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Subject: The brand new "What mystery are you reading now?" thread
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 8:46 AM ET
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Well, it's a new year, time to start a new thread. The other was getting rather long and cumbersome.:-)

I just finished up An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander, one of his Sir John Fielding historical mysteries....I loved it as usual and am bumming out because there's only two left to the end of the series.

I've just started Priest by Ken Bruen, one of his Jack Taylor series (which is one of my favorite series ever!), and the other book is more paranormal than mystery, Kim Harrison's A Fistful of Charms.

How about ya'll? What great mysteries are in your purse, on your bedside table or in your hot little hands at the moment?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:14 AM ET
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Since the first of the year I have finished "A Corpse in the Koryo" by James Church, and the first Duncan Kincaid/Gemma Jones mystery by Deborah Crombie. I started "A Beautiful Blue Death" by Charles Finch but decided not to finish it (not my cup of tea), and last night I started "Twilight" (to see what the hype is about) but I'm not sure if I'm in the mood for it. I think I might start Henning Mankell's first Inspector Wallander mystery. My husband says that the PBS series "Mystery!" is going to present the Wallander series with Kenneth Brannagh (sp?) in the title role sometime soon.
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:20 AM ET
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I'm about half way through Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.  This is for my reading challenge to read some Agatha and Edgar award winners or nominees.  It's good so far, but not quite up to the glowing reviews I read.  After that I have to choose from three "next in series" books by favorite authors:  Phil Rickman, Charles Todd, or Louise Penny.  Of course, I also just got The Various Haunts of Men, which is described as "an intelligent British police procedual", which is just about my favorite kind of book, so...I'd better ead faster!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:27 AM ET
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LeeAnne, thanks for the heads up about the Wallander series being adapted for TV. I've read several of the series and really enjoy them, though Wallander IS a very melancholy guy. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:19 PM ET
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I am almost thru with "The Heir" by Barbara Taylor Bradford, it is the 2nd in the series and I really like it!  I have the last 5 in the Stephen J. Cannell (Scully) series that I need to get started on next.......well, that's the plan anyway!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 5:09 PM ET
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I wish I was reading something from my own rather large TBR pile, but....I picked up The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman from the library and that's what I'm reading right now.  I just finished Miss Julia Meets Her Match by Ann B. Ross.  Time to start thinking about what is up next :)

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 6:49 PM ET
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I finally started the Dead End Job mysteries by Elaine Viet. I'm almost done with the first one ... Shop till You Drop. I really like it so I'm glad I have most of the series already sitting in Mt TBR!

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:22 PM ET
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I'm part way through Eggs In Purgatory. I'm enjoying it so far.

I didn't like the Scrapbooking or Coffeehouse mysteries by the same author, but so far, this one is promising.

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Subject: 2009
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:26 PM ET
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Well, I just finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and Loved IT!! It will be hard to top for this year. I have several books on my TBR for the month. I am planning on starting THe Alexandria Link by Steve Berry. (It will count for the Mystery Challenge set in an exotic place)

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:30 PM ET
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Kat, I loved the 13th Tale, too!  It has been quite a while since I have read it, but I remember her talking about getting something by mail.  Something like it seeming odd that several days ago someone had something to say to her, so much so that they put it on paper ...oh, never mind, I am messing it up!  But, yes, it was really good.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:49 PM ET
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I'm reading A Face at the Window, the 12th Home Repair is Homicide mystery by Sarah Graves. This series features Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree, a former Wall Street power broker who moves to Eastport, Maine with her teenaged son. Jake buys a huge old house (built in 1823) and sets about renovating the dwelling and solving mysteries along the way.

Author's web site: http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/graves/index.html

SYKM information: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/G_Authors/Graves_Sarah.html

 

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 8:01 AM ET
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I agree about The Thirteenth Tale, it made my top ten for last year!

Cheryl

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/11/2009 6:22 PM ET
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January

Whiteout by Ken Follett, Wiped Out  #4 by  Barbara Colley , Dead Run by P J Tracy, The Double Life by Lee Goldberg, Scent of the Grave by India Ink ,The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, Crossed Bones by Carolyn Haines; The Goodbye Body by Joan Hess; Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris, How to Marry a Millionair Vampire by Kerelyn Sparks, Swallow the Hook by S W Hubbard, The Mounrful Teddy by John J Lamb, Murder Most Frothy,  Decaffeniated Corpse, French Pressed by Cleo Coyle, Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie, Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard, Solace Green Honeymoon by Susan S James, Watch Them Die by Kevin O'Brien and Dead Sand by Brendan DuBois

Reading Bindweed by Janis Harrison

Maybe I'll get a couple of more in yet.



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Date Posted: 1/12/2009 7:52 AM ET
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I just finished 'shooting gallery' by hailey lind..didn't realize til I started it that it wasn't the first... but oh well it was still pretty good though a bit 'wild' near the end with some silliness ..reminded me a bit of stephanie plum with the joking around in the face of seriousness. I requested the first book and wishlisted the 3rd..I like the character LOL!

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Date Posted: 1/12/2009 8:17 AM ET
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I just started the newest Tess Gerritsen-The Keepsake, last night. I didn't get a lot of time to read, so I'm only about 50 pages in, but I'm definitely hooked already.

Geri, I checked out your profile and bookshelf and I have to say I really like your book reviews. They are thoughtful and give lots of info on the books. I will have to start trying to give more fleshed out reviews myself.

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 9:26 AM ET
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I have just started He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum for my 'home reading' and tucked Eight of Swords by David Skibbins into my purse to read at work on breaks. I'm such a good gurl...both of them are books for the mystery challenge! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 10:47 AM ET
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I'm reading Flirting With Pete by Barbara Delinsky.  It's not technically a mystery, but rather a novel with both mystery and romance elements to the story.  It's about a woman who, although she knew who her father was, was never acknowledged by him or met him.  But she admired him professionally as she went into the same profession that he did (counseling).  But when he dies unexpectedly, she inherits his townhouse in an exclusive area of Boston - along with the two primary servants for the townhouse.   While exploring the townhouse, she finds sections of a "journal" entitled "Flirting with Pete".  All of the sections are in separate manilla envelopes with a simple letter "C" on the front (her name starts with a C, as did her father's name).   After finding a few accidentally, she starts hunting for the rest of the sections in the townhouse - like a scavenger hunt.  The journal tells the story of another young woman - Jenny Clyde.   The two stories (the regular one and the story in the journal) are told concurrently in the book, and I can't wait to see how they come together and who Jenny Clyde really is (or isn't - there is a possibility that she is fictional).

Date Posted: 1/12/2009 1:47 PM ET
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I guess this will catch up January:

Finished Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? A Biography, Marion Meade

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

Round Robin, Jennifer Chiaverini

The Skeleton in the Closet, M.C. Beaton (This was very light but I enjoyed it very much.  Maybe it was just what I needed.)

Currently reading Death's Bright Angel by Janet Neel and I'm enjoying it.  There was a short patch at the beginning where I thought I might have to take a correspondence course in accounting but that passed and it's been good so far.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 7:24 AM ET
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Ellie W,

Thanks!  Notice it takes me a while to write the reviews.  I'm trying to write them when I post.  The first books I posted have those I liked this book comment.  Then I read a few of the reviews and decided I could do better than good book.

Lynne Flirting With Pete sounds intriguing.  I'll have to watch for it.

Date Posted: 1/14/2009 6:28 PM ET
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I'm reading No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark. After that I'm probably going to read either Die Before I Wake by Laurie Breton or Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell.

Kat (polbio) -
Subject: Blind Justice
Date Posted: 1/15/2009 7:21 AM ET
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I just finished Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander. I loved the way it was written. It was set 1768 and was about a real life blind magistrate named Sir John Fielding. The author placed a fictional character for the narrator. I enjoyed the writing , descriptions and most of the characters. However, there was a few non-chalant references to raping teenage servent girls for entertainment, which seemed to be accepted since the men doing it were aristocrats. I realize it was something unfortunately common at the time period, and before, but still unpleasant to read.  My only other complaint about the book was that I solved the mystery in the middle of the book. I hate when I do that.!!

With all that said, I still look forward to book 2 in the series. It was an overall enjoyable read.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 9:50 AM ET
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I just started The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen.  This is the third book in his Smoky Barrett series.  I HIGHLY recommend the entire series if you love good thrillers.  I can't recommend him enough!

Shadow Man

The Face of Death

The Darker Side

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 12:03 PM ET
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I am reading the series by Rita Lakin  I started out with the 1st on and am now on the last one which just came out in Jan. 2009.

Getting Old is to die for

Getting Old is murder

Can't remember the others right now.

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 1/15/2009 12:49 PM ET
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I'm reading A New Leash on Life by Susan Conant. Short read. Not sure which book I will move on to next.

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 8:31 PM ET
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I am two-thirds of the way through 'Black Dog' by Stephen Booth. I'm really enjoying it, but then, I love British procedurals. This one is long-ish (466 pages) so I am going to use it to count toward my Mystery Challenge list. I also finished 'One Bad Apple' by Sheila Connolly (or something like that) and 'Shakespeare's Landlord' by Charlaine Harris. Those were both quick reads and quite enjoyable!
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