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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: On the Beach and Reading What in August?
Date Posted: 8/1/2016 11:31 AM ET
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I have a slew of Kindles going

    Skeleton in the Closet  / Angie Fox - the second and zipping through it, nice cozy
    Tilt-A Whirl / Chris Grabenstein - Bronwyn's favorite character John Ceepak, testing to see if I like it as much as she does
    Killer Kung Pao / Patrice Lyle - not sure but still reading
    New Math is Murder /  JoAnn Lamon Recoppa - just started this one
    Deadly Straits / Dugan McDermott - this is a thriller/terrorist story. 
    Fallen Palm / Wayne Stinnett - This is the second in the Fallen series.   Jesse McDermitt retired Marine  is investigating the death of a friend.

My  bed book is The Black Cat Knocks Wood / Kay Finch second in the series.  Cozy that I have no complaints about so far.

Chair book is Murder an dMoonshine / Carol Miller

 



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Date Posted: 8/1/2016 12:42 PM ET
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I survived the boonies camp and after getting used to a few things enjoyed it immensely and didn't want to leave!  We have a small cabin we stay in when we are here at the Bible Camp and it is lovely to have electricity, running hot and cold water and a bathroom!  We did have a wonderful screened in porch and I spent almost all my time sitting out there reading. So far I have read:

  • Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By  ~  Elizabeth Duncan
  • Slated for Death  ~  Elizabeth Duncan
  • Devonshire Scream  ~  Laura Childs
  • Trimmed with Murder ~  Sally Goldenbaum
  • The Body in the Birches  ~  Katherine Hall Page
  • Reading Up a Storm  ~  Eva Gates
  • Feta Attraction  ~  Susannah Hardy
  • Olive and Let Die  ~  Susannah Hardy
  • No Cats Allowed  ~  Miranda James

And I have just started 'Rest In Peach'  can't remember the author's name at the moment.  I was not sure about the Greek series by Susannah Hardy, but ended up loving them.

Date Posted: 8/1/2016 2:38 PM ET
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I just finished Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella.  Although not listed by PBS as mystery/suspense, it should be.  It's listed as Horror (it's not), and romantic suspense (the romance part is very secondary to the story).  The MC has a gift that allows spirits to come through to her.  It's an inherited gift that she keeps hidden as much as possible.  She eventually becomes a real estate writer for a local newspaper, but when a decades old murder victim is discovered, she is unexpectedly assign the story, and the possibility that an innocent man was convicted becomes reality, or does it?  I loved the book and am giving it five stars!

Date Posted: 8/1/2016 2:51 PM ET
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On my Kindle I finished Heather Graham's Blood on the Bayou, it was a short Cafferty and Quinn and I think she has taken that couple as far as she can withou moving into straight romance side. Which is ok with me, I like them as a couple, but my hubby was grumbling about it. By the bed, I finished Deanna Raybourn's Silent on the Moor, I am a bit late to this series, but really love the side characters, they almost take over the book at times. Next up Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo and James Rollins's War Hawk.

Date Posted: 8/1/2016 3:14 PM ET
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Been reading...

Cold Grave/Kathryn Fox.  This time around, Dr. Anya Crichton is on a cruise with her son and ex-husband when a young girl is found murdered and crew member seriously injured.

The Branson Beauty/Claire Booth.  First in a new series set in Missouri.  A paddlewheel boat runs aground and a body is found on board.  The new sheriff investiages.  Not a police procedural and not a cozy...somewhere in-between.  Hopefully, will remember to watch for the next one!  LOL

The Woman in Cabin 10/Ruth Ware.  The MC is a travel writer invited on the maiden cruise of a small luxury ship (only 10 cabins).  The first night out she borrows some mascara (that seemed a little weird) from the woman in Cabin 10.  Later that night, she hears screaming, a splash and is convinced she sees a hand disappearing under the water.  She calls security, but no one believes her, everyone on board is accounted for and they insist that no one was in Cabin 10...it was empty.  Of course, she doesn't give up!

(What is it with me and books invoving ships lately? cheeky)

Another One Goes Tonight/Peter Lovesey.  The lastest Peter Diamond mystery.  Elderly men are dying and their deaths are ruled accidental.  Diamond isn't buying it and starts investigating without letting his superior know what he is doing.  Lovesey books are always a great read.

Bone Dust White/Karen Salvalaggio.  This is the first in series that started a few years ago.  Set in Montana, MC is a detective with the state patrol.  She is sent to investigate a woman's murder and it ties into a case she worked 11 years previously.  Lots of characters, all of whom seem to have a multitude of problems!  There are two more in the series so far and plan to read them.

Plus some Lynsay Sands, Kate Ellis/Wesley Peterson and a few non-mysteries.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/1/2016 4:18 PM ET
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Wow!  All these books sound good. 

Joy, I was mostly good.  I liked your selection of books read too.

The rest of them, I have to get my hands on them!  Marla, maybe all the cruise books are a bit of dreaming.

Date Posted: 8/1/2016 5:24 PM ET
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Has anybody ever read any of the Myrtle Clover mysteries by Elizabeth Spann Craig? I had several on kindle that I guess were freebies at one time or another so I picked them up, except not the first in the series. Anyway last week I read A Dyeing Shame (Myrtle Clover, Bk 3) :: Elizabeth Spann Craig.  Thought it was the second book in the series because I found it listed that way on another sight.  The MC is in her eighties and solves crimes because she is bored.  Overall a simple story but I liked it okay.

At the moment I'm reading One Chance by Daniel Patterson on Kindle while at work.  It's okay but the really irritating part is the pronoun being used when talking about the MC who is Penelope Chance.  It keeps saying either he, his or him which throws me for a second. Probably by the end of the book I'll be used to it.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/1/2016 7:06 PM ET
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Cynthia, I just read it last week.  As I was reading I kept thinking this isn't the first, can't be the first.  FF has it as the first but Amazon shows Pretty is as Pretty Dies as the first.  I haven't read it cause the darn thing is $4.99 on Kindle at the moment.  I did enjoy it for a nice light read and there are plenty more, I saw #9 on Amazon.

Caught up in Murder and Moonshine / Carol Miller.  First in the series and started it around noon, a bit more than halfway done with it!

 

 

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Date Posted: 8/1/2016 8:43 PM ET
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I am reading Eye of the Law (Burren, Bk 5) :: Cora Harrison

Set in 1500's Ireland. Excellent detail of Brehon law. Strong character. Written very well



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/2/2016 8:06 AM ET
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Loved Murder in Moonshine / Carol Miller.  Mercy, a 300 page book read in less than 24 hours. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 8:23 AM ET
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Cindy, I've read all the Myrtle Clover mysteries and I like them. Rather fluffy but she makes me laugh.

I just finished the following books:

  • Death Descends on Saturn Villa by M.R.C. Kasasian. Poor March goes through a heck of a time and Sydney actually shows some tenderness and humanity. I liked this one the best of the series. March also learns more about her mother.
  • Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander.  Jill and Carlos are still struggling with their relationship status. A new store owner has angered the towns people by opening a fast food restaurant in town. Of course, she turns up dead and Jill is off investigating. I like this series but the minute details of all the baking, etc. gets a little boring after awhile.
  • All You Need is Fudge by Nancy CoCo. As usual, a delightful mystery and a wonderful location.
  • The Visitor by Amanda Stevens. I love this continung series of the Graveyard Queen. Amelia Grey is a little wishy-washy in this one regarding her relationship with John Devlin. They are both dealing with things the other knows nothing about.. She faces a challenging set of circumstances when she finds an item with a likeness that looks like her. More is learned of her family and new abilities appear. An excellent read.

 



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Date Posted: 8/2/2016 10:38 AM ET
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I checked and I have three other Myrtle Clover books on hand. Like Geri, I haven't gotten the first yet since it is $4.99. I'll get to them sometime or other.

Excited because in checking my email show where Carrie Stuart Parks new book, When Death Draws Near, was downloaded to my Kindle. Yay! That one I didn't mind paying $4.99 for.

Finished reading Zero Day last night. Overall I liked it and John Puller's character. Might not be my favorite out of the Baldacci books I have read but well enough to read others.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/2/2016 12:08 PM ET
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I got my copy of When Death Draws Near too!

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 4:45 PM ET
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With all the talk about the Myrtle Clover mysteries I've put some of them on my wish list.  They do sound good.

Finished 'Rest in Peaches' and am now reading 'Shards of Murder' by Cheryl Hollon, the second in the 'Webb's Glass Shop' series.  Having a bit of a tough time getting into this one.  Hopefully it improves.

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 9:06 PM ET
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Joy --- I think "Myrtle" is right up your alley. I too received my newly released Kindle book today.

The bed is coming tomorrow --- this time I think it really will arrive.  Dogs and I have been going over there on the days I do not work.  Now we can actually stay there!!!!  YIPPEE!!!  Got the cable television, high speed internet and telephone installed yesterday.  This new cable box I have is much too sophisticated for me --- I actually "talk" to the button!!!!  We shall see how that works out.

Just now I am reading "When Shadows Fall" by J.T. Ellison --- an installment in the Samantha Owen series.

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 10:16 PM ET
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Reading The Cypress House by Michael Koryta. It's set during the Great Depression and has a paranormal element. During WWI Arlen noticed that he could tell that soldiers were going to die because he saw them as skeletized or with smokey eyes. On a train to the Florida Keys with the CCC he convinces a young man to leave the train with him. Not long after the other men who made it to the Keys are killed in a hurricane. Now he's staying at a roadside inn called Cypress House trying to help the woman who runs it. The county is "owned" by a corrupt local judge. Waiting to see who makes it away from Cypress House alive.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2016 8:49 AM ET
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Joy, I think you'll enjoy Myrtle.  A feisty senior.  angel

Becky, hooray for you!  Just in time for your vacation.  cool

Now, Mary, I want that book!  Not a cozy.  wink

I started Underground Airlines / Ben H Winters.  The Civil War never occurred.  The United States is a bit different.  No North and South Carolina, just Carolina.  There are four slave states and Texas is The Republic of Texas (in dispute).  The U. S. is almost a closed country, Japan has just begun to sell cars here due to economic policies.  The police can stop a black person at any time and demand to see their papers proving they are free.  This is labeled as a thriller.

Date Posted: 8/4/2016 5:12 AM ET
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Working diligently on "read the rainbow" part of the Challenge I read Indigo Slam by Robert Crais. This is part of the Elvis Cole series, told in the first person. Elvis has a good sense of humor but he takes his work as a private investigator seriously. Three children, the oldest age 15, come to him to find their father who has been gone for eleven days. He's not sure whether to take them seriously, but he is concerned that three juveniles are left to themselves. The family was taken into witness protection but have dropped out. Elvis starts to investigate and soon there are U.S. Marshals, Russian gangsters, FBI, Secret Service, Vietnamese revolutionaries, and of course, Joe Pike involved. An easy and fun read.

Date Posted: 8/4/2016 8:38 AM ET
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Current mystery reads are Rest Not in Peace by Melvin Starr (#6 Hugh de Singleton historical mystery) in print; I'm really enjoying this series although it is a bit repetitive and the author manages to throw quite a lot of God-bothering into the text. I can forgive it because it does fall into the "norm" of the time period and the author manages to work it in such that it doesn't really come across as preaching per se. The author uses a lot of historical terms (it's set in 1368) but fortunately provides a pretty extensive dictionary at the front for easy reference. Some of the terms he uses, I've never seen in other historical series, and I've read a lot of them!

On the Kindle, reading The Christmas Wassail by Kate Sedley, #22 Roger the Chapman historical mystery. I think this is the last one in the series, whether by design or need--the author is 90 years old now and this one was written in 2013. I've enjoyed this light historical series quite a lot over the past few years...if you're fond of the late 1400's and like stories set during the War of the Roses, this would be a great series for you! It's on the lighter side without a lot of cursing and such, although does deal with 'adult themes' and of course always MURDER. LOL Roger is a former novice monk turned peddler who travels the area around Brighton and Exeter. I like the fact that his character develops steadily and whose circumstances change normally over the course of the series, so it is a good idea to start at the beginning. The first book is called Death of a Chapman.

First day back to work today after vacation last week, the grandkids are doing great and growing like weeds! They wore me out...I don't know how my daughter does it on a daily basis.

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2016 9:45 AM ET
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I had a bit of time yesterday afternoon before leaving work so started reading When Death Draws Near. Only got a little ways into it but for those that planning on reading and don't like snakes, be prepared as they are in the first little part of the book. Have no clue how the first ties into the story yet but they are at a church that handles snakes as part of their worship.  Have to say that I'm glad I go to a non-snake handling church. Gave me the willies!

Date Posted: 8/4/2016 10:15 AM ET
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'Shards of Murder' did improve and I have finished it.  Now reading 'Hiss and Tell' one of the Sunny & Shadow series by Claire Donnally.  I started "Foul Play at the Fair' by   Shelly Fredont,  but could not get into it.  Seems like you are kind of just dropped in the middle of things for me, and a little too many bad words.  First in the 'Celebration Bay series.  May be the last in the Celebration Bay Series for me. 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/4/2016 11:34 AM ET
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Joy, I liked Shards of Murder but don't waste your time with the third one.  Bad editing for one thing.  I read it but vowed it would be the last glass shop book I read.

I liked Hiss and Tell but didn't care for that series by Shelly Fredont.

Date Posted: 8/4/2016 12:53 PM ET
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I just finished The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod.  This is an HF mystery set in Victorian England and I found it fascinating.  If you're not into the paranormal, it isn't for you, but when I read I want to be entertained, and I found this book really delivered.  I never even guessed who the perpetrator of the original murder was.  Now I have to see if there is a sequel.

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Belly UpStuart Gibbs     This is listed as a Children's book, but I loved it.  I will be reading more of these series.

Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (Theodore Boone, Bk 5)John Grisham              I have read every book in this series and waiting for the next one.

Alert (Michael Bennett)James PattersonMichael Ledwidge      Not my favorite.  

Cross Justice (Alex Cross)James Patterson                I liked it better than Alert.

The FixerJoseph Finder                A good read.             

Date Posted: 8/4/2016 8:32 PM ET
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Joy - I didn't really like Shards of Murder and decided to quit on that series. I think that I read two in the Celebration Bay series but that was it for me.

I picked up The Branson Beauty: A Mystery (Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries) :: Claire Booth at the library today. Was just looking at the new arrivals and thought that it sounded interesting.  Says it is the debut novel for this author. 

About 3/4 quarter of the way through The Collectors.

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