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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: April Books that we are Reading
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 6:54 AM ET
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Let's talk about our April books that we are reading

I just finished Iced Chiffon (Consignment Shop, Bk 1) :: Duffy Brown. It was good, but the middle dragged a bit.  It will be interesting to see where Ms. Brown goes wtih the series. I don't see any info on a book too.

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Ivy M. (Luvbug) - ,
Subject: Calculated In Death by J. D. Robb
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 8:53 AM ET
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I am reading Calculated in Death by J. D. Robb.  This is book 36 in the In Death series.  I have really enjoyed reading this series and this one is not a disapointment so far. 

Date Posted: 4/1/2013 9:37 AM ET
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I am reading The Anatomist's Lady by Anna Lee Huber.  I'm about halfway in and so far I am liking it.  I like the character of Lady Darby.  She doesn't fit into the mold of what they expected women to be like at that time period.  Unfortunately though, she also pays the price for it.

Date Posted: 4/1/2013 11:16 AM ET
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Left over from last month but right now I'm reading Hour Game by David Baldacci.

This is the second book in King and Maxwell series. I'm enjoying this book just as much as the first one.

 

Date Posted: 4/1/2013 2:27 PM ET
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Started listening to Diamond Solitaire by Peter Lovesey, #2 in the Peter Diamond mystery series. Otherwise, it's the same stuff I was working on waaaaay last month...LOL...Strawberry Yellow by Naomi Hirahara (print) and The Dance of Death by Kate Sedley (a Roger the Chapman historical mystery) on the Kindle. I have The Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri, the latest Montalbano book, next in print...already picked it up from the library.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/1/2013 5:36 PM ET
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I'm psyched because I just got a book that had been on my wishlist for several years -- The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Annotated Edition) (G. K. Chesterton).  I read this book a number of years ago and was fascinated by it, and I couldn't resist the annotated edition.  Once I finish my current book this will be next on my list.  smiley

ETA:  Not sure this is technically a mystery, but since it's Chesterton I figure it counts!



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/1/2013 5:37 PM ET
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Pity sake, many of us are still in March!

I'm reading A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer and Murder at Moot Point by Marlys Millhiser.  

 

Date Posted: 4/1/2013 10:26 PM ET
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Just finished Killer Crab Cakes by Livia Washburn.  Next up is a contemporary fiction book for that challenge.

Date Posted: 4/2/2013 8:33 AM ET
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Killer in Crinolines (A Consignment Shop Mystery) :: Duffy Brown
ISBN-13: 9780425252154 - ISBN-10: 0425252159 - Book Type: Paperback

Alice, this is the next book in the "Iced Chiffon" series.  I enjoyed the first one as well, although it was a bit tough to figure out the characters and quite frankly some of them were pretty unbelievable. But it was a good story and I do look forward to reading the next one.

Still working on "Cat Trick" by Sofie Kelly.  It is good, but life has taken a very sharp, bad turn for me right now, so I don't have much time or inclination to read.  I would like to ask for your thoughts and prayers.  I'm sad to say that my 21 year old son was arrested yesterday for aggravated assault, which from what he has told me he is not guilty of, but who knows.  This is a felony if convicted and he could face up to 10 years in jail.  My heart is just broken. 

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 2:05 PM ET
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Oh Joy!  Prayers for you and your son. 

I got into my Kindle and finished Outlaw by Angus Donald, a version of Robin Hood told from Alan Dale's point of view.  He joined Robin when he was 13.  Also polished off Male Android Campaion by MacKenzie McKade.  A romance, sci-fi with a few chuckles thrown in to the mix.  Not a mystery!  

Now, I think I'll read Malled to Death by Laura DiSilverio.  It hit my doorstep this morning! 

 



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Date Posted: 4/2/2013 3:29 PM ET
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Joy--keeping you and your son in my prayers.

Just finished reading "Eye of the Wolf" by Margaret Coel.  It's the 11th book in the Wind River Mystery series, and to me it was one of the better ones.

Now I'm reading "Highgate Rise" by Anne Perry--the 11th book in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series.  I've just started, but the story is already drawing me in.

I'm also listening to "New York to Dallas" by JD Robb--the 33rd book in the Eve Dallas series.  I always enjoy these books in audio--I think Susan Ericksen does all the characters perfectly.

Date Posted: 4/2/2013 6:19 PM ET
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Dearest Joy --- My heart just breaks for you.  Such a sadness for someone so very young.  Needless to say, my prayers are going.

Cheryl --- Have not been around much, but always love seeing that "sock monkey" when I click on this forum!!!

I am still reading "Medicus" by Ruth Downie and just loving it.  It is set in 118 CE and Gaius Ruso is a Roman physician at a fort in Britannia.

Date Posted: 4/2/2013 6:32 PM ET
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Becky -- I just receied Medicus last week from a PBS'er. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying (loving) it. I'm trying to expand into Historical Mysteries. I have read a few HM's, but it's still new territory for me. :) It sounded very intriguing.

Date Posted: 4/3/2013 11:43 AM ET
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Finished "Cat Trick" last night.  There was one statement in the book that just struck me as hilarious - obviously the proof reader didn't pick up on it..."she put her hands behind her back and pushed up her glasses."    All sorts of contortions came to mind as I tried to figure out how she actually did that.  :)

Just starting "One Hot Murder" by Lorraine Bartlett, part of the "A Victoria Square Mystery" series.  It is so comforting to read books in series you know sometimes.  Just seems like they are old friends. 

Thank you all for your prayers.  They do help.

 

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Date Posted: 4/3/2013 2:39 PM ET
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Joy I read that book and love the series, as you say some seem like you're visiting with old friends.  I missed that about the glasses!  Funny  cheeky



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Date Posted: 4/3/2013 9:18 PM ET
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Oh, Joy, so sorry for what you are going thru.  Sending good thoughts and prayers for both of you.  Loved the "funny" you found in "Cat Tricks"!  Must have had really l-o-n-g arms!  Haven't been reading much with packing for the moved, but did read "Curoisity Thrilled the Cat"...which, I think, is the first in that series.  Assuming I get thru all of this, am going to get the second in the series.

Still packing!!  Currently working in the basement, going thru the seven four-drawer filing cabinets that came over here when husband closed his office.  I have been told what MUST BE saved...which, I think, will end up filling at least two of them...which will have to be moved to the storage area in the new apt.  Along with the five boxes of his 33-1/3 records.  I know, it's ridiculous.  But, every other time we have moved, we have barely been speaking to each other by moving day...all over me trying to discuss what he REALLY needs to keep.  Decided it wasn't going to happen this time...if it's his, I am packing it.  If it's mine, I am getting rid of it except what  I have to have...clothes, kitchen stuff, etc...including books, of course.  But, am only moving my TBR stack and the books I have on my bookshelf.  Put out 27 boxes, three large trash bags, two chairs, three occasional tables, plant stands for Vietnam Veterans of America to pick up in the morning.  What is scary is that just represents stuff from the living room, dining room and an alcove off the front door.  I haven't even started on the kitchen or the upstairs, and there is a lot of stuff in the basement that will have to go.  They should just put me on their permanent pickup route!  LOL

OK...one more thing.  I have had several kids (19-20 yr olds) who will come over and do any heavy lifting and haul things to the dumpster for me.  I was going thru the LP records, pulling any that were mine to get rid of.  I discovered that they had NO IDEA what a 33-1/3 record was!!  Talk about feeling old!!  I realized many of you here probably wouldn't know what they are either.  But, Geri, please tell me you remember them!!!  They also looked blank when I mentioned I had a bunch of slides/transparencies that I had taken years ago.  They didn't know what those were either.  Being around them, I begin to feel that you should just take me directly to the nursing home and be done with it!!  frown ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. CTRL+F5 reloads the whole page.



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Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 4/3/2013 10:03 PM ET
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I don't have a mystery going but I am reading a book about Steig Larsson (who wrote The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) by his best friend and business partner. What a workaholic! He worked 20 hour days in political activism journalism and wrote after that. Crazy. Even his best friend didn't know he was writing the books, he couldn't imagine when he had the time.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/4/2013 6:26 AM ET
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Marla not only do I remember 33 1/3 records I have some myself!  Gads!  I don't know about Colorado but here those are valuable!  See if you can't sell them rather than trash them!  We'll have to be in that nursing home together listening to the music on my stero.  cheeky

My dad was the same way when we were moving to this house.  Barely lifted a finger to pack and couldn't get rid of a thing.  Mom and I just went to the basement and packed it all up.  We got here and he opened the boxes and all we heard was now why did you pack this?  But he didn't get rid of a thing.

Dumping stuff isn't easy though sounds like you've got a heck of a start!

Amazing story you're reading Barb.  It sounds like a mystery, how did he do that, work so much I mean?

I'm reading Malled to Death.  Funny this is book three and I still can't quite decide if I like the series or not.  They leave you hanging a bit so I gotta have the next just to see what's gonna happen to MC. 



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LOL--Marla--You made me feel old with your comment about the 19-20 year olds not even knowing what a 33-1/3 rpm record was!  Wow!!  I'm 46 and remember having tons of those around the house when I was growing up.  My Mom and Dad were big Johnny Cash fans, and they had close to all his albums on LP.  My hubby and I still have a bunch of LPs--don't listen to them much any more, but hubby does hook his turntable up to the stereo system every once in a while to listen.

A few years ago, right after my Dad passed away, my brother, sister, and I were going through everything--he had an old time record player that  you have to wind up--no electricity needed--played 78's and a bunch of 78rpm records for it.  We had a lot of fun listening to all his "really old" music.

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Date Posted: 4/4/2013 2:59 PM ET
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Oh, I have some 78s that belonged to my uncle.  The Big Band sound, Glenn Miller and lots of jazz.  The jazz records are on the pricey side too.  My stero will play three speeds, 33 1/3, 45 and 78s.  A friend kept her grandparents wind up record player and I'd love to get my hands on it.  She even had one that played cylinders rather than "platters".  

Date Posted: 4/4/2013 4:42 PM ET
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Oh, I just loved those 45's!  I remember them all too.  My husband teaches 6th grade and it is amazing what these kids don't know about.  How about a finger-dialed telephone, party lines, real people who were operators.  For sure they would have no idea what those records are about.  They even look blankly at him when he mentions VHS tapes. 

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Date Posted: 4/4/2013 5:28 PM ET
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Geri, he chain smoked and lived on coffee and dropped dead of a heart attack at 50. That's how he did it. Not exactly a lifestyle conducive to health. And they were constantly receiving death threats and harassment from racist groups. Some of their colleagues were actually killed. Sweden seems like such an idylic place but I guess they have some serious racism issues. He died in 2004 too, not like it's ancient history. They had police protection and stayed in hiding most of the time because of their equality work. Crazy.

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Marla, just asked my 12-year-old son, and he knew what a record album was.  He's sort of offended I asked.  Whew!

Date Posted: 4/4/2013 6:32 PM ET
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I had some of those 33 1/3 albums too.  And I remember the 78s, anybody remember those little doohickys you had to put in them so the big hole in the 78 would fit on the little post for the big albums?  What really made me think was when I was watching an episode from season one of Mad Men and they were playing a comedy album by Bob Newhart.  My parents had that same album!!  They also had other comedy albums.  How many of us have seen those?

I still have a few, saving because I am hoping someday they will be worth something.  I have a Beatles album, one from Led Zepplin, Chicago and a few others.  Dating myself here!

Date Posted: 4/4/2013 8:56 PM ET
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Yes, Carole!  I remember the doohickies for my 45s and some of my mom's old 78s.  And we had the Bill Cosby comedy album from the 1970s, which includes the sketch about dad being left for the weekend with the kids, giving the kids chocolate cake for breakfast, and then the kids singing "Dad is great, he gives us chocolate cake!"  My DH and I have a lot of old 33 albums in storage and occcasionally we'll bring them out, which is how DS knows about them.

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