Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour and this month's host is Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit. MM is a gathering place for readers to share what books came into their home last week.

Caveat: MM can cause wish lists to explode exponentially!

From Berkley for review/Giveaway

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2011 by Berkley Hardcover

ISBN: 0425243575 (ISBN13: 9780425243572)
primary language: English
original title: Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up

Under a bundle of mistletoe, art collector Daniel McCourt lies with his throat slit, a bloody sword next to his body. Inspector Witherspoon is determined to solve the case-preferably before the eggnog is ladled out on Christmas Eve-but of course he will require assistance from the always sharp-witted housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, who has a few of her own theories on why McCourt had to die by the sword.

Won from Karen at Bookin' with Bingo

Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Signet Book

ISBN: 0451234545 (ISBN13: 9780451234544)

What if your dance partner, business partner, and fiancé was stepping out with another woman? That's exactly what happens to Stacy Graysin, who shares ownership of a ballroom dance studio with the man who broke her heart, Rafe Acosta.

But when Stacy discovers Rafe's dead body in the studio one dark night, the police suspect her of killing him. To clear her name and save her studio, Stacey teams up with Rafe's estranged cousin from Argentina, Tav, to find the real killer. And if Stacy doesn't watch her step, the killer may make this dance her last.

Won from Dru at Dru's Musing

Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Berkley

ISBN: 0425243761 (ISBN13: 9780425243763)
Working out of her button shop in a Chicago brownstone, Josie Giancola has become one of the country's leading experts on buttons. Her reputation draws a Hollywood starlet to the Button Box to shop for one-of-a-kind buttons to adorn her made-to-order wedding gown.
But after the Button Box is ransacked and the actress murdered, Josie's cozy world is thrown into chaos-and a killer is out to keep Josie's lips buttoned up...permanently.

From SA/Plume

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2011 by Plume

ISBN: 0452297117 (ISBN13: 9780452297111
Rose-Ellen "Zell" Carmichael Roy doesn't cook, but she wears her late husband Nick's camouflage apron every day. That's her widow style. It's been more than a year since Nick's tragic death during a post- Katrina relief mission in New Orleans, but Zell can't bring herself to move on. Then, a postman's error spurs her to enter a baking contest in the hopes of donating the grand prize to the hurricane survivors in Nick's memory. After Zell's first attempt at baking goes embarrassingly awry, she meets Ingrid Knox-her motherless nine-year-old neighbor-and the two forge an unlikely friendship that will alter both their lives forever.

From Doubleday

Hardcover, 387 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Doubleday

0385534639 (ISBN13: 9780385534635)
primary language: English

"Opens at Nightfall; Closes at Dawn." The Le Cirque des Rêves is a circus unlike any other, just as this magical debut novel is equally unique. At the center of The Night Circus spectacle are two specially gifted young magicians, Celia and Marco, pitted against each other in professional competition, drawn towards one another in love. Erin Morgenstern's literary fantasy has already drawn raves for its captivating evocativeness: "A world of almost unbearable beauty.... A love story on a grand scale: it creates, it destroys, it ultimately transcends." "A novel so magical that there is no escaping its spell... If you choose to read just one novel this year, this is it."

Won from Cheryl at CMash Loves to Read

Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books
ISBN: 0316126470 (ISBN13: 9780316126472)

Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to renew their bond over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son. And in the book's daring first story, an arrogant businessman begins a forbidden affair during the High Holidays.
Written in clear, crystalline prose, The Book of Life comprises seven stunning tales about faith, family, grief, love, temptation, and redemption that signal the arrival of a bold and exciting new writer.


  1. oh, I like the sound of that last one.
    and not just because bonds are best renewed over lobster. but lobster never hurts.

  2. Those cozies look so fun, and The Night Circus was terrific - ENJOY them all:) Have a great week.

  3. I read A Pinch of Love when it was titled Simply From Scratch. I wonder why they renamed it. It was sweet.
    I'm looking forward to hearing about the 'Mistletoe Mix-Up' cozy. Enjoy all your new books!

  4. Wow, you had lots of great wins! A Pinch of Love catches my eye.

  5. What a great lineup of books! I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner! I'm curious to read your thoughts in The Night Circus!

  6. I like the mix of reads in your mailbox. Enjoy.

  7. Those look like great reads. I especially want to read The Night Circus which I have in my TBR pile. Have a great week!

  8. Beautiful books! They look like great reads. I'm looking forward to The Night Circus -- I've heard such wonderful things about it.

  9. Wow, lots of goodies for you! They all look so good too. I also got The Night Circus last week and can't wait to read it!
    Enjoy your loot!! :)

  10. Congratulations!! I hope you bought a lottery ticket since it seems you were quite lucky last week!!!

  11. I love the covers and titles of those cozies. What fun!

    And there's been so much buzz over The Night Circus. Hope you enjoy all of your books.


  12. I love cozies! You seem to have got good ones.

    And check this link below. You will get free Kindle or Nook e-books. Cozies too. I downloaded a lot last week as you know, mostly cozies. I have subscribed on google readeer and download asap!

    pixel of ink

  13. I hope you love The Night Circus as much as I did! Happy reading!

  14. Lots of great and very unique mysteries this time around, and The Night Circus? Yay! I hope that you love it! It was such a colorful and magical book. Great haul there this week!

  15. I really want to read the button cozy. I love old buttons. I used to spend hours going through a Spry jar full of buttons that my grandmother had. That book makes me think of her. Night Circus is supposed to be an awesome read too!

  16. Lucky girl with all those wins! I particularly like the cover on Quick Step to Murder. Happy reading!

  17. The Christmas book makes me realize I need to get a hold of some seasonal mysteries.

  18. These sound terrific, enjoy!

  19. I liked The Night Circus with a few reservations. I'm interested in your take on it.

    A lot of pretty covers this week too. (I know, don't judge the book!)

  20. "A Pinch of Love" sounds like a fun week-end book to read.

    The book I am reading this week is a Debbie Macomber book from 2000, " Always Dakota."

  21. Hi Kaye,

    What a great selection of genres you have available to choose from this week, I wouldn't know which one to pick first.

    I particularly like the sound of your three cozy murder/mysteries and the cover art for all three is good also.

    The cover artists always seem to 'let themselves go' a little when it comes to cozy mysteries with the covers being typically brightly coloured and slightly tongue-in-cheek.

    I hope that you enjoy them all.


  22. I need to find A Pinch of love

  23. I swear you find the best mysteries. I love to come over here and see what's new. My sister is a huge fan of Mrs. Jeffries but I'll bet she hasn't heard about this new one. I can't wait to tell her.


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