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Subject: April & Spring Has Sprung - What are we reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2014 3:56 AM ET
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Relics was very good and kept me up until around 5 a.m. on Monday. A little archaeology, a little anthropology, a little genealogy, some pottery and a mystery. I always enjoy learning something new, and this book introduced me to lusterware, a technique of applying a metallic glaze and then firing a second time. 

Now I'm a couple hundred pages into The Bookwoman's Last Fling by John Dunning. Horse-racing, horse rescue and, of course, books. Twenty years ago a woman died of peanut allergy. Was it an accident, suicide or murder? And who stole some of her most valuable kiddie lit?

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 8:25 AM ET
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Okay we have two "April" threads --- technically the one by Geri was begun minutes prior to this one by Mary P.  Someone needs to decide which one we shall all follow.

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Date Posted: 4/1/2014 10:03 AM ET
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No problem, I'll post a note that Mary has a thread going.

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 10:53 AM ET
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Geri -- I think you were posting yours at almost the same instant Mary was --- typing at the same time.  Two silly girls up before the chickens!!

Hey you two --- Mary and Geri --- are you trying to read the 50 states in one calendar year???  I was just going thru my list and I have read many states in the past 4 years.  Not all mind you, but many.  Doing the whole thing in a year is quite a feat --- good for you!!!!



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Date Posted: 4/1/2014 2:23 PM ET
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Becky, Marla is reading the state too.  My personnel challenge for this year is to lower my TBR, read and author for each letter of the alphabet, a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet, a book that takes place in each state.  I'm also making an effort to read books that take place in other countries and finally get my Kindle book list down.  I'll be happy if I just clean up the books that I have from past years.

Since it's still early in the year I'm not making a special effort to find my missing states yet.  Just whatever I come across as I'm reading them.  It's always neat to just run across a state you haven't read.  Believe it or not it's not that easy to find a Michigan book.  Yes, Loren Estleman wrote a couple of series that took place in Detroit but, I've read them.  The Father Koesler books took place in Michigan as well.  It just seems like lately I've so many books that take place in North Carolina.

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 4:35 PM ET
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Hard to believe it's April already!!

I finished "Gods of Guilt" by Michael Connelly yesterday--he's long been one of my favorite authors, and this one didn't disappoint.  Had been putting off reading it because now, I'm all caught up on his books.

I will also finish "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham today.  Another good book, but found myself putting it down and starting something else a few times.

Next up will be "A Room Full of Bones" by Elly Griffiths and "A Breach of Promise" by Anne Perry.

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 5:17 PM ET
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Geri - Nevada Barr has written a couple books set in Michigan. One of them is A Superior Death, but I can't remember the title of the other. I think SYKM only tracks series, not standalones. There were a few state books that I stumbled upon - Trunk Music, a Harry Bosch mystery that takes place mostly in Nevada, and Black Cherry Blues, which has Dave Robicheaux traveling to Montana. I've found doing a keyword search for the state name on PBS is helpful, although you have to put two-word states in quotes ("North Carolina"), and sometimes searching on a major city works too, e.g., Seattle or "Las Vegas." 

Date Posted: 4/1/2014 5:19 PM ET
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Becky...I'm keeping track of the states in the Reading Challenge, same as Geri.  I'm also trying the alphabetical by author and the same by title.  Plus, trying to reduce the books on my Kindle.  The latter is not working out too well!!  wink  Obviously, I need someone to explain the difference between "reduce" and "increase"...I seem to have those confused!  And, because I am perverse, I am trying to do those, plus the mystery challenge, without repeating an author!  We'll see how that goes!  I was browsing around in the Reading Challenge thread the other night and someone is going to read a book from all 196 countries! They even have a book listed for each one!!! 

Started The Night of the Dance/James Hime last night.  Set in a small town in Texas with a cold case and a current case.  The clueless sheriff has enlisted the help of a retired Texas Ranger.  Rather intense so far.  The language might offend some, along with a lot of racial slurs.  Given the setting and the characters, it is in context, but I can see that a lot of people might not like it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2014 5:55 PM ET
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FINISHED

The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel: James Rollins 

Sleight of Hand (Dana Cutler, Bk 4): Phillip Margolin     

The Striker (An Isaac Bell Adventure): Clive CusslerJustin Scott 

Night Moves (A Doc Ford Novel): Randy Wayne White  

 

 



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Good news - I received Final Notice, the Delaware book I will need to complete my 50 states. It's the one that had been lost in the mail.

Now I'm reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. It is indeed a dark book, but well written. Libby Day was the sole survivor when her family was slaughtered 25 years earlier. Now she's led to investigate whether her 15-year-old brother was really the killer who was sentenced to life in prison. The chapters flip back and forth between Libby in the present and the perspectives of her mother and brother the day of the killings.

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Date Posted: 4/4/2014 10:55 AM ET
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I'm reading Books, Cooks and Crooks / Lucy Arlington.  Well I've put it down for now.  It's annoying.  I like the series.  The MC is a bit of an amateur sleuth with a policeman for a boyfriend.  So far, so good.  They talk about the crime and she's not going around and asking questions at this point.  The cast of characters are book editors and more than one loves a mystery.  The person who was killed in an explosion was indeed murdered.  What's annoying is the fact that that person wasn't supposed to be where he was.  It was totally random that he was where he was.  I keep saying you dummies he wasn't the intended victim!  laugh

I picked up Death on Eat Street / J J Cook.  If anyone doing a state challenge needs an Alabama book, let me know.  At this point I'm a bit disappointed and shouldn't be.  It's a new series and sometime I have a bit of trouble settling into a new series.  I really liked their other series, Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade.  And other J & J Lavene books.

Also polished off There Goes Santa Claus / Nancy Mehl.  The fourth of the series and maybe the last.  I enjoy it and wish she'd write more of this series.   

Date Posted: 4/4/2014 3:18 PM ET
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Read Killman/Graeme Kent.  I liked the first two in the series, but this one, not so much.  Not really sure why...maybe it was my mood.  It just seemed to move really slowly and just couldn't get caught up in it.

Date Posted: 4/4/2014 4:42 PM ET
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Hello All --- Time for the church Flea Market so I am totally involved in just about every aspect.  Being the next to the youngest person helping out (at age 61) you get the idea of the other helpers.  Worked all day yesterday, until 2 p.m. today and I must go back this evening at 6 p.m. to be there during the AA meeting.  Partially to avoid possible theft, but mostly because some of them usually buy things on their way out.  The actual sale begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow.  People begin lining up at 7:30!!!  I have thus far taken 5 Tahoe SUV loads of "stuff".  There was much more to take but I have simply run out of oomph!!!  Going to take one last load when I go this evening.  Given all of this excitement I have really not been reading.  I was just too tired last night and it will likely be much the same tonight.  Just having a cup of coffee and a little sit-down before I must go back.

Date Posted: 4/5/2014 2:31 AM ET
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Read One Grave Too Many by Beverly Connor. MC Diane Fallon is a forensic investigator who had enough of "grave digging" in South America. She's just started a new job as director of a natural history museum when a police friend pulls her into a murder investigation by asking her to look at a clavicle. Someone seems to be trying to sabotage her new career. And then things escalate. Is it tied to her work in South America, local politics, or the murder investigation? Interesting characters and good forensics. Amazing what a single bone can tell about a person! Looking forward to the next in this series.

Also read Child of Silence by Abigail Padgett, a very interesting book that I'm using for the Survivor part of the 2014 Challenge. MC Bo Bradley works for Child Protective Services and suffers from bi-polar disorder. The book gives an inside look into the thought processes of someone who is trying to cope with the beginning of a manic cycle while rescuing a young deaf child from hired killers.



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Date Posted: 4/5/2014 12:08 PM ET
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Cleaning out those knickknacks Becky?    Couldn't resist!  cheeky  I have two and a half boxes for our church rummage sale in May and adding to them now and then. 

Mary, I've read One Grave Too Many.  One Grave too Many is the first of the series and sigh, I've read them all up to One Grave Less.  Written in 2010 and nothing since.  crying  

Death on Eat Street is much better now.  I just had to give it a chance.  The MC has been cleared of murder but a new friend is now accused.  On with the investigation.    



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Date Posted: 4/5/2014 2:38 PM ET
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Mary...I liked both of Beverly Connor's series and was sorry there weren't any more.  If I remember right, the MC (Lindsey Chamberlain) from the first series she wrote appears in the later Diane Fallon books.

Read A Reason to Kill/Jane A. Adams.  Not even sure where I got this book, but it had been lingering on my TBR for awhile.  A sort of mild police procedural/English Village mystery.  MCs are a DI who recently joined the dept in the village and a retired stage/TV actress who currently runs a guest house. Of course, the DI has some problems in his past (which all Brit detectives seem to have!!!) and the guest house proprietor played an investigator on a TV series, so she gets involved.  I enjoyed it and have ordered the second in the series.



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Wow!  I went to Judith Van Gieson's website to see if there were any new books forthcoming. She writes two series - Neil Hamel, a lawyer/investigator (no courtroom) and Claire Reynier, a rare books archivist, both set in Albuquerque. I would have loved to have read one of her books for the Route 66 bonus challenge, but I had read all of them previously. Anyhow, I sent an email to her telling her how much I enjoyed her books and hoping that she would be publishing another soon. Lo and behold, I got an email back from her within a few hours. Nothing in the works right now, but she promised to get back to writing again soon. She's one of the founders of a new publishing houses for New Mexico books called ABQ. They recently published their first four titles, and I guess that's kept her busy for a while.

Now I'm reading Nothing Personal by Eileen Dreyer. This will be for my Route 66 bonus challenge (St Louis, MO) as well as my 50 states personal goal. MC is a nurse who winds up as a patient in her own hospital after being seriously injured in an ambulance crash. She sort of accidentally kills a not-so-gentle nurse, nicknamed Attila the Buns, who's checking all her tubes. This is the second of Dreyer's books I've read, and I love her dark humor.

Becky & Geri - When you're done with your church flea markets, come out to my place and help me organize a yard sale. cheeky  

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Date Posted: 4/5/2014 5:11 PM ET
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Sorry Mary, I don't do garage or yard sales!  Just more than I can handle.  Donate to the church, no problem people are nicer.  Had more than one nasty person at the last garage sale I'll ever take part in.  Then there was the woman who insisted we had to sell her our house!!!  I kid you not.  She was at the garage sale and asked my mom how much she wanted for the house.  Mom said I'm not selling my house.  The woman went away and came back with her husband and was telling him to make my mom an offer for the house.  She had to have our house.  Why?  Because she liked the garage, said if it was so nicely decorated the house must be a marvel.  Said she would buy the house and contents sight unseen.  We were flabbergasted to say the least. 

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Date Posted: 4/5/2014 5:19 PM ET
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I've almost finished Dance of the Winnebagos / Ann Charles.  The first of the Jackrabbit Junction series.  It has spots where it was a bit disjointed.  I had to go back and read the beginning of a paragraph more than once.  Overall I enjoyed the book, looking forward to the next.  It has a bit of language, a bit of romance/sex but not nasty, a more than one spot of humor.  It takes place in Arizona for those looking for a challenge Route 66 book.         

Date Posted: 4/5/2014 5:22 PM ET
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Gosh, Geri, I hope someone comes along at our next yard sale and offers to buy our house!!   :)

I also just finished "Books, Cooks and Crooks" and thought it very good except the part of the mystery Geri talked about ~ I was yelling at the book, too!

Besides this one, I've finished "Everybody Loved Roger Harden" by Cecil Murphy.  This is part of a three book omnibus titled "Everybody's Suspect in Georgia."  Christian romantic mysteries.  I really like the writing, the plots and the characters.  Only thing is the main character tends to be a bit of a smart mouth. 

I think (knock on wood) spring is finally coming to southern Maine!  The snow is melting, the temperatures are on the rise and the last two storms we've had have been just rain. 

See, Becky, you are still just a spring chicken!

 

Date Posted: 4/5/2014 5:39 PM ET
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Mary, I've read One Grave Too Many.  One Grave too Many is the first of the series and sigh, I've read them all up to One Grave Less.  Written in 2010 and nothing since.

I've read that complete series also as well as her Lindsey Chamberlain series.  According to her web site she is supposed to be writing a new Lindsey Chamberlain but have no idea when it is to come out.  She did help write a book with her husband titled Murder in Macon which I have in TBR.

Date Posted: 4/5/2014 7:04 PM ET
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Well, it is over!!!  I do not know yet how much we made, but it probably was not worth the way I feel --- CRIPPLED (hee hee).  No kidding though, if I sit down for a bit, I am so creaky getting up.  It would be easier and more efficient to simply write the church a check for the total amount, but then those of us who work together really have a good time.  My one saddest moment was when someone managed to steal a handbag from our "boutique" while I was in charge!!  We try to segregate the income from the boutique from the bake sale, the hot dog table, etc. to know how we do in each place.  I was in charge of the boutique at the opening bell and ladies simply dash in there for costume jewelry, etc. and someone got by me with the handbag and they did not check out with it at the main cashier station either.  It was marked $9.00, which sounds cheap, but that is a pretty high priced item at our sale.  Just makes me mad that someone would steal.  If they were really needy and wanted the bag, I would have given it to them.  Anyway we did have fun.  As usual, we sold things none of us thought we ever would and things were left that we thought would dash out the door!!! 
 

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Becky...How rotten to have things stolen at a church sale.  It's bad enough for something to be stolen any time, but when it is for charity....too much.  As you said, if she were in need of a bag, you would have given it to her.  Sorry your day was spoiled!!

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Date Posted: 4/6/2014 3:32 PM ET
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Becky, maybe she didn't mean to steal it.  I once walked out of a store with a purse over my arm.  This was before all the security things and baskets in department stores.  I had it on my arm and other things on top of it.  I realized I had it when I got out to the car!  I went back to pay for it with a major blush!

I've finished Dance of the Winnebagos and started the next Jackrabbit Junction Jitters.  Plus I've bought the third in the series since it was on sale for a Kindle.  I've put down Death on Eat Street and picked up books, Cooks and Crooks.  Joy, you're right, I'm not screaming at it now.  cheeky

Also, we have a bright sun shiny day heading for 55 in a little while.  I just saw two kids walking with shorts and Ts.  I don't think it's that warm but then I'm not a pre-teen either.  I hope you get this weather tomorrow.    

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Date Posted: 4/7/2014 6:14 PM ET
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Almost finished with Books, Cooks and Crooks.  I like this series and somehow this book has irritating parts.  I've gotten to another spot.  Not screaming at the book but pursing my lips.  cheeky  It just has spots were t seems like the MC just isn't grasping that the only connection to the two murders is that they were both chefs.  I can say I haven't figured out who did it yet.  Not even a suspect in mind so maybe I should stop complaining.  laugh

About 3/4 of the way through Jackrabbit Junction Jitters.  Death on Eat Street is waiting for me to get back to it. 

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