Monday, July 13
The Madness of Mary Lincoln by Jason Emerson
The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the first examination of Mary Lincoln’s mental illness based on the lost letters, and the first new interpretation of the insanity case in twenty years. This compelling story of the purported insanity of one of America’s most tragic first ladies provides new and previously unpublished materials, including the psychiatric diagnosis of Mary’s mental illness and her lost will. This book reveals Abraham Lincoln’s understanding of his wife’s mental illness and the degree to which he helped keep her stable. It also traces Mary’s life after her husband’s assassination, including her severe depression and physical ailments, the harsh public criticism she endured, the Old Clothes Scandal, and the death of her son Tad.
I received this one from my wish list on PBS. I was really pleased when this one came up for my turn and I’m definitely looking forward to it!! I studied the Lincoln marriage in depth in college for a paper I wrote and I am interested in seeing what Emerson has to say about Mary Lincoln.
Wednesday, July 15
The Codex by Douglas Preston
“Greetings from the dead,” declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over a half a billion dollars’ worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing – along with his entire collection – from his mansion in New Mexico. As a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their inheritance, they must find their father’s carefully concealed tomb. The race is on, but among Broadbent’s treasures is an ancient Mayan codex that may hold a secret far more important than the wealth of riches among it, and Broadbent’s sons aren’t the only ones after it.
I received this one today from one of my MBS buddies, Diane, as a birthday book. I had had my eye on it over at PBS by having it on my WL, but didn’t really want to spend a credit on it and couldn’t find a boxer who would swap for it. So I was pleased to see that she had this book available and I’m anxious to reading it!
Don’t Tell by Karen Rose
It was a desperate plan. But Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death. Now all that remains of their former life is at the bottom of a lake. … Armed with a new identity in a new town, she and her son have found refuge hundreds of miles away. As Caroline Stewart, she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind nine years ago. She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with wounds of his own. But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace. Step by step, he’s closing in on her – and everything and everyone she loves.
This one came to me from another MBS buddy, Haji. She was a sweetheart and sent me three Karen Rose books from her shelf for my birthday.
Have You Seen Her? by Karen Rose
One by one, the girls disappear from their beds at night. Each one is pretty, with long dark hair. And each one is found brutally murdered. Special Agent Steven Thatcher has sworn to find the serial killer preying on this small town. As the investigation pulls him one way, his family pulls him in another. A widower haunted by loss, he now worries about his son Brad slipping away. But there’s a bright light in his life: his son’s teacher, Jenna Marshall, has reached out to help. She’s beautiful, kind, and considerate – and slowly, tentatively, she and Steven are starting to fall in love. But both have been hurt before – badly. And as the two try to find the courage to bare their souls, a murderer who has slain many looks for the real treasure he craves. He sets his trap. And waits. For Jenna….
This was the second of three books from Haji as explained above.
I’m Watching You by Karen Rose
Star prosecutor Kristen Mayhew has a dangerous secret admirer. He seems to know her every thought, her every move. He sends her letters. And he kills the criminals she herself is powerless to stop. This avenger even knows Kristen’s deepest secret – the one that has kept her from surrendering her heart to Abe Reagan, the police detective sworn to protect her. Like Kristen, Reagan is haunted by the loss of something precious that can never be regained. But in the shadow of a calculating serial killer, the two turn to each other and dare to rediscover passion … even as the messages and vicious murders continue. Even as the killer’s thirst for retribution makes Kristen a target for murder.
This was the third book from Haji. I’m really looking forward to trying out Karen Rose for the first time! All her books sound so good!!
The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva
When a terrorist bomb blows Flight 002 out of the sky off the east coast, there is only one chilling clue. A body found near the crash site bears the deadly calling card of an elusive, lethal assassin – three bullets to the face. Michael Osbourne of the CIA knows the markings. Personally. Propelled by an obsession that threatens to consume his career, his family, his life, Osbourne is not how on the assassin’s trail. But in a world of shadows and lies, intrigue and cover-up, the man with a mission puts himself and his loved ones in the sights of the most ruthless, diabolical assassins on earth….
I received this one from another fellow MBS buddy, Jud, for a birthday book. I enjoy spy type novels (even if they sometimes do take me a little longer to read) and am really looking forward to reading this one!!
Thursday, July 16
The Jury Master by Robert Dugoni
In a courtroom, defense attorney David Sloane is a master manipulator who can grab a jury and make it dance. He enjoys a wildly successful career limited only by his conscience – until he gets a phone call from a total stranger, Joe Branick, special assistant to the president of the United States. Just hours later Branick kills himself. And his death propels Sloane into a murderous whirlwind that will shatter lives from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. Yet Sloane needs to know more. About Branick. About others who are in as much danger as he is. And about the president and his men. But in the face of a secret that spans decades and governments, and puts billions of dollars at risk, there’s one thing David Sloane can’t possibly envision. This runaway conspiracy is all about him – and only he can stop it.
I received this one as part of a three book swap from PBS. I chose it because it sounds like something I would really enjoy! I hope it’s as good as I think it will be!
The Testament by Eric Van Lustbder
BRAVERMAN “BRAVO” SHAW always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies mysteriously does Bravo discover the enormity of his father’s hidden life as a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines. For more than eight hundred years, the Order has preserved an ancient cache of documents that could shake Christianity to its foundations. Another secret society, the Knights of St. Clement, will stop at nothing to obtain the treasure, and now Bravo must follow his father’s esoteric clues to find the hidden documents before the Knights. Bravo is now a target and a pawn in an ongoing war far larger and more deadly than any he could have imagined. His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a Guardian assigned to Bravo by the Order. But Bravo soon learns that he can trust no one where the Testament is concerned, perhaps not even Jenny …
This was the second in a three book swap from PBS. I’ve been really into reading and/or thinking about reading books about secret societies and Christianity. I honestly don’t know why. I guess it’s the adventure in them, but I hope that this one is a good one!!
The Straw Men by Michael Marshall
In Palmerston, Pennsylvania, two men in long coats walk calmly into a crowded fast-food restaurant – then, slowly and methodically, gun down sixty-eight people. They take time to reload. On the Promenade of Santa Monica, California, a teenage girl gives sightseeing tips to a distinguished English tourist. She won’t be going home tonight. In Dyersburg, Montana, a grief-stricken son tries to make sense of the accident that killed his parents – then finds a note stuffed in his father’s favorite chair. It reads, “We’re not dead.” Three seemingly unrelated events, these are the first signs of an unimaginable network of fear that will lead one unlikely hero to a chilling confrontation with The Straw Men. No one knows who they are – or why they kill. But they must be stopped.
I first saw this one on a MBS buddies available shelf; it turned out that she had mailed it out and forgotten to remove it. But I was so intrigued by this one that I had to find it! So this one is the last in the three book swap from PBS (and it’s the one I really wanted!) I hope that this one is as good as it sure sounds to me! I’m looking forward to getting to this one as quickly as I can
Friday, July 17
Paranoia by Joseph Finder
It was only a prank: diverting cash from Wyatt Telecom’s executive slush fund to throw a retirement bash for a member of the loading dock crew. But when corporate security catches up with Adam Cassidy, a low ambition junior staffer at the high-tech behemoth, they call it something else: embezzlement. Ruthless CEO Nick Wyatt is impressed by Adam’s scheming, and offers him one way out – take on the role of a rising corporate hotshot and infiltrate Wyatt’s rival, Trion Systems. His mission is to get close to Trion’s legendary founder Jock Goddard, and his ultra-secret “Project Aurora,” and report back to Wyatt. With Wyatt pulling the strings and a dramatically improved identity, Adam is set up as Trion’s new boy genius. Suddenly, he’s got a sweet new Porsche, a closet full of $1,500 suits, and even a sexy woman in his life. But it’s all just a mirage because Adam is about to learn that nothing is what it seems and that it isn’t paranoia … everyone is out to get him…
This one part of a two book swap from PBS. I’ve never read Joseph Finder before, but I have another one of his books on my shelf. This one however, sounds really interesting!
Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered by a hail of gunfire. A group of terrorists has descended on the executive mansion and gained access by means of a violent slaughter of dozens of people. Through the quick actions of the Secret Service, the president is evacuated to his underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. While politicians and military leaders argue over how to negotiate with the terrorists, one man is sent in to take control of the crisis. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought. Moving stealthily among the corridors and secret passageways of the White House, Rapp makes a chilling discovery that could rock Washington to its core: someone within his own government is maneuvering to make his rescue attempt fail.
Okay, so I’ve wanted to start this series for quite some time, I think I have the 6th and 7th book in the series on my shelf, acquiring them before realizing they were part of a series. So I’m really looking forward to starting with the first book (something I’m anal about) and this one sounds really good too!!