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Subject: June's What are you reading now?
Date Posted: 6/1/2010 11:02 AM ET
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I just finished Ted Dekker's The Boneman's Daughters. It was a very intense book and disturbing at times. It was also very good as Ryan our hero realizes how much he truly loves his daughter and what lengths he is willing to go through to win her love back. Awesome!

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 11:45 AM ET
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Read mostly non-fiction last month--a lot of it work related. So it's nice to have time to read for fun again.

Read The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell--enjoyed it so much I read straight through until 3:00 in the morning.  I'm pretty sure I'm too old to do that--I need my sleep! Loved the characters, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. Ordered the next book immediately.

Started Dog Eat Dog by Laurien Berenson last night. I like this series--definitely a cozy with lots of emphasis on the main characters life and family, but a good mystery, too.  Though I'm a 'cat person' I find there are more books written around dogs, and I enjoy them, too.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 12:27 PM ET
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Right now I'm reading Worst Case by James Patterson ( Michael Bennett #3)  and enjoying it.  

Up next will be Two For The Dough by Janet Evanovich ( Stephanie Plum # 2)  its time for something a little lighter.

Happy reading

Tammy

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 1:17 PM ET
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I'm reading THE LACE READER by Brunonia Barry,.......very suspenseful!

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 1:19 PM ET
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I'm finishing up "On the Wrong Track", the second Holmes on the Range mystery by Steve Hockensmith and I'm scanning through "The Irregulars", a non-fiction book about Roald Dahl and other Brits and their espionnage effort during WWII.  I started "The Divine Sacrifice" last night as well.  This is the second Malgwyn ap Cuneglas mystery by Tony Hays.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 4:16 PM ET
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I'm almost done with A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield and am in the middle of A Small Sacrifice by Ellen Hart. Still listening to In a Strange City by Laura Lippman in audio.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 4:41 PM ET
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Cheryl how is A Bad Day? I have that on my WL, but was wondering how good it is. Have you read a Bad Day for Pretty yet?

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 5:20 PM ET
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It's quite good--interesting concept and a great main character. I always read my series books in order, so no--haven't read Bad Day for Pretty yet as it's the second one in the series. Plus it's still on my wishlist. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 6:04 PM ET
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I'm still interspersing Nevada Barr with frothy stuff. Finished Endangered Species and Hair of the Dog yesterday. The Laurien Berenson cover art sort of makes me laugh...are poodles a turn off? There are darling dogs on the 3 I've read...none being a poodle - but the series is poodles, poodles and more poodles!

Now I've almost finished Unnatural Selection by Aaron Elkins. That's a series I've moved away from in recent years, but don't know why - I do enjoy them and this one is no exception. 

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 8:37 PM ET
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I just finished This Body of Death by Elizabeth George. Very good - she has two storylines running throughout the book and deftly weaves them together at the end. I may have a bit of prejudice because I have spent time in the New Forest area so it was fun to read about and revisit a place I spent time in several years ago. Excellent dialogue. One quibble - she ended way too many sentences with a question mark. I really liked the characters and plot twists in this book! George did not elaborate on a particular scene at the end of Careless in Red so we are left with no resolution or reason for it. Some great and humorous scenes involving Havers and her attempt to spruce up her wardrobe with the help of Hadiyyah. I was not ready for the developments in chapter 31! Lynley is back and looking to stay at Scotland Yard, yay! I liked learning more about Nkata in this book also.

 

If anyone else has read it and wants to talk details, shoot me a PM or start a thread. I would love to discuss some of the finer points of the novel.



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Date Posted: 6/1/2010 9:27 PM ET
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Umm, mostly this forum......  I'm having a hard time focusing and my reading has suffered lately.  Dealing with a bully at my job is taking up way too much space in my mind.

However, I am about 2/3 finished with Caught Dead in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts.  It's okay but I don't love it.  Listening to Atlas Shrugged and enjoying it more than I expected to.  I haven't had much of a chance to read at lunch lately so I still have The Man in Lower Ten on my e-reader.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 11:33 PM ET
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Sheila: Body of Death???  I don't know of this one. Is it the brand new one? I just ordered the one about something in red or some such, as it is the only one I know of I haven't read.

Reading now: Started The Wrecker by Clive Clussler. First by him I have tried. I only got about 100 pages. He is clever, but apparently never met a stereotype he didn't like. The book could have been written by a clever, well- programmed computer. Tonight i am finishing up an Inspector Morse titled The Jewel That Was Ours.

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 9:15 AM ET
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Finished up Dating Can Be Deadly by Wendy Roberts. It was pretty good, but you could tell it was a first book. Thanks again Jodi for sending it to me. :-)

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 10:22 AM ET
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John, yes, "This Body of Death" is the most current Elizabeth George book.  "Careless in Red" immediately preceeds it. I am near the top of the WL for "This Body...".  If you put it on your WL, I'll send it to you when I finish it!

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 6:40 PM ET
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I finished up A Bad Day for Sorry last night and really did enjoy it. I plan to start Craig Johnson's latest, Junkyard Dogs, tonight. Wooo hooo! :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 7:17 PM ET
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Just got Nancy Pickard's newest, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, from the library. I'm also reading Tin City by David Housewright. Am enjoying his Rushmore McKenzie series.

Date Posted: 6/2/2010 9:01 PM ET
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I guess both Michele and I resurrected the Laurien Berenson series. I've enjoyed those I've read, although I'm a cat person as well. I have read 3 of them over the past week or so and have a few more on the way.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 5:21 PM ET
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Finished On the Wrong Track (very good!), and still working on Divine Sacrifice.  I started Still Waters by Nigel McCrery yesterday because I was taking the train up to Denver to meet some friends for lunch.  I can't put it down!!  I'm nearly halfway through with it.  The book starts with a horrific bang and continues from there.  Very interesting characters and very fast-paced.  I'm also reading a YA book that is on my son's reading list for the summer.  It's called The Misfits and so far it's pretty good.  Dialogue driven with a lesson on every page but not too bad.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2010 5:26 PM ET
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I EDITED THIS MESSAGE.  ANYONE WHO READ IT EARLIER, PROBABLY THINKS I AM EITHER DEAF OR NUTS. THE READER OF THE BLACK TOWER  HAS A BRITISH ACCENT, BUT HE PRONOUNCES A LOT OF THE NAMES, STREETS, ETC IN EXCELLENT FRENCH. I HAVE GOOD FRIENDS WHO ARE FROM FRANCE AND I AM TRYING TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE, BUT AM NOT QUITE THERE ON THE PERFECT ACCENT.

A friend recommended In the Woods, by Tana French. I checked out some reviews and most were "bad" or "do not recommend." Anyone read the book?  Apparently, she has written another one.

I am reading The White Lioness by Henning Mankell at home.  This is the 2nd in this series that I have read and both have been excellent.

In the car, I am listening to The Black Tower  for the  Historical Mystery Mini-challenge. I like the reader's  French PRONUNCIATION. The book is set in France and is a mystery about Marie Antoinette's son and his death or disappearance. Interesting.

Thanks,

Mary



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Date Posted: 6/3/2010 5:39 PM ET
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Actually, Mary she wrote In the Woods, The Likeness and her newest is Faithful Place. I have read the first two and - obviously- like the first one well enough to read the second. I have the third one ordered from Book Depository. They are a little different from what I usually read, but, I liked them. Different" is not always bad and quite frankly, I don't see why anyone would review these books as "bad". She isn't Stephen Booth or Rennie Airth, but she does write a good book IMHO.

BTW, Mary, since you and I are on the same page very often when it comes to books we like, have you read anything by J. Robert Janes? I have ordered a couple of his books and they sound like they will be pretty good. We'll see!!



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Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 6/3/2010 5:59 PM ET
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Jeanne,

I have not heard of J Robert Janes, but since we usually agree on books/authors, I wll look for him in a minute. SYKM is so helpful for me when I am researching books.

You are right about giving Tana French a try. My friend at work and I usually agree on books, too. She really liked both of the first 2.

Ok, so now I have at least 2 new authors to start reading. I have 6 books TBR on my nightstand now from the library.

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I JUST CHECKED SYKM AND TANA FRENCH WON 4 AWARDS FOR HER FIRST BOOK, IN THE WOODS. SHE WON THE EDGAR, BARRY, MACAVITY, AND ANTHONY AWARDS FOR THAT BOOK. I WILL DEFINITELY GIVE IT A TRY. THANKS FOR TELLING ME LIKE IT IS!!!! I APPRECIATE YOUR HONESTY.

Mary



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Date Posted: 6/3/2010 6:04 PM ET
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I am just finishing up The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo.  I have been away from this genre for a long time but this book has brought me back.  I am now looking for more really good ones.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 6:56 PM ET
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No problem, Mary. I have your best interests at heartwink

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Date Posted: 6/5/2010 5:13 PM ET
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Hi everyone!  I was browsing through the forums and saw this thread.  I am reading five books right now, I can't seem to settle on one.  It could be I'm aware that my quiet reading time is almost over with school nearly out.  I'm reading Stealing with Style by Emyl Jenkins, The Winter of Her Discontent by Kathryn Miller Hayes, Closing Statement by Tierney McClellan, Death of a Domestic Diva by Sharon Short, and (don't be shocked) a non-mystery, The Journey of Ibn Fattouma by Naguib Mahfouz.  I am enjoying them all, though Closing Statment drags a bit, and Stealing with Style has me on the edge of my seat just now.  Stealing with Style is a library book, so I won't be able to post it, but I see all the others are on wishlists, are they on yours? 

Date Posted: 6/5/2010 9:18 PM ET
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I had the last two chapters to finish Watchdog by Laurien Berenson this morning, and then read Patterson/Paetro's The 8th Confession - which seemed "choppy" to me. Next up is either Blind Descent by Nevada Barr or  Emily Brightwell's Mrs. Jeffries Pinches the Post. I'm pondering reading a non-mystery YA book, Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin which is WL and looks interesting...fiction, but about Napoleon Bonaparte. Based on recommendations here, I also have Hockensmith's Holmes on the Range waiting in the wings. In bed, I've been reading short stories by P.G. Wodehouse or John Mortimer - that keeps me from reading way too far into the night! 

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