April 2017 Bookcase.club review

Bookcase.club is a monthly book subscription service. Each month you get two books in the genre of your choosing for $9.95 plus shipping. It's $13.95 including shipping here to TN.

If you recall, I used to get the Strange Worlds (sci/fi fantasy) and the Thrill Seekers (mystery) boxes. This month, I opted to just get the Thrill Seekers box. My TBR pile was getting out of control, and as I started this box back in January in order to expand my horizons, I've found that they're all 50/50 for me. I enjoy one book and I can't stand the other for one reason or another.

This is the Thrill Seeker's box for April:

As always, the box is lovely. It's not too big, and it has no excess packaging - which I truly appreciate. 

The two books included were White Plague by James Abel and The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons. I hadn't heard of either of these before. The Abel book is book 1 in a series - which is *very* appreciated. I can't tell you how obnoxious it is when boxes send book 2 or 3 or, in one case, book 42 in a series. The Simmons book is someone taking over the Sherlock Holmes characters and continuing the works. I'm less enthused about this one. I don't actually like Sherlock Holmes. 

Excerpts from Amazon:

White Plague:
In the remote waters of the Arctic Ocean, the technologically advanced submarine USS Montana is adrift and in flames. The mission that falls to Marine doctor and bioterror expert Joe Rush and his team: Rescue the crew of the Montana and keep the vessel out of enemy hands.

But the surviving crew are not alone on the submarine. A deadly plague from the past is trapped with them. And the crew of the Montana has unknowingly set it free.

The Fifth Heart:
In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus--his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. Holmes has faked his own death because, through his powers of ratiocination, the great detective has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character.

This leads to serious complications for James--for if his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that make him? And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power -- possibly named Moriarty -- that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows?

And as always, you get a bookmark that has more info on the books.

I'm really looking forward to reading the Abel book. Less so the Simmons book, but I will give it a shot anyway, because that's the whole reason I subscribed to this box. I have put my subscription on hold for next month because my TBR pile is crazy large right now, but this is one that I will resume for June. You can't beat the value and the books sent definitely allow me to step out of my comfort zone. I've picked up a lot of new authors as a result of the boxes this company offers - which is the primary reason my TBR pile has gotten crazy. I highly recommend this box and this company!