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Subject: AUGUST, What are you reading now?
Date Posted: 8/1/2010 7:08 AM ET
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Keep track here!

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 10:48 AM ET
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Just finished Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts. In this book, yet another Stephanie Plum-type production, Lucky O'Toole is the customer relations specialist at The Babylon, a megacasino/resort on the Strip in Vegas. Her best friend, The Great Teddie Divine, is a female impersonator. Her mother, Mona, owns a bordello. Oh, yes, there is also The Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock, a private investigator, plus Lucky's assistant, Miss Patterson, who is introduced as a frump, undergoes a makeover and emerges as a cougar. Throw in handsome, yet mysterious, Paxton Dane, and several other strange characters--Newton, Lucky's cursing parrot, and The Most Reverend "Jeep" Peabody (he and his wife are swingers)--and you've got quite an enjoyable, laugh-out-loud spectacle.

BTW, Deborah is the wife of acclaimed author Stephen Coonts. Reportedly, the second and third entries in this series have already been written.



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Date Posted: 8/1/2010 7:13 PM ET
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Reading Michael Palmer's Side Effects, very good so far.

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 7:18 PM ET
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Reading Design for Murder by Carolyn Hart.

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 7:51 PM ET
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Finished A Pour Way to Dye, and guess I now have to read Dead Men Don't Lye since I read them in the wrong order! Making soap sounds kind of fun..although I certainly don't need any more ways to make messes around here.

 

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 8:41 PM ET
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I'm reading "A Sea of Trouble" by Donna Leon. For my mini-vacation I'm packing super light reading: M.C Beaton's "Death of a Witch" and Donald Westlake's "Get Real."

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 8:47 PM ET
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I have been listening to David Suchet read Agatha Christie's "Death on the Orient Express" and it is just fabulous.  I am a HUGE fan of Suchet's Poirot so I figured I'd like this one.

On a lark I picked up "Killer Stuff" by Sharon Fiffer and I'm finding it surprisingly entertaining.  The main character is a "picker", someone who goes to rummage and estate sales looking for collectables, so that is pretty interesting to me.  Jane Wheel, the aforementioned picker, is definitely one of those "stupid" cozy heroines, though.  She goes back into the house where the murder took place although she has been warned not to, she heads off on a "date" with another picker she just met, she puts two and two together and comes up with three and five before deciding on four.  And still, I like it! LOL!  Pure fluff...started it yesterday and I'll finish it off in another half hour.

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 10:23 PM ET
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Leeanne, I like the "Stuff" series alot, and have the last on by TBR pile.  They're really enjoyable, even if she does do the 'stupid stuff'.  Like the talk about the collectables, too.

Today I was stuck in a car for eleven hours, and read 90% of Death Will Get You Sober.  After several cozies, this is a little darker--though not too much so. The character awakens from a black out in detox, and gets involved in solving a friend's murder while working on his sobriety.  Quite an interesting mix of recovery talk and the mystery, and I love that I'm still guessing 'who done it'.

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 11:32 PM ET
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I just finished up Missing Mark by Julie Kramer in audio, and really enjoyed it, just as much as the first one in the series (Stalking Susan) which I read in print. Local author, local to me setting for the books, with lots of interesting detail--but the story and characters are great even if you don't know Mpls-St Paul. This was a new-to-me reader, Bernadette Dunn, and she did a super job!! Now to hunt down Silencing Sam, the latest in the series.

Also am almost done with A Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson, a very good first entry in a historical series featuring disgraced former knight, Crispin Guest. Hard to put down--finished most of it today. Also have started another of my Challenge books for the bonus, reading books that have been on my shelf a long time--The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte. Only just starting that one, but so far the mystery is intriguing.

LeeAnne, I'm going to have to see if I can track down the David Suchet version of some of Dame Agatha's books...I wonder if he does others besides Murder on th Orient Express?  I have been meaning to re-read more of them, but a great narration of them would be wonderful to listen to, I think!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/1/2010 11:43 PM ET
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The Flanders Panel is on my keeper shelf.  It's not a book for lightweights!  You don't really need to know how to play chess to understand the mystery, but I remember that it helped.   It's been years and years since I read it.   Maybe I'll re-read it again soon.    After I work through a few more piles of my TBR :-)

I think I'm going to have to add Julie Kramer's books to my reminder list.  Always great to find another good series set locally.



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I'm just finishing the new Linwood Barclay, Never Look Away.  It's a very good book.  I highly recommend it.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 8:15 AM ET
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Anna, I recently finished Wanna Get Lucky? in audio and I enjoyed it as well. It was nice to see some less conventional characters in a mystery series. Yesterday I finished Sullivan's Law, the first in Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's Carolyn Sullivan series and I liked it. It was interesting to learn more about how parole and sentencing works (the main character works in this part of the justice system). Today think I will start the first Vish Puri mystery by Tarquin Hall.
Date Posted: 8/2/2010 9:24 AM ET
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Oh thanks for mentioning Agatha Christie's books read by Souchet, LeeAnne. I haven't heard any of these yet, but they sound great! I am currently reading her book titled Towards Zero and it is really good!

Just finished The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb. This was an interesting ghost mystery set in present day on Grand Manitou Island in Lake Superior. This is not my usual genre, but I found myself really engrossed in the characters and plot. Finished it in 2 days which was something for me since we've had company during that time.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 9:57 AM ET
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Last night I started  Killing Floor by Lee Child.  I'm only a few pages in  so the jury is still out on it. 



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Date Posted: 8/2/2010 5:28 PM ET
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Lynne, I think you will enjoy Julie Kramer's books. The protag is an investigative TV reporter and Kramer herself was a news producer for WCCO for many years, so they're very insightful as to the TV news business...and since she lives locally, she just "gets" Minnesota so well. I am constantly poking fun at the TV news, so it was interesting to see things from the other side.

So far I am finding The Flanders Panel very interesting...I do not play chess, although I know the basics of how, so those parts are kind of fuzzy to me. Definitely a richly woven, "meaty" mystery, though. Have you read any of his Captain Alatriste series? I'm just wondering if they're as good. I see he has many other stand-alones, too.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 6:34 PM ET
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I've only read one other Perez-Reverte book so far - The Fencing Master.   It's been a few years, but I remember it being good but not nearly as good as The Flanders Panel.    It was almost more of a morality tale than a mystery.

I own The Queen of the South, and would also like to read The Club Dumas and The Seville Communion someday.   If you get into his Captain Diego Alatriste series, let me know what you think.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 7:58 PM ET
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Very good book Tammy. One of his best, IMO.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 1:28 AM ET
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Just finished The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri, one of the Inspector Montalbano series set in Sicily. I have enjoyed the whole series, so far.  I just wish they were not such a quick read.  The whole book feels like a chapter and is over too quickly.

Looking forward to starting Seeking Whom He May Devour in the Commissaire Adamsberg series set in and around Paris.  The author is Fred Vargas and she creates very original characters. I've had to read them out of order and I think this is the 3rd in the series. 

 

Susan

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Date Posted: 8/3/2010 5:58 AM ET
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Cheryl,  I'm editing Agatha Christies books and David Suchet is the narrator on several of her books.  Just for a small idea because with over 3000 Agatha books on PBS I'm nowhere close - just do search with Agatha Christie as the author and David Suchet as a keyword and you get 21 instances of his name mentioned as the narrator.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2010 9:52 AM ET
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I am reading one of my favorite mystery author's Jacqueline's Winspears newest book the Mapping of Love and Death. I love her Maisie Dobbs series. Usually I wait for paperback to come out but I couldn't help myself.

Alice

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 5:22 PM ET
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Thanks, Geri--I get all my audio books from the library, so didn't really need to search here. I have Evil Under the Sun on the way to my local library to pick up, and put Murder on the Orient Express next in line to download.

Susan, I know what you mean about the Inspector Montalbano books....they go so fast!

I've had that same Fred Vargas book on my TBR for ages--it's actually the second one in the series. I finally got and read The Chalk Circle Man (the first one) a few months ago and read it....I'm such a freak about reading in order, I wouldn't read the second one til I had read the first. LOL

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 8/3/2010 5:59 PM ET
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Cheryl, I knew you got them from the library but thought the search might give you an idea of what to look for.  Some of the Hercule Poirot books have been done by the BBC cast members.  That sounds like it would be a good listen.  The descriptions say they have music and dramatic effects.  I've seen some terrific reviews on those.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the first in that series since I know you're a read it in order person.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 9:12 PM ET
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Cheryl,

Thanks for the information about Fred Vargas' series.  I finally read The Chalk Circle Man, so I am getting back on track.  It's sometimes hard to know what comes next with the translated books.  I read The Three Evangelists, a Vargas stand alone book, and liked that one too.

Susan 

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 9:55 PM ET
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I finished the David Suchet recording of Murder on the Orient Express and it was fabulous!  I LOVE David Suchet as Poirot.  No surprises for me as this was a reread for the challenge but...most excellent.  I am going to look for more of these recordings at the library.

Now I am reading Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry. This is the first in a new series for me.  I've also started The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  I've read good reviews of this one so we'll see.

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