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Subject: It's August now - what are you reading?
Date Posted: 8/1/2014 1:56 PM ET
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I started another historical mystery titled The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley. Only 2 chapters in but it holds promise....



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/1/2014 4:02 PM ET
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I am reading Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause (Miss Dimple, Bk 2) :: Mignon F. Ballard. I enjoy this series. It reminds me of the stories my mother and aunts would talk about during the 1940s having loved ones in WWII. My mother worked in shoe factory back then.

Alice

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Date Posted: 8/1/2014 4:58 PM ET
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My new bed books is Ill-gotten Panes / Jennifer McAndrews.  MC has been downsized by company and boyfriend.  Moves in with her grandfather in a small town.  Her hobby is stained glass work which I think will become a regular job by the end of the book.

I forgot to mention in the Cat-sitter's Cradle the former deputy sheriff (MC) does the stupidest thing near the end of the book.  Once actually has no witness to her tampering with evidence and two sets herself up as a decoy.  At least with back up for that.

Becky, if the surgeon says wait, go for it.  My mom actually had something similar and it was about 30 years before they the surgeon finally said, I think it's time for a biopsy and even then decided to wait before doing the surgery.  So much as you might not want to, if the surgeon says operate get another opinion first!

And, mom came home yesterday.  What a battle we had to get much needed oxygen to get her home.  No problem getting it in the house though.  The doctor signed the release papers at 11, 1:30 they finally took the IV shunt out of her arm.  Told us the oxygen was on it's way up.  We were on the third floor, big hospital but I could have crawled home before I got so upset I stood by the nurses station saying if you don't have the oxygen here in a half hour we're walking out.  I don't know how but we will!  Truly amazing all the excuses I had been hearing disappeared and we left in a half hour.  When I left the parking lot it was 5 in the evening and turned into bumper to bumper traffic.  The 45 minute ride became a two hour drive with an oxygen tank that holds two hours of air!  Phew, we're home and happy. 



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Date Posted: 8/1/2014 5:49 PM ET
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Just finished Murder Takes the Cakes by Gayle Trent.  It was good, didn't figure out the culprit until the book was nearly done.  Now I'm ready to start Woof at the Door while I wait for books from Kim and Amazon next week.  It hit 100 today, so good day for reading and sewing.  

Una

Date Posted: 8/1/2014 6:12 PM ET
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I just received and devoured Any Other Name by Craig Johnson.   Excellent story!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 7:00 AM ET
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I am reading a fun little cozy Hot Fudge Frame-Up (Fudge Shop, Bk 2) :: Christine DeSmet. I like better than book 1. I especially like the grandparents in this series. The Belgium Ancestry is interesting. Easy read for the summer. Anyone else reading this series?

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 7:47 AM ET
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Now, Alice you know I'm reading that series.  I absolutely hate it!  Every time I read those books I WANT fudge!  Otherwise a fun read indeed.  laugh  

Date Posted: 8/2/2014 8:37 AM ET
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I read that series, Alice, and liked it.

Tried to read Dead Pan by Gayle Trent but didn't finish it. Just seemed to be a bunch of nothing with overly descriptive paragraphs that went on and on.

Also just got done with Death Overdue (Karen Nash, Bk 2) by Mary Lou Kerwin, a cozy mystery. I'd say it was just okay. MC is librarian from MN who goes to England to help her boyfriend set up a bookstore. His ex-girlfriend and partner in his B&B returns and ends up murdered. Easy to guess the culprit and rather simplistic in it's execution.

I've recently discovered the Sebastian St. Cyr series and love them. Currently reading Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr, Bk 4) by C.S. Harris. Very well written series.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 9:31 AM ET
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Fortunately I don't like fudge that much a piece a year is good for me. I like chocolate Walnut when I do eat it

Date Posted: 8/2/2014 10:40 AM ET
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Geri - How stupid that you had to wait that long to get your mother out of the hospital. Of course, if they needed her bed, she would have been out the door, probably with the IV still in her hand. Check the statement carefully when it arrives, in case they charged her for another day. Wouldn't put it past them.

Really enjoyed The Sign of the Book. The ending was just great. I have The Bookman's Promise on my WL. Haven't been reading the series in order. I already read The Bookwoman's Last Fling, which may be the last in the series. I just learned from the publisher's web site, that Dunning actually was the owner of a antiquarian bookstore.  

Going to try a new-to-me author - Gregg Olsen. The book is called A Wicked Snow.The MC is a female CSI.

 

Date Posted: 8/2/2014 1:32 PM ET
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Geri...I know how maddening hospitals can be.  When my father was ill (bone cancer) they transferred him to a facility run by the hospital.  It was a sort of interim facility before they would send him home.  He started going downhill and nobody seemed particularly interested, could never find the doctor that was supposedly in charge, couldn't get any answers, etc.  I finally announced I was taking him out of there!  I was told I wasn't allowed to do that, I had to have the doctor's permission, had to get an ambulance and so on.  I said something like "hide and watch me"...actually, I think I sort of threw a tantrum!!!  Found a wheelchair, got him in it and drove him back to the hospital!!   I think they figured it was either let me go or call security!!! 

Anyway, glad your mom is home and doing OK!

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Date Posted: 8/2/2014 1:38 PM ET
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Mary P, that went through my mind especially when mom got dinner!  She was in a large well known, well respected hospital.  We've never had such shoddy service there.  If there is a charge you'll hear me screaming in Arizona!  After 1:30 they didn't do anything for mom except help her into the wheelchair.  In fact they didn't even pull up her footies, left it for me to do.  Not that I minded doing for mom but by golly there better not be charges for anything after they took that IV shunt out.

Alice you're lucky!  I love fudge, my favorite fudge place carries five categories, vanilla, chocolate, maple, peanut butter and fudge with nuts.  Each category has at least two varieties and 13 varieties of chocolate!  I could go on and on and on.  Maybe because of the fudge they make on Mackinac Island.  It will last for three months so long as you keep it wrapped in plastic.  It simply doesn't get stale or hard.

Marla, yep, I was on my way downstairs to get a wheelchair when the guy with the oxygen showed up.  I probably would have taken her to another hospital ER because she did need the oxygen because of the clot.  Which her doctor told us yesterday is dissolving.  Hooray.

I finished The Zodiac Deception.  It had a bit of a strange ending, a bit of no explanation for something happening.  How did the bad guy find out about the good guys?  I know he was supposed to be a higher up in the Nazi party, a right hand to Hitler in fact, but this operation was supposed to be top, top secret and yet he was there at the end supposedly aware of all.

After all that I need lighter fare on my Kindle so went with Louisiana Bayou Beauty, a Miss Fortune book.  Love Fortune and her two senior cohorts.

 

 

 



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Date Posted: 8/2/2014 6:20 PM ET
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I'm about halfway through Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey...I can't pass up any kind of sewing or crafting cozy mystery.  I am really enjoying it and the rainy weather makes it a perfect reading day! 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/3/2014 7:09 AM ET
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Still in my cozy mood. I am reading Woof at the Door (Call of the Wilde, Bk 1) :: Laura Morrigan. MC is suppose to be an animal psychic that can communicate with animals. Seems a bit silly, but I like the dogs in the book:) I am not very far into the book so I shouldn't comment yet

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/3/2014 11:47 AM ET
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Alice I'm into that series.  I wasn't sure about it with the first and found the second better.  I'm waiting for three.  I get into animal cozies because mom loves them.  Cats, dogs whatever she loves the animals though dogs are her favorite.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/3/2014 11:55 AM ET
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I finished it this morning. It got better as the book progressed. I do have book 2 to read. Switching to YA now. Hollow city by Ransom Riggs

Date Posted: 8/3/2014 5:04 PM ET
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I just finished Woof at the Door and absolutely loved it.  I'm anxious to read A Tigers Tale, but I'm way down on the list, so will probably have to wait awhile unless I break down and buy it.  Been known to do that. wink  Just started Scrapbook of Secrets by Mollie Cox Bryan.  Not far enough into it to have an opinion.  Those of you who have large local libraries are lucky, PBS is my library.  I live in the country.

Una

Date Posted: 8/3/2014 7:49 PM ET
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Finished Sew Deadly, it was fun.  Really like the older lady characters who are sewing mentors to the new librarian, Tori.  Started Monument To The Dead by Shelia Connolly, a museum mystery.  Happy reading everyone!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/4/2014 7:22 AM ET
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I've finished Ill-Gotten Panes / Jennifer McAndrews.  MC must prove her grandfather is innocent of murder.  A case of the police getting a tip, finding evidence and making the arrest.  No further investigation.  The ending seemed a bit rushed but not a bad light read. 

Also finished Lethal Bayou Beauty, the second Miss Fortune book.  Love Fortune and the senior ladies!

Now on Kindle reading Hairspray and Homicide / Cindy Bell just because I've had it for a while and my bed book is a moldy one from my TBR, Remembrance of Murders Past / Noreen Wald.  I'm not sure why I haven't read this, it's the fourth in the ghostwriter series published in 2001. 

I'm going to try to read one older book from my TBR for every new or newer one I read.  I'm getting it down but would like it to be even smaller.

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2014 12:11 PM ET
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Finished A Wicked Snow by Gregg Olsen. Although the MC is a forensic investigator, the portion of the book in which she is investigating a child abuse death is small. The majority is a mystery from MC's childhood, when she was the only one to escape the arson fire that killed her two younger brothers and the headless woman, who may - or may not have been - her mother. As the result of the fire, the bodies of more than a dozen retired service men are found buried on the property. There are some good twists toward the end of the book. 

Date Posted: 8/5/2014 7:08 AM ET
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Reading Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon. Nine-year-old Emma is upset that her parents have not been getting along, and her father has moved out of the house to an apartment in the barn. Emma and her girlfriend, Mel, decide to launch Operation Reunite. They find some photos and diary hidden in the barn, and send a postcard with a cryptic message - Dismantlement = Freedom - to some of the girl's parents' college friends. Their actions have unforeseen consequences. Emma also has an invisible friend named Danner, and that relationship becomes creepier as the story progresses. Interwoven with the present-day story is the gradual revelation of what happened the summer the Emma was conceived. The book is disturbing yet eerily compelling. What's real? What's imagined? What's being manipulated?

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 8/5/2014 7:27 AM ET
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Glad to hear you liked Bayou Beauty Geri, I have that one to read too.

Date Posted: 8/5/2014 8:44 PM ET
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Having a hard time getting interested in Monument To The Dead, but if nothing else I am persistent.  I found a great local used bookstore today so that makes me happy, I just love perusing books and covers.  How do you all feel about electronic e-readers.  I have loads of books loaded on my iPad, but I sure love the feel of a book in my hands.  DH says he agrees, but my teen son disagrees, he loves books on his phone.  These old eyes just can't handle that small print.  I do like audio books on my phone though.  Chime in, what are your thoughts?  Happy reading!

Date Posted: 8/5/2014 9:49 PM ET
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I love all of them : audio, paper and e-book. As long as I'm reading something, I'm happy!

Date Posted: 8/5/2014 11:02 PM ET
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The last two books I've read are The Quiet Game by Greg Iles and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling).

While the complicated plots were both good, I was amazed at how much more depth and quality there was in the writing of Greg Iles than Rowling. I guess I was expecting her to be so much better because of the quality of the Harry Potter series; which admittedly was for a YA or even younger audience.

There's nothing wrong with The Silkworm, but I much preferred The Quiet Game.

I went to the library today to get the next in the Penn Cage series, Turning Angel, and found the text pages had pulled away from the binding and were threatening to fall out. So I had to turn it in to the office for repairs. Gosh darn, I was hoping to start it today!!!  Probably will only be a few days until they repair it, but still...........I know, I'm a PBS member so I should be patient.....

Also read Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell this week. A historical set in 1895. It was a good story but I got really mad at the MC because she was so NAIVE.  I mean confronting murder suspects with your suspicions - don't you know that is dangerous? grrrr

Geri - I'm so glad to hear your Mom is doing so well. I must admit I did the silly at the beginning of the month and kept checking the July thread. I got really worried and wondered why you hadn't posted - you do almost every day - and was worried that maybe your Mom had taken a turn for the worse.  I finally checked the genre thread (I usually only check my watched topics) and found...OF COURSE...there was a new August thread and everything was fine.

So now I'm feeling dumb...but also relieved that everyone is OK.

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