Sunday, March 4, 2012

In My Mailbox (16)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. To see this weeks list of participants go here.

I had a great week, here is what I received in the mail:

Capitol Murders by Phillip Margolin
from the publisher (Harper)

Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have overcome more than a few daunting challenges and powerful enemies to see justice done. Against tremendous odds, they successfully unmasked an American president's involvement in a chain of murders. They also saved the life of a Supreme Court justice while foiling a conspiracy by rogue members of the CIA to fix a case headed for the court.

Now wicked threats old and new are about to bring them together once again. Convicted serial killer Clarence Little has escaped from death row in Oregon, and Brad receives threatening messages in D.C., where he is working for Senator Jack Carson, a high-ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A dead body, murdered according to Little's M.O., is found in the senator's Georgetown home, and Carson has disappeared. While Dana is in Oregon digging into Carson's shady background, a terrorist cell is poised to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the biggest attacks on American soil. As the senator's personal life begins to dovetail with the cell's evil plan, Brad and Dana will risk it all again to uncover the truth and save their country.

Phillip Margolin proves once more that he is a true master of suspense, delivering another high-octane thriller set in Washington's legendary corridors of power. Capitol Murder's breathtaking pace and electrifying twists will have old fans and newcomers racing to the final, stunning page.

Heroes for My Daughter by Brad Meltzer
from the publisher (Harper)

In Heroes for My Daughter, the New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer brings together the stories of fifty-five remarkable people, from Marie Curie and Rosa Parks to Stevie Wonder and Winston Churchill, Leonardo da Vinci and Sally Ride to Jane Goodall and Billie Jean King--a collection of inspirational heroes from whom his daughter, and yours, can learn to lead an inspired and good life.

Heroes for My Daughter highlights a diverse set of individuals from across time and from all walks of life: artists and inventors, presidents and athletes, teachers and spiritual leaders, and scientists and explorers who have helped to make our lives better. Whether it's Helen Keller or Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank or Judy Blume, Theodore Roosevelt or the Three Stooges, Thurgood Marshall or the passengers on United Flight 93, their lives offer lessons to guide our daughters on their journey to adulthood--lessons sure to inspire them as they make their place as citizens in our society and the world.  Beautifully packaged for gift-giving, this charming collection includes short vignettes, quotations, and black-and-white photographs of each person featured.

The Girl Next Door by Brad Parks
from the publisher (St. Martin's Press)

Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It’s the last place Ross expects to find controversy—which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy’s sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.

It turns out that the kind and generous Nancy may have made a few enemies, starting with her boss at the diner where she was a part-time waitress, and even including the publisher of the Eagle-Examiner. Carter’s investigation of this seemingly simple story soon has him in big trouble with his full-time editor and sometime girlfriend, Tina Thompson, not to mention the rest of his bosses at the paper, but he can’t let it go—the story is just too good, and it keeps getting better. But will his nose for trouble finally take him too far?

Brad Parks’s smart-mouthed, quick-witted reporter returns in The Girl Next Door—another action-packed entry in his award-winning series, written with an unforgettable mix of humor and suspense.

Fever by Joan Swan
from Good Choice Reading ARC Tours

When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she's in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need...

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn't, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever...

True Blue by Jane Smiley
won from Carrie at Sweet Southern Home during the RAK Giveaway Hop

True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner—a woman brand new to the riding stable--was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has claimed him. Daddy is wary, as always. But Abby is smitten. True Blue is a sweetheart, and whenever Abby calls out, "Blue, Blue, how are you?" he  whinnies back.

But sometimes True Blue seems...spooked. He paces, and always seems to be looking for something. Or someone. Abby starts to wonder about True Blue's owner. What was she like? What did she look like? One moonlit night, Abby could swear she hears a whisper in her ear: "He's still my horse." Filled with riding scenes and horse details, this newest middle-grade novel from a Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a mysterious and suspenseful almost-ghost story.

And I received these from Netgalley and Edelweiss this week:

 How was your week, leave me a link and I'd love to see what you received in your mailbox!


bibliojunkies said...

Excellent collection this week. We also snagged Romeo Redeemed this week. Shel can't wait to start reading it ;-)

Stop by and visit our IMM if you have a chance.

Jinky said...

Wow, that's a lot of books!! Lucky duck!! A couple that stands out to me is the Heroes for my Daugther and Grave Mercy.

btw, how do you put the images of the books side-by-side ..I like that kind of presentation but I don't know how. --Thanks. :)

Melanie said...

I tagged your blog! Here is the link: Christian Bookshelf Reviews

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