Mystery Guild Subscription Box Review & Coupon – April 2016

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Mystery Guild is a monthly mystery book club from Book of the Month (see all our Book of the Month club reviews)! Now when you sign up you’ll get your first book for $1, just use this link! Shipping is $4.99.

This subscription saves on the packaging as it comes in a generic brown box. No bells and whistles, just books!

Here’s how this subscription works:

On the 1st of each month, members receive a Featured Selections email highlighting the best new crime fiction. Members can choose a Featured Selection book and add a second book for only $9.99 and a third book for only $8.99. Books are available in hard cover, soft cover and eBook formats. There are no commitments, no automatic book shipments, members can cancel at any time and shipping is always free with 2 or more books.

Every month you’ll get charged with a member credit (like Fabletics) unless you skip by the tenth. Then you can spend your credits on whatever you’d like.  Your minimum monthly cost will be $14.99 + $4.99 shipping, although you can skip on the shipping and just get two books at once.

Here’s my receipt from my first box! If this wasn’t my first month my total cost would have been $24.98.


Robert Bloch’s Psycho: Sanitarium by Chet Williamson ($17.43)

“Horror author Chet Williamson ably succeeds in the tough task of creating a sequel to Robert Bloch’s masterpiece, Psycho; a prequel to the less effective Psycho II; and a solid story in its own right…The novel shines. Whenever Norman gets the spotlight, the novel feels like a lost Bloch work.” ―Publishers Weekly

The original Psycho novel by Robert Bloch was published in 1959 and became an instant hit, leading to the smash movie only a year later, which brought Norman Bates’s terrifying story into the public consciousness, where it still remains (proven by the success of the tv series, Bates Motel). It took Bloch 23 years to write another Psycho novel, revealing that Norman had been in a mental institution the entire time. In that sequel, Norman quickly escapes the sanitarium and goes on a killing spree in Hollywood.

But what happened in that asylum during those two decades? Until now, no one has known.

It’s 1960. Norman Bates is in the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and it’s up to Dr. Felix Reed to bring him out of his catatonic state.

But Norman and Dr. Reed have obstacles in twisted fellow patients and staff members who think of the institution as a prison rather than a place of healing. And the greatest obstacle is the building itself, once a private sanitarium, rumored to be haunted. A wild card appears in the persona of Robert Newman, Norman’s twin brother, taken away at birth after the attending doctor pronounced him brain damaged. As Robert and Norman grow to know each other, Norman senses a darkness in Robert, even deeper than that which has lurked in Norman himself.

Soon, murders begin to occur and a shocking chain of events plunge us even deeper into the deranged madness inside the walls of Psycho: Sanitarium.


I had no clue this was a continuation of another author’s series, I was just grabbed by the word sanitarium. As a lover of thrillers and mysteries I find that mental wards are still one of the scariest backgrounds for movies and books. Fortunately for me this means I have to read the original inspiration and the continuing story.


Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear ($18.10)

Working with the British Secret Service on an undercover mission, Maisie Dobbs is sent to Hitler’s Germany in this thrilling tale of danger and intrigue—the twelfth novel in Jacqueline Winspear’s New York Times bestselling “series that seems to get better with each entry” (Wall Street Journal).

It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England. On a fine yet chilly morning, as she walks towards Fitzroy Square—a place of many memories—she is intercepted by Brian Huntley and Robert MacFarlane of the Secret Service. The German government has agreed to release a British subject from prison, but only if he is handed over to a family member. Because the man’s wife is bedridden and his daughter has been killed in an accident, the Secret Service wants Maisie—who bears a striking resemblance to the daughter—to retrieve the man from Dachau, on the outskirts of Munich.

The British government is not alone in its interest in Maisie’s travel plans. Her nemesis—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s death—has learned of her journey, and is also desperate for her help.

Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, Maisie encounters unexpected dangers—and finds herself questioning whether it’s time to return to the work she loved. But the Secret Service may have other ideas. . . .


I am fascinated with WWII – add a strong woman main character and I am in. I’m ridiculously excited to read this book.

The number one high point is that both books are hard cover, there is nothing better than hearing the binding bend for the first time. I also am overjoyed that these are newly published and in my hands. I’m not normally in the habit of buying books fresh off the presses so to speak and for once I’ll be up to date on the New York Times Book Review.

Visit Mystery Guild to subscribe or find out more!  Get your first book for $1 (+ $4.99 shipping) – just use this link to sign up!

The Subscription: Mystery Guild
The Description: With the Mystery Guild book club, the thrills never end! Mystery Guild is the source for the best new mystery, thriller and suspense fiction. On the 1st of each month, members receive a Featured Selections email highlighting the best new crime fiction. Members can choose a Featured Selection book and add a second book for only $9.99 and a third book for only $8.99. Books are available in hard cover, soft cover and eBook formats.
The Price: $19.98 per month
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