Monday, March 01, 2010

Mailbox Monday

I'm back from Singapore! And look at the books I brought back with me, perfect for this week's Mailbox Monday. The meme is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Here's more about my loot:

From Melody of Melody's Reading Corner: Thank you, Melody, for giving me these wonderful books during our meet-up in Singapore! It's really great to meet you (mystery solved! LOL) and Violet. I had so much fun chatting with both of you and I'm missing you already...

Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann: Photographer Clint McCade was a rugged free spirit with the perfect life, until he realized something vital is missing--Sandy Kirk. Since grade school, Sandy had been Clint's best friend and closest confidante. She was smart, beautiful, shy--and clueless about her power over men. But when Clint finally seeks her out to declare his love, he finds she's fallen for another man.

Sandy knew she was a lot of things to Clint--except what she'd always longed to be: the woman he loved. So it comes as no surprise when he encourages her pursuit of another, even offering to coach her in the art of seduction. But soon the friends find themselves engaged in a series of crossed signals, mixed messages, and unbearably titillating close encounters that prove only one thing: body language.

A Lost Wife's Tale
by Marion McGilvary: Edith Lutz doesn't want to be found. She's vanished in a flurry of hastily packed bags and with a new look, name and job as live-in housekeeper to divorced publisher Adam, she's hoping to evade her past and build a new life. Again. But she soon becomes more than just the woman who does the dishes. Over summer evenings with Adam, Edith experiences love for the first time, while her boss knows nothing of the real woman he's falling for. Haunted by an impossible choice she faced in her youth, Edith's been running ever since. With Adam she's found a reason to stop. But will her past let her?

Little Monsters
by Charles Lambert: When I was thirteen, my father killed my mother...How do you recover from something like that? Carol never quite does. Sent to live with her aunt who barely tolerates her presence, life would be unbearable were it not for Uncle Joey. Years later, he's also the man with whom she builds a home and a future--but when Carol helps to rescue a young refugee from the sea, all that threatens to unravel, just as surely as it did when she was thirteen.

From Mr and Mrs Anon: This lovely couple not only offered their place during my stay in Singapore, but also gave me a book when I left to return home today. They gave me The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly. Connelly is one of my favorite authors. Thank you both!

There's a story behind why this book is given to me. This is what Mr Anon said: I chose this book because of the cover. It has the silhouette of a crow, BUT, if you add red eyes (bright red eyes) to the crow, then you'll get a KOEL. This koel (Asian Koel) bird has been waking me up daily at 5.30 a.m. sharp every single day!!! For months!!!

Once a hotshot in the newsroom, crime reporter Jack McEvoy is now about to be laid off at the Los Angeles Times. Deciding to use his final work days to write the definitive murder story of his career, he focuses on Alonzo Winslow, an imprisoned sixteen-year-old drug dealer who confessed to the murder of a young woman found strangled in the trunk of her car. But as Jack delves into the story, he realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

When Jack connects the L.A. trunk killing to an earlier murder in Las Vegas, he is on the biggest story he's had since the Poet crossed his path years before. But Jack doesn't know that his investigation has set off a digital trip wire. The killer now knows Jack is coming...and he's ready.

Bought at MPH Raffles City, Singapore:
After the first day of Asian Financial Services Congress (AFSC) at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Mr Anon came to meet with me at Raffles City and he found out that MPH bookstore was having a sale with discounts of up to 90%, so of course I ended up being there! Here are the books I got for myself but I only bought three due to luggage limitation:

  1. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
  2. Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield
  3. Stealing Your Life by Frank Q. Abagnale
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Bought at Times Newslink @ T1 Transit East, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1: After checking in at the airport last night, I went shopping in the transit area and as if on auto-pilot, I landed in a bookshop. I came out with two books and two magazines, and parked myself at Starbucks, which is just opposite the bookshop. Both the outlets are just opposite Gate D41 where I was supposed to board for my flight home--how very convenient!

  1. Scattershot: My Bipolar Family by David Lovelace
  2. The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks
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