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Subject: May 2015, What are we reading this month?
Date Posted: 5/1/2015 2:12 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Slayed on the Slopes / Kate Dyer-Seely for bed, second in the series.  Dead Man Walker / Duffy Brown fourth in this series on Kindle and my heavy book (weight) is Japantown / Barry Lancet a Barry Award winner.



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I finished "Highgate Rise" by Anne Perry.  Spoiler Alert!!!   If you haven't read this book, just ignore the stuff at the bottom of the page.

I'm now reading "Dark Chocolate Demise" by Jenn McKinlay.  This is the second book I've read recently with zombies running around in it.  Ick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why on earth, if you were going to murder someone by burning their house down, wouldn't you make sure the murderee is actually in the house?  Burned down two houses and murdered two innocent victims and the intended victim wasn't even in the house.  I should certainly think that if someone planned all this down to the last detail, they would make sure their target was home.  Any self-respecting arsonist would know this. 

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Everybody must be out on a picnic.  It's a nice day here.  Finished Dead Man Walker, it was a novella.  Now reading The Killing Season / Martin Cross on Kindle.  I only have a few cozies or so it seems on my Kindle.  This is another thriller with a sniper serial killer.  Now see, I'm gonna be scared to go out for fear there's a sniper out there.  wink  Still have Slayed on the Slopes but close to finishing it and Japan town as well. 

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Just finished Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke.  It is a library book and I was nearing the take-back date.  Not one of her best, but I have to try some of the recipes.  Some of my best cookie recipes have come from this series.  Now I'm on to Wouldn't It Be Deadly.  Have no expectations, but think it should be fun.  Another hot day today--hit 94.  Not as bad as Thursday which was 100.  It's way too early for this kind of heat!  May already--where is this year going??

Date Posted: 5/3/2015 1:51 PM ET
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Read Walla Walla Suite/Anne Argula...MC (female) is retired from the police dept and working as a PI.  In this book, she is working with a mitigation investigator.  The books fall into the noir category, but have some quirky characters.

Dead Beat and Deadly/Margaret Chittenden...an older cozy series.  MC (female) is part owner of a country western bar near San Francisco.  A fun, and sometimes funny, series.

Blood Never Dies/Cynthia Harrod-Eagles...Brit police procedural with DI Bill Slider.  Milder than a lot of Brit police procedurals, but I have enjoyed them.

Still working on my project of going back through my BIR list and seeing what series/authors I liked but that somehow went off the radar.  The three I just mentioned fell into that category.  So far, I have managed to increase my TBR pile, WL, RL and library save-for-later list substantially!!  What is a bit scary is running across books I don't remember and even when I look them up and read the blurb, I still don't remember them!!!

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Marla I did that last year and in fact did that today.  Someone mentioned they were reading Jill Churchill books.  I looked at FF and saw the last Jane Jeffery book.  I read the blurb, I didn't remember it at all!  I went to Amazon to check it out and Amazon said you purchased this!  I still don't remember it!  Well, maybe a little bit now.

Finished Slayed on the Slopes and now reading Dark Chocolate Demise / Jenn McKinlay.  Almost finished with The Killing Season / Mason Cross.  He's a British author who really did a great job of writing this book.  It's taking place in the heartland of the US.  It begins in Illinois, goes to Iowa, on to Nebraska, South Dakota.  Now I think it's heading for Chicago.  Place descriptions are right on, which is more than I can say for some authors I've read lately.  No slip ups with clothing or weather yet either.  cool

Did you hear about our earthquake?  4.2 and not damage or injuries but the governor said the state police are ready to assist in an emergency.  No, I didn't feel it.  I was just coming in the house, in the garage and happened to glance at the clock so I know where I was when it happened and didn't feel a thing.



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You know what is even worse, Geri?  Typing in a bunch of books on the BIR list I run on the computer, alphabetizing them and discovering that you have a book listed twice and the date read is a year or two apart!!!   Am I that far gone?  surprise

Saw in the paper that Ruth Rendell died.  She was 85.  For unknown reasons, I never read her Insp. Wexford series.  One of those things I am always going to do, but some other series always pops up and I have never gotten around to it.  I have read a few that she wrote as Barbara Vine. 

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Finished "Dark Chocolate Demise" by Jenn McKinley (how did you like it, Geri?)  I found it to be one of the best of this cozy series.  Lots of action, subplots, red herrings, angst, etc.  Great ending.

I've now just begun "Belgrave Square" by Anne Perry.  Love Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, her sister, Emily and of course Great Aunt Vespasia.  :)
 



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Date Posted: 5/3/2015 7:42 PM ET
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Joy, just started it yesterday and was so upset about Marty at the beginning!  I thought the scene was real!  I don't want to give it away.  Love this series so with what you said, I must go read. 

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Date Posted: 5/3/2015 8:58 PM ET
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I finished The Tudor Vendetta (Spymaster Chronicles, Bk 3) :: C. W. Gortner

It is a very well written historical mystery series set in the first year of Elizabeth 1.  Mysteries is well done and nice inclusion of historical fact.

Alice

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Thank you Geri for putting a note at the end of the April topic. Every month I forget and don't look for the new topic.  I don't know why I cannot remember this *very simple* thing. Oh, well. As someone mentioned in another thread, I am suffering from CRAFT (Can't Remember A Freaking Thing) - crying

Just got back from a 3-day trip to Vermont. My sister (in Mass) and I own our late Dad's house and have been renting it out for the past five years because we just can't decide to sell it. Our current tenants left 4/30 so went up to inspect and plan with our rental agent what needs to be done before the new tenants move in on 5/15. She (the rental agent) is such a treasure. I don't know what we would do without her. I am 7-1/2 hours away and my sister is 4-1/2 hours away so we certainly couldn't handle any emergencies. How she managed to get new tenants in there within 15 days, I don't know....but I am very thankful.

I am currently reading Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith.  It is her first, written in 1950, and what I would call a psychological horror story. Someone mentioned her as being an intriguing author so I decided to get her first book from the library. Well, it will probably be my last.

Here's a short blurb from the back of the book for anyone who has not read it:

"Guy Haines and Charles Bruno are passengers on the same train. But while Guy is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who manipulates Guy into swapping murders with him. 'Some people are better off dead,' Bruno remarks, 'like your wife and my father, for instance.' As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy is trapped in Highsmith's perilous world where, under the right circumstances, anybody is capable of murder."

Not a book to be read right before bed.......



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Date Posted: 5/4/2015 5:53 AM ET
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Leslie a brain is a terrible thing to lose and every month I go to the "wrong" place first.  One month someone else left the note about a new month.  Since then IF I remember I try to do the same.  wink

Finished with The Killing Season.  Two serial killer books back to back!  This one had an ending I sure didn't quite expect.  Yes, they caught the killer after he had killed about 20 people across six or seven states!  He had plans to do much worse.  It still had a surprise ending. 

On Kindle just started Loco Motive / Mary Daheim.  Am I ever behind in this series!  Still reading Dark Chocolate.  I worked in the backyard and tired myself out so much when I hit the bed last night, I hit the bed.  smiley  Today will be more of the same, I hope to finish the outside work this month so I can sit back in my new lounging chair on the porch and read, read, read.    

Date Posted: 5/4/2015 9:25 PM ET
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In print, I'm just going to start Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson, #15 in the Sarah Brandt "Gaslight" series. Still working on the audio and Kindle books as I last mentioned in the April thread. (a post-apocalyptic fantasy series by S.M. Stirling, and The Canterbury Murders by Maureen Ash, respectively.)

And we're t-minus 11 hours and counting on baby watch--my daughter's c-section is scheduled for 7:30 tomorrow morning so I'll become "Grandma to the Second Power." This one is a boy, too--his name will be Clinton Francis. Sadly, Liz's husband Joe can't even be there for the delivery...he was offered a job and has to be in Chicago for the extra training that's needed to be done before he starts--and it was too good of a job to pass up. Fortunately his folks live just across the street and there is plenty of other family to help until Joe gets home. I will be going up there (it's about a 3 1/2 hour drive) next Monday and staying for 9 or 10 days to help out.  Here's hoping all goes well with the delivery!

Oh and I bought a new car too...well, not brand new, but new enough, only 19,400 miles on it. Traded in our 10-year-old silver Impala for a newer model. This one is very shiny and red! It's been a red year. cool  But that's not nearly as exciting as a new grandson. laugh

Cheryl



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Hope by this point the new grandson has arrived and that he and mom are doing fine.  Interesting, my dad's name was Clinton!  Safe trip to see them next week.  Looking forward to a new pix!!

 

Funny typo in a book last night...MC has just gotten out of the shower when the phone rings...he grapped a towel and answered it!!!



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Yes, everything went very well. He was born at 8:10 this morning, 6 lbs 7 oz, 19 1/4" long. And mom and baby are doing fine. I tried to put a picture of him in my signature file, but even though I shrank it quite a bit, it doesn't seem to be showing so it is probably too big. Not sure how else to share pictures here. He's adorable, and like Marshall as a newborn, looks a lot like a little old man. LOL They chose the name Clinton because they're big Avengers fans, and the character Hawkeye's real first name is Clinton. (Marshall was named after Eminem, so there you go. I never thought I would like that name, but it suits him so well and I really do like it now.)

Can't wait to see them next week...I'm sure I will be spending most of my time entertaining Marshall so Mom can rest, but I can't wait to give the new little peanut a squeeze. smiley

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 5/6/2015 1:15 AM ET
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Great news Cheryl!  Sometime I have trouble getting a picture in my signature.  Try again today.  It seems PBS can get picky some days.

I finished Dark Chocolate Demise.  I liked that we have a bit of a finish to  a couple things and phew lots of twists to this one!  I polished off an very old one that's been sitting on my shelf since 2003!  Not a mystery a romance for a change of pace.  Heaven Sent / Julie McCoy.  MC is a guiding angel who gets demoted... to be a human until she learns a few lessons. 

Next up A Walk Among the Tombstones / Lawrence Block a Matthew Scudder book.  Not my favorite series written by Block, The Scudder books are wordy.  I finished it early this morning simply because I was skipping whole passages of more than one character driving all over New York.  One of those "I started at 59th street, drove west for two blocks to Colonial, turned left, drove to blah, blah, blah.  I read one of those descriptions that took a page and a half and after that when someone got in a car I skipped to where they parked the car!

Now, I'm going to read one that showed up on my porch yesterday, Demise in Denim / Duffy Brown.  I just read Dead Man, Walker which was a tie-in novella between this and earls and Poison. 

Still have Loco Motive on Kindle.  It's been a while since I read a Mary Dahmeim B & B book and I'm enjoying this one.  I think I became a bit weary of the series and just forgot about it for a while.  And,  Marla, yes I've also read a book and started to list it on my BIR to find I have read it.  In fact happened recently that I was overjoyed to pick up a book here on PBS that I was sure I hadn't read only to start reading and think wait a minute here, darn it I've read this! 



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LOL Geri - after that when someone got in a car I skipped to where they parked the car!

Good idea and I'm going to do that too from now on.....

I just finished the last (for now) in the Sebastian St. Cyr series titled Who Buries the Dead. Great read, great addition to the series with a very satisfying ending. It's a historical mystery, of course!



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Jeanne, I really got through the book in no time at all.  416 page book polished off in about six hours by not driving or taking the subway from here to there all around New York!  I didn't miss a thing, no dialog while in the car just an endless recitation of street names th at meant nothing to me. 


 

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Jeanne and Geri,

Same problem with the Hannah Ives series by Marcia Talley.  It is set in Annapolis, MD and she drives to Baltimore or Washington, D.C. and she describes every street, turn, highway, etc.  "I drove north on I-95 and exited the ramp at the beltway, I-695, etc., etc. . . .  She even describes every street/turn while walking.  I live near here and skip it all.  Why would anyone be interested?

Now reading City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris.  Second in the series about Katya, a forensic scientist in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, battling the prejudices against women among others.  I like the series a lot.

Susan

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Update!  Momma duck and 11 ducklings have left the yard! cheeky   Now I have to tidy up an empty nest.  Oh dear, now I'll be suffering from empty nest syndrome.  crying 

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Oh, Geri - that's great! I know how you feel though. Whenever we have a nest of bird babies of any kind, I always hate to see them go - except for the great tail Grackles if they nest in our yard - yuck!!!!  Meanest, dirtiest, nastiest birds I've ever seen! Thank heaven we didn't have any of them nesting in our yard this year!

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Congratulations Grammie Cheryl!  Safe travels and a super time with the little ones.

Wow, Geri, 11 ducklings!  It sounds like a lot - Mom will be very busy with that lot.

That is a great idea about skipping the descriptions about the drive.  I'll do that too!

Finished "Belgrave Square" and I'll tell you, I was thunderstruck at the ending.  Never saw it coming.  Now on to "Farrier's Lane" by the same author. 

 

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Read Demise in Denim / Duffy Brown yesterday, well finished it this morning.  It came to a conclusion so I wonder if the series is ending or just moving to another phase.  She has another series started so maybe...

Now I'm reading Hiss and Tell / Claire Donally.  Old books on TBR can just keep waiting got four new ones!  devil

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Update on momma duck.  Bad news, good news.  My neighbors who had a view of her saw mom get attacked by a hawk.  Mom managed to fly away but she must have been very badly injured.  There was blood on the sidewalk and she didn't come back to the nest.  The neighbors were watching until it began to get dark.  Then they came over and picked up the nest and eggs and took them to their house.  They actually have an incubator!  They've checked with the DNR and will keep the eggs until they hatch.  The DNR said that it takes about six weeks for the ducklings to be able to fly.  When they're ready they're going to take the ducklings to a duck sanctuary.  yes

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Is this still another nest besides the one in your yard Geri? For a hawk to try for a duck is pretty brazen unless it was an awfully big hawk or a big owl - like a great horned owl! Although I did see a hawk land on the back of a horse once in Utah and act like he wanted to carry it away - delusional hawk!

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