Sunday, July 25, 2010

Monday Reading Report: 7/26

I am at the beach in Ogunquit, ME this week, and got some great beach reads to bring with me! But, I may not be able to make all my weekly visits, as I'll have little access to technology.
Sandra Brown's latest romantic thriller Tough Customer looks like it won't disappoint. It's the story of a young woman who meets her father for the first time when he is called to help keep her safe from a crazed stalker.
I received two very different books from Sourcebooks. Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City by Holly Denham is definitely going to be beach reading at it's best! Written entirely in e-mails, this second installment of Holly's adventures focuses on a scandal erupting that could ruin the happiness in both love and career that Holly has recently found. One of the things I love about Sourcebooks as a publisher is that they speak to me as a reader. Historical fiction, mysteries and chick-lit are what I'm all about!
Sourcebooks also sent me the intrigueing What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James, William James, their Sister Alice, and Jack the Ripper from first time author Paula Marantz Cohen. Seems like it will be a great historical mystery/thriller. I really like the cover design on this one. It's very dark and mysterious, showing the back view of a Victorian woman, The image is bordered with a traditional golden frame and the title is in a plain, traditional font. Then the sub-title down lower is at an angle in a bright red font that is reminiscent of that used on murder-mysteries long ago.
I've also received the new Jane Porter, a major force in the chick-lit market, She's Gone Country. Be sure to come back for that review, I'll have FIVE copies to giveaway! I'll be sharing these all with my mom as we lounge at the beach and poolside. Or, if it rains, our hotel has a gorgeous porch with big rockers where we can rock 'n' read!
An Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky is a follow-up to Lake News. Both books have been out for many years. I love the way she writes about New England life.
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, very funny story about a finance lawyer who runs off to the country and becomes a housekeeper. Unfortunately her fancy education did not include cooking or even sewing on a missing button!
Death of a Hussy is #5 in M.C. Beaton's cozy mystery series about Scottish policeman Hamish MacBeth. It was a very quick read, but lots of fun as always.
I was reading Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick last week, but I didn't finish it. It was well written and an interesting idea of what Van Gogh's last year's may have been like, but I couldn't get past the sadness and loneliness of his life, and knowing the outcome just made it sadder.
CURRENTLY READING: Desert Wives by Betty Webb. This is the second of her Lena Jones mysteries, about the murder of the Prophet of a fictional polygamous cult called Purity in the Arizona/Utah desert.
To see what others are reading and have received this week, visit Mailbox Monday, hosted by <>Marcia at The Printed Page and It's Monday, What Are You Reading?, a weekly event hosted by <>Sheila from Book Journey.


bookfanmary said...

Hope you're having a wonderful time in ME. We used to go to Cape Porpoise area for a week each summer - so much fun and so many great memories.
I have She's Gone Country for the blog tour in August but I haven't read it yet. Looks good, doesn't it?

bermudaonion said...

I'm excited about the new Holly's Inbox book! I hope you enjoy your new treasures!

Kaye said...

Enjoy your new books and ME. I love Ogunquit - enjoy every moment.

Lady Q said...

What Alice Knew looks good! Can't wait to see your thoughts on She's Gone Country. I'm sorry you couldn't get through Sunflowers. I bought it a couple of months ago but haven't gotten to it yet.

I didn't get a chance to do up a mailbox this week, but I do have a Reading Recap and a Giveaway if you'd like to stop by!

Jennifer said...

You have a very interesting line-up. I am adding a few to my TBR list. Have a great week reading and I look forward to your reviews. My Monday is here:

Alayne said...

Ooh What Alice Knew sounds amazing!!! I think I'll put that on my TBR. Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Alayne said...

Ooh What Alice Knew sounds amazing!!! I think I'll put that on my TBR. Happy reading! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have what Alice knew and have yet to read it. Holly' s Inbox sounds good too!

Cathy said...

I've been to the village where they filmed the TV series based on the Hamish Macbeth books. It's a beautiful place.

Betty Webb is one of my favorite mystery writers. Hope you enjoy Desert Wives!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

What Alice Knew looks mysterious! I haven't heard of it before. I am looking forward to reading both of the Holly books. Enjoy!

Amanda said...

Some great books and a fantastic clean blog layout!

I saw the title of your blog and I just couldn't help but stop by and check it out.

Here’s my Monday