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Subject: JULY's "Whatcha reading?" topic
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 12:05 AM ET
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Okay, so July's arrived! It's not all fireworks and bar-b-cue! What are you reading this month?

I'm opening the month with A Cotswold Killing by Rebecca Tope, which is the first in a series featuring Thea Osborne, who is a house sitter in the UK. So far, a few chapters in, it's pretty good. Also reading The Lammas Feast by Kate Sedley, one of the Roger the Chapman medieval mysteries. This is one series I always get from the library as I've never been able to find any but the first couple books here on PBS, and I think this is the 11th one. I'm also listening to Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, read by the incomparable George Guidall. The 13th Warrior is one of my favorite movies, so I wanted to go back and read the book now. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:53 AM ET
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I started The Cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg last nite, so far quite a few fire works!  I hope it stays this good all the way thru ~

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 11:40 AM ET
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I'm reading Scavenger by David Morrell.  It's really good - started on a fast pace right from the beginning.  I didn't realize that it has a couple of characters from Creepers in it.  It has been years since I read that one, however, you wouldn't need to read that one first to get this one.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 12:14 PM ET
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I'm reading:

The Great Scot by Donna Kauffman-started this last month and dropped it for a bit

The Secret of Chimney's by Agatha Christie

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:00 PM ET
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I'm still working on my project of reading every Agatha Christie novel in publication order, though I haven't yet decided if I want to read the last Poirot and last Marple novels when they were published (posthumously) or when she wrote them (like thirty years prior). I would lean towards when she wrote them, because my goal in reading the novels in publication order was to see when she introduced minor recurring characters and how they developed, but the publish date is easy to find while the date she wrote the novels is not. :)

 

I'm also reading Dorothy Sayers' novels as I receive them from PBS -- I'm so happy I discovered Lord Peter Whimsey!

 

And that's it for me in the mystery section this month; I am reading a ton of sci-fi and fantasy as well however. :)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:31 PM ET
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Phoenix - that sounds like such a fun project!  I'm so incredibly sad that I've read all of Christie's and Sayers's mysteries.

I've been taking a break from mysteries, but I'm planning on bringing some M.C. Beaton and the first Deborah Crombie (as recommended here!) with me on vacation next week.  Maybe a Marjorie Allingham or a John Dickson Carr, too.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 2:30 PM ET
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Reading 4th of July by James Patterson.  Seriously, I did not plan this.  I am not that clever.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 2:48 PM ET
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Susan, his books seem to read so quickly, so go ssllooowwwlly and you might make it last 'til Sat. the 4th!

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Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:16 PM ET
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 I'm reading "Pride and Prescience" by Carrie Bebris.  It's a mystery with the two main characters being Elizabeth Bennet Darcy and her new husband. It's very good so far, I'm enjoying it.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:27 PM ET
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I am about to finish Sookie book #3 (then I have to wait for 4 and 5 to come in at the library) - I think next I will read Candy Apple Red by Nancy Bush, then Electric Blue, as I have them both out on inter-library loans. I tried to read Murder With Peacocks and I couldn't really get into it, so I'm sad :(

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:49 PM ET
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Carol,

They are really quick.   I think that is why I pick them up at different times.  Guaranteed quick read.   Let's see if I make it to the 4th.

The Cheater sounds good.  I just looked at the PBS blurb.  Is it a series or standalone?  I put it on my list.  Dismemberment - yeah, good stuff.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:50 PM ET
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I talked about this way back in the June whatcha reading thread, but I just had to mention that I finished the William Kent Krueger book, Red Knife.  I thought it was sooo good!  And the ending was....maybe powerful is the word I want to use, it brought me to tears.  To me, it was by far the best of the Cork series.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:53 PM ET
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Susan, The Cheater is 3rd of the Lily Forrester series.  I didn't realize that until I started reading it, I need to go back and review the 1st two, coz I'm not really remembering some of the stuff she is talking about.  I don't think she puts out books every year and it has been awhile since the last Lily book, I think.  Mitigating Circumstances and Buried Evidence are the other 2 in the series.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 4:22 PM ET
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Carol,

You are killing me*.  My reminder list is growing as I add these three books.    I best get reading so, I can get ordering.

* appropriate saying for us mystery lovers. :)

Susan

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 4:40 PM ET
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I've been reading Giles Blunt's John Cardinal series.  So far I've finished Forty Words for Sorrow, A Delicate Storm and Black Fly Season.  Something about them, maybe the pacing or the small town, or maybe Cardinal's character, reminds me of Julia Spencer-Fleming's Russ Alstyne books.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:30 PM ET
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I read a lot of cozies...and I'm currently reading Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke.  I'm also one of those people who has to read in order :)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 8:42 PM ET
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I may have to check out Cheater.  I read the first two several years ago.  If I remember correctly, I thoght Mitigating Circumstances was very good and Buried Evidence was not quite as good.  It has been so long I don't even remember much about the books.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 3:45 AM ET
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finishing Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, reading James Patterson's new Michael Bennet series, couple Baldaccis, and starting Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series which will probably take me into  late Aug/Sept

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Date Posted: 7/2/2009 12:41 PM ET
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Susan P, The 4th of July was my favorite in that series so far. I own the 6th and 7th but i havent read them yet.

Phoenix, I have the same goals, although with no time limit. I grab Agatha Christie books as I find them. I have read about 18 of the Hercule Poirot books so far, but not in any order. I am tempted to one year sit down and do what you are doing. Reread them in the right order. I havent started any of the Miss Maples books yet.

I am currently reading Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara, it is book one of a two book series about the Revelutionary War. I enjoyed his Civil War trilogy and decided to try his other books. Good so far.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 12:49 PM ET
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I'm catching up on Agatha Raisin. My goal is to get all of them read! I'm seeing a pattern in every single one of them though so I'm not sure how many more I'll be able to read in a row! lol  They're fun though!

I'm on The Vicious Vet now ... for some reason I'm not reading these in order and it's really not bothering me. Usually I'm pretty anal about the order of books.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 5:26 PM ET
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I just started Police at the Funeral by Marjorie Allingham. 

Susan - the Vicious Vet in in the pile of books I'm planning on taking with me on vacation next week.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 8:32 PM ET
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I'm reading Mansions of the Dead by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Sweeney St. George #2) and Booked to Die by John Dunning (Cliff Janeway #1). I'm enjoying both, but have the feeling that, between the two, Cliff is going to have most of my attention until I finish his book.

Also wanted to say that reading all the Agatha Christie books is a great project. I started reading her books in my teens, and have read some of them dozens of times. When I read The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie last year (excellent book!), I realized that the only book of hers I had not read was And Then There Were None... an oversight I quickly corrected. ;-)

Pam

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 9:41 PM ET
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I just finished Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb and can't decide what to read next.  I usually never have this problem, but my TBR is approching 100 (I know this is nothing to many of you, LOL) and it boggles my mind so much I can barely deal with it. :o)

Subject: My Agatha Christie Project
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 10:07 PM ET
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It has been fun so far. I'm up to 1930 so far. . . only another 40 plus years. :)

 

I not being as anal about it as I am capable of, however; at one point I would have bothered to research when all the short stories were written and read them in the proper order inserted between novels, but that was too much work, so I'm just going on when the collections were published.

 

I decided to undertake the project because it wasn't until I started re-reading my favorite Christie novels that I realised how many of the minor characters carry over. I mean, there are obvious ones like Inspector Japp or Superintendent Battle, but I hadn't noticed that Bundle, who is the star of The Seven Dials Mystery, was a minor character in The Secret of Chimneys until I happened to read them close together, because when I was first reading Christie's novels as I found them in bookstores, I read those two novels at almost the opposite ends of things.

 

I'm also hoping to really get a feel for what period of her writing I like best so that I can analyze what she does differently at those times. Of course, it may turn out that my favorite books are evenly distributed. . . but that'll be an interesting discovery too.

 

This is by far the largest reading project I've undertaken, but since I can go through each novel pretty quickly (except for the longest of them, no Christie mystery takes me longer than 3 hours) I figure I'll finish easily before the end of the year and still be able to read lots of new stuff. What I'll do after that for my mystery fix I have no idea; unfortunately, Sayers doesn't have anywhere near the catalog that Christie has, so I don't think she'll be able to keep me occupied long. I am welcome to suggestions for other mysteries in the same vein! :)

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 10:55 PM ET
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If you haven't already read it, her autobiography is really interesting, too. 

Don't forget about Colonel Race!  The Despards also make a couple of appearances in some pretty varied books.  I really love her beyond all reason.  Unfortunately, I finished all her books by the time I was 14 or 15.  If you're looking for other Golden Age authors, Marjorie Allingham is lots of fun, and I love John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson (who nobody seems to read). 

 

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