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Subject: December is here!!! What mysteries are you reading??
Date Posted: 12/1/2014 9:20 AM ET
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Good Morning All --- a new month has begun.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/1/2014 9:58 AM ET
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I've almost finished A Cry in the Dust / Carrie Stuart Parks on Kindle.  It's the first in a series of a forensic artist, a bit of Eve Duncan since she sculpts from skulls.  The story begins with her working on three skulls found at the site of the Mountain Meadow Massacure.  That's factual, the massacure, it happened in Utah.  A wagon train was attacked.  The only survivors were the children under eight years old.  It's not gruesome, flipping pages as fast as I can.  yes

Date Posted: 12/1/2014 10:19 AM ET
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Geri - sounds like a good book. I do know a bit about the Mountain Meadows Massacre - a horrible tragedy! As if those pioneers didn't have enough to contend with.....

I am on to the next Laura Cardinal book in J. Carson Black's series titled Dark Side of the Moon. It's a good mystery and of course it takes place in areas that I am acquainted with. I seem to be on a real kick now - reading about all these places I know something about - LOL!

Date Posted: 12/1/2014 11:47 AM ET
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Happy December!

I've been busy reading away;  Finished two more in the Josi Kilpack series, "Banana Split" and "Tres Les Cupcakes." Both good and now I am into "Baked Alaska" in the same series.  In between the two books I read "The Chase" by Evanovich & Goldberg.  Once I start reading a book in this new series, I  just can't put them down. 

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2014 12:09 PM ET
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Joy, sounds like those Josi Kilpack books are good.  I read the first one, then put them on my WL, but have been waiting FOREVER!!!!  I finally broke down and purchased English Trifle and Devil's Food Cake.  I'm trying to save them for the challenges coming up, but don't know if I can.  Loved "The Chase" also.  I think, no, I know I'm hooked on this new series.  

Finished The Legend of Sleepy Harlow and am now working on Murder on the Half Shelf from the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett.  Waiting in the wings from the library is JoAnna Carl's newest Chocoholic mystery "The Chocolate Clown Corpse".  Oooh, I should have waited --there's no dead or murder word in the title.  Hmmm.

Date Posted: 12/1/2014 3:09 PM ET
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Took a couple days for off genealogy again. This time a friend asked me to trace his mother's side. They were all Germans, settled in the Pittsburgh area between 1850 and 1880. Managed to find Old Country origins for two of them, and confirmed origin on a third. Geri, I know you'll sympathize with me when I say there's a Johann Schmidt involved. Don't know whether I'll take it any further. Haven't even checked availability of microfilmed records from the various areas of Germany. Lots of fun!

I don't usually like to read books after I've seen the movie, but I made an exception with A Time to Kill by John Grisham. I have seen the movie two or three times, but there's a lot of back scenes stuff in the book that wasn't in the movie, and I'm still a week out from the trial. As always with Grisham, a good story told well.

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 11:44 AM ET
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Joy, I've never read the Josi Kilpack mystery series, glad you are enjoying them. I put the first book on my list for the 2015 cozy challenge. Did you know that the book "Wedding Cake" that comes out on Dec. 30th is the last book in the series?

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 12:44 PM ET
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Finished a book yesterday that was very enjoyable for me, "The Daring Ladies of Lowell" by Kate Alcott.  It is historical (1912) set in Lowell, Massachusetts and about a mill making cotton cloth and the "girls" that worked in the mill.  It also had a bit of a mystery surrounding a murder.  We lived not terribly far from Lowell when we were in Massachusetts and this brought back memories of all of those red brick buildings on the river.  The red bricks came over from England as ballast in the ships, thus so much of that area has so many red brick buildings.  It was a good red.

Now I am onto "The Bedlam Detective" by Stephen Gallagher.  Not too far in yet, but think it will be a good one.  Again historical, this one British.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/2/2014 3:08 PM ET
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Jeanne, A Cry in the Dust was a page turner!  I think you would like it.  It put a new twist on the entire thing.  Red herrings galore, twists and turns galore.

I have a Josi Kilpack on Kindle, just haven't gotten round to it yet.

Una, saving a Joanna Carl for the challenge!  Oh how it's calling o me.  I have it hidden so I can't hear it to clearly.  cheeky

Ah yes, Johann Schmidt and nice common name.  I was looking for a Jennings and thought that should be an easy one.  If you can believe two families, unrelated living in Kentucky and both had a daughter Pearl, born the same year though not the same month.  Okay, both girls married men named Harry Jennings in the same year!

I read High in Trial /Donna Ball on my Kindle yesterday.  The author had titles for the chapters.  20 hors before the shooting.  10 hours before the shooting.  It got to the point where I was in tears thinking of who was going to get shot!  I thought it might be the MC, then I thought her significant other.  And, I'm not telling who got shot!.

Date Posted: 12/2/2014 4:02 PM ET
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Connie ~ No, I didn't know that "Wedding Cake" is the last of the series.  I can just imagine what that will be about.  For those of you who do want to read this series, it is one you really should read in sequence, especially some of the last books as these build on the others.  

Geri ~ You know I would do anything to help you out.............so if you want to be sure to keep that Joanna Carl book for the 2015 challenge, you can send it to me and I'll read it, I mean, save it for you.  :)

Finishing up "Baked Alaska" and will probably read the latest Livia Washburn book.  (Can't remember the title)



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/2/2014 6:39 PM ET
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Oh Joy, you're too kind.  Let me know because it's the mmpb of The Chocolate Book Bandit.  You can read it and send it back home.  cool 

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 9:14 AM ET
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Oh darn, Geri, I've read that one!    :)

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/3/2014 11:36 AM ET
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Joy, I thought you had read it.  I usually get mmpb because it's difficult for me to hold TPB and hardcovers.  Having a Kindle is the best so I can read favorites when they come out instead of having to wait.

Now reading The Exodus Quest / Will Adams on Kindle.  I'm not sure about it.  Just not my normal reading but trying new things this year.

For my personal challenge I've almost read all the books for the country part of the challenge.  It was interesting to discover that some countries weren't where I expected them to be.  Albania comes to mind.  I really thought it was around Poland / Germany and it's closer to Italy, more in that area of the world..

Date Posted: 12/3/2014 3:27 PM ET
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Well, just what I needed - another book to read. YES, I reserved A Cry From the Dust at the library - thanks Geri! LOL!

Just finished the third in the Laura Cardinal series and that one doesn't seem to have been published in paper - just Kindle. I thought it was the best one so far - The Devil's Hour. I just charged right through these books. Obviously, the mysteries really keep my attention!!!

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Date Posted: 12/3/2014 10:00 PM ET
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I finished Be Careful What You Witch For (Family Fortune, Bk 2) :: Dawn Eastman

It was good but I liked the first book better. I think she tried to overdue the murder and make it too complex. Like the dogs though.

Date Posted: 12/4/2014 3:23 PM ET
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I really liked Cry From the Dust also.  There will be others in the series with the next one coming out in August of next year I believe.

The Bones Will Speak (A Gwen Marcey Novel) :: Carrie Stuart Parks

I'm the only wisher for it right now.



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Date Posted: 12/4/2014 3:28 PM ET
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I finished reading Cookie Dough or Die this weekend and On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay last week.

I really enjoyed the Cookie Cutter shop mysteries even though I totally read them out of order.  If anyone is interested in this series, I have books 1,2, and 4 available.

Has anyone read any of the Theresa MacLean series by Lisa Black?  I picked one up from the library the other day and wondered how there were. 

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Date Posted: 12/4/2014 4:36 PM ET
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Alice I like that series, in fact waiting for the next.  I'm not that fond of witch stories, vampires yes, witches no. 

Cynthia August 15, 2015, sigh.  I liked the Cookie Cutter series too.  I haven't read the Theresa MacLean but since I just checked it out I'm going to. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 12:12 AM ET
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Reading Deep South by Nevada Barr. Anna's in her first supervisory position and needs to gain the respect of the men working under her. At least one of them is doing his best to make her fail. She's also having to adjust to the hot humidity of the deep South, and I, for one, really don't envy her. We had our second rainy day this month, but I'm not complaining. I have the comfort of knowing the humidity won't last long here in Phoenix!

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 8:10 AM ET
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I just finished I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Siguroardottir and really loved it. This one was out of my usual genre. Though I found the story overly long and detailed, I enjoyed this well written story of three friends who buy a ramshackle home they plan to repair and use as a guesthouse on a remote Icelandic Island. Dovetailing with their tale is the psychiatrist whose son disappeared three years before who is asked to assist a detective in the case of a school vandalism. From this investigation another mystery involving elderly schoolmates emerges. These three unlikely stories merge to help somewhat explain the ghostly occurrences/mysteries taking place.

Also just started English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack. I'm liking it so far. This is the first one I've read and will be looking for more in the series. My library doesn't seem to have anymore, so will have to try interlibrary for the rest.



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Date Posted: 12/5/2014 1:42 PM ET
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I've got Cry from the Dust and I Remember You on my Save For Later list at the library!  That list is getting as out-of-control as my WL!

Have read The Escape/David Balducci...the 3rd in his John Puller series.  In this one, you finally figure out what has been going on with his brother!  Didn't think I liked the sort of books I thought he wrote, but picked up the first in this series and got hooked.  May have to go back and try his other series.

Homicide My Own/Anne Argula.  This was sort of a quirky mystery featuring a police detective (female) in Spokane).  Think I will try the next one.

Forbidden Fruit/Kerry Greenwood.  Like this cozy series with a baker in Melbourne.  Should actually saved it for the Challenge...no murder and set during the Christmas holidays.

Ashes to Dust/Yrsa Sigurdardottir.  Another series I like set in Iceland.  MC (female) is a lawyer who gets involved in solving murders.

The Night Detective/Jon Talton.  This appears to be the last in the series featuring a Phoenix detective/historian.  Too bad.

The Boy in the Suitcase/Lene Kaaberbol...another Scandanavian mystery series.  A Red Cross nurse finds a 3-yr-old boy alive in a suitcase and determines to find his family...in between murders. 

So, have been to Iceland, Sweden, Australia and am currently in France (Bruno, Chief of Police/Martin Walker).  Oh, plus New Zealand (a non-mystery!).   A whirl-wind trip!!!!
 


 



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Date Posted: 12/5/2014 3:01 PM ET
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I started reading Takeover (Theresa MacLean, Bk 1) :: Lisa Black  last night.  Not very far into it but so far I like her writing style.  Can't say that I am crazy about the story line, at least so far.

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 3:17 PM ET
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Mary ~ you will want to read the books in order if you can to get the most out of the Josi Kilpack series as they build on each other.  Love your Christmas avatar!

Finished "Callandar Square" by Anne Perry and found it very good.  She writes well and the mysteries are great.  I really had no idea who the killer was until the very last pages.  I have the next one and have ordered a few more. 

I am now reading "Trick or Deadly Treat" by Livia Washburn, the latest in her 'A Fresh Baked Mystery' series.  These are really nice gentle cozies. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 4:50 PM ET
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Joy --- If you are able, it is good to read Thomas and Charlotte Pitt in the order they were written.  As with so many books today, there is definitely a continuing thread thru the entire series.  Some folks are not keen on Anne Perry --- when quite young, she and a girlfriend apparently killed on of their mothers --- cannot remember which one right now.  I read the stuff about it on the internet and decided I like Thomas and Charlotte well enough to read the books anyway.  By the way, how goes the foot????

I finished "The Bedlam Detective" and enjoyed it --- it was different in some respects from the usual historical mystery.  Not as kind perhaps.  Anyway I am now onto an historical adventure by Angus Donald, "The Warrior".  It is the second in his series about Sir Robert Locksley (aka Robin Hood).  These are about as far from Errol Flynn as one can get, but I find them fascinating.  For those to young to know about Errol Flynn, back in the olden days he played Robin Hood in movies.  In this installment Robin has been forgiven by King Richard and is readying his troops to join the march to Jerusalem to slay the infidels. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2014 4:59 PM ET
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Marla --- I meant to tell you that I have enjoyed most of David Baldacci's books.  The Camel Club series is my favorite.  The Sean King/Michelle Maxwell series is much better read than the short-lived television series.

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