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Subject: April Mysteries We Are Reading
Date Posted: 4/3/2017 12:13 AM ET
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Wow, am I really beginning this thread on April 2nd???

Date Posted: 4/3/2017 1:49 PM ET
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I just started City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong.  Read a third of the book last night and am totally engrossed in it.  Hope it stays as goodl. 

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Date Posted: 4/3/2017 1:54 PM ET
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Not many left Beckie.

I'm into my Kindle and also reading Immortal Unchained.  Mercy much as I love the series it seems to drag.  Almost halfway through it and it may be picking up now.

 

Date Posted: 4/3/2017 4:30 PM ET
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Just finished one "The Buried Book" set in 1950s Michigan by D.M. Pulley.  It was okay.  A bit long with an ending that did not satisfy me --- perhaps others it would, just sort of ended!!!  It was a Kindle freebie and I was able to use it in the Historical Mystery Challenge, but cannot say much more than that!!!

Not sure what it coming next!!!  I have several paper books I ordered for the Challenges and I am now wondering WHY???  Kindle is so much easier.  Wow if one goes back to my posts of about 4 years ago, you will find me praising paper books and not so keen on Kindle.  Not sure what the genesis of the change was, but I am finding Kindle so much easier these days!!!

Date Posted: 4/3/2017 10:42 PM ET
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I've read "Tangled Web" by Irene Hannon and "Sleeping Beauty Murder" by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke.  Really spooky ending on the last one.  

Otherwise I've been enjoying the beautiful April weather.  Saturday we had 9 inches of snow.  Today was lovely ~ sunny, in the 50's.  Tomorrow we are getting another 6-10 inches of snow.  indecision

On the really bright side, however, today is Opening Day for baseball and the Red Sox won their home opener!



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 4/4/2017 7:25 AM ET
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I am reading the Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley.  Book 3 of 7. 

Love her books, wonderful story teller. This one is really long over 600 pages. Really doesn't need to be that long. Some good editing would help.

It is marked as historical fiction but there is a mystery that goes through the whole series, where is sister number 7. Start from the beginning though

alice

Date Posted: 4/4/2017 11:40 AM ET
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Do you know the answer?

April showers bring May flowers.

What do May flowers bring?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilgrims   :)



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Date Posted: 4/4/2017 11:42 AM ET
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Didn't get a darn thing accomplished yesterday as I absolutely could not put City of the Lost down.  Definitely did not have a clue as to who the killer was either.  Now I can't wait to get ahold of book two. 

Date Posted: 4/5/2017 10:57 AM ET
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Well, I somehow came in contact with a virus which has, in turn, become one of my nasty asthma upsets!!!  Guess I will never be able to have a simple cold the rest of my life --- YUCK!!! 

Anyway, as a result of having to sit around and not "exert" myself I have actually read 3 books in 2 days, and, no, they were not 50 pages each!!!  One was Linda Castillo's most recent one about Kate Burkholder and the Amish folks of Ohio, "Among the Wicked", next was "Publish and Perish" by Sally Wright, again in Ohio with a professor cum detective at a small university, and then "The Rabbit Factory" by Marshall Karp, first in a series about LAPD Detectives Lomax & "someone".  "The Rabbit Factory" fills in a slot in the Mystery Challenge with a Chinese Calendar character.

While sitting here wheezing this morning I have piddled around and managed to replace 3 paper books in my Challenge lists with Kindle ones at a small cost!!!  I know reading Kindle seems to obviate the need to belong to PBS, but I do occasionally still read a paper book, plus I would miss my pals!!!

Date Posted: 4/6/2017 9:28 AM ET
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I'm reading Harry Potter books which I started for a swap that's taking place. Now I think I'm hooked!!!!

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Date Posted: 4/6/2017 9:29 AM ET
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Jeanne,  They are very well written and entertaining. Very imaginative world she created. Watch the movies too they are wonderful

Date Posted: 4/6/2017 9:42 AM ET
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Jeanne --- I read the first Harry Potter book before I gave it to my oldest granddaughter when it first came out.  After that I read every one prior to giving it to her.  I just loved them.  After all the reading, I did watch the movies and enjoyed them as well.

Date Posted: 4/7/2017 10:54 AM ET
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Absolutely everyone who has read the HP books seems to love them! I'm in good company!!!!yes

Date Posted: 4/9/2017 6:47 AM ET
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hey. where is everybody. reading now The Jazz Bird by Craig Holden. Murder committed on first page. the rest of the book figuring out what happened. There is some court room stuff. Interesting writing style. set in 1920's. Might be based in real events.

Date Posted: 4/9/2017 12:20 PM ET
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Hi Charles --- Seems we have had an exodus from our PBS pals around here.  My hope is that everyone is just very busy with something and that they have not fled the planet!!!

I have been down with this asthma thing for almost a week so have read several books.  Starting an older one now, "The Winter Shaker" by Deborah Woodworth.  I think I am reading it as it is set in Kentucky and one of the Challenges (Historial Mystery??) has a section for reading books from each state.  It was printed in 1997 and is about 4.5" wide and close to 7" tall with a type size for those with superhuman vision.  I think I have a pair of readers strong enough to get me thru!!!  So funny, back then no one thought anything about "pocket" books --- in fact that was what they were called in the beginning.  I suppose saving paper costs might have been the initial reason for printing small books!!!  Now we see ones with 25 lines of type per page!!! 

Date Posted: 4/9/2017 2:17 PM ET
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If you haven't done a Tennessee yet I can recommend The Long Home by William Gay.

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Date Posted: 4/9/2017 7:31 PM ET
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I am reading a really good historical mystery, The Ripper's Shadow: A Victorian Mystery :: Laura Joh Rowland

I have liked her other series. This book is very well written.

Alice

Date Posted: 4/10/2017 11:18 AM ET
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Becky ~ I hope you are feeling better!  You always seem to pick up a virus or two each year.  Keep us posted.

I've finished the second book in the new "Material Girl" mystery series by Diane Valliere, 'Crushed Velvet.'  I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first.  Humor, lots of action, good mystery and good characters.  Since I finished this one, I have had a hard time getting into a new book.  I have a wish list book that I have been waiting for forever on its way in the mail and can't wait to read it. Maybe that has something to do with it.  Anyway, I've picked up a couple 'comfort read' books by Elizabeth Peters and am now reading 'The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog.' These should keep me going until that wish list book gets here!

Going to be 70 degrees today and tomorrow.  I may just sit on the deck and watch the snow melt!

Date Posted: 4/10/2017 12:58 PM ET
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Hi Joy --- I am decidedly better.  Still have a cough, but not much coming up any longer.  Yes, this asthma thing is such a huge drag.  I get the slightest bug and it kicks in with all the might of a storm!!!  Never had these issues until about the last 5 years and it seems to get worse not better.  I might be able to head it off if the doc would just let me keep a supply of Prednisone, but alas, they will not.  

Yesterday I finished a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt book from Anne Perry.  I think there are two more after the once I just read.  I love them but must think that she will die or stop writing one of these days.  Same with Richard Jury --- have always been some of my favorites, but Martha Graham is the same age as my mother, 86 --- so do not feel there may be many more.  Who knows perhaps someone will pick up the characters and try to keep them going.  Sometimes that works and others not so much.

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Date Posted: 4/11/2017 9:05 AM ET
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I forgot to watch this topic. 

I have been reading many books.  I killed my computer.  Thought I just mdae it ill but I actually wiped the hard drive.  I had my ipad and phone but they're just not the same as a laptop.  Down the road they'll become like a Kindle.  I have five tree books in the house to read and 162 on Kindle.  I, like Becky thought this will never be my cuppa when I fist began using it.  I had 20 books on it and thuoght as soon as I finish reading these I'll get rid of it.  Ha! 

I was without a computer for a week and that broke the gotta go online habit.

Reading paranormal mysteries, the at this point end of Aaron Stander's series.  So ber"well written I had to get under the covers since the action took place in the "Gales of November".  Mercy not one but two snow storms that took place 25 years apart.  He always leave you with a little mystery to decide what happened.

Date Posted: 4/11/2017 9:50 AM ET
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I've been checking in and reading the posts but just haven't been reading a whole lot. I have managed to finish a few books in the last couple of weeks though.

Last night I finished up Later Gator by Jana DeLeon, the latest Miss Fortune. I enjoyed it but didn't think it was quite as good as previous ones. I've also finished Wait for Dark by Kay Hooper, Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis and Gone With the Twins by Kylie Logan.

Next to work on finishing Blown Away by Clover Tate since I have to mail it out. I started it but set it aside to read others as it just wasn't grabbing me. We'll see how it goes now.

Date Posted: 4/11/2017 11:56 AM ET
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Geri --- How in the world did you kill your computer????  Thankfully I have never managed to actually kill one --- maim perhaps, but not kill!!!  Do you think you will replace it???  I know email is passe', but I really would be lost without it and I just do not like using it on my phone!!!

Actually got out of the house yeterday!!!  Was really puffed when I got home, still not 100% in the breathing arena.  They have all of the interior walls up in the house, the flooring down and are beginning all of the interior trim today!!!  Still waiting for brick delivery for the exterior. 

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 1:42 PM ET
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Becky ~ glad to hear you are improving!  Do you take a daily inhaler like Advair? If not, something you can talk to your doctor about.  It may help prevent these attacks of yours. They have a small amount of steroid in them.  Some doctors are of the opinion that you not use it everyday, but at the start and through an asthma episode.  I've done both.  Right now I'm not using Advair as my asthma is doing pretty well.  (knock on a big piece of wood!)  

I don't know what I would do if I killed my laptop. A possibility whenever I turn it on!  We have a back up thing (I think it is called Carbonite,) which stores all our data so if a laptop dies and we have to get a new one, this program will transfer all the data they have onto the new one. There is a yearly fee for the service, but it isn't too high.

One of my wish list books came yesterday, so I finished up the Elizabeth Peter's book anAd started the new one today.  "The Royal Assassin" by Kate Parker, the third book in her 'A Victorian Bookshop Mystery' series.  I have been waiting forever for it!  I have several other wish listers heading my way.  Yay!!



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Date Posted: 4/13/2017 7:32 PM ET
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Dearest Joy --- Since my hospital visit last year, I have been "inhaling" twice a day!!!  Yesterday I finished the Prednisone and today I will finish the anti-biotics and I still have nasty, colored stuff coming up from my lungs.  So I called the doc this morning reported the above to them and asked whether another round of anti-biotics might be in order.  Nurse said wait until tomorrow morning after you take your last capsule and if you are not better call us back!!!  In the meantime I am coughing almost to the choking point!!!  I seriously doubt one more capsule is going to change my chest congestion!!!  So tomorrow I will call them at 9 a.m. and see what the next step will be.  Without the Prednisone my chest is so darned tight --- I am using my "rescue" inhaler in addition to the other and I still cannot breathe properly!!!

As to reading, yesterday I finished "Death Mask" by Kathryn Fox.  Her character is Anya Crichton the Australian forensic pathologist.  I am also reading something "The Seven Wonders" in Rome in 92 B.C..  It is by Steven Saylor and is for the Historical Mystery Challenge.  I am usually not so hot about these super historical books.  Thankfully this one is written in mostly modern-day English --- not so authentic, but oh so easy to read and understand.

Date Posted: 4/13/2017 7:37 PM ET
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Becky - do you have a nebulizer? Sounds like that's what you need. If you have Medicare, it should cover the cost of one. Talk with your doc!

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