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In My Mailbox (20)

Hi again! 🙂 This week in my mailbox… nada. Oh well.


Handbags and Homicide by Dorothy Howell
Haley Randolph is a designer-handbag addict. To support her habit, she supplements her job as a finance clerk at Los Angeles law firm Pike Warner with a position at Holt’s, a middling department store. Things go awry when, in the space of a few days, she discovers the Holt’s assistant manager murdered in the storeroom, and stands accused of embezzlement at Pike Warner. To clear her name on both counts, Haley investigates her coworkers with the help of Jack, a sexy PI. She also develops a crush on Ty Cameron, the young scion of the Holt’s chain. Howell, who under the pen name Judith Stacy has written 22 historical-romance novels, now takes on the mystery genre with the first in a series featuring quick-to-learn new sleuth Haley. A twist on the traditional whodunit, this light mystery makes up for a lack of gripping suspense with lots of humor and style.

Sounds cute! But it’s just a FYI, it’s an adult book.


Pretty Little Liars #6: Killer by Sara Shepard
In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie— and so do Rosewood’s four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn’t die with her.
Hanna’s on a mission to corrupt Rosewood’s youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria’s snooping into her boyfriend’s past. Spencer’s stealing— from her family. And pure little Emily’s abstaining from abstinence.
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali’s killer was arrested and A’s true identity was finally revealed. But now there’s a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.

And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman
Delia Truesdale has no idea her life’s about to change forever. She’s too busy enjoying the California summer. Her internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing. That is, until everything unravels.

Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she’s dead – excpet Delia, who knows T.K.’s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia’s still sent to New York to live with her two aunts – a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen.

And in case that’s not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.

As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.’s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy…and that some secrets – especially the dangerous ones – were never meant to be unraveled.

Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
McLaughlin and Kraus, authors of the popular novel The Nanny Diaries(2002), venture back to the 1980s in their third novel. Kate Hollis fell in love with Jake Sharpe in grade school, dated him in high school, and at 30, has yet to get over him. How can she when Jake, now a rock star with several hit singles to his name, has spent the last 10 years singing about her and about their relationship? When Kate hears that Jake has returned to their hometown with his new fiancee in tow, she jumps on a plane, ready to confront him for exploiting their personal memories in his quest for superstardom. But when Kate sees him again, all her old feelings churn to the surface, and her resolve weakens further when she learns he feels the same. But just as the novel barrels toward what appears to be the most cliched of endings, the authors pull out a surprise and give the reader, and Kate, a completely unexpected and wholly satisfying conclusion.

Very excited to read both Killer and ATEU! Dedication is an adult book with very tiny print but it sounded interesting.


Comments on: "In My Mailbox (20)" (11)

  1. You got amazing books! Handbags and Homicide looks hilarious!

    Happy reading!

  2. I *love* Pretty Little Liars. Hope you enjoy!

  3. Awesome books you got this week I like the sound of all of them especially Handbags and Homicide. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  4. yay for buying books! and borrowing them too! i hope you enjoy them all! happy reading!

  5. towerofbooks said:

    Nice books! I’ve heard good things about And Then Everything Unraveled. Hope you enjoy.

  6. I’m a huge fan of chick lit mysteries. I’m not really sure why, but they’re always a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy your books!

  7. Lots of great books…yay for library love!

  8. Handbags and Homicide sounds fun!
    You borrowed some interesting books, too; “And Then Everything Unraveled” is on my TBR list, too, and I’m thinking about starting to read Sara Shepard’s series, but I’m not sure yet – especially since my library doesn’t have all the books :-/

  9. readwhatyouknow said:

    I loved “The Nanny Diaries.” You’ll have to let us know if “Dedication” is good, better, or worse. ;D

    Happy reading!

  10. Nice books. I’ve heard goo things about …And Then Everything Unraveled. I can’t wait to read it!

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