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Subject: 2010 Mystery Challenge - NICE TA MEETCHA -#2
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:22 AM ET
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2. NICE TA MEETCHA! Read a mystery that is written by an author you've never read before.

 

All discussion of books and authors for the 2nd challenge will be conducted in this topic.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 11:23 PM ET
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I've just started my challenge book for this category, In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming. I'm only a couple chapters in, but so far so good!

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 1/8/2010 7:56 AM ET
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Cheryl,

I really Like Julia Spencer-Flemings series. I have all but the latest one. I just got it off the wish list so I need to fit it into my reading. They are well writte and you get to know the characters really well. Hope you enjoy them too.

Alice

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Subject: Ridley Pearson
Date Posted: 1/9/2010 9:41 PM ET
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I read Undercurrents by Ridley Pearson this weekend. Someone in the Mystery Discussion Board mentioned it to me months ago. Thanks to whomever recommended it. I loved it and cannot wait to begin the next Blood on Tongue.

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Date Posted: 1/9/2010 9:49 PM ET
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I have just started Dead Cat Bounce by Sarah Graves.  I've had this book in my TBR stack for over a year but never got around to it.  I'm a third of the say through it and so far, it's pretty good.  Unless it takes a tragic turn south, I'll be reading  book two as well.

Cheryl, for some reason I thought that you have recommended the Julia Spencer-Fleming books to me!  I guess I was wrong.  I've read them all and really like them.  Russ is rather yummy.  There's a bit of romance in this series but you like the Deborah Crombie books so you'll be fine with these.  Let us know what you think!  I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the series which is supposed to be released any time now.

**ETA**  Duh!  Even though this book is a new author for me, I switched the title to the "He's dead, Jiim" category.  It fits nicely there and now I don't have to find another book!  Heeee! :)



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Date Posted: 1/12/2010 9:11 PM ET
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I'm reading Deadly Gamble by Connie Shelton.  I'm about half-way through and am still deciding if I like it or not.  Some things about the story, I just don't buy.  Oh well, its proving to be a quick read.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 9:07 AM ET
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I'm assuming that we can read two books by the same author as long as they truly fit each category, right? 

For instance, for this category, I'm reading the first Rennie Airth mystery (River of Darkness).  I originally had this book in the historical mystery challenge and then realized that it would work for this one as well.  Then I had the brilliant idea of reading the second book in this series (The Blood-dimmed Tide) for the historical history challenge since it takes place just after WWI.  I'm really enjoying River of Darkness!

I can put the Charles Todd mystery into the second bonus category since it has been sitting in my pile for nearly two years.  My next goal is to get that challenge list completed.  I could probably list 50 books there!! LOL!

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 10:32 AM ET
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Last year, I had two different Dick Francis novels. You're fine as long as they're different books. The key is not to use the same book for two different categories.

Date Posted: 1/15/2010 1:00 PM ET
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I read A Bicycle Built for Murder by Kate Kingsbury, the first in the Manor House cozy mystery series.   This series is set in a southern coastal town in WWII England and features the local "Lady of the Manor" as the main character.

I really enjoyed this cozy and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series :-)

Date Posted: 1/16/2010 9:04 PM ET
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I finished "River of Darkness" and it was most excellent!  I'm glad that I checked all three in the series out at the library.  I'm going to read my "CH" book next but I'll probably read the second John Madden book after that.  I can't recommend "River of Darkness" highly enough.

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 7:46 AM ET
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Woohoo! So glad that you liked River of Darkness, LeeAnne. I have The Blood Dimmed Tide as well but haven't read it yet. The third book I can get from the library. Since there are only the three books is this series, I'm trying to savor them.

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Date Posted: 1/17/2010 10:07 AM ET
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I am reading Atlantis by David Gibbons and as I get through it, I am begining to wonder if it is a mystery at all. So far they have found the lost city of Atlantis but they have to avoid pirates who want to loot the excavations, not much of a mystery and I wouldnt consider it a thriller. So as I read further and further into it, I am afraid it wont fit this challenge at all. ;(

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Subject: Airth
Date Posted: 1/17/2010 4:36 PM ET
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WOW

I almost liked Airth better than Stephen Booth. Loved River of Darkness. I am getting Blood-dimmed Tide     tomorrow from library.

Thanks  LeeAnn and Jeannie. I am sorry that he has only written 3 in the series.

Mary

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 7:18 PM ET
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Oh Mary, I'm so glad you liked him - another convert!!! I have got to get on his website and see if he has anything else coming up! He is a great writer and as I've said, I'm holding off on reading the next two in order to savor them!!!

I felt the same way when I read "I Kill" by Giorgio Faletti. I still think that is the best mystery I've ever read. It is translated from Italian and so far, I don't believe any of his other books have been translated.;(



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Date Posted: 1/17/2010 8:01 PM ET
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I'm going to start Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner, in Feb.  I had contemplated just reading them all, one at a time, and being done with it, but I changed my mind.  I'm going to do one a month, so this will be Feb's book.  :)  Anyone read this?

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 8:53 PM ET
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Julie: I looked at this book on Bookbrowse and it rated highly and seemed very interesting. If you read it, let us know what you think! I think it looks like a winner!

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:17 AM ET
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I'll let you know.  It's by my bed, ready to go.  I'll start it on the 1st.  :)

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 11:37 AM ET
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I had Murder on the Eiffel Tower on my wish lish forever last year.  I finally broke down and bought it and really enjoyed it. There were a lot of French phrases that I had to have my husband translate (he speaks the language ,but I don't)  I have the next two in the series on my wish list but neither list seems to be moving so I may end up purchaseing those as well.

I'd be interested in hearing how others like it.

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Subject: I Kill
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 4:57 PM ET
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I will start looking for I KIll . If that is the best mystery you have ever read, I cannot wait to start. Thanks, Jeanne..

Mary



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Date Posted: 1/18/2010 9:43 PM ET
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checked on Rennie Airth and it appears he only writes a book about every 5 years. Dead of Winter was just recently released, so it looks like there won't be more for awhile!

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 1:55 PM ET
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My book for this challenge was an audio version of “18 Seconds” by George Shuman. Synopsis: Beautiful, blind Sherry Moore is matter-of-fact when telling two police detectives about her agonizing gift—the ability to see the last 18 seconds of a dead person's life.

It took a lot of twists and turns, but I really enjoyed this book, enough to look for others he has written.

Date Posted: 1/22/2010 3:14 PM ET
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Chris: I read "18 seconds" a couple of years ago and found it very riveting.Then I checked out "Last Breath" from the library in June. I thought it was good but not quite as good as the first. I didn't think it was a waste of my time to read it though!



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Date Posted: 1/24/2010 9:23 PM ET
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I'm reading Chris Grabenstein's Tilt A Whirl for this category.  This was recommended by someone on the Mystery/Thriller forum, LeeAnne maybe.  But whoever it was, thank you!  I am about half way through and really enjoying this book!

Date Posted: 1/24/2010 10:20 PM ET
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Ha!  I've read a couple of the Grabenstein books and I REALLY enjoyed them.  I probably crowed about them on this forum but I think Cheryl is the person responsible for my Grabenstein love. :D  Isn't it a fun book, Terri?  I'm on the WL for subsequent books in the series.

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