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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: Ho-Ho-Ho! Do you have time to read this month?
Date Posted: 12/1/2015 8:17 AM ET
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I'm reading an old book, At All Costs / John Gilstrap.  Not a cozy, MC are #1 on the FBIs most wanted list,  The place where the husband is a manager is raided for drugs.  He gets arrested for having the gun and we go from there.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/1/2015 9:07 AM ET
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I am reading Murder at Honeychurch Hall (Honeychurch Hall, Bk 1) :: Hannah Dennison

Loving it so far. Spunky characters and beautiful English setting!! It is a new series that I stumbled upon. Book two is out

Date Posted: 12/1/2015 11:19 AM ET
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OMG.  Alice, you mean I actually read a book before you did!  cheeky

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/1/2015 11:38 AM ET
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You may have sent it to me:)

Date Posted: 12/1/2015 3:55 PM ET
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I read First the Dead by Tim Downs, the #3 Bug Man book. It's set in New Orleans right after Katrina. Lots of interesting information about dead bodies in water. Good plot, interesting characters. Another book I've managed to read in only one day. I've put the other books in the series on my WL.

Date Posted: 12/1/2015 4:38 PM ET
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I started the Revenant and OMG what a powerful read! I imagine it stays that way throughout but Geri knows more about that than I do right now.

Date Posted: 12/1/2015 4:57 PM ET
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I just finished the second one in the series, Alice. I believe it's Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall. Got it from my Kindle library and liked it. I found the first one at my Half Price bookstore and was excited to find a new author and series.

Date Posted: 12/1/2015 7:09 PM ET
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Becky ~ Geri is correct - when you move to another part of the country there are various viruses that your body has never met before.  It takes awhile to build up an immunity to them.  I seem to remember we had this conversation a while back, but do you get flu vaccine each year?  Did you this year?  Getting this not only helps prevent the flu, but it increases your overall immunity.  Hope you feel better soon!!

I have that first Honeychurch Hall book, just haven't made it to reading it yet.  Glad you all like it.

I read 'Last Dance' by Joyce & Jim Lavene and am now reading 'Until Our Last Embrace' by them.  It wasn't until I was half way through 'Last Dance' that I decided I liked, so have picked up the next one.  I think there was a book before 'Last Dance' which I don't have.  This may have made it a bit difficult for me to get into the swing of things.  

Date Posted: 12/2/2015 12:56 AM ET
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Read The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo, another in the series featuring Kate Burkholder, raised Amish but now Police Chief of the town of Painters Mill, Ohio. Prologue has a home invasion of an Amish family by several older teens who think the family has a lot of money in the house. Husband and four children are killed and the wife kidnapped and never seen again. Only one son is left to tell what happened. Very good story as usual. And that makes three books in three days for me! I'm on a roll!



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Date Posted: 12/2/2015 12:15 PM ET
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I read Deadly Sanctuary by Sylvia Nobel the end of November. I just finished reading a short story All I Want for Christmas is Fudge by Nancy Coco.

Date Posted: 12/3/2015 12:41 PM ET
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We got home yesterday evening from vacation. I did manage to get two books read on Kindle. Mostly when riding.

Read The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths and Louisiana Long shot by Jana DeLeon. Saw so many of you liked her books (Miss Fortune) that I decided to give it a try. It was a hoot! Now to see about getting others.

The Griffiths book was okay. Already have the next book in that series.

 

Date Posted: 12/4/2015 2:02 AM ET
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Sacred Prey by Vivian Schilling was very interesting. I could have saved it for the paranormal category of next year's Challenge. A loan shark kills two people and then goes to weekly confession on Saturday but gets a different confessor. The priest tells him that he can't absolve the sin because there's no remorse. And he can't confess to the usual priest because he died three days ago. The loan shark goes away angry and the next morning he awakes in the body of the man he killed, and it's Thursday - three days before the couple died. Somehow, in the next three days, in order to get back to his own body the man has to show true repentence.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/4/2015 6:22 AM ET
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Here I am!  I was lost and now I'm found.  Still reading At All Costs!  Too bad I should put it down it's almost 500 pages.  Perfect for the challenge.  I just might do that!  I read The Flesh Tailor  Kate Ellis another Wesley Peterson.  Now they're on Kindle since I couldn't find mmpb.  That was book 14 in the series.  I cannot believe how I've devoured this and the Charlie Priest series.  I also have only two books to go to finish the Louis Kincaid series.  I think of him as the American Wesley Peterson except Louis gets into more trouble than Wesley would even think of!  Then Bronwyn has suggested another series she likes. 

Okay, here's my Christmas list:  devil  Let Santa know okay.
Murder at Honeychurch Hall / Hannah Dennison
First the Dead / Tim Downs
The Dead Will Tell / Linda Castillo
All I Want for Christmas is Fudge / Nancy Coco  (Becky make a note)  Hee-hee.
Sacred Prey / Vivian Schilling

Jeanne, I still have The Revenant floating in my mind.  I still can't get over what that man went through and what he did!
Joy, The Last Dance was the first.  I've read that whole series, I wish they would have written more of them.
I love the Miss Fortune books.

I'm  gathering books for the mystery challenge.  When you have a TBR as small as mine it's not easy!  Yes small TBR, down to 27 books!  I can't believe I read so many books since I've joined PBS.  I never thought I would have so few books to read.



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Date Posted: 12/4/2015 8:05 AM ET
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Geri - I  know what  you mean about The Revenant - don't think I will ever forget that book!

I've started The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks. Looking good!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/4/2015 8:08 AM ET
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Oh that was good too! 

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Date Posted: 12/4/2015 8:12 AM ET
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I am just starting A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber. Love this series. Very well written. Stron well written characters.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/4/2015 10:41 AM ET
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I just finished reading Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier. Not sure what I'm going to read next.

Date Posted: 12/4/2015 7:38 PM ET
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I have been incommunicado for a while.  Busy reading my way through all 22 Alan Banks Brit procedurals.  And it was a great read.  So sad I now have to wait for the next one to be published.  I thought a couple of them were not quite up to Peter Robinson's usual standards (Bad Boy comes to mind) but still a good read and necessary for continuity.  And some exceeded his usual excellent standard  (In A Dry Season comes immediately to mind).  All in all just a gread reading experience for me.  And now, what to read, what to read.  Something that won't suffer in comparison to Alan's adventures.

 

I'm thinking about trying Ian Rankin's procedurals.  Any advice anyone? You know I'm a bit of a delicate flower when it comes to a lot of gore and graphic (on the page, in the head of the villain) torture. 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/4/2015 8:03 PM ET
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Bronwyn, I have my first Alan Banks on it's way.  I'm almost done with Charlie Priest, six books to go.  I more than halfway through Wesley and just two books to go for the American Wesley, Louis Kincaid.

Sorry, I'm a new comer to Brit procedure so I can't help you.  Maybe Marla will step in.

Date Posted: 12/4/2015 8:43 PM ET
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I finished "Our Last Embrace" by Joyce & Jim Lavene and am anxiously awaiting more books in the series to arrive.  I'm now reading "Booked for Trouble" by Eva Gates, from her Lighthouse Library series.  I really like her writing style.  Personally I think the image of a library in a lighthouse is awesome.  I would imagine that Lucy has a lot of stairs to climb to get to her 4th floor flat. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 1:40 AM ET
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Bronwyn...Can't give you an opinion on Ian Rankin.  DH read a bunch of them and liked them.  Not sure why I haven't tried them.

I'm sure I've mentioned John Harvey, Barry Maitland and Peter Lovesey...three of my very favorites.

You might check out:

Shirley Wells (two series, liked them both); Cynthia Harrod-Eagles; Michael Robotham; Nigel McCrery; Susan Hill; Elly Griffiths; A. D. Scott; Deborah Crombie; Andrew Taylor (the Lydmouth series); and, I'm sure I'll think of more, but these are on my "definitely read the next book" list!  Oh, plus Martha Grimes...along with Insp. Jury, the characters in her books are marvelous!!

On this side of the pond, have you read Earl Emerson?  Geri got me started on the two series he wrote and really liked them.  Ditto Michael McGarrity...sorry to see that one end.

Read Blood, Salt, Water/Denise Mina...the latest DI Alex Morrow (female) book.  I like her books, but they are rather bleak.  Not grusome, gory or bloody, just black and white rather than color.    Plus, Geri, the ninth Argeneau vampires book!!! 

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 4:15 AM ET
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Storm Front by John Sanford had Virgil Flowers being Virgil Flowers, and it had the pacing one expects with a Sanford book. However, to me it read like a bit of fluff. Plot starts with an archaeologist disappearing from Israel with a stele (stone) that could "rewrite the Bible" The stele is for sale to the highest bidder. The Israelis want it back, Hezbollah wants it badly, as to a couple Turks and a couple charlatans. Lots of characters, some of them interesting, but as a whole, it just didn't ring true. Almost read like a cozy, not a Sanford.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/5/2015 8:44 AM ET
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Thanks Marla, I had completely forgotten about Earl Emerson!  Three books behind in the Thomas Black series!  How could I forget him? I think I got roped into cozies.  And, I'll get #23, Runaway Vampire in February.  I read the third book first, Single White Vampire, and just loved it.  How can you pass up a LOL vampire series?  Una have you tried these?  They're more romance, no blood or guts.  They don't even bite humans.  They have their own blood banks.

Believe it or not I have never read a Virgil Flowers book!  I know who he is, I've read the Prey books and I can't remember when I stopped reading them.  I think they got too heavy for me to hold.  Now I can get them on Kindle, nice to get with old friends!      

 

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 10:04 AM ET
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Who is The Revenant by if you don't mind me jumping in here?! :)

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 10:12 AM ET
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Karen - The author of The Revenant is Michael Punke

BTW, I have been flying through The Bones Will Speak - read most of it yesterday and now I need to finish it up. Terrific read!



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