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Subject: December is here --- what are you reading????
Date Posted: 12/1/2013 9:58 AM ET
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Still reading my Kindle books here in Oklahoma!!!

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 1:59 PM ET
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Have a bad cold and was hacking most of the night, so I got up and started reading Montana by journalist Gwen Florio.

Lola Wicks is a tough foreign correspondent covering Afghanistan when her newspaper downsizes, and she is summoned back to the U.S. Rather than accept a new assignment covering the suburbs, she decides to visit longtime reporter friend Mary Alice, who writes for a small town Montana newspaper. Lola discovers Mary Alice's body and sets out to find the killer.

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 6:59 PM ET
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I'm reading book two in the  Sunny  & Shadow cozy mystery series by Claire Donally.  I finished the first book "The Big Kitty" yesterday, and am reading "Cat Nap " today.  Sunny is a transplant from working as a reporter in NYC to staying with her Dad after he has a heart attack.  The book takes place in the ficticious  Kittery Harbor, Maine.  Shadow is a big cat who has adopted Sunny.  Excellent. 

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 8:58 PM ET
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Started The Night Crew by John Sandford. Read it many years ago and it was my fav John Sandford for many years.

Enjoying it again.

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Date Posted: 12/1/2013 9:07 PM ET
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I am trying to finishe one of the books for the 2013 challenge, book published before I was born. So I am reading A Rage in Harlem (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) :: Chester Himes. We are reading it for my Decmber book group too. Set in Harlem in 1950s.

Date Posted: 12/1/2013 10:34 PM ET
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I just checked my wish list and saw that the estimated number of weeks for several books had gone up instead of down. I guess a lot of people have been too busy to read and mail out books.

I'm reading The Princess of Burundi, set in Upsalla, Sweden right around the Christmas season. There are two mysteries being investigated, and neither the police nor I are sure yet if they are connected.

Date Posted: 12/2/2013 8:11 AM ET
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Hi peeps! Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! I am currently re-reading another of my epic fantasy books, A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan (#7 in the Wheel of Time) in print. On my Kindle, reading Little Elvises by Timothy Hallinan (#2 Junior Bender mystery) which I'm almost done with and then have Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy (#3 White House Chef mystery) on deck. In audio am about to start The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron, number umpteen in Judge Deborah Knott series. Bought this one from audible when it first came out months ago so it's time. LOL

I am thinking seriously of taking a hiatus from mysteries for awhile...except perhaps a few classic ones. I have started so many books that I wanted to set aside after a couple of chapters...they all seem so mediocre and formulaic...think I just am burned out on the cranked-out-yearly series...am finding way too many publishing errors in my books too, not only typos but just authors using the wrong form of a word and not having it caught on proofread or spell check--because it's spelled correctly, but doesn't mean the same thing, obviously. It's disheartening is what it is. Even books by authors with series I've previously loved...I have found myself just uninterested when reading the latest, or they just seem ho-hum. We'll see. I have a boatload of doorstopper fantasy novels I have been "meaning to" get to for years, but often put them off because of the size and time investment...but this may be a good time to get to those and just let the mysteries slide for awhile.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 12/2/2013 11:10 AM ET
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Finished my last reads for the mystery challenges:  Murder Makes a Pilgrimage by Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, Death Times Three by Rex Stout, and  A Dyeing Shame (A Myrtle Clover Mystery) by Elizabeth Spann Craig as well as The Fourth Assassin by Matt Beynon Rees, which I am quite enjoying.



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Date Posted: 12/2/2013 11:38 AM ET
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Hey Cheryl --- Good to see you!!!  For a few months now it seems I have been finding it difficult to read anything of much substance, so I have actually turned to some rather simple mysteries.  Funny how each of us seems to go thru some reading slump or upheaval occasionally.  All of the typos and editorial mistakes just drive me nutty as well.  I have been reading books on my Kindle and they are full of the same thing!!!

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Date Posted: 12/2/2013 4:33 PM ET
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I've found myself in that mystery slump to Chery.  I actually found myself reading chick lit!  Now, you can get very tired of those even faster than the hum drum mysteries.  I did read a Brit police procedure last week that I thought was good.  Then I picked up a mystery and had it all figured out by page 240 with 60 more to go.  I finished it and it did indeed turn out exactly as I thought.  I'm now readin a sci-fi.  I enjoyed the latest Margret Maron and hope you do too.  When I find myself readin a book with errors in grammer, spelling it bothers me so much I simply can't enjoy it and stop reading it.  If I put a book down and don't pick it up within a day or two, its gone'.

Joy, I like Sunny and Shadow too.

Becky soon you'll be headiing home to puppies, comfy chair and a real book in your hands. yes

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 12:45 AM ET
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Seems I am not the only one going through a reading slump!!!  My semi-solution is to cut back on mysteries for a bit and read fiction.  I agree that so many of the series are badly edited...and there are a couple of series I gave up on because of that...was just too irritating,

Did read The Haunting of Maddy Clare/Simone St. James.  Set in Britain between the wars, the MC is an assistant to a ghost hunter.  A bit of a mystery and a good, old-fashioned ghost story.  And Ghost Medicine/Aimee and David Thurlo...not sure why I keep reading these.  Saw the latest at the library and picked it up.  I like the characters, but (to me) the writing, particularly the dialogue, seems so stilted.  But, reading one ever year or so isn't too bad!!

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 6:15 AM ET
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I finished the 2013 Mystery Challenge. The last book on my list was the home renovation category: The Night She Died by Jennifer Patrick. After the death of her SO, the MC leaves Washington DC and drives until her car breaks down in a small Georgia town. She spots a vacant Victorian house that needs a lot of TLC and buys it, then hires a 17-year-old to do some of the fix-it work. A few months later she's shot to death. The story alternates between the investigation and flashbacks into her final months, focusing on the relationships among the MC, the young man and his mentor, and the townspeople. Highly recommend. 

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Date Posted: 12/4/2013 4:51 PM ET
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I wonder if we're in a bit of a mystery slump because we've spent time looking for our challenge books.  I had to "hide" them because I wanted to read them now!  Pout!!!  I'm reading a Sci-Fi right now. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 8:52 PM ET
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I'm in a slump, but it has nothing to do with mysteries. In fact, all that I want to do is lie in bed and read, or sleep. I'm reading Crime School by Carol O'Connell, #6 in her Kathleen Mallory series. I read the 1st a couple years ago, so I'm trying to bridge the gap over the 4 books I skipped over. The book is quite good. There's a serial killer who first stalks his victims. As they move through the jostling crowds of New York's strees and subways, he marks an X on their back, and leaves little notes for them, like "I can touch you anytime I want." I'll be skipping a few more books in the series soon, since I have #9, Find Me, on my 2014 Challenge for the Mother Road. Eventually, of course, I'll get around to reading the whole series. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2013 2:46 PM ET
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You may be right, Geri.  The only books that are appealing to me right now are the ones I set aside for the Challenge!  I'm sure that is mostly psychological! laugh ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. CTRL+F5 reloads the whole page.

Did read one last night that was quite good...Gravewriter/Mark Arsenault.  Picked it up at the library.  Had never heard of the author...wonder if he is any relation to Emily?  The MC is a former investigative reporter who became additcted to gambling.  He is now working the night shift re-typing obits, living with his father and son in an apt over a funeral parlour and dodging all the bookies he owes money to while fantasizing about ways to kill the guy that his ex-wife was living with and who, supposedly, was driving the car involved in an accident that killed her.  He gets on the jury for a murder trial, decides the defendent didn't do it and starts investigating.  It's a short book (270 pgs) and, in the beginning, I wasn't that enthused, but kept going and ended up liking it!  It's not a series, but might try a couple of others he has written,

Still in the deep freeze here in Denver...-15 last night and only 5 above right now!!  Not supposed to get above freezing until next week!!

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Date Posted: 12/5/2013 3:42 PM ET
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Marla, Mark Arsenault sounded so familiar I had to check Fantastic Fiction.  Then SYKM.  Ghostwrite is the first and Loot the Moon is the second book with that MC.  The story line seems so familiar and yet...  He has writtewn two other books that sound pretty good too.

Your cold weather is heading toward me.  It was 57 at 3 this morning, 41 now at 3:30 and they say we'll be at 27 at midnight.  A big 18 tomorrow mornigh and hovering around 20 all next week.  Who knows what the wind chill will be.

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Date Posted: 12/5/2013 11:47 PM ET
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The Silent Wife by A S A Harrison - listed as a thriller, there is almost no thrill. It's mentioned at the beginning that she can't believe that in ess than a month she will be a murderer and the last 5% or so contains the murder. That's all about the crime, 95% of it is a relationship study. That's not a bad thing, it was actually for the most part quite interesting. It does mention murder early not who and there are a couple possibilities so it's a small mystery but mostly just a relationship study. I still enjoyed it.

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Date Posted: 12/6/2013 5:55 AM ET
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Finished my Sci-Fi and skipped right to a mystery, Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley.  I'm a bit disappointed in it.  It's a tad repetitous about decorating for Christmas and a bit too slow getting to the point.  Maybe it's me still because I usually enjoy the author.  In renovating a house the MC has found a skelton of a baby, estimated time of death was 65 years ago.  In the meatime MC is decorating her house for a Christmas Tour.  It's taken me almost a week to decorate our house and I'm just putting out our stuff not coming up with grand plans or feeding 200 people who will be passing through my house!  All that is supposed to be done in four days!  And, MC is not working on this for hours at a time through the day.

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 9:21 AM ET
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Finally got back home yesterday and have come down with a terrible cold.  Today running a temp and feeling extremely rotten.  Guess that is what comes from days in hospitals, nursing homes and airplanes.  I simply must get to the P.O. and pick up all the books for my Secret Santa pals, both here and over in Historical Fiction.  Took some Tylenol and am hoping I will feel a bit perkier later.

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 9:34 AM ET
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Becky - you still have plenty of time. Why don't you just rest up for a day or two? Sounds like you need to take care of yourself for a while!

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 2:37 PM ET
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Didn't realize that the Mark Arsenault book I read was part of a series...well, actually, hadn't gotten around to looking!!  Thanks for the info, Geri.  Have put it and a couple of others of his on my RL.  (AM NOT ordering any books until after the first of the year!!!!)  His books are just off beat enough to appeal to me.

Becky...Just stay inside, snuggle with your fur people and read.  You deserve some "me" time...especially with a cold.

Having a heat wave...supposed to get up to 11º today!!  Whoo Hoo!!!!



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Date Posted: 12/7/2013 1:44 AM ET
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Mid 30's overnight here in Phoenix. Braved the cold to go to the grocery this evening, but too cold to stop and pump gas in my flip-flops. Cold wave will ease up a bit in the next couple days; hope the fumes in my gas tank hold out.

Reading The Attorney by Steve Martini. It's okay so far, but I don't actually expect his books to be really good until they get to the courtroom. That's always the best part of his books.



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/7/2013 9:26 AM ET
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Mid 30's and in flip-flops!  Now Mary P you should know to wear shoes.  cheeky   I needed gas, wore my heaviest jecket, hat, gloves and my fuzzy slipper looking shoes to keep my toes warm.  It was low 20's with the wind making it feel like 15 here.

Becky I swear everytime I flew from west to east I seemed to come home feeling "cold" miserable.  Hope you feel better soon.  Hope you left things well.

Still reading Home for the Homicide.  First body, murder or natural death?

Date Posted: 12/8/2013 1:39 AM ET
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Only hit 9º today, but I braved it to run a couple of errands...one was the library 'cause I got a notice that the new Julia Spencer-Fleming was waiting for me!!!  It didn't actually feel that cold.  The main thing I hate about going out in this weather is having to bundle up...coats, boots, hats, gloves...then roasting when you get in a store!!  Wasn't in the mood to dig out tights, so just pulled my jeans on over flannel pajama bottoms and stuck my feet in boots.  I'm sure if I had been in an accident, the ER would have had fun with that!!!  Supposed to be in the 50s by this time next week!!

Finished A Death in Summer/Benjamin Black tonight.  This one of those series I don't actively go looking for, but maybe once a year when I see the next one I will read it,  It's off-beat enough to appeal to me, but the mystery always seems to get buried in the MC's problems.

Date Posted: 12/8/2013 7:39 AM ET
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Geri - I have hated wearing shoes all my life. Besides, if I were going to wear shoes, that would mean socks too, and my knees just don't bend the way they used to. I have shoes with velcro instead of laces, but it's hard to get the socks on. Marla - The one good thing about winter is that I can tuck my nightgown into my sweatpants and throw on a baggy sweatshirt, and I don't have to put on a bra just to go to the grocery or get gas.

I'm reading The Unbidden Truth by Kate Wilhelm. It seemed to take a long time to really get going and I was tempted to put it aside. However, it's finally started movimg so I'll go ahead and finish it.

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