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Subject: JULY's "What are you reading now?" thread
Date Posted: 7/1/2011 9:34 AM ET
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I'm still finishing up four books that I was reading at the end of June...Madhouse by Rob Thurman, The September Society by Charles Finch. Calling Out For You by Karin Fossum (audio) and Flesh House by Stuart MacBride.

How about you guys? Is it time for some nice, light beach reads? Or are you buried in something deeper?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 2:23 PM ET
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Just finished Shadows of a Down East Summer (Antique Print Mystery) by Lea Wait.  There was quite a gap before this latest book, and I thought she had dropped the series. Glad she didn't because this was an excellent mystery, and loved the Maine setting and descriptions. 

Not sure what's up next, but it will probably be one of the wishlisted books on my TBR pile...thinking it's time for Maizie Dobbs again. I am spending credits like crazy the last few weeks, acquiring books for my classroom.  Unlike you, Cheryl, my credits are at an all time low and wouldn't begin to cover my wishlist!

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 4:47 PM ET
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I read Hell is Empty while up in Wyoming and I'm not quite sure what to think of it.  On the one hand, Craig Johnson is a fine writer. He can develop characters and relationships with the best of them.  On the other hand, this book sort of left me wondering what the purpose was. Yes, Dante and the circles of hell and the Native American woo-woo stuff but...why?  I'm not sure I understand Walt any better and I'm not sure that presenting the middle-aged Walt as some sort of iron-man super hero is doing him any favors. I didn't dislike it but it left me feeling a bit underwhelmed and, I don't know...confused?  Eh.  I'll think more on it.  It is a very well crafted book and worth reading, but I wouldn't recommend this one as a starting point for Craig Johnson's novels. It will only confuse you and probably make you walk away.

I am within 50 pages of the end of The Violet Hour, a sort of thriller/mystery set in Southampton. It's the first time I've read anything by Daniel Judson and I'm enjoying it quite well. This is the third of four (so far) stand-alones and I probably should have read them in publication order but...I needed a "violet" book for the challenge!

After that I think I might move away from the challenge and pick something off my growing TBR pile here at home and see where that leads me.

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 5:16 PM ET
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I am finishing Storm Season (Maggie Skerritt Mystery #5) by Charlotte Douglas.  This counts as a beach book because it takes place on Pelican Bay, an island off the west coast of Florida.  I've said this before, but I don't count this as a true cozy because Maggie was a police detective and is now a PI. So, I don't get annoyed if she finds a body every week.

Susansmiley

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 7:31 PM ET
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Something a little deeper - the new C. S. Harris which I'll probably start on Monday - busy day tomorrow and Sunday, Monday will be 'my' time.

I started reading a Sheila Connolly orchard book but found it's #3 so the first two are on request from the library, so it's hit the ground running for July.

Gail

Date Posted: 7/1/2011 9:54 PM ET
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Started CS Harris's Where Shadows Dance and finished P J Tracy's Dead Run last night. Last week I read Tim Down's Nick of Time and it wasn't one of my favorite Bugman books. I wanted it to be...it just wasn't. I finshed John Sanford's Dark of the Moon and everybody raved about it, but it was just ok to me. Also finished Karen Rose's You Belong to Me and I really liked it. I like the new group that she has introduced, but the body count and violence was as high as always.

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Date Posted: 7/2/2011 1:27 AM ET
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I just finished Colin Cotterill's, The Coroner's Lunch. It took me a good 100 pages to warm up to Dr. Siri, but warm up I did. And looking forward to the second in the series,  which will have to wait since I picked up 8 books at the library today. This is not helping my TBR mountain.

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 2:26 AM ET
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I just finished The Coroner's Lunch as well. While I liked the book well enough, I don't really think it's my cup of tea. I won't be reading the second book any time soon. Also finished Heat Wave in audio today. Predictable, entertaining, needs a new narrator. Haven't yet decided what's up next.

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 9:37 AM ET
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Ellie, that was how it was for me as well, but evenutally he really grew on me. I stumbled accross two more of the books in the series at my used book store for a steal. Both me and my husband both love Dr. Siri now.

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 12:13 PM ET
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Just downloaded Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay to listen to while I'm cleaning and rearranging my bookshelves. I also picked Robber's Wine by Ellen Hart for my next print read--I have 2 books from the library 'in transit' to my branch that'll be ready for pickup probably Tuesday so wanted to choose something easy and light that I can finish by then.

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 6:49 PM ET
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I read Cotteril's The Coroner's Lunch last week. Becky here suggested it to me (and sent me an unpostable to further it), and I enjoyed it greatly - have the next on the way. (Just the next one so far, lol, trying to be more like Cheryl and not get SO many.) It took a bit of hunting, but unfortunately it looks like the Naked Heat audio is read by the same guy as Heat Wave. The box didn't say anything, but it appears that Johnny Heller is the narrator of both. I'm still dithering over whether to listen or to obtain the book and struggle with the smaller than usual print.  

I've been cruising along with Victoria Thompson, and finished #5 (Marble Row) last evening. I'm stuck on China Bayles...Bloodroot is here somewhere, but I still can't find it. I'm unsure whether I'll move along tomorrow with Thompson's Lenox Hill or start Jar City by Indridason or go non-mystery and catch up with a Chiaverini Quilt book.

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 10:35 PM ET
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Jodi, my mom reads the Chiaverini books and loves them. I request them for her here (the wish lists move very slowly) but I've never read them. May have to try them sometime.

It seems that I am the only one who does not love the Dr. Siri books. I think, because the book didn't hold my interest very well in the beginning, I missed some key points. I kept getting distracted and wasn't reading as closely as I should so I had a bit of a hard time following. Anyway, I may try again at some point.

On the other hand, I have read 2/3 of Sand Sharks, number 15, I believe, in the Deborah Knott series. I love this series and can breeze through a book in a weekend in between cleaning, laundry, etc. I hop Maron never runs out of material for this series!

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 11:08 PM ET
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Johnny Heller is the guy who narrates the historical baseball series featuring Mickey Rawlings by Troy Soos--I really enjoy his readings of those books--maybe his voice just didn't work for the characters in the book you listened to, Jodi.

I am off to bed...with a book, of course. DH started midnights tonight so I can read as late as my eyes will stay open. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/2/2011 11:30 PM ET
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Cheryl, I just thought that Heller's voice was very nasally. It sort of made everyone sound a little nerdy IMHO.  I will listen to the next book because to me it was close enough to the tv series to be entertaining. Maybe Heller will grow on me--it has been known to happen before...  :-)

Jodi, you should go ahead and try the audio. The reader may not bother you at all.

I'm off to bed without a book. My mom is coming tomorrow for a week long visit and I expect her to show up around 8 am. She likes to travel early.



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Date Posted: 7/3/2011 5:08 PM ET
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Just finished A Lesson in Secrets, the latest Maisie Dobbs book by Jacqueline Winspear. This is one of my favorite series, and I was caught up in this one immediately.  Interesting progression in Maisie's life, good mystery that had enough turns to keep it interesting, and great tie-ins to the political climate in the early 30's.  I'm learning so much more history from this series...and painlessly.

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 5:40 PM ET
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Terri, I've never listened to Heller (or any audiobook), I was going by what others had said about him in the June topic. I will listen since I have the audio, and the print in the books is really too small for enjoyment and/or I'm forced to wear my reading glasses.

I went with Chiaverini today. I'm reading out of order...I ran across The Sugar Camp Quilt a while back and didn't know it was a series, but enjoyed it. Today I started one that has both The Christmas Quilt and The New Year Quilt - it was already a bit "wavy" and I was reading by the pool. Terri, you might want to add The Union Quilters to your WL for your mom. When I was looking today I saw it, it's due in 2012 and there were only 12 wishers so far.

So many good recommendations for Winspear, I'll have to start those once I get caught up on Victoria Thompson!

Date Posted: 7/3/2011 10:49 PM ET
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I finished C S Graham's The Soloman Effect and really liked it. Love how Jax and Octorber work together.  

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Date Posted: 7/4/2011 7:12 AM ET
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I am reading a very good series of cozies right now. Mary Stanton's Angel Advocate. The protaganist is not a ditz in this series. Too many cozies these days the characters are just plain foolish.

Alice

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Date Posted: 7/4/2011 8:50 AM ET
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Alice I really enjoy Mary Stanton;s series. 

Currently readin A Kiss Before the Apocalypse by Thomas E. Sniegoski, a new to me first in a series and it's not bad but hasn't captured me either.  Instead I picked up Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, There's a Body in the Car, book 4 of Fran Rizer's Xallie Parrish series.  Not the best, left some unanswered things but a very quick read since I started it about 4 on Saturday and finishes it about 2 Sunday morning.  Darn thing I just couldn't not know what was going to happen.

Also still clening up the cozies, The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee, very predictible.  I know it's a cozy what do I expect.  The Cat the Lady and the Liar by Leanne Sweeney a touch of paranormal, finished up The Writing Class.  I got to the point where it dawnws on me without signing up for a class this was indees a writing class wirh a xouple of bodies thrown in just because.  And, cleaned up two Emilie Richards Ministry is Murder (books 4 & 5). 

The TBR is going down, down, down!  Almost reached 400!

I've currently got Consigned to Death by Jane Cleland and I think I'll start Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy.  A bit of a diversion from cozies )I hope).

Date Posted: 7/4/2011 10:05 AM ET
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Just started Save Me by Lisa Scottoline. This author will be the focus of our branch library's next Mystery Book Club meeting, so I wanted to get yet another Scottoline book under my belt before the July 11 gathering. This book looks a bit Jodi Picoult-ish....

Date Posted: 7/4/2011 11:52 AM ET
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I finished C S Graham's The Soloman Effect and really liked it. Love how Jax and Octorber work together.  

I really loved the first book - a real roller-coaster of a read. It was one of those books that I will pull off the shelf expecting to read & donate and it ends up a keeper (at least for now). I have the SOLOMON book but haven't read it yet.

I just started the latest C. S. Harris, too early to comment but I just know it's going to be just as good as the others.

Gail

 

Date Posted: 7/4/2011 2:08 PM ET
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Gail, I love the series! Do you like the direction that the series is going in and the twist and turns it has taken as far as who has ended up with who?

Date Posted: 7/4/2011 3:19 PM ET
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While we were away I read "All the Pretty Girls" by J.T. Ellison --- female police detective/male FBI profiler/serial killer --- was a better than okay book.  Was the first in the series, but I am not going to order the next one just yet, as I have a dozen or so books either here or coming!!!!  Now I am reading "The Final Reckoning" by Sam Bourne --- set in modern day but about a holocaust survivor --- thus far very good.  Am also reading the one about the missing slave girl in India --- title and author are escaping me right now.  It is on loan to me from a delightful PBS member so I did not take in on the trip and being away from it for a week has vanished it from my memory.  I think I should be worried about myself really.

Date Posted: 7/4/2011 3:47 PM ET
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I finally finished One Was a Soldier, the seventh book in the Russ/Clare series by Julia Spencer-Fleming.  I liked it well enough but this one did not hold my attention as well as the previous six did.

I am nearly through with Murder on the Yellow Brick Road by Stuart Kaminsky.  This is a noir-ish little mystery set in Hollywood in the 1940s.  Fast and fluffy.  Both of these books will fulfill challenge requirements.

I am listening to The President's Vampire.  Unfortunately, this is the second in a series not the first but it is being narrated by Bronson Pinchot who is doing a really good job!  The book is pretty weird (I'm not a vampire book reader) but it's pretty funny.

Date Posted: 7/4/2011 4:57 PM ET
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Just finished Crawl Space (Home Repair is Homicides series) by Sarah Graves.  Sure is a lot of crime and bodies way up in the northern tip of Maine, kind of like Scandinavia. 

I am starting Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire Mystery)  by Craig Johnson and really looking forward to it.

Susan

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I posted this on the Deals Thread, but have had no takers.  I have an unpostable The Mapping of Love and Death (Maisie Dobbs Novel) by Jacqueline Winspear. It is free with any book from my bookshelf.  I accidentally touched the top of one page with a damp paper towel, but let it dry thoroughly.Very readable. Can recommend the Maggie Skerritt series by Charlotte Douglas, Judge Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron, or Lisa Scottolini. Send me a PM.



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