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Topic: May Day by Jess Lourey (murder by month series)

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Subject: May Day by Jess Lourey (murder by month series)
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:17 PM ET
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Anyone read this book?  I'm trying to read it but I haven't been able to get passed the first few chapters.  Does it get better?  Or should I stop before it gets worse?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:25 PM ET
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I DNF'd it....I read to about page 70 and the ONLY reason I read that far was because she is a local Minnesota author. But I finally gave up, thought it was just awful. I know some folks who just loved it though, so it's all a matter of taste I guess!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 7:57 PM ET
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Uh-oh. I've had these on my WL for a while and I'm still several down the list. Now I'm thinking that I might pass on them. Hmm....
Date Posted: 12/16/2008 2:48 PM ET
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LOL LeeAnne - Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!

As Cheryl said, a lot of people love this series.  If you read the reviews of the book you'll see that pretty clearly.  I think it's a style thing.   To me, these books would be classified as "chick-lit cozies".   If you like chick-lit, then you are more likely to like the style of these books.  And the books poke a lot of fun at Minnesotans.   So if you are familiar with Minnesota you'll either love the humor or hate it because you think the author is making fun of you.  If you aren't a Minnesotan, then you may not even get the humor - but on the other hand I know people from the East Coast who love these books.

Personnaly, I fall into the "liked" the book category.  I've read May Day and enjoyed it enough so that I intend to read the rest of the series.  As for the humor - sometimes it makes my laugh out loud - and sometimes it falls flat.

I recommend reading May Day - and THEN making up your mind whether or not you like the series.



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Date Posted: 12/16/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I guess I didn't read far enough to actually see any "Minnesota humor." I don't mind that--I mean, Fargo is one of my favorite movies. LOL  But you're right, it was more the "chick lit" thing that got to me...it's always about needing some guy. Pah! What humor there was seemed forced, to me.

But I would never remove a book from my wish list because someone else didn't like it--at least give the first one a try LeeAnne and see what you think!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 4:18 PM ET
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I didn't take them off my list but I'm still leery. I'm not a "chick lit" reader though I do like (some) cozies. My husband's family is from Minnesota so I would probably appreciate the humor. I'm more than 20 down on the list so...I'm going to let them stay for a while. : )