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Subject: January - Mystery books we are reading
Date Posted: 1/1/2017 9:53 AM ET
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Happy New Year

What are you reading?

I am starting out the year with on for my historical mystery and HF challenges Aristotle Detective :: Margaret Doody

New to me author



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Happy New Year, everyone!

On the Kindle I'm about halfway done with Death and the Jubilee by David Dickinson (#2 Lord Francis Powerscourt historical mystery)...in print, about to start Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris (#10 Sebastian St Cyr historical mystery) and just downloaded In The Dark Places by Peter Robinson (#22 Alan Banks mystery) in audio from the library. Can't remember the last time I was reading all mysteries in all formats!

Cheryl

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I'm reading "The Big Chili" by Julia Buckley, first in the "Undercover Dish" series.  The MC has a service in which she cooks a meal for someone who then passes it off as something they made.  Almost finished with this.  I think it will be a good series.  I love the MC and her supporting characters are good as well. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2017 10:32 AM ET
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I now know how you all read so many books!!!  If one does nothing at all but sit and read and perhaps let the dogs in and out, one can complete a rather hefty hardcover book in one day!!!  I have done that for the last 4 days!!! 

Last night I finished "A Murder at Rosamund's Gate" by Susanna Calkins.  It is the first of what is a series featuring an English ladies' maid in the 1600s.  Quite a good book, both writing and plot.  Will put the next on my list.

On Kindle I have started something about an MC named Posie Parker and I must say I am thrilled I paid nothing for the book.  It is getting deleted this very morning.  London 1920s, silly young girl trying to be a PI --- just too foofy for me.  Tried it for 2 bedtimes and that is enough!!!

You can tell I am OLD, I am waiting to watch the Rose Parade.  A tradition in my family since we had television!!! Imagine we used to watch it in black and white and were so thrilled --- is life not amazing?

 

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Date Posted: 1/2/2017 6:14 PM ET
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Becky, I confess, I don't even have to worry about dogs.  wink

My grandmother marveled that she was alive when they sent a man to the moon.

I'm old enough to remember we did not have a telephone in the house.  We walked to the corner store (a city block) to use the phone booth.  We had a refrigerator but my grandmother still had an ice box and a wood burning stove.  What fun in the summer the ice man would chip off pieces of ice for the kids who came to watch him carry a block of ice into the house.

Just finished a nice little book Pall Bearers and Pepperoni (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria, Bk 1) Author: Patti Benning  

Reading Phantom River / P J Aldeman on Kindle, The Hand of Evil / J A Jance (tree book) Easy / Philip DePoy bed book.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/3/2017 6:11 PM ET
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I am reading A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, Bk 1) :: Sherry Thomas

Odd little book. Not sure where it is going or its purpose yet, but I have only read 28 pages. I will report back

 

Date Posted: 1/4/2017 9:37 AM ET
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Finished Kerry Greenwood's Murder and Mendelssohn, which I treated myself to and managed to hold off until January. Unfortunately, I am reading these out of order as I find decent prices, but enjoyed it as always. I always need a dictionary (in part as she's very erudite, and in part to due to the Australianisms) and learn something from her books.

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Date Posted: 1/4/2017 10:00 AM ET
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I'm reading what I thought might be a paranormal, then I thought a mystery.  Turns out to be a hot romance so I'm not squealing on me.  Phew got the fan going.  devil

For my chair book Hand of Evil /  J A Jance, Kindle, Dead Wrong / Leighann Dobbs and bed book, sadly fell asleep early Easy / Philip DePoy.  Okay four books but it's not eight as I've been known to do.   

Date Posted: 1/4/2017 10:14 AM ET
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Joy --- Are those the Phryne Fisher books???  I could just look that up could I not???

Right now I am reading "Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante" by Susan Elia Macneal.  It is a series featuring Maggie Hope, an American in England during the WWII, working for Winston Churchill.  It is a series and this is about  book 5 or 6 --- some are better than others, but I always seem to enjoy them.  As you might guess, this one features Eleanor Roosevelt.  Enjoying it thus far.

Went to the movies last night --- I know do not faint --- saw "Sing" and I would recommend it to anyone for a happy, feel good movie.  Animated, so if that offends, I guess you should stay home --- but it was joyful, the music fun.

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Becky, if you are referring to me rather than Joy...it is a Phryne Fisher book. And yes, you could just look that up.  :-)



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Yes Jodi --- I was referring to you.  Sorry ----

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No problem, Becky! Do you read her as well?

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Finished reading Twice Buried by Steven F Havill. The poor old woman who was thrown down the stairs to her death in a cellar was just the beginning. It's a busy week for Undersheriff Gastner in this third in the Posadas County series. This was a good, easy read, and I'll be putting another on my RL until I can get somewhat caught up with all the other books I have on my shelf.

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Date Posted: 1/4/2017 4:32 PM ET
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Darn it Mary I was gonna grab Twice Buried for a cellar book.  But, I knew I read Steven Havill books.  Yes, indeed read it in 2003!  Maybe I'll reread it.

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Finished "The Big Chili" by Julia Buckley and it was great fun.  And no, no Phryne Fisher to be found, Becky.  :)

Also read "Deck the Hallways" by Kate Carlisle.  (Does anyone remember Kitty Carlisle?)  This is one of her 'Fixer-Upper' series books.  Or is that a title of an HGTV program?  Or both?  I have enjoyed all in this series, but this one was a bit odd.  The murder didn't happen until half way through the book and there seemed to be rather a lot of explanations for things that didn't need to be explained.  Ah well, I liked it well enough to continue reading the series.

Am now reading "Ghost Times Two" by Carolyn Hart.  Bailey Ruth is sent back to earth from heaven to help another person in Adelaide, OK.  This time the problem is a second ghost.  So far, so good.

Date Posted: 1/5/2017 8:51 AM ET
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Finished the Peter Robinson book within a 24 hour period (I do enjoy the Alan Banks series) and now already over halfway done listening to Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith, #3 Leo Demidov mystery. I tend to listen to audiobooks a lot on my days off as I'm cooking, cleaning, etc. Couldn't do it on work days for sure! I wonder if this is the last one--it has spanned a period of over 25 years so far already...began well before the first two books in the series and has already leapfrogged well past that time frame...from Stalin's Russia to 1980's Russian-occupied Afghanistan. And as it was published in 2011, I'm thinking unlikely to continue. Very interesting, and like the first two, well-written. At lunch today will be starting Borderlands by Brian McGilloway, the first Inspector Benedict Devlin mystery set in Ireland. Just downloaded that from the library for my Kindle.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/5/2017 8:57 PM ET
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Hi Joy --- Yes I remember Kitty Carlisle.  She was married to Moss Hart and was on the game show "To Tell the Truth".  I loved those shows as a kid -- "To Tell the Truth" and "What's My Line".

Back to work at the boutique today, so no reading!!  Well, I think I got 7 books read in 7 days while I was in the chair with the dogs and my asthma!!!

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Date Posted: 1/5/2017 10:56 PM ET
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I remember Kitty Carlisle  too.  Loved those shows as well.  Isn't it amazing how much you can read when you're not feeling quite right but not a major illness?  I had some smallish books that I actually zipped through three in one day,  Now, not that big of a deal since they were about 130 pages each.  Not much to concentrate on, just fun reads.

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There's a network called Retro that airs nothing but reruns of old game shows, including What's My Line and To Tell the Truth, Didn't know that Kitty Carlisle was married to Moss Hart. Love watching her, Bennet Cerf, Betsy Palmer, Bess Meyerson, etc.

Just finished Murder on Broadway, written by Ed Koch with help from Weny Corsi Staub. This is fulfills my Is It Really You category of the Challenge. Hiz Honor the Mayor of New York attending watching a Broadway play. The play features a love triangle and one of the men shoots the other in the final scene. The blanks in the gun have been replaced with hollow point bullets leaving one of the stars dead. The mayor decides to do a bit of sleuthing. Having seen Ed Koch on TV when he did one of those Judge Judy type shows, I can hear his voice in the first-person narrative. The book is a light and easy read.



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I'm now reading 'Ghosts Times Two' by Carolyn Hart.  The emmisary from heaven Bailey Ruth is up to her ears trying to help her current client out prove her innocent of a murder charge.  This time she has another assignment as well, trying to get the client's deceased boyfriend to get up to heaven where he belongs.  Neither of these are very easy tasks to do.  I'm enjoying it.  Really like this series.

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Date Posted: 1/7/2017 12:13 AM ET
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Mary I liked that series.  Actually read it when it first came out.  I think there are four books.  I was so disappointed when it ended.

I realy enjoy Bailey Ruth too Joy.  Maybe we'll get to be emmisaries...  :)

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I'm reading The Kill Room by Jeffrey Deaver, one of the Lincoln Rhyme mystery/thrillers. It involves a rogue US government official who's targeting people he believes are unpatriotic. The case is brought Lincoln and Amelia by an ADA who wants to get the official on a conspiracy charge. First murder takes place in the Bahamas, and another will follow if the culprits are not caught. One of the minions is a knife wielding sadist, so it's my choice for the Clue/Weapon category of the Challenge. 

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Date Posted: 1/7/2017 3:53 PM ET
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Mary I tried to find something for If You Want to See Him Alive.  I'm stealing Saving Jason from your list.  Since it's not the first in the series and I'm OCD I just ordered the first two and put the last two on my wish list.

I'm scrambling to find books and reading like crazy.  I must finish this challeng next week.  LOL  Maybe I have too many going, four in th eforums and five in the 2017 Reading Challenge,  I ony have one listed there but four in a Word Document.  I have my reading cut out for me. 

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Date Posted: 1/8/2017 5:16 AM ET
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I thought I'd check out the forums and I'm hoping to find some friends who like to read mysteries.  I have no active friends now.  

Anyway, enough whining, I just finished reading L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton yesterday and I'm about to read Medals in the Attic (Annie's Attic Mysteries #2).  I am working my way though some books I have that I want to clear off my shelves for new books.  I have way more books than I have shelf space. So lawless is posted and when I'm finished I'll post the other one. 

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Date Posted: 1/8/2017 11:31 AM ET
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Donna, welcome!  We're mystery fans here.  You might also check out the cozy mystery challenge discussion page, even join the challenge.  Alice and Mary (mystery) have done great jobs creatinng them this year.  You might also try this swap.  It's open to anyone and has some fun people, great discussions.  You can just lurk and see if you like it.  We get some new people and some drop out every month.
January - This Book Has Been On My TBR Long Enough

 

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