Mailbox Monday #255

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia at To Be Continued, formerly The Printed Page, has gone through a few incarnations from a permanent home with Marcia to a tour of other blogs.

Now, it has its own permanent home at its own blog.

To check out what everyone has received over the last week, visit the blog and check out the links.  Leave yours too.

Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

I want to thank Vicki for taking on the first month of Mailbox Monday postings at its permanent home.

Here’s what I received this week:

1.  The Obedient Assassin by John P. Davidson, which came unexpectedly from Meryl Moss.

Ramón Mercader was plucked from the front of the Spanish Civil War by the Soviets and conscripted to murder the great in­tellectual Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Bolshevik Revolution who was exiled in the 1920s for opposing Joseph Stalin.

As Ramón is trained for the task and assumes a new identity, he lives a lush life in Paris, befriending Frida Kahlo and other artists of the time. He falls in love with a left-leaning Jewish woman whom he is ordered to seduce as a means of getting at Trotsky.

From Barcelona to Paris and New York to Mexico City, the group controlling Ramón—including Ramón’s mother and her lover—guides the assassin on the inevitable resolution of his grim task as he must penetrate Trotsky’s compound.

What did you receive?


  1. It sounds intense! Hope you enjoy.
    Diana Leigh´s last blog post ..Book Review: MADAM: A NOVEL OF NEW ORLEANS by Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin

  2. had not heard about this one, the context sounds really fascinating!
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  3. This sounds rather intense. Hope you enjoy it!
    Thanks to the three of you taking your time to be permanent hosts to MM and adding the extra Caught Our Eye. That is a nice addition!
    MarthaE´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday January 27, 2014

  4. Sounds like a really interesting book–I read Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna a few years ago, and Trotsky’s murder as well as Frida Kahlo figured in it as well, but from the opposite perspective. Hope it’s good!

  5. Unexpected books are my favorite!

  6. Love the cover!
    And you’re welcome, I loved hosting MM & BTCOE this month!
    Vicki´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday

  7. I like the cover, but I don’t think I would read it.

    I hope it is enjoyable for you.

    Silver’s Reviews

  8. Hi Serena,

    Whilst this probably isn’t a book I would be rushing out to buy, it does sound very intriguing, especially as it is based on true events. I was particularly interested in the fact that Ramon’s own mother plays such a big part in training her son to be an assassin.

    I hope that you enjoy it and thanks for the great new look MM.

    [email protected]´s last blog post ..New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

  9. Hope you enjoy your new book…it does look intriguing. And thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

  10. This sounds like a keeper!
    Anna´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday — January 27

  11. Sounds neat. Not a book I would usually pick up, as I don’t know a lot about that time period, but I’m intrigued. Great title, too.

    I’m studying a book on Reconstruction right now. I also received some unsolicited children’s picture books last week. You can check out my post at http://www.thebusymomsdaily.com/2014/01/mailbox-monday-january-27.html
    Cheryl Malandrinos´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday – January 27

  12. Sounds very interesting!

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  13. Hope this is a good one Serena –enjoy
    [email protected]´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday – January 27, 2014

  14. Thanks for administering MM. Enjoy your new book!
    Pat @ Posting For Now´s last blog post ..Mailbox Monday:January 27, 2014

  15. I hope you love it!
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