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Subject: May Day Brings New Reads to Share
Date Posted: 5/1/2017 1:04 PM ET
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Can't believe that I'm starting this month.  My first read is Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner who wrote the delightful A Fall of Marigolds which I loved.  I couldn't pass this one up after that reading experience.  And, both are so very well done.  Put them on your TBR.  She is an outstanding author whose stories flow effortlessly.  Almost like hearing stories read to one.  They are that good!



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Date Posted: 5/1/2017 1:26 PM ET
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I just finished the Ann Granger book, "The Dead Woman of Deptford".  It was very good

Not I am reading "The Alchemist's Daughter" by Mary Lawrence.  Only a few pages in, but interesting thus far.

Date Posted: 5/2/2017 12:02 PM ET
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Not h/f, but I'm reading The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olson.  It's the sixth of the series and the main character, detective Carl is just as cranky as ever!

Date Posted: 5/2/2017 3:29 PM ET
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I'm on the fourth book about Sir John Fielding by Bruce Alexander.  I'm loving this series!  I also read the most recent Flavia book, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd.  Very abrupt, sad ending.

Date Posted: 5/2/2017 6:15 PM ET
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Oh no Vicky, I just got that one from Amazon! sad

Date Posted: 5/3/2017 8:56 AM ET
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Cheryl, I won't say anything, but that I'm very anxious for the next book now!  It wasn't my favorite in the series, but I'm glad I read it.  It almost felt as though the author was in a bit of a slump, but had to write it anyway.  I don't know...let me know what you think when you finish it!

 

Date Posted: 5/4/2017 9:02 AM ET
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Well I finished the Charles Lenox book, "A Beautiful Blue Death" and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Also finished "The Alchemist's Daughter" and quite enjoyed it as well.  Then just yesterday I finished "The Strings of Murder" by Oscar de Muriel and it was well done.  It is the first in a series featuring a somewhat disgraced London Scotland Yard Inspector who is sent to Edinburgh, Scotland to team with a somewhat disgraced Scots Detective to solve a murder thought to be a copy cat of the "Ripper".  Will definitely be reading the next offering in all three series.  The Lenox book is available but the other two are a bit above my usual price range for paper or Kindle!!!

Then last night I started "The Railway Detective" by Edward Marston.  An older series but in one of the Challenges I need a "transportation" book and this should fill the bill.  It has quite good reviews on Amazon.  Not far enough in just yet to give an opinion.

Date Posted: 5/6/2017 8:26 PM ET
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I just finished three of the series by Bruce Alexander, Sir John Fielding Mysteries.   Trade paperbacks:  Blind Justice (1) and Murder in Grub Street (2).  Hardback is Person or Persons Unknown (4).   The series is definitely keeping me interested and I ordered three more.  I have the third one around here somewhere but I cannot find it.  As soon as I do I will read it and it will also be available.

If you are interested in these books let me know.  I would love to send them to the same person.

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Date Posted: 5/7/2017 7:08 AM ET
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I need to read some more Historical fiction so I opened an HF swap. Hope you can play. No problems if you have never played in a game I can mentor you

I have opened a new Historical Fiction Swap.

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Date Posted: 5/10/2017 8:28 AM ET
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I am starting the latest book in one of my favorite HF mystery series Lucifer's Harvest (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, Bk 9) :: Mel Starr

Great medievil series. Love the glossary of old terms in each book. start with book 1 though.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/10/2017 8:31 PM ET
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I've started Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn and on my kindle I've started My Theodosia by Anya Seton.

Date Posted: 5/10/2017 10:19 PM ET
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I'm on the fifth book of the Sir John Fielding series: Jack, Knave and Fool.  I'm really enjoying these!

Date Posted: 5/11/2017 6:27 PM ET
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Cheryl, I enjoyed that series by Kate Quinn.

Just finished a fascinating novel,  Asylum by Jeannette de Beauvoir. 

 

Linda

Date Posted: 5/11/2017 9:46 PM ET
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I'm reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman which is a little different from his other work.  Interesting.



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Date Posted: 5/15/2017 6:03 PM ET
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I am reading Victoria: A Novel :: Daisy Goodwin

I loved the PBS series and the series was based off this book. Very entertaining. It starts when Victoria is a teenager. Quite the young lady.

Date Posted: 5/17/2017 8:59 AM ET
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Ah, Victoria is on my TBR so I'll be interested in hearing what you think Alice.  Just finished The Witches Daughter by Braxton.  It was pretty good and I was glad to move it off my TBR where it has been for so long.  Now I find that it is part of a series!   Darn!  I'll have the check out the next one.  Have been trying to whittle down my series books so I can move them.  Will keep working on it!  Anyway I've begun The Book of Night Women which I've had for some time.



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Date Posted: 5/19/2017 12:37 PM ET
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Vicki, I agree with your comments about the latest Flavia de Luce. Definitely weak in plot and action and, as you said, an abrupt, sad ending. But I will keep reading these, as I so love Flavia.

I've been reading nonfiction lately but next up in hf for me is America's First Daughter  by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie - about Patsy Jefferson. I hope it lives up to the stellar reviews.

 

Date Posted: 5/19/2017 12:48 PM ET
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Just finished Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris - another great addition to the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Very sad in some respects but an action packed page turner nonetheless!

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Date Posted: 5/19/2017 3:05 PM ET
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Victoria was very similar to the TV series. , so there was nothing new in it for me.  I do like her spirit for a young woman in the 1800s.

I read teh Presidents Daughter as well and enjoyed it. I learned a lot about expense of trying to run a planation in that day and age.

Date Posted: 5/19/2017 5:45 PM ET
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I'm going to be starting the new Flavia novel tonight!

Date Posted: 5/20/2017 5:15 PM ET
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Finished The Book of Night Women.  It's an incredible read.  It was my choice for reading from my TBR and found it a fascinating look at slavery in Jamaica told by a slave in her language.  The author, a native of Jamaica himself, did a great deal of research and many interviews to build this story.  I can't help but recommend it it you are interested in this topic.  

Date Posted: 5/20/2017 5:15 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/24/2017 11:42 AM ET
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I've started League of Dragons by Naomi Novik; the last of the Temeraire novels.  I will be very sad to have this series end

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Date Posted: 5/26/2017 6:37 AM ET
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I just finished

Mrs. Houdini: A Novel Author: Victoria Kelly    It was good. I did not know much about the Houdini's so good information. I enjoyed the information around spirtitulism movement as well.
Alice
Date Posted: 5/26/2017 10:42 AM ET
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Cheryl, what did you think of Flavia? 

I set aside Sir John Fielding and read a few non-fiction books, but I'll be back to HF soon.

 

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