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Subject: October Mystery books we are reading
Date Posted: 10/1/2014 7:56 AM ET
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I finished To Fudge or Not to Fudge (Candy-Coated, Bk 2) :: Nancy Coco. I like this series a lot it is well writing. Main character is not a total ditz. Love the dog Marshmallow. I am not a big Fudge fan but I do like reading the recipes. Geri thanks for sending it to me.

Alice



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 10/1/2014 10:20 AM ET
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Alice you're welcome, glad you like it as much as I do.

Becky, I thought you might go through the months and see some of the title you posted during the five months you were in Oklahoma.  That was a long two week visit!  Good thing you brought your fur babies with you.  Sometime I forget to record a title and go back and double check.

Still on Rage Before Dying.  It's a bit over 300 pages and this has been a slightly busy week.  Not as much reading time. 

Maybe editors are telling authors they should have a prologue for the thriller type and recipes for cozies.  I even had one recently that didn't involve food in any way and there was a recipe at the back.  Now that you mention that prologue Rage Against the Dying has something close to that too.

 

Date Posted: 10/1/2014 3:02 PM ET
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Una, I agree with Becky - the Robin Paige series is my favorite.  Susan Wittig Albert also writes another series, "The Darling Dahlias."  The first title just made me have to start reading it,  "The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree."  Living in the northeast I had no idea what a cucumber tree was.  The Dahlias are a gardening group.  I did read the Beatrix Potter series and loved it.  Another series of mysteries I loved was the Elizabeth Peters "Amelia Peabody"  mysteries.  There are not only good mysteries in them, but they are humorous at times and they take place in Egypt.  Amelia decides she is going to be an archaeologist.  This is a series that should probably be read in order, as they bring Amelia through the beginning of her family and how they grow.  I think you'll agree that Amelia is a piece of work - in a good way! 

I am 3/4 of the way through the second "A Cookbook Nook" books in the series.  This one is "Inherit the Word."  The author includes lots of action and stories within the stories.  Love them.

 

 

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Date Posted: 10/1/2014 3:37 PM ET
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Big news on my eye front!  My vision went from 20/40 to 20/30.  Yes it's actually gotten better.  I don't think I've ever been that good.  My first pair of glasses were Coke bottle bottoms.   Plus my eyes have improved enough to go back to appointments every six months instead of every three.

Today we are getting our windows painted.  The house is brick and has aluminum trim so the windows and doors are the only thing to get painted.  One man worked five hours.  He sanded, put bondo one three windows that needed some work, chalked them all and painted.  House looks good.  Now if I could find a concrete man...

And, I know this has nothing to do with the mystery thread but I simply had to let my friends know the good news about my eyes!  At one point I thought I'd be blind by this time.  .

Date Posted: 10/1/2014 3:57 PM ET
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Great news Geri! I know the relief you get from a report like that. I saw my eye doc yesterday and my eyes also improved from last year. Thank heaven SOMETHING is IMPROVING!

Date Posted: 10/1/2014 4:39 PM ET
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Super news, Geri!   (Doing a little happy dance)



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Date Posted: 10/1/2014 8:35 PM ET
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Congrats Geri !!!  That is super news.  Each time I go to the optometrist, I just hope my eyesight hasn't gotten worse.  As long as I can see to read and see to sew, I'm good to go.

Date Posted: 10/2/2014 2:32 AM ET
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Good news on your eyes, Geri. I was lucky this year when my birthday came up,didn't have to take the vision test for my driver's license. I went to my eye doctor specifically to get glasses for driving only. He said with my new prescription I should be able to pass any vision test.But, then I got the notice that I could mail in for my license, lol. Anyways, the glasses are helping me to see better at night driving whenever I have to. Otherwise since my cataract surgery 7 years ago, I don't wear glasses anymore. Big relief to me since I wore them since I was a baby at 1 year old.

Just started reading The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree after Una made the series sound so good. smiley

 



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Date Posted: 10/2/2014 12:58 PM ET
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As it was explained to me, sometimes one's eyesight changes for the good with age as the lens/cornea (one of them) hardens and flattens out and in so doing actually provides some correction to the vision.

Geri --- Never apologize for OT postings!!!  I love them --- of course I should since I am the world's worst at doing it!!!

Still working on Dr. Silkstone #3 and enjoying it. 

Thinking I will head home next Tuesday or Wednesday --- but all have heard that before (hee hee).

Date Posted: 10/2/2014 1:33 PM ET
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Joy, I'm a ways down (#22) on the wish list for Inherit the Word, but really loved the first one also.  I'm going to check out that Amelia Peabody series.  

I really don't know about this PBS.  When I joined, I thought I would be dwindling my supply of books to read, but they seem to be multiplying.  How does that happen?smiley  Just finished Quilt Trip by Elizabeth Craig (Southern Quilting Mystery) and while I thought it was better than the last, I'm not overly enamored of the series.  I just started a new to me series the Mattie Winston Mysteries by Annelise Ryan.  I am reading the first one Working Stiff.  Actually I started it yesterday after I got home from a quilt group and finally made myself turn off the light and go to bed a little after 11.  I couldn't put it down.  If the rest of the series is going to be anything like this, I'm a convert.  Her descriptions had me laughing out loud at times.  The MC is a former ER and OR nurse who quit when she found her surgeon husband cheating.  She gets hired as a deputy coroner and her first job is investigating the death of the woman who was cheating with her husband.  And the plot thickens....

Una

Date Posted: 10/2/2014 2:15 PM ET
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Dearest Una --- My TBR list went from almost nothing to over 200 books!!!  PBS is NOT the place to rid oneself of books, but rather the place to find books to hoard (hee hee)!!!!

Date Posted: 10/2/2014 2:48 PM ET
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Geri...Great news about your eyes!  My vision doesn't seem to be improving, but it doesn't get any worse.  Guess that's better than nothing!

Read Grace Takes Off/Julie Hyzy, the 4th in her Manor House Mysteries.  I'm not sure if it was in this thread or some other one, but there was a discussion as to where the books were located.  In this one, it does seem to indicate that the Manor House is in North Carolina.

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Date Posted: 10/2/2014 4:29 PM ET
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Becky, that's interesting about eyes getting better as you get older.  I started wearing glasses at 7 and the doctor told my parents my eyes would improve with age.  By the time I hit mid-thirties I didn't need glasses and then bam! 40s progressive bifocals.  With my retinopathy I thought they'd stay about the same.

Now, joining PBS helped me get my TBR down to a nice level.  Hooray for me, down to 150 from almost 1000.  I sure have found many new to me authors and many new friends here.  How did I get it down?  By not acquiring every book in a series before I started to read it.  I get the first and if I like it order the second.  When I get the second I've read the first and posted it so I order the next and so on.

Yep, Marla, if my eyes had stayed the same I would have been happy, for it to improve I'm thrilled.

I finished Rage Against the Dying and now have to wait until January for Fear the Darkness.  Brigid is my kind of senior citizen.  wink  This book made me want to move to Tuscon.  Jeanne you and I could be neighbors! 

Now started The Vanishing Point / Val McDermid.  Interesting, I have another of her books on my TBR and when I looked on Fantastic Fiction I don't remember reading any of her books.  I've seen her mentioned her and would think, yes, I like her books, I'll get to them.  On on page 17 and hooked on the story.   

 



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Date Posted: 10/2/2014 4:56 PM ET
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OK Geri! I'm getting Rage against the Dying - you talked me into it! ;)

Date Posted: 10/3/2014 6:30 PM ET
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 A couple of you wanted to know how I liked Life in a Jar and I have to say that I LOVED it. It was heart wrenching, uplifting, Inspirational and I could hardly put it down! What the Kansas girls did; what Irena Sendler did and what this author did were amazing! I truly enjoyed reading this - 5 stars!

Date Posted: 10/3/2014 7:04 PM ET
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Thanks loads Jeanne.  Another one to go on my "list".

Finished my Dr. Silkstone book and enjoyed it.  Now reading the second book in the series featuring Joe Gunther, a police lieutenant in Brattleboro, Vermont.  The first one was a good story.  There is some "blue" language in them, but certainly not on every page, or even every chapter.  Will tell you title and author soon!!!  Isn't it pathetic that I cannot remember without looking it up????

Date Posted: 10/3/2014 11:01 PM ET
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Becky...would that be Borderlines by Archer Mayor?

I've read the first 10 and have just picked up #11 The Marble Mask.  He writes a real good yarn, as they say in Vermont (my home state), but some of them can be brutal.

We were in Brattleboro last year and I found him quite true to the city and landscape. We even went to the Newfane Country Store to pick up a few of the books and also got a quilt there.  Unfortunately, the Newfane Country Store is closing. It is sad, it was such a neat store.
 

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Date Posted: 10/4/2014 7:11 AM ET
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Jeanne, Marla recommended Rage Against the Dying to me.

I finished Vanishing Point / Val McDermid.  Never, never suspected the end.  I was sitting with my mouth hanging open!  It was a bit too chatty in spots for my taste but I kept reading and flipping those pages.  Now reading Home Again / Donna B McNichol on the Kindle.  See, I've become accustomed enough to call it flipping a page on a Kindle.

Also finished Death is Like a Box of Chocolate  Kathy Aarons.  Some places had a bit too much chocolate (did I say that!?!) but a first in series that has me wanting to read the second.  Now reading an oldie, The Phoenix / S Alden Reilly.  Doesn't it sound like an impressive book?  Something weighty, something worldly, something relevant to the times?  Hee-hee, it's a cozy.  The MCs husband has died in a car accident and she's fallen apart.  She took a leave from work. it's been three months and a friend asks her for some help following her soon to be, she hopes, ex-husband.   And we're off on an adventure! 

There is a second in the series, The Cassandra, and it's currently free with the Kindle Unlimited so I grabbed it.  A third is in the works.

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 10:44 AM ET
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Leslie --- Thanks for thinking of the author and title of my book!!!  That is exactly the one I am reading.

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 11:24 AM ET
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FYI --- Just put a message in our forum about Secret Santa.  Taking signups now!!!  Sorry to be so late!!!

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 3:14 PM ET
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Read Winding Up the Serpent/Priscilla Masters.  A short (190 pgs) book published in 1995, it is a Brit police procedural.  The MC has just been promoted to DI and is experiencing resentment from the men under her command.  Her first case involves the death of a woman that might be natural causes/accident/suicide/murder.  She believes it is murder and sets out to prove it.  Liked it a lot and am going to go searching for the rest of the series, plus another series she has written that sounds interesting.

Date Posted: 10/4/2014 7:47 PM ET
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I picked up When the Cookie Crumbles (Cookie Cutter Shop, Bk 3)  Author: Virginia Lowell from the library and finished it this week.  Really enjoyed it.  I ordered the first two from PBS but in the mean time, I found Cookies and Scream (Cookie Cutter Shop, Bk 5) at the library the other day.  Finished it yesterday.  Love the characters in it.  Doesn't seem to matter that I am reading them out of order.

I also finished Hostage (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, Bk 2)  Author: Kay Hooper  at the first of the week.  Second book by this author that I have read, with Haven being the first.  I liked both of them.

I am now reading Groomed For Murder: A Pet Boutique Mystery :: Annie Knox and enjoying it so far but only about 60 pages in.

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Date Posted: 10/5/2014 1:42 PM ET
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I'm now reading Cooking Spirits / Joanne Pence.  I liked this series in the beginning.  But, this is the 15th book in the series, Angie and Paavo still aren't married.  I don't see the point of dragging this out for so long.  The way it's going I don't think they'll make it to the alter in this book either.  Angie can't hold a job, still living in the penthouse provided by her father.  Right now it seems the redeeming factor is going to be a ghost or two in the house Angie thins she and Paavo should buy.  If it wasn't for that I think I'd be putting it down.

Almost finished with The Phoenix.  The first of a new series that's really kind of fun.  The MC has teamed up with the widow of a private investigator and is now working to prove that four murders (so far) are connected.   And the police don't think they're murders except for one.  Two accidents and a suicide but we know better.  devil  

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 2:50 PM ET
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Been too hot to do much around here (112 yesterday), so I've been reading instead of doing housework or gardening.  I finished Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams (Charmed Pie Shoppe #3) and Buried in Bargains by Josie Belle  (Good Buy Girls #3).  I just love the titles of some of these books.  Some people are so clever.  I'm really enjoying both of these series.  For the most part they are light hearted and fun, just what I want to relax with.  There's a Bacon Lattice Breakfast pie that I may just have to try.  Sounds scrumptious.  

Date Posted: 10/5/2014 3:01 PM ET
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Una --- Where are you in California?  We have been unseasonably cool here in Tulsa.

Still working on "Borderlines" with my Vermont policeman.  Going along nicely.  That is if one is not put off by burned bodies, stabbed bodies, etc.

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