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Monday, January 2, 2017

In My Mailbox...

In My Mailbox... I've received some great books in my mailbox! And I decided I would join in on the fun sharing them with you and the other bloggers participating in Mailbox Monday!

Mailbox Monday is a weekly event for bloggers to share what books arrived in their mailboxes. Mailbox Monday was originally created by Marcia of To Be Continued and is now hosted by Vicki, Serena and Leslie at Mailbox Monday's own blog.

So, here are the books...

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles... The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present... Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making--one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited. 

Wow! Was I a happy girl when I opened this package from Harper Collins! I have been anticipating the release of this book for a whole year! I LOVED the first two books in the trilogy, Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree, and couldn't wait for more! If you love fast paced thrillers, a Southern setting, mysteries, revenge novels, etc. this trilogy is for you! If you haven't read the first two, it isn't necessary to read them before, but it would be more fun because there are some surprises to come along in the first two novels that you'll want to be "surprised" about!

Thank you to Harper Collins! This has a publish date set for March 2017! You have time to read the other two Natchez Mississippi books first!

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell... Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a highly suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link seems to be from her niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago... In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell captivates readers again with the jolting twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail for which she is renowned, proving yet again why she is the world’s number one bestselling crime writer.

I use to be a huge fan of Patricia Cornwell, devouring each new Kay Scarpetta novel at a rapid pace, but then I got Kay Scarpetta overload and Patricia Cornwell started writing another series inbetween the Kay novels and I lost interest. But I was happy to see a new novel come into my mailbox, because I missed Kay. And I think it's about time to catch up with her! This has been in hardcover since 2015, it's the 23rd Kay Scarpetta novel and it is coming out in paperback this week! Thank you William Morrow!

The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig... Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager—she plays flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and reads Robert Frost poems for English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit…different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, taking care of her baby doll and crafting a Big Secret Plan of escape. Ginny has been in foster care for years, and for the first time in her life, she has found her "forever home"—a place where she'll be safe and protected, with a family who will love and nurture her. Though this is exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for, Ginny has other plans. She'll steal and lie and reach across her past to exploit the good intentions of those who love her—anything it takes to get back what's missing in her life. She'll even try to get herself kidnapped. 

Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, The Original Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, bighearted, poignant and yet also heartbreaking and a bit dark. It's a story of a journey, about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up.

This sounds wonderful and the sample of the writing I read is equally good. I'm looking forward to cracking the spine on this one. Thank you Harlequin Books and Park Row Books. Publication date set for May 2017.

The Almost Sisters by Joshlyn Jackson... With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

What a description! Does this sound great or what!? Thank you to William Morrow for an advanced copy of The Almost Sisters! I can't wait to dive into this one!!! Publishing date is set for July 2017.

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams... The Roaring Twenties brilliantly comes to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm. As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband. But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingĂ©nue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

This sounds delicious! And what a gorgeous cover! Already available in hardcover, A Certain Age will be released in paperback this week! Another thank you to William Morrow for sending this to my mailbox!

I love receiving books in the mail! And these books make the beginning of 2017 sizzle! 


Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

What a great mailbox! This is the third time I see The Almost Sisters in MM. The Original Ginny Moon is the one that caught my eye though. Enjoy your reading week!

bermudaonion said...

I did a little happy dance when Mississippi Blood and The Almost Sisters arrived. I hope we both love them.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

The Almost Sisters is on my wish list. Happy New Year, Suzanne!

Martha Eskuchen said...

Good books/authors in your mailbox. A Certain Age does have a gorgeous cover and sounds interesting.
Happy Reading!

Elizabeth said...

Ooooo....very nice mailbox.

A Certain Age was very good.

The Almost Sisters is pretty popular this week.

ENJOY all of your books and reading week.

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