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Mailbox Monday – 5/2

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Mailbox Monday

Today is definitely a Monday. This morning was just tough, but it’s gotten better since I finished my coffee.

I received two books for review this week, both of which look good. Head over to the Mailbox Monday blog to find everyone’s links and add your own.

Paperback

Semblance of Guilt came from Word Slinger Publicity.

Mailbox Monday – 5/2Semblance of Guilt by Claudia Riess
Published by Archway Publishing on March 30, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback
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Ellen Davis's husband left her for another woman. Post-divorce, she's trying to reassert her independence and lands a job as a reporter for her local newspaper. One of her assignments is covering weekly items on the police blotter, which is how she gets to know Lieutenant Pete Sakura—a handsome, witty Japanese- American Ellen is drawn to immediately. Another of Ellen's assignments is interviewing for the paper's "Around The Town" column, and in this capacity, she meets Graham and Sophia Clarke, newcomers to the community. He's an administrator at Columbia; she's his beautiful Greek wife. Ellen and Sophia become fast friends, so it comes as a great shock when Sophia ends up dead. Sophia Clarke is found murdered, and to all appearances, Ellen is the last person to have seen her alive. When Ellen's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, she's arrested, and evidence steadily mounts against her. Ellen takes matters into her own hands as her romantic feelings for Pete intensify. Closing this case could either save Ellen or lead to her destruction.

EBook

Curious Minds came from Bantam via NetGalley. I tend to enjoy Evanovich books, as long as they don’t feature Stephanie Plum.

Mailbox Monday – 5/2Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
Series: Knight and Moon #1
Published by Bantam on August 16, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
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Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday

The weather yesterday is so sunny and warm. I think spring is here to stay

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a mailbox post, but I’ve picked up a few that look good. Head over to the Mailbox Monday blog to find everyone’s links and add your own.

Print

I purchased One Rainy Day in May out of curiosity

Mailbox MondayOne Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski
Series: The Familiar #1
Published by Pantheon on May 12, 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 839
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From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award–nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L.A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous . . . which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too—or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted.

Audio

“B” Is for Bad Girls” came from the author for review. I loved the first in the series.

Mailbox Monday"B" is for Bad Girls by Rebecca Cantrell, Sean Black
Series: Malibu Mystery #2
Published by the authors on February 23, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Length: 5 hrs 15 mins
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Maloney Investigation's newest private detective, Sofia Salgado, is back on the case that turns into her mother's worst nightmare when she ends up undercover in one of Malibu's many rehab clinics.
If she doesn't solve the mystery in time, she and all the bad girls she meets inside, including rock star Brandi Basher and reality TV train wreck Monaco Jane, might just end up going to the big rehab center in the sky.

EBooks

I think I picked Auraria up as a freebie.

Mailbox MondayAuraria by Tim Westover
Published by QW Publishers on July 10, 2012
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 386
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Water spirits, moon maidens, haunted pianos, headless revenants, and an invincible terrapin that lives under the mountains. None of these distract James Holtzclaw from his employer’s mission: to turn the fading gold-rush town of Auraria, GA, into a first-class resort and drown its fortunes below a man-made lake. But when Auraria’s peculiar people and problematic ghosts collide with his own rival ambitions, Holtzclaw must decide what he will save and what will be washed away.
Taking its inspiration from a real Georgia ghost town, Auraria is steeped in the folklore of the Southern Appalachians, where the tensions of natural, supernatural and artificial are still alive.

Level Up is another Kindle freebie.

Mailbox MondayLevel Up by Cathy Yardley
Series: Fandom Hearts #1
Published by the author on January 3, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 151
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Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can't do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…
Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.
Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

I received The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton because I voted for it in the Kindle Scout program, I think.

Mailbox MondayThe Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton
Published by the author on March 29, 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 320
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Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton drowned in a slurry. She choked to death as her hands scrabbled for purchase on the smooth concrete walls. A farmhand discovered her bloated body three days later.
Or she didn't.
Paul Worthington just confessed to her murder.
Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton died in a dirty shed. He smothered her life along with her cries for help and tossed her defiled corpse into a river when he was done.
Or he didn't.
As Detective Ngaire Blakes investigates the death, she discovers clues that won't piece together with either version. Gaps, inconsistencies, lies. And forty years have eroded more than memories.
Is it possible to uncover the third death of Magdalene Lynton when time has eaten away at the evidence? And will the person responsible let Ngaire live long enough to try?

Mailbox Monday – 3/28

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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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