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Subject: July Already? What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2013 1:04 AM ET
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Read Bent Road/Lori Roy.  Picked it up because it sounded a bit interesting and was set in Kansas (where I grew up) in the late 60s.  It is actually a fairly good book...but, very dark, very bleak, very depressing.  In some ways it really isn't a mystery the way we normally think of "mystery", altho it did win the Edgar Award for best first novel.  Nothing to relieve the darkness of the book, but not sorry I read it.

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Date Posted: 7/1/2013 7:21 AM ET
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I am reading  The Crown (Joanna Stafford, Bk 1) :: Nancy Bilyeau. I can use it for our mystery challenge for books over 400 pages. I gets readlly good reviews and has been sitting on my TBR for a while so it is time to read it.

Alice

Happy July

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Date Posted: 7/1/2013 10:08 AM ET
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I'm still reading Night Kills.  I have a strong suspect in mind but it just hits me the wrong way.  Lots of red herrings I think.  Sister has been murdered so of couse MC wants to help investigate.  Sheriff is her cousin.  She says to him I can help, people will talk to me.  He says I've been sherrif for seven years I think I know how to do my job.  STAY OUT OF IT!  And how many times have we read that?  I'm a bit put off by the MC language.  She uses the F word on more than one occasion and it's supposed to indicate she's upset.  The sheriff (male) is always saying that language isn't ladylike.  Or don't use that language.  I wish she wouldn't too!

Date Posted: 7/1/2013 2:20 PM ET
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Geri, I hate that language, too.  In fact if I find one F word I stop reading.  No matter how good the book is. 

I'm still in Amelia Peobody mode -  Just finished "The Snake, The Crocodile and The Dog."  Just beginning "The Hippopotamus Pool."  We are on vacation this week up in northern Maine where my husband is helping out for two weeks at a Baptist Bible Camp.  This first week he is teaching one of the classes, next week he'll be the evening preacher.  I get to come along for the ride and am responsible for absolutely nothing!!  We get three meals a day, so I don't have to cook and clean up, and we are in a small cottage so there is virtually no housework.  Beautiful, quiet area.  No TV!  So I will have plenty of uninterrupted time to read, and I sure brought alot of books with me.  But I also have my laptop (obviously) and will be checking in often to see what everyone is reading.

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Date Posted: 7/1/2013 3:53 PM ET
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Joy, I'm very close to flipping to the back to see if my guess of the killer is right and just dropping the book.  The language actually throws me and I stop reading.  I always think that wasn't necessary.  Darn it, a shame because it's different than what I've been reading lately. 

Date Posted: 7/1/2013 6:01 PM ET
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I think that book is a wallbanger for language.  I don't care for f-bombs all over the place either.

I am starting Shades of Earl Grey, that is after I finish the SYKM newsletter!!

Date Posted: 7/1/2013 6:13 PM ET
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You will love "Shades of Earl Grey", Carole!

Date Posted: 7/1/2013 6:20 PM ET
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Happy July --- although it is tough for me to believe the year is half over!!!  Well, I just read my "Stop You're Killing Me" newsletter and it is always hard on my wishlist.  Really I should go thru my wishlist and cull it out again.  Seems I get excited and put things on there that a few months later I find my interest in them has wained.  Sadly, my TBR pile is the same way --- it is probably about time for me to go thru those shelves and post all those books that I just had to read that now hold no interest.  Do any of you do the same things????

I am continuing on with my book about Beatrix Potter and her little talking animals and actually quite enjoying the change of pace from the latest Dan Brown I just finished.  I did enjoy the Dan Brown and it really made one think and I learned a few tidbits as well.

Tomorrow I am driving up to Vermont to see my step-daughter and her family for a few days.  I am leaving the car I am driving (David's) up there as a third family car now that two of my grandchildren are driving.  They do not know I am leaving it so it will be a bit of excitement for them.  It was going to cost $488 for a one-way ticket home and nothing was available with air miles, so I am riding the train.  It takes 11.5 hours ---- it will be my first "long" train trip so I am a bit excited.  Taking the Kindle and think I will make good use of it for the first time.  There is also free wi-fi, so I might even compute a bit as well.  Am really hoping they have a "quiet" car on this train so I do not have to listen to folks yakking on their mobile phones.

Date Posted: 7/2/2013 7:46 AM ET
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I'm reading The Devil's Footprints by Amanda Stevens and enjoying the suspense. I love her Graveyard Queen series and hadn't realized she wrote any previous books.

Date Posted: 7/2/2013 11:05 AM ET
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I sometimes get books that don't appeal to me. It's usually just a matter of mood. I may put them off for awhile, but eventually force myself to start reading. Most of the time, once I start a book, I finish it. Other times, I put it back in the pile. I did that with the first J.A. Jance book I read, Tombstone Courage, which is actually the second book i the Joanna Brady series. I stayed in my pile for over a year. Finally, I picked it up and started reading again, and I found that I enjoyed it. It did have a bit of a slow start, picking of pieces from the first book in the series. I just needed to get one more chapter in before the action took off. On the other hand, if I start reading a book and find the one of the MCs or the plot unbelievable, or if I can't stand the style of writing, I call it quits.

Speaking of action, Steve Martini's Undue Influence included quite a bit of action before it got to the trial. Once again I enjoyed the trial phase of the book, getting the insight into strategy, why lawyers ask some questions and not others. And, surprise, surprise ... there was more action after the trial ended.
 

My next three books will all count for the 2013 Challenge, starting with Blacklist by Sara Paretsky, featuring V.I. Warshawski, one of my favorite MCs.

Date Posted: 7/2/2013 11:43 AM ET
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Yes, Becky, I definitely do the same thing!!  What I need to cull is my Reminder List...it's over 400 at this point.  When I see something I think might be interesting, I stick it on my RL so I won't forget it.  There's stuff on there I doubt if I will ever order.  I should cull my TBR pile as well but I keep thinking "well, I thought I wanted to read it at some point; maybe I should hang on to it and give it a try"! indecision ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. CTRL+F5 reloads the whole page.  Same as you with the SYKM newsletter...still more get added to the WL/RL.  Now, that I am close to a library that actually has parking, I am trying to check their catalog before I put stuff on the WL here.  Unfortunately, they don't have a lot of books that I'm looking for.

Read Unfinished Business/Barbara Seranella...the 4th in her Munch Mancini series.  Somebody here got me started on it, and I am going to be sorry to see it end.  I think I still have 4-5 to go.  How sad that she died so young.

Date Posted: 7/2/2013 12:58 PM ET
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When I start a book that doesn't appeal to me - out it goes. Not enough time or space - lol! I remember ordering the first three books in a series that I thought I would like and when I started reading the first one, I discovered that I did not like the writing style at all. They all went!!!!

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Date Posted: 7/2/2013 4:38 PM ET
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Phew!  I didn't flip to the end of Night Kills.  Suddenly the MC stopped using foul language and there was one person held on a charge of murder, another I just thought he seemed suspicious, one that didn't quite fit as a suspect but... and one that you know did something but did he really do the heinous crime?  The ending was a total surprise.  Charlotte Hughes did a great job of tying up the ends without rushing the story.

Like the rest of you I'll give a book about 50 pages and if it's not doing it for me it's outta here.  Still have quite a pile on the TBR.  I have been culling my actual bookshelves because some of those books have been sitting there for years.

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Date Posted: 7/2/2013 4:47 PM ET
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Just started The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson. I've read others later in the series, about time I read the first eh?

I have a hard time giving up on a book and have only done so about 3 times. Language doesn't bother me. Keep in mind that words only mean what they mean to you at the time, and the F word is just an expletive. When you stub your toe and say darn it means the exact same thing as when I stub my toe and say the F word. We are communicating the same thing but with a different word. It's just a word, and is not good or bad. You only make it so by the meaning you assign to it.

Date Posted: 7/2/2013 6:26 PM ET
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I have the same problems as well with too many books on my TBR, wish list and reminder lists.  I do a better job with my wish list than anything else.  I should go through that reminder list, though.

I've probably asked you this, but have you read the Beatrix Potter mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert, Becky?  Those are really nice, gentle cozies.

  I'm in the middle of "The Hippopotamus Pool"  (snicker)  and like it just as well as all the previous books in the series. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2013 10:40 PM ET
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Joy --- I am in the midst of the first one of those books right now for the Challenge.  It is my "talking animal" book --- "The Tale of Hill Top Farm".  I am not usually a real cozy person, but this one has a certain appeal.

I made it to Vermont today in fine fashion.  Just took about 8.5 hours and that is with three stops.  Everyone here is in great shape.  My oldest grandson (Asa, 17) has a baseball game Saturday in Lake Placid, New York and we are going over Friday and spending the night.  It will be a good adventure.



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Date Posted: 7/2/2013 11:49 PM ET
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I agree with Barb S on use of 4-letter words. It would be hard to get away from them when the majority of books I read are the hardboiled sort. On the other hand, I do not appreciate extended description of sexual encounters, even if it's between husband and wife. I call those scenes soft porn. More than a paragraph or 2 and I start skipping ahead to where the plot continues, and then I don't order more books by that author. I don't really like the fact that characters fall into bed before they've gotten to know each other, on the basis of nothing more than physical attraction. It seems as though authors of anything other than cozies feel it's obligatory to include at least one sex scene.

Date Posted: 7/3/2013 1:21 AM ET
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Finished A Question of Identity/Susan Hill...another Brit police procedural series I really like.  And, if you happen to check in here Cheryl...Simon is not as "broody" in this one as in the others!!!  LOL

I, too, agree with Barb...it really doesn't bother me all that much.  Certainly, not enough to make me quit reading a book.  I do agree that some authors use it gratiously and that can become irritating.  As Mark Twain said, "they have the words, but not the tune".  But I rather just ignore it!! 

Date Posted: 7/3/2013 3:52 AM ET
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Mary P - You summed it up in a nutshell for me too. Occasional cuss words in a hardboiled mystery I can handle; the descriptive sex I can do without!!!! yes



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 7/3/2013 9:42 AM ET
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I guess the use of the word in content seemed out of place.  This was not a har-boiled police procedure book.  I thought it would be a cozy. 

I'm now reading the third stay at home dad mystery, Father Knows Death / Jeffrey Allen.  A nice little cozy.  His wife is very, very pregnant with their second child and he's now into his side-line PI.

Date Posted: 7/3/2013 6:09 PM ET
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I should cull my TBR pile as well but I keep thinking "well, I thought I wanted to read it at some point; maybe I should hang on to it and give it a try"! - Marla

Oh, this is me all over too!!  Which explains why my TBR is so huge.

Date Posted: 7/4/2013 1:35 AM ET
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Read His Majesty's Hope/Susan Elia MacNeal...the third in her Maggie Hope series set during WWII.  This time, Maggie is undercover in Nazi Germany.  For whatever reason, I didn't get into this one as much as I did the first two (still think the first one was the best).  It seemed sort of "rushed" to me.  Maybe it was just my mood tonight.

Also finished Done Gone Wrong/Cathy Pickens.  Read the first in the series and guess I forgot about them.  Picked this up at the library.  Had also forgotten the MC is an attorney, so it works for the Challenge!

Date Posted: 7/5/2013 5:27 AM ET
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Finished Sara Paretsky's Blacklist. I really like the MC, V.I. Warshawski, and the plots and secondary characters are well done. The only thing I don't like is the dreams V.I. has. They always seem to be related to whatever stresses she's feeling during her investigations. Me, I dreamed last night that I was married to Tommy Lee Jones and was trying to come up with an idea to punk him. Yeah, that's my real life, for sure!

Next up is A Misty Mourning. which I'm reading for the genealogy challenge.

Date Posted: 7/5/2013 7:56 AM ET
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I just finished Murder in Mind by Veronica Healey and am starting 11/22/63 by Stephen King next. That one is really heavy and hard on my hands. Wish I had it on the Kindle.

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Date Posted: 7/5/2013 9:30 AM ET
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Mary post that sucker 11/22/63 and get it on Kindle.  Someone told me that was the only way she could handle it and I plan on doing that myself.  cheeky.

I finished Father Knows Death / Jeffery Allen I did not guess the bad guy at all!  Now reading The Homicide Hustle / Ella Barrick.  And, the MC is a dancer now involved in her third murder investigation.  At least in the Jeffery Allen series the MC is a part time PI. 

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