April 2012
« Mar   May »

My Material Is Copyrighted

Site Meter

Sites Where I Review Books

LibraryThing Early Reviewers




Winner Best Literary Fiction Blog - 2008
Shortlisted for Best Literary Fiction Blog - 2009, 2010
Longlisted for Best Literary Fiction Blog - 2011 Shortlisted Best Written Book Blog - 2010

Mailbox Monday – April 16, 2012

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted this month by Cindy at Cindy’s Love of Books.

Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar.

Two (unsolicited) books arrived this week from William Morrow/Harper Collins:

Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed – and Why It Still Matters by Andrew Gumbel & Roger G. Charles (William Morrow, April 2012) takes another look at the Oklahoma City tragedy from 1995. Veteran investigative journalists Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles lay to rest the myth about what happened on that day. Working with government documents, a voluminous correspondence with Terry Nichols, and more than 150 interviews with those immediately involved, “Gumbel and Charles demonstrate how much was missed beyond the guilt of the two principal defendants: in particular, the dysfunction within the country’s law enforcement agencies, which squandered opportunities to penetrate the radical right and prevent the bombing, and the unanswered question of who inspired the plot and who else might have been involved.

Andrew Gumbel has worked for more than twenty years as a foreign correspondent for British newspapers the Guardian and the Independent, including assignments in the Balkans, Italy, the Middle East, and, since 1998, the United States. He has won awards for investigative reporting and political commentary, and written widely for U.S. publications including the Los Angeles Times and The Atlantic.

Roger G. Charles is a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps and an award winning investigative journalist who has worked with a wide variety of media outlets, including Newsweek, Vanity Fair, ABC (Nightline, Primetime Live), CBS’s 60 Minutes II, and the BBC. In 1996 and 1997 he was a consultant on the Oklahoma City bombing for ABC’s 20/20. He also worked as an investigator for Stephen Jones and the legal team defending Timothy McVeigh in his federal trial. Born in Texas and raised in West Virginia, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1967.

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D’Art by Christopher Moore (William Morrow, April 2012) is the bestselling author’s newest novel. I am almost ashamed to admit I have never read a Christopher Moore book…so maybe this will finally be the one I pick up. Sacre Bleu is “a rollicking tale that features special printed map endpapers and more than two dozen masterpieces of art throughout the book.” Here is the description of the book by the publisher:

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and then walk a mile to a doctor’s house for help? Who was the crooked little “color man” Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent’s friends—baker-turned-painter Lucien Lessard and bon vivant Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who vow to discover the truth about van Gogh’s untimely death. Their quest will lead them on a surreal odyssey and brothel-crawl deep into the art world of late nineteenth-century Paris.

Check out this video which shows this gorgeous book inside and out:

Christopher Moore is known for his satire, imagination and originality. He is the author of twelve previous novels. Moore was born in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.He currently lives in San Francisco, California. Learn more about Moore and his work by visiting the author’s website and blog.

Did any fabulous books arrive at YOUR house this week?



  1. April 15, 2012    

    Both new to me. Enjoy.

  2. April 15, 2012    

    I’ve never heard of any of these. Happy reading.

    Here is mine

  3. April 16, 2012    

    I got Oklahoma City the week before. I hope both books are wonderful.

  4. April 16, 2012    

    I haven’t read Moore yet either. I read a good review for Sacre Bleu last week and added it to my TBR list. Have a good week!

  5. April 16, 2012    

    I haven’t read any of Christopher Moore’s books. Enjoy!

  6. April 16, 2012    

    I have heard of the Christoper Moore and it has gotten some good reviews. I haven’t heard of the Oklahoma City book. It looks interesting and informative.

  7. April 16, 2012    

    The Oklahoma City book looks interesting. I will have to keep an eye out for that one.

  8. April 16, 2012    

    Never heard of these titles, enjoy!

  9. April 16, 2012    

    I have never read any of Christopher’s books before but seeing so many get this I think I might have to pick it up and check it out 🙂 Enjoy your books

  10. April 16, 2012    

    What an interesting combination of unsolicited books! I’m intrigued by Sacre Bleu and hope to read it this summer.

  11. April 16, 2012    

    Both titles are new to me but sound good. I hope you enjoy them both.

  12. April 16, 2012    

    I’ve never read a Christopher Moore book either but Sacre Bleu does sound good 🙂

  13. April 16, 2012    

    Enjoy your books!!

  14. April 17, 2012    

    I’d love to read the Oklahoma City book. I’ve read a few other books on the subject and it seems like there is a lot we still don’t know or understand about what happened.

  15. April 18, 2012    

    I have Oklahoma City as well, and I love that I got Christopher Moore! I cannot wait to read it.

  16. April 18, 2012    

    I’ve never read Moore either, but Sacre Bleu does look like a decent place to start. 🙂

follow us in feedly

Publishers and Authors…

I am no longer accepting review copies of books except for very rare exceptions. Thank you.


Rating System

= Excellent
= Good/Very Good
= Okay read
= Not recommended
= Ugh! Don't waste your time.


Bee Groups


Book Giveaways

None Current.