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Subject: It's October! What are you reading in the pumpkin patch?
Date Posted: 10/1/2011 7:36 AM ET
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I have, as per usual, four books going at the moment:

Audio: All the Colors of Darkness by Peter Robinson, read by Simon Prebble.

Primary 'home' book: Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland

Bedtime book: Index to Murder by Jo Dereske

At work: An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire (a paranormal mystery)

 

How about you all? Let's have a great reading month!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 5:33 PM ET
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A very, very busy and crazy September...

I'm reading Malice in Maggody by Joan Hess for the last of the main category challenge books. I read one of these books several years ago not knowing at the time that it was part of a series. Someone recommended it as an Arkansas book. I didn't like the book at the time and I don't particular like this first in the series. It's a short book so I will finish it, but it certainly will not top my list of best books of the year....

Not a mystery but...I'm listening to Alice I Have Been  by Melanie Benjamin, the fictional story of Alice Liddell who was the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. All I can say so far is that it certainly is not what I expected. When I saw the direction in which the story was headed, I had to do a little research to find out how much was based on truth. I never knew the background of Lewis Carroll or of the widely held belief that he was a pedophile so I was a bit put off when the book started to go in that direction. I have since become immersed in the story and am enjoying it quite a lot.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 5:54 PM ET
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Just finished reading Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly.  I really like this series, probably because of the way she portrays the cats in it.

Trying to decide on what to read next.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 7:41 PM ET
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Reading "The Ballad of Tom Dooley" by Sharyn McCrumb.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 8:09 PM ET
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I'm reading A Glancing Light by Aaron Elkins...just finished Books Can be Deceiving  by Jenn McKinley.  I took a long look around here today, and decided not to sweat the Challenge. I counted no less than 25 books I want to read NOW - and none of them are challenge books.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 9:22 PM ET
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It's been a while since I have posted here, but I have read:

Open and Shut (Andy Carpenter # 1) by David Rosenfelt  This author was mentioned here and I thoroughly enjoyed this wise-cracking defense attorney.

Monster of Florence (Marshall Guarnaccia) by Magdalen Nabb  This was a far more complicated story than the usual Marshall Guarnaccia stories.  I know the author of this series died and wonder if someone else is writing the later stories. The Marshall, however, remains the same.

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See which is a sequel to Shanghai Girls. A novel, but reads like a mystery.  The author wrote the excellent Red Princess series which are mysteries about a young aristocratic Chinese woman who is sent to America to be educated and returns to China to work as a prosecutor. 

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: and Other Small Acts of Liberation by Elizabeth Berg.  Short stories, most of which I relate to.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson.  Another enjoyable novel set in UK that reads like a mystery.

Susan

Date Posted: 10/2/2011 11:23 AM ET
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My copy of Black Dog is on the way.

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 10/2/2011 12:54 PM ET
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I just finished Afraid by Jack Kilborn. Not a mystery but a fun, scary, intense book to read as we approach Halloween. I need to add more scary or Halloween themes this month.

Last night I started  Leslie Meier's English Tea Murder and I have The Babylonian Complex by C S Graham on the top of my TBR. So I'll probably start that one tonight.

I went through my TBR to find any set around Halloween last night and came up empty. But I did find 5 or 6 mysteries set at Christmas that I set aside to read in December.

Date Posted: 10/2/2011 2:11 PM ET
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Just finished the third of Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie mysteries, When Will There Be Good News?.  While I'm not a fan of books that change narrator every chapter, I find these stories so well plotted that I am willing to wade though the first chapters until I begin to see how all the pieces (or characters) fit together.  They are not, however, a light, happy read.........which is what I think I need next!

Date Posted: 10/2/2011 10:39 PM ET
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Ellie, I read Afraid and it was an ok read for me. JA Konrath's alter ego is ok, but I like the Jack Daniel's mysteries are still my favs. I just felt like he was trying cram as much gore in the story as he could and it didn't leave a whole lot of room for the story...as least not for me.

Date Posted: 10/2/2011 10:52 PM ET
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I just finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the final book in the MIllennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson.  I REALLY enjoyed this one.  It is definitely my favorite of the three.  Sad that there will be no more books from Mr. Larsson.

Date Posted: 10/3/2011 7:55 AM ET
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Terri, I felt exactly the same when I listened to Alice I Have Been last year...there was a period in the middle of it where I nearly gave up, but was really glad that I'd stuck with it at the end.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/3/2011 8:54 AM ET
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Just started Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen.  More Nordic noir!!



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Date Posted: 10/3/2011 11:38 AM ET
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Okay --- after 10 days dealing with my mother in Oklahoma I am a bit wiffy --- but all day yesterday as I watched football, crocheted and checked on the forums I wondered why everyone was so short of news!!!   Of course I was looking at the September thread!!!

Glad to see everyone is okay and reading away.  I am just about finished with my Ellery Queen for the "Golden Age" category.  Then I am down to "green" and "paranormal" both of which are sitting right here for me to begin.  YIPPEE!!! 

I did finish "My Name is Mary Sutter" which is not a mystery, but a good book concerning the dreadful condition of medical care during the War Between the States. 

 

Date Posted: 10/3/2011 3:00 PM ET
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About to start Lescroart's The Oath...see who is going to want to beat up Dismas this time..professionally of course. :-) 

Date Posted: 10/3/2011 4:00 PM ET
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Just finished Old Wounds by Vicki Lane...she was a new author for me and really enjoyed the first 3 books...next two on my WL!

Date Posted: 10/3/2011 4:02 PM ET
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Just started Bad Moon on the Rise by Katy Munger last night. It had been on my wishlist for two years, and I finally caved in and ordered it from Amazon.  This is a series I have enjoyed and I really wanted to know how things turned out....

Date Posted: 10/3/2011 8:24 PM ET
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@ Michele N:  I read all of Katy Munger's Casey Jones series about eight years ago and really liked them. Then, it suddenly seemed that Munger had simply vanished from the face of the earth. According to her updated website, she (under the pseudonym Chaz McGee) is writing a new series--Dead Detective. Hmmmm. I might have to investigate....

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 8:26 AM ET
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Started The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch (#3 Charles Lenox historical mystery) and downloaded When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (#3 Jackson Brodie mystery) to start listening to tonight.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 2:26 PM ET
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Last night I started  The Price of Blood by Declan Huges.  Only a few chapters in  but very promising. 

Happy reading

Tammy

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 10:01 PM ET
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Anna...thanks for the head's up. I will definitely have to check out the Dead Detective series.

Date Posted: 10/5/2011 12:53 PM ET
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Love the Dead Detective series.  Now I will have to look up the other series.  Thanks for the info.

Date Posted: 10/7/2011 11:22 AM ET
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Where is everyone????  Busy reading, enjoying the early fall weather???  I am still working on "Leave the Grave Green" by Deborah Crombie for the Challenge and also "Kindness Goes Unpunished" by Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire #3).  There are a myriad of things I need to do outside for the coming winter, but have been taking a bit of time off getting caught up from my visit to Oklahoma.  Next week looks good for pulling up annuals, pruning a million roses and perennials, etc.  We are having some lovely weather just now, so I hope it holds for a few more days!!!

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Date Posted: 10/7/2011 12:04 PM ET
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I'm reading The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews. One of the few series I'm actually caught up on. And at the library waiting to be picked up I have  Secret Agent Girl: A Murder a Go-Go Mystery by Rosemary Martin. It's the last of that 3 book series and then I need to do some Halloween themed reading.

 



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Date Posted: 10/7/2011 1:11 PM ET
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I loved the Dead Detective series also, looking forward to #3. I finished A Glancing Light by Aaron Elkins, am still reading My Sherlock Holmes before bed, and am also reading Colin Cotterill's Disco for the Departed. Now I want to go read outside for a little bit since it's supposed to rain this weekend, so have to find an unpostable or at least non WL book - just in case. :-)

 

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