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Subject: Book suggestions
Date Posted: 12/1/2007 11:59 AM ET
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I'm planning ahead here but during the months of Jan and Feb we have alot of horrible days where we are stuck inside alot I need some suggestions for books. 

I'm looking for some good cosy mysteries and historical books like Gone with the Wind. Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 1:01 PM ET
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I have a series of Gini Hartzmark books that no one  has requested and she's not a best seller but if you like mysteries like

Patterson, Reichs, Sandford, etc. like I do then I think they are really good!   Worth a try, I live in the NE and am ready to hunker

down with my series too.    Always looking for new ones.

Date Posted: 12/1/2007 7:17 PM ET
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Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh is THE perfect mystery to read with a cup of tea in front of the fire on a gray, cold, rainy/snowy day. :-) Actually, all her books are good!

Some good historical fiction I've read recently:

Lady's Maid by Margaret Forster

The Captain's Wife by Douglas Kelley

Maisie Dobbs (this is the first of a set of mysteries, they're all good and a cut above the average) by Jacqueline Winspear

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters



Date Posted: 12/2/2007 7:17 PM ET
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Try Ridley Pearson - Lou Boldt Series great mystery with a little love story 8 book series will keep you busy


Date Posted: 12/3/2007 1:52 AM ET
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My thoughts may not be what you are looking for but I find that Tess Gerritsen is always a good read for me. If you are a first timer then I would go with the Maura Isles/ Jane Rizzoli series...(The Surgeon, The Apprentice, The Sinner etc.)  need more info about these then PM me, maybe I can send some more ideas your way soon....

Happy Reading!


Date Posted: 12/4/2007 12:18 PM ET
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Theres a new book based on the GWTW characters Rhett Butlers People.

Also they arent really cozy mysteries but I love the Mrs Polifax series by Dorothy Gilman. They are about Mrs Polifax a secret agent who is in her 60s. I read my first one when I was 16 but they are neither too young and babyish or too old and fuddy duddy.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 2:18 PM ET
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Have you ever read any of Alexandria Ripley's books? She wrote Scarlett. I loved everything of hers I ever read.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 2:58 PM ET
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I really love books by Karen Robards and Carlene Thompson.  Really good suspense, page turners that keep you wondering until the end (most of the time).  I learned about both of these authors here at PBS and am very thankful for finding them.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 8:47 AM ET
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The Other Boleyn Sister is a great historical read! I haven't read Philippa Gregory's other books, but if they are anything like The Other Boleyn Sister you would be in for a good read!

If you are looking for American historical fiction, try the Shenandoah Sisters series by Michael Phillips -- same era as GWTW, but different viewpoint, actually two viewpoints -- slave and mistress.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 9:39 AM ET
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If you like Historical fiction, I just finishe Kilgannon by Kathleen Givens. It's set in Scotland in the early 1700's, and it was fantastic! Hard to put down! There is also a sequel, and she also has written other books. I know there are at least a few copies of Kilgannon posted on here.....

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 7:06 AM ET
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Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series and Emilie Richards quilting series.

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 11:21 PM ET
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wow, kinda hard to top Gone with the Wind. Have u read Scarlett yet? It was superb. For light reading mysteries have u read M C Beaton's?

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 5:14 PM ET
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Diana Haeger's The Perfect Royal Mistress is quite good.  Second the recommendation of any Philippa Gregory book....they're all superb.  Also, how about Diana Gabaldon?