Mailbox Monday #247

Mailbox Monday (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch.  November’s host is Rose City Reader.

Just a note to say that a poll about the hosting issue will be posted on the Mailbox Monday blog.

The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received:

1.  Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich from my mother.

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.

It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.

With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

2. Tangle by Julie Cameron Gray from Tightrope Books for review.

Teetering on the brink of longing and the downtrodden, Julie Cameron Gray’s poetic debut explores isolation and the distance between human understanding and human experience. Her poems showcase the relationship between people and their work, urban living and the fringe existence of “wild” animals, the flaws that relationships tend to encompass despite best intentions, and the mysteries inanimate objects hold. Tangle is a verdict, a web of dysfunction, and an alibi.

3.  Muse by Dawn Marie Kresan from Tightrope Books for review.

Beginning with an epigraph by Robert Graves, which asserts that “woman is muse or she is nothing,” the poems in Muse explore the concepts of influence, creativity, and gender by evoking the tragic figure of Elizabeth Siddal. As a model, then pupil, she married the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and although an artist and poet in her own right, Siddal is best known as a Victorian muse and the inspiration for her husband’s paintings. In sensual and evocative language, Dawn Marie Kresan shifts voices and perspectives, from Siddal’s loss and heartbreak over her stillborn daughter to the poet’s lighthearted reproach of artist William Holman Hunt’s depiction of the Lady of Shalott.

What did you receive?


  1. Those poetry books look good. Happy reading!

  2. I’ve yet to read anything by Janet Evanovich. But I do at least own her first Stephanie Plum book, so hopefully I’m able to start soon.

  3. Re: Mailbox Monday – could you please look at my post and comment?

  4. Is there a poll? I couldn’t find a link to a poll listing all the blogs that have offered to host.

    I think it would be easier to have one host – it is so confusing having new hosts every month.

    Enjoy your new books!

  5. I’m all for a permanent home so someone is responsible for signing up hosts. It looks like you and Book Dragon’s Lair both want to do it — maybe you can co-host? Or flip a coin?

    Thanks for posting on Mailbox Monday! Enjoy your books!

  6. I gave up on the Stephanie Plum series several books ago but I always like hearing what she’s up to. Hope you enjoy it!
    Like Kathy I can’t pick a blog but I wouldn’t mind if it stayed in one place, lol.

  7. ENJOY your books…nice mailbox.

    I haven’t read an Evanovich book, but I know my friend really enjoys them.

    Have a good week.

    I voted!! THANKS.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    Another giveaway on my blog if you want stop by that post too.
    Elizabeth´s last blog post ..It’s Monday!! What Are You Reading? – 12/2/13

  8. I can’t decide if I want to read the Evanovich or not. I hope MM finds a new home but I can’t pick a blog!
    bermudaonion (Kathy)´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday