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Subject: January has arrived! Whatcha reading?
Date Posted: 1/1/2010 7:44 AM ET
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New month AND a new year! What mysteries are you starting your new year off with??

Mine were all started last year (sounds so long ago, doesn't it? LOL) but should finish them all up this weekend. I'm currently reading:

  • Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Sidetracked by Henning Mankell (one of the bonus books for the Challenge, been on my shelf a long while!)
  • Murder at Fenway Park by Troy Soos (audio)

And I get to spend this weekend rearranging my bookshelves--got my two new shelves put together and they're eagerly awaiting books--no more doulbe and triple stacking!

Cheryl



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Date Posted: 1/1/2010 9:48 AM ET
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I'm finishing rereading Smokescreen for the discussion, began a non-mystery - The Boys Who Were Left Behind, and will finally start U is for Undertow so that it can be my "new" book for the challenge and I can pass it to my neighbor.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 10:04 AM ET
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I am reading 7th Heaven by James Patterson, then I am going to attempt the challenge.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/1/2010 10:10 AM ET
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Just this morning I started Breakfast at Madeline's by Matt Witten.  It's the first in the Jacob Burns series, set here in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 1:39 PM ET
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I'm reading "The Treacherous Teddy" by John J. Lamb.  I love this series and am very bummed that we have just found out the Berkley Publishing group has decided that although lots of books in this series have been sold, and it is a big fan favorite, it's not making enough money for them, so they are cancelling.  Crumbs.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 5:27 PM ET
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Cheryl, don't you mean "no more double and triple stacking --- yet!"?

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 5:28 PM ET
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I will be finished today with the Ace Atkins series that I have been reading.  I am on  #4 in the series.  While I liked the books, I'm ready to move out of the "blues" that he is writing about.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 6:05 PM ET
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I started I Can See You by Karen Rose late last night, big mistake, it is so good I had a hard time putting it down to go to sleep, anyway another 50 pages and I'll be finished.  It is very good.  If you are a fan of her books you will enjoy this one.  Happy New Year!

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 6:54 PM ET
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Last night, I thought I had finished The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin.  By this morning, I started reading it again.  It is the sequel to the Edgar Award winning The Janissary Tree, an Investigator Yashim investigation.  It takes place in the late 1800s in Istanbul and Yashim is trusted by the Sultan and others in the palace and called in to help solve problems that occur.  As a eunuch, he has carte blanche to go anywhere in this cultural melting po to investigate (including the Harem). The characters and history of Byzantium / Constantinople / Istanbul are many layered and complex as is the plot.  I love it all and can't wait until the 3rd in the series, The Bellini Card, arrives.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 7:43 PM ET
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I'm finishing up Lovely in Her Bones by Sharyn McCrumb, hopefully tonight.  (I probably won't go on with the series since this second book is just not grabbing me.)  Next up will be The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley, the first of my 2010 challenge books.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 8:53 PM ET
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I had started Die Trying  by Lee Child, the 2nd Jack Reacher book when I was at my parents during Christmas, and I forgot the book there.  My mom mailed it back to me and I received it yesterday, so I will be finishing that.  Then next I will read The Paris Vendetta by Steve Barry, I had been on the waiting list for it at the library and I just picked it up yesterday, it will also  be one of my books for the 2010 Challenge

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 9:13 PM ET
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Im reading Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke and Angels at Christmas by Debbie Macomber.  Next up...is Cooking Up Murder by Miranda Bliss.

Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy New Year!

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 9:18 PM ET
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I'm reading O' Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor. This is the first in the Sweeney St. George series. Sweeney (female) is an art history professor specializing in representations of death, in Byzantium, Vermont. (She likes to look at tombstones. LOL) Thus far, there are four books in the series.

Tina D. (tinad) - ,
Date Posted: 1/1/2010 10:49 PM ET
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I've just started the Diane Mott Davidson series and am on the 3rd one "The Cereal Murders".

 

Tina

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 1:33 AM ET
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Today I finished  The Magdalen Martyrs by Ken Bruen  it's book 3 of  the Jack Taylor series. I enjoyed this one as much as the first  two books. But  I need to take a little break from this dark series.

Up next is  China Trade by S.J. Rozan  (Lydia Chin #1)  hopefully this book will a lighter read  then the last  three books  I have read.

Tammy



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 9:19 AM ET
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I am reading Conn Iggulden's Genghis Birth of a Nation set in the early 1200's in Mongolia. It is the first in a series. Very good. I know very little about history in the part of the world so I am finding it very interesting. It also is one of my historical fiction challenge books. I will read more of his books. I like his writing style, clear and crisp with not an over aboundance of description.

Alice

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Date Posted: 1/2/2010 10:20 AM ET
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Happy New Year everyone!!

I am reading Atlantis by David Gibbins. The author is an archaeologist and the book takes place in the Mediteranean. In college I studied a lot of the area that he is talking about, so the book is very interesting to me. I am hoping to finish it this weekend. Then I will be reading Sherlock Holmes short stories for the Classical forum's BOM.

Date Posted: 1/2/2010 1:44 PM ET
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Happy New Year!

I started The Thirteenth Tale.  Have you ever read a book almost 3/4's of the way and can't get yourself back to it.  I feel l should like this book but, it wasn't quite the page turner for me.  I think it will sit for awhile or just get posted.  Seems a shame I got this far with it.

Now today, I picked up London Bridges by James Patterson and I will finish it today.   Now, that is what I am talking about.  The best feeling is not wanting to put a book down.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 1/2/2010 11:24 PM ET
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I just finished Breakfast at Madeline's by Matt WItten.  I read it for the challenge because it's set here in Saratoga Springs, NY where I live.  It's neat to recognize all the street names and stuff...and there's a bank obviously modeled on the one where I work.  Other than that, I can't say it was great.  I don't much like the main character, and I don't think his actions in the story are justified at all.  I can't really recommend it. 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/3/2010 8:04 AM ET
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Well I have made the mistatke in getting myself involved in the game's forum doing swaps. So I needed a book with a WL of 100 or more. My husband and I both love the TV show Castle. So we picked up Richard Castle's  new hardcover Heat Wave. There is a ghost write pretending to write under the name of the TV show main charachter who is a mystery/thriller writer. Don't know who the ghost writer is but he should be shot. I am only 25 pages into it so far but the TV show is a lot better so far.

Alice

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 12:17 PM ET
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I was afraid they would end up messing with "our Castle"!  I know I will have to try it (or maybe I shouldn't?) I love that guy!  I hope it gets better for you (and the rest of us), Alice!

I am re-reading The Lovely Bones, I remember really liking it the 1st time, but this time I have been teary-eyed about 5 times and I'm only 1/4 thru it!  This was the 1st time I can remember highlighting in a book and the quote has stuck with me for years.....We don't go to the movies anymore, really, so I might see this when it come out on dvd, not sure about that yet.
 

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 12:32 PM ET
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I finished Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs--the last of my holiday reads.  Never did do the Agatha Raisin one--just couldn't make myself read soooo out of order. Maybe next year.

Finished listening to Evidence, the latest Alex Delaware story. 

Right now I've started Dead Canaries Don't Sing, the first in the Reigning Cats and Dogs Series.  I'm not sure how I feel about it so far--okay, but not something that keeps me reading past my bedtime <grin>.

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 1:26 PM ET
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Hi all!

I'm getting near the end of  THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HERE.  It's an interesting concept and I can't wait to see how
it ends up.

I'm about to start The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library #1) :: Ian Sansom   for a swap and

The Hound of the Baskervilles for a BOM/challenge.
 

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 3:02 PM ET
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I am about a third of the way through my first 2010 Challenge book ("Silver Lies" by Ann Parker) and so far, it's pretty good.  I also started "Child 44" which will end up on my bonus list somewhere as well.  I think.  That one is good too.

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 5:13 PM ET
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Finished my first Eve Dallas book, Naked in Death by J.D. Robb  What a guilty pleasure that was!  I read it in 8 hours.

Starting Harlan Coben's The Final Detail.

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