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Subject: OCTOBER's "Whatcha Reading" Discussion
Date Posted: 10/1/2009 7:29 AM ET
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Well, it's FINALLY here, my favorite month of the year! So what are you reading to start off October?

I'm reading Dead Center by David Rosenfelt, the 5th Andy Carpenter series book, and am still reading Sovereign by C.J. Sansom, the third Matthew Shardlake historical mystery. Also listening to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke in audio, but that's not technically a mystery. 


Date Posted: 10/1/2009 12:22 PM ET
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It's been a busy week so I have not got much reading done  but still working on  Run For  Your Life by James Patterson.    I"m really enjoying Run for Your Life James Patterson is one of my favorite authors.

Up next will be Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller.

Happy reading


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Date Posted: 10/1/2009 12:30 PM ET
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Edwin of the Iron Shoes is the start of one of my all time favorite mystery series!!!!!!!!!!  Everyone goes all gaga over Sue Grafton, but  Marcia Muller IMO blows her away.  Enjoy!!!

I started and finished Glass Houses by Rachel Caine.  It's a YA book.  Today I'll start Whiskey Sour

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 2:18 PM ET
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October is my favorite month too!  Autumn is my favorite time of year and love the leaves turning.

I just finished Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  I just recently read their latest The Cemetery Dance after seeing it on the fortunate finds shelf at my library.  I really enjoyed it and now am  working my way backward through the Pendergast series.  It is an interesting way to read a series, that I have never tried before.

I started 8th Confession by James Patterson,  also one of my favorite authors, althought the last few Women's Murder Club books are kind of formula, but I love the characters, so I am plowing through them as they come out (and as I get the books off the wish list). 

Not sure what is next after that, but it might be The Hard Way by Lee Child, or Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein or The Confessor by Daniel Silva, or maybe a different book from my TBR pile.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2009 2:23 PM ET
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Reading fluff . . . Plum Spooky by Evanovich :-)

and The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn

It seems I could not have found two books more opposite in content and nature.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 2:51 PM ET
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I am reading A Finer End by Deborah Crombie.  I will probably finish it this weekend.  I don't know what I will read next.

I find that I usually spend the month of October watching classic horror movies.  Tonight I plan to watch Bela Lugosi in 'Dracula' (1931). I know, not really a mystery, but thought I would mention it!

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 4:06 PM ET
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I couldn't finish Sixpence House this week.  I tried, but I found the author's writing very boring and sterile.  I tried to connect to him, and his experiences, but I couldn't.  The details of his mundane life were not bookworthy, IMO.  I skipped around, trying to see if some decent plot developed, something to encourage me to keep going, but it didn't happen.  I'm quite bummed as it was on my WL for a long time and I was very glad to receive it.  Oh well....

So I've read Charlaine Harris' Shakespeare's Christmas (which was a good book, but a stupid title, the story took place in the days leading up to Christmas, and in another town).  I finished it today and started on book 4, Shakespeare's Trollop, then I'll read book 5 (can't recall the title right now).

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I just finished Shakespeare's Champion and am about to start Shakespeare's Christmas.

I will then read Three bedrooms, One Corpse, and then after that,  Death Takes The Cake.




Date Posted: 10/1/2009 5:53 PM ET
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I just started Fire and Fog by Dianne Day--the second book in the Fremont Jones series. :)

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 7:51 PM ET
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I just finished What's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie.  I found it very enjoyable, and it zipped right along.  At the moment, I am reading the third Psychic Eye mystery, A Vision of Murder, and so far it's good, although it definitely has me rethinking any home improvement projects.  They never seem to go very well for the main character.

I just finished listening to Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy, and now I'm listening to Easy by Philip DePoy.  So far, its interesting, but it hasn't turned into the audio equivalent of a page-turner yet.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 8:09 PM ET
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Another fan of October and all things autumnal! 

My reading has dropped WAY off because of my workload but...I try to read some each day.  I'm still working on "The Cruelest Month" by Louise Penny and I just checked the third Sheriff Gastner book out at the library so I'll probably read that one next.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:16 PM ET
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I am also reading a David Rosenfelt, but it is a standalone: "Don't Tell a Soul."  So far it is not bad - it is kind of like Harlan Coben-Lite.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:39 PM ET
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I just finished Sophie Metropolis and started on Dirty Laundry (Sophie Metropolis book #2).  I am really enjoying the characters in this series.  It is a fun read.  Heading to a FOL sale tomorrow.  I am so excited.  I expect to find lots of great finds.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 8:31 PM ET
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You know, it is so nice that you all love October - I am sure it has something to do with my birthday, so that's pretty cool of y'all!

I'm reading The Hidden Man by David Ellis, and so far so good.  I just finished Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods.  I liked that one a lot, too, but I really wish he would put out a Stone Barrington novel not just another book.  He seems to be going the way of James Patterson -by that I mean, kind of quick and to the point - no frills.  Which is fine, but I love Wood's earlier stuff, it seemed to have more meat to the plots and told a good story.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:20 PM ET
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Carol, I too used to love the Stone Barrington series.  Then suddenly it was like someone else was writting the books.  I was so disappointed in Dark Harbor that I haven't read another one since.  I even posted the others that I had because I just completely lost interest.  Oh well, not like I don't have plenty of other stuff to read......

I'm having a little trouble focusing this week.  Still working on The Crystal Cave and haven't gotten very far.


Date Posted: 10/3/2009 11:58 AM ET
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Finished Shakespeare's Trollop last night, going to start Shakespeare's Counselor today.

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 1:03 PM ET
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I am glad October is here too.  Hopefully, I will start reading again.  Not sure what happened but September was a dud for me.  It took me all month to finish a book.  I started Kathy Griffin's book last night.  With it being a rainy day, I may get back into reading mode.   I also went to the FOL sale today and got myself a bunch more books.  If I am not reading, why am I buying!  I need an intervention because I really, really want to go back and get more books. 

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 10:14 PM ET
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I just finished 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs, but I was very disappointed. Who did what and why was so incredibly obvious it spoiled the book for me. I'm pouting a little, so I switched to a chick lit book--Dating Can Be Deadly by Wendy Roberts.

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 10:21 PM ET
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Dating Can Be Deadly sat on my TBR collecting dust for a year or so, until I dusted it off this last summer and read it.   I'm not that into chick lit books, so I didn't have high hopes.  

Surprise, Surprise!   I thought it was very good.   I added all of the books in Wendy Roberts' cozy mystery series to my wishlist (Ghostdusters, I think it's called).  They all have pretty long wishlists.

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Date Posted: 10/3/2009 11:23 PM ET
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Finished up Dead Center and started When Gods Die by C.S. Harris, second in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical series. Not from my favorite time period (1811 England) but so far it's quite intriguing.


Date Posted: 10/4/2009 12:41 PM ET
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I just finished what I hope is the first in a new mystery series, The Calling, by Inger Ash Wolfe.  It's about a 61-year old female DI in Canada, and it was really creepy--in a good way!  A police procedural, but both the police characters and the killer were unique enough characters to make me feel I was reading something different than the usual.

Now to contrast, I'm starting an old Ngaio Marsh mystery from the 1930s, which I'm sure will be comfortably predictable and dripping with British atmosphere!

Thank you to everyone in this thread who tells a little something about the book you're reading, so others can decide if it appeals to them.


Date Posted: 10/4/2009 4:49 PM ET
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Just finished (and posted) Carolyn Hart's latest Dare to Die!!  It was such fun reading - I do love cozys and forget that sometimes.  Have been reading other genres so this was a treat!

Date Posted: 10/4/2009 5:52 PM ET
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I just finished Dating Can Be Deadly by Wendy Roberts and I really did enjoy it. It was published by Red Dress Ink, which is generally associated with chick lit, but the mystery is strong and well thought out. If you are looking for something light and funny or would like a chick lit/mystery hybrid, this could be a good choice.

I have to go play around on my TBR--no idea what's next.

Date Posted: 10/4/2009 11:11 PM ET
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All right, I already finished When Gods Die (very compelling read!) and am now reading Circle of the Dead by David Lawrence, the first DS Stella Mooney mystery. (I think in the UK it was published with the title The Dead Sit 'Round in a Ring.) So far so good! I'm taking that one to work with me tomorrow. Still reading Sovereign also, am about two-thirds done now, but that is a nice long, meaty book.


Date Posted: 10/5/2009 12:13 AM ET
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Just finished Dirty Laundry.  The second Sophie Metropolis book.  I am starting Foul Play - the third.  After reading this thread, now I am going looking for Martha Muller.  I really like Sue Grafton and you guys say shes better.  You have not steered me wrong yet.