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Subject: August--what are you reading this month?
Date Posted: 8/1/2009 7:52 AM ET
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I've got 3 books going currently. One (Death of a Squire by Maureen Ash which is the second Bascot de Marins 'Templar Knight' mystery) I left in my desk at work so won't get back to it til Monday. I'm listening to The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin (#3 Yashim the Eunuch historical) and am reading A Dark Horse by Craig Johnson, #5 Walt Longmire mystery.

How about you all? How are you kicking the month off?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 10:37 AM ET
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I'm halfway through "The Collaborator of Bethlehem" and "Dog On it".  Once I'm through with those I'll probably pick up the next Harper Connelly mystery by Charlaine Harris, but don't hold me to that! :)

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 11:24 AM ET
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I finished Jack and Jill by James Patterson last night and picked up Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson.  Just getting started so, not sure how it is just yet. 

I have decided I have to read 5 books from my TBR pile before I can order another one.  That's my new rule and am sticking to it. :)

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 12:22 PM ET
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Just received and started Monkeewrench!  Debbie

It's been a while since I read something that made me want to sneak a bit of reading time while at work. It took a while for me to get the rhythm of the story, but Monkeewrench has me hooked!



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/1/2009 1:13 PM ET
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I am reading Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness series. Lots of fun and good characters. I think I will switch over to Karen Marie Moning's HIghlander series when I am done.

I have posted lots of new things this week 2-1. Just PM me for what you want free.

Alice

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Date Posted: 8/1/2009 3:53 PM ET
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I'm reading (slowly) Irresistible Impulse by Robert K. Tanenbaum.  I'm also reading Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris, and once I'm caught up on that series, I want to start her Lily Bard series.  I also have D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton to read one of these days.  I just need to devote an afternoon to it, probably.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 6:37 PM ET
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Well, I ended July being kind of disappointed in the 3 books I was sure would be great!  Or maybe it was just me?  Anyway, I am reading Return to Sullivans Island, and so far so good.  Maybe I just needed to get away from murder and go to the Islands for awhile!

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:59 AM ET
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Still continuing in my quest to read Agatha Christie in publication order. Unfortunately, it's stalled at the moment waiting on several books I've sent out. . . I need more credits to order the next one up!

 

I'm also stalled in my Dorothy Sayers education; I have a couple of novels that I haven't read yet, but I just finished Strong Poison and the next one I have comes two books later. . . and I'm afraid of wreaking my experience of the relationship between Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane by jumping around. So I have to wait there too, for one of the in between novels to come up on my wishlist. Which is maxed out at 200 books, much to my chagrin, so I've been forced to simply reminder list other books I want to someday get but which aren't available at the moment. Clearly I've become too PBS happy.

 

So with mystery failing me this month I'll probably read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy. That's fine, as my TBR stack in those genres is getting ridiculously long.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2009 6:26 AM ET
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I finished Yellow As Legal Pads by Fran Stewart, Only Suspect by Jonnie Jacobs and Bite Me If You Can by Lyndsay Sands.

Currently reading

State of the Onion by Hyzy, Julie
Restored to Death by Nancy Bell
Poisen Pen by Sheila Lowe

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 9:31 AM ET
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Geri, I just ordered my first 4 Lynsay Sands books.  Is this a really good series from the start, or will it take me some time to get into it?  I have them written down in order so that I read them the way they are written.  Is it a more serious story than the Sookie Stackhouse series?  TIA ~

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:19 AM ET
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Just finished "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn and I loved it.  I think it helps to be a dog lover.  Understanding dogs and how they think will really enhance the experience of the book.  I look forward to the next book in the series.

I'm nearly done with "The Collaborator of Bethlehem" which is moving slowly for me.  I'm really enjoying it but I'm having to read slowly to catch everything. 

Once I'm done with that one, I think I'll work on my TBR stack and move some red W's and green Wa's. Heh.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 6:17 PM ET
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I've been out of town for the past three days attending my grandson's first birthday party so haven't done much reading.  Will be starting Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson tonight. 

LeeAnne, I listened to the audio of Dog On It and loved it also.  There were a couple of things that bothered me a little, dog lover that I am.  (I'm sure you know those parts)  But I really loved how it was told from the point of view of the dog.  I too, am looking forward to the next installment.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 10:19 AM ET
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Whew!  I stayed up WAY past my bedtime last night to finish "The Collaborator..."  It was excellent.  Very violent but only because that's how life in Bethlehem is today.  While the violence is shocking, the main character, Omar Yussef, is very likable and sympathetic.  I enjoyed learning about the use of the honorific "Abu" in Middle Eastern culture among other things.  Very interesting.

Now I'm working on "Grave Surprise" by Charlaine Harris.  For reals. :D

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 7:47 AM ET
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I finally finished up Death of a Squire yesterday (I really enjoyed it!) and started A Shred of Evidence by Jill McGown, #7 in the Lloyd & Hill British police series. She's an author that's not as well known as some others, but I've quite enjoyed this series. The author died a couple of years ago, so this has now become a series I'm working to finish off. :-(

I should add that, the other two books I have going at the moment aren't mystery so I didn't mention them. LOL

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 8/4/2009 8:11 AM ET
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Last night I started  In the Dark by Brian Freeman its #4  in the Stride series. I really enjoyed the first three books so hopefully this one will just as good.

Looking foward to when #5 comes out  I think it's early next year.

Tammy

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 8:27 AM ET
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Last part of July was disappointing bookwise, as I couldn't seem to warm up to anything I started. I put "Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" down about 100 pages into it and didn't get that far into a few other books I can't even remember the titles for.

Over the weekend I finished the latest China Bayles, "Wormwood" which was interesting in that it took her out of her tiny Texas town into a Shaker village in Kentucky and that it moved back and forth between the present and the past. I also started "White Rabbit" by David Daniel. A mystery set in the summer of love in San Francisco, it was highly recommended by someone on another mystery discussion group.

I picked up the first couple of cozies by Kaitlyn Dunnett at a used bookstore, thinking to post them, but I think I will read them first.

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Date Posted: 8/4/2009 12:31 PM ET
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I just finished The Trouble With magic by Madelyn Alt. I enjoyed it and have the second one on request at the library.

Right now I'm reading The Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth. It's the first of the Miss Silver series. I am looking forward to these old fashioned English mysteries.

I've also read the first couple chapters of The Night Gardener by George Pellacanos. It looks to be a good one. And The Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp just to shake it up a bit and get away from mysteries every once in a while.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Just finished Undone by Karin Slaughter. I tried my best NOT to like it, as I am still steaming over the shocking event that occurred at the conclusion of 2007's Beyond Reach. However, I must say that Slaughter came through with this latest book, and she added a new dimension by bringing together the characters from her two series. But...I will never look at trash bags the same way again....'nuff said on that subject.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 2:01 PM ET
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Oh, yeah the trash bag thing, not good!   The book was just ok for me.  I don't know if I expected her to make up for the previous book, she just didn't do it, for me anyway.....

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 5:14 PM ET
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I finished "Grave Surprise" this morning.  The Harper/Tolliver relationship still skeeves me out and I don't think I like where it is headed but of course, I'll have to read the next one just to find out! LOL!

I'm about a third of the way through "Raven Black" by Ann Cleeves and I'm really hooked.  It is set in the Shetland Islands, a place I've always wanted to visit.  I thought I had the murderer sussed out and then there was an unexpected twist and I'm not sure anymore.  I love it when that happens!

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Date Posted: 8/4/2009 5:54 PM ET
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Carol, Nope, the Lyndsay Sands series are not about serious vamps.  These are immortals not vamps.  They consider the vamps who do attack mortals rogues and hunt them down. 

The first books are almost romance rather than serious.  I laughed out loud at some of the things that happened.  I have more of the series to read and enjoy each one.

I did read the first one out of order but it wasn't a disaster.  Wasn't even confusing, just left me wanting more.

LeeAnne,  The Harper/Tolliver relationship threw me a bit in Grave Surprise too.  Can't wait to read the next to see what happends.  But, no won't go there I might spoil it for someone.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 8:30 AM ET
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::sitting on hands and NOT talking about Harper and Tolliver:: :-D

LeeAnne, glad to see you are liking Raven Black...I have it here on TBR and since White Nights just got sent from my WL, I figure I'd better make sure I like it too before I wishlist further ones in the series. I don't like to get too far ahead!

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 8/5/2009 9:19 AM ET
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I just finished Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain.  Whew!  It's certainly not a story for everyone. But just like Heartsick, I couldn't put it down. I need to decompress from those 2 books and read something along a "lighter" suspense story line. Just not sure what it will be.

Margy

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 10:59 AM ET
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I started Just Desserts by G A McKevett, this is the first book for me by this author, and I really enjoy the book so far~ I received another cozy mystery from a swap request yesterday, that Im anxious to start.

 
Date Posted: 8/5/2009 11:07 AM ET
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Oh hey, Cheryl!  Put my name on a sticky on your copy of "White Nights".  When you're done with it, you can post it directly to my WL!  Heee! :D

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