Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mailbox Monday – July 30, 2012



Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at Mailbox Monday in which bloggers can ramble on about the books they received/bought/stole over a given week.  Each month a new blogger hosts the meme, and this month it’s Mrs. Q: Book Addict.

Yeah, I yanked that mailbox from Jess Resides Here.  You want it back, Jess?  You gotta fight me for it.  Choose your weapon, choose the time and date, and we’ll fight to the death!  Or… maybe you can just ask nicely.  Whichever. 

Anyway, now that I’ve thrown down the gauntlet, it’s time to talk about some books.

--- The Books ---

Chalk Valley by D.L. Johnstone Chalk Valley is a murder/mystery thriller by “corporate weenie” and weekend warrior author D. L. Johnstone.  We might as well be blood brothers.  His book tells the tale of a hunt for a serial killer in British Columbia.  Two police officers from totally different positions and places in life chase the killer from two different directions, each dead set on bringing the monster to justice.  Sounds like just the sort of thing I’d groove on hardcore.  And D.L. loves talking to his readers.  He can be reached by email, at his blog, on twitter, or on facebook.

The Madman Theory by Harvey Simon – Many thanks go to Jess (once again) for hooking me up with this gem.  It’s an alternate history novel set during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.  The crux of the “what if” paradigm?  Suppose Richard M. Nixon was in the White House rather than John F. Kennedy.  .  Harvey Simon uses this minute quirk of history (Kennedy only carried .2% more of the popular vote, so for all intents and purposes, it was a squeaker) and his understanding of the historical record to explore how things might have turned out oh-so-differently.  I’ll be participating in the September blog tour for this puppy, the details of which you can find here.

Shake Off by Mischa Miller  – Mulholland Books is named after that iconic road that winds its way through the Santa Monica Mountains, full of twists and turns and stomach-churning drop-offs.  And that’s the same sort of thing Mulholland Books brings to their fiction.  So when they asked me if I wanted to review their new spy thriller, Shake Off, I couldn’t say no.  They’ve got a jack-ton of other great titles that fit into my overall “mystery/crime/thriller” milieu.   This one involves a British intelligence agent, his unwitting girlfriend, and a race through Europe to discover “a secret that will change their lives forever.”  Despite the tag line as cliché as a hair metal ballad, it sounds promising.


And now that I’ve showed you mine, it’s time to show me yours.  What did you get in your mailbox this week?

22 comments:

  1. Like the sound of Shake Off. Enjoy your reads!

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  2. Oh, I bet Shake Off is really good! Enjoy your new books!

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    1. That's what I'm hoping, too. Thanks for stopping by!

      Jonathan
      www.ireadabookonce.com

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  3. Yes I thought you'd enjoy Madman Theory that's why I suggested you. Glad I was right. I'm not taking part in this weeks MM as I have 2 cover reveals today and a giveaway to throw up this evening one of the books I'm giving away is that one I mentioned on Facebook and how I didn't care for it. I also mostly got free ebooks though I did win a couple ebooks as well so I think I'll just double up on next weeks post. The pic is all yours to use, I think I'm way ahead anyway but this is proof I'm the champ lol

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    1. You know me too well, Jess.

      And you are so NOT ahead of me. I've conceded the competition to you only twice. And even if I stole your pic, you didn't to do anything, so you forfeit by proxy. Shazzam!

      :P

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  4. Sounds like a good reading week ahead,\.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/07/mailbox-monday_30.html

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  5. I seem to get get 'premise moods' :-) and the the "what if paradigm" isn't something I'm into at the moment. Chalk Valley's the one that really caught my attention.

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    1. My reading goes in phases too. Right now I'm on a mystery/crime kick. Here soon it'll be fantasy/horror. We're cyclical beings, I think the anthropologists say.

      And even if they don't, that's what I'm going to say they say... 'cos they're not here to contradict me.

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  6. These look like wonderful books! Happy reading!!

    Here is my post.

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    1. Thanks, Gautami. And thanks for stopping by. I'll definitely swing by your blog and check yours out, too.

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  7. Shake Off sounds interesting, cant wait for review :D

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    1. Thank you, ma'am. I'll try not to disappoint. ;)

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  8. Chalk Valley sounds like a great book; like a case in Criminal Minds.

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    1. I know, right? I'm excited to read it. If you want a copy for yourself, I can hook you up with the author and see if he wants a few more reviewers. Just let me know.

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