Hello readers! For this week’s blog post, I am super excited to bring you an unboxing of this month’s My Chronicles Book Box. If you haven’t heard of this book box, it is a British based book box available as part of a subscription or as a one off purchase. They come in various categories, including ‘Crime and Mystery’ and ‘Science Fiction and Fantasy’ as well as one off boxes themed to particular books or book series. I of course, chose the Crime and Mystery box…I am a crime fiction writer after all.
First of all, can I just say how stunning the packaging and wrapping for this book box are. Upon opening the box, I discovered a beautiful envelope addressed to myself at my favourite reading nook, sealed with a Chronicles book box wax seal. Inside, was a letter explaining the contents, along with a ‘newspaper’ style article with an interview from each author featured. Each book was beautifully wrapped in it’s own brightly coloured paper tied up with string, which meant that it was like a present within a present! The whole thing felt very luxurious and special. I really appreciated the attention to detail, so I wanted to note that before getting into the box’s contents.
Ok, now for the all important contents and the best part about that? This box contains not one, not two, but THREE books! Two of which are hardbacks, and two of which are signed! As a book worm and book hoarder, I cannot describe how happy I felt to unwrap three new books. The three books inside the box are:
‘A Different Kind of Evil’ by Andrew Wilson: In January 1927 – and still recovering from the harrowing circumstances surrounding her disappearance a month earlier – Agatha Christie sets sail on an ocean liner bound for the Canary Islands.
She has been sent there by the British Secret Intelligence Service to investigate the death of one of its agents, whose partly mummified body has been found in a cave.
Early one morning, on the passage to Tenerife, Agatha witnesses a woman throw herself from the ship into the sea. At first, nobody connects the murder of the young man on Tenerife with the suicide of a mentally unstable heiress. Yet, soon after she checks into the glamorous Taoro Hotel situated in the lush Orotava Valley, Agatha uncovers a series of dark secrets.
The famous writer has to use her novelist’s talent for plotting to outwit an enemy who possesses a very different kind of evil.
I am particularly excited by this one as a massive Agatha Christie fan, so this will be promptly moving to the top of my to be read pile. And can I just say, I love this cover. This book came with a signed plate from the author, and as you know, us book worms love nothing more than a signed book.
‘A Shot in the Dark’ by Lynne Truss: After the notorious ‘Middle Street Massacre’ of 1951, when the majority of Brighton’s criminals wiped one another out in a vicious battle as the local police force enjoyed a brief stop en route for an ice cream, Inspector Steine rather enjoys life as a policeman. No criminals, no crime, no stress. He just wishes Sergeant Brunswick would stop insisting that perhaps not every criminal was wiped out that fateful day.
So it’s really rather annoying when an ambitious – not to mention irritating – new Constable shows up to work and starts investigating a series of burglaries. And it’s even more annoying when, after Constable Twitten is despatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic who is promptly shot dead part way through the opening night of a new play.
It seems Brighton may be in need of a police force after all…
This is the first in a new crime series and is a more light hearted take on a crime novel. The reviews I have read say it has a great sense of humour, so looking forward to reading this one.
Finally, ‘The Dead Ex’ by Jane Corry: Vicki’s husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.
What really happened on the night of David’s disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?
This wouldn’t normally be the kind of book I would reach for, but it sounds interesting and I like the premise a lot. This book is signed as well, which makes my inner book worm very happy!
Along with these three books, I also received some bookish goodies. First of, an amazing print inspired by the famous Hercule Poirot, designed by Teddy from TeddyandGoo. I already mentioned how much I love Agatha Christie, so this print is 100% going up on the wall of my office. Next, we have a set of story teller pencils by UStudio design. They feature such well used literary phrases as ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘It was a day just like any other.’ I really like these, and plan on using them to write with. Hopefully they bring me some inspiration. Next, we have a gorgeous pin brooch inspired by the ultimate detective Sherlock Holmes, designed by Bonita at Nabu online. The brook features a tiny silver scarf, violin, spy glass and of course his trade mark pipe, and will be adorning my jacket shortly. Finally, there is a ‘Discovery of Witches’ print, designed by Beth from Eyes of a Fangirl exclusively for My Chronicles Book Box. This print is a teaser for a book box themed around the ‘A Discovery of Witches’ series by Deb Harkness, available to order soon.
All in all, a really great box, packed to the gills with crime fiction goodies. I have to recommend to highly and plan on ordering myself one in the future.