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Subject: Now It's June - what are you reading?
Date Posted: 6/1/2011 12:50 PM ET
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Time for a new thread!

I'm reading the third in the Barker and Llewelyn series by Will Thomas - the Limehouse Text. I am really enjoying these books with a Sherlockian flavor!

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 2:31 PM ET
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Last night I started The Black Echo by Michael Connelly . Only a few pages in and so far it sounds very promising. 

On my I-pod I'm listening to Caught by Harlan Coben. I like the story  but the reader is a little on the annoying side. She try's to make her voice really deep when reading for  a male character and then it just sounds weird. 

Happy reading

Tammy

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 5:53 PM ET
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On the tail end of Mario Acevedo's X-RATED BLOODSUCKERS - excellent. Had to set it aside to read some requested books but once I went back to it it's been quick going. Hope to finish these last 80 or so pages tonight. Looking forward to read book three very soon.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/1/2011 9:52 PM ET
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I finally got to the top of the list for the MP3 version of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at the library so I started listening to that last evening.  So far, so good!

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 5:04 AM ET
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I just started Veil of Lies for the HF read along.  Also reading Running Blind by Lee Child.   And when I can't read I'm still listening to The Way of Shadows

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 7:21 AM ET
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Still reading the same things I was at the end of the May thread:

 

Bedtime book: The Ottoman Cage by Barbara Nadel (#2 Cetin Ikmen mystery in Istanbul)

Main 'home' book: Spilling the Beans by Clarissa Dickson Wright (autobiography)

Audio book: The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman (#6 I think in the Chee/Leaphorn series, though this is one with just Jim Chee)

Tote-to-work lunchtime book: Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon (#16 I think in the Guido Brunetti series)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 8:09 AM ET
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I disappeared from here last month because, after being in search for over a year, I finally found a job! Naturally, this has reduced my reading-for-pleasure time... I read very few books (none that count for the challenge, alas). However I did read the 2011 Edgar winning novel: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. Excellent read, not part of his Alex McKnight series.

Starting June off with a fantasy novel - Ariel by Steven Boyett - and hoping Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris comes my way from the library soon. Also hoping to make a little progress on the challenge this  month, but I'll be at a convention/conference for about a week and I never get any reading done during those things.

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 2:16 PM ET
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right now Im reading the Dog Walker mysteries by Judi McCoy.   Currently on the 3rd book, about to start the 4th

I love how the main character Ellie, can talk to her dogs that she walks.  Its a cute, fun series!!! 

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 6:11 PM ET
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I ended May with the first Victoria Thompson historical mystery, Murder on Astor Place, and as I enjoyed it, I've read the next two in the series, Murder on St. Marks Place and Murder on Gramercy Park. Although at least in these three early books, the mystery has been too easy to figure out, I've nonetheless enjoyed the series due to the realistic depiction of time/place and the characters are becoming more fleshed out and interesting.  I have to get a couple more...I've got a gap now, so I'm reading Best in Show by Laurien Berenson.

Judi McCoy's series is a lighthearted, fun read - her dog is a hoot!

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2011 6:30 PM ET
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I've pretty much finished Sarah Graves' Home Repair is Homicide series.  A little meatier than most cozies, and easy to read several in a row without too much annoying repetition.

I agree thet the Judi McCoy dog walker series is fun!  I don't think the 4th one was out yet when I was reading it.

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 6:17 PM ET
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I just finished reading 'The Lincoln Lawyer' by Michael Connelly.  I saw the movie and it made the book more enjoyable because I could picture the scenes as I read them.  Now I'm looking for other books in Connelly's Mickey Haller series.

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 7:34 PM ET
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I finished 'Mercy Blade' by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock series). It was nice to sink into a book  again. I have not had good luck in a lot of my recent choices. I really enjoy this character, she remindes me of early Anita (Vampire Slayer) before the series became supernatural porn.

Picked up 'Orchid Beach' by Stuart Woods. I have not read him in a while...I remember enjoying a Barrington Stone novel a few years back. I am struggling a bit with some 'over-tell', but the story is good enough for me to keep reading, at least at this point. 

Hopefully I will get back to the challenge, sometime soon! I am having some difficulty finding books that appeal to me, now that the 'easy' ones are out of the way, lol!

 

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 9:12 PM ET
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I'm reading Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein and liking it even better than the first book. Listening to The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings). Yawn.....I know I'm probably one of the few who doesn't care for this series but I'm just not sure I'm going to make it to the end.  Man, do those little fellows love to sing! The reader has a pleasant voice but I've heard enough Hobbit songs to last a lifetime!

Date Posted: 6/3/2011 11:46 PM ET
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 Black Cross by Greg Iles. My first book by this author, not my last. Outstanding

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Date Posted: 6/4/2011 1:51 PM ET
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I am just finishing SLEEP NO MORE on audio by Isles. It is a cliff hanger. I cannot remember now how many of his books I have read, but have enjoyed each.

Also, I just finished the latest Jo Nesbo, SNOWMAN.  GREAT book. Nesbo also keeps the murderer secret until the end. I recommend both of these to all./

Mary



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Date Posted: 6/5/2011 2:13 AM ET
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I just finished "The Neighbor" by Lisa Gardner.  Having a hard time deciding whether I liked this book or not.  It kept me interested, but truthfully I didn't like any of the characters.  I have enjoyed other books by her, so I'll read the next book in this series sometime.

Now I'm reading "Mother Nature" by Sarah Andrews.  This is the third in her "Em Hansen" series.  I guess you'd call this a "cozy"--Em Hansen is a geologist who seems to stumble upon mysterious murders.  I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and this one is good so far--I'm about a quarter of the way in.

Have also started "Chop Shop" by Tim Downs--the second in his "Bugman" series.  I'm hoping I'll like it as much as "Shoorly Pie"--the first book in the series.

 

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 12:06 PM ET
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I read three Camille Minichino "element" mysteries...someone wanted them and I enjoy the series, the characters are very realistic. :-) Now I'm in the midst of both Berenson's Doggie Day Care Murder and Allingham's Cargo of Eagles (Mr. Campion). I may move on to Devil-Devil by Grahame Kent.

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 12:34 PM ET
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Oh Jodi! Let us know how you like Devil-Devil. I've had that one on my WL and your opinion will help me decide whether or not to just go ahead and buy it!



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Date Posted: 6/5/2011 2:59 PM ET
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I just finished The Rabbit Factory and the sequel in the Lomax & Biggs police procedural series, Blood Thirsty, by Marshall Karp.  Both were LOL funny in spots with lots of Hollywood insider developments and I enjoyed both.

Susan

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 5:16 PM ET
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Started listening to Prophecy by S.J. Parris, #2 Giordano Bruno historical mystery--so far, so good. This is intrigue at Elizabeth I's court--which I'm not really that keen on, having OD'd on it awhile back--but the story is good, I like Bruno and I like John Lee, the reader.

Also started--and almost done with already--The Famous Flower of Serving Men by Deborah Grabien, #2 in her 'Haunted Ballads' series...obviously I'm loving that one as I have just ripped right through and only have a couple of chapters left.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 7:14 PM ET
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Cheryl - I read Prophecy and I don't know exactly why (probably because it's been quite awhile since I read Heresy) but I didn't like Prophecy as well as Heresy. Don't get me wrong, it was a very good mystery, but just lacking something after reading the first one. See what you think.

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 8:57 PM ET
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I started Prophecy but it didn't grab me and ended up coming due at the library before I got to return to it.  I'll probably look into checking it out again at some point.  We'll see.

Right now I'm reading some fluff...Uncommon Grounds, the first Maggy Thorsen mystery by Sandra Balzo and a suspense/historical mystery called Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman.  Very light and fluffy and fun.  Sometimes, it's just what you need!



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Date Posted: 6/5/2011 9:20 PM ET
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Aha! I am not alone here in my opinion of Prophecy. Thanks LeeAnne!

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 11:07 AM ET
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Loving having more time to read....

I read the last three books in the Jack and Jamie series by Lee Charles Kelley.  I felt that the later books in the series (of 6) were stronger, and I am sorry to have them come to an end.  The last one was written in 2007, and he tied up all the loose ends so I'm sure he's done....<sigh>.  These are characters I will miss, and there was a subtle laughing at himself by the author that I found especially amusing.  The author has definite feelings about dog training--but my apathy towards that didn't keep me from enjoying the books tremendously.

Last night I picked up Brewed, Crude and Tattooed by Sandra Balzo and read it straight through.  The Maggy Thorsen series is set in a coffee house, but in my opinion there's a lot less information about coffee and more focus on the mystery itself than in the 'other' coffeehouse series.  Maggy is an interesting--if somewhat flawed--character and I enjoy this series a lot. I have the next book on my shelf, so I will probably read it next.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 1:24 PM ET
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Laura-I have to agree with your opinion on 'The Neighbor', it was not my favorite in the series. The next one, 'Live to Tell', is much better. I have 'Love You More', but haven't picked it up yet.

Susan-Thanks for mentioning the Lomax and  Biggs series! I have added it to my never-ending TBR. 

 

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