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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge - ARE WE RELATED? - #5
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:30 AM ET
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 ARE WE RELATED? Read a mystery where either the author OR the main character shares either your first, last or (where applicable) maiden name.

A discussion of books and authors for this challenge will be conducted in this topic.

 

JM D. -
Subject: Jeannette/Nettie
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 11:43 AM ET
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I'm starting a list here for myself and anyone else who needs it. ~JM (Jeannette Marie/ "Nettie")

Po Boy: A Nettie Dunbar Mystery (WL)

Series:
Mars Bahr (protagonist's partner is named Jeanette "Nettie" Frisch)
Chocoholic Mysteries (Aunt Nettie), but I'm using one for my "CH" book

Subject: Kendras?
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 1:02 PM ET
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This one is going to be tough for me, so if anyone has any suggestions. . . I know there is nobody out there with my last name, as it's been changed several times in the last century to Americanize it and thus the only people in the world with the name are related to me. :)

 

Unfortunately, my first name isn't common either. . . a preliminary search didn't turn anything up, so I will bow to all of your vaster knowledge bases. Have any of you encountered a mystery author named Kendra? The only ones I found here on PBS were a Christian Inspiration author and a parenting books author. . . though I did find two series featuring a protagonist named Kendra. . .



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Date Posted: 12/4/2009 1:48 PM ET
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Kendra, how about ' Nothing to Fear but Ferrets' by Linda O. Johnston or any of the books in her series? The main character is Kendra Ballantyne.

Caviglia, I know that you don't really want cozies but Carolyn Haines books are mainly known for her woman sleuth. There always Carolyn Hart.



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Date Posted: 12/4/2009 1:50 PM ET
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I looked at Wikipedia and there wasn't a lot. 

Unless you read a Buffy novelization, I think we may have to come up with an alternative challenge for those with unusual names.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 2:48 PM ET
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Cheryl,

For those with unusual names how about using a parent grandparent  or sibling name?

Alice

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 6:09 PM ET
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Well, this is supposed to be a challenge, folks! And you have a whole year to complete it....you don't have to have your planned list complete right away. Hhow about we first try to do it as posted. If you have an unusual first or last name, post it here so the rest of us can keep an eye out. Remember that it doesn't have to be the author's name--it can be the lead character's name, too. I think if we put our collective heads together we should be able to help most of you! (As long as none of you are Dweezil or Moon Unit Zappa anyway!! LOL)

For those we absolutely can't find anything, then we will look at alternatives. Sound ok to you guys?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 1:12 PM ET
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Can we use our middle name?

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 4:44 PM ET
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bump because I haven't got an answer yet!  :)

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/16/2009 4:57 PM ET
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Joy,

I don't know what Cheryl will say about middle names but there is an author Joy Fielding who writes mysteries.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 5:53 PM ET
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Joy, do you routinely go by your middle name? If so, then yes, it's okay. But if no one but your mother ever uses your middle name when she's mad at you, then no....at least, not until all other possibilities have been exhausted. LOL

Looks like Joy Fielding has written a lot of different books to choose from...otherwise, what about your last name? I have a little notebook by my computer with 'names to be on the lookout for' and I'll add Joy to it when I get home. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 11:09 PM ET
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Carolyn - Carolyn Keene, Carolyn (Blue?) is the character in a cozy/culinary series (mental block), Carolyn Wall's Sweeping Up Glass is new and has had some decent press although it doesn't appeal to me personally, Amanda Cross was actually Carolyn Heilbrun (taught English at a respected university - can'r remember which one and didn't want people to know she was a mystery writer) and her Kate Fansler series is set in academia and sort of interesting..or certainly tolerable for one book,  Carolyn Wheat wrote some Cass Jameson mysteries, if I recall correctly, they had something to do with law.

Kendra - Kendra Clayton is a character in an Angela Hendry mystery.

Joy - Karen Joy Fowler wrote Wit's End...it's sort of a mystery.

 

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 11:24 PM ET
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The Sara Booth Delany series by Carolyn Haines is one of my favorites.

I've read a couple of Joy Fielding's books and liked them.  The two I can think of are Mad River Road and Grand Avenue.

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 9:37 AM ET
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Kendras?

Why do I remember this book and don't remember to get milk on the way home from work? Anyway, Kendras...

"Sketch artist Kendra Smith, the heroine of Mariah Stewart's Until Dark..."

Debbie

Date Posted: 12/18/2009 4:19 PM ET
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Thanks for the clarification!  My last name is not any help either.  The only author I know with my last name is Emeril.  The mystery there would be what would happen if I tried to make some of his recipes!  :)  I'll figure something out.  I think I actually may have a Joy Fielding title on my bookshelf somewhere.

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Got a response! Thanks!



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Well, I just finished my book for this category--The Eye of Jade, by Diane Wei Liang.  The premise sounded good--female PI in Beijing, asked to trace a valuable antiquity being traded on the black market.  The actual book--not so good.  Very awkwardly written--the author was born in China, so English is obviously her second language--I felt like I was reading a bad translation, not just occasionally, but on every single page!  The actual plot may have been interesting in a short story, but dragged out to book length it wasnt very substantial.  If I was particularly interested in details of modern life in a big city in China (pretty bleak) that aspect might have made the book worth reading, but I'm not.  So, all in all, definitely not a book I would have kept reading if it wasn't for the challenge.  I'm glad I got it out of the way first!

Subject: Kendras
Date Posted: 1/12/2010 12:27 AM ET
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Thanks for the Kendra suggestions. . . alas, neither of them is really up my alley, but I know with my name I'm going to have slim pickings. . . and of course those pickings are made slimmer by the fact that I usually only read Golden Age authors. . . I think I'll leave that one for last, in the hopes that something else will come up.


Please, if you all think of anything else, let me know! :)

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 11:07 PM ET
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Any Michele suggestions?  Like Kendra, I very much prefer Golden Age mysteries (Kendra, I'll keep my eye out for you!).   I suppose I should be flexible and try some new authors...

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 8:06 AM ET
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Michele what is you last name?

Alice

Date Posted: 1/13/2010 10:13 AM ET
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I am also finding it difficult.  My last name is now where to be found,  but there are a few authors with my first name,  and I think I found one mystery series where a character has my first name.  Now I have to track them down........and hopefully will like at least one of them enough to finish.

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Okay, I might change my mind on this one.  I have a book by Leanne Sweeney on my "official" list but I just came across a series of books by an author whose first name is the same as my last name.  As far as I can tell, this is acceptable!  The books is a historical mystery set in 17th century Japan, I believe.  We'll see if I can get through the first 20 pages or so.

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Subject: Sounds Crazy, BUT
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 3:25 PM ET
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This is going to sound crazy/too simple, but I do not know of a book with author or main character with name Mary.

I found Bloody Mary the Jack Daniels series, by J A Konrath

Thanks,

Mary



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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 3:35 PM ET
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author Mary Roberts Rinehart? maybe she's cozy...
Mary Jane Clark
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith



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Mary Higgins Clark - Well-loved mystery writer. I've not tried any of her books yet, though I have a couple on TBR. People have told me that since I enjoy Sue Grafton and Elizabeth George that I would like her.



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