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Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge -He's Dead Jim! - #1
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:19 AM ET
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1. HE'S DEAD, JIM! Read a mystery with either DEAD, DEATH, DIE or DYING in the title. (See how easy this is?)

 

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Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:32 PM ET
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I just had to say, I love the name of this category.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 9:15 PM ET
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Kat - Just becaue I'm a total Agatha Chistie freak - the title is Lord Edgware Dies.

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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 12:01 PM ET
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Oops sorry. Thats what I get for typing quickly. lol

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 6:04 PM ET
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bump...because we have one  that has been started!

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 7:37 AM ET
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I think that any of the M.C.Beaton "Hamish MacBeth" books would fit in this series.  That would be a very easy place for a person to start if she were still at a loss.  Then again, probably 37% of all mysteries written have death, death, die, or dying in the title. LOL!  Maybe next year we should look for books with the word "arugula" or "dustmop" in the title! ;)  (Sorry!  It's 5:30 on a Saturday morning and we're dropping our son for a Scouting trip in 20 minutes.  I'm a bit punchy!)

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 8:27 AM ET
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Maybe next year we should look for books with the word "arugula" or "dustmop" in the title! ;)

LOL LeeAnne, thanks for starting my day with a chuckle.

I've hardly been able to start on either of my challenges, Mystery & Classic Fiction.  Life, darn it, has reared its ugly head and some things that aren't "reading books" have had to be done!

However, I am back at it this week and hope to start posting complete dates soon.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 11:18 AM ET
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I finished Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn last night.  I liked it - it seems to be the start of an enjoyable series.  The murderer wasn't that hard to figure out, but the story was well written and the characters were believable and likable.  I'll probably be searching out more by this author.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:06 AM ET
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I read Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin,   I had seen this book and had it on my wish list I immediately picked it for the historical mystery challenge on the H/F forum and was glad I did.  Iiked this book on many levels and quickly got the others.

Subject: A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh
Date Posted: 2/2/2010 9:39 PM ET
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Just read A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh, for this category. It is the first Roderick Alleyn mystery (and my first by Ngaio Marsh) and I have to say I wasn't terribly impressed. . . everyone's motives seemed muddled, the Russian element was ridiculously over the top (more than any of Christie's so-called thrillers), and the reenactment of the crime baffled me (as in, I was baffled as to why on Earth they did it). So far I wouldn't put Marsh up there with Dame Christie and Ms. Sayers, but I plan on giving her another try.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 9:12 PM ET
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I'm reading Death of a Travelling Man by M.C. Beaton and it's really just what the doctor ordered.  It's been a wretched couple of weeks and an old fashioned village mystery is really just the perfect read right now.

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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 3:01 PM ET
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This was easy. One of my fav new writers (new to me) is Donna Leon. So, I read Dressed for Death. If her books would fit into all of the categories, I would use them. That misses the point of the challenge, right?

Mary

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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 3:07 PM ET
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Working my way through, Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die by Nancy Martin. Lots of fun so far!

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Whoops, this is the correct one!

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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 5:09 PM ET
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I read one of my favorite historical myster author's for this challenge, Barbara Hambly. The book was Die Upon a Kiss. Part of her Benjamin January series set in 1830 New Orleans. He is a freeman of color. Excellent series, gives you a great feel for the time, what New Orleans was like then and being a free man of color wasn't all that free. I high recommend the series, Start with Freeman of Color. This book was the 4 or 5th okay but not as good as teh others.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/29/2010 7:09 PM ET
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I finished Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett on Mar. 29th.

Date Posted: 6/17/2010 3:58 AM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 4:16 PM ET
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Just finished my umpteenth choice for this category. So glad that I finally settled on Angel of Death by P C Doherty. Hugh Corbett - clerk for King Edward 1 is assigned the dangerous task of discovering who was responsible for the death of Walter de Monfort. As he goes about his investigation, it becomes disturbingly evident that the main suspect appears to be the King himself. Lots of twists and turns and period detail, as usual.

Date Posted: 8/26/2010 9:04 AM ET
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Like Jeanne, I've read lots of books that meet this challege category, but I noticed I hadn't posted about the one I actually had chosen and did finish back in May--A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch, first in a historical series which I did enjoy quite a lot. At least enough to acquire the second book in the series. :)

Cheryl