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Subject: April 2015 - Reading anything new?
Date Posted: 4/1/2015 12:56 PM ET
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I'm reading Death of a Kitchen Diva / Lee Hollis.  The first in the series and how did I miss it?  Enjoying it so far.

Reading A Cruise to Die For Aaron Elkins on Kindle.  The second in this series.  I liked the first and this does not appeal so far darn it.

Today was my six month eye check up and the we have a GREAT report!  I figure it's we because everyone sends good thoughts and prayers my way. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2015 2:29 PM ET
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Geri --- That is really wonderful news.  So happy for you.

Only took me until 2:30 to figure out it was April.  Have been reading a little bit of "Armed and Outrageous".  Had me laughing out loud at least once.

Still going thru "stuff".  Today was David's upper cabinet in the kitchen.  Must be 300 CDs.  All sorted and boxed for Flea Market.  At least 25 electrical cords to "something"!!!  Figured a few out, most to the trash.  Even at a flea market people do not want to sort thru "mysterious" cords with adapters, etc.  Also did top shelf of hall closet.  Three more briefcase, computer bag things.  Took some last year as well.  Headed down to the basement now for an hour or so, then have to begin hauling trash out to curb.

Date Posted: 4/1/2015 4:21 PM ET
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I picked up Spin a Wicked Web by Cricket McRae  (which is #3 Home Crafting mystery) from the library this afternoon and started right in. It's one of the few cozy series I like...but then again, this is only the third one, so plenty of time to get frustrated with it. LOL Otherwise, still listening to Maplecroft (nearly done) and still reading The Midsummer Crown on the Kindle.

I hauled down two huge bags of hardcovers to HPB (Half-Price Books) today...I have been going through my "keepers" and re-evaluating again which really ARE keepers, as we will probably move again later this summer. It was a hard decision, but pulled about two dozen books from my Keeper shelves...and of course, because I had such a hard time letting them go, I figured they would be very much in demand here, but alas, it was not so...only 3 of them were wishlisted! I should know by now that my taste in books doesn't often jive with what's popular...so I don't know why that surprised me, exactly. I don't have a regular bookshelf here at PBS--I list a book, if it's wishlisted I send it, if not, I donate or sell it...so I just packed up the lot of them and got them out of the house before I changed my mind...and when I went into the HPB store, I deliberately forgot my reading glasses in the car so I couldn't buy anything else. LOL Tricky, eh? :)

Cheryl

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/1/2015 4:54 PM ET
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Becky, I finished Armed and Outrageous.  It got a bit on the serious side about the middle.  Still had funny bits.  Shall we talk of brownies with an added ingredient?  I did like enough to get the next since it was $2.99 for Kindle.  My kind of price.  Like you I won't go much higher than that and I'm looking into the library.  The library near me is closed right now due to road construction.  Once that's opened up I'll be visiting and check out their Kindle books. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2015 12:01 PM ET
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Finished "Mrs. Jeffries and the One Who Got Away."   This was good, it wrapped up a case in an earlier book.  Also finished the last two Amelia Peabody novels, "Tomb of the Golden One" and "River In the Sky."   It is amazing to me that re-reading this series, I found one book that I really didn't remember much at all, and in others, so much I didn't remember.  It was fun reading them again.  I'm now finishing "All the President's Menus" by Julie Hyzy.  This is quite good, not quite as good as some others.  The whole thing is a bit confusing to me.  Of course since I'm used to reading books in the early 1900's that take place in Egypt, it may just be the transition to modern day Washington, DC.  :)

Geri - I'm so glad you got a good report from your eye doctor!  :)

Date Posted: 4/2/2015 4:00 PM ET
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I didn't have any reading time for a while and now that I do have some time I went on a binge of British procedurals.  I read the first three Wesley Peterson books by Kate Ellis.  They were very enjoyable and I am now gathering up some more of them.  Now I am reading The Picasso Scam by Stuart Pawson.  I had already read books 2 and 3 in this series and am now going back and reading book 1.  Another good series.  I enjoy the humor and the relationships among the policemen. Also gathering books in this series.  This is an expensive month already.

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Date Posted: 4/2/2015 6:36 PM ET
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I'm now reading the newest Body Movers book, 7 Brides for 7 Bodies / Stephanie Bond on Kindle.  Another series I enjoy if you can find any humor in someone having a part time job assisting someone pick up bodies to take them to the morgue.  Not gruesome but they did have humor.  The series progressed so if you plan on reading them, book one!  It's been a while for this to get published so I had to remember the players and the situation for a bit.  The author lost her publisher and had to find another.

If I didn't know better I'd swear it was the third of the month and people on social security got their checks!  I have had so many requests for books for the last three days. 

Oh, bed book is Bless her Dead Little Heart / Miranda James.  I haven't read much yet but I'm not sure if I like it.  It takes place in Mississippi, MCs are two older sisters.  Let's just day it hasn't grabbed me yet.

Today we have our first spring shower to help get those May flowers! 

     

 

Date Posted: 4/3/2015 1:18 PM ET
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Read Cold Betrayal/J. A. Jance...the 10th Ali Reynolds.  This is a series that seems to be holding up.  Ali is involved in two cases...one a pregnant teenager hit by a car with no identification; and her DIL's grandmother who is being ripped off and threatened. 

Picked up Feta Attraction/Susannah Hardy at the library.  Afraid this will probably be "one and done" for me.  Thought it started out pretty good, but it lost me with the absurdity with the table.  But, it's probably just me being "picky".  cheeky 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/3/2015 2:04 PM ET
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Marla, I read Feta Attraction and thought the entire thing was absurd.  The table!?!  Come now.  I did like the way the treasure was hidden.  It didn't really appeal and I know it's a one and done for me.

I am having a problem settling on a book!  Started Bless Her Dead Little Heart / Miranda James - can't decide if I want to keep reading it. Not quite my style or maybe just my mood. Started Paw and Order / Diane Kelly - liked the first can't get into this one. Started Murder at the Book Group / Maggie King - okay read more of that, rats lost interest. Picked up Festive in Death / J D Robb - ah Eve Dallas is holding my attention, for now any way. I don't know why but I get these days where I can't seem to get into a book. I actually have a couple other books that I've started and can't seem to get into but I'm not giving up on them. At least not yet. devil

Now 7 Brides for 7 Bodies is still holding me.  I actually thought I had reached the end but there's more.  It's a bit disjointed but still got me.

I've got a ghost story - this happened this morning.  I woke at 5 and of course the house was dark.  I wandered into the den to hit the computer thought it might help me go back to sleep.  About 7:30 indeed, time to go back to bed.  Got all comfy and might have even dozed a bit.  Then I heard a tapping.  Just like mom would do when she wanted something and wasn't sure if I was asleep.  She'd tap on my dresser if I was awake I heard it.  Asleep I didn't.  I thought maybe someone was tapping on my window.  Got out of bed and went to check with my cell in hand and 911 dialed!  Peeked out to dense fog!  I'm telling this ghost story, there really was fog.  When I turned to go back to bed the bedside light was on in my mom's bedroom!  At 5 it was dark remember?  Mom had one of those touch and it turns on lamps, if we had a power failure when the power comes back the light comes on.  We had a short power failure.  That's why the light was on.  A short one because the only other thing affected was the clock on the microwave.  Phew!  surprise 

 

 

     

Date Posted: 4/4/2015 4:05 PM ET
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Geri...I would have been totally freaked!!!   We once lived in a house that I was convinced had ghost(s).  I would be setting there late  fat night reading and suddenly realize that the cats were awake, ears straight up, eyes wide.  Would go creeping around the house to figure out what was going on, but could never find anything.  Really think they just got together and pulled that trick to bug me!!! cheeky

Read Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death/James Runcie. Set in the 1950s it is a collection of six interrelated mysteries.  MC is the Vicar of Grantchester and gets involved with various mysteries from a missing ring, art forgery, murder.  It is a very gentle British mystery with no violence, bad language.  It is the first volume of the Grantchester Mysteries and a nice change from some of the other stuff I read.

Date Posted: 4/4/2015 4:14 PM ET
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Wow, Geri!  That is scary.  Hmmm.......

I finished "All the President's Menus" by Julie Hyzy.  It got more clear and interesting in the last third of the book.  Also read "Root Awakening" the newest Flower Shop mystery by Kate Collins.  Very good.  Abby and Marco are searching for their first home as well as trying to solve two mysteries. 9 month pregnant cousin Jillian provides several funny episodes as usual.  I'm now starting 'Night of the Living Thread" by Janet Bolin.  Some of these cozy mystery titles are just too cute. 

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Date Posted: 4/4/2015 4:37 PM ET
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I finished The Counterfeit Lady (Victorian Bookshop, Bk 2) :: Kate Parker 

It is a wonderful historical cozy mystery. Set in Victorian England gives lots of good info around European naval development race. Shows difference between classes and how some for aristocracy and other from middle class would like to be able cross lines. Highly recommend.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/5/2015 12:50 PM ET
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The surprising thing is I wasn't afraid of the light being on, I was more anxious about the tapping sound thinking someone might be trying to break in to the house.

Yesterday I worked on a couple of small projects I've been putting aside.  Grouting a bench, painting a chair and then reading a book.

The Buzzards Must be Fed / Anne Wingate.  This is the third of the Mark Shigata series.  I read it in six hours!  I was mesmerized.  It was one of those books that I could not put down.  Two more books in the series.  I have the next and ordered the last.

I also polished off those other books I had started, into a readin frenzy!  Paw and Order / Diane Kelly, Bless Her Dead Little Heart / Miranda James, Murder at the Book Group / Maggie King and last night was reading Festive in Death / J D Robb.  Almost finished with it. 

Date Posted: 4/6/2015 6:02 PM ET
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Is anyone else being harassed by annoying ads when you sign in to PBS?  I took a supposedly "authorized" survey about PBS yesterday and since then have had strange sites opening up in a different window every time I log in.  And there are all sorts of words in blue and underlined twice that have pop-up ads when you run your mouse over them.

I sent in feedback about it but wondered if it is happening to any one else?

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Date Posted: 4/6/2015 6:43 PM ET
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I'm lazy and don't always log out.  I'll try it today and see what happens.  

I finished Festive in Death and picked up Knot in my Backyard / Mary Marks.  That book kept me up all night.  I read 318 pages in five hours!  I fell asleep at the very end of the book.  I have no idea why, but I couldn't put it down, my eyes didn't even blink let alone close!  It's the second in a series and I didn't realize that immediately.  Normally when I discover that I put the book down so I can get the first.  With this one when I discovered it I thought I just read a little more then I'll put it down.  I've now gone for the first and third of the series.

Date Posted: 4/6/2015 7:59 PM ET
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I read "Lethal Bayou Beauty" by Jana DeLeon --- the second in the Miss Fortune books.  There was a scene in this one that had me laughing out loud for several pages.  It was simply hilarious.  So I am now on to the 3rd in the series "Swamp Sniper".  The whole premise of a CIA agent pretending to be a beauty queen in a small Louisiana town, is totally beyond belief, but the antics of the two old ladies she has come to know, are so funny.



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Date Posted: 4/6/2015 8:01 PM ET
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Leslie    I didn't take a survey but I had that (the underlined blue words and pop up ads happening constantly) a few months ago.  I had been having other troubles with my laptop also.  My husband couldn't fix it.  I ended up taking it to the techs at Staples three times.  After the first two times (the problems came back within 24 hrs.) they consulted higher up techs and said it was a really nasty and stubborn virus.  The third time they wiped my computer clean and reloaded programs.  I don't really know if the PBS problems were part of the virus or not, just that it happened about the same time.

Edited because I forgot to say that I read Wesley Peterson 4 by Kate Ellis, The funeral boat and now  I am reading WP5, The Bone Garden.  I am really liking this series.  I got a bunch of them in the mail today.  I think I will not mention the cost to my husband!



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Date Posted: 4/6/2015 9:21 PM ET
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Leslie, it sounds like you may have introduced a virus into your computer when you took the survey.  PBS is a safe site and will never send you a survey unless it is through the Librarian, or use any other form of advertising.  I am not a big computer whiz, but if I were you I would log out of your account, then clean the cache and cookies out of your computer.  There is a free download you can get that will do this for you; I use CCleaner.  Then run a scan of your site using your anti-virus program.  That should isolate and fix the problem.

 

 

 

Date Posted: 4/6/2015 10:46 PM ET
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Thanks for the input guys. I asked my IT expert (my son - LOL) to check it out and apparently on Saturday DH installed an update for something called Flash and introduced this adware called Pulse something or other. DS has disabled it and will look into how to wipe it out of the system so it will not come back.  That appears to have done the trick.

I contacted PBS again about the survey and am waiting for a reply. If it is not something they initiated, hopefully they will be able to figure it out.

I tried very hard to read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn but could not get into it.  I didn't like the MC and couldn't care less whether the mystery was ever solved. After 80 pages I just shut it down.  Alice won it in a swap from me. Hopefully she likes it more than I did.

 

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Date Posted: 4/7/2015 6:32 AM ET
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Now reading Fat Tuesday / Sandra Brown for the mystery challenge.  This is supposed to be a romantic suspense.  So far not much romance.  Murder, drugs, prostitution, divorce but nary a romantic scene yet!  

Read Rose and Helena Save Christmas / Jana DeLeon on Kindle

Becky, I think the Miss Fortune books seem to have laugh out loud sections throughout.  I liked Jana DeLeon's Mudbug series but not quite as much as the Miss Fortune.  In fact I read the Mudbug before the Miss Fortune.  I think it was Alice that got me started on the Miss Fortune.  She gets me started on many new to me series.  That Kindle book is more of a tie-in to a Denise Swank series.

Now reading Death of a Country Fried Redneck / Madison Johns on Kindle trying to clean up my Unlimited so I can get more.  . 

Date Posted: 4/7/2015 12:21 PM ET
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Something to give you a chuckle for today.

While the priest was presenting a children's sermon.  He asked the children if they knew what the Resurrection was.  Now, asking questions during children's sermons is crucial, but at the same time, asking children questions in front of a congregation can also be very dangerous.
In response to the question 'what is the resurrection', a little boy [Charlie Baumann] raised his hand.
The priest called on him and the boy said,

"I know that if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours
you are supposed to call the doctor."

It took ten minutes for the congregation to settle down enough to continue the service.



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/7/2015 2:13 PM ET
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Becky that was truly a laugh out loud moment for me!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 4/7/2015 3:42 PM ET
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Golly Becky that was priceless!!!  And you can just see it happening, too.  I can just see the parents scooching down in the pew, trying to become invisible.  I can remember one of those moments when my DH and I had taken our daughter (about 3) out to dinner.  I took her to the restroom and on the way back to our seats (about half way across the dining room) she announced to her dad, "Daddy, I REALLY had to go".  There was no avoiding the snickering and laughter that followed us all the way to our table.

Date Posted: 4/7/2015 8:22 PM ET
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Too funny you guys!

I'm still working on "Night of the Living Thread"  by Janet Bolin.   For some reason this book is not grabbing me.  I don't know why, I have loved her other books in this series. If it wasn't on my mystery challenge list I'd probably just pitch it.  Anyone else read this?  Loved it or not so much?

Date Posted: 4/7/2015 10:27 PM ET
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Just finished Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz.  The story is set in Seattle's Pike Place Market and is basically Market Spice (my absolute favorite tea place--in fact, I'm having a mug of Rum Butter tea right now).  I've been there twice and could picture the streets and the vendors she was describing.  All in all, it was a very enjoyable book and the culprit was not clear until near the end.  It definitely is entertaining as well as a bit educational about the different spices, but not in a preachy sort of way.  I may just have to try the Potato and Broccoli frittata recipe and copy the ginger ice cream recipe to make this summer.  

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