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Subject: It's JUNE! What are we reading?
Date Posted: 6/1/2017 11:52 AM ET
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I've started A Twist of the Knife by Becky Masterman. It's the third book in the Brigid Quinn series. I find this series very compelling since it usually take place in Tucson and the author's writing is terrific. This time it looks like Brigid heads out to Florida so I will have to see how this one holds my attention!

Date Posted: 6/2/2017 2:04 AM ET
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I just finished 'Banana Cream Pie Murder' the latest Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson books.  I could not put it down.  And a very surprising ending, which ensures you will rush right out and buy the next book because you have got to see what happens next. A cliff hanger ending.  Currently reading 'Die Like an Eagle' the latest Meg Lanslow book in Donna Andrews series.  Meg is now assistant to the mayor, which basically gives her a bit of official standing to carry out her investigation of the latest murder.

Date Posted: 6/2/2017 9:12 AM ET
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Last night I finished a book, "Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah.  No doubt I am late to this reading party and it is historical fiction, not mystery, but it is one of the better books I have read in a very longtime.  Surrounds France in WWII and some in modern day.  Was crying at the end --- cannot give it enough stars.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2017 6:29 AM ET
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I loved the Nightingale but my daughter didn't like it at all.

alice

Date Posted: 6/4/2017 12:12 PM ET
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Alice --- Just another example of how very differently all of us are wired.  It is difficult for me to fathom why someone would not like it, but your daughter no doubt feels the same way in reverse!!

About to begin, "The Infidel Stain" by M.J. Carter, a Black and Avery installment.

Date Posted: 6/7/2017 10:11 AM ET
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I've been trying to read Dead and Berried by Peg Cochran as well as Death in Dark Blue (Writer's Apprentice, Bk 2) by Julia Buckley. Not progressing very fast on either one of them.  They're not bad, I just can't seem to get myself to read. They are library books though so I need to get on with them.

I watched an interesting show on Netflix that some of you might enjoy called Bletchley Circle. It's about four women who worked as code breakers during WW2 and then 10 years later get back together to solve a murder when one of them notices a pattern to the killings. There aren't a lot of shows as it was apparently a mini series originally.



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Date Posted: 6/7/2017 4:20 PM ET
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I haven't started it yet but I have One Step Behind by Henning Mankell queued up next. I just requested a book by Georges Simenon but it hasn't even been mailed yet so I think I can finish Mankell before Simenon gets here. maybe

Wow. One Step Behind was one of those can't put it down reads. Stayed up till about 3 o'clock to finish. Seemed a bit long at 440 pp but not complaining.



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Just finished a book on Kindle, "The 7th Canon" by Robert Dugoni.  It was very good.  A stand alone legal thriller set in 1987 in San Francisco.  I actually got it free with my Kindle Plus (not the correct name) subscription.

Cynthia --- sounds like a good program. Will look into it.



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Date Posted: 6/8/2017 9:15 AM ET
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On the Kindle, almost done with Strange Tide by Christopher Fowler (#13 Bryant & May "Peculiar Crimes Unit" mystery) and loving it. Making myself slow down and read carefully because there's so much good stuff in it. Up next will be The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb, #1 Kate Clifford historical. I absolutely loved this author's Owen Archer series, so am really looking forward to this one, hope it's good!

In print, I'm about to start A Voice in the Night by Andrea Camilleri, #19 I think in the Inspector Montalbano series. My favorite Italian curmudgeon! I just finished Walking at Midnight by Kate Ellis, the most recent Joe Plantagenet mystery and wasn't overly impressed by it. It was ok.

In audio, I recently finished Pray For Silence by Linda Castillo (#2 Kate Burkholder mystery) which I thought was decidedly "meh" and then quickly buzzed through The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith, #15 No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book. I had somehow gotten several books behind on that series. A nice, light change from the darker stuff I usually like and I love the reader. I'm now listening to some YA fantasy in audio.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/10/2017 11:54 AM ET
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bumper

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Date Posted: 6/11/2017 6:38 AM ET
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Reading one of my favorite historical mystery series, Deed of Murder by Cora Harrison. It is book 7 in the Burren series. Love the opening paragraph in each chapter on Brehon law. Very good series but start with book 1.

Alice

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Date Posted: 6/14/2017 4:31 AM ET
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Hi guys, it's on to June and I lost you!  I've been reading lots of light paranormal, not my usual but enjoying them.

For mysteries I just finished the latest Miss Fortune, Hook, Line and Blinker.  The usual misdeeds with quite a twist in the bad guy department, I have a feeling that Jana DeLeon is going to end this with the next book coming out later this year.

Now reading Three O'clock Seance / Joanne Pence.  The third in the Rebecca Masterson series.  Rebecca is a homicide inspector in San Francisco/  Richie Amalfi comes to her with something that may or may not be a series of homicides.  They involve a medium who charges a mere $500 for attending one of his by invitation seances.

I also read Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse okay but didn't grab me as others have.  I've also read Death of a Dancer / S H Baker.   Dassas Cormier escorts his fifteen-year-old nephew on a vacation to New Orleans in the summer of 1925. Then he finds that Cherry Blossom, an exotic dancer and confidant has been shot, the vacation becomes a hunt for her murderer. The crime has been pinned on Cherry's boyfriend, but Dassas is fairly sure the man is innocent. His search for the real killer leads Dassas into the world of political power, corruption, and danger. To make things worse, he finds his new love interest and his former police partner tangled in the mystery.  A slow and easy read.



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Finally getting to My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni, #1 Tracy Crosswhite mystery. The story itself is good, but I'm finding an awful lot of repetitious phrases that are starting to annoy me, only a third of the way in. On the Kindle, still reading The Service of the Dead by Candace Robb; it's good, but again I'm seeing a lot of the same phrases used over and over. My recent audiobooks have been fantasy or sci-fi including my current one.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 6/15/2017 9:25 AM ET
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Cheryl I've seen the same in many of the ebooks I've read lately.  More than one to the DNF point.  The publishers saved big time by dumping editors but some authors irritated me enough not to get another of their books.



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Date Posted: 6/15/2017 3:58 PM ET
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Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger, three stars, 6/15/2017.



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Date Posted: 6/16/2017 9:52 AM ET
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I really should give William Kent Krueger another try. I read about five or six of his series and just lost interest. Part of the problem was that, when I started the series, I was actually living in Aurora, MN where his books are based, but it didn't resemble the real town in any way....it was like a combination of about five or six neighboring small towns. I know that authors often will do that, but some of the other geographical details of the Iron Range were so far off that it bugged me. Also the main character just started to annoy me after awhile. I can't even recall for sure where I left off.

Geri, I know...publishing houses really need to bring back more editors and proofreaders...when I talk about all the spelling mistakes and "wrong word" use in book/reading forums, usually I get comments about "is it a self-published book?" but 9 times out of 10 it's actually happening in books put out by the large, well-known publishers. Bah!

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 6/16/2017 10:04 AM ET
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I've had better Indie books than some from the big publishing houses.  My favorite of the latest reads was the use of I/me.  Not James and I walked to the store.  Me and James walked to the store.  Me was used throughout the book, I don't think the word I was used at all.  And, my other complaint is every time a location is mentioned it's I had to get to work and the Sweetheart Bakery.  Okay you work there, why can't it be I had to get to work or I passed the bakery.  Always, always the name of the work place.

Date Posted: 6/16/2017 9:04 PM ET
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I haven't been reading a lot lately but did finish one book this week and started on another.

I finished If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock, second in this series. Casey, one of the MC's, is on the lam because she is being framed for her best friend's murder by a couple of dirty cops. The cops had also killed her father when she was 12 yrs old. Not a bad series and I like it pretty good. The story alternates between Casey and Dylan who is the other MC. He's a private investigator hired to find Casey. Terri Blackstock writes Christian fiction.

I started reading The Kill Switch by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood. Not so much a mystery as a thriller. It is a series about a K9 (Kane) and his handler/partner (Tucker). They are getting a scientist out of Russia who knows something about a bio weapon. It's a tad slow but I'm liking it. Interesting to see the interaction between Tucker and Kane. Small parts in the book show Kane's thoughts and actions from his viewpoint. Best of all, about 200 pages in and not a single cuss word.

 

Date Posted: 6/17/2017 8:34 AM ET
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Yeah, Geri I hate that too, constant naming of things over and over. My other pet peeve in that regard is dialogue that is made to sound horribly stilted because the two people talking keep saying each others names..."Ben, do you think this is what happend?" "I don't know, Fred, what do you think?" "Well, Ben, I'm just not sure." "If you think of anything, Fred, let me know." It's like...YOU ARE THE ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN THE ROOM. YOU KNOW EACH OTHER WELL. Think of your own conversations with friends and family or co-workers if you're the only two people talking. Do you ever talk like that?? I don't! I mean, if there's a bunch of people in a room and I want to get one person's attention, I would say their name so they knew I was talking to them, but not every other sentence after that. Probably not at ALL after that! So annoying. Ok, rant over. Time for work. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/17/2017 4:50 PM ET
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Since I last posted,  (where has this month gone?) I've read The Royal Assassin by Kate Parker, Pekoe Most Murder by Laura Childs and am currently reading Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Ann Perry.  I've really liked all of them and was pleased to find that there will be another book in Kate Parker's bookshop series. 

 

Date Posted: 6/18/2017 3:21 PM ET
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Anybody read this guy? Arnaldur Indridason. I don't know if this is mystery or thriller or maybe both. I haven't read one. I have Black Sky but I may not get to it before it gets sent off.

Date Posted: 6/18/2017 4:34 PM ET
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Charles, Indridason's books are primarily considered thrillers. I have read many of them and enjoyed them all. I've fallen behind in his series lately but definitely plan to catch up one of these days!!!

Date Posted: 6/18/2017 8:00 PM ET
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The book I have, Black Skies, has several wishers so I think I'll send it off rather than read it. I have recently received 4 books and haven't been able to start any of them yet. I'm falling behind.

Well I sent this book off this morning. It was wish liisted but the 1st two wishers had smoking requester conditions which I rejected. The 3rd one went through okay.



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Date Posted: 6/18/2017 10:54 PM ET
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You probably don't even want to know what "falling behind" is Charles! I've completely lost count!!!crying

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Date Posted: 6/19/2017 7:05 AM ET
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Hee-hee I'm with you Jeanne.   

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