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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge - HOME SWEET HOME - #3
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:25 AM ET
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 HOME SWEET HOME Read a mystery that takes place as close as possible to where you live--same town or city or general area would be great, but at least in the same state.

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

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/6/2009 9:54 AM ET
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I could use some recommendations for this one...I need somewhere in Upstate NY or maybe Vermont.  I am sure there are plenty in NYC, but I don't want to settle for that far away. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 10:10 AM ET
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This link from Stop You're Killing Me gives books located in Vermont

There is a location link on the left for any other parts of the world

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/6/2009 10:55 AM ET
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Thanks for the link!  I am glad I waded through the host of NYC mysteries, because I found two set right here in Saratoga (and available at the library).

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 11:17 AM ET
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Thanks for the great link Leslie.  What a find! 

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I think I'm going to make this as challenging as possible and try to get as close to my neighborhood as possible.  Doing NYC in general is just too easy.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 9:55 AM ET
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Any other Oklahomans in the challenge? I'm going to read The Old Buzzard Had it Coming. It's been sitting on my shelf since summer. :)

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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 1:02 PM ET
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I was going to use The Red Hunter by W. F. Buckley. But when I looked at it again, I realized it isnt a mystery. Well I guess i will check out SYKM to see if I can find something in WV.

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Date Posted: 12/7/2009 3:48 PM ET
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Well I didnt find anything on SYKM. But on a search here at PBS I found You Can Run by Carlene Thompson. It looks pretty good and takes place in West Virginia. 

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Date Posted: 12/16/2009 12:48 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/16/2009 12:55 PM ET
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Mary, the Joan Hess Maggody series with Arly Hanks as the main character are hilarious! I think I still have the first in the series, so if you're interested I'd be happy to send it to you! :)

Date Posted: 12/16/2009 11:12 PM ET
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My vote is for the Lily Bard series by C Harris.  There are five books in the series and they are not cozies.  I really liked the Lily character and I wish that Mrs. Harris had written more in the series.  My son has read the S Hunter books and really enjoyed them.  I read one of the Arly Hanks books and didn't really care for it although I may go back and read the first one for this challenge.  (I accidently read the third book in the series before I became OCD about reading series in order.)  My other choice and most likely the one I will pick is the Harper Connolly series by C Harris, the only one of her series I haven't read or tried. The others I don't know anything about. 

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 2:15 PM ET
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I have read all of Kate Wilhelm's Barbara Holloway books which take place in Eugene, Oregon, which is about 40 miles from where I live.  I also like reading Catherine Anderson's Coulter/Kittrick books that take place in southern Oregon.

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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 9:11 AM ET
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Last night I finished Uncivil Seasons, by Michael Malone. Although the town is fictional, the author does place it within my home area, and it's very obvious to someone who grew up here which landmarks are blended in. The book was published in 1983, yet although our mills are mostly closed throughout NC, the behaviors of the characters are still familiar, and the transition from cloth to computer manufacturing is still relevant.

I'm also hoping to read soon Katy Munger's new book (the first new one in ten years). Her books, set in the Bull City (excuse me, "City of Medicine"), are very entertaining. I haven't met many Caseys or Bobby-Ds; however, Casey is a welcome contrast to the ladies from the club!

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 9:19 AM ET
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I'm going to be reading A Hard Ticket Home by David Housewright, which happens here in the Twin Cities, MN and is the first of a series. It also would qualify under the new to me author category, but I already finished that one!

 

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 10:34 AM ET
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For this challenge category I read "Silver Lies" by Ann Parker.  It takes place in Leadville, Colorado in the late 1870s during the silver rush to the mountains west of Denver.  Leadville is less than two hours from my house.  It is also a first in series and a historical novel if anyone in looking to fit a good book into another category.

I thought the book was really good and will definitely read the next one in the series.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:21 PM ET
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I'm actually having more trouble with this than I had thought.  I'm trying to find something Brooklyn specific and I'm kind of drawing a blank.  I wish I hadn't already read Motherless Brooklyn as that would have fit the brief perfectly.  I looked at the Stop You're Killing Me lists and nothing jumped out at me.  Any thoughts?  I'm trying to avoid NYC in general, and trying to go a little more specific.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 4:59 PM ET
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Hey Caviglia, how do you feel about "hard boiled" stuff? Robert Randisi has some books about Delvecchio, a Brooklyn PI. The one that came to mind was "Devecchio's Brooklyn" but that's short stories about him, the others are No Exit from Brooklyn and The Dead of Brooklyn.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 5:10 PM ET
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I'm a little meh about modern hard boiled stuff unless it's really, really well written.  

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 6:10 PM ET
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Maybe one of the authors in Brooklyn Noir wrote something else...they seem to cover the area (not that I'm familiar with it, lol, but...)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Tim McLoughlin

Part I: Old School Brooklyn

Pete Hamill (Park Slope) "The Book Signing"

Pearl Abraham (Williamsburg) "Hasidic Noir"

Sidney Offit (Downtown) "No Time for Seniors"

Tim McLoughlin (Sunset Park) "When All This Was Bay Ridge"

Ellen Miller (Canarsie) "Practicing"

Part II: New School Brooklyn

Adam Mansbach (Crown Heights) "Crown Heist"

Arthur Nersesian (Brooklyn Heights) "Hunter/Trapper"

Nelson George (Brownsville) "New Lots Avenue"

Neal Pollack (Coney Island) "Scavenger Hunt"

Norman Kelley (Prospect Heights) "The Code"

Part III: Cops &Robbers

Thomas Morrissey (Bay Ridge) "Can't Catch Me"

Lou Manfredo (Bensonhurst) "Case Closed"

Luciano Guerriero (Red Hook) "Eating Italian"

Kenji Jasper (Bed-Stuy) "Thursday"

Robert Knightly (Greenpoint) "One More for the Road"

Part IV: Backwater Brooklyn

Maggie Estep (East New York) "Triple Harrison"

Ken Bruen (Galway, Ireland) "Fade to . . . Brooklyn"

C.J. Sullivan (Bushwick) "Slipping into Darkness"

Chris Niles (Brighton Beach) "Ladies' Man"

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 8:50 PM ET
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In 1995 in the Rocky Mountain News paper, there was a review for a  book about my area.  I really wanted to read it but I could not remember the name of the book or the Author.  I also could not find the  article.    So when this challenge came up I just put in books for my area and found four of them.  And one was the one I wanted to read.  I also did not think there would be so many books for this area.    I guess I  do live in "The Mysterious Valley".  LOL.

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 9:16 PM ET
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More Brooklyn...

Meredith Cole - Posed for Murder

Arthur Miller - Broken Glass

Thomas Boyle - Post-Mortem Effects

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 4:58 PM ET
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Thanks everybody!  Now I have so many options to look through!

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 10:52 AM ET
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Finished The Old Buzzard Had it Coming over my vacation this week. It was very good! Setting was early 1900's, and would be a good choice for historical mystery. It's set in Oklahoma, just after statehood.

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 10:12 AM ET
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Finished A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton. I loved this book and stayed up reading it late into the night. I've been in the area where the story took place and could picture everywhere Alex went. I even played the slots in the casinos mentioned in the story. lolAlso, Detroit was mentioned in the story as well, right along with the Detroit Tigers and even their mayor. This made it all so relevant to me throughout reading it.



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