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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: March has Blown in - What are YOU Reading?
Date Posted: 3/1/2014 5:03 AM ET
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I'm finishing up For Whom the Funeral Bell Tolls / Livia J Washburn.  I like the characters and hope there are more to this series.  But how many murders can a tour director be involved in!  Why not just write one where there is no murder just a tour.  The descriptions of the tours would be enough for me.  She could do some overseas trips, similar to Maddy Hunter.

Next up is Raven Black / Ann Cleeves.  For Brit police procedures not being my favorite type book I sure do have quite a few around.  laugh

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Date Posted: 3/1/2014 7:24 AM ET
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I am reading a good new cozy Death Al Dente (Food Lovers' Village, Bk 1) :: Leslie Ann Budewitz

It is set in Montana. You don't see too many books set in Montana. Good so far.

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 7:46 AM ET
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Just finished that one, Alice. I found it just so-so.

I just finished Murder, Plain and Simple (Amish Quilt Shop, Bk 1) by Isabella Alan. Been to Holmes County, OH many times, so the book was fun to read. I enjoyed it.

Just started A Skelton in the Family by Leigh Perry and liking it so far. I think next up will be another J.D. Robb In Death book. Been trying to catch up on those for months.

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 7:31 PM ET
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Hi all - can you believe it?  It's March 1 and here I am, not continuing to post in February and wondering where everyone is!

My Dad is out of ICU and will in fact probably go home tomorrow.  The physical therapist came in this afternoon to evaluate him to see if he is safe to go home.  As he has a couple stairs to get into the house, she wanted him to try some stairs there and see how he could do.  He walked to the stairs with no assistance, walked up to the next floor and back down again.  He was thrilled that he proved her wrong, because she really thought he probably wouldn't be able to do it and was talking rehab for a week or so before going home.  He's such a lovable old curmudgeon! He has all the staff on the floor wrapped around his finger already.  Of course he is stubborn as all get-out as well.  Seems to be a family trait.  Thank goodness I don't seem to have it.   :)  But his lungs are good and clear, and it is just going to take time for those ribs and the lung to heal themselves.  So we are gearing up to get him home.  He will have some home health services, agreed to by me rather than him.  "Oh, I don't need any home health help..."  He also wanted to go home today, but his doctor and I decided that tomorrow would be the day for discharge.  Wish me luck.  By the way, I think my foot is going to just fall off pretty soon. 

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!

 

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 10:03 PM ET
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Joy --- What wonderful news about your father.  Glad you insisted on the help at home for a bit.  He may complain, but it will give you comfort.  Please take care of that foot.

Just about to finish with "Malicious Intent" by Kathryn Fox.  It is the one set in Australia with the female pathologist.  Has been a good story. 

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 3/2/2014 1:21 AM ET
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It's getting rough around here, in the past week my aunt was diagnosed with inoperable bile duct cancer (seriously, who gets bile duct cancer?) and my grandma has had 2 falls. She has bleeding on her brain and they don't think she will recover. Bummer of a week. Reading a memoir.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/2/2014 2:21 AM ET
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Joy, great news about your dad!  I'm with Becky - take care of your foot!!!

Ah Barb, so sorry to hear about your aunt and your grandma.  They and you are in my prayers.

I did start to read Raven Black but I had a Denise Swanson sitting where I could see it.  Could I resist?  No.  It's Little Shop of Homicide, the first of another series.  I like her Scumble river series and so far liking this one too.  MC has a store in a small town in Missouri, using this for the bonus part of the challenge.  The nice thing is the murder, of course there's a murder, takes place in a large town 40 miles away.  The detective in charge is convinced MC dun it because the murder weapon has her finger prints on it.  If I tell how they have her prints I'll be writing a story.  cheeky

Raven Black hasn't grabbed me yet but the victim, name given in the back of the book description is still alive.    

 

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 2:47 PM ET
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Barb...So sorry to hear about your aunt and grandma.  My thoughts will be with you all.

Joy...I know what you are dealing with!  My dad was stubborn as a mule and, unfortunately, the trait passed down to me!!

Geri...If you're not "into" the darker Brit police procedurals, you may not care for the Shetland Island series.  While I tend to avoid fiction books that seem to deal with depressing subjects, I happily dive into any Brit PP I get my hands on...the dysfunctional detectives and murder and mayhem don't bother me at all! LOL

Read Kidnapped/Jan Burke.  Love that series and was reading one a month.  Then, somehow, between Christmas and birthday books, trips to UBS and getting carried away on the internet, it got buried!!!  Think I only have one more to go.  Started Swift Justice/Laura DiSilverio (thanks, Geri!).  These are fun cozies without all the cutesy stuff!!  My problem is that I am definitely a LRFR sort of person (Last Received, First Read).  I really need to go back to my OLD TBR pile and dig out some rather than just reading the latest thing I've gotten!!



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Date Posted: 3/2/2014 3:45 PM ET
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Afternoon everyone!

I finished reading Miranda James newest, Silence of the Library, an enjoyable read.  It will be on its way to Alice since she chose it from the cozy mystery box.

Last week I had started trying to read Zero-Degree Murder (Search and Rescue, Bk 1) :: M. L. Rowland and made it to page 15 before I quit. I don't like reading books with a lot of cuss words in them, especially if they use the F word.  This one was using a good many and I just decided I didn't want to keep reading it.  It was listed in the new Cozy mysteries thread so that was one reason I had decided to get it.  Not sure if I would classify it as one.

I will say though that the story seemed like it would be a good one even though they were just starting to lay the ground work for the plot when I quit.

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/3/2014 2:52 AM ET
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Almost finished with Little Shop of Homicide.  I have Silence in the Library just waiting to be picked up.  I like that series.

Marla, you're right, just one more to go.  A good ending to the series but I was sorry to have it conclude.

Raven Black has gotten to the point where, okay what's gonna happen now so maybe.  :)

Read a Kindle book yesterday, Silent Night / Donna Ball.  I've now finished all the books I've ordered before 2013.  Only ordered five in 2013 but 2014 is going great guns.  Mercy, I've put 18 books on it since the beginning of the year!

Also still working on my bookshelf.  I've done three shelves now.  I managed to find three titles that had been removed, big deal since I went from 168 to 207 books and I'm just halfway through the alphabet!  What will the next half bring?

I did find another wish listed book and GAH, started it last night.  I think I may suffer from ADD, sometime a book just doesn't hold my attention even though I like it.  It's a police procedure, serial killer, Don't Close Your Eyes / Lawrence Kelter.  It takes place in NYC which I don't often see these days.  I'm usually in some small town in the south where it doesn't seem possible that after 100 years there are a string of murders happening.  So far it's not gruesome, has a bit of language but no F bombs. 

It's a little older and the print is easy to read!  I thought my eyes were getting worse because there are times when I can't read the print on a new book.  Not my eyes, just books filled with unnecessary words that warrant smaller and smaller print to make the books a size to fit the price.  

Has anyone read The Fifth Assassin / Brad Meltzer?  I'm reading it on my Kindle and can't quite grasp what's going on.  Usually I have no problem getting my mind into a spy type thriller but this one jumps around quite a bit and though I'm not confused I can't wrap my mind around what the MC is doing or why he's doing it I'm giving it more time since I'm on page 72. 



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Date Posted: 3/3/2014 10:06 AM ET
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Well unless something more is happening our big 10-inch snow storm topped out at about 3 inches here in Wilmington.  However, down at the beach, Rehoboth, etc. they are getting slammed.  I believe they might be the ones to get the 10 inches.  Since it virtually never snows down there, everyone will be very excited.

I finished that first of the Kathryn Fox books set in Australia with the female pathologist.  Now I am on to the second book by Bruce deSilva about the newspaper reporter in Rhode Island.  Yes, you would like a title and when it comes to me I will clue you in.  The first book was "Rogue Island" --- does that help!!!  Okay, it is "Cliff Walk".

Geri as to books on Kindle, WOW I must have 75.  Have not checked the total on Amazon lately.  Unfortunately I get a daily e-mail about free books and it has been hazardous to my Kindle health.  I just need to begin reading them.  Actually this free/cheap book site is a good one.  Our Jeanne put me onto it and you can choose the sorts of books you get.  It is eReader IQ.  You choose your genres and get an e-mail daily to either look at or delete.



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Date Posted: 3/3/2014 1:14 PM ET
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Oh, Becky, just what I need...another source for free Kindle books!!!  I get a daily email from Book Bub which shows 5-6 books in the genres I chose...ranging from free to$1.99.  Everyday, I swear I won't open it, but I always do!!  One of my problems is that I download them and then, when I go to pick one to read, have no idea what most of them are about!

A friend sent me a bit from some newspaper about memory loss with aging.  Some doctor has been researching it and arrived at the conclusion that, except in the case of Alzheimers or diagnosed dementia, it really isn't memory loss.  His conclusion is that you have stored so much information in your brain over your lifetime that it just takes longer to retrieve it.  Sort of like a computer running slower when the hard disk is full.  That's my new excuse!!!!

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 1:59 PM ET
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You are most welcome Marla --- just wanting to help out (hee hee)!!!

Say if any of you have not read "Rogue Island" by Bruce DeSilva it was an Edgar Award winner in 2011.  So it could work for that category in our Challenge.

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 5:18 PM ET
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Barb - I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt and grandmother.  Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Dad is home, got there yesterday.  He's doing pretty well.  He's finally decided that if he takes his pain meds when they are supposed to be taken he might feel a lot better.  Don't know how many people besides me have told him that repeatedly over the past few days.  Now that it is his idea maybe he'll do it.  I'm calling him at least twice a day and visiting each day.  He has had several visitors and his cleaning lady was there today.  It's like Grand Central Station.  Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

Haven't had much time to read, but I am getting through "The Fatal Funnel Cake" by Livia Washburn.  I just got "The Silence of the Library" today - we can all read it together!

 

 

Date Posted: 3/3/2014 7:26 PM ET
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Joy --- Great news about your dad.  Thank you for keeping us up to speed on his progress.

Barbara --- How are things going with your family.  You had a couple of sad scenarios.  Let us know how you are when you have a minute.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/3/2014 7:45 PM ET
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Joy terrific news about your dad.  My mom was the same way.  She wouldn't take her pain meds either.  She had the idea that in time the pain would go away.  Naturally it doesn't.  The doctor and I finally convinced her to take them rather than suffer.

Less than 10 inches of snow to go and we'll match the record set in 1880-1881 and snow is predicted for tomorrow and Wednesday.  The weather people are quivering with excitement.   



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Date Posted: 3/4/2014 10:29 AM ET
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"Cliff Walk" by Bruce deSilva (9780765332370) hardcover edition --- has 11 wishers.  Are you one of them?  If so, send me a PM and I can post the book directly to your wishlist.  Will hang on to it for a couple of days before posting.

Now I am on to a book Geri sent me, "Murder at Bent Elbow" by Kate Bryan.  Just a few pages in at this point.  It is an historical mystery set in California/Nevada.  WOW is the print tiny!!!!  I started it in bed last night and feel it is going to need to be a bright daytime book.

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Date Posted: 3/4/2014 11:05 AM ET
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Becky did you notice in my post about Don't Close Your Eyes I commented on the size of the print?  I have a new "day time"reading light.  What a different that made for me!

Let's see, I finished Don't Close Your Eyes.  It got gruesome, it dropped F bombs and yet I read it quickly!  It's the first of a series.  Female police detective, serial killer takes place in NYC.  A bit more realistic than a series of murders in some small southern town.  Though the MC has dinner with her mom there are no recipes at the end.  wink  Also, got to a point where I simply had to read Raven Black.  A bit difficult since it has English phrases and I had to think about what the situation was to know what was being said.  

Working on the fifth shelf of my bookcase.  TBR is up to 206 and counting.  Though I did find a couple of titles on the list I no longer had.  And, I received a new book yesterday and five more today.  Ah well.  As we all know So Many Books, So Little Time. 

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 12:01 PM ET
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Yes Geri --- I definitely saw your post and thought about you when I began this book.  The sun is just almost shining fully on all of this snow and it is blindingly bright.  Going to take a small book break.  Have some chili on the stove and the puppies have just been out to chase away the grackles from the bird feeders, so they are cold and want a rest!!!

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Date Posted: 3/4/2014 2:00 PM ET
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I was looking a my Books I've Sent and the first on the list is one I've sent to Connie who lives about 10 miles from me, maybe less.  I used PBS/Dc and checked the Details because Connie is usually speedy about marking the book received.  She can't marked that darned thing received, it's in Pennsylvania!!!  In a few days the book will be declared lost in the mail.  Sheesh, I swear if I have another for her I'm making arrangements to meet her and hand deliver it.

We had a sunshine day yesterday, today gloom.          

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 2:51 PM ET
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THE SHAME OF IT --- I think I said earlier in this forum that I had 50+ Kindle books.  I was just looking at the Manage My Kindle spot on Amazon and I have 176 books ---- how has that happened?????  Not even going to open any  more e-mails about "free or inexpensive" books.  That is ridiculous.  As Marla says, I do not even know why I got them or their subject matter!!!!  Very sad.

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 4:20 PM ET
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They multiply like rabbits, Becky.  Must be something like that!   :)

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/4/2014 4:37 PM ET
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Becky, if you go to Manage Your Kindle right under Your Kindle Library is View.  I'll bet the 176 is everything on your Kindle.  Amazon has all kinds of stuff like dictionaries and newspapers on there.  Change the View to Books.  When I look at mine I have 50 things on my Kindle but when I look at books it's 24, much better.  I don't even go to those free sites.  Got to read my paper books and as Joy says those multiply like bunnies !!! 

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 4:51 PM ET
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Doesn't help...I change the view to books and I still have 56!!!!  cheeky  Can't resist "free".  Have been better at reading them...have knocked off 12 since Jan. 1!

Anybody watching "The Artful Detective" on TV?  It is based on Maureen Jennings' series featuring Det. Murdoch set in Toronto in the late 1800s.  DH has been watching it.  It is on Saturday night and they seem to be re-running previous episodes some afternoons.  I think it is on the Ovation Channel (at least it is on Direct TV).  He loves anything Victorian and he gets it followed by Ripper Street on Saturday night...another Victorian mystery...so he is in hog heaven!!

We are in a cycle of snow flurries and cold for two days, next day or so in the 60s, then back to snow flurries/cold!  Since we were "flurry-ing" the first two days of March, I guess that counts as "coming in like a lion"...am looking forward to the "lamb" phase!
 



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Date Posted: 3/4/2014 7:46 PM ET
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Okay Geri --- I have the same situation as Marla --- I choose books and it is still that very large number!!!  So sad for me.  What I believe I need to do is go thru each one and make a little note about it, which book it is in the series, etc.  Actually what if I listed them on PBS, just use a paper book ISBN, then I would have notes, etc.  The only issue is I believe some of them are E-books only.  Well, at least that could cover most of them.

Okay, it does work to put them onto PBS, but it is slightly tedious to pull up the book, then go to the paper copy, copy the ISBN, search PBS, etc. etc.



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