Fear in Writing: Mailbox Monday

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

What books came into my home last week?  Only a couple, but I'm excited to dive into them!

One is a true crime book by Douglas Preston, The Monster of Florence.  I am not normally one for true crime.  Once, my husband bought an Ann Rule book for me, and it left me feeling icky.  There is something to be said for the distance fiction gives you.  But after reading The Beautiful Cigar Girl (see my post here), I am open to fiction writers taking on historical murders.  The separation of time seems to give me the cushion I need. 

You might know Preston from his co-authored Agent Pendergast Series (The Wheel of Darkness).  I have read most of that series.  In fact...

The second book that arrived in my mailbox last week is the latest in that series: Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs.  I haven't opened it yet because I am still reading Christopher Fowler's Ten Second Staircase.  Even though the MCs are antiquarian, the plot and writing are anything but.  As long as Fowler's writing about the mystery at hand and not the drama of the police unit, I'm interested. 

Then I'm tackling my May challenge book, Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Last Rituals.

Then I will get to one of these new finds.

What are you reading?  Anything new arrive in your mailbox last week?


  1. I just finished reading Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. AWESOME. This new book you are reading sounds great!

  2. Preston and Child are my favorite authors. You will really dig Cemetary Dance.

  3. These look great! Especially "Monster of Florence." I'm looking forward to summer and spending more time reading. :)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  4. Just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. An absolutely beautifully written, haunting story. Probably the best I have read this year.

  5. Monster of Florence sounds good!

  6. Both books sound very interesting. At one point, I would only read true crime books - why read about made-up murder when there are so many real ones written about. But I got over that phase and now enjoy reading all genres. Happy reading.

    Thoughts in Progress

  7. I hope you'll enjoy both of these books, Michele.

    My mailbox is here: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/05/just-another-mailbox-monday.html

  8. A historical true crime would be palatable. I'm with you on needing the cushion of fiction for contemporary crimes.

    Here is my MM list on Rose City Reader.

  9. Tabitha- I haven't picked that one up. I think it got too popular too quickly for me--too many book clubs. It's probably safe now for me to read it!

    Alex- I just finshed Fowler and think I might skip right to it :)

    Elizabeth- Summer doesn't mean more reading for me. It's really not seasonal...no rhyme or reason. And I'll let you know about 'Monster of Florence!'

    Jamie- I have that one, too. Waiting to be read...So many in that pile...

    Mary- I'm hoping so!

    Mason- Interesting that you came at it from that direction, and I came the other way! And here we meet in the middle. :)

    Suko- Thanks for stopping by. You will LOVE 'The Likeness.' It is one of the best books I have EVER read...And I mean that. Your other picks look interesting as well!

    RCR- Nice to have someone who understands! I immediately added your 'The Foreign Correspondent' to my Amazon wishlist. That looks so good!