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Subject: Sarah Graves Home Repair Series
Date Posted: 11/17/2009 9:42 AM ET
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I just finished A Face in the Window last night.  It was excellent--once I started I could hardly put it down!

I think this is one of my favorite series. The progression of the plot and development of the characters continues to hold my interest.  The books usually have  more 'action' and are a little 'scarier' than a cozy, but not gory in any way. 

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 10:18 AM ET
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I love this series by Sarah Graves!  She does a great job of portraying Mainers too!

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 11:33 AM ET
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I just listened to the first one in audio and quite enjoyed it, although the reader gave Sarah's attitude/voice a sort of "superior" and condescending tone which got kind of annoying. I'm going to try the next one in print and see if it makes a difference.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 11:46 AM ET
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I've been wanting to try this series. Looks like now I have to get them! 

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 8:52 PM ET
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Oh good, I've got at least one in my TBR pile, so I'm glad to hear some good reports - that always makes them fun to begin.
Date Posted: 11/18/2009 1:39 PM ET
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I remember thinking the first one was a little hard to get into, but I'm so glad I stuck with it.  As the series goes on you learn more and more about the main character's past, and some of those things come back to 'haunt' her.  As I said earlier, I LOVE this series!

Date Posted: 11/18/2009 2:27 PM ET
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That's good to hear  that you liked them  I have the first in my tbr pile

Subject: Sarah Graves' series
Date Posted: 12/2/2009 12:14 PM ET
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This is one of the best series.  I have read the first eleven and am on W/L for the next two.  If my daughter doesn't want to read them, I'll be posting them soon. 

Yesterday I posted eight through fourteen of Tamar Myers' Den of Antiquity series, if anyone's interested..

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Sarah Graves is one of my favorites, also.  Have read all of them and have the next one on the wish list.  She is a Mainer just like me.  Of course she is a bit further down east than I am in Southern Maine.  :)   If you can read the books in order it is helpful, but not strictly necessary.

Date Posted: 12/2/2009 8:06 PM ET
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How much "scarier?" I was just thinking today that I'm suddenly gravitating more toward the cozy side than the thriller side (maybe because I'm living alone now?) - but I've found I'm leaning away from the terror/heart pounding thriller/gore. I doubt it's permanent, but I've picked up enough cozy-ish recommendations here that I'm good to go for quite a while  -

Date Posted: 12/3/2009 9:41 PM ET
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I'd say they're a little scarier than the average cozy in that the heroine often finds herself in dangerous situations at the end of the book...but nothing gory.  I don't enjoy scaring myself to death (had to give up on the Kay Scarpeta and Jack Danials series because they were too scary), but can read these late at night with no problem.

The Graves books  have strong characters and great long term character and plot development. They have more substance than a Stephanie Plum  story and the characters seem more 'real'.  As you can tell, I'm a huge fan of this series. It's one of the few that I always preorder from Amazon because I want to read the new ones right away!



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Date Posted: 12/4/2009 7:19 AM ET
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Thanks for the info, Michele! That sounds good and I'm glad because I have a few in my TBR pile. On the other hand, I now have the first two Jack Daniels books on the way, lol. It sounds like they will have to be daytime reading.  More mystery and less thriller seems to suit me better right now.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 11:36 AM ET
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I am nearly finished with her Christmas Mystery, Wreck the Halls.  This is my first time reading this author and I really like her style.  The book moves along quickly and she does just enough explaining of the characters that I don't feel lost (reading out of order), but I don't feel overwhelmed (like, "who is this person again?").  Growing up in a construction family I am familiar with all the tools and techniques she speaks about, so I don't need the explanations, however, she doesn't over explain, it's quick and to the point, so anyone not familiar can really get a feel for what project she's working on.  That being said, she does seem to flit from one project to the next tho.  She'll start something and then the phone will ring, or someone will come over, and she leaves it, and never goes back.  I find that annoying, but only because I hear my dad's voice saying, "don't start something you can't finish", and "clean up your work space".  LOL.  Ha ha ha ha.

I will be looking for more of her books in the future.  Very enjoyable.  Also, I do not like gory super scary stuff so while this may not be uber cozy, it still falls into the cozy catagory, by my thinking.