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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: February! Reading something by an author you LOVE?
Date Posted: 2/1/2017 10:13 AM ET
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Not yet.  Reading a new to me author.  I'm not sure how I missed this cozy.

Tempest in the Tea Leaves (Fortune Teller, Bk 1)  / Kari Lee Townsend

I read 100 pages yesterday, which doesn't seem like a lot but the print is on the small side.  The MC has psychic and up to this point has never been wrong.  She has just moved to a small town and she "sees" her first client dead.  She waits to call the police because she knows they'll treat her like a crack pot.  Yes, they do.  But, they mayor of the town likes her and the detective has to have her along as an associate.  Naturally it's not love at first sight, but you just know a romance will develope somewhere along the lines.  It has spots where I was laughing out loud..

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 10:53 AM ET
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Speaking of small type --- I may be forced to purchase some sort of major magnifying readers or some such!!!  I have ordered some used books for the Challenges and they are mass market paperbacks --- not so new ones at that, and they are in miniscule type!!!  Seems I only purchased them used as they were not available on Kindle!!! 

Is anyone out there having an issue with the search function in their wishlist???  Mine simply will not work.  Did not try other lists to see if they will search, just the wishlist.  I did use the "search" tab and not just hit return ---



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 2/1/2017 11:04 AM ET
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Becky, were you trying to search yesterday?  Many people had troubles with PBS yesterday.  I just tried a small wish list search and I was okay.

The book I'm reading is an older book too.  I never realizded the print was smaller on older books.  Maybe my eyes were better then. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 1:23 PM ET
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Becky - search function isn't working for me either. I sent a "contact us" form to PBS. Now just waiting....

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 1:29 PM ET
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Not sure if there is a thread for this but I think some folks here are looking for this book. If you want it on Kindle, it's 1.99 right now:

A Murder in Time: A Novel (Kendra Donovan Mysteries)

I might add that you should check the reviews first. I thought that I wanted it but I'm putting it off at this time.



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Date Posted: 2/1/2017 2:14 PM ET
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I am reading on kindle Romeo's Rules (A Mike Romeo Thriller Bk 1) :: James Scott Bell at work.  The author writes a good many books concerning lawyers, etc which I tried and didn't care for much.  I happened to see this come across in a Book Gorilla email for kindle specials and thought it sounded interesting so picked it up.  Mike Romeo, the MC, apparently used to be a cage fighter and is in L.A. for the time being. He just finished up a jog when a church blew up about a block away. Anyway he ends up helping a woman try to find her kids and the story goes on. So far I'm liking it. Surprisingly he is a reader with a very varied interest and quotes a good bit of what he has read, even in Latin. 

It's still on special for 99 cents if anyone is interested.

Oh, and I also started The Nowhere Man last night by Gregg Hurwitz but only got about 20 pages or so into it. I enjoyed the first one a lot.



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Date Posted: 2/1/2017 2:17 PM ET
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I've read Tempest in the Tea Leaves but not a favorite for me. I'll look when I get home Geri but at one time I had books 2 and 3 on hand but could have sent them out.  If I do have them, you are welcome to them.

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 2:49 PM ET
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Becky - this is the response from PBS:

Dear Jeanne,

Thanks for writing in! Our system maintenance yesterday morning hit a few snags. The Search engine is being particularly difficult to bring back online, but we are working hard at it, and we hope to have things back to normal very soon.

We're very sorry for the inconvenience! We appreciate your patience.

Thanks,

The PaperBackSwap Team
www.PaperBackSwap.com

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 2/1/2017 3:05 PM ET
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Cynthia I have book 2 but if you still have three I'll take it.

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 3:53 PM ET
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Thanks for the information, Jeanne.  My search doesn't do anything but look back at me at the moment.

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 6:14 PM ET
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Geri --- I think back in the good old days when we were reading Travis McGee all the paperbacks were in that small size type.  All paperbacks were pretty much that same size as well.  Once they figured out they could charge more for "trade" paperbacks many of the smaller size went  away.  There is no doubt my eyes were better then!!!  Now I almost need a Klieg light in order to read those small ones!!!!!

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 6:33 PM ET
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Me too Becky! I look at that small print now and just groan.

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 7:14 PM ET
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Just finished Secrets of Sloane House - Chicago World Fair, Bk 1 by Shelley Shepard Gray, 1 star.  The characters are shallow but the plot is good.  If you like Christian mysteries pick it up.  However, for me, it had way too much religion.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 2/1/2017 7:21 PM ET
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I've had more than one book with such small type that if I found it as a Kindle, thanks be and dumped the print book.

This one is my bed book and shame on me I'm having a time settleing on my chair book!  I have a pile of I want to read this now but thankfully haven't started them.  I'm trying to stick to one chair book instead of eight!
 



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Date Posted: 2/1/2017 9:33 PM ET
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Book before last that I read was a brand new (2016) book and when I got it I about had a hizzy fit.  The type was beyond small and it was almost 400 pages in length.  I swear it had to be about a size 4 font, and with my new glasses my correction is 20/20 vision, so it's not my eyes.  The book was good and I did finish, but it took me longer to read because the type was so small.  Just finished Wicked Edge by Rebecca Zanetti which was wonderful, but is not considered a mystery, but there is a mystery.  One of my pet peeves is that paranormal or fantasy books are not considered mystery even though there is a mystery which is solved within the story line.  Off my soap box now....

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 12:19 AM ET
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 Becky, The Blackhouse in Peter May's Isle of Lewis trilogy was indeed "dark", but I slogged through.  The Extraordinary People series is much lighter and each is very interesting.  He gets "lighter" when he moves away from Scotland and these are set in France. This series includes:

  • Extraordinary People
  • The Critic - set in the wine country in France and extremely informative about wines even if you are not a "oenophile" (right word?).
  • Blacklight Blue
  • Freeze Frame
  • Blowback

He is just so smart. I enjoyed listening to his discussions on his website about the importance of the clearings in Scottish history and how he wanted to write about it in some way.  Entry Island was the result.

Susan

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Date Posted: 2/2/2017 6:29 AM ET
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And, thanks enabler Una for Wicked.  I found it on Kindle but, holding off since it's $5.99.  Added to my wl, how long will it take to get through 18 people.  :)  I'm sure I wont run out of books before then.

Una, I received a letter from the Grand Hotel, they're offering a special in May and June.  $225 for a room which includes full breakfast and dinner.  Golf and the spa as well as all the other amenities they have.  Plus, no tipping in the Grand Hotel.  I promise it will be cool on Mackinac Island in May.  I know by this time you're craving fudge.  wink

Decided to read, stick with one chair book, Black Fridays / Michael Sears.  It's the first in a series and I have the fourth to use in the Mystery Challenge for a kidnapping. 

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Date Posted: 2/2/2017 7:55 AM ET
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Una I love all of Rebecca Zanetti's books. Many are romantic suspense which usually has a mystery in it.

Geri I also liked Tempest in the Tea Leaves. pretty cover too.

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 8:23 AM ET
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I'm currently reading The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford. So far, I'm really enjoying the fictionalized account of Agatha Christie on the Orient Express, along with two other women who are keeping secrets about their life.

Geri.....I just found the new Really, Really Hard Challenge for 2017 and posted it under Reading Challenge here on PBS. I know you like the one I did last year.

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 9:28 AM ET
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Geri, knowing how you don't like to read books out of order, the first book in that series "Wicked Ride" is only $1.99 on Kindle.

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 9:32 AM ET
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Mary M C --- Recently I read that "Agatha" book and really did enjoy it.

Una --- For shame --- new books with tiny print???  Been thinking of you and wondering if you had washed away.  Hope you got some good rain without disaster.

Susan G --- Thanks for the info on Peter May --- killing all those birds in Black House just put me off --- I definitely will try others.  The Clearings were an important, but bloody time in Scots history --- may have to look into that one --- actually SYKM has two books listed with the same title.  Surely a mistake.

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 9:51 AM ET
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Geri - I checked to see if I still had the books but no luck.  I either sent them on to someone or donated to the library when I cleaned some out last year.

Read some more on Nowhere Man last night but I'm not really liking the story line on this one all that much.  I'm going to finish it but probably a slower go than Orphan X.  He has been captured by someone and brought to Switzerland where it looks like the rest of the book takes place.  I skimmed some towards the end to see how far that story went.

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 12:19 PM ET
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Geri, the Realm Enforcer books really do need to be read in order.  You know I'm compulsive about that also.  Wicked Ride is the first in the series and really sets the scene.  Definitely fantasy and paranormal and rather explicit, but well written.  I really like her books.  Oh, and I still have about a pound and a half of the seven pounds of fudge I brought back from Mackinac.  It's nicely frozen and I allow myself just a little bit at a time.  

Yes, Becky, we have gotten a nice amount of rain, but still not enough to get us out of the drought.  Luckily the rain has been coming down lightly and not in deluges so the parched ground was able to absorb it instead of it running off.  My daffodils are up and starting to bloom and the hummers are coming back in droves.  Last evening there were at least 30 hummers trying to eat from 20 ports.  It was bedlam out there.  Time to start buying lots of sugar to make their food.

Date Posted: 2/2/2017 2:18 PM ET
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Your daffodils are beautiful Una - thanks for sending me that pic! I'm jealous about your hummers! Mine are so territorial that I will never have more than 2 feeding from one feeder no matter how many ports!

I'm starting the second book in the Bell Elkins series by Julia Keller titled Bitter River. It's been a while since I read the first but I liked it enough to order more in this series.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 2/2/2017 4:28 PM ET
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Connie and Una thanks for the heads up!  Well, I know where my flowers are hibernating.  :)

Mary thanks for the 2017 challenge.  Phew!  Seems like a toughie.



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