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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: July Mystery Reads
Date Posted: 7/1/2017 7:37 AM ET
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What is veryone reading?

I am enjoying a historical mystery novel The Service of the Dead: A Novel :: Candace Robb

I have read many of her Owen Archer Series and enjoyed them great. This book is first in her new series set in York, Englad 1399 during the reign of Richard II.

 



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Date Posted: 7/3/2017 3:41 PM ET
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Finished an Alex Grecian, Murder Squad book, "The Devil's Workshop" --- both historical and mysterious!!!  Somehow I have ended up at #1 on the list for the next two installments!!!  I find these enjoyable.

Date Posted: 7/5/2017 4:41 PM ET
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I've gotten sort of hooked on reading books by James Rollins whom I had never tried before. So far I have read of his:

The Kill Switch (Tucker Wayne, Bk 1)    co-written with Grant Blackwood
War Hawk (Tucker Wayne, Bk 2)   co-written with Grant Blackwood

The Blood Gospel (Order of the Sanguines, Bk 1)   co-written with Rebecca Cantrell  (has paranormal elements)
Innocent Blood (Order of the Sanguines, Bk 2)   co-written with Rebecca Cantrell  (has paranormal elements)
Have the third in this series, Blood Inferno, on hand but haven't started it yet.  I liked all the characters but I think there is only three in this series.

Bloodline (Sigma Force, Bk 8)  sort of jumped into the middle of this series but wanted to read this one as it is where Tucker Wayne and Kane are introduced. I enjoyed this one even though it was about 600 pages or so long. Did finish it in two days though.

His writing seems to flow very well and reads fast.

Tried to read a Steve Berry, The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone #1) but it was slow, slow, slow. I may go back to it and try to finish.

Date Posted: 7/5/2017 6:52 PM ET
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I actually just finished reading a mystery (not a cozy) for the first time in quite a while, and I actually got it from the library.  James Patterson's 16th Seduction was pretty good in my estimation.  I hadn't cared for the last one that much and thought maybe the series had run out of interest for me, but this one got the steam going again.  Two mysteries in one book, one easily figured out and the main one with lots of twists and turns and a surprising explanation at the end.  I'll definitely try number 17 when it comes out.

Date Posted: 7/5/2017 8:29 PM ET
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Una --- I had to look up James Patterson to see which series you were reading.  I had no idea that the "Murder Club" had ever gone on for so many book.  I read the first 3 or 4 of that one and gave it up.  Was the same with Alex Cross.  Just found other things that I enjoyed more.  In looking at his lists on Fantastic Fiction, it appears to me that he no longer really authors most of his books.  I suppose they sell so well that the (with Joe Dokes) authors make good money.  It seems that the fellow named Gross actually struck off on his own. 

Today I read one by Beverly Connor, "Dead Past", number 4 in her Diane Fallon series.  Thus far these are keeping me reading.  Do not know what will on tap next.  I have been trying to get thru some "paper" books for which others are wishing.

Date Posted: 7/7/2017 5:29 PM ET
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Have been reading quite a bit, just haven't been posting. 

Geri, are you really leaving us??  :(   Very, very sad news.     crying

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 7/7/2017 8:09 PM ET
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Geri you will be missed

I am reading Season of Darkness by  Maureen Jennings

On goodreads I am a member of the historical mystery group and Maureen Jennings is the author of the month. I have never read her books. Her most famous series in the Murdock Mysterys. I hope to read book 1 in that series too.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/7/2017 8:25 PM ET
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Okay I must have missed something. Is Geri leaving? 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 7/7/2017 8:33 PM ET
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Cynthia I just sent her a pm asking her that. 

She sent me a book this month and it said last one. I thought maybe she went totally to ebooks?

Alice

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Date Posted: 7/7/2017 8:45 PM ET
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Geri just got back to me she has gone total e reader so has no more books to swap(:

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Geri Dear --- If you are still able to see this, I will miss you so much in these forums.  You and Jeanne were my first two real friends encouraging me to participate and get to know folks.  I too read a fair amount of e-books, just still enjoy checking in here to see how everyone is doing.  Big hugs.

Date Posted: 7/8/2017 9:17 AM ET
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regarding Geri. Check the final post in the June 'What are you reading thread.'

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Thanks! I knew she was reading mostly on her Kindle now so thought maybe that was it.

Date Posted: 7/9/2017 12:04 PM ET
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Just finished a book from a new to me author and super, super enjoyed it.  Wasn't feeling well yesterday and sat and read the whole book in one day.  Very unusual for me.  The book was Murder in Thrall  (A New Scotland Yard Mystery) by Anne Cleeland.  Already put books two and three on my WL.

Date Posted: 7/9/2017 12:15 PM ET
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That book sounded good to me too, Una! Right now, I'm trying to get caught up (a little) without starting anymore new series. I'll probably miss out on a lot of good books but.... I'm overwhelmed!!!crying

Date Posted: 7/9/2017 4:28 PM ET
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I know the feeling of overwhelmed--Mount TBR now has 704 books waiting to be read.  Yowza, how did I do this?????

Date Posted: 7/9/2017 5:19 PM ET
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I don't even count anymore Una!

Date Posted: 7/9/2017 9:45 PM ET
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Like Geri --- I read most books on Kindle these days.  Occasionally I purchase something used, but only if it has a wishlist here.  Recently I actually requested every book in the series with the blind Justice in London --- heaven forbid I would remember the name!!!  I think it might have been 10 or 11 books --- hopefully as I make my way thru them someone else will want them!!  Other than those and a couple more wishlisted books, my paper TBR quite empty!!!

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Date Posted: 7/10/2017 12:16 PM ET
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My PBS membership expires August 3.  i have no more books to swap except one cookbook and one Eleanor Roosevelt.  Just reading eBooks.  My absolute last swap will be with Connie.  Tomorrow, lunch.  wink

I just finished reading Twice Baked Murder: A Cozy Mystery (The Rita Reincarnated Cozies Book 1) / Daphne DeWitt

It might be considered a cozy by some.  Joy, you might like it.  Rita Clarke is murdered.  She finds herself on the side of a road and looks in a reflector but doesn't recognize the person she sees.  Rita has been reincarnated, it's been two years since she died.  She's taken back to her home town to set things right.  Finds the person who murdered four people.  She thinks she'll be moving on, maybe to Heaven.  Nope she stil has something to do.  Book 2.  You know if I like it I simply have to have the next book. angel

Una my Mt TBR is now a hill of 138 books all in one smallish device I can hold in one hand.  LOL  I thought I had a lot when I joined PBS since I was close to 600.  PBS taught me tht I didn't have to have the entire series to read it.  eBooks have taught me get them while they're cheap!  I got one that was 99 cents that day and thee was a notice from Amazon that the price was going up in a few hours!!!  Some eBooks are going for $14.99.  Library here I come!



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Date Posted: 7/10/2017 6:36 PM ET
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Those $14.99 e-books are the ones I usually end up buying used and almost always they have a wishlist here.  At this very moment I cannot remember when my membership renews.  I imagine I will renew it once again.  Going to miss seeing you Geri, but I sort of understand.  The site is just so very different since the advent of fees.  Makes me wonder if PBS has any regrets as they see members leaving routinely.  The number of folks on line is sometimes so low, I wonder if they feel it is really worth those fees. 

Just now I am reading "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott.  It is the story of 4 women who aided the war effort during the War Between the States.  Both Rebel and Yankee interests are covered.  It has been very interesting thus far.  There are a few photos of the folks involved and many direct quotes either from them, or about them.  I am reading it on Kindle.  I just looked and it is now $11.49 --- it was on special for something under $5.00 when I purchased it or I would not own it.   That is really over my price range for a Kindle book.

Date Posted: 7/10/2017 9:23 PM ET
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Working on some Mel Starr novels.  I really enjoy his mysteries.  

My ereader sets on my desk.  Haven't read one of the dowloaded books in months.  I just love the feel of real books!   I stopped reading Patterson and a number of the popular mystery writers because they seemed so similar.  More like formula writing.  However, I do check out some of their books for children or teens.  Even there one has to be choosy.



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 7/10/2017 9:45 PM ET
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I love the Mel Starr books. The glossary in the front is great.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/10/2017 10:19 PM ET
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It's been great Geri.  Sure glad I got to travel to MI and meet you and Connie and travel with you and Jeanne.  I will always remember that trip.  Tell Connie "hi" for me when you see her tomorrow.  {{Hugs}}

Date Posted: 7/11/2017 8:33 AM ET
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Sorry to see you go, Geri, but can certainly understand.

I read quite a bit on my Kindle but would never give up paper books. However, as the print gets smaller and smaller in books, the Kindle makes it much easier to read as I can adjust the size of the text. My library gets so many new cozies in both paper and Kindle format that I can hardly keep up. Lucky in that respect. I do agree that Kindle prices have gone way up; however, I have gotten great bargains on several popular books.....$.99 for short while and then up to regular $7-$10 and am always finding good free ones. Too bad we don't have a Kindle trading box. I currently have about 300 paper books and well over 500 Kindle books. If I would just quit getting new ones, I could knock them all off in about 2 years. Never gonna happen that I don't keep adding, lol.

I just finished A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel and loved it. It's the second in the series and I have to get ahold of the first book. This was a Victorian mystery that featured two unlikely detectives chasing an escaped lunatic who has a connection to the sister of one of them.  Curses and strange happenings that lead to witches add to the spooky atmosphere. I loved it. Also finished Hiding the Past (The Forensic Genealogist #1) by Nathan Dylan Goodwin. The main character is hired to trace a man's past and shortly thereafter the man is killed, though it is ruled a suicide. The MC doesn't believe it and continues to investigate. Nice mystery which goes into the past but some of the happenings are like watching a TV show. Every step forward in the investigation sets him back three. Will try another in the series.

Date Posted: 7/11/2017 10:01 AM ET
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Mary - I've read both of the books by Oscar de Muriel and really liked both of them. I don't read a lot of historical fiction cause I tend to lose interest in the settings for whatever reason but these kept my focus. I'm looking forward to the next whenever that may be.

I probably have between 300-400 books on my kindle and have already cleaned out some that I figured i would never read after having them a couple of years. I usually get the freebies or 99 cent deals. I don't read a lot on it and will pick up a printed book quicker.  There are though a couple of series that I will buy the kindle version since the printed books are more expensive than I want to pay, even used. One of them is the Miss Fortune series by Jana DeLeon and the other is the Genevieve Lenard series by Estelle Ryan.  They usually run $4.99-5.99.

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