Mailbox Monday

Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: Mailbox Mondays can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!!

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but for the month of December MM is on tour and hosted by Rose City Reader.  Yours truly will be the MM host for April!

Happy Monday everyone!  This past week was a pretty good one especially because Atlanta has finally thawed and the mail was running again!  I was sent a few for review and picked up a used Jean Plaidy book from Amazon.

by C.W. Gortner

Release Date:  February 1, 2011


Summer 1553: A time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, he finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the King's brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil--who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past. A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth's quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With Elizabeth's lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, THE TUDOR SECRET is the first book in the Elizabeth's Spymaster series.

by Kate Pullinger

Publication Date:  January 4, 2011


The American debut of an award-winning novel about a lady’s maid’s awakening as she journeys from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted far reaches of Egypt’s Nile Valley.
When Lady Duff Gordon, paragon of London society, departs for the hot, dry climate of Egypt to seek relief from her debilitating tuberculosis, her lady’s maid, Sally, doesn’t hesitate to leave the only world she has known in order to remain at her mistress’s side. As Sally gets farther and farther from home, she experiences freedoms she has never known—forgoing corsets and wearing native dress, learning Arabic, and having her first taste of romance. 

But freedom is a luxury that a lady’s maid can ill afford, and when Sally’s newfound passion for life causes her to forget what she is entitled to, she is brutally reminded she is mistress of nothing. Ultimately she must choose her master and a way back home—or a way to an unknown future. 

Based on the real lives of Lady Duff Gordon and her maid, The Mistress of Nothing is a lush, erotic, and compelling story about the power of race, class, and love. 

by Chris Skidmore

Publication Date:  January 18, 2011


On the morning of September 8, 1560, at the isolated manor of Cunmor place, the body of a young woman was found at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. But this was no ordinary death. Amy Robsart was the wife of Elizabeth I’s great favorite, Robert Dudley, the man who many believed she would marry, were he free. Immediately people suspected foul play and Elizabeth’s own reputation was in danger of serious damage. Many felt she might even lose her throne. An inquest was begun, witnesses called, and ultimately a verdict of death by accident was reached. But the mystery refused to die and cast a long shadow over Elizabeth’s reign. 

Using recently discovered forensic evidence from the original investigation, Skidmore is able to put an end to centuries of speculation as to the true causes of Robsart’s death. This is the story of a treacherous period in Elizabeth’s life: a tale of love, death, and tragedy, exploring the dramatic early life of England’s Virgin Queen.

The Queen of Diamonds
by Jean Plaidy

Original Publication Date:  1958


The affair of the Diamond Necklace shook the throne of France and, some say, precipitated the French Revolution and so helped to bring Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to the guillotine. But why did these fantastic and ultimately sensational events fail so neatly into place? Why should a prince of the Royal House of France become so credulous and without question play the almost incredible part prepared for him? Why was an ambitious and predatory woman allowed to steal that famous piece of jewellery that represented a fortune? Who were the secret instigators of the plot? 

In this novel Jean Plaidy offers one solution to an historical mystery, the motives behind which have long puzzled students and amateur detectives of history.

So, that's my mailbox...what goodies came your way?



  1. The Mistress of Nothing looks marvelous!

  2. Definitely a good week for you bookwise :)
    Hope Atlanta stays thawed, we are way below freezing this morning :(

  3. All of those look fantastic. Queen of Diamonds is one of the few Plaidy books I don't have yet. Happy reading!

  4. Oooh, a whole book dedicated to the mysterious death of poor Amy! I must add it to my TBR!

    As for myself I finally got my books from amazon which I ordered a while back (but I live in Norway, so I did expect it to take some time). Signora Da Vinci, I, Mona Lisa, Secrets of the Tudor Court: The Pleasure Palace, Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor, The Queen's Mistake and The Queen's Dollmaker which I am currently reading and enjoying to its fullest! I also got A Royal Likeness which I won here on your blog, and I will read it as soon as I am done with Mrs. Trent's debut book. So thank you both so much for the giveaway^^

  5. The Mistress of Nothing was rather good. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Visiting your blog always makes me add to my every growing wish list :)


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