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Subject: It's DECEMBER! What books do you have your nose in? :)
Date Posted: 12/1/2009 8:29 AM ET
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I've got three books currently going...Verdict Unsafe by Jill McGown which I'm reading at work, Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (paranormal) and listening to a young adult mystery in audio called The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. I only just got started on that one--it will be interesting to see how it goes--there isn't that much YA mystery out there, not like the fantasy genre, which is very rich with YA and with many that I've really enjoyed.

So what are you kicking off the last month of the year with?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:19 AM ET
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I finished Holly and Homicide by Leslie Caine.  After reading three of this series close together I kind of burned out, but wanted to read the Xmas one this time of year.  It wasn't that the mystery wasn't  'good', but I just don't 'love'  the main characters. Time to move on...

I started MIstletoe Murder by Leslie Meier last night. Was just going to read for a few minutes before I turned off the light--LOL.  I ended up reading until after midnight, which is SOOOO not a good idea during the work week!  I wasn't sure I'd like it, but the mystery is turning out to be  interesting and I'm enjoying the characters. The book was written in the early 90's and occasionally I'm aware of that, but overall it's an enjoyable cozy. 

I'm reading a few of my Christmas themed books, and that is fun.  I think I have four more, so I guess I will have to space them out. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 12:20 PM ET
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Right now I have my nose in The Guards  by Ken Bruen.  So I'm really enjoying it..  This weekend I will have go looking in my TBR stacks for the second in the series.

Tammy

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 12:40 PM ET
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Just finished The Night Watcher by John Lutz - good mystery - really kept me guessing, although I had an inkling about 2/3 of the way through. Now I am trying to decide whether to go with another mystery or HF. Decisions, decisions.....

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 2:34 PM ET
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I've always liked John Lutz's stuff.

I'm finishing up Untraceable by Laura Griffin and then I'm going to start an ARC of  House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 4:41 PM ET
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Not a Girl Detective by Susan Kandel.

It's number 2 in the series.

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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:16 PM ET
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I finished A Nose For Murder by Lee Charles Kelley last night. This is the first in series and is set at Christmas time. I really really liked it. The main character is a smarta$$ and I love that. He and his significant other trade witty repartee and reminded me a bit of Nick and Nora. I will be continuing the series very shortly. But first I have a few holiday themed books to read.

I started The Sleeper by Gillian White which is set at Christmas but a very bleak and blustery Christmas. It is very British in tone so far with undertones of evil running through the pages. I had a bit of trouble getting into it at first, but now I'm getting intrigued.

Also started Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris last night, which isn't a Christmas story but it was calling my name. I was surprised to find Harper and Tolliver in my Texas town in this book. I'm only a couple chapters in, but liking it so far.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:35 PM ET
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I just finished Urge To Kill by John Lutz, it was so good, my first by him, now I've got to go back and read all his other books.

I started The Scarpetta Factor today and so far it's SLOW, hope it gets better.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 11:39 PM ET
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I'm about a third of the way through "Another Man's Moccassins" by Craig Johnson.  I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this series so it's good to be back.  Not sure where I'm headed next but maybe I'll pull a couple of WL books off my TBR stack and get those back into the system.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 6:16 AM ET
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I've sure been using my bookmarks...I've had about six going at once all week. I finished rereading all of my Dorothy Simpson books so that I could list them as well as Harris' Three Bedrooms, One Corpse, have been perusing my Southern Living Christmas books and a Junior League cookbook, read Bonecrack for the discussion group, finished up the last (that I have) of the Jill Churchill Jane Jeffrey books, and have Fluke's Strawberry Shortcake Murder, Enter Jeeves and Macomber's Angels Everywhere in progress.  

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 9:03 AM ET
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LeeAnne, make sure you get Craig Johnson's upcoming book, Junkyard Dogs, wishlisted! :D

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 2:54 PM ET
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I just finished An American Killing by MaryAnne Tirone-Smith.  It was pretty suspenseful at times, but could have been a little less predictable.  I only picked it up at a book sale and read it because the synopsis sounded interesting, which it was.    I just started Capitol Crimes by Faye and Jonathan Kellerman,  I have no expectations, so .    I was just notified by the library that The Girl who played with Fire  by Steig Larsson, which I have been on the waitlist for,  is finally available, so I will go onto that next.   But with the holidays approaching,  I won't have as much time available to read.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 6:31 PM ET
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UUUUGGGG!!!!   I don't know what to read next!

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 8:32 PM ET
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Ok, crisis over!  I have decided on The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo.  The main character's name cracks me up everytime - Harry Hole!  (my juvenile moment is over, but I just can't help it)

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 8:41 PM ET
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Thanks for the heads up on the Craig Johnson book, Cheryl!

Carol, I agree.  Harry Hole has to be one of the most unfortunate character names ever!

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 7:27 AM ET
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New "untitled" John Lutz book in the system

Untitled John Lutz

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 10:45 AM ET
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I started another of Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series last night, Slow Dollar. Got caught up in it right away and had to make myself stop reading and turn out the light. Thought about bringing it to work with me, but knew today would be busy.  I should finish it up tonight...

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 2:42 AM ET
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I just finished #3 of the Gaslight Series. I really like the time period. I also just finished re-listening to Elizabeth Peters He Shall Thunder in the Sky. I love, love, love her books. I thoroughly enjoy listening to them. Barbara Rosenblat is unbelievable. She really makes the stories come alive.

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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 12:42 AM ET
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I just finished Charlaine Harris' Grave Secret and it was the best book in the series in my opinion. Harper is not nearly as wimpy in this one as I feel she has been in the previous three. It always drove me nuts how dependant she is on Tolliver. While I still feel a bit icky ( couldn't think of a better word ) about their relationship, I've gotten used to it. I'm not sure if this is the last in the series but it sure seems like it. Everything was wrapped up nicely in this one and the ending was a bit of a shocker to me. I literally never suspected and I usually figure things out in mysteries way before the end. Kudos to Charlaine Harris for the surprise ending. I hope I'm not giving anything away to those who have yet to read it. I'm trying to stay vague about details.

The one thing that drove me nuts was that it was set in my city, Garland Texas. It is glaringly obvious that Ms. Harris must have just picked the name from a map because all her descriptions are way off. I like when books set in certain cities give accurate details and make me feel like I know something about those cities when I'm finished reading. This gave no accurate details at all of my hometown.



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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 12:50 AM ET
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Ellie,

So this series is set in Texas?  I thought it was in Arkansas. 

I'm reading a non-mystery, The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank.  Very short book.

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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 1:34 AM ET
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Terri, I can't remember exactly where the first three books took place. Harper travels on her jobs so they have been set in different areas. This last book takes place in Texas because that's where Harper and her family are from, Texarkana. Their two younger sisters and older brother live in Garland so they are visiting and trying to solve old family mysteries.



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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 1:56 PM ET
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I'm working on The Scarpetta Factor.  It's good so far, but like another said, a little slow.  Next up is I, Alex Cross

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 2:32 PM ET
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Reading Pressed to Kill by Dolores Johnson. Picked it up at the local thrift store and thought I'd read it till I get the rest of Davidson's Goldy series in. It's pretty good. After the Goldy series it's Victoria Laurie's Abby Cooper series. Somehow I went from mainly reading non-fiction to paranormal and mysteries..picked up 6 random series mysteries at the 3 for $1 sale yesterday! 

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 2:39 PM ET
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Going to start Preaching To The Corpse by Roberta Isleib tonight.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 3:11 PM ET
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I'm reading A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill.  I've never read him before, and I'm on the fence with this one.  The shifting POV feels a little clunky, and it was slow to get going - but it's his first, so I'll cut him some slack.

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