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Subject: It's February - tell us what you're reading!
Date Posted: 2/1/2012 10:33 AM ET
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I'm still working on Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Robertson and it isn't letting me down. Very interesting historical mystery! I put a little note on it in the Challenge discussion.

I'm also in the midst of another Arthur Upfield book titled The Bushman Who Came Back. When I run out of these books, I will not be a "happy camper"!

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 11:22 AM ET
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Well, we are finally moved, but there is all that unpacking to do...still, now I can have a bit of a breather anyway. I am still in the midst of The Twelve by Stuart Neville in print (published as "The Ghosts of Belfast" in the UK) and it is quite good, if strange. Definitely a bit of the paranormal there.

I got Cooking Up Murder by Miranda Bliss (#1 Cooking Class Mystery) on my Kindle yesterday from the library/Amazon and although there are some annoying bits, it's quick, light and easy and I'm already 35% through it so probably will finish it...whether I will continue reading the series is yet to be determined.

I've barely started A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny in audio download--have had to have an ear open to listen for some important phone calls and waiting for cable guy, so not listening as much as I thought I would while doing unpacking.

I only read 10 books last month--which is an all-time low for me I think, at least over the past several years. February should be better, despite being shorter!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 1:37 PM ET
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I only read 10 books last month--which is an all-time low for me I think, at least over the past several years. February should be better, despite being shorter!


 



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Date Posted: 2/1/2012 6:36 PM ET
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I finished Tami Hoag's Down the Darkest Road and it was really good, but a tough subject to read about.

Date Posted: 2/1/2012 7:30 PM ET
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I'm reading Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs...which was WL when I got it, lol - so it's been sitting around a good long time. I've got about 10 things I want to read "next," so it will be a tough choice...I want to get back to Deborah Crombie, The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon; Trick of the Light by Louise Penny,;The Long Quiche Goodbye; the next in line for me by Laurie King, Julia Spencer Fleming, Nevada Barr, Susan Wittig Albert and Michael McGarrity;, Murder at Manassas for the challenge, V is for Vengeance, Deeply Desperately....AWK - too many books, too little time, always! 



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Date Posted: 2/2/2012 12:32 PM ET
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Hi all --- in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a very sick mother.  Went to Doctor yesterday and got a shot and pills.  Think they were worried it would morph into pneumonia.  I hope to see some progress by tomorrow.  Making some potato soup for her now.  Amazing weather here, was 67 degrees yesterday, as it was in Delaware according to David.  Where is winter --- Alaska I think.

Am reading "A Wicked Deed" by Susanna Gregory, the fifth installment in the Matthew Bartholomew series.  Just love these books --- historical mysteries, set in mid 1300s.  This one I am using for the Historical Mystery Challenge.

I had to leave home without finishing the Keith Thomson book, "Once a Spy" just had a few pages to go, but did not want to haul a almost finished book down here only to haul it back.

 

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 1:43 PM ET
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Just finished Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta) by Patricia Cornwell last night, it was really good.  I enjoyed it alot better than her last couple of books.  It's quite long, but a good read if you are a Cornwell fan.

Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag was my #1 book of January.  Really, really good.

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 2:01 PM ET
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Oh Becky! It sounds like it's a good thing that you got there when you did. Seems she needed you, huh? Hope your mom improves and that the rest of your visit goes smoothly! Winter is going to hit Denver. DH says they are predicting 8-14 inches of snow starting today and into tomorrow!

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Date Posted: 2/2/2012 2:55 PM ET
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Oh, Becky sorry to hear your mom is sick. Good thing you are there to help out. wink

 

I am reading Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs. So far I am really liking it (though only a few chapters in). It definately grabs a hold of you.

I am planning on starting David Copperfield by Charles Dickens when I finish Relic.

 



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Date Posted: 2/2/2012 3:15 PM ET
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Becky, I hope your mom gets well quickly. My 4 year old asthmatic grandson just got out of the hospital after a 6 day stay with RSV/pneumonia. So I've been too stressed and worried to get much reading done. He's here with me today and still breathing fast and heavy so we are doing his nebulizer treatments pretty frequently. Still too stressed to concentrate on a book, though.

polbio, I envy you reading Relic for the first time. I loved that book and still enjoy the series.



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Date Posted: 2/2/2012 5:00 PM ET
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Sorry your mom is ill, Becky - certainly hope it's nipped in the bud and doesn't turn into pneumonia!

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 8:12 PM ET
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I'm about 3/4 or more finished with "The Darker Side"/Cody McFadyen and I'm enjoying it a LOT. That's it, not much more to say about it. Really, really good.

It would be great if he came out with another Smoky Barrett.

GAil

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 1:17 AM ET
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I finished "A Superior Death" by Nevada Barr and enjoyed it quite a bit.  Was a teeny bit disappointed in the coincidental way in which Anna Pigeon uncovered the murderer.  But I will be reading more of this series!

I've started "The Cliffhouse Strangler"  by Shirley Tallman.  It's the third book in her Sarah Woolson series.  Sarah Woolson is a lawyer in nineteenth century San Francisco.  I really enjoyed the first two books in this series.  Not far enough in to determine how this one is going to be, but am hopeful that it'll be a good book.  A little different start to the book.  It starts at a seance where one of the attendees is murdered when the room is completely dark...that's as far as I've made it so far.

Lynn--Glad to hear you liked "Red Mist"!  I'm a Patricia Cornwell/Kay Scarpetta fan, but have been seriously disappointed in the last few books in the series.  I've been putting off reading "Red Mist", but will move it up on the list!

Gail--I love the Smoky Barret books!  I've read the first three and have the fourth (and so far last) on on my wish list.  I've had "Abandoned" on my wishlist for quite a while--I've been moving up on the list ever so slowly.

Becky--Hope your Mom is feeling better!!

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 5:54 AM ET
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I have Abandoned here but it's a library book, already renewed once, so I have to read or return by the 6th; I'll probably turn it in and request it later on, though I really wanted to get them all read pretty much together.

GAil

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 7:14 PM ET
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Julie--a leap month/year!! yes  More days to read is always good! :)

Well, I finished Cooking Up Murder, but won't be continuing the series...very, very stereotypical characters, too much 'romancy' panting, drooling and fantasizing about the male lead in the story, and just plain boring. I just picked out State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy, first of the White House Chef series...we'll see if that's any better. LOL

Becky, I hope your mother is better soon...you are like a globe-hopping caregiver these past few months!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 7:44 AM ET
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Slow, slow, slow - I did finish Eggs in Purgatory and will finish The Long Quiche Goodbye this morning. Both of these are a bit longer than the standard cozy...or maybe they only seem like it? Actually much of my day yesterday was spent helping a friend fix my fence...someone backed into it. Not sure what's up next, I picked up a light non-mystery at a thrift yesterday a.m. and it's WL, so I may read that, or will get back to Deborah Crombie if it's nice enough to read outdoors as the copy I got isn't too wonderful to begin with so I don't need to worry about humidity, etc.  I did figure out how to shrink my TBR though...I printed out all 41 (gasp) pages of it - and if I can find them, I've got a ton of duplicates on there - that drives me crazy, but with all the different ISBNs I guess it's bound to happen !

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Date Posted: 2/4/2012 2:31 PM ET
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Hope things are going well with your mom Becky!

Cheryl, you did better than I did, I know I read Cooking Up Murder but sure don't remember if I finished it.  Sure didn't want to continue the series either!  I wasn't especially thrilled with State of the Onion but did finish it and somehow have read at leadt one more in the series, maybe two more.  I'm not sure why.

Currently I've just finished reading Deadly Cliche by Ellery Adams.  Jodi it was indeed on your WL so guess where my book is off to. cheeky I wasn't sure about the series when I read the first book but finished it.  Somehow I had book two out and found it to be a bit of a page turner and I have book 3.  But darn at this time there's no book 4.  She's starting a new series so maybe she just writes three in a series.  Ellery Adams is J. B. Stanley.

I have 1632 by Eric Flint going and my new car book The Sherlockian.  I promised a review of that but I'm only on page 2 and I like it so far.  devil   I couldn't resist.

1632 is a bit difficult for me because it has words and phrases from the year 1632.  I've never been into historical that far back plus it's now in Germany during the 30 years war.  It may get a bit easier as it progresses since the main idea is an area of West Virginia has been transported back in time.  Very conveniently the female romance interest was raised in London so understands English, not all the words but the majority.  She uses phrases and words that the male "lead" doesn't always understand (and neither do I).  Most I've figured out but for once wish there was a glossary of words and phrases.

I have Quickstep to Murder by Ella Barrick waiting in the wings depending on what I finish first.  See, not reading eight books at once this year.


 

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 4:24 PM ET
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Geri, I started The State of the Onion last night and got through about 4 chapters, and so far it's not too bad--I can say I'm actually kind of enjoying it, for a cozy. :) And of course, about 2 hours after I checked it out, the one Kindle book I had on my wait list became available...par for the course! LOL Which is why I now only list one Kindle and one Audio book at a time to wait for at the library. So after I finish the Onion one I'll move on to A Deadly Penance by Maureen Ash, the most recent in the medieval series featuring Templar Knight Bascot de Marins. I was really glad I was borrowing it from the library when I saw that the Kindle version was $9.99 from Amazon!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 4:31 PM ET
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Thanks, Geri...I'll have to hunt down book 1 and read it, lol! I liked the Supper Club series, but didn't care much for another (which I can't think of at present). I haven't read anything else today - still plenty of time to start though! My plan to read outside turned into trimmiing some bushes and then a nap out there. :-)

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 8:07 PM ET
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I enjoyed the Julie Hyzy series...she isn't super "ditzy," and the background was different, not some kind of store/shop. :-)

Hope your mom is feeling better, Becky!

I started Spackled and Spooked  for some reason...it wasn't one I intended, but. - I came across it while looking for Ellery Adams, and surprise, it ended up in my hand. 

  

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 9:07 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Devil May Ride which is the 2nd in the Ghost Duster series.  I read the first one and couldn't wait to read the next in the series.  I finally received it off my WL in late November. Then held off when I saw the Don't I know you category in the challenge.    This one grabbed my attention and I rushed to place the third on my WL just 20 pages into it.  Thanks to all those you said they like this series as I wouldn't have heard of it otherwise.   

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 10:50 PM ET
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Barry Award:  Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny.  My criteria for a good mystery is when I cannot determine who the murderer or murderers are.  This book was surprising in every way as the two investigators tell the stories, each in their own way.  If you like mysteries do put this one on your TBR list.  It's well worth reading.   Louise Penny is an author I discovered last year, recommended by a PBS friend.  She's  a gem of a writer and I do enjoy her work.

Arthur Ellis Award:  Finishing The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley which is quite different from what I expected but it is a most unusual but delightfully reading mystery.  Flavia de Luce is eleven years old, the youngest of three motherless daughters who live with their reculsuve father in the family home, Buckshaw.  Flavia is fascinated by chemistry and all its elements and compounds to the point that she researches and experiments with any that are intriguing, especially, poisons.  One evening she eavesdrops on a heated conversation her father is having with a strange red-haired man.  Later that night she finds the man dying in the cucumber bed.  He utters only one word, "Vale," as he dies.  Because of the overheard conversation, she thinks her father murdered the man.  So do the police and he is arrested.  Meanwhile, Flavia investigates the crime, uncovering clue after clue and fact after fact that eventually link this murder to one that occurred when her father was in school.  Finally, she is able to put the clues together and discerns who the murderer must be but he comprehends what she has learned and ties her up so he can search for a valuable stamp stolen from the king's collection.  You must read the novel for yourself to see how Flavia solves the crime and survives her capture and the murderer is eventually captured. 

 



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Date Posted: 2/5/2012 1:34 PM ET
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bigstone, Bury Your Dead is one of the best in an already terrific series.

Finished both The Ice Princess and The Preacher set in Sweden by Camilla Lackberg.  As always, even though I like the books, I have to take the Scandinavians in small doses.

Also finished Death on a Platter (Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper #7) by Elaine Viets. It's a cozy, but well done.

Now reading The Charming Quirks of Others (Isabel Dalhousie #7) by Alexander McCall Smith.  The characters are so "proper" that I forget it's taking place in current times in Scotland. Isabel is an independently wealthy philosopher, so there are lots of philosophical conundrums.

Very excited about some long awaited WL books on their way to me:

A Noble Killing (Cetin Ikmen) by Barbara Nadel

The Dark Horse (Walt Longmire #5) by Craig Johnson

A Lesson in Secrets (Maisie Dobbs #8) by Jacqueline Winspear.  I was reading the obituaries of prominent people whe died in 2011.  Hilary Clinton's mother was described as an inveterate reader and her granddaughter Chelsea Clinton said she frequently discussed books with her and especially Maisie Dobbs.

And new to me:

Full Dark House (Bryant and May #1) by Christopher Fowler.

Murder on the Eiffel Tower (Victor Legris Mustery) by Claude Izner.

Susan

 



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Date Posted: 2/5/2012 3:37 PM ET
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Read some of The Sherlockian today.  Every other chapter is a different time so far.  It begins with Arthur Conan Doyle complaining to two friends that he simply has to kill HIM!  His friends are politely laughing at him and giving him suggestions on how to kill Sherlock.  Then it switches to 2010 in New York and a meeting of the Baker Street Irregulars.  You're never in doubt of where you are, London or New York, past or present.  In the acknowledgements the author has stated that much of the information about Conan Doyle is fact, based on many biographies.  The "present" is fictional except for the existence of the Baker Street Irregulars and a few facts about the society which is basically secret.  Yes, some things are known about it but it's more of a secret society than I realized.  So far I'm enjoying it, it's holding my attention but admit I'm not deeply into it either.  It could be (gasp) because I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book.  I've read a few Laurie King books but never a Conon Doyle!!!  I've seen the movies and the TV shows and it actually took reading this for me to realize that I haven't read one of the books.

Date Posted: 2/5/2012 6:41 PM ET
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Geri - I'm amazed! Sounds like I'll have to read The Sherlockian...I've read every Conan Doyle book (several times over - I have the gigantic annotated two volume set and work my way through it every few years), and a lot of them about Sherlock Holmes written by others as well, such as Holmes for the Holidays and More Holmes for the Holidays as well as at least a dozen or stand alones written by others, and Laurie King's series is one of my favorites. I haven't seen the moves or shows...but a friend bought me a dvd set and sometime, I'll check it out. I've got Holmes & Watson firmly in mind by this point though! 

I finished Jennie Bentley's Spackled and Spooked (figured it out too early in the book) and moved on to Plastered and Poisoned. I'm hoping this one takes me a little long to know "whodunit."

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