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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: July, What are you reading now?
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:43 AM ET
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Let's disccus our sizzling July books

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 7:25 AM ET
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It's been a rough week, so not much reading time. I'm still reading leftovers from June. LOL Specifically:

Audio: Heresy by SJ Parris

Work: Pretty in Ink by Karen E. Olson

Home: Bone Rattler by Eliot Pattison

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:09 AM ET
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Still reading Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell I should finish it this weekend.  Up next is The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor.

Happy reading !

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 11:46 AM ET
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I'm halfway through "The Man Who Died Laughing" by Tarquin Hall and I've just started listening to "Waiting For Columbus" by Thomas Trofimuk.  I'm only five chapters into it but this one is proving to be quite interesting.  It's about a man in a psych hospital in Seville, Spain who is convinced that he is Christopher Columbus.  There have been little glimmers of the mystery interspersed with Columbus's tales.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 3:05 PM ET
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Right now I am reading "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Poe.  It's interesting to compare his genius detective Dupin to Sherlock Holmes and the narrator to Watson.  I'm half-way through and enjoying it.  I'm also reading The Brading Collection by Patricia Wentworth and The Crying Sisters by Mabel Seeley for the mystery challenge.  The Frachis Affair by Josephine Tey is up next.  All good stuff!

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 6:46 PM ET
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I should be starting Brad Thor's Foreign Influence tonight.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 7:20 PM ET
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I started a really good book today. The Tenderness of Wolves :: Stef Penney

It is set in 1868 Canada. Just grabs you from the start. It won the 2006 Costa Award for book of the year. I can't believe I let it sit on my self this long.

It is her only book to day.

Alice

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 8:14 PM ET
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A couple of the last Notre Dame mysteries by Ralph McInerney: The Letter Killeth and The Irish Alibi

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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 8:18 PM ET
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Melissa and Tammy,

I had forgotten about Brad Thor. Thanks for reminding me of this books. They are usually good.

Mary

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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 8:32 PM ET
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I finished Broken by Karin Slaughter as my last book for June.  Not bad, but the series definitely isn't the same anymore. 

I'm not sure what genre it fits into, but I'm hoping to read Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross this month.  I saw it recommended by Stephen King, and I have it on reserve at the library.



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Date Posted: 7/2/2010 2:52 PM ET
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I have Brad Thor's State of the Union that I have started, but just having a bit of trouble getting into it. I am going to finish it this weekend.

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 5:35 PM ET
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I started reading "Mr. Monk Is Miserable." It's a nice break from all the seriousness in Italian police procedurals and the slowness of "The Swan Thieves." I'm really enjoying it. Monk goes to Paris in this one.  It's making me hungry for croissants. They seem to eat one every chapter.



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Date Posted: 7/2/2010 7:31 PM ET
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Just finished Craig Johnson's newest book in his Walt Longmeier series. One of those books that make me wish I really did read slower so I could enjoy it longer. I suppose one of the reasons I enjoy it so much is that this series is set in the area where I grew up and lived much of my adult life ... the modern west ... and the author gets everything right, every time.

I'm now about halfway through "Strip" by Thomas Perry, his newest. A stand alone and I'm still waiting for it to sort itself out. Not up to what I usually expect by this author, he does good characters and the plot/action has promise but it just isn't coming together for me.

I have the latest "Prey" book by John Sandford waiting.

 

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 11:51 PM ET
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Finished "The Case of the Man who Died Laughing" and really enjoyed it.

Still listening to "Waiting for Columbus".

Picked up "Cocaine Blues", the first Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood. This one is set in Melbourne, Australia in the 1920s.  Phryne is a very independent young woman and there is quite a bit of social commentary.  So far I am enjoying it.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 12:21 AM ET
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I finished Void Moon by Michael Connelly last night.  So good that I don't know why it's been on my TBR for so long.  Started Knee High by the Fourth of July by Jess Lourey tonight.  It takes place during an annual 4th of July festival (what timing!) so it will work for the challenge. 

I had to send the Atlas Shrugged audio back to the library before I finished so I have requested a copy of the book.  Although I don't care for the reader, I did get back in line to recheck the audio.  I only made it about half way through before I had to return it.  Maybe I can read a few pages a day so that I don't forget what's going on before I'm able to recheck it again.  I'm also next in line for The Help audio. 

Looking forward to the three day weekend and some quality reading time.  I hope everyone has a great 4th.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 12:06 PM ET
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Have been doing a lot of 'heavy' non-fiction reading, so my mystery reading has been light fare. Finished Deadly Collection and Fatal Appraisal by J B Stanley and started Murder on the Menu by Miranda Bliss.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 1:31 PM ET
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I have FINALLY broken through my reading drought.  I'm also through with Murder on Mulberry Bend and about halfway through with Hero At Large.  

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 1:56 PM ET
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I'm reading mysteries:   "White Sky, Black Ice" by Stan Jones and should be able to finish it this weekend. It's on so many peoples Wishlist I feel guilty taking so long to read it! Am also reading "Tilt A Whirl" by Chris Grabenstein (also on folks' Wishlist). But I think I'll read something lighter before I finish that one, maybe "What's A Ghoul to Do?" by Victoria Laurie.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 7/4/2010 3:03 PM ET
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I just started reading Jennie Bentley's Fatal Fixer Upper. It has been sitting in my bookcase for while. Very nice book., good story and I love the detail to reconstruction. Glad I have book 2 in my book case too. I WL'd book 3.

Happy 4th to you all

Alice

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 3:46 PM ET
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I started "Alexandria" by Lindsey Davis last night. It's another Roman mystery. I've been waiting so long for this one I finally broke down and ordered it from Bookcloseouts.com. I love a good Roman mystery and Lindsey Davis never disappoints. She has a new one coming out this fall, "Nemesis."

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 6:32 PM ET
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Recently finished Sharpshooter by Nadia Gordon, the first in the Sunny McCosky series set in Napa valley's wine country.  I read this for the mystery challenge and I am really glad I did.  Although it features an ameuter sleuth in a small-town setting, I wouldn't characterize it as a cozy.  Great sense of place and interesting insight into the fragile ecosystem of wine-making and organic farming.  Anyone else read this series?

Also just finished a few audio books--Easy by Phillip DePoy, which was enjoyable, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, which was a great follow-on to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Currently listening to Harball by Sara Paretsky (the 15th V.I. Warshawski mystery) and reading another mystery for the challenge.

Date Posted: 7/4/2010 10:04 PM ET
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Finished "Cocaine Blues", the first Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood.  Very enjoyable and I'll read more in the series but not right away.  This book was a bit like the Agatha Raisin books for me: quite entertaining but I have to take her in small doses or I tire of her.

"Waiting for Columbus" was fabulous.  Beautifully written with an absolutely compelling story.  Good stuff.

I picked up "The Lumby Lines" at the library and I've read the first thirty or so pages.  I'm not sure if this qualifies as a true mystery but it is definitely cozy in a quirky and eccentric way.



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Date Posted: 7/5/2010 2:40 AM ET
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I finished IN THE WOODS by Tana French.  I loved it!  I will be starting her 2nd book, THE LIKENESS next.

Alice J., THE TENDERNESS OF WOLVES  looks good!  Thanks for the recommendation. I hope to get to it before the end of the month.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 9:54 PM ET
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I picked up Dog on It today and am about half way through - I am pleasantly surprised so far, I'll admit I was a bit iffy about the narration by a dog.  

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:47 PM ET
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I finished Knee High by the Fourth of July and thought is was good.  There were a couple of laugh-out-loud moments and I am enjoying this series.  I also read Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich this weekend.  Though I would really miss the characters, I do think it is time to end the series.  This book was just more of the same and the ending was a bit bizarre.  Don't know what's up next.  Maybe the next Jack Reacher in my TBR.

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