Monday, March 16, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week.

Last week I received ~

Die for You: A Novel by Lisa Unger (ARC)

Isabel and Marcus Raines are the perfect couple. She is a well known novelist; he is a brilliant inventor of high-tech games. They’ve been married for five years and still enjoy a loving romance. But one morning, Marcus says he loves her, leaves for work, and disappears into thin air.Isabel relentlessly tried to reach him when he doesn’t return home. But when his call finally comes, she hears only aman’s terrified scream. The police are of no use. The screams she heardmay be a television show, a prank, they tell her.Men leave. They leave all the time.Isabel races to Marcus’s office, trying to find some answers. Instead she finds herself in the middle of an FBI raid, and she is knocked unconscious.When she awakes in a hospital, she learns that everyone Marcus worked with is dead.She returns home to find their apartment ransacked, and the police are there. They urge her to check her bank accounts. Her money—their money—is gone.Then the police discover that Marcus Raines is a dead man. Long dead. Years dead. Isabel has been married to a stranger.And now the chase is on, because Isabel will not rest until she finds the truth about theman she loved, who he was, where he’s gone, and how he was able to deceive her so completely.

Death and the Lit Chick: A St. Just Mystery by G.M. Malliet ~

As the wildly successful darling of the publishing industry, chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But jealousy and resentment are soon replaced with shock when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis . . .

The Lost Hours by Karen White (ARC) ~

When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1929 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1920s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

Shanghai Girls: A Novel by Lisa See (ARC)

May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl’s parents arrange for their daughters to marry “Gold Mountain men” who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel’s Island (the Ellis Island of the West)—where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months—they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she’s pregnant the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know. A novel about two sisters, two cultures, and the struggle to find a new life in America while bound to the old, Shanghai Girls is a fresh, fascinating adventure from beloved and bestselling author Lisa See.


Janel said...

The Lost Hours sounds really good. I haven't heard of that one, but I love the description.

Kaye said...

Oooh I so want to read Shanghai Girls! Great week you had. Enjoy!

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Literary Feline said...

I'm green with envy that you have a copies of Shangai Girls and The Lost Hours. I am looking forward to reading both of those as well.

The other ones you received sound good as well. I keep meaning to tell you, Lori, that you have wonderful taste in books. :-)

Jo-Jo said...

I am hoping to start reading Shanghai Girls soon also! I love the cover of The Lost Hours.