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Subject: It's April--what are you reading?
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 9:36 PM ET
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Thought I would start a new 'whatcha reading' thread, as the old one got pretty long and cumbersome. Maybe we can start a new one each month?

Anyway, I'm opening the reading month with Brian Freeman's "Stripped" (second in his Jonathan Stride series) and toting In Like Flynn by Rhys Bowen to work to read on breaks--it's a fairly light, quick read and I'm over half done already.Although these are two quite different books, I'm enjoying them both a lot!

How about you guys? What have you got bookmarks stuck in at the moment?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 12:09 AM ET
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I am reading a great little cozy right now .... Hurricane Homicide by Nora Charles. Shes a new author for me and I will definitely be reading more. In fact .... if anyone has any of hers on their shelf, let me know!

Anyhow, she's an elderly sleuth with even older friends and her sis-in-law! lol We're talking octegenarians here! Really cute, feisty, funny, slightly bawdy (some) characters.



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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:50 AM ET
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I think a monthly "What Are You Reading" thread is a great idea.  I love these threads because they give me all sorts of ideas! (Off to check out Nora Charles!)

I confess that I have given up on "Storm Front", the first Dresden File book. I may try them again when my head isn't so full of school stuff.  I think the concept is intriguing but...I just can't do it right now.

Having said that, I am reading the third Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery.  This sort of thing is exactly what I need right now.  Something light and fast that I can read in 22 minute spurts on the commuter train!

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 9:59 AM ET
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Susan, there is another author who writes similar mysteries in a "yiddish" Florida retirement community. They are supposed to be very funny. I think the author is Rita Larkin???  I can't remember the name of the series though. Does Kate Kennedy have a love interest or is she happily single? I prefer my elderly sleuths to be "Marple-ish". :-)

I finished up Patricia Wentworth's "Through the Wall". That was a re-read for me, its my favorite "Miss Silver" mystery to date.

I have several other book started, and can't seem to get moving through them!!! Dorothy Sayers "The Five Red Herrings"- there is WAY too much detail and not enough character development for me. How many times can a person read a railway schedule? I think I prefer the Lord Peter short stories.

I am most earnestly hoping one of my "Mrs. Jeffries" mysteries on my wl comes up soon. I am number 1 FIFO on three of them!!! I need something "different".

I will post if I start something new and its good!

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:19 AM ET
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Hey Twinkie, I just received an "omnibus" of the first three Emily Brightwell books and I'm going to start it soon. Although I marked the book "received" I did notice that there is very slight water staining on the edge of the last two pages of the book so I will not be posting it for credit into the system.  Otherwise, the book is in great shape.  It is trade paperback size and the ISBN is 0425203468.  I'd be happy to send it to you as a freebie when I"m if you're interested.

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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 11:45 AM ET
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I am reading "A Mourning Wedding" by Carola Dunn. It's the 13th in the Daisy Dalrymple series. I'm spreading these out because I don't want to catch up and then have to wait for the author to write the next one. Only four more to go though.

I've also started "Peach Cobbler Murder" by Joanne Fluke. The same goes for this series for me also. Only four more before I have to wait for the author to continue the series.

I have the omnibus of the first three in the Emily Brightwell "Mrs. Jeffries" series too. I have that to look forward to. And I have the second in "The Dresden Files" series to read. Those are on the slate for this month. Unless I happen to pick up something else in the meantime. My reading plans seem to always be changing.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 1:12 PM ET
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Well, I've started April with the 1st in the series by Jo Nesbo "The Redbreast".  So far (I'm only about 100 pages thru it) it seems like it will be a great series!  It is translated from Norwegian and for some reason I pay better attention to the stories when they originate in another language.  I really loved the Alan Russell (from German) series for that very reason.  I have a electronic dictionary that I carry along side my book and reading glasses and it sure got a work out in that series (it has a few language translations in it).

 

The story behind the edit:  duh, that would be "an electronic" and "alongside".....



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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 2:19 PM ET
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I agree  that keeping monthly  what  are reading thread is a great idea.

Im almost done with The Face of Death By Cody McFadyen and let me say wow. So far I think it's better than Shadow Man. Their is one part in this book where my mouth hit the floor. 

At work on my ipod  Im listening to  A Prisoner of Bith by Jeffery Archer  about half through  the book  and its really good  this my first book by him  looking forward to reading more from him.

 



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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 5:06 PM ET
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I just finished Weeding Out Trouble by Heather Webber.  Too bad it's the last book in the series, because I really enjoyed all of them!

I'm now half-way thru Shadows on the Coast of Maine by Lea Wait...and it's another really good book.

Thanks Susan for the Nora Charles recommendation...that sounds like a series I might like :)

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 5:16 PM ET
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Tammy - to keep it general, is the part of the Cody Mcfadyen book about the guy's dog?  If so, that scene has stuck in my head for a couple of years now!  My sister and I both read that and its like you can just picture your own dog looking at you the same way!  Loved the book, but man.......

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 5:29 PM ET
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Twinkie - The Five Red Herrings is hard to get into, I think I started it twice, but finally did manage to wade my way through and actually thought it was pretty good.  I hope you do get your Mrs. Jeffries books soon.  Then you can read them quick and pass them on!  :)

I am starting the month with "Cream Puff Murder" by Joanne Fluke.  I have to say thank you to the helpful member who gave us the other ISBN versions of this book.  I was 66 in line for the hardcover, and got this version - tradesized - very quickly. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 6:37 PM ET
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I'm currently re-reading "Survivor in Death" by J.D. Robb and waiting until I can get her 2 newest books.  I just received the first 3 Lilian Jackson Braun books (I'm trying to collect them all) so that I can re-read them.  And in between the mysteries, I'm reading Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland (fascinating, but it can be hard to keep up).

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:16 PM ET
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Yes Carol,  The dog part is what I was talking about  very creepy.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:46 PM ET
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Susie.........oh, Susie.......people are over at the newbie swap are wondering where you are..........

Could someone in this swap please let Susie know TinkerPirate was looking for her?

 

Thanks bunches!

 

Oh, and in case anyone is interested.......I'm doing my annual reading of Lamb.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 4:04 PM ET
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I just finished Tamar Meyers "Batter off Dead". Right now I'm in the middle of "Living La Vida Lola" by Misa Ramirez. I really hope this book is the beginning of a series. I love the main character, a Latina version of Stephanie Plum.

Up next for me is "Dead Slow Ahead" by Stella Whitelaw, my favorite author. This is the second in a new series for her. Her other series was the "and Die" books. (Pray and Die, Wave and Die...etc.) The new series is a little lighter, I think I prefer the "and Die" books but I will read anything she writes.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 6:13 PM ET
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Stayed up late last nite to finish "The Redbreast", loved it!  So, this afternoon I have started "Nemesis".  I have "The Devil's Star" which is the next one, and I put "The Redeemer" on my Wish List.  There seems to be some confusion about which books is 1st "The Devil's Star" or "The Redbreast" because one was written before the other but the other was translated first......But I've already started in this order and according to SYKM, this is the right order.

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 11:06 AM ET
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I am reading the third Kincaid/James mystery by Deborah Crombie and then I'm going to read Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.  I've heard really good things about this book and it has a really long WL so I'll be able to recoup my credit quickly!

I gave up on the Dresden File book.  It just wasn't singing to me.  I didn't hate it but I couldn't get into it.  I might try the series again when I have more time to spend reading.

 

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 12:54 PM ET
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I started listening to The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen this morning.    I've got both the audio and paper versions of the book, but am mostly listening to it.  But  I think I'm in trouble!  It's been a while since I read a Gerritsen novel and I totally forgot how they pull me in.   I have a lot to do today - and I mean A LOT, but I can't stop listening to / reading this book LOL!

Date Posted: 4/5/2009 9:37 PM ET
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Just finished up The Deception of the Emerald Ring by Lauren Willig.  Am about halfway through with Harlan Coben's Long Lost.  I'm on a road trip and while I"m driving I'm listening to John Grisham's The Innocent Man.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 6:32 PM ET
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I tried to read two mysteries in the past couple of days that I've DNF'd, sad to say. They were Mad Season by Nancy Means Wright, which I found very confusing and with an odd writing style that I could not latch onto, so I was glad I had gotten that one from the library. And then today I brought Wicked Weaves by Joyce and Jim Lavene to work with me...first in a series about a Renaissance Faire in South Carolina. Now, I don't usually say this because I know we all have different tastes and such, but if you value your sanity, do NOT read that book. It is sooooooo bad. It was so bad that I made myself read through 50 pages--mostly because I didn't bring a 'backup' book to work with me--and gave myself a headache. I mean, I put it down and went for a two-year-old People magazine...that is how bad it was!! I was mad too, 'cause I'm a Ren Faire fan and love anything to do with medieval times, but this just...to put it bluntly...sucked. It's on my shelf. Please don't order it! LOL

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 4/6/2009 6:48 PM ET
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Stayed up late (again!) and finished Nemesis and now I have started #3 in the series The Devil's Star.  Too bad Dancing with Stars is on tonite, I should probably go read now and get a good start before my shows (Castle!!!) start.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 6:49 PM ET
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Cheryl, I just saw the "Please don't order it"!  That was funny!  And very thoughtful!

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 7:12 PM ET
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Well, as it ended up I didn't get very much done yesterday - but I did finish The Apprentice.  What a page turner!

Cheryl, I am now bummed as I have Wicked Weaves on my TBR and thought the Ren Fest/Faire theme sounded fun.   Since I already have it on my TBR, I'll probably attempt to read it anyway, but will be much more likely to set it aside and not finish it if it's not good.

Have you read Murder at the War by Mary Monica Pulver (aka Monica Ferris)?  This one has a Ren Faire setting also.

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 7:24 AM ET
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No, Lynne I haven't read that one...I think Mary Monica Pulver is her real name, though she's best known as Monica Ferris. She also writes under the name Margaret Frazer. I've tried reading her Dame Frevisse and Betsy Devonshire series and didn't get beyond one book in each of them, just didn't care for her writing style.

As an aside, it really bugs the heck out of me when authors have several different names that they use, one for each series they write. It especially makes me mad when I really disliked one of their books and pick up something under another name thinking it 'sounds interesting' only to find I don't like it either--and THEN discover it's written by the same person. Argh!

I hope you like Wicked Weaves better than I did. It may just be down to personal taste, but I don't think so in this case. I won't say anymore.

Anyway, what I am currently reading is Honoluly by Alan Brennert which I received a few weeks ago as an ARC to review (non-mystery but very interesting--I think it's already been released now) and tucked The Falls by Ian Rankin into my purse to start at work today on break. It's been ages since I read a Rebus book, and I know I won't need a backup for that one. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Five Red Herrings: By far the hardest of the Lord Peter books to read, in my opinion. It's the only one I've never even thought about reading a second time. Try Murder Must Advertise, it translates well to the early 21st century, I think. And it's great fun to read about life inside an advertising agency.

Someone else warned me Wicked Weaves was less than optimal. Jim and Joyce Lavene are branching out in all directions, they've started this Renaissance Faire series, they have a stock car series, and they have the gardening series.

I finished The Hamlet Trap by Kate Wilhelm last night. One of the Constance Leidl and Charlie Meiklejohn stories. I liked it, I will probably read more of them.

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