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Subject: April Showers! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2016 9:51 AM ET
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I just finished Silenced in the Surf / Kate Dyer-Seeley and now reading Death of a Bacon Heiress / Lee Hollis which takes place on an island off Maine.

I finished The Death Season / Kate Ellis.  One of the better ones!  I couldn't seem to read fast enough.  Red herrings galore and what an ending!

 



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Finished 'Ming Tea Murder' by Laura Childs.  There seemed to be quite a few things that didn't get resolved by the end of the book, which I thought was unusual.  I don't want to get into specifics because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, but I just wondered if anyone else read this one and thought the same thing. 

I've read a bunch of mysteries since Jan 1 ~ now I just need to figure out which books go where in the challenges!

Date Posted: 4/2/2016 7:20 AM ET
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I read "Death on Eat Street," by J.J. Cook last evening. No idea what's next on the list!

Date Posted: 4/2/2016 9:06 AM ET
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I'm still reading A Watery Death by Joan Druett but I find I'm actually enjoying it--I was dubious at first because I'm not a fan of naval books, especially historical naval books. But the mystery in this one is intriguing (although I think I have at least part of it figured out) and I like the main character, Wiki Coffin, a lot. It's going slow because it's my bedtime book and I've been so bushed lately I'm falling asleep sooner than usual, but I'm over halfway done now. My other two books are steampunk and classic fiction (I'm re-reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for one of the categories in my personal reading challenge...Nurse Ratchet rides again! LOL )

Cheryl

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/2/2016 10:06 AM ET
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I'm now reading Once a Crooked Man / David McCallum, the second from A Man from UNCLE.  Murder in the Raw / C S Challinor and still on Death of a Bacon Heiress / Lee Hollis, Lone Star / Ed Ifkovic.  Edna Ferber is the sleuth in this one and the main character is James Dean with a side dish of Rock Hudson an dElizabeth Taylor.  The background is th emaking of Giant.  Two Kindles and two paper.

Oh, forgot Slow Cooked Murder / Tim Myers.  Someone warned me this is not a good book.  I really enjoy Tim Myers but it's like I've started this about a quarter of the way into the book.  Almost like it's the second book of the series but it is the first.  I think it's a self published book and it needed a reade and an editor.  There's been a murder, it's night time and the MC is walking home from work, turned down a ride!  She must find the killer because she's a person of interest along with many other people in her cooking class.  Sigh.  



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It took me forever, but I finally finished The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon.  I just couldn't get into it to begin with and kept putting it down to do something else.  Finally yesterday I took it with me while I had a pedicure and as I'm a captive in the chair, finally started getting interested in the book.  Well, I came home and finished the book last night.  Way out of my normal reading comfort zone, but in the end I did like the book.

Date Posted: 4/3/2016 12:33 PM ET
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Read one for the challenge yesterday--the year I graduated from HS.  Wow, is the writing style ever different from present day writing.  It took me a while to get used to it, but it the end I never had a clue as to who the culprit was and I did thoroughly enjoy the book.  It was The Finishing Stroke by Ellery Queen.

Date Posted: 4/3/2016 12:58 PM ET
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Una --- I read an Ellery Queen book for one of our Challenges a couple of years back and noticed the same thing.  In the past I had read nearly every Ellery Queen written and enjoyed the re-read.  The language, punctuation, etc. of author's today makes them seem quite uneducated when compared to author's of the past --- vocabularies today are so limited and so full of cursing.  Oh well, enough of that, I am getting older and just enjoy a more formal way of speech, perhaps formal is not a good word, how about what used to mean "proper English"!!!

Here lately I read the latest of the Linda Castillo "Amish" mysteries, "After the Storm" also one about a veterinarian that moved to a small town to close down her deceased friend's practice --- someone got killed and she just "decided" to solve the crime.  I really enjoyed the veterinary practice portions of it, but the "I am going to solve this" was a bit too much to take.  "Farm Call Fatality" by Abby Deuel.  Now reading "The Conspiring Woman" by Kate Parker --- one of her Victorian Bookshop offerings.  I find the "bookshop" books enjoyable.

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I just won The Conspiring Woman in a swap.  I really do enjoy the series.  This is one of the series that told me that yes, I could read and enjoy historical fiction.  With the Ellery Queen book, I hate to tell you how many words I had to look up to find the meaning.  That almost never happens now days!  Growing up, my dad had a rule--I could not use a word unless I could spell it.  We had a huge old dictionary (about a foot thick), and I got to be pretty good at looking things up.  I also became an excellent speller.  In fact, my sixth grade graduation gift was my very own dictionary.

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Date Posted: 4/3/2016 5:42 PM ET
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Becky, I worked with someone who despaired the quality of schooling children received.  This was 30 years ago and he would say insted of raising the quality of language among other things they were being "dumbed down".  If you think about it when you first used a microwave there was no warning on the package to be careful the package will be hot after cooking.  Now that warning is larger than the cooking instructions.  wink  I read that some one was severely burned by boiling water that he took out of the microwave.  He stuck his finger in the water to see if it was hot because he didn't see it bubble.

Many times when I read a book these days I get very impatient with the repetition, he drove a red car.  Do I care that he drove a red car?  Do you have to tell me every time he gets in his car it's a red car?  Okay, rant over!



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Gotta put my two cents in here.  Just finished The Finishing Stroke by Ellery Queen published in 1958 and guess what--lots of descriptions of what people were wearing to dinner, what clothes were purchased, and descriptions of the cars.  So, guess things haven't changed that much.  We are just much more aware of the repetition.  :)

Date Posted: 4/4/2016 10:17 AM ET
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I finished reading Memory Man (Amos Decker, Bk 1) :: David Baldacci last night.  It's the first book by David Baldacci that I have read. When I read the plot, it made me think of the TV show where the detective remembered everything. Same thing here with Amos. Can't forget anything, including finding the bodies of his wife and child as well as his brother-in-law. To make it even worse, he sees it in the color blue. The story picks up almost 2 years later when a man comes forward to confess to the crimes. The plot builds from that point on.

I really liked the story and writing. The only negative that I can say it that a few too many times it was talked about his abilities and the process he goes through remembering. The other is the amount of swear words which luckily didn't include the F word except in one occurence that I remember.

I'm looking forward to the next in the series which comes out this month.



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I agree with the above comments.  I am afraid the problem is that we all read too much!  If we only read 10-12 books  year, all this stuff probably wouldn't be that noticable.  Not that I intend to cut back on my reading you understand!  wink

Cynthia...You might like Baldacci's series with John Puller, an Army CID agent.  I had never read any of this books until I picked up the first in that series, Zero Hour (think I needed a "Z" for a challenge I was doing).  Not being a fan of the so-called thrillers, I was prepared not to like it.  Ended up getting the next two in the series and loving them.  Have The Memory Man on my list at the library and on my WL.

Read Flawless/Heather Graham.  (Not a Krewe of Hunters book, Geri).  The MC, is a criminal psychologist (tho she doesn't do much of that in the book) and owns an Irish bar in NYC along with her three brothers.  She gets mixed up in a series of jewelry store robberies and and FBI agent.  Don't know if it is a stand-alone or the first of a new series.  Given there are three more in the family, I can see if being a series.

And, Thursday's Children (or Thursday's Child depending on which edition you have)/Nicci French.  I know a lot of people don't like these books and I admit that the MC, Frieda, is a bit odd.   But, so am I, which is probably why I enjoy them!!

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Date Posted: 4/4/2016 6:28 PM ET
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I like most of Heather Graham's books, not just the Krewe.  I've read several of her small series and trilogies.

This morning I was looking at Fantastic Fiction and saw an ad from a publisher LOOKING FOR NEW AUTHORS.  Wouldn't you know it I don't see it now.  I wan't to let someone who was on Facebook know so they could share with the authors being dropped.  Hopefully someone caught it.

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Date Posted: 4/4/2016 8:49 PM ET
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I finished by book fo the month Shimura Trouble (Rei Shimura, Bk 10) :: Sujata Massey

I would give it 3 stars out of 5

Not as good as many of its previous books. Generally these books are set in Japan this one is in Hawaii.  Characters were all a bit whiny. Wasn't crazy about her father constantly nagging her father about her diet. Loved the discussion of Japanese customs and traditions. Ending was very good. The next book is written 6 years later. I will have to see how it is.

Date Posted: 4/4/2016 9:33 PM ET
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Thanks Marla! I will check that series out.

I started reading A Familiar Tale (Witches Cats series)  by Delia James this afternoon and it drew me right in.  Sometimes I am hesitant on reading some of the witch stories. Not so much because of the witchcraft but because they have altars in some of the books and I don't know which direction they may go with it.  I'll wait and see on this one as not much attention has been given to one yet.

I do like the cat Alistair that is in it.

Date Posted: 4/5/2016 12:52 PM ET
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Cynthia --- My favorite Baldacci series is "The Camel Club".  However, he had many standalone books that were wonderful prior to beginning all of these series books.  I would have to look at a list to tell you the ones I really enjoyed --- will do that soon when I have a bit of time.

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I loved The Camel Club too Becky. Read it at my daughter's when I was watching the grands for several days. Had to order the rest of the series since I got so caught up in it!

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Sorry, Geri.  Thought you were following Graham's Krewe series.  Another brain glitch!  cheeky

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Date Posted: 4/5/2016 5:13 PM ET
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Oh, I am following The Krewe but love her other stuff too!  I have some of her things onmy wl.

Today was not my day,  went to a store, wasn't paying attention and tripped over a curb.  I took a header.  I almost landed face first.  Believe it or not my glasses prevented more injury but, I damaged the lenses.  They really got scratched.  My favorite glasses!  I ended up with a skinned nose, way up where the nose bridge on the glasses is.  I wonder if I'll have black eyes because it sure does hurt, looks swollen too.  Scrapped my knee a bit too.  Not the palms of my hands but a small cut on the back of my hand.  How I managed that is beyond me.

I was reading Obsession in Death but don't know if I can read a book, may have to stick to Kindle and a chair for a day or two.



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OMG Geri! Sounds like you did enough damage as it is! I hope you didn't break anything!  You can get those lenses replaced, I'm sure but please, make sure nothing is broken. I know how these things can happen and they are embarrassing and scary all at the same time.

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Date Posted: 4/5/2016 5:26 PM ET
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Nope, amazing, nothing is broken,  Not even my poor scrapped nose, not even the poor scrapped lenses.  Normally I walk with my eyes down watching where I put my feet so I don't fall.  I'm not sure where my mind was but it wasn't on walking.  crying

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Reading If the Dead Rise Not by Philip Kerr (#6 Bernie Gunther historical) which I had started some months ago in audio from the library, but something happened in the file transfer and I never could get the rest of the book beyond Chapter 4 to work, even though I re-downloaded it and everything. Forgot all about it...now am reading the print version.

Also just about to start The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe, the latest (fourth?) in the Hazel Micallef series, which I have been waiting a LONG time for! I hope it's good! I actually bought the Audible version because I have a few credits burning a hole in my pocket. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/5/2016 6:20 PM ET
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GERI, GERI, GERI --- You are going to win the prize somewhere for the most black eyes in the shortest period of time!!!!  Are you absolutely there was no "real" damange, breaks, tears, etc.

Well all of you will get a kick out of this one, even though it is actually sad. Yesterday I found out Charlie, my remodeler, has some retinal tears in his eye.  What I did not know was that he cannot see out of one eye and the tears are in the other!!!  No telling when he will be able to work.  Going to hire a finish carpenter to do the last things so that I can get appliances put in and enough stuff moved around so I can begin to live there!!!  If I did not know better, I would think God does not really want me to live in that house!!!

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Date Posted: 4/5/2016 6:30 PM ET
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No breaks but I sure did skin the bridge of my nose!  In fact my nose is red.  I look like I'm a heavy duty drinker!

I'd almost agree with you about God not wanting you to move.  angel

Oh, what Charlie has is similar to what I have.  I was lucky that with laser surgery the doctor was able to repair the tears I had in both eyes.  I can see a bit better out of my right eye than I could in the past.  If Charlie can have the laser surgery he'd be able to see almost immediately. 

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