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Subject: November's "What Are You Reading?" Thread
Date Posted: 11/1/2009 7:10 AM ET
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I started off the month with the first of a historical mystery series, The Queen's Gambit by Diane A.S. Stuckart, which features Leonardo da Vinci and one of his apprentices as the sleuths. I was a little dubious as this author writes romance under another name, but so far (I'm on page 100) there's no "romancey" bits at all. Yay! LOL  Other than that, I'm finishing up a couple of paranormals I started in October.

How about ya'll?


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Date Posted: 11/1/2009 8:04 AM ET
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I just started Cynthia Peele's The  Death of a Colonel Mann. It is set in 1891 Boston. Seems good so far.



Date Posted: 11/1/2009 9:15 AM ET
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I'm still working on finishing Evidence by Kellerman.  The book is good, but my work schedule has been crazy lately and the only time I'm finding to read is right before bed.  I'll start Marcia Muller's Locked In next.


Alice - I have that book on my TBR list.

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 9:17 AM ET
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This month I'm starting with Edwin of the Iron Shoes  By Marcia Muller.  Only 10 pages in  but the jury is still out on it.


Date Posted: 11/1/2009 9:20 AM ET
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I am about half way through "The Alto Wore Tweed" by Mark Schweizer.  I'm really enjoying it.  After that I have a couple of library books to choose from, "Slay Ride" by Chris Grabenstein ( I really enjoyed "Tilt-A-Whirl" so I thought I'd give this series a try) and "All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well" by Tod Wodicka.  This one was a pure impulse pick.  I have no idea what to expect but the blurb on the back sounded interesting.  It's a "comic novel" and not a mystery.  We shall see!

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 9:46 AM ET
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Tammy, don't give up on Edwin of The Iron Shoes!  Muller's Mchone series is truly one of the best ones I've read!

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 11:35 AM ET
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I'm reading The Chick and the Dead by Casey Daniels.  Next I'm going to try the first Harry Dresden book.

I really like Marcia Muller too.  I haven't read the last few so I guess I need to get caught up :-)  I also like her husband Bill Pronzini's Nameless detedtive series.

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 12:58 PM ET
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I was a little dubious as this author writes romance under another name, but so far (I'm on page 100) there's no "romancey" bits at all.

Hey now!  What's wrong with a little bit of romance in a mystery.  I like it!  (Just kidding. You know I love ya Cheryl.)

I just finished reading a book for the Minnesota Shelfari Group - The Bizarre Truth by Andrew Zimmern.     He's a New York City native who now calls Minneapolis home.  It's not a mystery.  It's a memoir about his travels and experiences travelling around the world and eating ALL kinds of foods as he films his TV show, Bizarre Foods.    While it wasn't a page turner, it was a very very interesting read.   Here's my full review if interested: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780767931298-The+Bizarre+Truth+A+FaceFirst+Journey+to+the+Ends+of+the+Earth

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 2:41 PM ET
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I'm half way through Maddy Hunter's Pasta Imperfect. I'm usually a one at a time kind of gal, but I've also started rereading Rat Race for the discussion group. I'm also part way into a Debbie Macomber book, and almost finished with an old GDH Pringle mystery, Incident at Parga, which I listed but decided to reread before it went anywhere. Hope to finish these today/tomorrow and get back to one at a time!

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Date Posted: 11/1/2009 7:16 PM ET
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Almost finished with this "Lincoln Rhyme" novel.  Will give it 5 stars if nothing fizzles out  in the last few pages!

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 7:37 PM ET
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I really enjoy the Lincoln Rhyme books. The Stone Money is my favorite so far.

Date Posted: 11/1/2009 7:42 PM ET
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Almost finished with The Alexandria Link by Steven Berry.  I am enjoying it so far, and am sure I will read more of his Cotton Malone series.   Next I plan to read Brimstone, the next book reading the Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 'Pendergast' series backwards.   Then the plan is a bit hazy, but with Christmas approaching, I am going to be busy making gifts, so I won't have as much time to read.  But I have the first two Jack Reacher books, and they are near the top of my TBR pile. 

Edited to correct the name of a book. It is hard to remember all those names sometimes! :-)

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Date Posted: 11/2/2009 9:36 AM ET
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I've got that DaVinci mystery.  I think I have the second one too.........maybe just the first.  I'm glad to hear there's no romance in it, I was wondering.

I have been working on, for a couple of weeks or more, the first Bed and Breakfast book, Just Desserts.  I have to say, I want to finish this, but then I'm going to move on to something else before continuing this series.  There's a lot of characters, introduced all at the same time, and all the same family, all in one house, all standing and conversing in the same room, amongst themselves, so I found myself going back and saying, "ok, she is married to whom?" and, "is he the son or the nephew?".  No time to get the character established in my mind before the next one was introduced, and the entire story is taking place inside the B & B.  The lack of changing scenery is boooooring!  

Going to read the first gaslight book, Murder at Astor Place (hope I got the title correct, going on memory here), then I'm going to move on to the holiday mysteries I've been saving.  I may try to get a non-mystery in before T-giving, but we'll see how quickly I can trudge thru Just Desserts.

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Date Posted: 11/2/2009 11:26 AM ET
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Wow, this is just the 2nd of Nov and so many new posts to read. I just finished The Kindness of Strangers   by Katrina Kittle. It is about 2 friends/mothers who live in the same community. One of the parents is under arrest for child abuse. The ending is great. I told my best friend about it yesterday and had planned to give to her to read until I had a request. Well, she is out of luck, it was requested today.

Then I started Trial and Retribution by Lynda LaPlante. A made-for-TV series was based on this book. I forgot to take it with me to read during my Mother's PT, so had to go to library to get a quick replacement.  I was LUCKY in finding Uniform Justice by Donna Leon. The local library had several of her books, so I will be able to continue the series. This discussion group turned me onto her books and I had only read the first. 

Next is Under Currents by Ridley Pearson. This is another recommendation from this group.

I am listening to The Gold Coast  by Nelson DeMille.  Next in audio is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  

I am excited about all of the TBRs.

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The gaslight mysteries are quite good. I have read first two and have the next four. I plan on starting them up again soon. Victoria Thompson is very good at character development. I like the mystery too. She paints the time period beautifully.

Enjoy,    Alice

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 3:49 PM ET
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The gaslight mysteries are in my top 5 favorites.

I'm about to start Michele Scott's newest WIP.   She described it as a cross between The G-dfather and The Thorn birds.

Finished Scandal Sheet by Gemma Halliday last night.  It was really good with a great ending!

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Date Posted: 11/3/2009 8:44 AM ET
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I'm almost done with The Queen's Gambit and am quite enjoying it--more than I thought I would, actually. I've started listening to The Dead Cat Bounce by Sarah Graves (#1 "home repair is homicide" mystery) in audio--the reader is kind of annoying, but I like the premise and the main character's "tone" so far, so am going to stick with it, at least for now. (Only 1 disc out of 9 in, so far.) I'm also reading A Plague of Poisons by Maureen Ash (#3 Bascot de Marins historical) for my 'read at work' book and enjoying that, too.


Date Posted: 11/3/2009 9:37 AM ET
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Cheryl, I love Sarah Graves series, they just get better and better. Never listened to any of them though.

I've been sick, so have had a lot of reading time. Finished Body Movers by Stephanie Bond, Ministry is Murder by Emilie Richards, One Bad Apple and the first cooking school book <can't remember the name just now>.  Also H is for Hitchcock by Susan Kandel, which was an awesome book with a very interesting plot twist.

Just received the second Sophie Metropolis book in the mail so that may be next on my list--or the first in the Gaslight series. Can't decide!

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 10:15 AM ET
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Cheryl - I love the Sarah Graves books!  She does an excellent job of portraying Maine. 

Michele - let me know what you think of One Bad Apple.  I read that one not long ago and would be interested to hear what someone else thinks.  I hope you're feeling better soon!

I started Carolyn Harts Ghost At Work yesterday.  So far it's cute.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 2:31 PM ET
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Taking a break from murder & mayhem - reading the WARRIORS series by Erin Hunt -- about clans of cats, of all things!  They fight, love, play politics, talk to spirits of their dead ancestors.  Just like we do!  

There are about 30 books in the series ... I'm on #15, but they're YA and read pretty quickly.  The biggest problem is getting hold of them in order, because they're much in demand and on "Hold" at the libraries.

Date Posted: 11/3/2009 3:12 PM ET
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I am reading The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters.  It is #2 in the Amelia Peabody series.


I hope to start the new Susan Hill book next week.  It is The Vows of Silence.   I love her Simon Serraillar mystery series!

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I also agree that Sarah Graves series is really good.  I live in Maine but have never been to Eastport.  One of these days I want to get there mainly because of these books! 

I am reading Leann Sweeny's "Yellow Rose" series.  I read the first book in her new series, "Cats in Trouble" and absolutely loved it.  So I ordered a couple of the Yellow Rose books and am about 3/4 of the way through the first one, "Pick Your Poison."  These are great as well! 

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Date Posted: 11/3/2009 4:06 PM ET
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I'm reading two that are first in series that I have been meaning to get to since I have several books in each series already bought.

Death of a Garage Sale Newbie by Sharon Dunn and Kilt Dead by Kaitlyn Dunnett. So far Kilt Dead has piqued my interest the most, so I will probably finish it pretty quickly.

I also have Because Your Vampire Said So  by Michele Bardsley, the third in the Broken Heart Ok. series going.

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Date Posted: 11/3/2009 7:05 PM ET
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Cheryl, that is so funny, I am listening to Dead Cat Bounce as well, just finished Disc 1!  Small reading world, I guess.  I like the author's style so far and I think anyone that lives in a more developed area has a dream of chucking it all and going to live in some remote location.  Reading books where the main character has done just that is probably the closest I'll get. 

Michelle, I recently read One Bad Apple, as well as the second one, Rotten to the Core.  I liked the setting (again, fantasies of running away to rural life), but I found a lot of the charcters to be fairly one dimensional.  The first book got off to a slow start, the second one was a bit zippier.  In some ways, I think I liked the setting and the aspects of life in small town Western MA more appealing than the characters and the story.  Undecided if I will read the third or not.  What did you think?

Joy, I liked the Yellow Rose series. I listened to them all in audio.  I didn't find the plots to be terribly predictable, which was nice.  Curious to hear how you like the rest of the series.

In addition to listening to Dead Cat Bounce, I just finished Size 12 is Not Fat (in audio), Jehrico Point by Meg Gardiner (audio), How Nancy Drew Saved My Life, and The Pact.  Now that I'm done a run of chick lit mysteries, I am ready for a more serious police procedural, so I've downloaded the 5th Harry Bosch book by Michael Connelly.  I also am reading State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy and so far it's started out with a bang, so I am optimistic.  Anyone else read this series?