Mailbox Monday – August 6, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month at Five Minutes For Books.

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

Here is what showed up at my house this week:

Atria Books sent me Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft (June 2012) through their BEA Galley Grab.

After being awarded one of Sweden’s highest literary awards for his debut novel Pesetas, Mons Kallentoft chose to give his own unique take on the classic Scandinavian crime novel. His success was immediate. This first book in the series about superintendent Malin Fors received unanimous praise from the national critics; it also conquered the bestseller charts and has today sold more than 300,000 copies in Sweden alone. Now Atria is publishing this novel for the first time in the United States.

Learn more about Kallentoft and his work by visiting the author’s website.

From William Morrow came two finished hardcovers:

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman (August 14, 2012) looks like a terrific psychological thriller. I’ve read several Lippman books in the past and not been disappointed (read my reviews of What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and I’d Know You Anywhere). Lippman’s newest release is about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself. From the publisher:

For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?

Laura Lippman has won nearly every major award given to U.S. crime writings, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Agatha Award, Nero Wolfe Award, Shamus Award, and the Quill Award. A former Baltimore Sun reporter, Lippman lives in Baltimore. Learn more about Lippman and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writings by Neal Stephenson (August 7, 2012) is a collection which brings together previously published short writings, both fiction and nonfiction, by the author. Since I have yet to read anything by Stephenson (who is praised for being “one of the most talented and creative authors working today“), I am looking forward to reading this book. From the publisher:

By turns amusing and profound, critical and celebratory, yet always entertaining, Some Remarks offers a fascinating look into the prismatic mind of this extraordinary writer.

Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, Zodiac, and Anathem. He lives in Seattle, Washington. Learn more about Stephenson and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any amazing books find their way to YOUR home this week?

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  1. All new to me. Would like to know what you think of the Lippman book.

  2. So, so excited for you that you got the new Laura Lippman book! I really want to read that one, and will be excited to see what you think of it!

  3. And When She Was Good sounds like it is right up my alley.

  4. I got the two William Morrow books too. I hope all of your new books are winners!

  5. I received MidWinter Blood a few weeks ago…haven’t read it yet. ENJOY.

    Nice mailbox…the Laura Lippman one has to be good. 🙂

    Silver’s Reviews

  6. No new books this week, but I have big plans to purchase Wild the next time on a book buying (downloading) spree. Shouldn’t be too long now.

    • Serena on August 8, 2012 at 11:16

    Looks like we have the last two books in common….I hope you enjoy all the reading…and try to stay out of the smoke!

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