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Subject: June already --- tell us about your books
Date Posted: 6/1/2012 10:37 AM ET
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A comment on Karin Slaughter books.  If you look at Fantstic Fiction it appears she has three series --- Grant County, Will Trent and Atlanta.  Should you decide to read these, which I absolutely love, read them in chronological order as written from the beginning of Grant County.  I made the mistake of thinking they were separate series, but there are numerous continuing threads from start to finish.  The one I am reading now to complete the series should have been read two books ago!!!  Ah well --- now you all will not make that mistake.

Got two more bids on the tree --- $7,500 and $6,500.  Still ouch but not as ouch as the first one.



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Date Posted: 6/1/2012 12:48 PM ET
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Becky, those tree quotes would give me a heart attack. But much better than the original one.

I am still in the middle of Abandon by Blake Crouch, but I picked up Abduction by Robin Cook yesterday and zipped right through most of it. Just a few chapters left. It's been a long time since I read a Robin Cook and I am enjoying this so much that I must go back and see what I've missed of his.

Date Posted: 6/1/2012 4:10 PM ET
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Becky...A gal I used to work with had the same problem.  I about fainted when she told me the bids!!!  I can't remember where she found them, but she came up with a guy and a couple of his cousins/brothers/some relation who did it for about a fourth of the bids and did a very good job.  Hopefully, you will be able to come up with something like that.  I'm with Cheryl...I just call the landlord...much easier!!!

Finished Rebecca Tope's "Grave Concerns"...I'm really not into that series for some reason.  Have her other series...sounds more like a Brit police procedural...hopefully, I will like them better.  Also read Lois Greiman's "Unscrewed".  For someone with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, her character is a bit of a "ditz" (IMO!) and her relationship with her wouldb-be boyfriend is ridiculous.  But, they are almost worth reading for the one-liners!!

Just got Jefferson Bass's new book, "The Inquisitor's Key".   I WILL NOT immediately read it; I WILL read the three books I had already chosen and brought upstairs!!!!

Date Posted: 6/2/2012 2:07 PM ET
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Hello All --- In reading my SYKM newsletter (which is deadly to one's TBR) I learned of two series I was unaware of that sound a bit interesting to me. They are: Sara Fraser and her British Constable Thomas Potts in the 1800s I think; and Katherine John and her British detective (modern day I think) Trevor Joseph. I was wondering if any of you have read any of these books. Neither series is particularly new. Thanks all.



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Date Posted: 6/3/2012 2:01 PM ET
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I went to the very bottom of the TBR pile (sort of like an archeological dig!) and pulled Stuart Woods' "Orchid Beach".  Think I got it a few years ago in a box of books someone gave me.  Was prepared not to like it...thought he wrote "thrillers" and those are not really my bag.  But, I quite enjoyed it.  Sort of skimmed thru the "assault on the compound section", but enjoyed the characters.  May have to check out the others.

Then found "Malarkey" / Sheila Simonson.  I know I read the others in the series...guess I forgot I had this one.  Not a bad cozy series.

In between, I have been reading thru "The Jigsaw Puzzle"...small book on the history of jigsaw puzzles.  It's fascinating...learning all sorts of things I never knew...and, probably didn't need to know...but, it's fun!  Now, if I could just finish the "jigsaw puzzle from hell" I started a couple of week ago, I would be happy!!

Date Posted: 6/3/2012 6:33 PM ET
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I finished Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn last night. While the book definitely had some problems, IMO, I think the series has definite potential. Engaging, likable characters with good character development. Since the book is first in the series I will continue on at some point and read book two.

Started an historical fiction today.

Date Posted: 6/4/2012 2:25 PM ET
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Yesterday I  started  Die Trying by Lee Child.  Only a few pages in but it's hooked me already.

I enjoyed  Killing Floor , I hope this one will just as good.

Happy reading

Tammy

Date Posted: 6/4/2012 5:20 PM ET
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I'm starting Games to Keep the Dark Away by Marcia Muller (#4 Sharon McCone mystery) in audio (just finished Double Dexter) and on the Kindle am still reading Siren of the Waters by Michael Genelin--first Jane Matinova mystery set in Bratislava, Slovakia. In print, I'm partway into As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson. So far I'm liking it a lot better than the last one, pretty much like everyone else I know who loves Walt. :) I recorded Longmire last night but will save the episodes until there's a few and have a Walt-fest some rainy Saturday afternoon. LOL

Marla, I had tried Rebecca Tope's other series and did finish the first book but was just not impressed enough to read on. I hadn't tried the "Grave" ones mostly because I could never find them.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/4/2012 5:47 PM ET
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"A Rumor of Bones" by Beverly Connor is what I am reading today. A week ago Sunday a lady at church (who manned coffee hour no less) had a bad cold --- now I have all of the same symptoms (sore throat, ear ache moving to stuffy  nose)!!!  I did not even have coffee --- too afraid of the germs even though she said she was careful and had her husband help her!!!  I could just pinch her for coming to church sick --- not a very Christian thing to do (hee hee) giving her germs to everyone!!! 

Anyway, I am reading the above book and do not really know why I even have it --- have some of you read these and recommended them?  The main character is Lindsay Chamberlain a forensic archeaologist/anthropologist --- it is not a bad book, the first in a series, but I do not know if I will dash right out to look for subsequent offerings.  It is not a cozy, as folks are getting killed and there are bones of children to be figured out, etc. etc. but there is no hot sex or bad language --- just a nice murder mystery I suppose.  I am just wondering why I have it!!!!

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 12:46 AM ET
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Becky--I've mentioned Beverly Connor's books before.  I really do enjoy them.  I started reading her DIane Fallon series first, and then discovered that she'd written the Lindsay Chamberlain series.  I think I prefer the Diane Fallon books, but I like Lindsay Chamberlain's character as well.  I do find there are quite a few similarities between the two characters.

Just finished "An Incomplete Revenge" by Jacqueline Winspear.  Enjoyed it as I expected I would.

Now I'm reading "The Poacher's Son" by Paul Doiron.  The first in his Mike Bowditch series.  Mike is a Maine game warden whose dad is on the run after being accused of murder.  So far, I'm liking this book.

I've also started "Web of Evil" by J.A. Jance--the second book in her Ali Reynolds series.  So far so good with this one as well.



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Date Posted: 6/5/2012 11:33 AM ET
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Laura --- I knew someone here had probably put me on to these books.  I ended up really enjoying the book --- had a suspicion of the "bad guy" but when one reads as many mysteries as I do, it is rare that I get completely tricked!!!  I am going to try her other series as well.

Now I am reading an historical mystery by Susanna Gregory, "A Conspiracy of Violence", the first in her Thomas Chaloner series.  Her Matthew Bartholomew series is a favorite of mine and now I am really enjoying this one as well!!!

Sore throat is better but now this crazy cold has moved up to my head and I am totally stuffed up --- ICK!!!

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 12:20 PM ET
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I had mentioned the Beverly Connor books also.  I have read all of both series and liked them.

Yes, there are a good many similarites between Lindsey and Diane.

If you can make it through the first book of the Lindsey Chamberlain series, the rest move along a lot quicker.  I almost gave up on reading the first but pushed on through it.

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 12:31 PM ET
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Cynthia --- That is good news --- there were a few times in the one I just finished that I was wondering why I had that book!!!  However, I persisted and it did get better.

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 12:48 PM ET
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Cheryl...I wouldn't bother with Rebecca Tope's "Grave Series".  The second was better than the first and, since I already have the third, will probably read it at some point.  Have the first couple in her other series...think it is more a police procedural.  Will let you know what I think of it whenever I get around to it!!

I read Judith Cutler's "Will Power"...the fourth of her DS Kate Power series.  Read the first three quite awhile ago...found the fifth and sixth and finally got ahold of the fourth one!!  Not a bad Brit police procedural...only negative I can see is her obsession with a married DI...isn't really a major part of the book, but enough to make me want to say "get over it, it's not going to happen"!!

Went from that to A. J. Orde's "Dead on Sunday"...20 yrs old, but still a good cozy series.  Not ditzy sleuths who do a bunch of really stupid things!!

Think I'll start Jefferson Bass's new book tonight.

 

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Date Posted: 6/5/2012 2:11 PM ET
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Mercy!  I forgotit was June and wondered why no one was posting!  blush

It's okay cause I found you.  I've been reading in between rain and chill and other stuff that needs doing. 

For this month in no particular order I've polished off Bwonies andBroomsticks by Bailey Cates and wished there was another.  Stay at Home Deas by Jeffery Allen, a new one will be out in September.  And One Last thing by Molly Harper (a romance).  50% off Murder by Josie Belle, Death, Taxes and a French Manixcure, Death, Taxes and aSkinnyWhipped Latte by Diane Kelly (books 1 & 2).

I'm now reading my dose ofJan Burke, Bones and have Blind Fear by Lynn Abercrombie.  Book 2 in a series I forgot about.  At first I thought darn I don't remember book one.  As soon as I got past the prologue and into the main character I remembered book one and thought what took me so long to get back here?  Sadly there's only two books.  Oh and car book is Gem of a Ghost by Sue Ann Jaffarian.

Becky I've read the Beverly Conner books too!

 

And yesterday I got my evergreens that were looking like bushes trimmed so they look like Christmas trees.  they're gonna brighten up the yard come December.  No, I do not decorate, my grass guy does decorations for until the second week of December then it's on to snow removal.

 



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Date Posted: 6/6/2012 9:54 AM ET
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I thought that my life would slow down now that June is here but so far that has not happened.  Fortunately, I have been able to cram a couple of books into the few down times that I have had.

I read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and loved it.  This is one of the required reading books on my son's reading list for the summer and I had not yet read it.  I like to be familiar with the books that he has to read so I can help him with discussions and papers if needed.  This book is well worth a look.  Not a mystery, just a really good book with phenomenal writing.

I listened to the second Malcom Fox book by Ian Rankin and liked that one too.  Listening to a Scottish accent makes everything sound fabulous! The book is titled The Impossible Dead.

I will finish up Evil Intent by Kate Charles today.  This one is rather like Barbara Pym on steroids, if anyone is familiar with Barbara Pym. The story revolves around the murder of an Anglican priest and a new female curate who is friends with the prime suspect, a female Anglican priest.  Lots of rain, tea, and vicar this vicar that. The book is a bit on the slow side with regard to the mystery with altogether too many characters to keep track of but the Anglophile in me is loving the churchy London setting.



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Date Posted: 6/6/2012 12:27 PM ET
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LeeAnne wrote: Lots of rain, tea, and vicar this vicar that

I don't have anything to report about what I'm reading...that phrase just made me LOL...people are looking at me funny at work.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 12:57 PM ET
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I just finished reading "A Conspiracy of Violence" by Susanna Gregory and in it the Duke of something was offering Thomas Chaloner (main character) something new from the Portugese --- tea!!!  This would have been in the 1600s --- I need to check that out, did not realize tea came to the British from that direction and that late in time.  LeeAnne's comment made me think of it!!!

Now I am on to the second in the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd --- "An Impartial Witness".  Bess is a nurse on the French front during WWI.  Great books.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 4:15 PM ET
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LeeAnn...Love your description of Kate Charles!  I loved all of Barbara Pym's books...in fact, I have actually considered re-reading them.  Never thought of her and Charles in the same breath, but you're right!  I liked Kate Charles' books...too bad she didn't write any more.  Did you ever read Susan Howatch's series centered on the various aspects of the Church of England?  Not mysteries, but I enjoyed them.  Very "Anglican "church-y setting" with lots of interesting characters.  Ditto Phil Rickman...those are mysteries with a bit of haunted buildings and such.  For reasons I can't remember, I didn't like them and quit after three.  I think it was because he seem to take the attitude that all spirits are evil.  There are a couple of other Brit mystery series with the church as the setting, but, for the life of me, I can't remember them right now.  (Just got back from trying to figure out how NOT to spend a fortune at the grocery store and that always leaves me a little brain dead!! LOL)



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Date Posted: 6/6/2012 6:55 PM ET
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I read all of Barbara Pym's novels in my early teens because my godmother recommended them.  I still own all of them though I haven't re-read them.  I probably should!

I have tried and tried to like Phil Rickman.  I have tried several times to read his books because his name always comes up as "must reads" by authors that I enjoy but they just do nothing for me.  This is my  first Kate Charles book and I chose it because it is the first in her second series.  I am nearly through and I'm enjoying it well enough but I think I'll put some time between these books because I'm afraid they could get tedious if read too closely together. I am fewer than 60 pages from from the end and the ball is finally beginning to drop on all sorts of threads running through the book.  Whew! smiley

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 12:41 PM ET
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Finished Jefferson Bass' "The Inquisitor's Key" last night.  A bit different than his other books.  Set in Avignon, France, deals with a 400 yr old body , plus a current body and the Shroud of Turin.  Goes back and forth between the present and the 14th c.  You get a bit more of Miranda in this one and the ending opens possibilities for other books.  Will probably have to wait until next year to find out what is going to happen ! !  (But, I want to know NOW!!  LOL)

Then, from the bottom of the pile, "Murder at Midnight" / Marshall Cook.  After I got into  it, realized it is obviously #2 in a series, but went ahead and finished it anyway.  A middle of the road cozy...not great, but not all that bad.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 12:51 PM ET
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Finished "An Impartial Witness" by Charles Todd --- I just love these Bess Crawford books --- cannot decide if I like Bess better than Maisie Dobbs and I really do enjoy Maisie.

Started "Race for the Dying" by Steven F. Havill, the first of his Dr. Thomas Parks books.  Parks is a young, new doctor who has gone from Connecticut to Washington State in the 1890s and finds the practice he has joined might not be exactly what he expected.  Probably two thirds of the way thru and am loving it,  but I tend to enjoy most things medical.

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 1:09 PM ET
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Personally, I don't think there's any comparison between Maisie and Bess...but I only read the first Bess Crawford and really didn't like it well enough to continue. Maisie, however, is one of my favorites!

I am almost done with Siren of the Waters by Michael Genelin on my Kindle...it is okay, but not something I'm going to jump up and get the second one right away. I probably will read it sometime, but no glowing raves. I like the cultural information and setting in Slovakia--somewhere I've not been before.

I have already checked out Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler, the next Bryant and May mystery...was really glad to see it was available for Kindle thru the library as I've had it on my WL here for quite some time now with no luck.

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 2:14 PM ET
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Cheryl --- That is interesting about Bess.  This second book, in my opinion, was better than the first.  I too really enjoy the Maisie books and just today the newest one came thru on my wishlist!!!

Date Posted: 6/7/2012 4:29 PM ET
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And I enjoyed the first Bess Crawford but was just sort of "meh" over Maisie. I'll definitely continue with Bess but I am undecided about Maisie.  We shall see!

 

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