May 16, 2011

MAILBOX MONDAY: May 16, 2011

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the previous week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists! Mailbox Monday, which was started by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on blog tour—and Mari at MariReads is hosting during the month of May.

These are the goodies I received last week:

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose, received from the author for a blog tour

SYNOPSIS:  In Vienna a clandestine robbery inside a locked library leads to a brutal murder. A 1,500-year-old sculpture holds the Metropolitan Museum of Art hostage.

A young woman’s fatal accident gives two lovers a chance to meet again, against all odds. A centuries-old massacre in Persia has modern-day repercussions in Iran. In New York City a Matisse masterpiece surfaces after twenty years, mutilated and vandalized.

A modern-day reincarnationist is hell-bent on finding tools to aid in past life regressions nobmatter what the cost—in dollars or lives.

Everything rests on the shoulders of Lucian Glass, special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team, who himself is suffering from the aftermath of a brutal attack, impossible nightmares and his own crisis of faith.

If reincarnation is real, how can he live with who he was in his past life? If it’s not, then how can he live with who he has become in the present?

Ghost Story by Peter Straub, borrowed from my local public library

SYNOPSIS:  For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away with murder.

Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" (The Washington Post Book World) that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time — and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.

The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma's Match by Carrie Bebris, borrowed from my local public library

SYNOPSIS:  Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are looking forward to a relaxing stay with dear friends when their carriage is hailed by a damsel-in-distress outside of the village of Highbury. Little do the Darcys realize that gypsies roam these woods, or that both their possessions and the woman are about to vanish into the night.

The Darcys seek out the parish magistrate, who is having a difficult evening of his own. Mr. Knightley and his new wife, the former Miss Emma Woodhouse (the heroine of Jane Austen's Emma) are hosting a party to celebrate the marriage of their friends, Mr. Frank Churchill and Miss Jane Fairfax. During dinner, Mr. Edgar Churchill, uncle and adoptive father of the groom, falls suddenly ill and dies. The cause of death: poison.

When the Darcys and the Knightleys join forces to investigate the crimes, they discover that the robbery and Edgar Churchill's death may be connected. Together they must work to quickly locate the source of the poison and the murderer's motive—before the killer can strike again.

Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford and Joe Matthews, borrowed from my local public library

SYNOPSIS:  Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, no pedophile registry. His 1981 abduction and murder—unsolved for over a quarter of a century—forever changed America.

One sunny July morning in 1981, Reve Walsh and her six-year-old son Adam stopped by the local Sears to pick up some new lamps. Enchanted by a video game at the store's entrance, Adam begged Reve to let him try it out while she shopped. When she returned a few minutes later, Adam was gone.

The shock of Adam's murder, and of the inability of the police and the FBI to find his killer, radically altered American innocence and our ideas about childhood. Gone forever were the days when parents would allow their kids out of the house with the casual instruction "Be home by dark!"

Reve and John Walsh—who would go on to create America's Most Wanted—became advocates for the transformation of law enforcement's response to and handling of such cases. Prompted by the Walshes' activism, Congress passed the Missing Children Act in 1982, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was founded in 1984.

While our lives have been significantly altered by Adam Walsh's case, few of us know the whole story—how, after more than twenty-seven years of relentless investigation, decorated Miami Beach homicide detective Joe Matthews finally identified Adam's killer.

Bringing Adam Home is the definitive account of this horrifying crime—which, like the Lindbergh kidnapping fifty years earlier, captured public attention—and its aftermath, a true story of tragedy, love, faith, and dedication. It reveals the pain and tenacity of a family determined to find justice, the failed police work that allowed a killer to remain uncharged, and the determined efforts of one cop who accomplished what an entire legal system could not. As harrowing as In Cold Blood, yet ultimately uplifting, Bringing Adam Home is the riveting story of a triumph of justice and the enduring power of love.

What goodies arrived in your mailbox last week?


Anonymous said...

Ghost Story sounds intriguing, enjoy your reads.

Lori Johnston said...

Thanks, TBM! Ghost Story is supposed to be super, super scary so I'm looking forward to frightening the wits out of myself.

Holly said...

Will have to add Bringing Adam Home to my list. The Adam Walsh story is so sad but what amazing results his parents produced as a result of the tragedy. Enjoy your books :)

Lori Johnston said...

Holly, I should have my review of "Bringing Adam Home" posted tomorrow so please stop by and see what you think.
Happy Monday!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Looks like a mailbox full of suspense!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I remember when Adam Walsh was found. I will never forget it. It's amazing how his parents took their tragedy and turned it into something good.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I was invited on The Hypnotist blog tour, but I'm trying to be good and not bite off more than I can chew! It was really hard though.

I've had Ghost Story on my shelves for years. I really need to read it!

Happy reading!

Sidne said...

hmmm, Hypnotist sounds interesting. happy reading

Lori Johnston said...

Mary, it was indeed a suspenseful week in my mailbox!

Beth, I also remember the Walsh case - - I was 11 or 12 at the time. I have so much respect and admiration for the Walshes.

Michelle, I need to step back from some reviews - - I have a lot of books right now! I love the subject matter of The Hypnotist though and couldn't resist.

Thanks for stopping by, Sidne!

Unknown said...

Love the cover on Ghost Story :)

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