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Subject: Miss Withers?
Date Posted: 12/9/2008 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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I rent quite a few books and sometimes when I want to try out a series, I'll put quite a few of them on my list because you never know what they'll send.  Well, sometimes I guess they decide I should read them all right away.

I'd had the first Miss Withers wishlisted forever and decided to try the others which are more available.  I finished it in a recent order and now they are sending me two more.  Has anyone else read this series?

I liked the book fairly well, although it really contained all the caricatures people complain about in amateur sleuths.  I think these would have annoyed me if it had been set in the present day rather than the 30's.  Although I didn't really go to school in the 30's, her school  reminded me a lot of my first elementary school (which wasn't in a city either).  I enjoyed the book but I'm not so sure about reading so many in a row.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:03 AM ET
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I'm not familiar with that series, but I am with you on not reading too many series books in a row. I used to do that a few years ago and got really burned out on some series that I still haven't gone back to catch up with because I got so tired of them. The most I will read in a row is two, and that is VERY rare for me these days.

When you say renting books, are you talking about Booksfree.com? I used to use them before I discovered PBS, and that is the one thing that really bugged me about them--I never seemed to get the books at the top of my list, they were always sending things from the middle and bottom. I didn't dare put two books in a series on the list because invariably they'd get sent out of order, and I'm a bit fanatical about reading a series in order. Once I discovered PBS I quit using them.


Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:21 PM ET
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Yes, it is Booksfree and I've been fairly happy with them.  It is true that some of the top stuff doesn't seem to mean much but they have a new thing where you can request a specific one every 30 days.  I think I only used it once so far.

If I really care, I will only put the first one on my list too but sometimes it's not that important.  I've gotten so many there that would still be languishing on my list here.  I often put them on both lists and almost never get them here first.  I've had a historical fiction mystery on there forever but I'm not excited enough to insist they send it either :) 

About the only series I read straight through and enjoyed was Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.  Booksfree sent those like that too, although I'd somehow missed putting #3 on the list and it didn't come fast so I just bought it.  It would have taken me forever to get them here.  I think those worked (it was about 7 or 8) because he focused on something different in each one.

The Miss Withers are by Stuart Palmer although I guess she was first introduced in a book that was by Craig Rice or a collaboration or something.  I don't recall right now, but the Rice connection was what made me try them.  Luckily I always have things here to intermingle a bit.

I don't want to sound like I'm advertising. There are various reasons why Booksfree works pretty well for me but I can see why it wouldn't be a good choice for a lot of people.

I put a couple of books on there that I suspect I will probably hate - i bet those come really fast, lol.

Date Posted: 12/13/2008 4:19 PM ET
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Just to update:  One of the two I got is the first in the series, "The Penguin Pool Murder."  Apparently they've been reissued and I'm enjoying them quite a bit.  I do wish I had seen the movie based on it.