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Subject: Murder On the Water
Date Posted: 4/22/2010 10:00 AM ET
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This is the thread for discussing books read for category #2 in the HF Mystery challenge. I am leaving this one open to a fair amount of self interpretation, as , in my searching, I've found that this is a pretty tough one!



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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 6:26 PM ET
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Hey, can River of Darkness count for this category? [I vote yes.]

(And yes, I know that Kelly thinks that "in fairness" we should count only books we read from here on out as opposed to books we've already read, but I respectfully say, "fairness, shmairness!")

Jeanne -- as our esteemed arbiter, you have to decide 1) whether Airth's first book counts in this category, and 2) whether we can only count books we read from now on. Depending on your answers, I may or may not post a book or two directly to your WL.wink

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 6:35 PM ET
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Hah, Deb! I was just looking at YOUR WL and I have a BUNCH of them that you are wanting!! The answers are "nope" and "nope". The crime in River of Darkness did not occur ON THE WATER and , if you've already read this book for another challenge, I'm sorry, but you can't use it here. Poor Deb, I know that you are drowning in book challenges and we really want you in this one, but I have to stick to my guns.crying

I have been looking myself for books that would apply to the Murder on the Water category and I've come across several that are somewhat in the same "boat", so to speak, as River of Darkness, but if nothing happens ON THE WATER, I don't think it applies. (Oh, I'm just waiting for that wet noodle, or, in this case, bamboo, and I just know that I will never be able to moderate another challenge after this!)

I know, I know, that I said a " fair amount of self interpretation", but what I am thinking is , if you want to use swashbucklers, Bermuda Triangle stuff or a mystery where someone is perhaps deliberately pushed overboard or where nefarious things happen at sea or something like Death on the Nile, that's IT - you've got it!! All of the book does not need to take place on the water. but the water needs to be part of the mystery. ( I'm an ex-sailor, you see.)



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LOL!

(Just can't get a break around here.  You know, Genie is a lot more lenient with her Challenge interpretations.laugh)

FURTHERMORE -- if you have my WL books, why aren't you posting them to me??????????



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I know, I know! They don't call me "mean Jeanne" (pronounced Jean) for nothing! Ask my DH!!wink

 

Oh, I haven't read them all yet, Deb! I might ask you the same! surprise



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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Jeanne, when you host the challenge, you get control of the noodle. Them's the rules. lol

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 8:01 PM ET
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Ha! That's news to me. Where's my noodle then. Huh? Huh? wink

I'm way nicer than you Jeanne, but I still want my noodle. cheeky

Date Posted: 4/22/2010 8:13 PM ET
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Noodles? Who wants noodles? I want bamboo! ( Gotta say my bamboo sheets are nice and soft!)

Gotta edit this to say that when you get "older" you not only get to wear purple, you get to be a b .....no.....you get cranky!wink



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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 12:05 PM ET
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Okay, you all - I am making a decision here about the Murder on the Water category. Since this seems to be an especially tough one, as I found out myself in looking for a book that fits, I will broaden the requirements to include any HF mystery that REFERS to water in the title or the text.

How is that for being a little more benevolent? ( Huh, Deb, huh?)

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 12:31 PM ET
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Oh, yeah, change the rules after I search high and low, across mountains and frozen plains, through the darkest nights and the hottest of days, on every single page of the BCO website for my "on the water" book! Not fair!

I hereby rescind ALL wet noodles and will keep them for myself.

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 12:40 PM ET
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Oh, I forgot that I actually came to this thread to tell you all about the "on the water" book that I read. A book that kinda sucked, but stayed true to the original parameters of the goal, as they were orginally written. I deserve extra credit or something.

On to the book...

The Devil's Eye by Ian Townsend was confusing. Set in Queensland, the book focuses on the pearling fleet, a man who was stabbed, and a huge hurricane. Too many storylines, too much bouncing around between characters and different scenes, and I'm still not sure if there really was a murder! All of the action of the book was saved for the last 3 chapters and while those were exciting, they were not enough to save this one from being a snooze-fest. Normally, I would have ditched this book after 50 pages, but I perservered through the boredom just for the sake of this goal. This goal which Jeanne made for us and which I carried through to the letter of the law because I didn't know that the rule would be altered. But I'm not bitter. Nope.

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 1:21 PM ET
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Gee, Valli -- so, so sorry that Jeanne changed the rules on you. How terribly unfair! I'm so glad that you're not bitter. In my eyes, you do indeed deserve bonus points -- so here you go:

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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 2:39 PM ET
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Oh Valli, I did the same thing as you - searching, searching for just the right book. As a matter of fact that's why I put American Captain as my first choice, but if that doesn't work, then it's got to be Star of the Sea. I even went out and BOUGHT Star of the Sea after ordering American Captain! Yes, you should get a special reward - either that , or  I should have Deb read an extra category (she's primarily responsible for this, ya know). Hmmm, let me think on this.....devil

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 2:43 PM ET
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Jeanne -- have you noticed that I haven't even agreed to participate in this challenge yet???

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 3:04 PM ET
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Deb, You know those WL'd books you are wanting and that I have more of...............?

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Now that you have both acknowledge the incredible effort I made on behalf of this challenge, I can let go of the bitterness. LOL! Oh, I'm so enjoying all of these challenges. You are going to think I'm crazy, but I think I have thought of an absolutely fabulous idea for next year! It's great!

Deb, you better say you are playing quick, quick, quick! Jeanne has wishlist books and she knows how to use them. As blackmail.

LOL!

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 5:02 PM ET
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Oh Valli, thanks so much for your understanding and forgiveness!

Wait just a minute here, I have to get geared up for the rest of this challenge. I' ve been feeling like a real wimp......but I'm ready now -armed and dangerous!!!

 

Star wars  


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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 6:10 PM ET
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LOL...you ladies sure know how to brighten a gloomy day.  Thanks for the chuckles..

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 6:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 6:37 PM ET
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but I'm ready now- armed and dangerous!!! 

Star wars

 

UH-OH!

 

ETA: Ahh, Genie -- LOL with you.



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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 7:11 PM ET
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Okay, Deb, Are you just going to laugh or are you playing in this challenge - huh?

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Date Posted: 4/25/2010 8:30 PM ET
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If you are having trouble with this category one book is Murder on the Lusitania by Conrad Allen. All his books take place on a ship.

A good one I read is First Class Murder by Elliot Roosevelt (FDR's son). Takes place late 1930s

Seeing we can have water sources in teh title River God by Wilbur Smith is very good.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 10:36 AM ET
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Utilizing a very loose interpretation of "on the water"  I have read The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters.  This is the second book of the Amelia Peabody mysteries.  To get to the archeological site our hero and heroine must travel on the Nile River, and also cross it a time or two.

These are fun little mysteries, light and humorous.  The hero and heroine are quite likeable.

Linda

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Subject: MURDER ON THE WATER
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 8:55 PM ET
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DEATH IN HIGH WATER  BY Donna Leon

AND/OR

Flood  by Andrew Vachss  (I GUESS THIS IS ON WATER OR GOOD ENOUGH IN THE TITLE) ??

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Subject: FLOOD
Date Posted: 6/14/2010 12:33 PM ET
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I just finished Flood by Andrew Vachss.  The book is well written. I was a little surprised  by the main character's "low life/criminal like personality." But I am going to read the next one before giving a "thumbs up or thumbs down."  Maybe, it was the martial arts that was too detailed for me. I know marital arts are wonderful for the body and mind, but I am just not there. Yoga is my interest, not fighting and sparring.

Mary



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