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Subject: SEPTEMBER! Whatcha reading?
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 8:54 AM ET
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Yay, this means fall is finally here! I am on vacation this week, so I SHOULD be able to get a lot of reading done, right? So far it's not happening. But I am opening up September with Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske (so far I'm enjoying it) and will be starting the audio version of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley later when I am scrubbing my bathroom. (No vacation from THAT, unfortunately. LOL)

How about you guys--what' are you devouring (or picking at?) from your reading plate at the moment?


Date Posted: 9/1/2009 9:38 AM ET
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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.  Done.  

The House on Tradd Street (I think I've got the title correct). - Done

The Friendship Test -Done

Bordeaux Betrayal - Done

Charity Girl - not a mystery, but someone I know wants to read it and I told her I'd do my best to get it finished before we meet for breakfast next week, and I'll pass it on to her.  I'm not really feeling like I want to read this right now, so if I can't, I'll give it to her, and ask for it back when she's done.  Didn't feel like reading this one right now, so I'll pass it to my friend and try again later.

Cassandra and Jane - Done.

I don't really know what I'm reading next, guess I'll go to the TBR bins and make a decision.  It's probably 85% mystery in my TBR pile tho, so it'll probably be a mystery book.  :)

Her Royal Spyness -Done

Sixpence House - should finish out the month for me.  I've got a really busy week coming up and don't expect to be able to read as much as I'd like. 

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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 9:49 AM ET
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I picked up Candy Apple Red based on a recommendation I got on this forum I think.  It's a hoot.  My husband made me stop reading it in bed last night while he was trying to fall asleep because I kept laughing.


I just finished Some Danger Invovled by Will Thomas and it was a very good Victorian Era mystery.  Interesting characters, good historical background and a tight plot.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 11:19 AM ET
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I just finished Too Many Blondes by Lauren Henderson (love her writing, but saw the killer a mile away) and just began Martha Grimes's Jerusalem Inn.

I have also made the fateful decision to write my own.  Whee!

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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 11:50 AM ET
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I started "Tuck" by Stephen R. Lawhead and I think it is going to be a great ending for the King Raven trilogy!  It probably doesn't qualify for the mystery forum, but you asked!  I think I will start Alex Cross's Trial (James Patterson) next, unless something else jumps off the shelf at me...


edited to add: p.s.

p.s. I was wondering if you were going to peek in and start the Sept. thread, Spuddie!

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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 4:33 PM ET
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Im on vacation this week so far it's been very relaxing.  Right now,  I'm reading  Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly  the action is just getting started I'm only 30 pages in but so far it's really good.

Cheryl,  I just love the  Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske,  I thought it was fun read. Im not really  cozy mystery reader  but I really enjoyed the whole series.

Happy reading


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Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 9/1/2009 4:41 PM ET
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I am currently reading : Black Dog/Stephen Booth...Only on the 4th chapter but I'm really liking the overall feel of the book. It looks to be a page turner.

                                          Cream Puff Murder/Joanne Fluke

                                          Miss Julia Takes Over/Ann B Ross


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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 4:48 PM ET
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Oh Ellie, I am starting to gather the Stephen Booth series - so I hope you really enjoy it.  I have heard a lot of y'all on this forum mention him, so I decided to get started.  Well, I'll get started sometime!

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 8:07 PM ET
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Finished last month in mystery:

The Thirteen Problems, by Agatha Christie. Rated 3 stars.

Lord Edgeware Dies, by Agatha Christie. Rated 3 1/2 stars.


Up this month in mystery:

Have His Carcase, by Dorothy L. Sayers (Just arrived in the mail as I was typing this, yay!)

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

Parker Pyne Investigates, by Agatha Christie (Hopefully it becomes available off my wishlist soon; if not I'll have to buy it at the bookstore.)

Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, by Agatha Christie


I'm slowing down in mystery simply because the books are not coming off my wishlist fast enough! I've hit the section in Christie's career where I didn't have a lot of the books, so I am depending on PBS to fill in my supply. But there are only a couple more that I don't have and which aren't available already, so I'm still planning on being done with all of her novels in publication order by the end of the year. :)

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 9:44 PM ET
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I'm more than half way through "Bitter Recoil" by Steven Havill (good stuff!) and I've also started "North of Nowhere" by Steve Hamilton.  After that I think I'll work on the next Ian Rutledge mystery by Charles Todd or the next Stephen Booth.  Not sure yet.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 12:07 PM ET
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I am reading the Bubbles series by Sarah Strohmeyer.  They were recommended also on this forum.  Finished book 2 about 1 this morning.  It was good.  Can't wait to start the third.  I just recently read Candy Apple Red and the following books.  I may be the one who recommended them.  I loved them.  Very funny.  Glad to hear you are enjoying them Melanie.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 12:14 PM ET
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I am downloading The Falcon at the Porter by Elizabeth Peters and plan to listen to that next.

I also have these on deck...

The Broken Window by Jeffrey Deaver

Spoonful of Poison by MC Beaton

8th Confession by James Patterson

The Launguage of Bees by Laurie R King

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson


and these I am going to download...


206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown




Date Posted: 9/2/2009 10:01 PM ET
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I finished Black Echo by Michael Connelly.  I am now a Harry Bosch fan and on the look out for the next book in the series.   I am half way through Pop Goes the Weasel by James Patterson.  Making my way through the Alex Delaware series slowly but surely.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 5:57 AM ET
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I have Fluke's #3 and #4 from the library, about halfway through #3. Sometimes wonder why I'm sticking with this series. I was given 4 of the books and picked one one for a quarter at the library sale so I figured why not read through them. They're o.k, but not spectacular.

I'm off work next week and hope to get a bit more reading done than usual, though that never seems to come true. I'm thinking of doing the Jane Jeffrey series next.


Date Posted: 9/4/2009 8:31 AM ET
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I just read Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson.  I like this series. Is it me or does she forget how old Goldie and Arch are sometimes?  I'll admit that I read this series out of order. But I read Tough Cookie and she mentions that Arch has just turned 14 or is about to turn 14 and she is 36.  Well in Sweet Revenge which is 5 books later: Arch is 15 now but Goldie mentions that she's only in her early 30's.  But to me she should be going on 38.  Nitpicking I know. 


I have Where Serpeants Sleep by C.S. Harris going now. I started it yesterday and read over 100 pages.  It's good.  I'll probably finish it tonight.  Of course the serial readers challenge will inspire me to get it finished as quick as possible since it gives me one for the Most # of series read and series completed challenges.  (next one comes out in November).

I started listening to The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larrson this morning.  The math is a little over my head but so far it's not a huge part of the book yet.  I put all the version on hold at my library and was surprised that the audio came up first.  Kind of relieved actually becuase now I havea chance of finishing it for the Serial challenge as well.

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 2:58 PM ET
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I'm trying to finish up Beware False Profits by Emilie Richards (I love his series)...and I'm struggling to finish New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (this is not as entertaining as the first one).

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 3:10 PM ET
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I picked up Unpaid Dues by Barbara Seranella (#6 Munch Mancini mystery) in print and am listening to The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe in audio. Still working on Labyrinth by Kate Mosse as well, but it's going a lot slower than I thought it would.


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Date Posted: 9/4/2009 4:39 PM ET
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I'm finishing up Tombs of Endearment by Casey Daniels, reading Green as a Garden Hose by Fran Stewart.  I'll probably finish that tomorrow.  It's my car book and I have an appointment.  I also have Up In Smoke by Harry Paul Lonsdale started.  It hasn't quite grabbed me yet but his other books have so I'm giving it a bit of time.

I've just finished The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart and Three Men and Body by Stephanie Bond.  My serious and my light hearted reading.  I have Resurrection Day in the wings.  That'll be for Mary's Big Bog Challenge.

Cheryl I like the Miss Zukas books.

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 6:29 PM ET
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I am currently working on Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson, it is very good but difficult to read because of the subject matter.  The "n-word" hurts my heart, among other things.... This seems to be much more of a complete novel than what he usually gives us, his co-writer must be a very good writer in his own rights.

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 7:13 PM ET
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I finished "Bitter Recoil" and I'm still working on "North of Nowhere" but I also picked up "Shallow Grave"  by Lori G. Armstrong and I'm hooked so I have a feeling that one is going to be struck from the list next!

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Date Posted: 9/5/2009 8:11 AM ET
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I finished Tombs of Endearment and Deep Sea Dead by Lori Avocato.  Lori Avocato's Pauline Sokol is IMO trying to be Stephanie.  In this one she now has My Jagger (Ranger) and My FBI man (Morelli).  Pauline has not hit the sheets with anyone, a little kissing but nothing more.

Tombs of Endearment and the other Casey Daniels requires a suspension of beliefs.  Ghosts, spirits and a bit of black magic in this one.

I started Full Scoop by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes, the last of that series.  Amazing thing I haven't read one of the Full books for quite a while and was able to plop right in the middle of the town and knew the characters, umm, residents in a flash.  

I also began Dead Woman's Shoes by Kaye C Hill.  Wow!  I'm breezing through that one and already hoping there's a second waiting for me to pick up!  Ah, just checked and The Fall Girl is scheduled for November.  For those of you that are interested: from Amazon  9780955707896.  I'm not WL, I've ordered it.

ETA can't spell shoe

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Date Posted: 9/5/2009 9:31 PM ET
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Finished Pop Goes the Weasal by James Patterson this morning.  Didn't love it as much as some of the others until the end.  It ended with much to resolve so, I got right into Roses are Red which is the next in the series.   

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 8:19 AM ET
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I thought I'd read Emilie Richards' cozy series at bedtime, as my choice for an I-can-put-this-down-anytime reading. These are really good! I enjoy the characters, the humor and the mystery. So, as usual I read too long, don't get enough sleep, and can't wait to read more!  Debbie

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 9:15 AM ET
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I just finished 'Dial Emmy for Murder' by Eileen Davidson. Have read both of her books. Pretty good mystery author even while being a soap star. Of course this helps with the soap opera theme of the books.

I am now reading 'Stuck on Murder', the first book in the Decoupage Mystery series by Lucy Lawrence.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 5:38 PM ET
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I started How to Murder a Millionaire by Nancy Martin a couple days ago.  Have been visiting family so haven't had much time to read.  I'll catch up tonight and tomorrow though.  :)