Mailbox Monday is a touring meme highlighting the books that showed up in our mailboxes the previous week. This month's host is Staci from Life in the Thumb.
Caveat: Mailbox Monday will cause your wish list to explode exponentially! Here's what showed up chez-moi last week.
ebook, 256 pages
Published May 17th 2011 by Melville House Publishing (first published 2009)
ISBN1612190200 (ISBN13: 9781612190204)
From Goodreads:Most people think of a world gone to hell in terms of famine in
faraway Durfur, war in Iraq, and genocide in Rwanda. Not Charlotte Wolfe. For her, a Manhattan interior "desecrator" who is, happily, offing New York City trophy wives, that world gone to hell stretches from Bergdorf Goodman on 57th St. and Fifth Avenue, north to 96th St., across Madison to Park Aven...moreMost people think of a world gone to hell in terms of famine in faraway Durfur, war in Iraq, and genocide in Rwanda. Not Charlotte Wolfe. For her, a Manhattan interior "desecrator" who is, happily, offing New York City trophy wives, that world gone to hell stretches from Bergdorf Goodman on 57th St. and Fifth Avenue, north to 96th St., across Madison to Park Avenue, and back down to 59th St. This is the Upper East Side, the richest, greediest 1.8 sq. miles in the United States. It is a world where women mistake trend for truth, fame for faith, and money for meaning. Here, where the insatiable pursuit of luxury square footage and perfect decor breeds monsters, Charlotte is not just biting the hands of the Botoxed, newly converted Buddhist women who feed her, she is murdering them. "Cleaning house," she calls it.
As the real world continues to teeter on the brink of financial extinction, readers will applaud the efforts of this Pilates-pumped Crusader as she surfs through Craigslist, her online hunting ground, and rids the city of women whose only job in life is to amuse themselves to death.(less)
An e-galley was downladed from Net Galley
To celebrate Georgette Heyer's 109th birthday, Sourcebooks priced her e-books at
$1.99. Whoopee! Downloaded 5 mysteries to my Nook.
E- edition352 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Arrow (first published 1938)
ISBN: 0099493659 (ISBN13: 9780099493655)
original title: A Blunt Instrument
When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would want to kill him?
Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher's life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be. There is, in fact, no shortage of people who wanted him dead.
Then, a second murder is committed, with striking similarities to the first, giving a grotesque twist to a very unusual case.
Published January 23rd 2007 by Arrow (first published 1933)
ISBN: 0099493721 (ISBN13: 9780099493723)
original title : Why Shoot a Butler?
It is a complete mystery why anyone would choose to murder the trusted old butler of Norton Manor. But, barrister turned amateur detective, Frank Amberley, has a couple of suspects in mind, when suddenly there’s a second body in this dramatic tale of upstairs, downstairs and family secrets.
Published October 24th 2006 by Arrow (first published 1941)
ISBN: 0099493667 (ISBN13: 9780099493662)
original title : Envious Casca
It is no ordinary Christmas at Lexham Manor. Six holiday guests find themselves the suspects of a murder enquiry when the old Scrooge, Nathaniel Herriad, who owns the substantial estate, is found stabbed in the back. For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, ‘tis the season to find whodunit but it’s a real conundrum how any of the suspects could have entered the locked room to commit this foul deed in the first place.
E - edition352 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Arrow (first published 1936)
ISBN: 0099493640 (ISBN13: 9780099493648)
original title : Behold, Here's Poison
When Gregory Matthews, patriarch of the Poplars is found dead one morning, imperious Aunt Harriet blames it on the roast duck he ate for supper. But a post-mortem determines the cause of death as murder by poison. It falls to Superintendent Hannasyde to sift through all the secrets and lies among the bitter, quarrelsome family.
E Edition, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1937)
original title : The Unfinished Clue
A houseful of people he loathes is not Sir Arthur's worst problem-It should have been a lovely English country-house weekend. But the unfortunate guest-list is enough to exasperate a saint, and the host, Sir Arthur Billington-Smith, is an abusive wretch hated by everyone from his disinherited son to his wife's stoic would-be lover. When Sir Arthur is found stabbed to death, no one is particularly grieved-and no one has an alibi. The unhappy guests fi nd themselves under the scrutiny of Scotland Yard's cool-headed Inspector Harding, who has solved tough cases before-but this time, the talented young inspector discovers much more than he's bargained for.
Death in a Difficult Position by Diana Killian and Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee are both from Berkley for review and giveaway. To Catch a Leaf by Kate Collins was sent unsolicited by the author herself in the hope that I might review it. All These Things I have Done by Gabrielle Zevin was received from SA/FSG.