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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: May Flowers are blooming - What are we reading?
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 3:55 AM ET
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I checked and I'm first!  devil

I'm now reading Get Shorty / Elmore Leonard.  I must have seen the movie because I keep seeing John Travolta as Chili Palmer. 

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 11:13 AM ET
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I finally finished my Kansas book for the Route 66 piece of the Challenge.  "Deadly Descent" I think.  Quite an ending.  Now I am back to "Death in Hyde Park" by Robin Paige.  This one for the Historical Mystery Challenge.

Finally the sun is shining this morning --- rain is always good but a little sun to break it up is very welcome.

Looks like I am to be off to Oklahoma perhaps on Sunday.  Need to go down to attend to some things with my mother.  I did not really want to take time from getting the house ready, but there are a few things that really need my attention.

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:18 PM ET
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Ahhhh.....Spring Has Sprung and Serge A. Storms and Coleman are back at it in Tiger Shrimp Tango .

I'm devouring Book 17 in Tim Dorsey's continuing series of some of the most off the wall, madcap mayhem ever to be committed to print.

I urge you to start at the beginning of this long strange trip with  Serge and Coleman Florida Roadkill

-RD

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:21 PM ET
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Okay Rob --- Your "Roadkill" book is only $1.99 for Kindle, so I will take your advice and give it a whirl.

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Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:41 PM ET
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This one has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. Just started it and really like it A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek, Bk 1) :: Amanda Flower

Characters and plot are very good makes you want to keep reading.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:48 PM ET
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Feels like summer here on the west coast. I'm starting the month with  The Viking Funeral by Stephen J Cannell.  So far it's been non stop action and real page turner I just love books like that.

 



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Date Posted: 5/1/2014 1:57 PM ET
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Even though I finished the Challenge, the "Getting Moldy" category got me started on getting a lot of older books off my TBR.  Currently, reading Blood Memory/Greg Iles.  Have never read any of his books and this one has been around forever!!!  Realized it would work for my alphabetical by author list.  The main reason I've ignored it is that it is one of those 750+ pg paperbacks.  I find those difficult to read physically...hard to hold, I mean.  Only have about 300 pgs to go, so should finish it today.  I am enjoying it...though I think it didn't really need to be that long!!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 5/1/2014 2:15 PM ET
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Certainly agree with Rob about Serge Storms and Coleman. 

Marla though I have enjoyed more than one Greg Iles book I agree about the length of them.  I could get out my trusty red pencil and eliminate paragraphs or at least a sentence here and there.

I find myself cleaning up a few oldies from my TBR since I included that category in the challenge.

In my other challenge I just have three more "alphabetical title" books to go.  I have them just haven't gotten around to reading them.  I did managed to read the 15 A books for the countries and have selected the next 24 for the month of May.  Now my Kindle books are another story... 

 

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 3:31 PM ET
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Becky T-

RD's Serge & Coleman Guarantee- If you don't Laugh Out Loud at least once I will gift you one-credit!

-RD

 

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 3:36 PM ET
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Oh Becky - the Dorsey books are really "out there" but they are a hoot!!!!

Date Posted: 5/1/2014 10:51 PM ET
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Ha, Ha  -  I found the May thread without posting in the April thread first.  I think I may be catching on to this............ :)

Am reading the last book of three in my "Alibis in Arkansas" omnibus.  The first two were "Death on a Deadline" and "Drop Dead Diva"  I'm really enjoying them; two sisters turn amateur sleuths to solve murders that affect their friends & family.  Takes place in fictional Lake View, Arkansas.

Have a safe trip, Becky.  Hope you get all done easily and speedily.

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 5/2/2014 3:21 AM ET
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Finished Get Shorty, John Travolta was indeed Chili Palmer in the movie.  For those who might need a book/movie for the challenge I found it without even looking.  This is one of the 100 books you should read in your lifetime from Amazon.  I realize it's Elmore Leonard but I really didn't see anything special about the book.  Maybe just me, not a bad read it wasn't something I put down and picked up several times, didn't put me to sleep in fact kept me up and yet it didn't "call" to me during the day.  By that I mean it wasn't something I just had to get back to right now. 

I'm reading The Sandcastle Girls on my Kindle for the country challenge.  A bit gory since it's describing things that happened in WWI in Syria at this point.  I've decided to read the country books on my Kindle if possible rather than try to find the books.  I think I'll read them faster that way.  I'm also going to try to read the books I currently have on my Kindle.  None left from last year, four from January.  I may get it down to a better level.  Only because I look at the titles and think I've got to read that and then go to a paper book.  devil

Joy, nice to see you!  Becky hope all is well with mom and you finish quickly. 

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 9:15 AM ET
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Marla  - I'm a big fan of Greg Iles. I've read the 4 Mississippi books, and Blood Memory was the best of them. His Penn Cage books are great. He's touring now to promote Natchez I'll probably drive to Scottsdale on May 11 to meet him. 

Just finished The Lesson of Her Death by Jeffrey Deaver. It's not part of his Lincoln Rhyme series, but still an excellent read. A college co-ed is found dead in the small town of New Lebanon. Parts of it reminded me of Andy and Barney. The detective in charge of the case has two kids. The high school freshman feels ignored by his parents. His 9-year-old sister is having terrible problems in school caused by undiagnosed dyslexia. There are all sorts of plot twists and one law enforcement FU after another. Then just when you think you have it figured out ... you're wrong. 

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 11:08 AM ET
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Mary P. --- How fun for you to get to meet Greg Iles.  Wish I could go with you.  I too am a big fan of his books.  Yes, they are sometimes on the long side, but that has never really put me off.  Penn Cage is one of my favorite fictional characters.  He also has two books revolving around WWII --- "Black Cross" and "Spandau Phoenix" and both were excellent.  Over a year ago, I think, he had an almost fatal automobile accident and is just now getting out and about again.

Date Posted: 5/2/2014 4:07 PM ET
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Finished the Iles book and liked it.  The length didn't put me off...if was the format!!  I find a 750 page paperback hard to hold.  Like Geri, I could have done some judicious editing without ruining the book!!  Want to read more now that I finally read this one, but may try to find them in HC or for the Kindle!!!

Only have two more "alphabetical authors" to go and they are sitting here waiting for me!  Six more for "alphabetical titles" and they are either on the Kindle or TBR.  Then, will work on the states...have only done 28 so far and that was without really trying!  Reading a non-mystery right now!  But, the Kindle books are now under 60...YEAH!  If I just stay away from Amazon, I might actually get it reduced even more!!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 5/2/2014 5:22 PM ET
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I don't even try to hold those massive paperbacks anymore Marla.  Thank goodness for a Kindle!  That's how I read that Stephen King, 11-12-63, almost 900 pages.

We've been out buying flowers.  It's really too cold to plant them in the ground.  We plant in pots and keep the in the garage at night, roll them out in to the sun for the day.  When summer gets here they'll be on the back porch. 

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 5/2/2014 11:16 PM ET
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I started reading Florida Roadkill a couple weeks ago when I was still going back and forth between the two houses quite a bit and I somehow managed to lose it. I have no idea where it went to. Guess I have to get another one!

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Date Posted: 5/3/2014 2:41 AM ET
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I read A Coffin for Dimitrios / Eric Ambler from the Amazon list.  It was originally written in 1937 and the book I have is from 1977.  It has some French phrases scattered because the MC is actually in Turkey and the common language used by most people in foreign countries at the time, 1937, is French.  Interesting that it doesn't seem dated and it was written so long ago.

I think I'll try to finish up the challenge this month.  Not too many books to go now.  The next up will be a TBR oldie, To Late for Angels / Mignon F Ballard.  When I picked the category I just went to the TBR and listed it by date and picked the oldest six on the list and this was one of them.   

Also have The Cuckoo's Calling / John Gilbriath (J K Rowlings).  449 pages, thank goodness for Kindle!  The Sunshine Girls was a 300 pager which equals a slightly heavy book.  So far I'm caught up in The Cuckoo's Calling.  MC is disabled so would work for the challenge I'm Still Alive if someone needs something.



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 7:49 AM ET
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May the 4th Be With You! 

Couldn't resist,  devil

Still with Cuckoo's Calling and instead of Angel's I went with Banker's Alibi / Ilsa Mayr.  Another from my TBR that's been there a while.  So far a very nice cozy.  The MC is training to be a private investigator.  She doesn't do stupid things but has gotten into some trouble.  Since it involves a bank they don't want to call the police so she's relying on her uncle, the head of the agency.  No sex, no language, a little violent up to now but not gory. 

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:26 PM ET
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Oh, Geri, Geri...............(Star Wars theme now playing in my head)    :)

Finished the last book in the Alibis in Arkansas omnibus.  Very good.  I'm now about halfway through "Eggs in a Casket" by Laura Childs.  Further adventures of the gals running the "Cackleberry Club" and their latest stumbled upon murder victim.  Good cozy series.  In fact I like this one and the "Tea Shop" series she writes.  Started the first book in "Scrapbooking Mysteries" awhile ago and couldn't seem to get into it.  I still have it on my shelf, so I may take another go at it.  Anybody have any helpful thoughts about this series?

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:49 PM ET
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Well in spite of all my good intentions it is 12:30 pm and I am still at home in Delaware.  My nice list is helping to finish all my chores, but it is taking much longer than anticipated.  If I can leave by 2 p.m. I may still head out and drive for 4 or 5 hours, but after that I think it may be best to get up very early, with car fully packed and all done here and head out then.

Still reading "Death in Hyde Park" by Robin Paige --- the "anarchists" are running amok in London!!!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 2:04 PM ET
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Hee-hee Joy, that's what I have in my head too!  Plus Amazon is having a May the 4th Star Wars sale, it's everywhere!!!

Oh Becky, I didn't realize you were driving!  Be careful out there.  I lean toward finishing your list, resting and getting an early start tomorrow.

 

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 2:23 PM ET
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I second the motion, Becky...get some rest and then an early start tomorrow.

Read three relatively short mysteries...

Concrete Desert/Jon Talton...Set in Phoenix, the MC was a part-time deputy sheriff while he was getting his PhD in History, left to teach for 15 years (he was denied tenure because he wasn't politically correct among other things!), and is now back working for the Sheriff's Dept. while he looks for another job.  He was hired to go through the cold cases, but manages to tie a cold case to a recent murder.  I thought it was good and want to read the rest in the series.

The Unraveling of Violeta Bell/C. R. Corwin...the third in his Morgue Mama series (and, apparently, the last one).  The MC is a 69-yr-old head librarian for the local newspaper.  She has a fat mouth, is cranky and feisty, and I have liked all three books.

Mother of Mercy/Lee Charles...this was a free e-book that turned out to be pretty good.  A sort-of police procedural set in Delaware with a serial killer on the loose.  Again, I enjoyed it and am going to see if there are more.
 

Date Posted: 5/4/2014 2:27 PM ET
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Becky - I happen to one who thinks it's always best to start out fresh in the morning! Please be careful!

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