Monday, March 5, 2018

Mailbox Monday - March 5

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Hard to believe that Hawaii has come and gone. We had a great time. We did some exploring, shopping, walking on the beach, and horseback riding. We also ate at some neat local places.

Honolulu International Airport

Shopping in Wakiki

Pearl Harbor

Waimea Valley Falls

Walking the beach

Honolulu Zoo

Lava rock on beach in Oahu

Yummy chicken

Sunset cruise

Horseback riding at Kualoa Ranch
(Magnum P.I., Hawaii 5-0, Lost and Jurassic Park filmed here)

As for reading, I finished A Mother's Gift by Charlotte Hubbard.

I also finished Revision is a Process by Catherine E. McLean, which I reviewed here.

I started this book...

I'm currently reading...

As for items in my mailbox, I picked up this Kindle freebie while we were away...

What if the police suspect your best friend of murder?

There’s a body in the cathedral library, among the priceless books chained to the shelves, and it seems Libby Forest’s friend, Angela, could be the killer.

The last thing female sleuth Libby needs is another investigation into a mysterious sudden death. There’s enough on her plate already. The fast-growing cake and chocolate business takes all her time, her apprentice has problems, and even Bear, Libby’s beloved dog, is determined to create havoc.

She’d like to leave detection to the police, but when her friend becomes the prime suspect Libby once more takes on the role of amateur sleuth and finds herself entangled with the respectable ladies of the local Knitters' Guild, who plan to spring a surprise on the quiet cathedral city.

With a cast of indefatigable knitters, a lively Exham on Sea grapevine and a missing cat, the green fields, rolling hills, and sandy beaches of the West Country are a perfect setting for crime, intrigue and mystery, with a touch of mid-life romance.

If you love murder mysteries, cosy crime, dogs, craft and chocolate, you'll enjoy this instalment in the fun series of whodunnits set in a small English seaside town in Somerset, full of quirky charm and eccentric inhabitants, with a female protagonist torn between independence and a new, enticing career as a private investigator.

Download the story now to follow the trail and discover the killer.

When we arrived home, this book was waiting in my mailbox...

When Alice's dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family's old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an attempt to keep at least one part of her summer from changing, Alice focuses on her quest to swim freestyle fast enough to get on her swim team's record board. But summers contain multitudes, and soon Alice meets an odd new friend, Harriet, whose obsession with the school's science fair is equal only to her conviction that Alice's best stroke is backstroke, not freestyle. Most unexpected of all is an unusual babysitting charge, Piper, who is mute—until Alice hears her speak. A funny and honest middle-grade novel, this sharply observed depiction of family, friendship, and Alice's determination to prove herself—as a babysitter, as a friend, as a daughter, as a person—rings loud and true.

That's it for me this week. How about you? What was in your mailbox?


  1. Hi Cheryl,

    Hawaii certainly looks beautiful and although I am not one for sitting on the beach, I do love to walk on firm, damp sand. Any waterfall will also always grab my attention and demand to be visited, despite the fact that I can't swim and am inherently afraid of water! It looks as though you will have some memories to treasure for some time to come.

    As for you book selection - my favourite is definitely a no-brainer this time. Frances Evesham is a new to me author, but I like the sound of the 'Exham On Sea' murder stories and will be adding the entire series to my 'Want To Read' list, so thanks for bringing this one to my attention.

    Have a great reading week :)


    1. Hawaii is beautiful, but I am like you--beaches don't do much for me and I am petrified of water. Hope you get a chance to read Evesham's series.

      Thanks for visiting, Yvonne.

  2. Gorgeous photos...thanks for sharing.


    Enjoy your books and your week.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth. Murder at the Cathedral sounds like a great book. Hope you pick it up.

  3. Looks like you had a WONDERFUL time in Hawaii. I've never been and would love to go one day. I like organizational books too and HOT MESS looks good and funny.

  4. We definitely had a wonderful time, Laura. Three of the four of us got sick, but it was still fun. Hot Mess is on tour with Goddess Fish if you want to look into it.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Hawaii is on my bucket list. Someday! But I enjoyed seeing your pictures for sure.