Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday, originally started by Marcia is now on a rotating schedule. December's host is Let Them Read Books.

Caveat: MM can lead to exponentially exploding TBR lists.

Received from Berkley for review/giveaway

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by Berkley
ISBN: 0425245853 (ISBN13: 9780425245859)
edition language: English
series: Gram’s Country Cooking School Mystery #1

From the publisher: Gram's Country Cooking School, Betts and Gram are helping students prepare the perfect dishes for the Southern Missouri Show-Down, the cook-off that draws the first of the summer visitors. Everything is going smoothly until they discover the body of local theater owner Everett Morningside in the school's supply closet, and Everett's widow points an accusatory finger at Gram. Now, Betts has to dig deep into Broken Rope's history to find the modern-day killer-before the last piece of chicken is served.

Received from Berkley for review/giveaway

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 0425245837 (ISBN13: 9780425245835)
edition language: English
series: A White House Chef Mystery

From the publisher: White House chef Olivia Paras and her arch nemesis, White House Sensitivity Director Peter Everett Sargeant, must work together to solve the double murder of one of the First Lady's assistants and the Chief of Staff-before they become the next victims of a merciless assassin with a secret agenda.

Received an ARC from SA/Viking

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 23rd 2011 by Michael Joseph (first published May 2011)

ISBN: 0718154959 (ISBN13: 9780718154950)
edition language: English
original title: Blue Monday

From the publisher: Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A
day to snatch a child from the streets ...

The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew.

Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved abduction twenty years ago and he summons Frieda to interview the victim's sister, hoping she can stir hidden memories. Before long, Frieda is at the centre of the race to track the kidnapper. But her race isn't physical. She must chase down the darkest paths of a psychopath's mind to find the answers to Matthew Farraday's whereabouts. And sometimes the mind is the deadliest place to lose yourself.

Won from Holiday contest

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Penguin Group USA, Inc
ISBN: 0670023116 (ISBN13: 9780670023110)

From the publisher:
An evocative and stunning photographic tribute to America's railroad stations.

For much of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the railroad station or depot was the communal hub of every American town that could boast of train service. There, citizens gathered before they sent loved ones off to college, marriage, or war-and where they greeted them on their return. Most of these buildings were architectural gems, and while many are still in service, certain others now house museums, banks, restaurants, and more. In fact, in cities like Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, renovated stations are destinations unto themselves even for those not boarding the train. And in other places, whole sections of towns have been remade around these structures, restoring their vitality in novel and interesting ways long after the last train has left the station.

In America's Great Railroad Stations, award-winning photographer Roger Straus III, and two lifelong railroad buffs, Ed Breslin and Hugh Van Dusen, join forces to tell the astonishing story of these enduring structures and the important role they still play in the country's landscape. Journeying from the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Union Pacific to Michigan Central and more, readers will be dazzled by the Beaux Arts monuments of New York and the adobe buildings of the Southwest. Filled with both new and archival photographs and drawings, this volume is a glorious salute to the institution that transformed our nation.

This one made a nice little gift to TBG as he is a railroad fanatic.


  1. I got Blue Monday also. Sort of looks like fun!

  2. You had a good week! I got Blue Monday too.

  3. Nice selection of books! enjoy them all.

  4. Blue Monday..sounds like something I would like. I haven't read one of her books in a while. Will have to be on the look out for your review to see if I should buy it or not (like I need another book) lol.

  5. Wow, you won a book from The Bookreporter!! I'm impressed :)
    Loving the title of the first book. Enjoy!

  6. I'm wishing for the Blue Monday book...and I love the looks of Gram's Country Cooking School.



  7. Blue Monday seems the book of choice this week!

  8. Your mysteries sound like delicious reads! Enjoy your reading week.

  9. Lots of great food related mysteries today, and the others look wonderful as well! I hope that you enjoy all of them!

  10. Nice mixture of reads, enjoy!

  11. Blue Monday seems to be in quite a few mailboxes this week. I received it too. What a great win from Bookreporter!

  12. The American railroads book looks as if it could be a great addition to my coffee table!

  13. I was reading about Blue Monday and thought it sounded good.

  14. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy your new books!

  15. I so need to get started on the White House series. I have the first one and the one I won from you, but that's it. Have a great week.

  16. Nice Mailbox! All new titles to me, but each looks good! Thanks for participating in Mailbox Monday this month!

  17. I thought Blue Monday sounded pretty cool. I requested that from NetGalley. Enjoy your reads!

  18. I really want to read Blue Monday also.


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