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Subject: MARCH is here --- tell us what you are reading
Date Posted: 3/1/2012 8:42 AM ET
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Can hardly believe it, but March is here.  Just this minute it looks like it is coming in as a lamb in Delaware!!  A bit foggy and calm.

Finished "Down River" by John Hart last night and it had me twisting and turning almost to the very end.  What a wonderful mysterious family story.

Date Posted: 3/1/2012 10:46 AM ET
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I have a few books going including a challenge book or two.  On Kindle I'm reading the 12th Jack Reacher novel.  These things are like salted peanuts.  You keep going LONG after you know you should stop.  I feel like a deer in the headlights whenever I pick up one of these books.  I just can't look away! LOL!

I started my straight up spy thriller for the challenge this morning.  I've heard nothing about the  book but I'm three chapters in and I think it will be okay.  It's called Layover in Dubai by Dan Fesperman.  So far a pharmaceutical company quality control guy has been murdered in a hooker-filled nightclub and his Blackberry is missing. **dun, dun, DUUUNNNNN** Now his partner, the younger noob beancounter has to figure out what's going on.

For the Snug as a Bug category, I picked up the first book in a new series at the library.  It's called Buried in a Book by Lucy Arlington. The first two chapters didn't cause me to chuck it across the room so there is hope!  I'll keep you all posted! LOL

 

Date Posted: 3/1/2012 12:23 PM ET
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Wow March already. Still reading The Bone House by Brian Freeman another great thriller from this author. He is one of my few buy it new authors.

Looking forward to your thoughts on Buried in a Book LeeAnne.  I have that one in my tbr pile.

Happy reading everyone

Tammy

Date Posted: 3/1/2012 1:38 PM ET
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I finished "Only Flesh and Bones"--the fourth book in Sarah Andrews Em Hansen series.  Good read, although I thought Em behaved a little weirdly in places...just did things that seemed out of character for her.  But, I'll keep reading the series--I do enjoy the settings Wyoming/Colorado and Sarah Andrews does a really good job describing locations.

I'm currently listening to "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" in audio.  It's a delightful listen!  I love Flavia's character, and the narrator (Jayne Entwistle) is perfect!  I'll use this for the challenge--either as one of the award books or for the "You Gonna Eat That" category.

I've also started "Dog Gone It"--the first book in Spencer Quinn's Chet and Bernie series. I read so much about the series here in the mystery forums, that I figured I needed to try it for myself.  Gotta say, as usual, you all know what you're talking about!  This is a delightful read!  And Chet is a wonderful narrator, love his take on the world.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2012 3:14 PM ET
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I picked up Drood by Dan Simmons today. It looks interesting, based on a supposed true story of Charles Dickens. Has anyone read it yet?



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Date Posted: 3/1/2012 8:08 PM ET
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Reading the same things I left off reading at the end of February...uh, yesterday... :o)

Print: No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie (#14 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series)

Kindle: Buried by Mark Billingham (#6 DI Tom Thorne series)

Audio: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland (#1 Pekkala series)

So far these are all excellent...I'm about half done with all of them.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 5:32 AM ET
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I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Last Word (Books by the Bay, Bk 3) by Ellery Adams. I wanted to quit after book one, Olivia was such a cardboard character and I disliked her, but Geri convinced me she improved...and she did, and the other characters developed as well!  I'm also a bit into Sue Grafton's V is for Vengeance, but am not far enough along to know if I've finished with the subplots and there's no connection between them yet. I "think" next up will be a non-mystery, Dogtown - A Sanctuary for Rescued Dogs (I'm a sucker for animal books).

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Date Posted: 3/2/2012 7:03 AM ET
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I'm reading Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson, The Abandoned, the prequel to The Restorer, about 1/3 of the way through it.  Kindle tells you so. cheeky  I'm still not sure I like holding a Kindle.  I've moved my hands and flipped a page or two in error.  Still have The Sherlockian going.  I don't read in the car as much as I did last year.  I may have to change my system.  I think I'll finish it this week though.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 1:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/2/2012 2:03 PM ET
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Taking a cue from Geri, decided to try to get some of the older books off my TBR pile and read "Murder 101" by Maggie Barbieri last night.  Enjoyed it...not as silly as a lot of the current cozies.  Think I'll order the 2nd one,

Next up..."Death's Own Door" by Andrew Taylor.  Can't stay away from those Brit police procedurals!!!

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 5:57 PM ET
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Reading Catch Me, Lisa Gardner's latest.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 6:48 PM ET
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Hi All --- Well I had a busy afternoon.  I decided to have a 3 for 1 special on my bookshelf in anticipation of our church Flea Market and figured perhaps someone out there would want some of my books before they get donated to the church.  Several of them are brand new hardcovers I won at a silent auction for the Leukemia Society.  Anyway, assuming no one would really request anything, I was surprised by 12 requests --- meaning I had to ship 36 books today!!!  It was quite a chore, but am all caught up now.

As to reading, I am reading an Elizabeth Peters book that is something about a big cat.  It is one of her Amelia Peabody stories and thus far in engaging.  I had read several of these books years back and enjoyed them, just got a bit weary of them.  I needed a book for an Egyptian category in the Historical Mystery Challenge, so I thought one of these would be good.

Geri --- I am anxiously awaiting a progress report on the "Spy" book are are gobbling up!!!

Marla --- Good for you to be reading oldies from your TBR.  At least that way, you may not be tempting us with new authors!!!

 

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Date Posted: 3/2/2012 10:04 PM ET
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I started Drood by Dan Simmons. It is interesting, but the writing is somewhat of a turnoff. The author uses big words for the sake of using them. They dont flow and often dont really make sense, lol. The background on Charles Dickens is really interesting and suppose to be true. I need to do a little research;

Aparently Charles Dickens went through a midlife crisis, kicked his wife and oldest son out of the house and kept his wife away from the other 9 kids. He took in her sister as a nanny and when rumors began he had the sister examined by a doctor and had the fact that she was a virgin published (i am guessing in a newspaper). Anyway, a few years later, he and his new young mistress are in a horrible train crash and just barely survive. While assisting wiht the rescue of the other passengers, he meets this very mysterious Mr. Drood (pronounced Dread). Mr Drood is creepy looking, dressed in a black cape and has a thick accent. When Dickens asks him where he was headed on the train, he mentions a number of tenaments and hospitals in the bad side of London. Dickens becomes afraid of him and obsesses over him to the point where people start thinking Dickens has lost his mind. There is suppose to be a murder mystery in the book that I guess gets blamed on Dickens but I am not that far yet.

The whole story covers the last five years of Dickens life, including his last novel the unfinished Mystery of Edwin Drood. The book is told from the perspective of Wilkie Collins. A name I know, but I dont believe i have ever read anything by him. Again, the style of writing in the first few pages almost made me throw the massive tome on the ground, but once the story got away from what I am guessing was the authors impression of how Wilkie collins talks, it got better. I do get the impression that the author does not like Charles Dickens, there is a lot of negativity, lol.

Date Posted: 3/3/2012 9:50 AM ET
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Kat, what a coincidence, I bought Drood at a resale shop just a few days ago!  I had never heard of it before, I'll be interested in seeing your final opinion when you've finished it.

Diane

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Date Posted: 3/3/2012 12:53 PM ET
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Well, though I was anxious to read Twice a Spy I got about a quarter of the way through it and picked up book three, The Last Word by Ellery Adams.  It's holding my attention but I became angry with Olivia when she told someone about a valuable painting.  I actually spoke out loud and said "now why did you tell him?"  I was all set for nastiness and I'm not telling what happened cause that gives too much away.  But, now I want book four and I'm about halfway through this one.  

I finished the disappointing The Sherlockian I simply don't know how that was an award winner.  The every other chapter aspect really was a turn off for me. 

My new car book is going to be Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva.

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 2:37 PM ET
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After the Andrew Taylor book, I dug around my TBR pile and read "Whispers" by Erin Grady.  Had read "Echoes" awhile back.  Sort of romantic suspense (light on the romance part!), a bit of paranormal...nothing great, but an enjoyable evening's read.

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 3:23 PM ET
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I recently finished The Hunger Games - wanted to read it before my son and I went to the movie - he loved, loved, loved the series :-)

It was a good book and I will make time to read the rest of the trilogy later this year.

Currently I'm reading Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George. Her writing is top notch. I'm only about half way through this 600+ page book so I'm not sure how the mystery will evolve. I was a little disappointed in the last two but her writing is just so good that I keep coming back for the next installment of the Lynley/Havers series. Havers is one of my top ten literary characters.

Drood been on my radar ever since I read and enjoyed The Terror by Simmons.

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 3:36 PM ET
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Hello Mysterious Friends --- Cloudy and cool today in Delaware, not a day for outdoor work only 45 degrees.  Yesterday I did work outside in the afternoon and dug up 4 GIANT hostas.  Took each one out in 5 or 6 pieces.  Think I am going to let my landscaper's worker bee help me replant them in a new location.  We'll see if I get a sunny day soon and feel the strength to dig holes.  I was so tired after digging them up that I couldn't even carry the bags of soil to fill the holes.  That too can wait.  I was just able to roll out of bed this morning and make it to church, but as I sat there was thinking of Aleve and the heating pad.

Still reading my Amelia Peabody book --- she is sitting by the bed and I have not been able to get thru very many pages before falling asleep.

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 3:45 PM ET
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Becky - I can relate to being too tired to get much reading done. Lately I have been so tired that when I get ready to read, my eyes just start to close. Makes me mad because, like you, I do most of my reading in the evenings. I may have to start having a cup of coffee -"leaded" in the evening!wink

I started the second Imogen Robertson book The Anatomy of Murder. I really liked the first one - Instruments of Darkness and so far, this one looks very promising. Of course, it's historical mystery, but these books are, for the most part, mystery and the two main characters are so well developed that I found myself glad to get back to them again!

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 3:51 PM ET
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Last month I promised myself I'd stay away from the library, concentrate on my own books for a while, so why can't I avoid shopping around my library's e-book catalog? Last weekend I downloaded Butcher's GRAVE PERIL (finished yesterday) and Deanna Raybourn's first three Lady Julia books in an onmibus: 1003 pages total.

Loved the Lady Julia, Nicholas Brisbane is a very different kind of hero - yummy to be sure. I'll be starting the 2nd book later this evening - I've been bringing my Nook to work and it's working out very well, but I'm not working on my OWN books...........bad Gail.

GAil

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Date Posted: 3/4/2012 4:01 PM ET
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I finished the Ellery Adams book and got back to Twice a Spy.  It's a 400 page book and I've read 100.  Compared to Once a Spy at this point I'm a little put off by the narrative.  It's a bit James Bond tradhy movie with gimics.  Or maybe it's just me.  How are the bad guys able to track them so easily?  Them is Drummond and Charlie Clark with Alice.  They managed to get out of the US to Switzerlandby charter plane - chartered under ficticious names.  They had staged their deaths in an explosion.  That was all in the first book and reiterated in the second.  Maybe it'll get better as I move along. Hope so.

I'm halfway through the prequel (The Abandoned) to The Restorer by Amanda Stevens.  I onloy manage to get a few pages in a day but I like it and I do believe the Restorer will be next up. 

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Date Posted: 3/4/2012 4:22 PM ET
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Sheila, I have had two people tell me Terror is much better then Drood. I havent read it yet, but added it to my TBR. I am enjoying Drood.

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 6:46 PM ET
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Oh Geri --- I do hope the "Spy" book gets to be better soon---too sad if the first one was just flash in the pan. 

Jeanne --- I have had those Robertson books on my wishlist since you mentioned the first one when you read it.  I think I might not have too much longer to wait -- or I might just get it from the library.

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 8:19 PM ET
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Becky - Our library has the first two books, so I'd bet that yours has them too! This is a series that I want to continue with.crying No time, no time. What the heck am I doing to myself???

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 9:17 PM ET
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In print, I started up Dancing With Demons by Peter Tremayne (#18--I think--Sister Fidelma historical mystery) and just downloaded Ask the Cards a Question by Marcia Muller, #2 Sharon McCone mystery to listen to.

Cheryl

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