Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme in which participants share the books that arrived in their mailboxes the previous week. It is hosted by Marcia on her blog, The Printed Page. Mailbox Monday has been known to lead to overflowing wish lists and towering stacks of books to be read, so consider yourself warned!

If you'd like to follow along-- or even join in--just click on that redhead to the left. She'll take you right to the heart of the action. Thanks, Marcia!

I almost broke even last week. I sent two books out to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes, and I received three. One of the books was quite a surprise. Here's the scoop:

  1. White Gallows by Rob Kitchin. I read and reviewed Rob's first book, The Rule Book, earlier this year, but it was a complete shock to open a package and discover a signed copy of his second book, complete with bookmarks, and a real stunner--my very first book blurb inside! I also got to see some of the work involved with choosing the cover, so this is a very special book to me. Here's the synopsis on the back: "In post-Celtic Tiger Ireland the murder rate is soaring and the gardai are struggling to cope with gangland wars, domestic disputes, and drunken brawls that spiral into fatal violence. To add to Detective Superintendent Colm McEvoy's workload are the deaths of two immigrants-- an anonymous Lithuanian youth and an elderly German billionaire. While one remains an enigma, the murky history of the other is slowly revealed. But where there is money there is power and, as McEvoy soon learns, if you swim amongst sharks, you'd better act like a shark."
  2. The War Against Miss Winter by Kathryn Miller Haines (PBS). "Set in New York City, Haines's debut brings the WWII era to vivid life, from a topical jump-rope song to Automats and jive joints. On New Year's Eve 1942, actress Rosie Winter, whose day job is with a Manhattan detective agency, finds the body of her boss, Sam McCain, hanging in his office closet, his hands and neck tied with phone cord. The investigating cop calls Sam's death a well-deserved suicide, but there's a missing play that a reclusive playwright and a rich widow want found. Rosie, a fast-thinking Hepburn type, takes on the case, aided by her best pal, Jayne. This is a fun romp, though the author, herself a playwright and actor, provides some dark commentary on avant-garde theater and war as well as an unexpected and wicked twist in the novel's final act."

  3. Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten (ARC from publisher). "Lawyer Danielle Parkman is at her wit's end. Her son Max, a whip-smart teen with high-functioning autism, has always been a handful. But lately he's shutting down, using drugs and lashing out--violently. Desperate, Danielle brings Max to a top-flight psychiatric facility. But rather than reassurance, Danielle receives an agonizing diagnosis portraying a severely damaged, dangerous boy-- one she's never met. Then Danielle finds Max unconscious and bloody at the feet of a patient who has been brutally stabbed to death. Worse, Danielle is arrested as an accessory to the heinous crime."
Those are the books I found in my mailbox. I'm really looking forward to reading all three. See you next week with another batch of goodies I pulled from my mailbox!


  1. Wow, great mailbox post. Saving Max looks really good! Enjoy your new books.

  2. You had a great week! White Gallows sounds good!

  3. I had great fun seeing my words quoted in the blurb for Rob Kitchin's new book too Cathy.

  4. Cathy, I have not heard of any of these, but I hope you enjoy them :)

  5. Wow! I bet it was loads of fun getting White Gallows! Congratulations on your blurb!!

  6. Congrats on your getting a book blurb!! How special! And the book sounds so interesting too!

    Great books in your mailbox! Thanks for sharing! And now I'm going to have to check out Rob Kitchin!

  7. Oh i like mysteries too!!. Isn't it nice when you receive an unexpected suprise. Enjoy your books.

  8. Congratulations on your blurb debut! That actually sounds funny, but I would be thrilled too.

  9. How exciting! Your own blurb in a book! White Gallows sounds great...BTW, love your MM logo. Too cute.

  10. Hope you have a wonderful reading week!

  11. Nice selection. The War Against Miss Winter by Kathryn Miller Haines intrigues me from this list. Happy reading.

  12. I have seen Saving Max in a few mailboxes. I'll keep an eye out for the reviews of it. Congrats on your book blurb! That's exciting!

  13. White Gallows looks intriguing! Happy reading. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  14. Great books! Saving Max is making its rounds! I received that one as well and can't wait to read it. It will be fun to compare thoughts on it with so many others!
    Enjoy and have a great week!

  15. Jennifer-- I'm sure I will. Thanks for stopping by!

    Elysium-- It does sound very good, doesn't it? :)

    Bernadette-- It was so much fun that I was practically stunned into insensibility! LOL

    Diane-- I will, thanks!

    Kathy-- Thanks! It still makes me smile.

    Suzanne-- I hope you do!

    Detweilermom-- I will, thanks for stopping by!

    Barbara-- Blurb debut? I like the sound of it, too. :)

    LRS-- Thanks. Sooner or later, it will be time to change her out, and I'll be a little sad.

    Julie-- It's already started out well. :)

    Serena-- I'm looking forward to reading that one.

    Beth-- Thanks!

    Alayne-- Thanks!

    April-- I'm just glad that I have until the end of September to read it. I have an unusually high number of ARCs to read. I'll have to be very very careful about accepting additional ones.

  16. I was hoping Rob would send me his second, but I was also completely overwhelmed when I opened the book and saw that he had used my review!

    Why didn´t anyone tell me about all the pleasures of blogging years ago?

  17. I also received Saving Max. Happy reading. Pussreboots.

  18. Nice mailbox! Hope you enjoy all you books!

  19. Enjoy your new books! I hadn't seen your Mailbox Monday picture before arriving here. :)

  20. Those books sound great and I love your Mailbox Monday pic - too cute!

  21. 2 for 3 isn't bad. I try to be equal when it comes to the library. I HATE returning a few books only to have what seems like a hundred holds waiting for me.

  22. These sound interesting. I am definitely going to watch for the review of Saving Max. Have a great week!

  23. Thanks for stopping by my blog The Wormhole Thought I would stop by yours and follow!

  24. White Gallows looks and sounds good. Have a great week.

  25. I look forward to your Saving Max review. I'm expecting that one myself!

  26. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my MMM

  27. Dorte-- I don't think blogging was ready for us! :)

    Puss-- Saving Max is definitely making the rounds.

    DC-- So do I!

    Suko-- That graphic seems to be rather popular. Thanks for stopping by!

    Amused-- Thanks!

    Lola-- I see what you mean!

    Martha-- You, too!

    Beverly-- Thanks so much!

    Ryan-- You, too!

    Nicola-- I'm going to be interested in all the reviews, too.

    Abi-- You're welcome, and... ditto!


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