Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Here are the books I got in the mail this week:
Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr from Penguin Group – releases April 17, 2012
“After more than a decade as an investigator in Berlin’s Kripo, Bernie Gunther quit the force as the Nazis rose to power, setting himself up as a private detective. But as head of the SS, Reichsprotector Reinhard Heydrich has brought Kripo under his own control and forced Bernie back to police work. Now Bernie is a member of an organization he despises, unhappily reunited with a man he both hates and fears. Heydrich suspects that everyone around him is a potential assassin, and he engages Bernie as his bodyguard. Yet it’s not Heydrich who is murdered, but his young adjutant. And Bernie must pick through the lives and motivations of some of the Reich’s most odious officials to find the killer.”
Sacrilege by S. J. Parris from Doubleday – releases April 10, 2012.
“Summer, 1584: Beneath a baking sun, rumors of a plague ship docking in the Thames send a wave of fear through the streets of London. Radical philosopher, ex-monk, and spy Giordana Bruno suspects he is being followed. He is shocked to discover his pursuer is Sophia Underhill, a woman with whom he was once in love. Disguised as a boy, Sophia has come to seek Bruno’s help after being accused of murdering her much older husband, a prominent magistrate in Canterbury.
Using a false identity, Bruno befriends the wayward son of Sophia’s murdered husband and begins to uncover secrets about the dead man. Why did he change his will shortly before he was killed? What was his connection with the mysterious Widow Gray and her mute son?
When Bruno discovers evidence of a horrific crime in the cellar of the dead man’s house, the stakes of the game change, and he must turn his detective’s eye on history – to Saint Thomas Becket, the twelfth-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral, whose tomb was supposedly destroyed years ago. As legend has it, the body of St. Thomas was removed in the nick of time and has been guarded in a secret crypt ever since by a cabal of men who believe his bones have miraculous powers.
Bruno’s investigations unravel a lucrative plot to restore the pilgrim’s shrine. But as his feelings for Sophia grow more complicated and intense, so does his fear that another murder – perhaps his own – is about to take place.”
Strindberg’s Star by Jan Wallentin from Viking. Releases May 24, 2012.
“1897, The Arctic: Nils Strindberg crashes his hydrogen balloon during the mysterious Andree Expedition to the North Pole.
1942, Germany: Gruesome and inexplicable experiments are performed on concentration camp prisoners.
Present-Day Sweden: Cave diver Erik Hall finds a dead body wearing an ancient ankh, buried deep in an abandoned mine. Religious symbol expert Don Titleman seeks out Erik to study the ankh – but finds Erik dead. Don is the prime suspect, and soon he’s being chased across Europe to escape a secret society that will do anything to get its hands on the ankh…”
E-book ARC’s I received this week:
Out of the Blue by Vanita Oelschlager from Vanita Books LLC.
“Out of the Blue shows children the magic of idioms – words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different.
Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (“Tickled Pink”), sound silly (“Shrinking Violet”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“A Red Letter Day”).
Out of the Blue uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the “real” meaning of the phrases (which are upside down in the corners of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.”
The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler from Cedar Fort
“Like any sixteen-year-old, Julia’s used to dealing with problems. From her overprotective father to her absent mother to a teacher who definitely has it in for her. But everything changes when Julia’s reactions become oddly vicious and angry—more animal than human. This action-packed adventure has it all: humor, romance, and a plot that’ll keep you guessing to the very last page.”
Ravens Cove: An Alaska Iconoclast Mystery by Mary Ann Poll from YoudoPR – Publication Company
“Welcome to Ravens Cove, Alaska,a tiny town nestled in a small hollow on the majestic Cook Inlet. A town familiar with storytelling-after all, Alaska abounds in rich legends. Unlike other tales, however, the account of Ravens Cove is not just based in fact. It is fact. Meet Josiah Williams, the peculiar stranger whose warning to lifetime residents Kat Tovslosky and her cousin, Sheriff Bart Andersen, raises more questions than answers; a man whose dark past and knowledge of the murders make him a suspect more than an ally. Join Kat and Bart as an unlikely troop forms (including a very unwelcome FBI agent) to discover the identity of a killer. The unearthing of which will throw the reluctant warriors into a battle for their very lives and the lives of all who call Ravens Cove home.”
What books made their way into your home this week?