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Subject: Busy November - what are you reading?
Date Posted: 11/1/2016 9:38 AM ET
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Wow, Thanksgiving already and then there are the elections! What a month!

I'm going to start Shadow of the Hangman by Edward Marston - another historical mystery. I haven't read anything as yet by this author so I'm curious to see how this book will be.

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Date Posted: 11/1/2016 2:01 PM ET
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Now reading the second Nick Stryker book, Twisted.  You might like this series Jeanne.  Not a cozy, The Cusp of Crazy was the first, read in order of course.  I just started this one and we have three killing, the first was a mistake, the second to correct the mistake and the third to tidy up the mess.  Without giving anything away they're commited by a mob hitman who's supposed to be retired.  Killing isn't funny but what that hitman has done so far got me to chuckling a bit.  I have this on Kindle it's currently an Unlimited book.

My bed tree book is still An Affair With Mr Kennedy.  Sadly falling asleep quickly and not reading it.  My chair book is Fun House the seventh John Ceepak.  A note that there was a real Daniel Boyle who was a policeman in Pennsylvania, one year on the job when he was killed in a traffic stop. 



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I will have to check out those Stryker books Geri - thanks (I think)!wink

Date Posted: 11/1/2016 7:30 PM ET
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Finished 'The Cat, The Collector and The Killer' by Leann Sweeney and enjoyed it.  I really didn't know who the culprit was until very close to the end.  I love all the cats, too!  Have just started 'Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrews.  I can't believe how long it has taken me to get this book, over a year at least, and now she has a new one out.  Anyway, it is Halloween season in Caerphilly and a whole lot of antics going on, including, of course, a murder. 

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Date Posted: 11/2/2016 8:33 AM ET
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Hi Ladies,

No mysteries yet but soon

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/2/2016 11:21 AM ET
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Jeanne, did you read the John Ceepak series?  Nick Stryker is my new John Ceepak with more action!  I read Twisted yesterday.  Started it around 4 and finished it at 2!  I simply couldn't put it down and my eyes wouldn't shut!  An editing error here and there they road to the crime scene.  I read that and stopped, thought that's not right.  It took me a flash of time to realize what was wrong. 

The drescription:

Chicago Homicide Detective, Nick Stryker, responds to a murder at a birthday party and finds himself in the middle of chaos. An aging hit man, Frankie, makes a simple mistake by inverting the numbers in an address. When he realizes he killed the wrong person, he panics. His attempts to cover it up start a mob war. Bodies are showing up everywhere. A chance encounter leads Nick and his team to discover an even greater threat has been unleashed on Chicago and on Nick personally; the secrets of Building D.

Throughout the chaos, Frankie lies to survive and kills to protect the trophy he has guarded for forty years. No one can know what’s in the blue cooler.

Lock the doors, feed the pets, and clear your calendar for a few hours. It’s going to get ugly….. and a bit of laugh out loud!

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 1:05 PM ET
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Geri - I listen to the John Ceepak books on audio and they are great! Haven't finished all of them as yet.sad

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Date Posted: 11/2/2016 1:27 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Fun House, have Free Fall waiting in the wings.  Must say thanks to Bronwyn for telling me about them or was it you?  Love the Ceepak series and wish they would go on.  Right now Nick Stryker is only a three book series and can only hope there will be more. 

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 2:43 PM ET
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I think Bronwyn Mentioned them to you first, Geri.

BTW, Alice got me started on banners in the HF forum. If you're interested, I made a few for the Mystery Challenge - see if you like them or if someone else would like to work on some.

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Date Posted: 11/2/2016 2:53 PM ET
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Jeanne you will be my BFF if you make me a few cozy ones too

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 2:55 PM ET
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Go look in your thread Alice......

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 3:10 PM ET
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Hello All.  Just checking in.  Still not reading mysteries.  Not reading much at all actually.  I'm just very distracted right now and can't settle.  Maybe late onset ADD!! 

Has anyone heard from Mary P.  Hope her knee surgeries went well. 

Date Posted: 11/2/2016 8:13 PM ET
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Hello All --- Well I finished whatever it was I was reading at the end of October and have now finished the second book in the Detective Lavender series "The Sans Pareil Mystery" --- London 1809.  I do enjoy these books.  Seems that several of them are on Kindle Unlimited.  They are easy and quick reading.  Seems to be my usual just now.



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Date Posted: 11/2/2016 10:19 PM ET
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Finished the audio of Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder #1)...it was pretty good, though I had a few problems with it. I'll definitely read the next one, though. Now starting A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger, which I think is the first in a medieval series. It features real historical figures John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer, and is definitely not a cozy...so far, I'm liking it, although the narrator isn't very good at making the different characters' voices distinctive, so have to pay close attention to who's saying what. My print and Kindle reads are the same ones I mentioned at the end of October.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 11/3/2016 3:53 AM ET
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Take a look at

Topic: 2017 Mystery/Thriller Challenge - Discussion

Jeanne, I love the banners but as you wil see I'm not the one doing the challenge this year.  When you do it enough you suffer burn out, as you mentioned with the banners.  Someone else is taking up the challenge - pun intended.  LOL

Becky, An Affair with Mr Kennedy is more romance than mystery / thriller.  It does have Irish dissidents, an assassination attempt in with the balls and the why doesn't he kiss me.  :)

I'm reading A Haunted Murder / J A Whiting on Kindle, Fun House chair book and Death at First Sight / Lena Gregory for a bed book.

   


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I would like to thank all the people here who mentioned some weeks ago Arnicare. a topical ointment for skin stuff. I have been using for a while now and I agree. It's amazing.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/3/2016 2:27 PM ET
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Charles, I couldn't agree with you more.  So many uses for it from minor pain relief to eliminating my facial brusing and swelling!

Date Posted: 11/3/2016 3:12 PM ET
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when I went to a store to look for it I didn't know where it would be so I asked a store person about it and she had never heard of it but she did finally find it and I took what she found. It turned out to be a gel which works well but I wonder if it comes in a cream. what would be even better would be an aerisol can. smiley



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/3/2016 6:25 PM ET
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Charles, my CVS had it in a cream, in a tube like the gel.  I haven't heard of a spray but, you're right that would be fantactic.

Check Amazon, they have tablets so possibly you could soak in it.  They also had a lotion in a pump bottle.  I didn't realize it had so many variations.

Still reading all the same things.  I keep falling asleep!

Date Posted: 11/4/2016 9:20 AM ET
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I've used Arnicare for over 30 years. Just be careful and not use it on open cuts/wounds. I also use the homeopathic tablets and other homeopathic medicine. Calendula cream is great for minor rashes. Used to make it myself but too lazy in my old age and buy it instead.

Just finished Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane and Written Off! by E.J. Copperman. I liked them both, although the Con Lehane book had far too many characters to keep track of and some were rather lifeless. The mystery was unsavory but easy to guess. Perhaps the negatives will be corrected in the second book. I liked the humor/wit of the MC in the E.J. Copperman book. The premise of a character in her book coming to life was interesting. That one, too, needs more work on the depth of the character from the book. He seemed like a cardboard character and could have added so much more to the story. Overall, though, I liked them both.

Date Posted: 11/6/2016 7:23 AM ET
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Finished Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry--was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I had it on my to-read list for a long time, but for whatever reason, assumed it was one of those cookie-cutter cozies and kept passing it over. But definitely not...I wouldn't say it was edgy or gory either but one of those nice middle of the road type mysteries...and very interesting! Now I am digging into The Mushroom Man by Stuart Pawson (#2 Charlie Priest)...I ordered a couple of these from third party sellers on Amazon because I didn't want to wait! I used the extra hour last night from the clock turn-back to get started on it. I can sleep when I'm dead! LOL

Should have some extra reading time ahead...boss called me in to the office on Thursday (oh-oh!!) but it was because I have more PTO left than I thought. We have to use our PTO up each year or we lose it...however, they used to let us burn off any excess in January. They are not allowing that any longer...I am almost never sick, and since our PTO encompasses the 6 paid holidays, vacation and sick time together, that means I have a LOT of PTO. Basically, from now until Dec. 15, I will be working only ONE weekday, and that's Black Friday. (My usual work schedule is Thursday through Sunday, so basically taking a lot of Thursday and Fridays off, plus one full work week in December.) I could get used to this, I think. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/6/2016 8:57 AM ET
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WOW Cheryl --- Have fun!!!!  Is it now the norm for companies to insist one take all of their PTO within the 12-month period???  Back in my day with the oil companies, one could leave it over pretty much endlessly. 

I am reading some cozy sort of mystery.  The main character is Rose Simpson.  The books are titled "Murder at ________" and I am blank this moment about the blank.  I believe this is the 4th one I have read and think it will be my last.  Rose and her intended are okay, but the fiance's sister is ridiculous and I have had it with her!!!!  Ready to be on to something else.

Seems none of us are particularly chatty this month --- is everyone really busy reading???  I try to do my share but with the store open 3 days a week and my mother and aunt seemingly have some doctor appointment each and every week, at times I feel my life as I knew it in Delaware has ended.  Not much time to just sit in the recliner and read with the dogs!!!  Then there are my cousins and many birthday parties and such.  I am about to come to the conclusion that family may be overrated when they are all within 25 miles!!!!  This is coming from one who had no children and lived away from all this family for 40 years!!!  It is just taking a bit of time to get used to all of it.

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Date Posted: 11/6/2016 11:04 AM ET
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When I was working I had to take my PTO in the year or lose it. 

I might trade you families Becky.  I have two cousins who each live three miles from me.  The last time I emailed one was back in February and the other is a bit better I saw him for about a half hour in September when I gave him a ladder I wasn't using any longer.  The last time I heard from a couple, not all that live out of state was to receive a Christmas card.

Started three new books, Brooklyn on Fire / Lawrence H Levy but I think I'll stop since I just realized it's book 2 in a series I haven't read.  Death at First Sight / Lena Gregory first in a new series.  MC gave up her psychiatric practice to become a psychic on an island near Long Island.  Not sure about it but I have made it to page 67.  :)  Kindle is May Day the first in the  Murder by the Month series.  Why is the person who finds the body always guilty in th eeyes of the police?  To the point where the cop has said you may not make that show because you'll be on trial. 

As you can see I finished An Affair With Mr Kennedy / Jillian Stone,  Not my typical read and to me it got a bit far fetched.  But it was a bit of fun too, as only far fetched can be.  I liked it enough to order the next two in the series which don't involve Mr Kennedy but do involve his co-workes that you've met in the first book. 

If you want them Becky, let me know, I'll read them and send them together.  If you can believe the Kindle price is $15.99 for these books.  A new hardcover can be found by a third party seller on Amazon for $4.99!

Date Posted: 11/6/2016 3:50 PM ET
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I've been reading just not mysteries. Three of them have been Christian fiction dealing with spiritual warfare which I really like reading, especially when it deals with angels/demons on one side then humans on the other.

I did finish reading The Escape (John Puller #3) by David Baldacci. Figured I needed to get it out of the way since the newest one is getting ready to come out. Not sure what I will read next.

Date Posted: 11/6/2016 7:40 PM ET
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I don't know if it's the norm or not, Becky. Even within our own company, it depends on what job classification you are. When I worked in the hospital, we nurses were allowed to carry over so much vacation time from year to year, but vacation was always kept separate from sick time and holiday pay. We also could carry over sick time in indefinite amounts and it could be drawn upon for lengthy illness or recovery from surgery. In the other clinic job I had, we were allowed to carry over one week of our allotted time each year. This job is a different classification yet, so...I don't know what is normal elsewhere.

I hear you about the family stuff, too. I have a huge family--seven siblings, all except one of them have multiple children and I am a great-aunt many times over and even a great-great-aunt a couple times...at last count I had 120 or so first cousins too...my parents both came from large families. But I am not much of a socializer...and I don't have a whole lot in common with most of my family. Some of my siblings I haven't seen for 5 years, although most live within 50 miles of me (except one.) I feel like I should feel more guilty than I do about not staying in touch, but it seems their lives are just so full of drama that I don't want to get sucked into.

Cheryl

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