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Subject: June - Books we are reading
Date Posted: 6/1/2013 7:35 AM ET
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Here is a June Topic to share the books we are reading. I will start us off. I am reading  Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery, Bk 5) :: Jenn McKinlay. It is one of my favorite cozy series. It does not get too silly like some cozies. Really good cupcake recipes in the back too:)



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I'm still in the process of reading "Town in a Pumpkin Bash" and finding it quite good.  It is a nice cozy set in a small coastal town in Maine, with the MC as a farmer specializing in blueberries.  Coastal Maine, blueberries - doesn't get any better than that! 

Date Posted: 6/1/2013 1:46 PM ET
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Both of these cozies sound great!  =)

Alice, Im a big fan of the Cupcake Bakery series also!  Im currently reading  "Red Velvet Revenge" - # 4 from this series, love it!

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Date Posted: 6/1/2013 1:50 PM ET
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I don't have a mystery going, I need to find where I put my remaining challenge books! I'm reading the 4th Game Of Thrones book ad a David Sedaris book, forgot which one.

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Date Posted: 6/1/2013 4:48 PM ET
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I did begin to read Black Light / Stephen Hunter.  More of a thriller but I've liked his other books. 

I also started Friends Til the End / Gloria Dank.  This is an oldie!  Published in 1989 and the dialog is a bit draggy.  I'm not sure if the author is trying to emulate the way extemely wealthy people act.  Maybe they acted that way back in the late 80s.  Opening scene a party and the stepdaughter of the hostess has brought a friend.  The other people at the party don't know him so consider him beneath them.  He's in his mid 20s and so wealthy he's never worked a day in his life and never will.  Joke is on them.  This is actually the first of a four book series. 

These are two personal challenge books.  Black Light takes place in Arkansas and Friends in Connecticut.

Date Posted: 6/1/2013 8:52 PM ET
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Just finished "Dare Me" by Megan Abbott. Starting "Suspect" by Michael Robotham. Waiting in the wings: "Accused" by Mark Gimenez.

Watching on DVD: "Vera 2." This is the second season of  the British detective series based on the bestselling mysteries by Ann Cleeves. DCI Vera Stanhope is "a solitary, obsessed, caustic, brilliant investigator, and a bit disheveled; think female Columbo."  I thoroughly enjoyed Season One and look forward to witnessing more of Vera Stanhope's craziness.



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I just started the Josie Prescott Antique cozy series. Got it from my library for my Kindle. Liking it so far, so I'll probably pick up the other four or five in the series.

I love the Cupcake series....have the lastest one here to read and have read all the Candy Halliday (Town in a.....) series.

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Friends Til the End / Gloria Dank turned out to be a tricky mystery and a speedy read!  The lament of us all, sigh, another series. laugh

Subject: June - Books we are reading
Date Posted: 6/2/2013 5:04 PM ET
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I just started reading "Hush" by Anne Frasier. It's a mystery/thriller. This author is new to me. I'm only on page 70, but so far it's really good. Inside the front cover one of the reviews says, "Warning: Don't read this book if you are home alone." I believe that.

My next book to read is the first in the series of the Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton. I will NEED to read a calmer book after "Hush."  :)

Judy

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Date Posted: 6/2/2013 8:37 PM ET
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Judy, thr Aunt Dimity series is a very calm book.  I love th series myself when I need something light .



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Finished The Start of Everything/Emily Winslow. It is called a psychological thriller, but I disagree with that description...IMO, it wasn't a thriller and the psychological suspense really wasn't there.  Having said that, I did enjoy the book.  Set in Cambridge, it is a bit of a police procedural.  One of those books where each chapter is told by a different character...all of whom are completely disfuntional...including the police!!! LOL  The ending was a bit of a surprise.  It doesn't appear to be the start of a series.

The sofa table/bookshelves are painted!!!!  Yeah!!!!  That makes five bookcases I have cleaned, sanded, primed and painted in the past month!!! (The sofa table shelf things have two shelves each, so count that as one!!)  Right now, I DO NOT EVER want to see a bookcase that needs to be painted!! laugh ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. CTRL+F5 reloads the whole page.  Altho, I am considering painting the table I am going to put in the kitchen eating alcove!  I know, I should be committed!!  Actually, I like to paint...when it is MY choice to paint something!

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Date Posted: 6/3/2013 12:28 AM ET
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Finished the latest Stephen Booth DEAD & BURIED.

 I think he has a new one in June.  His  Ben Cooper series is great.

Should get lots of reading in the next few days. Tornado type winds in AR last TH knocked all satellite dishes out in my 6 unit condo bldg. Cannot assess damage until Wed!!!! Yikes, did not realize how much I depend on TV for noise. Lucky it was only TV!!



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On page 600 of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next by Stieg Larsson. Only 200 more page to go. Should finish it tomorrow. Wish he hadn't died. I love the Lisbeth Salander character.

Date Posted: 6/3/2013 7:09 AM ET
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Mary/mepom --- Wow, I am happy you are okay even though your satellite dishes may have suffered. 

I started "North Star Conspiracy" by Miriam Grace Monfredo.  It is the second book in her series about Glynis Tryon.  This one continues to speak about women's suffrage, but this time also seems to be heading toward the underground railway for slaves.  These books are quite well-written, but the copy I am reading is a not so new paperback and the print is miniscule.  Definitely have to haul out my strongest readers!!!

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Date Posted: 6/3/2013 9:07 AM ET
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Last month a couple of people said they didn't care for Sheila Connelly's book Buried in a Bog.  I had it just waiting for me to pick it up.  I'm not a big fan of her orchard series and tho I like the museum series it's not something I must read the minute it hits my doorstep.  Wouldn't you know it.  I'm really enjoying Buried in a Bog.  The first body shows up around page 20 but the MC isn't interested!  The second body hits near the mid point of the book.  It's just been found, she realizes she's met the victim but at this point still no desire to grab a cup of coffee and investigate.  The police aren't accusing her of murder either.  She's not cooking or crafting.  Maybe I like it because I'm Irish and it takes place in Ireland.  Never been and believe me it's been at least five generations since anyone was born there. 

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Becky, North Star Conspiracy sounds interesting I will have to check into that series.

Last night I started 12th of Never by James Patterson (Women's Murder Club #12). I'm enjoying it so far.

Date Posted: 6/3/2013 11:37 AM ET
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Tammy --- If you are able to come up with the first book which may be a bit difficult, I have the balance of the series I will be happy to share with you.  Right this minute I cannot think of the title of the first book, but you can find it on Fantastic Fiction easily.  Got it, "Seneca Falls Inheritance".  Abe's Books has it for $1.00.  The ones on Amazon are astronomically priced.

Date Posted: 6/3/2013 11:59 AM ET
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I nominate Marla for the "Painter of the Month" award for May.  Can I have a second??

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Date Posted: 6/3/2013 12:08 PM ET
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Late last night, when I finished the Booth book, I wanted to start a book immediately.  Selected  a Donna Leon ----Commissario Guido Brunetti book.

Acqua Alta

Great book set in Venice, of course.

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Mary,  I always remember Aqua Alta as my favorite Donna Leon book out of many good ones.

Just finished Final Sail, one of Elaine Viets' Dead End Job Series.  I am not usually a cozy reader, but this "semi-cozy" generally has a lot of depth. After reading this one, you'll never want to work on a yacht.

I also finished Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear.  This book was very moving and, at the end, I almost thought the series was over but in the blurb it says that it brings a crucial chapter in Maisie Dobbs' life to a close, but that it is a pivotal moment in the series. Here's hoping there is more to come as Maisie leaves for India.  I thought the same way about the end of The Phantom by Jo Nesbo.  I hope it's not the last of the Harry Hole series.

Now reading a very yellowed copy of Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters.  I think it is the 1st in the Amelia Peabody series and I am enjoying it very much. This author was suggested in this Discussion Group.  Thanks.

Next up is Airtight, a stand alone by David Rosenfelt.  His Andy Carpenter series is one of my favorites and it's funny, too.

Susan

Date Posted: 6/3/2013 3:09 PM ET
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I just read Donna Leone's new one "Golden Egg,"  I think it was...Golden something. I love Venice, and some of her other ones, but this one just never grabbed me. a total "Meh."

I was very excited by Dan Brown's "Inferno," though. It's a major page-turner, but you will definitely want to have some kind of art book and/or tourist guide to Florence and Istanbul for this one!!! It kept me up way too late, and presents some fascinating issues along with the fun reading.

Another I put down because I was not liking it, kind of boring----but gets much better---, is "Burning Man," by an author who's written several others. A k-9 cop is the main character, and the dog is very important; it's set in Los Angeles.. It picks up considerably after a slow start.....And I suspect a sequel is in the works.

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I just received "Inferno" by Dan Brown in the mail today along with "Blue Asylum" by Kathy Hepinstall.  Am looking forward to both of them.

On another front, I finally got Comcast to put our account into my name.  Took an Act of Congress.  Then I was able to get the password for David's e-mail account so I could see if there were things I needed to address.  He had over 800 e-mails, 99% of them conservative political junk he loved so much.  Now I think I can simply turn his account off.  Sometimes I wonder how long it will take to really get all these sorts of things accomplished.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/3/2013 9:33 PM ET
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I second Marla for painter of the Month of May!

Tess, maybe that's it.  I wasn't anticipating a mystery type thing with Buried in a Bog. 

Becky, it's gonna seem like it'll take forever.  In fact my dad has been gone for seven years and one utility company refuses to change the bill to my mom's name.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2013 1:21 AM ET
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Inferno--Dan Brown    Tell me about it, Girls

Jo Nesbo---waiting on the next one---All his books are Keepers

 

Donna Leon--always  a GO-To 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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