Saturday, October 16, 2010

On My Wishlist (9)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where we list all the books we want to read but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

The Witches' Kitchen by Allen Williams
Recommended by Imagination in Focus

I like fairy tales, and this one sounds like fun.

Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories she sets out on a journey to the oracle, and along the way picks up a rag-tag team of friends: an iron-handed imp, a carnivorous fairy, and a few friendly locals.

But the Kitchen won't make it easy. It is pitch black, infinite, and impossible to navigate, a living maze. Hiding in dark corners are beastly, starving things. Worse yet are the Witches themselves, who have sent a procession of horrific, deadly monsters on her trail. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find herself yet-and with that knowledge, the power to defeat the mighty Witches. (Amazon)

Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
Book 2 of the Izzy Spellman series.

The Spellman Files is one of the best books I've read this year, so I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the second book in the series.

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good -- even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

When the (displeased) management refuses to bail Izzy out, it is Morty, Izzy's octogenarian lawyer, who comes to her rescue. But before he can build a defense, he has to know the facts. Over weak coffee and diner sandwiches, Izzy unveils the whole truth and nothing but the truth -- as only she, a thirty-year-old licensed professional, can.

When not compiling Suspicious Behavior Reports on all her family members, staking out her neighbor, or trying to keep her sister, Rae, from stalking her "best friend," Inspector Henry Stone, Izzy has been busy attempting to apprehend the copycat vandal whose attacks on Mrs. Chandler's holiday lawn tableaux perfectly and eerily match a series of crimes from 1991­-92, when Izzy and her best friend, Petra, happened to be at their most rebellious and delinquent. As Curse of the Spellmans unfolds, it's clear that Morty may be on retainer, but Izzy is still very much on the, cases -- her own and that of every other Spellman family member.

(Re)meet the Spellmans, a family in which eavesdropping is a mandatory skill, locks are meant to be picked, past missteps are never forgotten, and blackmail is the preferred form of negotiation -- all in the name of unconditional love. (Goodreads)

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
Recommended by The Drowning Machine

I love Christmas, I love mysteries and I love bookshops - this book is definitely on my Christmas wishlist.

Each year, for the past seventeen years, Otto Penzler, owner of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, has commissioned an original story by a leading mystery writer. The requirements were that it be a mystery/ crime/suspense story, that it be set during the Christmas season, and that at least some of the action must take place in The Mysterious Bookshop. These stories were then produced as pamphlets, 1,000 copies, and given to customers of the bookstore as a Christmas present.Now, all of these stories have been collected in one volume—Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop. Some of the tales are humorous, others suspenseful, and still others mystifying. This charming one-of-a-kind collection is a perfect Christmas gift, appropriate for all ages and tastes.Contributors include: Charles Ardai, Lisa Atkinson, George Baxt, Lawrence Block, Mary Higgins Clark, Thomas H. Cook, Ron Goulart, Jeremiah Healy, Edward D. Hoch, Rupert Holmes, Andrew Klavan, Michael Malone, Ed McBain, Anne Perry, S. J. Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Donald E. Westlake. (Goodreads)

Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

This is the sequel to Mrs. Miracle, a cute Christmas story which I read a couple of years ago and really liked.

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley's, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner's son.
For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly's widowed brother is in the army and won't be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley's, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to afford it…
Fortunately, it's Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others—and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking!

This Christmas will be different. For all of them. (Amazon)

What are you wishing for this week?


jackie b central texas said...

"The Witches Kitchen" and "Christmas At The Mysterious Bookshop" have both made it to my own wishing to read list now, thanks for the heads up on two new books and authors to me Hilde! Hope you get all your picks to read soon!

I am in the mood for some holiday hotties this week

jackie >_<

Book Chick City said...

Loving ALL the books on your wishlist!! The Witches Kitchen sounds great! :)

Miss Page-Turner said...

Oh already some holiday themed ones on the wishlist! One can not wish early enough for them:)

Mel said...

The Spellmans are one of my favourite series - they're such a great family of characters! Hope you get it soon!

The Witches Kitchen sounds really good - might make it onto my own wish list! :)

pussreboots said...

The Witches' Kitchen sounds interesting. I will add it to my wishlist. Here's what I'm wishing for this week.

Hilde said...

Jackie - You're most welcome! My wishlist has grown to an unhealthy length because of this meme (but that's what's so great about it).

BCC - See above. ;)

Miss Page-Turner - Very true! I keep thinking Christmas is still far away, but suddenly it isn't. Happens every year!

Mel - The Spellmans are a great family. Crazy, but lovable. Can't wait to see what they're up to next.

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