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Subject: Julia-Spencer Fleming or what will you be reading this weekend?
Date Posted: 9/18/2009 1:22 PM ET
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Figured I'd start a new topic on this author so it didn't keep bumping up that other thread. 

I put the first book in this series on hold at my library.  Of course, I have to work through the 11 books I already have checked out and then oh yeah, pick up the 4 MORE that are now available for me to pick up.

It's supposed to be cloudy and overcast here this weekend.  My daughter is sick.  I will be spending the weekend reading.

How about you?

Date Posted: 9/18/2009 1:34 PM ET
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She's a new author for me but I just finished In The Bleak Midwinter.    I'm anxiously waiting on the second book in that series to arrive from Amazon any day now.  (I try to get hardcovers in books because of some eye problems I've been having lately.)    I'll have all of the series when the second book gets here.

Margy

Date Posted: 9/18/2009 3:56 PM ET
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Margy I'm sorry you're having eye problems!  My vision seems to keep getting worse and worse.  These days I actually get a small thrill when a book I want at the library is avaible in large print!

Date Posted: 9/18/2009 5:47 PM ET
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loved that series!  It's so addictive!

Date Posted: 9/18/2009 7:33 PM ET
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Melani, you are going to love these books!  I've read them all and I really like them.  Julia Spencer-Fleming lives in (or just outside) Portland (ME) which is the reason I even looked at the books in the first place.  I wasn't sure that mysteries involving an Episcopalian priest was anything I would be interested in but boy was I wrong!  Good, good stuff.  Not perfect (we can't vent our pet peeves another time...after you've read them) but really good.  Report back and tell me what you think!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 12:04 AM ET
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I have the first couple here and it is slowly moving up my TBR stack. It looks good! I don't mind mysteries that feature clergy ( afer all, many medieval mysteries--which are my favorites--feature nuns or priests. LOL) as long as they aren't preachy.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 2:53 PM ET
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Cheryl, these are definitely not preachy.

Subject: Julia Spencer-Fleming books
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 5:49 PM ET
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I was recommended these books in the summer, 2008 and boy amd I glad I found them!  I was not sure about the ex-army minister thing myself, but once I read the first chapter I realized I was in for a treat!

I think one of the main reasons I like her books is that the characters are so well-written.  They are humans, with real flaws.  There is nothing extraordinary about them.  They live in modern times, shop for groceries, battle snow, have kids in school, drive to work etc.  The mysteries that occur in their town that could happen anywhere.  There are no quirky side characters or cute pets.  They do not take place in a tea shop or in a catering business. The crimes are not over-the-top gruesome. They are not solved while knitting (no offense, Miss Marple-I like you too!) 

Don't misunderstand me-I do like to read cozies.  But Spencer-Fleming's books are more believeable.  They truly are good stories.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/23/2009 5:58 PM ET
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Deborah says it all!  Real people doing real things.

I love cozies but sometime...

In our family we have had three murders.  One before I was a gleam in anyones eye and two of my cousins.  One was a narc and was working undercover - he was found out and died of an OD.  The cops know who did it but can't prove it.  The other was shot execution style.  Again the cops have a pretty good idea of who and why but don't have the proof.  Did I ever decide to try to find the killers and bring justice to the family?  Not in this lifetime!  The first murder happened when the Purple Gang ruled Detroit.  I guess you could call it a mob hit.  Not a cozy situation.