Mailbox Monday – 12/4

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I shared my mailbox, so my list is a bit longer than it should be. All of these are ones I’ve received for review or via NetGalley.

Mailbox Monday – 12/4Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café by Richard Dee
Published by the author on September 25, 2017
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
Genres: Crime Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 198
Format: eBook
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Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she's taken over a derelict cafe. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!

She's hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It's a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the cafe holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn't help. The more you try to pretend that you know what's going on, the worse it gets.

Andorra's plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.

In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

Mailbox Monday – 12/4The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page
Series: Faith Fairchild #24
Published by William Morrow on December 5, 2017
Source: Partners in Crime Tours
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
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For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts & Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith’s client makes a startling confession. “I didn’t hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be; but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me.”

Faith’s only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a 20-year-old Playbill from Max’s last, and only failed, production—Heaven Or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain.

Mailbox Monday – 12/4The Matter of the Crown by Linda Ferreri
Published by the author on September 29, 2014
Source: Rachel's Random Resources
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 374
Format: eBook
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The Crown of the Andes, one of the world's most precious and beautiful sacred objects, has been stolen right off the stage at Satterling's Auction House in New York City. Five pounds of magnificent baroque gold that ransomed the Inca Ruler Atahaulpa, and hundreds of perfect Colombian emeralds, all gone without a trace! Will this legendary treasure be destroyed for its gold and emeralds?

Mailbox Monday – 12/4Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #12.6
Published by Forever on December 5, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Christmas, Novella
Pages: 92
Format: eARC
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Adam Rutledge, Viscount d'Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holiday—and Adam loves his grandmother, so he'll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they're forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he's ever met.

Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she'll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it's the one gift this mismatched pair can't wait to unwrap.

Mailbox Monday – 12/4Miracle at Christmas by Debbie Mason
Published by Forever Yours on December 19, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Christmas, Novella
Pages: 105
Format: eARC
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Charlotte Bailey needs a miracle. She came to this sleepy little Colorado town to keep the local hospital afloat, but now her scrooge of a boss is demanding she close it down. Charlotte is going to need all the help she can get, even from Dr. McSexy--er, Dr. Matt Trainer--if she's to save Christmas before, well, Christmas!

All Matt wants for Christmas is for Charlotte to give it--and him--half a chance. But with the town looking to him to save the hospital and Charlotte itching to get back to New York in time to see the city decked out in lights, Matt doesn't have much time to make things right. But he's got faith--after all, miracles happen every day in Christmas.

About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.

18 Comments

  1. Hi Carol,

    I have to admit that I am not really a seasonal reader, although that never stops me from enjoying the lovely festive cover art.

    I am quite taken with ‘The Body In The Casket’, although the series is well underway with this being the 24th story, so I don’t really know if they work okay as stand alones, as I couldn’t read quite that many slightly ‘cozy’ mysteries in one go.

    Enjoy all your books and Happy Reading 🙂

    • I’m hoping it works as a stand alone, since I haven’t read any in the series. Usually jumping in mid-series doesn’t bother me too much – and there is no way I’m going all the way back when there are that many.

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