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Subject: September mystery books we are reading
Date Posted: 9/1/2013 8:02 AM ET
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List discuss our September books.

Time for me to return to Botswana and visit with Mma Ramotswe. Love these pleasant mysterys.

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Bk 13) :: Alexander McCall Smith



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I have up to read during this month is Jeff Deaver's The Killbox, Brad Thor's Hidden Order and Colin Cotterill's Slash and Burn....my TBR is out of control!

Date Posted: 9/1/2013 11:08 AM ET
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Wow September already!  I had some out of state family come from Texas and California during past couple of weeks and I did not have much reading time. 

Right now I'm reading  State of the Union by Brad Thor.

Happy reading everyone!



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Date Posted: 9/1/2013 11:14 AM ET
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Ha!  My TBR is going down nicely.  I even managed to read a Kindle book!!!  I've just had it on there for a mere two years.

On the Kindle, Danger at the Door / Michelle Sutton not a bad little cozy, romantic suspense, Christian book.  Joy you might like it.  Next oldest is Learning to Swim / Sara Henry.  Supposed to be a mystery.  I started it and it didn't grab me but I'm going to see if I can read one ebook a week just so I can get some new ones!

I messed up and hadn't read book 13 of the Love at Stake books Wild About You.  Now, I can get to book 14!  I had started to read that and realized I had missed something, the previous book in the series!  The horror.

Also reading Huckleberry Finished / Livia J. Washburn. a little travel cozy.  This one is a tour of Hannibal, MO home of Mark Twain.  And have Fire Bell in the Night / Geoffrey Edwards.  Grabbed me!  It's based on fact, the time is before the Civil War, 1850 but things are gearing up a bit.  Right now the scenario is on a plantation and I think there's going to be a slave revolt.  I'm really hooked on t but have always enjoyed historical, US books.  Revolutionary War era and Civil War era the most.



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Geri --- "Firebell" sounds interesting.  I too love historical mysteries.  My favorite genre really.  Along with American history, I really enjoy the ones set in the U.K. as well.  I am, and will be for some time no doubt, working on my "Matthew Bartholomew".

Thankfully I slept thru the night last night after two sleepless ones.  Think I know the problem now.  For 60+ years I have been able to drink regular coffee right before bed and sleep like a log.  Suddenly that is no more!!!  I usually make a cup of coffee and sit on the patio while the pooches do their nightly run around.  Well, no more of that.  Last night I did not have coffee and slept very well.  So sad for me.  Guess I need to be happy I had 60 years without the problem!!!

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Just started How the Light Gets In, the latest book by Louise Penny. Her works are awesome!

Check out this page to see just how many awards she has received for her eight previous Armand Gamache/Three Pines mysteries:

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/P_Authors/Penny_Louise.html

 

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The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency is a great series, I need to get back to that. I read the first one and listened to a few radio plays or some others. It's a lot of fun hearing it in the musical African accent.

I am reading a book by Per Petterson, Out Stealing Horses. He writes mysteries but I don't think this is one (I don't like reading book descriptions). It's got a little bit of a creepy feel so far but I'm not far enough along to know what the point is yet. I also have a book about the history of the word n***** going. No matter what you have going on in your life you should just thank the fates that you were not born black in the south (not that the rest of the country is/was a picnic, but comparitively, ugh). Sometimes I am ashamed to be a human, even if it has nothing to do with me. Unbelievable. 
Back to a mystery next but I just finished Misterioso Arne Dahl and hated it, I needed some palate cleansers.
 

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Just finished A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul, Inspector Singh Investigates (#2) by Shamini Flint. I knd of like the series, but seem to enjoy the similar Tarquin Hall series better.

Anna, I hope the Louise Penny book is working its way through the WL. The series is wonderful.

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I don't know why it never occurs to me until the new month is a day or two old that I need to look for the  right month to post in.

Tess ~ Thanks for your recommendation!

Geri ~ I'll look into that series, thanks!

Becky ~ I hope you have a safe and happy trip.  I knew you would like the "Being a Jane Austen Mysteries."  I just finished "Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron"  (that's the understatement of the year)  Unless Stephanie Barron writes more, I've read them all.  Of course I have kept them all, so I can re-read them if I want.  This particular book picks up some characters Jane met in one of the first 3 or 4 books.  I think it was "Jane and the Wandering Eye."  

Have now picked up "Remnants of Murder" by Elizabeth Lynn Casey. 



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Hello, my name is Mary, and I'm a book swapping addict. I got carried away this summer and now have 75 books on my TBR pile, plus 4 more en route (not counting Heaven's Prisoners that has only 40 more pages, and Borkmann's Point that I will start tonight before I go to sleep (and try not to dream of ax murderers). I'm taking it one day at a time.

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I just finished The Hangman's Daughter [Hangman's Daughter, Bk 1] by Oliver Potsch. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but turns out I could hardly put it down. As the main character is an executioner, it was a little gory in parts, but an interesting period piece. I'll probably try the next one in the series.

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Date Posted: 9/2/2013 10:20 AM ET
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Today is my PBS anniversary!  PBS is nine in September and I've been here five.

I'm still reading Fire Bell in the Night.  It takes place in 1850 in the south so the N word is used a lot.  Why is it offensive is a white says it but if a black says it to another black that's okay?  I'm not saying it's not offensive I just think if it wasn't used maybe it would fade into the background and eventually go away.  When I was a child we lived in a predominately Polish neighborhood and Polack was very offensive to the Polish people.  Dumb Polack was the usual but you don't hear the phrase these days.  Or not so much I did work with someone who used it on every person who had a ski at the end of their surname. 

Also, still docked in Hannibal, MO on a riverboat with Huckleberry Finished / Livia J Washburn.

I still have my Kerrilyn Sparks to read and darn it, over in the How Ya Doing on the Challenge thread Lori mentioned the Carol O'Connell Mallory series.  I had to check my library and discovered I was behind in the series.  Just two books with a third out in hardcover, coming in paperback in April.  Not too bad.    



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Geri, the reason the N word is so offensive is pretty much the fact that it is almost always used by white folks as a derogatory word to a black person.  It has a totally different meaning between black folks and is generally not derogatory and like a nickname type thing.  I would absolutely love if that word just faded away.  My DS is black and believe me, he has heard the N word used against him for years.  It wounds my heart when he tells me about an instance, and he doesn't tell me 1/10th of them.  It is just so very hurtful.

I am still reading "Remnants of Murder" and I'm a little put out at the MC at the moment.  It will probably improve, but she is putting finding out who did it ahead of her fiance.  How do you forget dinner with your fiance? 

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Finished Borkmann's Point. I was so looking forward to a good ax murder mystery, but unfortunately, this was not it. I found the book boring. Within a few short weeks, three people are almost totally beheaded with an ax. Experts are called in to help the local police. People of the town are staying home or only venturing out in groups. The press is looking for answers and keeping the story alive. But there was no edge to the writing, there was no real sense of urgency. Even when one of the police detectives goes missing on a Friday night, there doesn't seem to be a lot of concern. The detectives restrace her movements prior to her disappearance, look for clues in her apartment and office, but they decide not to do an all-out search or call in the cavalry. The MC, Van Wettering tells one of the other detectives, either she's still alive or she's not; it's not like she's not lying somewhere bleeding to death. So what's the rush?! And apart from that, I had figured out whodunit, and just kept reading to confirm my suspicions and learn the motive. Thankfully, it was a quick read.

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I was discussing the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series with a friend just yesterday.   I read like the first seven or so books in that series.  Should get back to it soon .   I love to listen to this series also.   The audio is almost soothing!  My friend and I do disagree about McCall Smith's other series set in Scotland though (the philosophy series).   She likes it.  I think it's dreadfully dull.

Oh Geri!  I need another cozy mystery series like a hole in the head, but those you listed do sound good!

Oh, and I think I forgot the mention a Christian mystery that I read a few weeks ago - False Pretenses by Kathy Herman.   It was a freebie I got on my Nook at some point, but turns out to be part of a series and I really enjoyed it.   Set in a small Cajun tourist town in Lousiana.    Has anyone else read any of this author's books?   It's the first Christian mystery that I've read.

Becky - Wow - 60 years without being affected by caffeine at night?  Lucky you!  I hit that point somewhere in my 40's.     Even now I sometimes forget and have a Coke for supper, then wonder why I can't get to sleep and my legs feel twitchy at night LOL.

And ....the big news .... I finished A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly!  And just as was the case with The Ninth Daughter by the same author, by the end of the book I was reading and flipping the pages as fast as I could.    So now that I'm indoctrinated in the Benjamin January's world of 1833 New Orleans I definitely plan to read more.    This wasn't very good for my TBR, as I borrowed A Free Man of Color from the library.   There are four other books from the series on my TBR, and for a while there I was thinking that I might get rid of them but now know that I won't be doing that LOL.

And, in reading news from other genres, I also finished The Other Wes Moore - by Wes Moore.   This is my book for this week's book club meeting.  It's a very interesting biography / memoir.    The author, Wes Moore, is a young black man who grew up fatherless and poor in a blighted, drug infested urban environment (the Bronx), but went on to become to attend Johns Hopkins, travel the world and be a Rhodes scholar.   He learned about another man about his own age with the same name, who grew up in very similar circumstances in Baltimore.   But this man is serving a sentence of life without parole for murder.    So he went to meet the "other" Wes Moore and this book was born out of that.  It was very interesting.

 

 



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Date Posted: 9/2/2013 6:45 PM ET
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Lynne, the Mallory series is anything but cozy!  They are good though.  The series by Livia J Washburn is a cozy series, she has a couple of them.  The one I'm currently reading is the smaller series.  Hmmm. The Other Wes Moore sounds good to me.

Joy, you're right about a white using the N word to a black.  I remmber how hurtful Polack was.  I remember the fist fights over it too.  Back then it was fists and knives, maybe a baseball bat or two by four.  Funny my dad was raised in a mixed race neighborhood, back in the 30s and that word wasn't used by black or white!  My dad actually almost came to blows with someone who made a remark about him living among the N**.  Dad immediately became offended and said don't you ever use that word in front of me again or you'll be in a lot of pain!  This was in the late 40s or early 50s. 

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I am half Polish and I know that Polack is a very derogatory term. Most nationalities have dealt with some form of this; French are frogs; Chinese are chinks; Germans are krauts; Mexicans are beaners; Southern whites are crackers; Whites in black cultures are honky; Italians are dagos; Jews are kikes - and the list goes on..... It's really a shame that peope have to dehumanize others like this so they seem so different form themselves!

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Date Posted: 9/2/2013 8:23 PM ET
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What prompted it was all the discussions about Paula Deen admitting to using the word many years ago but not in a racist way, and my impression that it wasn't necessarily racist for people of that time and place to use the word, it was part of the regular vocabulary. Figured I better find out if I was right. I agree that no one should use the word, if black people quit using it too it would eventually fall out of our common language. But I also know it can have a very different meaning when black people use it among themselves as when a white person uses it against a black person. Black people can use it derogatorily too, but it's not necessarily.

I've been bad and gotten hooked on word puzzles again, which has cut into my reading time much more than I shiould have let it. I'm going to start an audiobook by Jussi Adler-Olsen or I'll never get to a mystery. I will start Redemption while I exercise tonight.

Date Posted: 9/3/2013 12:05 PM ET
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Well I am here in Tulsa!!!  Left the house yesterday at 10:45 a.m. (Eastern time) and arrived in Tulsa at 11:00 p.m. (Central time) --- 13 hours!!!  Perhaps I should have driven after all!!!  Bad storms and a deluge of rain in Philadelphia messed up the entire day.  Flights could not get into Philadelphia, etc. etc.  My 12:50 p.m. flight finally took off at 6:30 p.m. to Detroit.  Then my 8:00 p.m. flight from Detroit to Tulsa finally took off at 9:30 p.m.  What a day.

All seems well here.  We are going out today to take Aunt Reba to order some diabetic shoes and perhaps buy a new television for mother.  We will see how quickly they run out of steam!!!

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Oh my!  My chuckle of the day was reading your post wrong Becky!  I thought it said you got to Tulsa at 11 AM not PM!  That was a mighty long trip!  You arrived safely and that's what counts, it was scary to think of you driving all that way with just the dogs for company.

Finished Huckleberry Finished and picked up The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo / Kerrelyn Sparks.  poor Dougal did indeed have a run in with Vanna.  This is paranormal, mystery, romance and comedy all rolled into one.  Not telling who or what Vanna is.  devil



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Glad you got there safely, Becky!

Finished "Remnants of Murder" by Elizabeth Lynn Casey.  By the time I was done I was no longer annoyed by the MC.  I did however, think the whole premise about how the victim was murdered was pretty far-fetched.  I'd be interested in hearing from anyone else who has read the book to see if you felt the same way.

Next up "Grace Takes Off" by Julie Hyzy.  I love this series, but have to say I prefer the White House Chef series a bit better.  Good thing she writes two series! 

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Barbra Hambly's Free Man of Color is one of my favorite Historical mysteries. It does a wonderful time capturing the time period. Good character development.

Alice

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Joy, Remnants of Murder annoyed me to some extent too.  Then I fell into the story but I often feel the same about the series, a bit far-fetched in one way or another but still reading it.

 



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Oops, Grace got pre-empted by the arrival of  "Red Velvet Cupcake Murder,"  Joanne Fluke's latest.    :)

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I'm about half way through Nights of Awe by Harri Nykanen an Ariel Kafka mystery. This takes place in Finland and Ari is a detective with the Helsinki police - the only Jew on the force. He has a great sense of humor; no alcohol problems; no ex-wife problems ( he's a bachelor). A couple of Arabs have been murdered and the body count keeps rising. Is this a terrorist problem or a drug problem?  Is the Mossad involved? Things are pretty vague at present and I'm working my way thru it. What I love about this so far is that it doesn't have  the "noir" you usually see in Nordic mysteries. It's "different".No matter how it ends up, I will definitely look for more by this author!!



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