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Subject: September, the beginning of a new school year and books to read!
Date Posted: 9/1/2015 3:03 AM ET
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I'm still reading Murder in the Paperback Parlor and enjoying it. The Valentine Romance Authors event is just beginning. Can't wait to see how it unfolds.



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/1/2015 9:39 AM ET
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I'm reading The Collector / Cameron Cruise.  A thriller that I've had sitting on the shelf for a while.

Date Posted: 9/1/2015 10:13 AM ET
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Reading Promise Me by Harlan Coben and enjoying it.

 

Date Posted: 9/1/2015 10:44 AM ET
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Bronwyn ~ God bless your husband!!

I finished 'Sabotaged' last night, well I guess early this morning.  One of those books you just can't put down and absolutely have to finish no matter how long you stay up!  Really good.  This is a christian suspense series.  In my book Dani Pettrey ranks right up there with Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson. I've now picked up 'Berried Secrets' by Peg Cochran. So many of you have loved this book so much I just had to read it.  Just through the first couple pages at this point.

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Date Posted: 9/1/2015 11:08 AM ET
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I am reading Seven for a Secret (Timothy Wilde, Bk 2) :: Lyndsay Faye


Very good mystery with lots of historical details of 1846 NYC. I enjoyed the first book a lot and like this one too so far.

Date Posted: 9/1/2015 11:10 AM ET
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I'm reading Fudging the Books by Daryl Wood Gerber.  So far so good.  I'm liking it and I'm only on page 75.  More sewing today (I'm working on two quilts and binding two others) then a tiny, miniscule bit of housework, then on to reading.  Going to be a full day.

Date Posted: 9/1/2015 1:12 PM ET
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@Alice - I love the Lyndsay Faye books!

Date Posted: 9/1/2015 8:05 PM ET
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Hello All --- Off topic!!!  I just started a new thread "Free Beginner Piano Books" in our Mystery/Thriller area.  There is quite a list if any of you want any of them, just send me a PM and I will ship them out free.  My piano is going in the downsizing event and I never learned to play the darned thing anyway!!!

Date Posted: 9/1/2015 8:19 PM ET
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Bronwyn...Your husband is definitely a keeper!

The ice cube tray is still missing.  But having been afflicted with "lost items" almost all of my adult life, I know the cure...go out and buy new ice cube trays at which point the missing one will show up in the strangest place!  angel  Was amazed at the supposedly "lost stuff" that reappeared when I moved!

Read Hard Going/Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.  This is a series with DI Bill Slider...very mild Brit police procedurals.  Think I only have one more to get current with the series.

Date Posted: 9/2/2015 1:42 AM ET
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Phoenix was hit by a major storm Monday evening. Lots of rain, wind and lightning. The wind was so strong that the rain against my windows sounded like hail. I opened to the front door to see and the rain came horizontally under my porch overhang and onto the floor where I was standing. Power outages all over the metro area. Mine went out about 6:30 Monday evening and just came back on at 9:45 tonight - over 27 hours with no a/c and no fans. All I did all day was lay on the bed and read, getting up every half hour or so to move to the cool side, and pour water on my dogs Loki and Phoebe when they started panting. Tina and Maggie, the other two dogs, didn't mind the heat at all. Have no idea what has become of the stuff in my fridge and freezer, and I'm not going to worry about it until tomorrow.

Finished Never Knowing, which was excellent. Chevy Stevens really knows how to keep up the tension.  Immediately after finishing that one decided to read A Cold Treachery by Charles Todd. Seemed like a good idea to read about murder during a blizzard. It's set in the English north country, just post-WWI. Husband, wife, young daughter and two infants shot to death. Ten-year-old son escapes. Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. He drives a car with no heater. Felt wonderful to me. smiley

Just finished A Cold Treachery, which was very good. Lots of suspects with motives to be investigated. Exciting ending.



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/2/2015 11:47 AM ET
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Mary If you didn't open your freezer and the stuff is still frozen, not soft to the touch you're good.  If it's defrosted, cook fast.  cheeky  Or move it to your refrigerator and cook as soon as possible.  If you didn't open your refrigerator too much most likely all the stuff in there is still good.  We once went three days without power in the summer and all our food survived.

Just finishing up Painted Doom / Kate Ellis.  I cannot believe how addicted I am to these books!  This is the first one that I know what's going to happen before it does.  Not that it's bad, maybe I'm just really comfy with the characters.  Yesterday I received The Skeleton Room.  I wonder how long I can last before I have to pick it up.  wink

I agree Marla, the minute you buy new ice cube trays the old one will jump right out of it's hiding place and say BOO!

Date Posted: 9/2/2015 6:58 PM ET
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Mary -- I agree with Geri.  If you did not open either the freezer or the fridge everything should be just fine.  By now you have probably figured that one out.

Well, the photographer has finally come and gone and it looks like no one lives here.  When I let the pooches out of their kennel they ran right into the family room to look for their toy basket, which was missing --- in the garage!!!  They ran all around looking to find it, and were so excited when I carried it inside.  There was not even a tissue box in sight --- guess folks are meant to clean their nose on their sleeve in this house!!!  It is all over the top but I suppose there is no sense fighting it.  Cindy (realtor) called later in the afternoon to say that the photographer's wife has someone who wants to see the house.  The "people" have been looking at houses all summer so I doubt they will be interested in this one with the "dated" wallpaper, etc.  After all summer they are either too picky or too cheap!!!  Geri says to hold out for a bit if it is the "too cheap" thing.  We shall see.

On the Kindle I continue to read the Richard Shakespeare installment --- he will be an old man before I finish (hee hee)!!!  Just remembered that I received a couple of books in the mail today and left them out in the car ---- must go check and see what has arrived!!!

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Date Posted: 9/2/2015 7:33 PM ET
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Becky my cousin not the el jerko was selling his house and had someone come to see it more than once.  The first time they saw it they made a low ball offer, he said no.  They came back, higher, he said no.  The third time they came with a higher offer and he said look this is the asking price either you buy it for that or go find some other house.  They bought it for his asking price!  He didn't price it with the thought of coming down, that was what he wanted and that was what he got.

I read The Mad Catter on Kindle today.  One down and six books to go!  Pity sake I had eight books going.

Una this was free on Unlimited and I couldn't share it with you.  You'll love Alice the cat.  Sorry Alice that was the name in the book.  wink  Very intelligent cat.   



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Date Posted: 9/2/2015 9:32 PM ET
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I've got that one on my Kindle too.  Gee whiz, when am I going to get all this reading done?  And five more books arrived yesterday.  I am in deep doo doo.  I'm now half way through Fudging the Books and still haven't a clue as to the killer.  By the title of the books, it should have something to do with bookkeeping I would think, but there's no bookkeeper in the story.  Well, back to reading..

Date Posted: 9/3/2015 9:40 AM ET
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Reading the third Gunnhildur Icelandic mystery on my Kindle, Chilled to the Bone by Quentin Bates. I have really enjoyed this series so far. Just finished my most recent fantasy book in print, now moving on to one of my very favorite series and will read the most recent: Six and a Half Deadly Sins by Colin Cotterill. I try to hold off on reading the most recent as long as I can, because he's usually at least 2 years between his Dr. Siri books, but it's a hardcover, so am trying to get rid of it (they are so heavy when moving!) and pass it along.

We put off our move until mid-November or Dec 1, the place we found that we wanted to get into only had a "possible" opening for Oct. which didn't work out, so we're on the list there and one other place. Gives me more time to get ready, but I'm such a great procrastinator, it doesn't matter much. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/3/2015 3:42 PM ET
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News today --- on Tuesday evening I turned on the a/c upstairs in my house.  It has a separate unit.  It has probably not been turned on in 3 years!!!  Well after the photographer left yesterday, I went down to the basement for something and the unit was surrounded by a lake!!!  So I quickly ran upstairs and turned the thing off and called for repair.  He came today and found I had a coil leaking freon, froze up the unit and when the ice melted it ran all over the floor.  The coil needs replacing --- $1500.  Unit installed in 1997.  Man coming tomorrow to quote on a new unit!!!

Oh, I also got the bill for the removal of the huge tree that fell at the bottom of a little hill at the end of my driveway.  $2,800!!!!

Truly I cannot get away from here quick enough --- although by the time I leave everything but the roof will be new!!!  Forget I said anything about the roof, or it will fail as well.

I brought my car book inside as I read it a bit yesterday while at the chiropractor and decided I wanted to finish.  It is, "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Mary Higgins Clark.  I had not read one of her books in years, but the follow-up to this book, "The Cinderella Murders" (?) sounded interesting so I ordered it and then found it was #2 in a new series with "Under My Skin" the first.  The truth is, I am not certain it is much different than her usual formula, so perhaps I was in the mood for this type of suspense --- with no foul language.  However, it is not having the usual romantic angle her books often have at this point, 1/3 of the way thru.  I think it might have been the "lover trying to kill you" angle with which I grew disenchanted. 

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Date Posted: 9/3/2015 6:15 PM ET
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It seems to be the year of the a/c repair since I had to have mine done.  And told that it should be replaced soon.  Next year.  I'm afraid the furnace will conk out soon.  We had our roof replaced two years ogo so I'm safe there.  We had a big storm here and the repair the electrician did kept the water out!

Gosh, I haven't read a Mary Higgins Clark in forever!  In the past I simply couldn't wait to get her books then it seemed they got to be too much of the same thing.

Marla & Browyn I just have The Skeleton Room to read and then The Plague Maiden.  I do have the Skeleton Room but I'm going to try to hold off a little, I did get a bit impatient with The Painted Doom.  I think it was just me reading too many too close together. 

Today started Thicker Than Water #4 of the Louis Kincaid series by P J Parrish.  Almost an American Wesley Peterson.  The difference is Louis is mixed race like Wesley but he seems to end up in small towns with a lot of racial bigotry and he ends up in trouble and on to a new job in a small towns in a different state.  So far he worked in Mississippi, Michigan and Florida.  He's still in Florida but, I just started the book so he might end up somewhere else.  Also up to this point he had found a job as a cop and in this one he's a private investigator.   

Una, that was a quick read and I have the next on Kindle now.

I forgot that I read Mascara and Murder / Cindy Bell, another fast read.

On Kindle reading Mission to Murder and Senior Snoops / Madison Johns.  The pile of books I've started is going down!!!



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Date Posted: 9/3/2015 9:14 PM ET
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I finished "Berried Secrets" by Peg Cochran.  You all were right ~ it was a great book!  When I was growing up we owned a lot of land and one part of it was a small cranberry bog.  We used to get the cranberries out of it, but of course it was tiny compared to the farm in this book.  I found the whole cranberry harvesting process extremely interesting.  This is the first book in the series and a lot of time was spent in learning the new characters, the town, etc.  The mystery I thought very good, although I had it figured out by 3/4 of the way through.  So proud of myself - usually I don't have a clue!  (No funny remarks, now.)

Started on a book I forgot I had ~ was cleaning out the magazine rack next to my chair and pulled out 'Out of the Frying Pan' by Robin Allen.  This is the third book in the series about the MC, Poppy Markum, who works as an inspector of restaurants in the "Culinary Cop' mysteries.  I was very worried about her after the murder as she seemed absolutely ignorant about a very important clue in the case.  She does figure it out, but she was not alone - every person who saw this clue had no idea about it either.  Back on track now though!  :0)

Date Posted: 9/3/2015 10:27 PM ET
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Read The Man Who Fell From the Sky/Margaret Coel...the latest Father John and Vicky Holden series.  This one deals with the legend that Butch Cassidy buried the money from a train robbery near the Wind River Reservation.  Haven't figured out where the title comes from yet, but that often happens with books I read!  This is one of those series that, if I were reading one every other month or so, I would probably have burned out on; but, one a year keeps me reading them.

Also, The Deadly Silver Sea/Bob Morris.  This an older series with an MC who is a former Miami Dolphin, former charter boat captain, former several other things who now owns and runs a palm tree nursery in Florida.  This one was an action/adventure mystery with the MC and his 8-months-pregnant wife on a cruise ship that is taken over by terrorists.  He, of course, must save the day.  Could see it as a Bruce Willis move with all the wisecracks!!  Not necessarily memorable series, but fun.

Date Posted: 9/4/2015 1:03 AM ET
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I was not getting any reading done at all, I would pick something up and put it down.  Rinse and repeat.  So I started rereading some of my favorites. 

Marla,  I read a bunch of those Margaret Coel books all at once and burned out.  Now I don't want to read any new ones at all.  Also, It sort of ruined it for me to learn that in real life the priests closed the mission and left the reservation several years ago.

Date Posted: 9/4/2015 4:49 AM ET
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Years ago I actually knew a guy who worked in the Wisconsin bogs outside of Wisconsin Rapids harvesting cranberries. He wore waders over long-johns and warm outerwear. It was cold nasty work, but he needed the job.

I'm reading Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid. It's part of her series with MCs Carol Jordan and Tony Hill. Carol is a DCI who has a new boss who'd like to take her team down a couple pegs. Tony is a psychologist/profiling consultant to the police. A serial killer is targeting teens through a social media site. So far it seems as good as the four or five books of the series I've read previously. It's another 500-page tome, so it will take a few days for me to get through. McDermid's books are always well written, with fully developed characters among the police. 

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Date Posted: 9/4/2015 8:14 AM ET
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I didn't know how cranberries were picked.  I only see those Oceanspray cranberry commercials.  I liked the book too Joy.  

Date Posted: 9/4/2015 12:38 PM ET
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It is an awesome sight really when all the bogs are flooded in Massachusetts.  The entire countryside is a beautiful red.  Does not look like work I would want to do, but it sure is pretty during that season.

Nothing new to report on reading.  Sold some stuff on E-Bay and now must pull it out of hiding and get it ready to ship.  The people (picky/cheap) are definitely coming to see the house this weekend.  So everything will have to go back into hiding ---- coffee pot, toaster, knife block, toothbrush, etc.  I need to just stop complaining about it --- I still have not found my cutting boards in the kitchen --- just does not work for someone whose memory is sketchy to be sticking stuff most anywhere to get it out of sight!!!

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Date Posted: 9/4/2015 1:18 PM ET
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Becky, temporary hiding place is your oven and your dishwasher.  You can hid a lot in the dishwasher.   Then you know where you put the hidden stuff and it's easy to pull out.  wink

Date Posted: 9/4/2015 3:25 PM ET
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Not sure what I hit, but didn't mean to post anything right now!!!!
 



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