Monday, February 23, 2009

Mailbox Monday-- This is more like it!

I mentioned last week that I had to make an effort to clear more spaces on my shelves in the library, and I did manage to do that. Two more bags of books to donate to the Phoenix library, and several to list on Paperback Swap. I sent 13 books to new homes last week, and received 6--all from Paperback Swap. Here's what I received last week:

--The Dumb Shall Sing, A Mystery of Colonial Times by Stephen Lewis. "Catherine Williams is a midwife for the town of Newbury. A respected, wealthy widow, she defiantly refuses to accept local gossip and superstitions. So when a young infant dies mysteriously, and the Puritan community casts blame on an Irish Catholic servant girl, Catherine remains unconvinced."

--Body Count by P.D.Martin. First in the mystery series featuring Aussie FBI profiler Sophie Anderson.

--An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander. Another in one of my favorite mystery series featuring the blind Sir John Fielding, magistrate for the Bow Street Court in eighteenth-century London.

--The Players' Boy is Dead, An Elizabethan Mystery by Leonard Tourney. "There is much that is entertaining in Elizabethan England, colorful and merrie for both Good Queen Bess and her people. But there are matters savage and murderous, too, and it is the County Constable Matthew Stock, a humble clothier by trade, and his practical-minded wife Joan who oft must set things right...." (In looking up a link for this book at Amazon, I found that the "cheapest" copy was $45! Thank you, PBS & Cheryl!)

--Bad Move by Linwood Barclay. I enjoyed another book by Barclay so much that I decided to try this first in his Zack Walker mystery series about a work-at-home science fiction writer who finds a move to suburbia more than a bit murderous. This is supposed to be a humorous series, and I'm always on the lookout for those.

--The Siege by Helen Dunmore which is about a Russian family trying to survive during the winter Siege of Leningrad in 1941.

There you have it--what I received in my mailbox last week! If you'd like to join this meme or if you'd just like to see what others have received in their mailboxes, head up to the top of this post and click on that hungry-looking mailbox to be taken to Marcia's The Printed Page.


  1. The Siege looks great.Is that for the WWII challenge? I love your mailbox~ what a hoot. Enjoy your haul happy reading My mailbox is

  2. I'm so impressed when you have more go out of your house than came in.

  3. It's a great feeling to pass on books, isn't it?! Then, you can make room for more, the best part!!
    The Siege looks interesting. I'm a huge fan of Paperbackswap and have gotten such great books from swapping there.

  4. Kaye--I don't participate in challenges. It's just a book I came across that interested me.

    Thanks, Kathy. I had to do something so there would be room for more books! LOL

    Bonnie--it's always great to find another happy PBSer!

  5. Looks like you had a good week with PBS! The Seige and Player's Boy both seem like books that I would enjoy.

  6. Well, at least more went out than came in so I guess you are making progress on clearing your bookshelves!

    And I love your new poll question. I always look forward to seeing what you will ask next!

  7. None of those books are something I'd read but I hope you enjoy them.

    I couldn't vote in your poll, none of the answers fit me. I rarely buy books so there would be only a few I'd want to buy. I wouldn't buy a book to give away but would use the money to ship the books I already have that I could giveaway.

  8. Wow - The Siege does sound interesting. :)

    I need to use you as my role model when getting rid of books! Great job.


  9. Thanks for reminding me of Helen Dunsmore. I liked Barclay's last book but this looks like more fun

  10. Jenners--I should probably take a few photos of the gaps that are appearing on some of my shelves. 13 books to PBS and two grocery bags to the library can make a dent. I'm glad you enjoy my poll questions!

    Callista--you mean if someone just handed you $1,000 to spend on books, you wouldn't do it??? The mind boggles!

    Thanks, Wendi!

    You're welcome, Patti. I don't remember where I learned about this book, but I enjoyed Dean's The Madonnas of Leningrad so much that I thought I would give this one a try.

  11. The Siege sounds interesting. I've read one book by Helen Dunmore and thought it was pretty good. Definitely need to read another.

    I've got a Bruce Alexander book in my stash - I'm sure it's the first one in his series so that's one to look forward to.

    Enjoy your new books!

  12. The Siege sounds really good. Looks like you had a great week. Happy reading!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  13. Iliana--I certainly hope you enjoy the Alexander book, it's one of my favorite mystery series!

    Thanks, Anna!


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