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Well, we got about four or five inches of snow Friday/Saturday, so I’m glad I rescheduled our trip to the aviary. But I also seem to have picked up another cold. Boo!! It’s a good excuse to curl up under a blanket and read though.

A few new books made their way to my house this week. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.

E-books

I purchased Leighann Dobb’s collection. It was a good price, 99¢, and I want to read Dead and Buried.

Mailbox MondayCozy Mystery Collection by Leighann Dobbs
Published by Amazon Digital Services on October 16, 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 574
Format: eBook
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USA Today bestselling author Leighann Dobbs has compiled four full length mysteries from her top selling series into one book! From the culinary capers of Lexy Baker and her posse of amateur sleuth grandma's to the ghosts and mystical cats of Mystic Notch to the four magical Blackmoore sisters of Noquitt Maine to the traditional mysteries of retired police consultants Claire Watkins and Dominic Benedetti on Mooseamuck Island. You're sure to fall in love with the charming characters and puzzling mysteries in these books.

Ghostly Paws

When bookstore owner Willa Chance finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian who insists she solved her murder, she gets help from a quirky cast of small-town characters and a cat she's inherited from her grandmother.

Bake, Battle & Roll

When Lexy Baker temporarily fills in for the pastry chef at a lakeside resort it seems like a great way to combine business and pleasure ... until the head chef ends up with a knife through his chest and Lexy is found bending over the body.

A Zen For Murder

When local psychic Zoila Rivers is found dead at the zen garden, retired police consultants Dominic Benedetti and Claire Watkins are forced to team up to catch the killer. Too bad Claire and Dom don't always see eye to eye.

Dead & Buried

Summers in the seaside town of Noquitt Maine are quiet and relaxing ... unless you find a mysterious dead body, a hunky ex-boyfriend shows up and you start getting instructions from ghostly relatives.

Arena came from Ace via NetGalley

Mailbox MondayArena by Holly Jennings
Published by Ace on April 5, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
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A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming...

Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV.
She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier...

The RAGE tournaments—the Virtual Gaming League’s elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator—leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses.

And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real.

Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world—until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game—and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems.

The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside...

The Lynching came from William Morrow via Edelweiss. I’m currently reading Empire of Sin, which is as much about race/ethnicity as it is about crime and violence, which is what made me think this one will be interesting.

Mailbox MondayThe Lynching: How a Southern Lawyer Destroyed the United Klans of America by Laurence Leamer
Published by William Morrow on May 31, 2016
Genres: History
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Kennedy Women chronicles the powerful and spellbinding true story of a brutal race-based killing in 1981 and subsequent trials that undid one of the most pernicious organizations in American history—the Ku Klux Klan.

On a Friday night in March 1981 Henry Hays and James Knowles scoured the streets of Mobile in their car, hunting for a black man. The young men were members of Klavern 900 of the United Klans of America. They were seeking to retaliate after a largely black jury could not reach a verdict in a trial involving a black man accused of the murder of a white man. The two Klansmen found nineteen-year-old Michael Donald walking home alone. Hays and Knowles abducted him, beat him, cut his throat, and left his body hanging from a tree branch in a racially-mixed residential neighborhood.

Arrested, charged, and convicted, Hays was sentenced to death—the first time in nearly a century that the state of Alabama had found a white man guilty of killing a black man. On behalf of Michael’s grieving mother, Morris Dees, the legendary civil rights lawyer and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a civil suit against the members of the local Klan unit involved and the UKA, the largest Klan organization. Charging them with conspiracy, Dees put the Klan on trial, resulting in a verdict that would level a deadly blow to its organization.

Based on countless interviews and extensive archival research, The Lynching brings to life two dramatic trials, during which the Alabama Klan's motives and philosophy were exposed for the evil they represent. In addition to telling a gripping and consequential story, Laurence Leamer chronicles the KKK and its activities in the second half the twentieth century, and illuminates its lingering effect on race relations in America today.

Did you pick up any good books lately?