Monday, May 25, 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.

Here's what I got ~

Fatal Secrets: A Novel of Suspense by Allison Brennan ~ When a top lieutenant in a notorious ring of human traffickers agrees to turn state’s evidence, Immigration and Customs Enforcement senior agent Sonia Knight believes she’ll finally take down the illegal operation’s devilish mastermind, Xavier Jones. But when an FBI sting on Jones’s criminal enterprise collides with an ICE stakeout, Sonia is enraged: Her informant’s life and her evidence are in grave jeopardy.FBI agent Dean Hooper has been chasing Jones for years on money-laundering and tax-evasion charges and doesn’t need or want a hot-headed ICE agent second-guessing his every move. When the Bureau is ordered to join forces with ICE, Sonia is just as livid: Her job is to save lives, not money. But their team effort pays off as fierce mutual resentment fades and passion flares–along with risk.For Jones is just one piece of a depraved puzzle, answering to an even more dangerous predator. Denied his expected prey, this pitiless fiend intends to make Sonia and Dean pay with their own blood.

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13) by Lee Child ~ New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t.In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice--and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child.Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now.Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark’s plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan . . . from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell–and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They’re all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed.In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America . . . and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it’s a mystery with only one answer–the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

Freudian Slip by Erica Orloff ~ Everyone loves shock jock Julian Shaw…except the guy who shot him.The raunchy radio DJ expects the dark tunnel, white lights—even his late grandmother greeting him at the pearly gates. Instead, he gets a coma, a spirit guide named Gus and a pushy demon with a deal. His assignment: Katie Darby.Katie Darby's best friend just stole her guy! Now she's losing her mind.All she really wants to do is stay in mope mode, but it feels as if someone is watching her, whispering strange thoughts into her head, making her say and do things she would never normally consider. And it's actually making her life better!Now Julian wants another chance to prove he's a good guy. But he just might have to sell his soul to the devil to get it…

Cut, Crop & Die: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery by Joanna Campbell Slan ~ All it took was one scone.Tainted icing triggers a rare allergy, and a hobbyist croaks at a scrapbooking crop sponsored by Time in a Bottle, the store where Kiki Lowenstein works. When it comes out that someone swiped the victim's emergency medication, the scrappers realize they have a murder on their hands, and the entire community jumps to point the finger at Kiki and her coworkers. Suddenly, the one anchor in Kiki's stormy life is on the verge of sinking beneath a ruined reputation.But who wouldn't want to kill Yvonne Gaynor? The nasty woman had enough enemies to fill a memory album. Once again, Kiki gets sucked into a mystery that should be left to that dreamy detective, Chad Detweiler—who hasn't tried to kiss her yet. With anti-Semitic threats coming in at the store, a quarrelsome teen daughter at home, and constant financial pressure, Kiki needs to keep her cool if she's going to set things right.

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham (Blog Tour)~ Denham’s novel, written entirely in e-mails, began as a serialized Web site, The story revolves around Holly Denham, the new receptionist at a London bank, and through her correspondence, readers get to know her daily life. She befriends Trish, the other receptionist, and begins a relationship with James, a charming higher-up. Between organizing meetings at the bank, she trades hilarious, risqué e-mails with her friends Jason and Aisha, assures her parents she’s getting along well, helps her grandmother decipher the Internet, and offers her siblings much-needed advice. Her e-mails even reveal a life-altering event from her past. While the premise can be tiresome—who doesn’t have to slog through enough e-mails of their own?—the story becomes more engrossing as fresh details come to light. The author, a placement-agency owner writing under a pen name, explores a new format with compelling results. A second novel is planned, and Holly’s adventures continue online.

Hedge Fund Wives by Tatiana Boncompagni (For Review)~ When Marcy Emerson’s husband, John, is recruited for a new job on Wall Street, they pack up their home in Chicago and move to New York City. He doesn’t want her to work, so she spends her days among the city’s hedge-fund wives. These women are snobby, privileged, and stinking rich, and Marcy doesn’t fit in. John wants her to play nice, though, so she mingles. Marcy wants more than just gobs of cash and designer clothes—a job, a baby, more time with her husband; but John is progressively becoming more distant. He blames his work, but Marcy suspects something else. Is her husband straying with another hedge-fund wife, or is Marcy falling prey to the sneaky, backstabbing behaviors she’s surrounded by every day? It’s hard to feel sympathy for someone dropping $25,000 at Bergdorf Goodman, especially now at a time of financial catastrophe; but Marcy is a strong character who rises above the crowd in Boncompagni’s glitzy and gossipy second novel


Kaye said...

Hedge fund Wives sounds really good. I'll bet those people got a rude awakening with the stock market meltdown. Have a good week and happy reading.

Missy B. said...

You've got some good ones...happy reading!

Literary Feline said...

Such a wonderful list of new books to read! Like with so many other books (particularly series), I keep meaning to read something by Lee Child. I've heard his series is great.

Enjoy your new books, Lori!

Shonda said...

I have Hedge Funds Wives waiting for me to pick up. I just saw Holly's Inbox yesterday at Barnes & Noble and immediately added my name to the wait list. Both books look good. Definitely looking forward to them for my summer reading.

Jess said...

Holly's Inbox looks like a fun read. Have a great week of reading!