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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: March's Mysteries and Thrillers
Date Posted: 3/1/2017 8:05 AM ET
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What are reading for Mysteries in March?

I am reading one of my favorite Historical Mystery series 

The Queen's Accomplice (Maggie Hope, Bk 6) :: Susan Elia MacNeal

Set in 1942 London. Well done



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/2/2017 7:06 AM ET
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hmm no one ready mysteryies this month?

I am starting A Taste Fur Murder (Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot, Bk 1) :: Dixie Lyle

I know this series has been around for a bit but I have never read it.

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Date Posted: 3/2/2017 7:50 AM ET
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Alice maybe they're all still in February.  wink

I'm reading A Most Inconvenient Death is a Victorian true-crime novel. The Stanfield Hall Murders were the sensation they are portrayed to be, the elaborate coming of age celebrations and the ensuing dramatic trial are all recorded history.

Also reading The Fall Guy / Simon Wood on Kindle.  This is one of those books I've passed over and over anf over.  Finally decided to see if I liked it just to get it off my Kindle.  It's crazy.  The MC is a young man who can't seem to find his niche in life.  A series of low paying, dead end jobs that he just doesn't enjoy doing.  Then he's running late for work, must stop at the bank.  He manages to back into a car and break the headlight.  No insurance and knows he can't afford to fix it.  There are witnesses so he leaves a note saying sorry, not leaving you my information.  He feels he's skated on that one.  Until he comes home to find a man with two thugs in his apartment.  The guy is a drug dealer, Tim has cost him a fortune.  To get out from under he agrees to do a small job for the drug dealer.  Grab a car and bring it to him.  Yes indeedy, it goes from there.  Steal a car, drive a car and find it has a dead body, six kilos of cocane, a gun and he's on the highway.  He just gets into one thing after another.  It's a wild ride, sorry I hadn't read it sooner! 

Date Posted: 3/2/2017 10:47 AM ET
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Alice - I haven't read that series either even though I do have 3 of them just sitting there waiting on me.

I'm getting close to finishing Bookman Dead Style. Just haven't been in a mood for reading as much lately.

Date Posted: 3/2/2017 5:23 PM ET
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Even thought I haven't been reading much the last week or so, it hasn't stopped me from getting books.

I picked up these from the Dollar Tree the other day:
Seven for a Secret (Timothy Wilde, Bk 2) :: Lyndsay Faye
A Fatal Likeness (Charles Maddox, Bk 3) :: Lynn Shepherd
The Axe Factor (Jimm Juree, Bk 3) :: Colin Cotterill
The Harlot's Tale (Midwife's Tale, Bk 2) :: Sam Thomas
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe (No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bk 15) :: Alexander McCall Smith

DH gave me a gift card to BAM for Valentine's so I went today and got:
Silence of the Flans (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery) :: Laura Bradford
A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery) :: Cuyler Overholt

Has anyone read any of these (besides Silence of the Flans)? Just wondered how they were. I've never read any of the No. 1 Detective Agency so thought it was worth a $1 to try, even if it is book 15.

 

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Date Posted: 3/2/2017 8:53 PM ET
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I really like teh No1 Ladies Detective Agency. I like the Jimm Juree sereis. Colin Cotterill has a strange sense of humor.  Lyndsay Faye books I am so so on.,some people really like her books.

 

I just got Deadly Affection as well.

Date Posted: 3/3/2017 7:59 AM ET
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I just finished Racing the Devil by Charles Todd. It's the newest in the Ian Rutledge series. As always, very well written and a convulted mystery that involves several men who met during the war and promised if they survived to meet and race there cars in Nice. Hamish only makes a few minor appearances in this book and Ian doesn't appear quite as guilt sticken although he has many regrets. I really like this series and look forward to each new book.

Date Posted: 3/3/2017 2:48 PM ET
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I've read one by Colin Cotterill, the first in the Dr. Siri series. I liked it okay, just never got around to reading any of the others in the series.

I had to return couple of books to the library and while looking around happened to see Close Call :: Laura DiSilverio and checked it out. Looks to be a bit different from her cozy series. Think it is a stand alone. Thought that I would give it try.

Waiting on the new Kay Hooper from the library. Think I'm around 15th in line for it.

Date Posted: 3/3/2017 3:28 PM ET
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Cynthia...I want your Dollar Tree!!  I go to one every week.  Actually, I sort of rotate between 3-4 of them depending on where I am.  But I have never made a book haul like you did!  I have, occasionally found a book there that I want, but it's rare.

Date Posted: 3/3/2017 5:15 PM ET
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I am almost finished reading 'Egg Drop Dead'  by Laura Childs of the Cackleberry Club series.  Besides Laura Childs, I have heard no one call eggs that since my grandfather.  I thought it was a riot.  Of course I'm older now and my sense of humor has become honed over the years.  :)  This is  my 21st book for the year, so except for Geri, I think I'm doing fairly well.  Geri of course has read somewhere near 75 by now.   :)  

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Date Posted: 3/4/2017 8:39 PM ET
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This is not a mystery but is very good and I wanted to share with you

I just finished a very good YA Fantasy set in 1825 Russia. The Crown's Game (Crown's Game, Bk 1) by Evelyn Skye 

I just read it for the WL VB, and am sending it out. Very good highly recommend.

Date Posted: 3/4/2017 10:28 PM ET
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Joy, I was thinking of you last night as I was trying to read and laughing so hard tears were rolling down my face.  It was a romance that I got for free from Book Bub and the Montana cowboy was wanting to do something special for his girlfriend from Maine.  He had a couple of lobsters flown in and had a pot of water on to boil when she arrived.  Then he just couldn't put the lobsters in the water and neither could she.  He called the ranch foreman and he came, took one look and couldn't do it either.  Finally the foreman called his mother and she came and put the lobsters in the pot.  The descriptions were so funny. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2017 5:59 PM ET
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That does sound funny, Una.  In the downeast town of Rockland they have a lobster festival every year and PETA is there in force to protest against animal cruelty.  What they don't tell you is that lobsters don't have the nervous system equipment to feel pain.  I keep quiet in some circles because I don't even like lobsters.  "How can you be from Maine and not like lobsters?"  they say.  Apparently it just wasn't in my gene pool.  :)

I finished "Egg Drop Dead" by Laura Childs and am now reading "Cheddar Off Dead" by Julia Buckley.  This is the second book in her Undercover Dish series.  I was a bit afraid that it might not be as good as the first one, which I absolutely loved.  But no worries ~ it is just as good. 

Date Posted: 3/5/2017 6:21 PM ET
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Well after a few days of no new posts I finally cabbaged on to the fact we are in a new month!!!  Not reading as much as I would like, but life is very busy these days.  Right now I am reading "Tabula Rasa" (clean slate in Latin) --- it is by Shelly Reuben and is about an arson investigator and there is an adopted baby involved as well.  It is meant to fit into the Challenge somewhere but I would have to look at my list to figure it out!!  It is keeping my attention when I can stay awake to read!!!

Had some bad news this past Wednesday.  My oldest brother has been diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer.  They found it in a CT scan with contrast.  Now waiting to do a biopsy to find just what type of cancer it is.  Oncologist told us there are three usual types of pancreatic cancer; one is somewhat treatable and the other two pretty much are not.  Arnold wil be 69 in May.  Has been a sad few days.

Okay, figured out why I am reading "Tabula Rasa" --- one of the main characters is named Sebastian (Shakespeare name)!!!



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Oh, Becky, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother.   I will be praying and hoping it will end up as the treatable kind.  Thoughts and prayers to you all.

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Date Posted: 3/7/2017 3:49 PM ET
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Una, I'm reading the Montana books but haven't gotten to that one.  I've read two and they have me laughing out loud with some of the things they do.

Becky, I will be praying for your brother.  Very sad news.

Joy, I have read 106 eBooks so far.  Some have been novellas so I could read two or three of those in a day.  A cute novella series is by Evelyn David.  Takes place in Lottawatah, OK with Brianna Sullivan as the MC.  So far this poor town has had flooding, a tornado, murders and ghosts.  Brianna can talk to ghosts and she tries to help them go to the light.  She now works in a funeral home so she gets complaints from the ghosts of the people who are being taken care of in the funeral home.  Their cothing or har.  She tries to talk to relative to get the things fixed.    

Now reading The Yankee Club / Michael Murphy.  Could fit in several catergories or challenges.  It's a historical since it takes place in 1933 New York.  The MC is a novelist up from Florida to see his publisher.  His friend is killed in a drive by shooting - think all the old movies with the machine gun out the window. 



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Becky...So sorry about your brother.  Sending thoughts and prayers for all of you.

Giggled at your "Sebastian" book.  I was reading Garden of Lamentations/Deborah Crombie (the latest in her Kincaid/James Brit police procedurals) and was 2/3s of the way through it when the light bulb went on...the co-MCs name is Duncan.  Wasn't reading it with the Challenge in mind! 

Feeling really good today...left the house about 8:45; dropped the car off to get the oil changed; went next door to a Starbuck's and got a latte; sat down and pulled out my book and barely got through the first chapter when they called and said the car was ready!  Drove to the west side of town to an emissions testing station.  Was in line behind three other cars when a guy came up and told me to go over to the line for 4-wheel/AWD cars which was empty.  Got out and went into the "booth" to wait and pulled out my book.  A gal who works there walked through and stopped to ask what I was reading and we chatted a couple of minutes and she told me I wouldn't be there long enough to read much.  Read two pages and the car was done (it passed).  Drove back across town to the Motor Vehicle Department to renew the registration and wasn't in there five minutes.  I was home before 11:00!   I didn' think I would be back before 1 or 2:00.  Went to a different emissions testing station than usual and will go there from now on...I usually figure on at least 90 minutes to get through that with waiting in line and then waiting for them to test it.  The Motor Vehicle Dept. is a new office they just opened 3 months ago and I don't think anyone has discovered it yet!  Good thing since by the end of the first chapter I had a feeling I had read the book before!  (I had a few years ago!)  It was one of those "brain candy" sort of books but I figured that would be good with all the waiting I expected to do.

Date Posted: 3/8/2017 6:05 PM ET
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Read I Shot the Buddha, a Dr Siri escapade by Colin Cotterill.  Thanks Cheryl and it's off to Jeanne.  This book has many characters  in both Laos and across the river in Thailand.  I should have kept a list in order to remember who was who, but still good as usual.

Now reading The Player, a Carter Ross mystery by Brad Parks who has won the Shamus, Lefty, and Nero awards.  He is a young investigative reporter for the Newark Eagle-Examiner who reminds me a little of Rosenfelts's Andy Carpenter.  This is the 3rd or 4th in the series and he is developing nicely.

On Kindle I am reading Ice Blue a Lord and Lady Hetheridge Mystery (although she is not Lady Hetheridge yet) by Emma Jameson.  Baron Hetheridge is a supervisor at Scotland Yard and Kate is a quite down to earth and much younger constable. I assume it's the 1st in a series and I'd like to see what develops.

On Kindle also read A Terrible Beauty (Lady Emily Mystery) by Tasha Alexander, set in Greece.  It got very bogged down in Greek and Roman ancient history and I found myself skipping pages.

On Kindle, also read Baby's Got Blue Eyes: Introducing DI Ted Darling by LM Krier, crime nove/police procedural set in the U.K. The whole book reminds me of Stuart Pawson's DI Charlie Priest and his team, but the serial killer goes on too long with some contrived victims.

Next up is Strange Images of Death, a (Scotland Yard) Detective Joe Sandilands Investigation, by the very clever Barbara Cleverly. I always enjoy books in this series even ghough I've gotten a little out of order in the later ones.   He travels to Provence in this one.  

Susan



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Becky - prayers and positive thoughts going out to you and your brother!

Date Posted: 3/8/2017 8:16 PM ET
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Thank you everyone for all the kind thoughts.  My brother actually came home from the hospital today.  I have not yet spoken to  my sister-in-law to find any details.  They did a second CT with contrast on Monday and I have not yet heard the results.  They have yet to do any biopsies.  Will give an update when I have anything to report.

I am reading something titled "The Coffin Trail" by Martin Edwards.  It is the first in a Lake District series.  The Lake District has always been a favorite place in England and that piece of this is good, not to sure yet about the characters, etc.  The main character is not partciularly likeable, but it might grow on me.  It is for the series but, as usual, I know not where it goes!!  Obviously I should have made a written list of all these books I obtained for the Challenge(s) and where they are meant to fit!!!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 3/9/2017 9:03 AM ET
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Big owl hugs to you Becky.

Susan, I read I shot the Buddha too. I thought the characters were confusing as well

I finished Curious Beginings by Deanna Rayburn. Liked it didn't love it. Too easy to figure out. Main character is plucky but would drive me crazy sometimes. I did put book two on my WL though

Date Posted: 3/9/2017 10:23 AM ET
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Have been reading oldies but goodies.  Discovered a wonderfully talented author, Charlotte Armstrong.  Have finished three of her books:  The Unsuspected, The Turret Room and the delightfully hilarous A Dram of Poison which won her an Edgar award.  These, which I have yet to read, The Gift Shop, and Lemon in the Basket were nominated, too.  In addition, three of her short stories which were published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, were likewise nominated for Edgars: "And Already Lost," "The Case for Miss Peacock" and "The Splintered Monday".  She wrote scripts for movies, too, and we found one to watch.  What a talented writer!  I recommend that some of you search her work and read some of it.  I think you will enjoy it.



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Date Posted: 3/9/2017 8:48 PM ET
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Oh Alice, and I gave A Curious Beginning 5 stars!  It was the first historical fiction book I read and it really got me going on the genre.  I have book two waiting to be read now.

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Date Posted: 3/10/2017 8:42 AM ET
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I finished off some tree books!  An eclectic pile, they all have a mystery, just not conventional mysteries.   devil

Death Warmed Over (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., Bk 1) Author: Kevin J. Anderson
Billingsgate Shoal (Doc Adams Mysteries) Author: Rick Boyer
Blood Lines (Sarah Armstrong, Bk 2) Author: Kathryn Casey
The White Shepherd: (The Oxford Dogwalkers' Mystery) Author: Annie Dalton
The Tour Bus of Doom Author: Elizabeth Ann Scarborough


 

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