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Subject: August already! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 2:55 AM ET
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I finished the main part in the cozy mystery challenge. I want to do the bonus now to catch up on the series I started. Will also add some more to the main challenge.

Geri, I was hoping you had changed your mind about not staying here as a member. sad You still have the option to come back and hope you do. Look forward to our monthly lunches, Geri. Maybe I can change your mind then. wink

I can't imagine not being on pbs anymore. In November, it will be 10 years for me and am not even thinking of leaving. Already lost some friends during the change over to fees and that was hard enough. I do have books on my shelf though and do send out books weekly and don't have an ereader.

Reading Cat With a Clue by Laurie Cass and then will follow with The Wrong Side of the Paw which I picked up last week at B&N.

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 8/1/2017 11:00 AM ET
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I'm staying too, Connie!  Just renewed my membership.

I just received "The Painted Queen" the last novel in the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.  She had started this book in 2013 before she passed away, Joan Hess has finished it for her.  I had to pre-order it from Amazon, because I just couldn't wait for it on PBS.  :)  I almost hate to read it now that I have it knowing it is the last!  But I will, for sure!

Date Posted: 8/2/2017 10:29 AM ET
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Joy --- Perhaps you should read only 5 pages per day to draw out your "last" Peabody book!!!

Took mother to the doc yesterday and he said he "thought" she might recover the brain power she had prior to the pneumonia.  I do not know if he was putting a good face on it for her sake.  I did not have time alone with him for any quizzing.  Still walking the tightrope of how long the two of them (mother & aunt) can continue in their own home.  I am willing to pay for some help, but mother is very resistent to that now. 

I am reading something about a female college professor at a small women's college in Connecticut in 1896.  So far 2 dead and one seriously wounded and no real idea of motive.  Has lots of info regarding Suffragists, etc.  "Dangerous and Unseemly" by K.B. Owen.  Main character is Cordelia Wells.  The series was very inexpensive on Kindle but will see if I persist thru all 5 books.  It is probably true to the times, but the female professors and principal are a bit staid ---

Date Posted: 8/2/2017 10:18 PM ET
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Becky ~ I'm trying to read slowly, but not quite that slowly!  cool  This book is good, but I can see quite a few places that Joan Hess wrote, you can tell it is not just Peters writing it. Be that as it may, it is still very good. 

Tough call about your mother and aunt.  My Dad is 86, still living in his own home, on his own.  He is slowing done some and has a few health problems, I am sure in the not too distant future we'll have to get some home help for him and I'm not sure how he will take that. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 10:15 AM ET
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Well --- Chapter Two from the person who sent me the damaged book --- just received a PM asking me "where is the book?"  PBS told me directly it was not incumbent upon me to return the book.  So just to get this person off my back, I just sent her a credit --- hopefully this will be the end!!!

Date Posted: 8/3/2017 10:38 PM ET
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Nooooooooooooooo Becky! LOL I know you wanted to just be done with it, but if you buy them off, they have no incentive to do anything different the next time. Should have copy/pasted the email or message from PBS to her and just said if there were any questions to contact them. Bullies drive me nuts. angry

I was just going to write up what I'm reading but realized I'm not actually reading ANY mysteries at the moment...reading some non-fiction medical stuff plus a paranormal on the Kindle and then fantasy in print and audio. It's been a long time since that happened! Oh well. Hello anyway! cheeky

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 8/4/2017 6:57 AM ET
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I started The Alice Network: A Novel :: Kate Quinn

really good so far

Date Posted: 8/4/2017 2:09 PM ET
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Alice --- That book is right up my alley.  You know me, anything WWI or WWII related is hard for me to resist!!  Thanks for the recommendation --- AND it is named after YOU!!!

Cheryl --- I have not heard anything back from the pesky member!!!  Hopefully I have not started a trend for her behavior.

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Date Posted: 8/4/2017 2:15 PM ET
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I like Kate Quinn's books have read both her other series. Hope you like it too.

Alice

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Date Posted: 8/6/2017 10:06 AM ET
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 A Dying Fall (Ruth Galloway, Bk 5) :: Elly Griffiths   Excellent 5 stars our of 5

Best book in series to date. Really good blend of history, forensics and suspense. Love the way Ms. Griffiths grows the characters a little but more each book.

Kate is turning into quite interesting child. Very good seeing how Ruth balances parenthood a career.  Highly recommend but start at book 1.

Date Posted: 8/6/2017 4:33 PM ET
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My favorite books are mysteries/police procedurals in interesting (foreign to me) settings.  Currently reading Murder in Saint Germain (Aimee Leduc) by Cara Black on Kindle from Overlook.  I have read all of the previous books in the series, but they seem to be getting worse and worse,  Aimee is involved in computer security and is busy running her private business.  She is asked asked to investigate other unrelated problems by others and never turns them down. Her life threatening activities go on and on.  Did I mention she has an 8 month old baby and is in a custody battle with the father as well as shaky baby sitting arrangements? Can't wait to finish it and probably won't read the rest of the series.  

Slave Graves by Thomas Hollyday is a free Kindle today on eReaderIQ.  I read it a while ago and it was actually very interesting about a archeological study in Southern Maryland.  Developers vs. historians. I am looking for the next in the series.

I received WL book by Susan Wittig Albert, The Last Chance Olive Ranch.  Looking forward to reading this heavy hardcover.

Susan

Date Posted: 8/7/2017 9:14 AM ET
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Susan, I bowed out of the Aimee LeDuc series after book 3 or 4...agree totally that they are so unrealistic. Yes, these are fiction, but the characters and situations do need to have some degree of believability, at least for me.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/7/2017 5:11 PM ET
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Well, reading as slowly as I could, I finished "The Painted Queen:" by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess.  It was good.  The time was in between a couple other books in the series, so I didn't have to worry that everyone would be alive to get to the next book and not get bumped off. 

I've also finished "Twelve Angry Librarians" by Miranda James.  Several significant decisions by some of the characters is a back drop to a librarian's convention which is being sponsored by Athena College, where Charlie is filling in as the interum Library Director.  The mystery was quite good as well, and believe me I never saw the ending coming. 

I've just received "Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel" by Mignon Ballard.  Our old favorite angel, Augusta Goodnight, meets the newer series she has written starring Miss Dimple, a first grade school teacher taking place in the Second World war.  Should be good.

Date Posted: 8/9/2017 2:43 PM ET
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I finished reading French Fried by Kylie Logan this weekend. Enjoyed it very much.

I'm now reading The Vecellio Connection: A Genevieve Lenard Novel (Volume 9) :: Estelle Ryan on Kindle.  I really love this series and my only gripe is the language used. It had been toned down a lot but it picked up a whole lot in this one. Already have book 10 on hand to start when finished with this one. I may skip it though to read the newest Steven James book  Every Deadly Kiss (The Bowers Files Bk 2).

Date Posted: 8/10/2017 5:35 PM ET
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Cheryl, I knew if Aimee climbed to the roof of a building to escape and jumped one more time, that would be it for me.  And she did (but I will miss Paris).

I just finished The Late Show by Michael Connelly.  It is a new police procedural series introducing Renee Ballard, a police detective in Hollywood, CA who accused her boss of sexual harrassment and her ambitious partner who witnessed the event did not back her up,  She was reassigned to working nights (The Late Show).  It is very detailed, and like Aimee LeDuc, she takes incredible risks but unlike Cara Black's Aimee, it is very well written.  I have not read Connelly's other series (Harry Bosch & Lincoln Lawyer +), but he has been said to include excellent details.  I hope he writes another Renee Ballard book.

Joy, I read many of the Elizabeth Peter's series and enjoyed them.  After I heard that she died I found out that she lived about 30 miles from me and often had groups to her home.  I hope to go back and read some of the later ones. It is a sad loss.

Susan

 

 



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Date Posted: 8/10/2017 8:40 PM ET
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Susan ~ It is sad.  I just love the Amelia Peabody series and have kept all of them and read through them every couple year or two. Have you read any of the Vickie Bliss series?  Somehow I heard these weren't as good, so I've never read any of them. 

Loved "Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel."  So good to read another Augusta Goodnight series.

I'm now reading "Elementary She Read" the first in a new series by Vicky Delaney.  The MC owns a shop that sells all things Sherlock Holmes.  Books, memoriblia, etc.  It took me a while to warm up to the main character, but once I did I have fallen in love with it. 

 

 

Date Posted: 8/11/2017 12:38 AM ET
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I've never read the Vicky Bliss series.  It took a long time to get through Amelia and I didn't even finish. 

Susan

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 12:27 AM ET
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China Trade by S J Rozan. book one of Bill Smith series.

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Date Posted: 8/12/2017 7:27 AM ET
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There is a new book in the Amelia Peabody series just released. One of her ghost writeres.

I am reading Deadly Wedding by Kate Parker not as good as her Victorian series.

Alice

Date Posted: 8/12/2017 11:48 AM ET
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Janet Rudolph's Mystery Fanfare blog had a guest post by Joan Hess on her completion of Elizabeth Peter's (Barbara Mertz) The Painted Queen.  I thought it was interesting, especially to find out that Ms. Mertz had intended there to be more "in between" stories.



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Date Posted: 8/13/2017 2:35 PM ET
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Yes, Alice, "The Painted Queen" is the newest and last book in the Amelia Peabody series, which is really good.  As mentioned it is an "in between" book. I think it is good that it was a in between, because the last book she wrote, "River in the Sky" has an ending that is appropriate to end that series on.

Finished "Elementary She Read" and really did like it. Looking forward to reading more in the series.  I also just finished "Caramel Crush" by Jen McKinlay, the latest in her Cupcake Bakery series.  Not sure what I'm going to pick up next.



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Date Posted: 8/14/2017 6:03 AM ET
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Reading  The Dry by Jane Harper really good for being the author's first book. Looking forward to when the second book comes out next year.

Date Posted: 8/15/2017 3:52 AM ET
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Hi Gang - Still in Phoenix for another month or so, although I closed on a house in Summerton, South Carolina a couple weeks ago. Am just about finished with flooring and painting of my present house so that I can have it listed for sale right after I move. Will be in SC Thursday to Wednesday to meet with contractors at the new house, order applicances/ceiling fans, etc. 

Have read a couple books in the past week - non-mystery Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell is part of his Saxon series on which The Last Kingdom TV series is based. It's actually the 4th book in the series but the first I've received from PBS. A little different from the TV series.

Just finished Love Story With Murders by Harry Bingham. Second in series that began with Talking to the Dead. DC Fiona Griffiths of Cardiff, Wales is investigating a couple murder/dismemberments, and trying to find out who she was before she showed up in her adopted father's Jaguar when she was 2-1/2 years old. I thought it was a bit slow in the beginning, but it picked up speed. Fi has a mental condition called Cotard's Syndrome. At it's worst, she isn't sure she's alive, which allows her to feel closer to the dead than the living.

My bookshelf is currently "on vacation" until I'm settled in SC.

FYI - I'll be 12 miles from ground zero to experience the solar eclipse next week. Can't remember seeing a solar eclipse since I was a little girl. Should be exciting.

 

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Date Posted: 8/15/2017 6:16 AM ET
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I started a new Historical Mystery yesterday A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt. It is first in the series. Set in 1907 New York.  Our main character Genevieve is a psychiastrist.  Good so far

Date Posted: 8/17/2017 1:26 AM ET
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Dog On It by Spencer Quinn. Book 1 of Chet and Bernie series.

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