Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mailbox Monday

This month's Monday Mailbox is being hosted by Staci at Life in the Thumb.

Caveat: Monday Mailbox can lead to an exponentially exploding TBR list.  Here's what showed up in the past week chez moi:

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published February 2011)
ISBN0553808079 (ISBN13: 9780553808070)
primary language: English

From Goodreads:
The papers have called me a monster. You’ve either concluded that I am a braggart as well as a sadist or that I have a deep and driving need to be caught and punished.

In the sweltering heat of an Atlanta summer, a killer is pushing the city to its breaking point, preying on the unsuspecting, writing taunting letters to the media, promising more death. Desperate to stop the Wishbone Killer before another victim meets a shattering end, A.P.D. lieutenant Aaron Rauser turns to the one person he knows can penetrate a deranged mind: ex–FBI profiler Keye Street.

And you must certainly be wondering if I am, in fact, the stranger you seek.

Keye was a rising young star at the Bureau until addiction derailed her career and her life. Now sober and fighting to stay so, Keye picks up jobs where she can get them: catching adulterers, serving subpoenas, chasing down bailjumpers, and dodging the occasional bullet. With multiple victims, little to go on, and an entire police force looking for direction, the last thing Keye wants is to be pulled into the firestorm of Atlanta’s worst nightmare.

Shall I convince you?

And then it suddenly becomes clear that the hunter has become the hunted—and the stranger she seeks is far closer than she ever dared imagine.
An electrifying thriller debut, The Stranger You Seek introduces a brash, flawed, and unforgettable heroine in a complex, twisting novel that takes readers deep into a sultry Southern summer, a city in the grips of chaos, and a harrowing cat-and-mouse game no reader will ever forget.

A review copy was provided by Bantam.

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published October 25th 2011)
0758268653 (ISBN13: 9780758268655)
series  Cedar Key #3    
From Goodreads:
Set on the enchanting island of Cedar Key, Terri DuLong's new novel weaves a warm, welcoming tale of second—and even third—chances, of long-held secrets, and newfound loves. . .
For the second time in ten years, Grace Stone is starting over on Cedar Key. Grace first moved to the serene island to escape a disastrous relationship. Now a visit with her Aunt Maude is interrupted by unwelcome news: Grace's apartment and coffee shop have been destroyed by fire.
Grace is devastated, yet ever-practical Maude has a plan. While she helps Grace resettle, Maude even has a business venture in mind—weekend knitting retreats where women can craft, chat, and support one another.
But other surprises await, including the return of Grace's estranged sister, and a tentative romance with the local bookstore owner. Knitting together her past and future will mean untangling the painful threads Grace left behind. But the result could be a vibrant new life—and the courage to live it fully. . .

A review copy of the book was provided by the author, Terri Dulong.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2011 by Berkley Hardcover
ISBN0425243486 (ISBN13: 9780425243480)

From Goodreads:A new Catherine McLeod mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wind River mysteries.

After a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, journalist Catherine McLeod receives a call from an anonymous woman claiming she saw the real killer leave the scene of the crime but is afraid to confide in the police. To uncover the truth, Catherine must risk her career-and her life-to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman.

A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: September 13th 2011 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN 0312646976 (ISBN13: 9780312646974)

 From Goodreads
Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women’s Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max’s training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play. 
Max has ministered to the community long enough to be familiar with the tangled alliances and animosities among the residents, but this tragedy surprises and confounds him. It is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely village capable of the crime, and yet given the victim, he must acknowledge that almost everyone had probably fantasized about killing Wanda Batton-Smythe.

As the investigation unfolds, Max becomes more intricately involved. Memories he’d rather not revisit are stirred, evoking the demons from the past which led him to Nether Monkslip. In WICKED AUTUMN, G.M. Malliet serves up an irresistible English village—deliciously skewered—a flawed but likeable protagonist, and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery.
A review copy of the book was snagged at LT, provided by St. Martin's Press.


  1. The Stranger You Seek is definitely my kind of book...ok so now I had to rename my tbr list from my "tbr bucket list" to my "tbr hopefully in my lifetime" list lol

  2. Wow! Your mailbox looks very the covers and synopses. The Stranger You Seek really captured my interest.


  3. These seem like some pretty good mysteries Kaye --enjoy

  4. I got a copy of The Stranger You Seek and it's going to be a good one. Enjoy your books.

  5. The Strangers you Seek definitely caught my eye. The premise is chilling and I love a good thriller.

  6. Hi Kaye,

    These memes are just so unfair, as they always throw up more great reads and new authors, than I can ever hope to get around to reading in a lifetime!!

    All of your books this week, were new authors and titles to me and as crime is one of my favourite genres, the three of them have already hit the pages of my reading list.

    'Cedar Key' contains bookshops and knitting, two of my passions, so that one just had to join the others on my list!

    Thanks for making my next choice of reading material, so much more difficult ... LOL


  7. I've just read a review of The Stranger You Seek - sounds like a really good one and another to put on hold at the library.

  8. Great mailbox. The Stranger You Seek sounds very interesting.


  9. They all look good, but I love the cover of Sunrise on Cedar Key. I hope you enjoy them all.

  10. Your books make me think of Fall/Winter for some reason. Guess I am anxious for the heat to leave. Enjoy your new treasures!

  11. The Stranger You Seek sounds like a chilling read! Enjoy your books!

    Diana @ Book of Secrets

  12. You got lots of great reading ahead of you. I may have to get Wicked Autumn for later on this year. I just love the title.

  13. These are new titles to me but I do enjoy an occasional mystery.

  14. You've got a week of mysteries ahead of you! I've been seeing The Stranger You Seek all over the place--hope it lives up to the hype. Happy reading :)

  15. Adding Surprise on Ceder Key to my TBR list.

  16. It looks like you have a lot of books to read this week, or whenever. Happy reading.

  17. Great mailbox this week- all of your books look interesting.

  18. Wow! You've got a fun week's free reading ahead of you! (How do you get all those review copies?!)

  19. Lots of really good thrillers in that mailbox this week! Since I am not all that fluent in the genre, I will be anxiously awaiting your thoughts on them all!

  20. Can't wait to hear about the new Cedar Key book!

  21. I love the cover with all the colorful yarn! Makes me want to knit again. Enjoy your new books!

  22. The Stranger You Seek sounds interesting, great mailbox.

  23. The Cedar Key book looks very good. I think I'll be adding that series to my wish list.

  24. Looks like you got a couple of great thrillers. Enjoy your stash!

  25. I too received a copy of the first one...all of your books look great to me!!!

  26. Your mailbox is lovely. Enjoy them all.

  27. The Stranger You Seek is already on my wish list. Enjoy your books.


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