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Subject: JULY!! What are you reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2012 1:10 PM ET
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It's a new month and we are on the downhill slide to the new year.  What are you reading?

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 4:22 PM ET
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Almost finished with Rollins's Bloodline and man what a crazy ride it has been. Kowalsky fans will be very happy with this one.

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 5:35 PM ET
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Finished 11th Hour by James Patterson. This was a good addition to the Women's Murder Club series. Looking forward to the next one next year.

Up next is The Renegades by T Jefferson Parker. This is the second book in Charlie Hood series. Really enjoyed the first book in the series.

 

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 5:56 PM ET
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I am about half-way through RED MIST by Patricia Cornwell.  I've enjoyed all the Kay Scarpetta stories and this one is not disappointing.

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Date Posted: 7/1/2012 6:42 PM ET
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I'm about half way through Lincoln Child's The Third Gate. I've liked all his books so far and this is no exception. It started a bit slow but is getting going good now.

Date Posted: 7/1/2012 10:01 PM ET
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Ultra Violet by Nancy Bush. It's the third, and last, book in a series/trilogy that I started a few years ago. I don't know if this was a series that she started and dropped because of low interest, or if this book was meant to be the last and will tie up loose ends. I've only read about 30 pages and not loving it but hope to get through it and finish off the last book.  Trying to get some old books off my TBR.

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Date Posted: 7/2/2012 5:44 PM ET
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My computer is acting hinky so I decided to do some reading.

I read my car book, Until Our Last Embrace by Jim and Joyce Lavene.  I read it in four hours!  No fluff, a little romance but just the edges.  A mystery!  A dead body, thought to be killed by a bear, found to be murdered.  I did guess at the culprit near the end, a bit before the sheriff came to the same conclusion.

Something I've had sitting on my shelf for a while, Blind Fear by Lynn Abercrombie.  It seemed to get a bit long winded but I did finish it.  There are only two books in the series.  It's too bad because it involves the cold case squad which could make for a good series. 

I'll finish Whiteout by Vicki Delany.  I'm not fond of books that have the main character, in this case quitting her job, renting her house and moving to a very secluded place.  Throughout the beginning were hints about her problem without saying what it was and that tends to annoy me.  

Finished Third Person Singular by K. J. Erickson the first in the Mars Bahr series.  He's a cop tracking a serial killer.

I'm going with Thai Die book 12 in the series by Monica Ferris.  I haven't read one of these for quite some time.  I'm behind!  Going with the next Jim and Joyce Lavene in the Sharyn Howard series The Last Time as my car book and last but not least - get ready Marla - Adrenaline by Jeff Abbot the fist in the Sam Capra series.   It arrived in todays mail.  On the cover it has twisty, turny and terrific A Thriller!  It's been a while since I've read a thriller so I've got my fingers crossed that it lives up to my expectations!  Yep, reading the blurb on the back I think I'm gonna like it.

Date Posted: 7/2/2012 10:15 PM ET
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Ok, Geri, let me know what you think of "Adrenaline".  Thrillers are not my favorite reads...too often (for me) they dissolve into one long chase scene.  But,then, again, I have read some I really like...those that had a bit more to them.

Still "vegg-ing" in front the AC and reading.  Almost through the bag of books I carted home from the library...

Finished "Stagestruck"/Peter Lovesey...his books are always a great read; "Left for Dead"/J. A. Jance...the Ali Reynolds series and one of the better ones; "House at Sea's End"/Elly Griffiths...another series I really like; "A Corpse's Nightmare"/Phillip DePoy...the latest in his Fever Devilin series...he always makes you think outside the box and you do have to focus when you read them...someday I am going to find the first book in his "Easy" series; "Falling More Slowly"/Peter Helton...the first in his Liam McLusky series...really liked it...the library only has the next one in an EBook, so will have to find it somewhere else; and just finished "Alpine Winter"/Mary Daheim...figured it was perfect for temperatures in th 90s!!

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Date Posted: 7/3/2012 10:58 AM ET
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Marla, reading Adrenaline and it had me all tense on page 4 and Sam was just exercising. :)  Darn thing kept me up last night too!  I guess it's just been too long since I've read a thriller cause it's got me going but there are a couple of places where I thought now how did they find him?  It's descriptive but not flowers and trees, torture, brainwashing and so far a couple of buildings blown up and one individual killing.  Atleast he's not an owner of a store that just has to investigate the murder because he's curious.  He is/was a CIA agent/  

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 12:27 PM ET
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Still working on the three books I was reading at the end of June...Shadow Pass by Sam Eastland in audio (Inspecter Pekkala), on my Kindle, The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly (Joe Sandilands) and in print, almost done with Granddad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill (Jimm Juree series.) I'm enjoying them all, not a dud in the bunch. LOL

These are all from the library...I need to get working on some of my own books, as my wishlist here kicked up about a dozen books this past month and they're starting to accumulate again!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 2:52 PM ET
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I'm reading UNDONE by Karin Slaughter. Not for the faint of heart. Great read!

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Date Posted: 7/4/2012 10:40 AM ET
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I am starting a new cozy today. The Probability of Murder by Ada Mardison. I really liked the first book in the series, the square root of Murder. Hopefull this one is as good.

 

 



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Date Posted: 7/4/2012 1:10 PM ET
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OK, Geri, "Adrenaline" is on my WL!!  Will also check and see if the library has it.  I know you always have a "car" book...me, too, tho I don't get to read them as much as I used to.  But, I'll go you one better...I know have a yard book!  With our watering restrictions, we can only water 3x a week, before 10 am.  I got really tired of running back and forth to move the sprinkler every 20 minutes or so (our yard is small and unless I want to water the street and sidewalk, I turn it down and just keep moving it), so, I found an old non-fiction book that was definitely unpostable (didn't want to take a "good" one out in case it got wet) and now I take it, and my cup of coffee and spend the time on the porch reading! 

Read "Payment Deferred"/Joyce Holms last night.  Brit solicitor volunteering with legal aid and his somewhat crazy assistant (female).   It was good and funny in parts.  Got it from the library, but, as usual, they only have the 1st one (there are 9 in the series), so I ordered the 2nd one. 

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Date Posted: 7/4/2012 3:36 PM ET
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Ah Marla, we have water restrictions too and can only water between 11 pm and 5 am every other day.  Thankfully we have a sprinkler system cause we've a a big yard.  It takes two hours to water - between 3 and 5 am.  My eyes are closed then. :)  I do go sit out on the back porch before it gets too hot but just take out a current book with me.  I like your yard book idea though.  I just knew I'd be sending Adrenaline to you or Becky.  I wonder how she's doing with her mom.

I started Thai Die just to go lightly last night.  The fireworks going off had me jumping so I didn't need thrills ans chills!  A nice plain old shooting murder did nicely. lol

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 5:36 PM ET
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Happy Fourth of July to everyone! ! !

A surprise powerful storm called a "derecho" on Friday night knocked out cable and internet for us, but many in the MD/D.C. area will be without electricity through this weekend.  Very difficult during the 100 degree days.  Big trees are down on streets and driveways and many are stuck.  

I've been reading lots of "lighter" books in the past few weeks and have enjoyed them all:

The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler (hometown girl)

Murder on Sisters' Row by Victoria Thompson

Mourning Gloria (China Bayles) by Susan Wittig Albert

Spider Web (Benni Harper) by Earlene Fowler

Past Imperfect (Sigrid Harald #7) by Margaret Maron.  That WL book was a big surprise.  I didn't think it would ever come.

Pumped for Murder (Dead End Job #10) by Elaine Viets

The Potter's Field (Montalbano) by Andrea Camilleri

To Fetch a Thief (Chet & Bernie #3) by Spencer Quinn

Had a distressing discovery recently.  Our treadmill died and we searched for a new one.  Read reviews, tried them out, etc and picked a nice one.  It wasn't until it was delivered that I realized that the position of the front panel was way off for me to put books on and read them.  The only reason I get on the thing is to read while I walk, so this was a bummer.  Be sure to bring a book when you try out a treadmill, so you'll know in advance. My husband attached a new shelf, so all is not lost, but still. . . .

Susan



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Date Posted: 7/4/2012 7:51 PM ET
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Susan, I heard about the storms up your way. I certainly hope they get power soon for those without. It is just too hot to think about going without air!

I pm'd Becky a couple days ago but have not heard back. It makes me wonder if things are worse with her mom. I'm sure she can use our prayers and good thoughts in any case.  Becky, if you're reading, just know that we care and are thinking about you.

I finished the audio of Instruments of Darkness yesterday and thought it was very good. It took me a bit to get into it but I think that was all me being distracted with driving.  Next audio is Devil in the White City, non-fiction about the serial killer who was murdering women during the 1893 World's Fair. I actually have the paperback copy of this and read about 1/3 of it some time ago. I have wanted to finish it but I have so many books on my TBR that keep jumping ahead. Hopefully the audio version will be good. I'm around 150 pages into Ultra Violet and it did pick up after the first 50 or so pages. Still not a great book but since it seems to be the last book in the series, I wanted to finish it off.

Date Posted: 7/4/2012 11:38 PM ET
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Terri--I listened to "Devil in the White City" a few years ago and enjoyed it very much.  A very disturbing book, though--especially since it's non-fiction!

I recently finished "False Mermaid" by Erin Hart.  It's the third book in her Nora Gavin series.  I'd read the first two several years ago, and just took my time getting back to the series.  It was a good read--interesting in that parts of the story took place in Minnesota and other parts took place in Ireland. 

I also read "Worst Case" by James Patterson and Micheal Ledwidge--the third in the Michael Benett series.  A very fast pased thriller.

Now I'm reading "The Silent Cry" by Anne Perry.  It's the eighth book in her William Monk series.  I'm about half way through it--very good so far--as have been the others I've read in this series.

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 1:25 AM ET
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Geri...What do people do who don't have sprinkler systems...do they  have to get up in the middle of the night to water?  And, I thought our restrictions were bad!

Read "Killer Riches"/Chassie West tonight.  It's one of those series where I don't remember where or why I picked up the first one, but it is a good series.  Have read three of them and only have one more to go.  Sorry to see it end.

And, thanks to Becky, started "The Dark Horse"/Craig Johnson.  One of my favorite series.  I, too, have been wondering about Becky and her mother.  If you see this, Becky, my thoughts are with you and I'm hoping everything is OK.
 

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 7:42 AM ET
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Becky, thinking of you and your mom and hoping things are getting better.

 

Current reads: The Potter's Field by Andrea Camilleri (Inspector Montalbano in Italy) which I'm reading from my own bookshelf (yay!) in print; For my Kindle, I borrowed free from the Amazon Prime library a book called The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, a historical mystery which is first of a series set in 1660's Germany--the author is actually descended from the Kuisl family of executioners featured in the book! It sounds really promising, but only got through the prologue so far.

In audio, I have less than an hour less of Shadow Pass left--just too tired to finish it last night--and then will move on to The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly, which I noticed had come available when I went looking for something to download from the library.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 7/5/2012 10:54 AM ET
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Marla, I live in an area that's only about 15 years old so everyone has sprinkler systems.  When we moved here you just automatically got a sprinkling system.  

I finished Adrenaline last night!  Oh my it kept me going, not even making an attempt to figure it out.  Just kept flipping the pages cause you knew who the bad guys were but you wanted to see what misery they were going to inflict next.  Phew!  Wiping brow.  I've got the second one The Last Minute on order.

I tried to get in touch with Becky too with no luck.

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 2:22 PM ET
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Geri - correct me if I'm wrong but I received an e-mail from Becky and you must have received it too. It's sounding like she is doing okay, but her mother, not so much. I don't see anything that indicates that she will be able to go home soon. I'm surprised that she has any energy left at all. Let's keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you!!!

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 4:59 PM ET
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Nothing new on the reading front for me...just wanted to add my thoughts and prayers for Becky and her mom.  Becky--know we're all thinking about you.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2012 5:54 PM ET
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I haven't heard from Becky, but her and her mom are in my thoughts and prayers!

Date Posted: 7/5/2012 7:22 PM ET
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Just started Gone Missing by Linda Castillo. This is the fourth in the Kate Burkholder series, following Sworn to Silence (2009), Pray for Silence (2010) and Breaking Silence (2011). Burkholder is the female chief of police in the Amish town of Painters Mill, Ohio. Each of the books is excellent! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb-8awhUlQE

Several of my reserves at the library arrived at the same time! Grrrr. Waiting in the wings are:

  • Bryan Gruley's The Skeleton Box (a Starvation Lake Mystery). This is the third in a series. The first, Starvation Lake, won 2010 Barry Award for Best Paperback and 2010 Anthony Award for Best Paperback, as well as being a Finalist 2010 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and a Finalist 2010 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. The second book, The Hanging Tree, was a Finalist 2011 Anthony Award for Best Paperback and aaFinalist 2011 Barry Award for Best Paperback. Sometimes, the hockey details get to be a bit much, but I really enjoy Gruley's work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs6qbxN8Ytc
  • Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster. From the cover: In this thrilling gothic suspense debut by Sara Foster in the tradition of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah, a young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymaMnT92GPM
  • Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft. This police procedural is to be the first in a series of four – each one representing a season. Kallentoft is a Swedish crime writer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usaWwMqClis

 

 



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Subject: Im reading "From Here to Paternity '........
Date Posted: 7/6/2012 3:55 PM ET
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My goal for the summer is to finish up this Jill Churchill series.Iam also reading,Catching Fire and A Promising Man.
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