Check out this month’s BookCase Club loot! For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, BookCase Club is a magical subscription box where, for only $10 a month, you get two books delivered right to your door.
There are six different genres or themes that you get to pick from, (Booking for Love, Thrill Seeker, Strange Worlds, Teenage Dreams, etc.) but the specific books chosen each month are a surprise and hand-picked each month by the BookCase Club experts.
This month’s picks are The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns, and Cop Town by Karin Slaughter. Both books have bright, captivating colors and are smooth and crisp hardbacks. (I often prefer softcovers for their portability, but there is something weighty and important about hardcovers!)
Thrill Seeker: The Burn Palace
I was most eager to crack this one open because, unlike most people, I like snakes and think they’re cute (I know, I know… but there are the good ones and the bad ones). I was also drawn to the cryptic title on this one…it will be interesting to see what it means…
The novel takes place in a small, normal town. Gossip runs rampant, everybody knows everybody, things are pretty quiet, generally. That is, until someone’s baby gets stolen from a hospital and replaced with a snake, and violent acts begin to occur with increasing frequency around town.
It’s up to Detective Woody Potter and the local police to discover what’s going on–no matter how much paranoia, fear, or danger is involved. Stephen Dobyns is praised for injecting a sardonic and darkly humorous wit into the novel, and I, for one, am excited to read it.
Next Up: Cop Town
Plot: Two women cops in 1970’s Atlanta. Need I say more? (I will, but do I need to?)
Kate Murphy and Maggie Lawson are two women struggling to be cops in a town and a time when sexism, racism, and prejudice is heavier than the Georgia humidity, and “policewoman” wasn’t really a word in the dictionary yet.
All the same, Kate and Maggie are fierce and determined to make it on the force, even when a colleague is murdered and their lives become ever more entrenched in violence and risk. Karin Slaughter is known to be an author whose character portrayals are rich and powerful. However, the violence and gore might also get powerful in this one, so readers be cautioned.
Thanks again to BookCase Club for the opportunity to read their books! All you book nerds out there need to check them out! You can use code GEEK2016 to get 20% off BookCase Club’s six and twelve month subscriptions. It’s a great deal and you can’t beat having a book expert pick your books out for you. They’ve even launched two new quarterly themes. They now send out Cooking and Military History every three months, which would make an excellent gift. Happy reading, everyone!