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Subject: It's June already! What are we reading?
Date Posted: 6/1/2015 2:01 PM ET
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Guess it's time to start a new month!

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Date Posted: 6/1/2015 3:55 PM ET
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Yeah, I was looking for it.  laugh   I'm now reading Double Fudge Brownie Murder, Vengence Road / Rick Mofina, a thriller, Blood Jungle / John Enright on Kindle as well as Deep Fried Trouble / Tyora Moody. 

Hannah's getting ready for her mother's wedding let's hope something happens with Hannah's life!  I've had Vengence Road for a while and don't know why I haven't read it before this, caught me almost from the very beginning.  Blood Jungle is the 4th or 5th in a series I discovered last year.  Takes place on American Samoa.  Deep Fried Trouble is okay but not can't put it done, must keep reading.  Blood Jungle has grabbed me more. 

 

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2015 7:37 AM ET
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I read Double Fudge Brownie Murder several weeks ago. Something does happen for a change and that's all I'll say.

I just finished In Hot Water by J.J. Cook and loved it. Also read Death of a Cupcake Queen by Lee Hollis and Deep Fried Homicide by Jessica Beck. I really wonder why I keep reading that series. Deep Fried Homicide was a total waste of time. Nothing happened of any interest and the "mystery" was almost nonexistent.

 

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Date Posted: 6/2/2015 8:33 AM ET
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I finished Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones. Paranormal mystery thriller. Although I enjoyed the series is get a bit old, this was book 8. Often I think once you get past around 5-6 in a series it starts to loose some steam. I am sure there exceptions. What is your opinion.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/2/2015 9:39 AM ET
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I am starting Greg Iles's The Bone Tree, after reading Natchez Burning, not sure how Greg could top that book, so we shall see.

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Date Posted: 6/2/2015 10:46 AM ET
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Mary, it's about time something happens with Hannah, unless she's going to jail!  I really enjoy the Sweet Pepper series, so disappointing we have to wait until (I thin) next year for the next.  I like the Lee Hollis series but kinda getting to should I keep reading this series.  Not there yet but...

Alice I just read book 30 of the Sharon McCone series and have been reading it since Edwain of the Iron Shoes which was published in 1977.  There for a couple I wondered why I was still reading them.  I love the Deborah Knott series.  But, I no longer read the Anne Perry books.  I gave up on them.  They just seemed to have a sameness to me.  I think some series somehow keep chugging along and others just don't hold your interest any longer.  

Finished Blood Jungle on Kindle and I should finish Deep Fried Trouble today.  Taking a day off from working outside.  It's chilly out there today. 

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2015 11:32 AM ET
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Alice, I completely agree with you that after several books a lot of the authors seem to tell the same story over and over, just with different characters.  I just finished book 11 of the Donut series, and think I am about to call it quits.  The books are shorter (by about 100 pages) and the stories are getting BORING.  On the other hand, just finished a first in series by Carol J. Perry, Caught Dead Handed, and thankfully I have the second one at the ready.  Even though it was obvious who the culprit was about 2/3rds of the way through, the story still kept moving along.  

The book fairies were good to me yesterday.  Received four WL books and two from Amazon.  Life is good.

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Date Posted: 6/2/2015 11:48 AM ET
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And, I received four books yesterday from PBS friends, thank you one and all!  Not sure which to grab first.  Yes, I'll read The Doctor Digs a Grave as my bed book and as soon as I finish Double Fudge... hmmm.  And, I have two coming from Amazon.  They were pre orderd way back when.  Truffled to Death and Privy to the Dead.  

Thankfully, everyone wrapped their books in plastic or water proof envelopes.  I actually got a letter and have no idea who it's from or what it says.  The envelope was soaked which in turn soaked the letter inside.  Printer ink ran and even got on another envelope.  The little I could make out looks like junk mail, that's the only good part.. 

By the way Marla, I'm having trouble with the challenge of 25 that you found.  I can't seem to hit on these categories:

9. Body of Water - sea, river, pond...  11.  Product of Fire - heat, ash, flames...  15. Royal Title - king, duke, emperor....
16. Family Member - brother, aunt, parent...

Any suggestions?



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Date Posted: 6/2/2015 2:42 PM ET
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Okay, I have been wondering all day where you all were hiding --- SILLY ME!!  Brain once again out of touch.

Date Posted: 6/2/2015 5:53 PM ET
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Becky...Went to the library today and, naturally, they didn't have the Peter May book on the shelves.  So, still don't know the name of the birds!!

Geri...I read two books for the "family member" category and really liked them both...My Sister's Grave/Robert Dugoni and Dear Daughter/Elizabeth Little.  They are both on the darker side, but enjoyed them.  Picked up some romantic suspense for a couple of the categories.. Smoke in Mirrors/Jayne Ann Krentz and Echo Lake/Carla Neggers.  I probably wouldn't have one for the "royal title" category if dh hadn't given me Queen of Hearts/Rhys Bowen for Christmas, 

I agree...I rarely stick with a series beyond 4-5 books.  The exceptions are my beloved Brit police procedurals...John Harvey, Peter Robinson, Barry Maitland, Stuart MacBride.  Think the only cozy series I ever stuck with was Mary Daheim's Alpine series.  And even those got irritating sometimes, but I like the characters.  Of course, the ones I really like only wrote 3-4 books!!  Was browsing around on some other forum the other day (don't remember which one) and one gal mentioned that she had started a new series and went on to say that her tombstone would read "Here Lies______.  She started 2,487 series and finished 99"!!!!  That could describe me!!!  I have a whole list series I want to start, but keep swearing I will get caught up on the ones I am already reading first. 

Toward that goal, read The Sandburg Connection/Mark deCastrique.  A good series and I do have the next one,  Need to catch up on his Buryin' Barry series.

After almost setting a record for the coolest May on record, we hit 90something today!  Too darn hot for me!

Date Posted: 6/2/2015 6:30 PM ET
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Posted the following in the May thread yesterday evening --- so sad for my brain!!!

Found it Marla with a little research! Now you will not have to search at the library

Every August, a small group of men from the northern Hebrides sets sail in secret on an ancient expedition – to hunt and kill thousands of young seabirds on a remote island in the Atlantic.

The annual hunt for "guga", or young gannets, by the men of Ness, a group of a dozen or so small villages on the northernmost tip of the Isle of Lewis, is centuries-old, but now Scotland's foremost animal welfare charity wants ministers to ban the practice on grounds of cruelty.

Each year, 10 hunters perch precariously on sheer cliffs on the uninhabited islet of Sula Sgeir, some 40 miles north of Lewis, to collect about 2,000 plump guga chicks, during an expedition that can last several weeks.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2015 5:08 AM ET
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Marla thanks!  I'll check them out.

I'm still reading Vengence road / Rick Mofina.  It's not really my cuppa tea.  At this point I don't want to say gruesome because there's been a murder but the injuries are not described.  Then a bit of back story and we have lots of blood on the walls.  Now, a kidnapped woman has found another woman in a "cell" with her who has extensive injuries to her face.  Not told more than that but for some reason I had to stop reading it last night.  Maybe too gritty?  I like the writing but...

I began The Doctor Digs a Grave and promptly fell asleep!  

I'll bet a few other people are doing the same thing Becky.  Note Joy and Jeanne aren't here.  wink    

Date Posted: 6/3/2015 5:45 PM ET
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Here I am!! 

The next Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade is coming out 1/5/16.  Can't remember the name, though.  Get it on your wish list!

I gave up on the Donut Shop mysteries by Jessica Beck a few books back.  I got tired of the sheriff, who has known the MC for many years, jump to the conclusion right off the bat that she was the one who did it.  Plus if he didn't accuse her, she pushed her way into the investigations when really it was no earthly reason why she should.  Of course there wouldn't have been a story at all if she didn't.  :)   Just think Beck could have come up with a better reason for it. 

I finished "Ashworth Hall" by Anne Perry and am now half-way through "The Laws of Murder" by Charles Finch.  Love this series and was able to pick it up in my library this week.  Series takes place in 1880's Victorian England, like Anne Perr ty's do.  Kind of a cross between Hercule Poirot Lord Peter Wimsey and Thomas Pitt.  The MC is a man, so if you are looking for something in a challenge in this category, pick one of these up.  You kind of have to read them in order to get the full context as one book builds on the other.

 

Date Posted: 6/3/2015 7:08 PM ET
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Just finished "A Fatal Waltz" by Tasha Alexander.  It is the third in this series about "Lady Emily".  They are set in Victorian times in England.  The mysteries are often pretty good.  No sex to speak of, perhaps an allusion to, and no foul language.  Do not know what I will pick up next.  Something that has a wishlist to be sure.  Thought this one did, but alas no longer does.

Date Posted: 6/3/2015 10:26 PM ET
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Finally getting around to reading the second book in Imogen Robertson's Westerman & Crowther historical series, called Anatomy of Murder. Downloaded from the library on my Kindle. In audio, I'm listening to a paranormal/urban fantasy, Shattered by Kevin Hearne, most recent in the Iron Druid series. In print, I'm almost done with a book I picked for my 2015 Book Challenge in the "Read a book your mother loved" category. That was a tough one for me, as my mother wasn't really that much of a reader, and with 8 of us kids and the farm, she didn't have much time to read even if she'd wanted to! But I remember when I was a young girl, 10 or 12 or thereabouts, we were going through boxes of books that had been stored in the attic of the farmhouse when my parents moved in. A bunch of them were in Swedish, but there was a box of regular books and Mom read a couple and I read most of the rest. The one I remember she talked about (and I subsequently read it and loved it too) was Head of the House by Grace Livingston Hill. It's a sort of cheesy adventure/romance written in about 1940 about a family of seven children whose parents are tragically killed in a plane crash. They have to run away til the eldest is of age so they aren't at the mercy of their evil plotting relatives who want to get their hands on the family money and split the kids up. Anyway...I am really enjoying reading this again, surprisingly remember a few of the details. I was lucky my library still had ONE copy left in the whole system and it's rather beat up. It's a sweet, lovely book from a more innocent time and makes me a little teary as it reminds me of my mom, who will have been gone four years come August. 

Marla, I love that idea for a headstone...mine would be very similar! I am the same way...have a few long-time faithful series but many, many get given up on after a half-dozen or so.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 6/4/2015 6:49 AM ET
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Cheryl, I've read the Grace Livingston Hill book.  When you mentioned the title parts of the story came back to me!  I really enjoyed them.  I'm down to finding a book that came out the year I was born.  That one is never easy.

I finished Vengeance Road / Rick Mofina.  A serial killer that, whatever I say will give it away.  I gets a bit gruesome near the end as the injuries are described.  I also completed Deep Fried Trouble / Tyora Moody the first in a series.  I can add it to another series I most likely won't continue.  Not that bad just not that good either.  Toward the end the editing went downhill will lots of errors in grammar.  Enough that it got to be a bit difficult to read.  I read The Invisable Man / H G Wells for the challenge Cheryl and I are doing.  Now reading Absolutely Positibly / Heather Webber, romance but a fun series.  A little paranormal since the MC finds lost loves for people whie her father finds the perfect match for people.  All for a fee of course.

Reading among six other books The Doctor Dogs a Grave.  Somehow I simply couldn't settle on a book after I finished Vengeance Road.  Maybe I was too keyed up from that.  

Date Posted: 6/4/2015 7:49 AM ET
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Well, I started "Something about Marble Arches (?)" by Anne Perry.  A Charlotte and Pitt book.  For some reason I simply cannot stay awake when I go to bed.  I thought I was reading and then suddenly "thunk" and the hardcover book crashed in my face!!!

Today am off to do Meals on Wheels and it is going to be a challenge.  The viewing for Beau Biden is being held tomorrow at a church across the street from the place where we pick up our meals.  We have to be finished and return our containers prior to noon, as the facility will close and be closed tomorrow.  I live about 1-1/2 miles from Biden's home and the helicopters have been circling almost constantly since yesterday morning.  It would have been a huge clog as it was, but now that the President is coming to do a eulogy, I may well not be able to leave the house on Saturday.  Joe was a very accessible Senator in a small state and has tried to remain so as VP, so he is well-loved as a human being.  David and I got to know him pretty well, as he was a member of the golf club of which David was Exec. Manager.  When he became VP, the club had to be "assassin proofed" and it was quite the chore.  He is sometimes goofy in not being able to control what comes from his mouth and I am not a Democrat, but he and Jill are fine people and the whole state is really mourning the loss of a young man many have watched grow up right here in Delaware. 

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Date Posted: 6/4/2015 1:51 PM ET
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Marla, I was checking on the books you suggested.  I have My Sister's Grave/Robert Dugoni on my Kindle.    Got Smoke in Mirrors/Jayne Ann Krentz and Echo Lake/Carla Neggers on Kindle.  And, I have Queen of Trailer Park / Alice Quinn on Kindle.  I never thought to check what I have!

Sounds like people will want to park in your driveway Saturday Becky!

Date Posted: 6/4/2015 4:51 PM ET
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Geri...I really liked My Sister's Grave.  You start realizing toward the end what is going on, but you're not really sure.  In other words, it kept me reading!! 

Finished another series last night...Under Pressure/Kathy Brandt.  OK, so there were only four books in the series, but I can cross it off my list!!  MC is a detective and diver for the police dept. on one of the British Virgin Islands.  She, of course, gets involved as both a detective and a underwater investigator.  I thought it was a fairly decent series with a bit of  different slant.

I remember reading Grace Livingston Hill in high school, along with Victoria Holt and a couple of others in that genre that I've forgotten!  Along with Forever Amber which was considered terribly racy!!!

 

 



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Date Posted: 6/6/2015 4:52 AM ET
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Now, let me see I been reading up a storm since we've had rain in the afternoon.  I've finished Japantown, The Doctor Dig a Grave, Dark of the Moon, Forcing Amaryllis, Getting Away is Deadly, a bit of romance in Absolutely Positively.

Only have five books going now.  Double Fudge Brownie Murder - Hannah is leaving Las Vegas where her mother married Doc and though Hannah herself seems to have made a decision about her life I'm not talking!  I want to though!  Privy to the Dead / Sheila Connolly, museum mystery.  It's a little annoying.  A man was hit by a car outside the museum and the homicide detective - yes - classified as an accident and a homicide detective is coming to the museum every day and giving quite a bit of information to Nell which just doesn't hit me the right way.  I find myself rolling my eyes and want to say what do you want today detective?  It's like okay Nell solve this murder but keep calling it an accident.  Match Made in Heaven a romance that involves angels.  Two Kindle, Pillow Stalk, MC seems to have a stalker, haven't read enough to know for sure and Twenty eight and a half Wishes just began to read it and MC has "the sight". 

Date Posted: 6/6/2015 7:51 AM ET
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Well Geri Dear you have been polishing off the books!!!  I am continuing with "Midnight at the Marble Arch" but nearing the end.  It has been quite a good mystery --- I think I may know the murderer, but just not quite sure yet!!!

Well today is the funeral for Beau Biden and we are to have Fighter Squadrons patrolling the air space around Wilmington --- sheesh!!!  One would think that if someone wanted to get to Obama they might have done it by now, but I suppose there could always be a crazy lurking somewhere!!!  Hopefully it will all go smoothly.

Joy --- how sad for that poor lady whacked in the head by the broken bat at Fenway.  One of the things to love about the park is how close you are to the action, but it carries a risk as well.  Wonder if they will be putting up fences or some such down that third base line????

Date Posted: 6/6/2015 4:07 PM ET
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I have finished "The Laws of Murder" by Charles Finch and now am almost through "Dreaming Spies" by Laurie R. King.  These are the two that were at my library.  :)

Becky - yes, it was pretty awful.  Whenever something like this happens, there is always talk about extending the screens from the one behind home plate.  The problem is that this would also limit fans getting a chance to catch a foul ball.  They have signs all over the place telling you to be alert to the play on the field. I also have a dim memory about "at your own risk" put in their somewhere.  Sometimes, of course things happen so quickly that you just get caught.  I do hope the lady will be alright.  You can bet she will receive a huge amount of memorabilia and Red Sox products!

Cheryl, I read Grace Livingstone Hill and that particular book was one of my favorites. 

 



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Date Posted: 6/6/2015 5:10 PM ET
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Just heard that the lady is in serious but stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.  She was hit in the face with the remainder of the bat that shattered from Oakland 3rd baseman Brett Lawrie.  She was at the ball game with her husband and son.

Date Posted: 6/6/2015 8:49 PM ET
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The only thing I hadn't remembered about the Grace Livingston Hill book was the very preachy "churchy" bits at the end....bah, could have done without that, but otherwise a nice comfort read. Now diving into Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron, the other print book that was waiting for me at the library.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 6/7/2015 2:29 PM ET
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Cheryl, I read Daughter a little bit ago and liked it.  I hope you do as well.

Good to hear the woman will recover Joy.

I'm reading Privy to the Dead.  I think I've read the same thing three or four different times now.  I've put the book down and gone to Skating on the Edge /  Jolle Charbonneau.  When I said I've read the same thing three or four times it wasn't me not keeping track of the story.  It's the characters repeating the story.  Not quite word for word with each telling but close enough to annoy.  And, not only repeating it but it seems like within a few pages of each telling.  To top it off it's the same two characters repeating the story to each other!  At this point I don't know if I want to keep reading it.  A shame but I remember I wasn't crazy about the first but liked the second (bought by mistake).  And the pattern continues, I really like Razing the Dead and couldn't wait for this one.  But actually thinking I don't want another from this series.  Why aren't two mature adults married?  Why did they buy a house together and are living together but not married?  It's almost like authors think if they have a married couple people won't buy the book.

Okay, off my soap box.   .

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