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Subject: March books that we are reading
Date Posted: 3/1/2015 1:53 PM ET
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Wow, time is flying! Can't believe that this thread wasn't started already.

I just started reading Keeping Bad Company by Caro Peacock. Looks to be a terrific mystery!

Date Posted: 3/1/2015 2:15 PM ET
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Jeanne...thanks for starting this! I'm ready for March.

I'm going to try Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka.  It's Japan in 1861, just after "opening its doors to the West."  I don't know much about Japan, and even less about Japan in 1861, so it might be interesting.  Has anyone else read this one?

 

Date Posted: 3/1/2015 2:46 PM ET
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Just yesterday I received Angus Donald's King's Man from dear, dear snowbound Vicky---so, I'll be curling up by the fire with a scotch this afternoon and starting that!

 

@Vicky--I have not read that one, but have tried a few 'Japanese literary prize winning fiction' titles, and I'm afraid I must not have very Japanese sensibilities because I don't get them. Now, Chinese writing? I get those!

Date Posted: 3/1/2015 6:51 PM ET
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Colleen-you are in for a treat!

 

Me:  on Kindle-Martin Stephens-"Galleon's Grave" Henry Gresham #1.  

HF:  SJ Parris' "Heresy"-

HR:(in case anyone is interested)-Paula Marshall "Wolfe's Mate"-straight old-fashioned Regency; Carla Kelly "The Hesitant Heart"-Western-I don't typically "do" Westerns but I "do" Kelly and it's terrific as always.  

Jan 

Typically I have several books going at once-but even for me, four is alot!

Thinking about diving back into the world of either Penman or Chadwick next-want something "meaty".

Date Posted: 3/1/2015 8:35 PM ET
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Vicky --- I read the "Sparrow" quite some time ago.  Actually looked up the book and it has been a LONG time ago, as I read it when it first came out in 2002.  It was before I started keeping any sort of "grading" system for books read, but I think I liked it, I know I finished it --- hate to say much more in case I would spoil something.  I did read the fellow's next book as well, "Autumn Bridge".

Finally finished "Theft of Life" by Imogen Robertson and also "The Path of the Wicked" by Caro Peacock.  Now on to a modern day one --- the next to the newest Walt Longmire.

Date Posted: 3/2/2015 11:38 AM ET
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Well, Sparrow is a DNF for me.  I gave it a good shot last night, but there were too many characters, most of them with Japanese names (ha, ha) and I just couldn't get interested in them, or the story.  A few phrases used didn't seem to fit the time period...I'm now a HF snob!!  I don't know, it just hit me wrong, so I need to pick a new book.  I may go back to Wine of Violence on my Kindle, which I can use for the Mystery challenge.  

We're looking forward to a bunch of rain and warmer temps tomorrow.  I may get out of here on Wednesday!  I told my DH that I'm going to tell people I gave up work for Lent.  At this point, we just have to laugh.  I have a horrible case of cabin fever, but I don't have a death wish...that driveway has to melt more before I try it.  wink

Date Posted: 3/2/2015 1:20 PM ET
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Just finished The Nightingale.  Wow, what a good read!  Now to find something else...thinking I might dive into Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn.

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 6:50 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/3/2015 8:29 PM ET
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REK --- I enjoyed "Orphan Train".  It was very educational for me, as I had no idea of that particular piece of American history.

Date Posted: 3/3/2015 8:41 PM ET
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The Nightingale was written by Kristin Hannah.  I think I've tried to read something else by her and didn't like it, but Nightingale blew me away. 

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Date Posted: 3/5/2015 12:18 PM ET
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I am reading The Siege Winter: A Novel by Ariana Franklin. Very good historical mystery. Ariana Franklin died in 2011, her daughter Samantha Norman finished the book. It is well put together with interesting storyline.


 

Alice

Date Posted: 3/5/2015 1:35 PM ET
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Reading Sovereign, Matthew Shardlake #3.

Date Posted: 3/5/2015 7:54 PM ET
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Alice, I just ordered Siege Winter for my library.  I miss Ariana Franklin!  

I'm reading Death and the Running Patterer by Robin Adair.  It's set in Australia in 1828, and I'm only about 1/3 of the way through.  It's holding my attention, but I can put it down pretty easily at this point.  It does have some interesting information on the history of the penal colony. Oh, and in case you don't know, a running patterer goes around and either reads or recites news items from newspapers for those who cannot read or are rich enough to hire someone to tell them the news. He recites advertisements too!  

Date Posted: 3/5/2015 8:52 PM ET
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I finished Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas (fantastic!) and I'm going to be starting Godiva by Nicole Galland.

Date Posted: 3/5/2015 9:42 PM ET
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The Running Patterer book sounds interesting Vicky! I will have to check that out - and then someone can do a psych eval on me! (Like I need another book!)

Cheryl - I figured that Fatal Enquiry would be a good one - haven't read a bad one in that series yet!

Date Posted: 3/5/2015 9:52 PM ET
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I'm failing at my Nook book. It's just so LONG. So I've decided to not pick up another paperback until it's done. And every time I go to pick my "next up" book, it changes. HA! I'm about finished with my (non-HF) audiobook, so I'll be starting something new probably this weekend. I think I'm going with some Frank Delaney. I love his voice (he narrates his own works) and I'm ready for another fantasy trip to Ireland. His books are such a treat to listen to!

Date Posted: 3/6/2015 9:41 AM ET
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Started Death at Le Fenice. Not HF. After this, I will return to the Outlaw Chronicles smiley

Date Posted: 3/6/2015 11:01 AM ET
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Jeanne- It's probably one of my favorites in the series.  I did give up on Godiva, just wasn't in the mood for it I guess.  I've started Daughter of the Red Deer by Joan Wolf instead

Date Posted: 3/6/2015 4:23 PM ET
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Jeanne said: The Running Patterer book sounds interesting Vicky! I will have to check that out - and then someone can do a psych eval on me! (Like I need another book!)

Ha!  Just say the word, Jeanne..you have a friend who will send it to you...

 

 

Date Posted: 3/6/2015 6:50 PM ET
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Oh no! LOL! How did you like it Vicky? Are you actually finished with it? If you liked it, I'll put it on my WL........and go see the shrink!

Date Posted: 3/7/2015 1:04 AM ET
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Cheryl, I loved Daughter of the Red Deer! Hope you do, also.

Colleen, I noted with great interest your reference to Scotch! That is my drink of choice as well. :)

I read Ross Poldark (been on the TBR forever) and immediately started book two - Demelza! Wonderful, wonderful books set in 1780's Cornwall.

Kelly

 

 

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Date Posted: 3/8/2015 8:05 PM ET
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I just finished a good YA Historical

 
It is the 3rd book of the trilogy, the best in my opinon set in 1458 Brittony. If you are look to try some YA HF this is a good series.
Alice
Date Posted: 3/8/2015 9:19 PM ET
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I finished Death and the Running Patterer by Robin Adair, and I have to say that I did enjoy it.  The author does a great job of working in facts and even some trivia about Australia, specifically the history of Sydney.  He has an afterword where he explains which characters are real, which I always enjoy.  This is one of those mysteries where the main character (our intrepid detective) gathers clues, and is figuring things out, but this is not shared with the reader.  If this style of plotting bothers you, you won't like this book.  So, I had to wait along with all the other characters for the final Agatha Christie-esque reveal at the end.  And I have to say, it was not only a surprise, but I wasn't sure when the traps and subterfuge would end.  Very nice; I like being kept on my toes!  There was also a 'reveal' about the main character's background, which is a nice set-up for future books in the series.  

I have the sequel on my Kindle, and I will probably read it next.  I think the title is Ghosts of Waterloo.  I don't see where he's written a third novel yet, but this is billed as a series, so we'll see.

Date Posted: 3/9/2015 2:15 PM ET
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I finished S. J. Parris' "Heresy" over the weekend.  I enjoyed it but....it really dragged for me in parts-but the last 100 pages were hyper-speed.  Liked that.  Will do more Elizabethan mysteries in future-but, right now....it's time for a classic....

Penman's "When Christ and His Saints Slept".  D'ya know?  I embarrassed to say that up until a few years' ago, I thought "Maude" and "Matilda" were two different English queens from the same time period.  Penman explains the whys and the wherefores of historical documentation making use of both names.  Yay!

Jan

Date Posted: 3/9/2015 2:18 PM ET
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Finished Orphan Train.  It was very good and I enjoyed it but I have read other books along this line so I was a bit disappointed, probably due to my expectations.  However, I loved the research that the author did to assure authenticity.  It was wonderful.  I've begun Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum which I have long planned to read.  Didn't realize that it fit my HF challenge until I checked it out.  That's great!



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