the Christmas gift card I spent). The Barnes & Noble order filled in some gaps in some of my favorite mystery series. Here's the rundown:
  1. Devil May Ride by Wendy Roberts (B&N), the second in the Ghost Dusters mystery series featuring Sadie Novak who runs a crime scene cleaning service. I really enjoyed the first in the series, notable for a surprise at the end that threw me for a loop.
  2. Murder Is Binding by Lorna Barrett (B&N), the first in the Booktown mystery series.
  3. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (B&N), the third in the Harper Connelly mystery series.
  4. Lying Dead by Aline Templeton (B&N), the third in the Detective Inspector Marjory Fleming mystery series set in Scotland.
  5. Native American Wisdom edited by Kristen Maree Cleary (PBS), a rather weak collection of quotes by Native American leaders that I didn't bother reviewing.
  6. The House by the Thames (and the people who lived there) by Gillian Tindall, from an Amazon seller that turned out to be the Book Depository, my favorite place to buy UK books because of their excellent packing and free worldwide shipping. I'm the most excited about this one. The house is only 450 years old, and it should have a lot of tales to tell!
  7. Flower Net by Lisa See (PBS), the first in her Red Princess mystery series. I've really enjoyed some of See's historical fiction, and since I love can figure out the rest!
  8. The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea (PBS). I enjoyed his non-fiction The Devil's Highway so much that I thought I would give this historical fiction a try.
There you have it--what came in my mailbox last week. To see what other folks got in theirs, just click on the mailbox at the top of my post. If you don't participate in this fun meme, why don't you join us over at Marcia's The Printed Page?


  1. I love seeing bookstacks - they make me swoon every time.

  2. A pity that Native American Wisdom wasn't better, it sounded good. I want to read The Hummingbird's Daughter too. I haven't read that author before. I'll watch for your comments on it.

  3. Well I guess you might having a rest but your mailperson sure isn't! HAHA!

    Sounds like you got a nice bunch of books to keep you busy for awhile. Too bad about the one book that didn't turn out too well -- and your comment was a review in and of itself -- told me all I needed to know.

  4. Good haul! And some really interesting books. I loved the two non-mystery Lisa See books I read. I'm waiting for your thoughts on this one.

  5. You had a good week. You seem to be attracted to book with hummingbird in the title.

  6. Niiiice list. I'm glad you got some of your series books. Those are often hard to keep up with!


    I started a blog for all things non-american and this is what I got:

  7. I agree, Lenore--stacks of books thrill me no end!

    Sandra--the non-fiction Urrea title that I read was The Devil's Highway. Very good!

    Jenners--at least the mail carrier isn't feeling as though he/she needs to work out in the weight room before coming to my house! LOL

    Beth--I agree. The two See historicals that I read really immersed me in the culture to the point where it took a while for me to come back to Phoenix. I'm really interested in finding out how well she does mysteries.

    Kathy--I love hummingbirds, so I guess it would be a natural for me to be attracted to books with that word in the title. I have another book sitting on the TBR shelves called The Hummingbird Wizard!

    Thanks for the link, Lauren. I'll have to go check it out!

  8. What a nice mail week you had! I spy a few mysteries series I will have to check out. The Aline Templeton mysteries sound good - I like books set in Scotland.

  9. Cathy - Great week! I've got to get on PBS and start adding to my wish list and to my books so I can get rid of a few more!

    :) Wendi

  10. Belle--the Aline Templeton series is excellent. I highly recommend it!

  11. Hi Cathy,
    I see you purchased Native American Wisdom. Awesome book. I have it and refer to it often. Settles me to ground.
    Take care...from New England

  12. Thank you for stopping by the 'mailbox' this week. I read 'Murder is Binding' last year and I'm looking forward to the 2nd book in series due out this spring.


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