Mailbox Monday – August 27, 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:

The wonderful Michelle Moran made sure I got a finished copy of her newest novel: The Second Empress (Crown Publishing, August 2012). Set in Paris during the rule of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the novel centers around the cruel leaders as he “casts aside his beautiful wife to marry a Hapsburg princess he hopes will bear him a royal heir.” Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the king of Austria, has little choice but to marry the French Emperor, but when war threatens her family in Austria she will be forced to make choices which will change the course of her life.

Michelle Moran is renowned for her vivid historical novels. Her experiences at archaeological sites around the world motivate and inspire her prose. She is the author of the national bestsellers Nefertiti (read my review), The Heretic Queen (read my review), Cleopatra’s Daughter (read my review) and Madame Tussaud. Learn more about Moran and her work by visiting the author’s website.

I received another book through Atria Books Galley Alley – this time The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma (translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor). This book is set for release next month and is a follow up to The Map of Time (which I also have but have not yet read). From the publisher: “A love story serves as backdrop for The Map of the Sky when New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry millionaire Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the extraterrestrial invasion featured in Wells’s War of the Worlds. What follows are three brilliantly interconnected plots to create a breathtaking tale of time travel and mystery, replete with cameos by a young Edgar Allan Poe, and Captain Shackleton and Charles Winslow from The Map of Time.

Félix J. Palma (Sanlúcar de Barrameda, 1968) has been unanimously acclaimed by critics as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time. His devotion to the short story genre has earned him more than a hundred awards. The Map of Time is his first book to be published in the United States. It received the 2008 Ateneo de Sevila XL Prize. Learn more about Palma and his work by visiting the author’s website.

From Quercus Fiction came an Advance Readers Edition of A Private Business by Barbara Nadel (July 2012). This is the first book in a new series by this author. Set in 2012 London during the Olympics the book takes a look at the deprived areas of the city which surround the glamorous Olympic Park. “PI Lee Arnold and his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, work in these streets, in a community fraught with tensions. When Arnold is hired by a controversial stand- up comedian, he already knows that her routine could make her a target. Arnold and Hakim’s new client is being followed. Are her fears justified? As they delve deeper, they discover that this investigation is more complex and sinister than a simple, straightforward case of stalking.

Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel is the author of the acclaimed Ikmen series of crime novels, set in Turkey. She lives in Lancashire.

From Doubleday, comes The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart (August 2012). This is a follow-up to the bestselling The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise. From the publisher: “With her trademark wit and charm, Julia Stuart introduces us to an outstanding cast of lovable oddballs, from the palace maze-keeper to the unconventional Lady Beatrice (who likes to dress up as a toucan—don’t ask), as she guides us through the many delightful twists and turns in this fun and quirky murder mystery. Everyone is hiding a secret of the heart, and even Alexandrina may not realize when she’s caught in a maze of love.”

Julia Stuart is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Matchmaker of Périgord and She lives in London.

 What about you? Did any fabulous books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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  1. I’ve seen The Second Empress in several mailboxes – I bet it’s great! The Pigeon Pie Mystery looks good too.

    • Amy on August 27, 2012 at 07:11

    The Second Empress sounds fascinating. Considering Michelle Moran wrote it, I’m sure it’s going to be a terrific reading experience.

    I didn’t realize The Pigeon Pie Mystery was a follow-up to the Tortoise, the Zoo and the I haven’t read the first one yet but if Pigeon Pie gets good reviews, as I’m sure it will, it’ll be my incentive to get to it and read both!

    I hope you enjoy your new books!

  2. The Second Empress looks good to me.

  3. WOHOO!! I’m glad it arrived 🙂

  4. Great mailbox! I just got The Map of Time last night, I’m looking forward to discovering it. Enjoy your new books!

  5. The Second Empress and Pigeon Pie Mystery both look really good! I will have to come back and see what you thought of them!

  6. Nice mix of books! I’d most like to read The Pigeon Pie Mystery. 🙂

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