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Subject: Independence Day ~ What are you reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2016 1:56 PM ET
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Hope everyone has a wonderful independence day!

Date Posted: 7/1/2016 9:07 PM ET
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Becky, I have Calling of the Grave, published in 2010, on my WL. I think you're right about it being the end of the series. Beckett had a non-series book published in 2014, and nothing since.

Just finishing up Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Reading the first couple pages was like coming home to an old friend. Police Chief Russ and pregnant Episcopal priest Clare are getting away for a week's honeymoon at a lake getaway where they won't be disturbed. A house with a retired couple in it burns down just as they're about to leave. Russ decides to delegate the investigation not knowing that an 8-year-old girl was snatched from the house. She has a liver transplant and will die in 7 or 8 days if she doesn't get her meds. The East Coast is struck by a paralyzing ice storm, knocking out power lines anc cell towers. Every time it seems things couldn't get worse they do. A real page turner!

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Date Posted: 7/2/2016 2:08 PM ET
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I started Murder on Black Friday (Gilded Age, Bk 4) :: P. B. Ryan

Love this series. It is set in 1869 Boston. A few weeks ago some friends and I went around Boston and looked at the Brownstones were they all lived. Lovely period peace but I commend you start from the begining.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/3/2016 3:46 AM ET
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Read The Merchant's House by Kate Ellis. This is actually the first in the Wesley Peterson series, although I had already read The Bone Garden and The Plague Maiden. In this first novel I was impressed by Wesley's boss, particularly his simile that suspects are like tough meat that when left to stew will eventually fall off the bone.

Also read A Dangerous Talent by Charlotte & Aaron Elkins. The writing style is very much like the Gideon Oliver series, but the MC is a generation younger, unattached and an excellent judge of character. Alix London is the daughter of a gifted forger. She's inherited his skill at restoration, and has his "eye," but she's using her abilities on the straight and narrow. I found myself smiling much of the time as I read. Very enjoyable, and I've put the next 3 books in the series on my WL.

Hope everyone has a great Independence Day! 



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 7/5/2016 12:53 PM ET
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Mary, I know the Wesley Peterson can be read however you want to but I read them in order.  Wesley and the others hold their character but still grow.  Wesley and Pam have two children, the bosses son comes home from school and his daughter moves out.  He also gains a girlfriend.  Neil always seems to find the most interesting bodies in his digs.  I was so thrilled with that series I read 18 books in about a year and that is not me!  I'm always afraid if I read a series too close together I'll suffr burn out.

Love the Elkins books and wish there were more. 

My current Kindle reading:

Lowcountry Bombshell / Boyer, Susan - second in the series
Bite the Biscuit / Johnson, Linda O.  - just started this
Murder With a Twist / Kiely, Tracey - this has me laughing out loud.  reminiscent of old TV shows like the Thin Man
Folly / Noel, Billy - just started it but it's good so far
Blood Moon / Raine, Charlotte - the third in a thriller trilogy.  If you're going to read it it must be in order!
Hit the Road Jack / Rose, Willow - just started it but it's good so far
To Live Forever / Watkins, Andra - A bit of sci fi since it involves time travel - ended loving this one!

Finished these - started in June and finished in July. 
Off the Books / Arlington, Lucy - I really like this series
The Cakes of Monte Cristo / Brady, Jacklyn - I can't decide if I really like this series but keep reading it. 
Singularity / Casey, Kathryn - first in the series, a thriller not overly gruesome  a bit here and there.
An Ex to Grind in Deadwood / Charles, Ann - the fifth in the series that started as a cozy and is now a paranormal with demons and ghosts.
The Ghost of Christmas / Emrick, K J - a nice cozy series complete with ghosts

Two books - bed book is Hearse and Gardens / Kathleen Bridge (second in series) and chair book Written Off / E J Cooperman (new series)



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Date Posted: 7/5/2016 12:56 PM ET
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Off topic but have to share!  I got a sleep shirt for my birthday. 

I'm not addicteed to books... I can stop as soon as I finish this book.

It's now my favorite shirt!

Date Posted: 7/5/2016 11:44 PM ET
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Geri - LOL

Date Posted: 7/6/2016 12:20 AM ET
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I have been too busy to read much, but I did read the third John Ceepak book, Whack A Mole.  It was excellent as usual though a little more serious than the last two.  Then I read a women's fiction, Runaway Wife by Rowan Coleman which was also excellent though it required tissues to get through it. But there was humor also.  It was about a woman who just grabbed her child and fled an abusive marriage.  All kinds of interesting stuff ensues.  I ordered a couple of her older books that sounded good and also the one coming out this month.  It is about a woman who helps hospice patients write their last letters, to be mailed after their deaths.  I'm sure it will take the whole box of tissues for that one but I will read it anyway.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 7/6/2016 8:47 AM ET
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Bronwyn, I needed a tissue just reading that the woman is helping hospice patients to write last letters.  I can think of all types of letters in a flash. 

 

Date Posted: 7/6/2016 5:31 PM ET
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I've been reading a couple of interesting books by Margaret Addison.  'Murder at Ashgrove Hall' and 'Murder at Dareswick Place.'   While they are both mysteries, it is kind of difficult to determine what kind.  In both the first half of the book is about the MC, a girl who works in a shop in London, I think around 1930.  She gets invited to weekends at each of these houses and we learn how, who she meets, the background, etc.  Kind of puts them into the cozy category.  Then very sharply it seems, the second half appears as a British police procedural with the two policeman from Scotland Yard interviewing all the suspects.  The MC is still there, of course, poking her head in and eventually uncovers the murderers, but it is interesting how sharply the two parts of the books are written.  They are quite good, although the MC can be a bit of a trial at times, and are billed for lovers of Agatha Christie and Downton Abby.  There are only the two written so far and the last is 2014, so I'm not sure whether there are more to be written. 

Date Posted: 7/6/2016 5:41 PM ET
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Joy --- Have read and enjoyed both of the books you mention.  Think they were on Kindle Unlimited.  Working on "Edge of Black" an installment in the Samantha Owens series by J. T. Ellison. 



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Date Posted: 7/7/2016 11:34 AM ET
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I read Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. I started reading Devil's Food Defense by Jessica Beck.

Date Posted: 7/8/2016 12:36 AM ET
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Just finished Cold Granite by Stuart McBride. MC Detective Sergeant Logan McCrea is just back on duty after being laid up for a year following multiple stab wounds. It's supposed to be light duty, but the body a young boy who disappeared months ago turns up in a wet ditch. Not long after the body of a little girl is found in a garbage dump. And an unidentified body is pulled from the river with its kneecaps hacked off. So much for light duty! It's a great start to a new police thriller series set in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Date Posted: 7/8/2016 11:37 AM ET
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Finished "Edge of Black" and am now onto "One Thing More" a standalone by Anne Perry.  It is set amid the French Revolution.  Interesting thus far --- they are about to chop the King's head off!!!

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Date Posted: 7/8/2016 1:07 PM ET
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And is the king saying wait, before you do this One More Thing?  Oh bad!



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Date Posted: 7/9/2016 12:15 AM ET
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Razor Girl:: Carl Hiaasen          Another good book by this author.

The Forgotten Room: Lincoln Child         Not his best, but not bad.

Cane and Abe: James Grippando            Good, but not as good as I expected.

Vostok: Steve Alten                              A sequel and a prequel. 

Zoo 2 (BookShots): James Patterson             A quick read.

Date Posted: 7/9/2016 3:59 AM ET
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Read The Cherry Blossom Corpse by Robert Barnard. A group of romance writers are staying at a Norwegian bed and breakfast while attending a convention when one of them is murdered. MC, who is an Engllish police detective accompanying his romance author sister, investigates with local police. It's a traditional English mystery and well written, although I had trouble with how MC came to some of his conclusions. Not really my cup of tea, but it satisfied one of the 2016 Challenge categories.

Now just finishing Shotgun by Ed McBain. Once again, I'm reading to satisfy a Challenge category, but this book is as difference from the former as ice cream is from pickles. American city cops investigating the double murder of a couple and the stabbing of a 50-year-old woman. In between the author decries the violence that has evolved in regard to kids' behavior on Halloween since his childhood. And this was from 1969, the year I graduated from high school. The mayhem is balanced by some humor and the family life of one of the detectives. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 7/10/2016 3:01 AM ET
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Just finishing A Fugitive Truth by Dana Cameron. MC is an archaeologist, and in this book is researching the historical written records in regard to a house that's the subject of a dig. Specifically, she's reading the diary of a colonial woman, dating from 1723. Parts of the diary are in a number code. A couple other researchers are found murdered, including one with whom MC shared a few grad school classes. At the same time, valuable early American manuscripts are disappearing from the library. I'm enjoying the book, not the least because I would love to do the same kind of historical research if I had the chance. How many of us nowadays write letters on paper anymore? I know I wouldn't communicate with friends and family if it weren't for email and Facebook. And I doubt anyone is saving my emails for perusal in the far future as to what life was like for a middle class retired woman in the 21st century! Oh, and this book, set in western Massachusetts, satisfies my New England entry for the bonus Challenge.



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Date Posted: 7/10/2016 10:11 AM ET
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Mary, I read an article written by a researcher saying exactly what you're saying.  With the electronic age no is writing letters or sending cards, future archaeologists and researchers will not have anything but broken bits of plastic to work with,  When I worked on my family tree my cousin had letters written by our great aunts to our grandmother (her sisters and s-i-l).  Grandma kept the cards she received from siblings and grandchildren too.  Amazing that my cousin was the one clening out her home and didn't just toss all of it.  My mother's sister cleaned out my grandmothers house and I swear tossed every piece of personal communication and pictures but for some strange reason kept every newspaper and magazine she found!  Mom and I got to toss that out.

I just finished a new cozy, A Dark and Stormy Night / Julia Buckley.  She wrote The Big Chili which I've read and passed on to Jodi.  I liked this series more.  I grabbed me right away and kept me reading beyond my usual bed time.  I fell asleep clutching the book.  I can't wait for the next which will most likely come out in a year.  Sigh.  Though Cheddar Off Dead, second in the Undercover Dish series is heading our way in September.  

Back to cozies, away from thrillers.  Though I am reading Home of the Brave / Donna Ball which could be called a cozy thriller.  MC is a counsler at a dog training weekend and shell casings have been found...  and now the FBI is in town chasing terrorists!  



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Date Posted: 7/10/2016 12:23 PM ET
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Yes Geri it could have been the King saying "One Thing More".  The book was about a plot to save Louis XVI by substituting a look alike in the carriage from the prison to the execution spot.  Many other sub-plots as well.  I quite enjoyed it.

Not sure what I am on to next.  Think the dogs and I will go over to the Zurich house today and begin some unpacking and cleaning.  All of the furniture is coated, inside and out, with dust, dust, dust.  They put up all new wallboard so sanding the joints created loads of a very find dust that seems to have infiltrated everything!!!  Last time there I wanted to unpack my desk contents and get them put away --- all of the insides of the drawers are coated with said dust.  It will take a wet cloth to get it off, too fine for simple dusting.  I still tire so easily, it will be "test" cleaning trip.



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Date Posted: 7/10/2016 3:25 PM ET
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I finished reading Devil's Food Defense and started reading Desert Heat by J.A. Jance.  I getting ready to have surgery on Tuesday. Have a bunch of books on my Kindle and have a bunch of hardcovers to read while I'm recuperating.

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Date Posted: 7/10/2016 3:26 PM ET
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Maybe it would be to your advantage to hire a ckeaning service Becky.  Don't have a relapse over dust!  And, you now know you're dealing with asthma.



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Date Posted: 7/11/2016 1:31 AM ET
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Becky, that very fine dust might be better attacked with a Shopvac, followed by wet rag. But you wouldn't want to use your regular vacuum. The dust could hurt the internal parts.

Read Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry. This was for the Second Chance category of the Challenge, and I have to admit I liked it better than the other book I read. It got a little complicated with so many potential perpetrators at the beginning, but as the race neared its end, the field thinned down quite a bit. The author really had to do a lot of research on mushing because she isn't a musher herself. I'm now three-quarters of the way through the basic challenge, and have finished two of the bonus categories as well.

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Date Posted: 7/11/2016 10:19 AM ET
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Becky I had that same thought, a shop vac.  That dust isn't easy to clean and I'm more worried about yuor health trying to clean it.

Date Posted: 7/11/2016 12:03 PM ET
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I've been catching up reading Miss Fortune series. Finished Soldiers of Fortune #6, Hurricane Force #7 and Fortune Hunter #8.  All good reads though book 8 didn't have quite as much humor in it as the others but still liked it.

Just curious - but has anyone ever tried any of the Miss Fortune stories on Amazon written by other people? Just wondered how they were.

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