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Mailbox Monday – December 17, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Suko’s Notebook this month. Visit 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 Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (January 2, 2013) arrived from Harper Collins. This book is a Barnes & Noble New Writers Pick for Winter/Spring 2013 and an Indie Next Pick for January 2013. From the publisher:

A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents. Marnie and Nelly, left on their own in Glasgow’s Hazlehurst housing estate, attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.

Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, and told in alternating voices, The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell is an enchanting, grimly comic tale of lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.

Read more on Harper’s website.

Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for The Wedding Gift and, in the same year, was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters Award. A native of Scotland, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Los Angeles with her two children. The Death of Bees is her first novel. Learn more about O’Donnell and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Also arriving from Harper Collins was 1356 by Bernard Cornwell (January 8, 2013). From the publisher:

Bernard Cornwell, the “master of martial fiction” (Booklist), brings Thomas of Hookton from the popular Grail Quest series into a new adventure in 1356, a thrilling stand-alone novel. On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle—one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years’ War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well. In the vein of Cornwell’s bestselling Agincourt, 1356 is an action-packed story of danger and conquest, rich with military strategy and remarkable characters—both villainous and heroic—transporting readers to the front lines of war while painting a vivid picture of courage, treachery, and combat.

Read more about the novel on the Harper website.

Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944, was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a religious sect (called the Peculiar People). After a stint as a teacher at the University of London, he joined BBC Television where he worked for the next 10 years (first as a researcher on the Nationwideprogram and finally as  Head of Current Affairs Television for the BBC in Northern Ireland). Cornwell eventually moved to the United States where he married his wife, Judy, and began to write the adventures of a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars—and so the Sharpe series was born.  Learn more about Cornwell and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Fonduing Fathers by Julie Hyzy came to me from Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin (January 2013). From the publisher:

Olivia has always believed that her father was an honorable man—until a trip to visit her mother reveals that he was dishonorably discharged from the army. Olivia is even more shocked to learn that he was brutally murdered because someone at his company suspected him of selling corporate secrets. Refusing to believe that her father was a scoundrel, Olivia won’t rest until she proves his innocence. Enlisting the help of her boyfriend, Gav, Olivia must reach out to her father’s colleagues to discover the truth behind his murder. What she’s about to discover may not only put her at risk, but threaten national security as well…

The book includes recipes for “a complete Presidential menu.”

Julie Hyzy’s s first experience with food included flipping burgers and chopping onions at a neighborhood hot dog stand. Over the years, she’s acted in community theater productions, appeared in television commercials, and crashed a previously all-male fraternity to become one of the first female brothers in Loyola University’s Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. She published her first book, State of the Onion, in 2008. Fonduing Fathers is her ninth novel. Learn more about Hyzy and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any terrific books arrive at YOUR house this week?


  1. December 16, 2012    

    All your books look great! I’m especially looking forward to reading The Death of Bees soon. Happy reading 🙂

  2. December 17, 2012    

    The Cornwell book looks so very good. An author I have still to read.

  3. December 17, 2012    

    Cute mailbox pic. Enjoy your new books!

  4. December 17, 2012    

    Enjoy your new books. I just started The Death of Bees and I’m really enjoying it.

  5. December 17, 2012    

    Ooh–I’m really looking forward to The Death of Bees. Enjoy!

  6. December 17, 2012    

    1356 looks amazing! I love good historical fiction, even when it’s battle heavy, and I would love to read this one at some point. I really, really hope that you enjoy it!!

  7. December 17, 2012    

    The Death Of Bees sounds interesting, enjoy! all of your new books.

  8. kaye kaye
    December 17, 2012    

    Death of Bees showed up at my house too. Looking forward to your thoughts on the new Hyzy mystery. Have a good week and happy holidays to you and yours.

  9. December 17, 2012    

    I requested Death of Bees for a TLC tour…I hope I get it.

    Enjoy all your books.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  10. December 17, 2012    

    Looking forward to you reviews of all these books.

  11. December 18, 2012    

    I saw the title to Fonduing Fathers and I immediately thought it was a spelling error for Founding. Too funny. Great books. Enjoy!
    2 Kids and Tired Books MM

  12. December 18, 2012    

    looks like you have some good reads in your future.

  13. December 19, 2012    

    The Death of Bees sounds interesting! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on it.

  14. December 22, 2012    

    I really want to read The Death of Bees at some point. I have been hearing good things!

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