Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
This past week I received the following Advance reviews copies from the publishers via NetGalley:
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street
By Susan Jane Gilman
Grand Central Publishing
Pub Date Jun 10 2014
In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled
by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets
for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side
of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street.
in by a tough-loving Italian ices peddler, she manages to survive
through cunning and inventiveness. As she learns the secrets of his
trade, she begins to shape her own destiny. She falls in love with a
gorgeous, illiterate radical named Albert, and they set off across
America in an ice cream truck. Slowly, she transforms herself into
Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen" -- doyenne of an empire of ice
cream franchises and a celebrated television personality.
rise to fame and fortune spans seventy years and is inextricably linked
to the course of American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco
days of Studio 54. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical
motherly persona she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving,
profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a
good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake.
Mission to Murder
Pub Date Jul 31 2014
In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions, until it becomes deadly.
Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the
old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy
of being declared a landmark. But Craig Thomas, the obnoxious owner of
South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his
business to contest her claim. When Thomas is found murdered at The
Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective
boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the
real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her,
she'll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation.