Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs. Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It has finally found a permanent  home at Mailbox Monday with the following new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree
Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit
Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach

I received the following, thanks to the authors/publicists:

A Photographic Death by Judi Culbertson

Nineteen years ago, Delhi Laine's two-year-old daughter, Caitlin, disappeared from a park in Stratford-upon-Avon. After a frantic but inconclusive search, authorities determined that she must have fallen into the river in the picturesque area, her body washed away.

Although the wound has never healed, the family has moved on. Then a mysterious letter containing the ominous words, YOUR DAUGHTER DID NOT DROWN, arrives their lives are once again thrown into turmoil. For Delhi the choice is easy. No matter how tenuous the thread, she cannot leave it unexplored.

Even if it takes her back to England and a path that includes murder. Even though Caitlin's twin, Hannah, and Delhi's husband, Colin, are deeply against her search. Even though it may split the family and lead to danger and shocking truths. Despite these conflicts,  Delhi plows ahead. What she finds is something none of could them could ever have imagined.

Lethal Spice by Swati Kaushal

A hundred-year-old stage steeped in tradition. Six contestants with a world to gain and everything to lose. Three judges who stand between them and their dreams. 

It is October in Shimla. The air is crisp, the mist is rising and the stakes are sky-high as the finalists of India's No. 1 reality cooking show, Hot Chef, are pitted against each other in a live shoot at the historic Gaiety Theatre. The spices are ground, the fires are lit, the knives have been sharpened? 

Then things start to go horribly wrong. As she picks her way through a maze of testimonies and motives, Shimla's Superintendent of Police, Niki Marwah, is more determined than ever to get to the bottom of a perplexing mystery - a mystery that this time around is dangerously close to her heart.

The Founder's Plot bt Frank M. Victoria

When California Governor Michael J. DiGrasso pushes through a tough immigration law, the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional, but the decorated Vietnam veteran refuses to accept the ruling. This ignites a clash between federal, state, and judicial power that threatens to jar the country’s political and justice systems. And it leaves the governor’s long-time friend, President of the United States, Martin W. Ballard, with the decision of whether to federalize the California National Guard to enforce the Court’s order.

One subplot involves DiGrasso’s close personal friend, Congressman Manuel Mendoza, who is indicted for taking bribes. Another concerns two Mexican families in the country illegally and the tragedies that befall them because of the new immigration law.

The unfolding of these interwoven events creates a tense, fast-paced thriller that parallels the current tumult over illegal immigration and the on-going debate on Constitutional interpretation that will leave readers craving for the eventual outcome.


Hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of BooksWe discuss the books that we've read and what we're planning to read for the week. 

I finished reading the following (6):

86. To Sleep...Perchance to Die by Donald Grippo (Thriller)
85. The Passionate Greek by Catherine Dane (Contemporary Romance)
84. Extra Care by Alina Cosma (Poetry)
83. Night Fish by Kristine Ong Muslim (Poetry)

82. Sufficient Ransom by Sylvia Sarno (Thriller)
81. Unseen by John Michael Hileman (Thriller)

I am in the midst of reading:

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose by S.H. Villa 
Damnatio Memoriae by Michael Meyerhofer
ugly to start with by John Michael Cummings 

I posted reviews of the following:

 Once a Duchess by Elizabeth Boyce


Shoshanah said...

Lethal Spice looks really intriguing! I hope you enjoy it!

Martha Eskuchen said...

This reminds me I've had His Majesty, The Prince of Toads for a while. Maybe I'll pull it up and read it soon. :-) The Founder's Plot sounds good too. Enjoy your reading.

The Reading Date said...

Lethal Spice caught my eye. I love cooking shows! Enjoy your books and have a great week.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Wow those first two books sound awesome! Here's my Monday post:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Your new books look interesting so I hope you enjoy them!

Elizabeth said...

Lethal Spice sounds very good.

I was on the tour for To Sleep Perchance To Die, but just couldn't continue. The premise was too evil for me.

Going to check out your review...I see a link on the title.

ENJOY your reading week.

Silver's Reviews
My Mailbox Monday

Elizabeth said...

Oops...I guess it wasn't a link to the book. :)

My mistake.

Harvee said...

Lethal Spice sounds intriguing. And the first book - to disappear in a park in the Bard's hometown! Hope it's a good mystery.
Book Dilettante

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Serena said...

Enjoy your books...this sound intersting: Lethal Spice by Swati Kaushal

Kathy Martin said...

You got some interesting books and read quite a bit. Check out my week here. Happy reading!

dollycas aka Lori said...

I agree with everyone, Lethal Spice sounds really good!! Hope you have a great week!

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

Great to see you on this link-up as well! :O)

Cheryl said...

All of these sound fabulous, especially The Photographic Death. Thanks for sharing.

Hope you'll stop by

Anonymous said...

They all sound great, enjoy!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

Looks like you've been busy reading!! Hope you have a great week!

Book of Secrets said...

I'm very intrigued by A Photographic Death. Enjoy!!

Here’s my MAILBOX this week. :-)

Greg said...

Looks like some good reads! A nice eclectic mix- hope your week ahead is a good one.

mpartyka said...

WOW, you have some great books listed this week... all new to me!

I'm adding Lethal Spice to me list, thanks to spotlighting it.

Have a great week.