I was very excited to receive my first ever book box this week from My Chronicle Book Box. I’d seen a few different book boxes but none of them really appealed to me, so when I saw a few months ago that fellow blogger, Louise, was creating book boxes and that you could either pick a crime and mystery box or a science fiction and fantasy box, I had to sign up. My selection was crime and mystery.
I am so pleased with my box – as a prolific reader, especially of advanced reading copies, I was worried that I would either already have or would have already read the chosen books. But guess what… I don’t own any of them and I haven’t read any either! The books were:
‘Did You See Melody?’ by Sophie Hannah – Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl.
A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.
Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?
‘Death In The Stars’ by Frances Brody – Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive.
During the eclipse, Selina’s friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can’t help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths – and whether there is a murderer in the company.
When Selina’s elusive husband Jarrod, injured in the war and subject to violent mood swings, comes back on the scene, Kate begins to imagine something far deadlier at play, and wonders just who will be next to pay the ultimate price for fame . . .
‘Strange Sight’ by Syd Moore – The La Fleur restaurant has a slew of unusual phenomena. Bonnet-clad apparitions pass through walls, blood leaks from ceilings and rats besiege the dining room. Experts from the Great Essex Witch Museum are called in to quell these strange sights. But before Rosie Strange and Sam Stone can do their thing events turn darker. For La Fleur’s chef has been strung up and slaughtered like a pig. More oddly, the only witness, the owner’s daughter Mary, swears blind a ghost did it.
Rosie and Sam must find out what’s happening before Mary takes the fall. But intuitions and tip-offs lead them stumbling into the dark waters of the past, exposing secrets of a wider conspiracy, as well as secrets all Rosie’s own. With strange chills Rosie and Sam learn that seeing isn’t always believing, while thoughts of truth may be just as illusory.
I’m looking forward to reading all of these! The box also contained a letter from Frances Brody and a signed book plate. And exclusive ‘Did You See Melody?’ content from Sophie Hannah.
So what else was in my box of delights – a gorgeous print from Miss Bohemia. It suits me perfectly and I adore it.
An organic, soy based scented candle – my box contained a mimosa and mandarin candle. It smells divine and will be accompanying my reading.
A cute bookish pocket mirror designed by JenThePieceMaker. It’s perfect to slip into pockets or bags and is small enough to not take away any essential book space in your bag!
And a bag of the most gorgeous smelling Under Milk Wood coffee from Dark Woods Coffee.
I loved Louise’s attention to detail with these boxes. The books were beautifully wrapped with cute My Chronicle Book Box stickers. There was a letter from Louise too that was in an envelope sealed with a wax My Chronicle Book Box stamp. A lot of care and thought has gone into these boxes.
I loved opening this box of treats and I cannot recommend it enough. If you fancy signing up and receiving a bookish box of treats every four months then head on over to the website https://mychroniclebookbox.com I also have an exclusive code that will give you a sneaky discount EBC10-9KY5IL.
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