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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge - LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE - #11
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:43 AM ET
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LIKE A COMFY OLD SHOE Re-read an old favorite mystery, a book you haven't read in at least five years.

 

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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 9:45 PM ET
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So, what are your favorite old mysteries? Right now, I'm reading Smokescreen by Dick Francis! I love his books!

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 1/23/2010 10:11 PM ET
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I can't stand to re-read books so i will have a hard time with this category. The only author I can even think about re-reading is Agatha Christie, so I'm sure I will pull out one of hers for this one.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 10:39 PM ET
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Me too, Ellie.  My re-read will probably be something short and easy.  My philosophy is generally that there are way too many books out there that I have not yet read.

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 9:10 PM ET
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I'm not a happy re-reader, either. The author needs to be a favorite before I even consider picking up a book I have already read.  I must have picked a good one, because I just finished A Dismal Thing To Do by Alisa Craig (a.k.a. Charlotte MacLeod) and I just barely remembered it.  It was the first of the short Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys series that I read (I read them out of order) and I must have read it fast the first time!  It was quite a romp, with many characters, most of them goofy, and a tricky, tricky plot.  I had a lot of fun with it! 

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 10:56 PM ET
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I just finished Find Me A Villain, by Margaret Yorke.  I'm pretty sure this was the first of her books I ever read, and it stayed with me because of the small English village setting, my favorite kind of mystery.  Her books aren't cozies though.

It's been many years since I read it so I was happy to revisit it--and it makes me want to read more Margaret Yorke, someone I consider underrated.  I have a few books by her that I haven't read yet, and they will fit into the "TBR" bonus category.

Date Posted: 1/26/2010 10:50 PM ET
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I actually had to change the title I chose for this...I had picked A Raven in the Foregate by Ellis Peters and realized after I read a few pages that I had just re-read it last year. So I picked the next one in the series, The Rose Rent, instead.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 1/28/2010 12:50 PM ET
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I read Mary Stewart's books many years ago and just touching them I can recall much of the stories.  But for this part of the challenge I'm going to actually re-read one of them.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/28/2010 7:22 PM ET
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I was hoping to read Isaac Asimov's mystery, A Whiff of Death, for this category.  Unfortunately it's long out of print and there doesn't seem to be any hope of getting it from PBS.  There is a copy in the library system, but my request has been pending since 12/20, and I am thinking they are going to eventually have to admit it's lost.

My plan B is Madam, Will You Talk by Mary Stewart, which my mother gave me to read in my early teens.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 7:41 PM ET
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Matt, Abebooks.com has several copies available, most for less than $4. If you're dead set on Whiff of Death, it can be had fairly inexepensively. (Warning that AbeBooks is a Canadian company and your credit card will probably charge conversion fees...)

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/30/2010 9:46 PM ET
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Thanks for the link, Jane.  I did order a copy, and I was surprised they beat any eBay price.  I could have read something else for the challenge, but that's still probably my favorite mystery, and one of my favorite books as a teen.

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 11:52 PM ET
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Glad I was able to help! I know what you mean about books that make an impression when you're a teen. One of mine is "The Danger" by Dick Francis. It was the book that hooked me in to the mystery/thriller genre. I'm now 41 and still love the genre! :)

Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 3:59 PM ET
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I loved the John McDonald mysteries. If I remember correctly, they all have a color in the title. It has been many years, but I will try one of his OR I will reread one of Dick Francis horse racing mysteries. I have read all of both of those authors.

Mary

Date Posted: 4/4/2010 9:59 PM ET
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I re-read One for the Money, the first in the Stephanie Plum series, this weekend. I generally don't like to re-read a book. Once I know the ending, a book loses it's appeal. I knew this would be a quick and easy read and surprisingly, I rather enjoyed it. I first read the book 10-12 years ago and had forgotten most of the first part. Anyway, I glad to have this part of the challenge out of the way.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 8:00 AM ET
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I finished Old Bones by Aaron Elkins last night. It was still excellent. Complex mystery not easy to figure out. Blend of a little history good characters a clever mystery can't do any better. It won an Edgar award for best mystery too. I must admit I do not like rereadign books especially mysteries. I already know what is going to happen. I highly recommend the book and author.

Alice