Mailbox Monday: June 1, 2015

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia years ago, and has since jumped to different hosts.  It's a post to showcase books and book-related items gathered through the previous week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
I went overboard this week with books - went to the used bookstore for the first time in months and stacked up on cozies that have been on my wishlist forever, a few gothics since that's the only place I know the get them and they have a landmine of them there, and also ordered a new book from Amazon to bring up to the $35 price so I could get free shipping. Win all the way, except maybe my pocketbook.

Amazon New Book Order

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

Most have heard of this book - I've seen it circulated among my Goodreads feed for a long time and have been curious about it ever since. Listed as one of the fastest selling books in history.

Book Bazaar Shopping Spree

Coffee or tea? The top rows are the first four books of the cozy series, The Coffeehouse Mystery series. The bottom are the first four in the tea shop related series, A Tea Shop Mystery. Cozy mysteries are fun since they come together with a theme - like the lead character is a barista, a maid, a witch, a baker, a bookstore owner...This will be the first series I've started from the beginning for someone who runs a coffee shop or a tea shop. I'm a big hot tea fan and I love my morning lattes, so here's crossing my fingers I enjoy them both.

The top five are the first of a series by Yasmine Galehorn called A Chintz n' China mystery series. The first cover that I picked up is lackluster compared to the other covers, all detailed with magic and cats. This paranormal series is about a medium who interacts with ghosts - I love paranormal mysteries most but haven't read one with a medium before. At the bottom Secondhand Spirits and Hexes and Hemlines are part of two different paranormal series, but I couldn't get others in the series yet, both are witch related. Finally, The Seventh Witch is the reason I went to the bookstore in the first place, because I needed the last book in the Ophelia & Abby Series, of which I've read most of the books of this week.

The top three books are yet another witchcraft related paranormal series - the first three books, such cute titles, for the series A Magical Bakery Series. The bottom three are Urban Fantasy, and I picked these up and sought them out because they are highly recommended by Kim Harrison on facebook and other social media, The Zodiak Series.

While in the mystery section I had to seek out B and C for the Sue Grafton series since I have so many of them at home to read and have to read them in order ( you know how that is.) Tombs of Endearment and The Chick and the Dead was two more books in the Pepper Martin mystery series. Finally, Fifty-to-one is a hard case special I picked up. A neat thing about this one is the middle has a lot of hard case crime galleries displayed.

Ugh this picture is a little blurry, sorry. Here are my newest grabs for bookstore related cozy  mysteries. Six of them are in the series, The Bibliophile mysteries. Buried in a book is book one in A Novel Idea series. Murder is binding and Bookplate special are the first two in a series, Booktown mystery.

Grabbed new Agatha Christie as I'm still on the hunt to get more books for Hercule Poirot. The Goodreads android app is awkward and definitely needs to go a long way for series so I accidentally got two of these as duplicates (sigh)

And, non-mystery wise, I had to pick up some oddball gothics because I can never get enough of these. Aren't these covers incredible?

Netgalley Approvals


Comics & Graphic, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date   |   Archive Date Jun 2, 2015
Collects BODIES #1-8, the complete miniseries.

Bending Steel

Comics & Graphic, Nonfiction (Adult)
Pub Date   |   Archive Date Not set 


As always, happy reading!