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Subject: December, What are you reading?
Date Posted: 12/1/2010 6:48 PM ET
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Just finished Larency an Old Lace by Tamar Myers , I had read any of her books before but I enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading some more of them.



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 12/1/2010 7:34 PM ET
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I'm reading Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, which someone recommended to me.  It's good so far.

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 7:59 PM ET
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I just finished "Murder in Chinatown" by Victoria Thompson today.  This is the penultimate book for me in the 2010 challenge.  I am reading "Murder on Bank Street" now to finish the challenge.  Just in time, no??  I really like this series.

Date Posted: 12/1/2010 10:01 PM ET
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I'm reading Night of the Living Deed by EJ Copperman.  It's a nice little cozy and I like it so far.  Nothing in audio right now.  I tried to listen to Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but it almost put me in a coma.  It was a DNF.......  Hoping for Sony gift cards for Christmas so I can load up my reader.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 8:27 AM ET
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Just about finished with a book started last month, The Old Wine Shades by Martha Grimes (nearly caught up now in the Supt. Jury series, only 2 to go!) and just started Thief in Retreat by Aimee and David Thurlo, second in the Sister Agatha series. Listening to An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd, which is the second Bess Crawford mystery. It's pretty good, but the reader sometimes annoys me.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 10:43 AM ET
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I'm reading IT by Stephen King.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 1:55 PM ET
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I am reading "Crime Brulee" by Nancy Fairbanks.  I want to read her book "Death A L'Orange" for the 2011 mystery challenge but I can't bring myself to read a series out of order so figured I would start the series now to get me set up for the challenge.  I am enjoying it so far -  

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 6:09 PM ET
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Started C. S. Harris's What Angels Fear. So far it has been very good.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 12/2/2010 6:19 PM ET
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I'm just starting Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 8:43 PM ET
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Keri - I've read all of the C S Harris books and I thought they were great. Just waiting for the last one " Where Shadows Dance"! Since these books seem to get better with each one that is published, I'm pretty excited about this upcoming one.

Date Posted: 12/2/2010 9:35 PM ET
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Good to know Jeanne, I have them all WL'd and I am only7 1/2 way through this one. I am just loving it. It is a good book for when you want to give romance a break, but still want to read a historical.

Date Posted: 12/3/2010 9:12 PM ET
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Read Aunt Dimity's Christmas, and was pleasantly surprised.  I usually read series books in order, but picked this one up because of the Christmas theme.  Given the English setting, and 'ghostly' nature of Aunt Dimity, I was surpised how much I actually enjoyed the story.  Now, of course, I have to go back and read the series from the beginning. <sigh>

Subject: Vengeance in Death
Date Posted: 12/3/2010 9:29 PM ET
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Just finished Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb. It is the sixth in the series.She and Roake make a great team and who the viliian was and how he was able to get away with the murders is not revealed until the very end. I could not guess who it was even though there were cllues there to see. I have enjoyed all of the books and put her next one on my list.

Subject: Vengeance in Death
Date Posted: 12/3/2010 9:29 PM ET
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Just finished Vengeance in Death by J.D. Robb. It is the sixth in the series.She and Roake make a great team and who the viliian was and how he was able to get away with the murders is not revealed until the very end. I could not guess who it was even though there were cllues there to see. I have enjoyed all of the books and put her next one on my list.

Date Posted: 12/3/2010 11:04 PM ET
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The only mystery I'm reading right now is The White Priory Murders by John Dickson Carr (writing as Carter Dickson).  It's fabulous, as expected.  As a fun extra, it is set during Christmas week in England.  The mood is quite grim, however!  I'm reading The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens for my warm fuzzies.

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 8:25 AM ET
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Loved What Angels Fear, on my way to my UBS today to pick up two more of them. I love Sebastian as a character and look forward to the next one. Next up for this genre, going to read James Swain's The Night Monster.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/4/2010 8:51 AM ET
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keri I loved What Angels Fear too. I have the next two haven't read them yet though

Generally I am good about finishing my cozies. I just could not get into Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle. I tried, can't love them all

Alice

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 12:34 PM ET
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Alice, I also didn't really care for Homicide in Hardcover. If I remember right, I did finish it, but decided not to read on.

I finished listening to An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd, which is the second Bess Crawford historical. I rather liked the first in the series, but this one...I don't know. I don't get a real good sense of who Bess is, she's all over the place with her attitudes and behavior, and the writing style just doesn't immerse you in the historical place in time very well. I think this is another series I'm going to not pursue further. There are just too many comparisons to Maisie Dobbs, and Maisie beats the crap out of Bess! LOL

Just about to start The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith--downloaded the audio from the library so can tuck my MP3 player in my jeans pocket and listen while I'm doing some cooking and baking later today...but first, got to go out in the snow to run my son to work and do a couple of errands.  And later...I WILL get to looking at the Challenge!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 12:57 PM ET
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Cheryl  - I've got the entire series by C. Todd on Inspector Rutledge and when I looked over the Bess Crawford books, they just didn't sound like they would compare. I am so glad to hear your opinion b/c that way, I'm not going to bother with Bess either!!

BTW, I started reading Dead Before Dying by Deon Meyer and that is RIGHT after Disco for the Departed by Colin Cotterill - bad mistake! I think Meyers's book will be a good one, but it is so gloomy compared to Cotterill. I'm going to have to find books somewhere "in the middle" from now on b /c that is too much of an extreme for me to handle.



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Date Posted: 12/4/2010 1:11 PM ET
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I just knocked down Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva. It was the first Gabriel Allon book I have read, having previously read only The Unlikely Spy.

I was amazed at how much Silva improved. The first book, in my judgment, was extremely amateurishly written. Very poor. He is many times better in this one, except I get pretty tired pretty soon of the fixed framework: Israelis = good, brave, defenders of the faith.  Palestinians = evil incarnate, cowards, terrorists,



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Date Posted: 12/4/2010 2:00 PM ET
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I have started reading Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva I have not read any of his books yet so I am looking forward to it..

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 2:00 PM ET
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I have started reading Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva I have not read any of his books yet so I am looking forward to it..

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 3:58 PM ET
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I just finished Blood Ties by Lori G. Armstrong.  Loved it!  Strong heroine, who is not afraid to show her fears.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/4/2010 4:12 PM ET
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I'm going to start Dead Secret by Beverly Connor tonight.  I also have Killer Cuts by Elaine Viets going right now and Red Hat Society's Domestic Goddess by Regina Hale Sutherland.

Oh mercy.  Every thing fell by the wayside once I started Dead Secret!  This is book three in the series and I don't usually read a series one right after another.  This one grabbed me within the first 10 pages.  I was awake half the night reading last night and I'm going to finish it now. 



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Date Posted: 12/6/2010 11:24 AM ET
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I just finished Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson which also means that I just finished the 2010 Mystery Challenge.  Woohooooo!! As cozies go, this series is pretty good. I'm glad that the murder of Tom Brandt has been resolved but I wonder what the author is going to do now.  I guess I'll have to keep reading and find out.

Not sure what I'm going to read next but I have about three hundred books here to choose from so I'm sure I'll find something! LOL

Lori, I'm glad you enjoyed the Lori Armstrong book.  I discovered those four or five years ago and enjoyed all of them.

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