Mailbox Monday

The weather yesterday was so sunny and warm. Today we’re back to overcast and a downright cold wind. On the bright side, I received two eARCs via NetGalley this week that I’m really looking forward to reading. Head over to the Mailbox Monday blog to find everyone’s links and add your own.

The Cracked Spine came from Minotaur Books. How cold I pass up murder and a book store and Scotland?

Mailbox Monday – 3/28The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #1
Published by Minotaur Books on March 29, 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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In need of a good adventure, Delaney Nichols takes the leap and moves to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job at The Cracked Spine. She doesn't know much about what she's gotten herself into, other than that the work sounds exciting, and that her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime. Edwin has promised that she'll be working with "a desk that has seen the likes of kings and queens, paupers and princes," and Delaney can't wait to get started.

When she arrives, she meets her new Scottish family; also working at the Cracked Spine are Rosie, perpetually wrapped in scarves, and who always has tiny dog Hector in tow; Hamlet, a nineteen-year-old thespian with a colored past and bright future; and Edwin, who is just as enigmatic and mysterious as Delaney expected. An unexpected bonus is Tom the bartender from across the street, with his piercing eyes, and a rolling brogue -- and it doesn't hurt that he looks awfully good in a kilt.

But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artifact -- a previously undiscovered First Folio of Shakespeare's plays -- goes missing, and Edwin's sister is murdered, seemingly in connection to the missing folio. Delaney decides to do some sleuthing of her own, to find out just what the real story is behind the priceless folio, and how it's connected to the tragic death, all without getting harmed herself.

The Girls in the Garden came from Atria Books.

Mailbox Monday – 3/28The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
Published by Atria Books on June 7, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
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Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?

On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play all swirl together in this gripping novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.

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