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Subject: It's AUGUST!! What are we reading??
Date Posted: 8/1/2012 4:24 PM ET
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I can't believe that I have to start this thread????

I'm reading historical mysteries by David Ashton - 1880s Edinburgh. Very interesting; great mysteries and wonderful one liners that made me laugh out loud. These are the Inspector McLevy mysteries. There's a BBC radio program with these stories as well.

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I just started 11/22/63 by Stephen King today. I'm only about 30 pages in and it's already hooked me.

Date Posted: 8/1/2012 5:22 PM ET
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I finished the Lescroart and it was a very good read. Coming up in the next couple of weeks, I am going to be reading Thor's Foreign Influence, Lescroarts Plague of Secrets, Chelsea Cain's Sweetheart and Cody McFayden's The Darker Side, Simon Becket's Written In Bone and Lori Armstrongs Hallowed Ground. Also Sophie Littlefield's A Bad Day for Scandal..how could I forget Stella and Sheriff Goat? Some awesome reading ahead of me.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/2/2012 8:03 AM ET
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Reading Jenn MckInley's Due or Die. It is her Library mystery cozy series. I like her cupcake one too.

On venting - cover artist need to read the description of the characters before drawing them. The dog on the cover looks like a Scottish Terrier. In the book it is suppose to be half pit bull and half Schnauzer. Drives me crazy when they draw a charater that is suppose to have brown hair and eyes and ends up being a blue eyed blonde. That ends my rant for the day:)

 

Alice

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 8:15 AM ET
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"Wrong" thread month, but I do want to thank all of those who offered condolences as to the death of my mom - they are and were deeply appreciated broken heart.  

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Date Posted: 8/2/2012 9:53 AM ET
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I finished Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington.  At least she wasn't baking, though she did like her coffee from the nearest coffee shop.  It was a different venue since she had worked as a reporter and got hit with a downturn, ended up with a job as an intern at a literary agency.  Of course there's a murder and she feels the police aren't investing it as effectively as they should be so she's gonna find the murderer!  I think I'll watch for book 2 coming out next year, it wasn't a turn off.

Finished Dead March by Ann McMillan and have book 2 Angel Trumpet on my WL.  It's a Civil War mystery very well done.  The speech patterns and things that are done seem to be consistent with the times. 

And I read The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands an Argeneau paranormal.  I can't seem to get enough of them since I read the first which had me laughing out loud!  This one had me crying but it, naturally all worked out nicely.  The next one is coming in February, sigh.

Next up will be my monthly taste of Jan Burke Bloodlines, the ninth in the series with only two more in the series to go though she does have a couple of stand alones.  Of this series there are only three that didn't get nominated for an award.  Car book will be For the Last Time by Jim & Joyce Lavene, the fifth in the series about a female sheriff.  And... I have to run my hand over my bookshelf to see what jumps in to my clutches. :)

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Geri, have you read Accidental Vampire by LS?  That is how I would be turned a vampire something totally wacky like that. That is one of my fav of that series.



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Date Posted: 8/2/2012 2:09 PM ET
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I'm not sure exactly where I left off...Read Stuart MacBride's "Dying Light"...the 2nd in this series...as good as, if not better, than the 1st one; C. C. Benison's "Twelve Drummers Drumming"...good English village cozy; Wm. Kent Krueger's "Purgatory Ridge"...am slowly working my way thru this series...have to space them out...always feel slightly "down" when I finish one!; Wendy Roberts' "Dead and Kicking"...am still liking this cozy series; Heather Graham's "The Evil Inside"...the 4th and last of the Krewe of Hunters series...you get a lot of the history of the Salem Witch Trials...haven't liked the last two as much as the 1st two for some reason; and, finally, Judith Cutler's "Power Shift"...the final book in the Kate Power series...have liked them all...good Brit police procedurals...sorry to see the series end.

I am on a "mission" (sort of!)...if I only have 1-2 books to finish a series or to get caught up with a series, I am going to read those BEFORE I start any new series...sure I am!!! LOL  Going to try to stop at the library tomorrow (if there is a parking space) and see what I can turn up before I put any more on my WL!

Alice...I totally agree with you...do people who design covers ever READ the books?  It obviously never occurs to anyone (including the author) to actually LOOK at the cover art.  It happens all the time, it seems! 

 



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Geri (geejay) -
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Keri, yep, read that one.  Most of the time I can find something in them that just makes me laugh out loud.  I'm not that much into the paranormal scene ut can't resist these and the Kerrelyn Sparks vampire series.  Those got a bit serious for a bit but the last one had me chuckling.  The first is How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire.  The head of the corporation (male) bites into a fake female to excercise his fangs since naturally they only drink bottled blood.  He breaks a fang and needs a dentist now!  And of course it's midnight.  

Marcia Muller's Coming Back is what leaped into my hands when I checked my shelf!  Darn I'm behind on this series.

When I finish the Jan Burke a Heather Graham (Phantom Evil) will be picked up.  One a month of each. :)



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Date Posted: 8/2/2012 4:11 PM ET
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Geri I will have to check that one out. That sounds funny. Have you read Molly Harper's Jane Jameson series? She was turned into a vampire after a drunk mistook her for a deer. There are only 4 books in the series, but they are full of snark and Jane's humor has had me laughing out load more than once as she figures out how to be a vampire.



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Keri, Believe it or not I just received The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper. :)  I went through the Jane Jameson's already.  I think I read more vampire books than I realizesd  Well, I did have a bit of a crush on Barnabus Collins from the Dark Shadows TV show, what can I say?  Just telling you about How to Marry a Millinoaire Vampire still brings a little smirk over the vamp breaking a fang and it's been quite a while since I started that series. 

I guess I should mention that right now I'm reading Coming Back by Marcia Muller.  The 27th book in the series and I'm a couple behind with it but still love the characters and their growth over the years.           

 



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I am listening to Caribou Island by David Vann.  David was actually a high school classmate, though a year or two behind me so it's interesting to read this one knowing a bit of his personal history. The book is NOT cheerful but it is beautifully written.  I'm nearly finished.

In real paper I am reading The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, the third Vish Puri mystery by Tarquin Hall (so far so good) and I'm struggling a bit with the first Jimm Juree book by Colin Cotterill. It's not that it's bad but it's not really holding my attention.  It is starting to get quite funny so I'll give it another chapter or two.

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Leeanne I have both those two books on my TBR to read. Love the foreign mysteries.

Alice

Date Posted: 8/2/2012 11:30 PM ET
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Geri, I can't wait to get The Care and Feeding of Vampires! I did read the ebook Driving Mr. Dead which is a prequal to that new series. It was a fun quirky read. I looked for the KS book on my way home, but no luck, but will try and pick it up this weekend.



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ThePhantom by Jo Nesbo. Another great Harry Hole mystery.
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 2:07 AM ET
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Read "Flash Over"/ Suzanne Chazin...like this series...a change from police procedurals...only one more in the series.

Then, "Ashes of Aries"/Martha C. Lawrence...started it and realized it was also an arson investigation...but, I was already upstairs with it and was too lazy to go downstairs and find something else!  This was the last one in the series...too bad, I've really liked them.

Did get to the library today...not too many off my list, but came out with 11 more books!  Bad habit I have at the library...just grabbing anything that looks interesting!



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I am reading a historical mystery

 
It is set in 1889 London. It reminds me of Anne Perry's set during that time. It is the author's first novel. Good so  far.
 
Alice
 
Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/4/2012 11:02 AM ET
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Alice I really enjoyed The Yard.  In fact I'm upset that the next one The Black Country isn't due out until June of next year.  crying

Finished Coming Back by Marcia Mueller and began Phantom Evil by Heather Graham.  I could not put Coming Back down!  I've been reading that series for years and never got tired of it.  Maybe because Sharon McCone has grown over the years.  It's done in real time as opposed to Kinsey Malone and V I Warshawski which are not. 

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I've got The Yard on my shelf and I look forward to reading it but, like you, Geri, I will be unhappy with the long wait until the next one. I can just tell that I am going to really like it - especially with the comments from you and Alice!

The Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly is one where Harry ages too - much more realistic that way!yes

Date Posted: 8/4/2012 12:13 PM ET
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Okay, so now I have "The Yard" on my wishlist!!!!

Well, I am again in Oklahoma.  Arrived Thursday afternoon to 110 degree temps.  Upon my arrival at mother's house, I went out to fill her bird bath with the hose.  I surprised a passle of yellowjackets and red wasps in the doing and one of the yellow jackets stung my on my right upper arm about half way between elbow and shoulder.  45 minutes later I was at the walk-in emergency clinic getting a shot of steroids and benedryl.  I have a bad allergy to stings.  This one swelled me up down past my elbow and up into my arm pit --- even with the shots!!!!  Am on Prednisone by mouth for 6 days as a follow-up.  The redness and swelling are just about gone thankfully. 

My hope is that I will  be able to leave here on schedule next Thursday.  We have doctor's appointments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!!!  I get home late on Thursday evening and then Saturday we have 4 male junior golfers from Quebec staying with us for 3 nights while they play in a tournament at our golf club.  This was schedules 8 months ago when I thought I would have a relaxing summer!!!!  Thankfully they are fed all 3 meals a day up at the club.  We just provide snacks, beds, bathrooms and transportation!!!!

I am reading a book (hee hee) --- it is the second in the Body Farm series with Bill Braxton as the main character.  It is "Flesh & Bone" by Jefferson Bass.  This is a series I think I will keep up with as I have enjoyed both of the first books.

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Geri --- Thanks for the opinion on the Ann McMillan books.  I have book one here with me at mother's and I am looking forward to getting started with it.  I have book three on the shelf but am still on the wishlist for book two.  As ever though, I have so MANY books on the TBR I probably will pop off some day with some of them unread!!!

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Becky I think you'll appreciate The Yard and Dead March too.  It might be quite a while before we see book two of the Ann McMallin series though. 

And I hope you're much, much better soon after that nasty insect attack!  Also that everything goes well with the doctor visits and that you make it home on Thursday!

 



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I  recently finished reading "Dead March" by Ann McMillan--I agree with Geri--well done.  I'll definitely read the rest of the books in the series...I've got books 2 and 4 on my wishlist--book 3 actually had copies available here, so I've ordered it.  Hope it doesn't have to sit on my shelf too long waiting for book 2 to arrive!

Since I last posted, I also finished "Bone Hunter" by Sarah Andrews--the fifth book in her Em Hansen series.  In this book, Em travels to Utah to a paleontology conference.  She ends up involved in an investigation involving her murdered host, and stolen dinosaur bones.  A good who-done-it.

I just finished "City of Masks" by David Hecht in audio.  It's the first book in his Cree Black series.  Cree is a psychologist/ghost hunter.  In this book, Cree is called to New Orleans to help Lila Beauforte confront ghosts from her past. Cree has to uncover secrets of Lila's past in order to understand and defeat the ghosts haunting Lila.  I usually don't like paranormal stories, but did enjoy this book. I did think the book was a little bit longer than it needed to be, but I probably will keep going with this series.

Now I'm reading "Justice Denied" by JA Jance--the 18th in her JP Beaumont series.  Good so far, but I've got to say that I do like her Joanna Brady series better.

I'm also reading "Sacrifice" by SJ Bolton.  I'm not too far into this one, but think it's going to be a winner.  It's set in the Shetland Islands of Scotland.  Warning--I've read enough to know that the "gore" factor on this one is pretty high!

Oh, and I also have "The Yard" on my WL.  Reading posts here is definitely counterproductive to my goal of reducing my TBR pile--LOL!

ETA--I also read "Still Life" by Louise Penny--the first book in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series--the book is set in rural Quebec.  Great character development!  I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series!



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Began reading Jan Burke's Bloodlines along with Phantom Evil by Heather Graham.  Finished For the Last Time by Jim & Joyce Lavene, the fifth in the series about a female sheriff.  A quick read that was good on the whole but one of the "rush to end it" things.  It was moving along at a nice pace, clues were accumulating, I kinda thought I knew who dun it but then, maybe not.  Suddenly it was tie up all the loose ends in the next few pages cause the book has to end.  A bit anticlimactic but I've got the next in the series Dreams Don't Last and think that'll be the next car book.  One way to clean up the TBR, read a series.

Laura if you think this place is counterproductive to your goal of reducing your TBR you should try being a data approver!  I was doing that this morning and found two I just had to have cause they sound soooo good!  One is Hangman Blind by Cassandra Clark.  Anyone here read it?  It's probably over in the Historical section since it takes place in 1381 but I had to order it!  (rolling eyes!)

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Geri --- the second book in the McMillan series is available used from Abe's books for a dollar.  I will order one and we can all share it.  I will have it sent directly to you I think since you have already read the first book.

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