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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: It's September Now - What are we reading for the Fall?
Date Posted: 9/1/2014 7:34 AM ET
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Gasp!  Where has the time gone this year?

Ina, I love the Jana DeLeon series.  It does the same for me, laugh a little, a tear or too and love those senior ladies!

Joy, I'm so glad to hear you're doing better.  Maybe the chipmunk cheek is only half full now.  cheeky

Becky, all I can say is at least the termites didn't survive!  

I picked up  Kindle book by Tony Aued an author who lives in my area.  I thought it was his first book, that's what I get for skimming rather than reading the newspaper article.  Not his first book but perhaps the first of a series.  He has another FBI series and this one is a police procedure taking place in Detroit.  One of the characters lives in a subdivision less than a mile from my house!  I don't know if other people will appreciate the local references.  The names of major streets and roads that I know exactly where they are but I think someone not familiar with the area would get annoyed.  He mentions Greektown, the casino in Detroit but also a specific area and I wasn't sure what he was talking about in one spot.  I don't know about the book itself but the Kindle version is sloppy in spots.  Poor editing.  I must say I started to read it yesterday afternoon and by the time I was going to bed I had read 80% of the book!  There is language but kind of fits the situations and its not heavy duty.  A little laugh here a bit of sadness there.  

I picked up Second Sunrise / Aimee & David Thurlo for my bed book and I'm not sure about it, it did put me to sleep.  angel  

Once again I'going to try to read something I've had sitting on my bookshelf between new books.  I did read a couple last month.  I hope I can do better this month!    



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Geri - I really liked Second Sunrise by the Thurlos. I just finished the second in the series, Blood Retribution, this morning. But I loved all the old Tony Hillerman books, too.

I'm trying to read some more books off my shelves, and read to finish off more bonuses in the challenge. I'm currently reading Silent Joe by T. Jefferson Parker, and listening to Deadly Stakes by J.A. Jance.

 



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/1/2014 5:06 PM ET
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Lori, I grabbed Second Sunrise off the shelf and when I started to read I wondered why I chose it.  I'll bet you mentioned it. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2014 9:51 PM ET
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After finishing "Muffin But Murder"  I picked up the first of a book series that I have gradually picked up over the years and hadn't read yet.  They are the  "Someday Quilts" mysteries by Clare O'Donahue.   I am almost done with the first book "The Lover's Knot" and haven't been able to put it down all day.  The MC has just been told by her fiancee that he isn't sure he is ready to get married, the wedding is just a short time away.  She is heartbroken, and decides to head north to a small town to see her grandmother for the weekend.  By the middle of the story she has three different guys, including  the fiance, she is interested in.  Then comes the mayhem and murder.  By the way, grandmother owns the Someday Quilts quilting shop.  A light read.  I have the next three as well, so you  know what I'll be reading for the next few days!

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Still working on Mr. Strike and it is going along okay.  Took a day off today and we watched a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie from 2003, "A Painted House".  I read the book but do not remember the ending being like that of the movie.  Do any of you remember the book fairly accurately???  If so, let me know.  I have a couple of questions about it.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 9/2/2014 4:56 PM ET
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Joy, I think I'd like the quilt book too!

Becky is that the John Grisham book?  I did read it but don't know if I could answer any questions it has been a while.

I wanted to get some of the books off my TBR last month but read more books that just flew into the house,  I'm gonna try harder this month!  I picked up Mad Cow Nightmare / Nancy Means Wright which has been languishing on the shelf for a bit.  Since 2006 I think!  My plan is one new one old and one kindle.  The kindles are going good books aren't too bad yet but we're barely into the month.

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 6:02 PM ET
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Okay, yes it is the Grisham book --- about the cotton farm in Arkansas.  They use migrant workers to help pick the cotton.  One white family and some Mexican men.  One of the Mexican men kills the oldest son of the white itinerant family.  I think when the river flooded the body came floating to the top, but in the movie the body was never found.  Does anyone remember??

Still reading Mr. Strike --- slowly, as I am only reading at bedtime!!!  He is making progress, but also more people trying to get in his way.

Date Posted: 9/3/2014 7:22 PM ET
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Just finishing up Shell Game by Carol O'Connell. It's definitely one of the best in the Mallory series. She's trying to solve murders that take place during the course of the book, plus one that took place in 1942. The supporting characters/victims/culprits are magicians. She's a control freak who's working very hard to maintain control amid illusions and diversions, including some sexual tension between herself and one of the magicians. If that weren't enough, she needs to defend herself against the "murder" of one of the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Very enjoyable.

Date Posted: 9/3/2014 7:57 PM ET
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Oooh, Joy, now you've got me excited.  I purchased "Lovers Knot" at the last quilt show I attended, but haven't gotten around to reading it.  Guess it's going to have to go pretty high up on my "to read" stack.  Amazon just delivered three brand new books yesterday.  So little time, too many books.

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Date Posted: 9/4/2014 1:40 PM ET
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Becky, it's been a long time but your question about The Pained House was stuck in rerun.  It seems to me in the book the body did show up.  I sure wouldn't bet the farm on that but I seem to remember that.

Oh tsk I simply can't get away from reading more than one book and now I have three going on my Kindle!

The Death on the Summer Breeze / Mark deCastrique.  This is a YA that takes place just before the Civil War.  The Summer Breeze is a train where a brother and sister are traveling together.  Guidebook to Murder / Lynn Cahoon.  This is a cozy, MC owns a bookshop/coffee bar and her friend who is in her 80s dies.  MC immediately decides that friend was murdered.  And you know who the suspect is since not only did she find the body she inherits all.  The third is When the Smoke Clears / Lynette Eason.  MC is a female firefighter it seems like someone is trying to kill her.  All three are good but right now I'm into Guidebook to Murder the most.

And paper books!  Four of them, Mad Cow Nightmare / Nancy Means Wright, the fifth in the series and it's been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time, probably since 2006!  I'm trying to read one new and one moldy this month.  Tried last month with little success.  This one has murder and mayhem in the form of looking for a woman who may be suffering from the human version of mad cow disease.  Nightmares Can be Murder / Mary Kennedy.  The first of a new series that hasn't quite grabbed me but the MCs sister runs a candy shop that carries"old fashioned candy.  She's always talking about all the candy that was around about 60 years ago.  Mary Janes, Squirrels, Red Hots, sigh!  The Skeleton Takes a Bow / Leigh Perry.  The second Sid the skeleton book.  I've been waiting for this one so couldn't resist picking it up.  Also, Second Sunrise / David & Aiimee Thurlo.  MC is a Navajo who has been turned to a vampire.  This is during WWII so he's not that familiar with Dracula but somehow thinks he might have been turned because he was shot and thought he was going to die.  When he wakes his injuries are healed and his sight is different, this is at night.  He seeks out a medicine man who say he can help him.  I don't read as much as I'd like because the print is a little small.     .

   

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Una, you will love the book, I promise!  I'm now almost done the third in the series.  I will have to read slow because I only have one more!  If you don't have it on your wish list, the next book, number 5 is called "The Double Wedding Ring."   Hmmm......if you have read the series, what do you suppose this is about?  :)

 

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Date Posted: 9/4/2014 2:06 PM ET
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I am reading Defending Jacob by William Landay for my book group. It is not my type of book but it is well written and flows along quite well.

Alice

Date Posted: 9/4/2014 3:21 PM ET
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Finally got around to reading That Old Flame of Mine/J. J. Cook. This is yet another cozy series by Jim & Joyce Lavene.  Liked their Sharyn Howard series (still have to get the last 2-3) and this one was good also,  The MC is the fire chief in a small Tennessee town who was hired to train a volunteer fire brigade.  The ghost of the former fire chief haunts the fire house and her cabin. 

 

Doing pretty good getting all my moldy books off the TBR!  Have gotten thru 8 non-fiction and 10 non-mystery fiction in the last 6 weeks.  Still have about that many more to go along with 5-6 moldy mysteries.  My goal is to get them all off the pile by the end of the year!



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Date Posted: 9/4/2014 3:49 PM ET
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Marla so far I like that series, finished all the Sharyn Howard books and I have the third in the fire chief on order.

Date Posted: 9/4/2014 11:43 PM ET
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Marla - I admire your perseverance in tackling the moldies.I keep reading and reading and reading, but the pile doesn't seems to go up instead of down. I blame Thriftbooks, which has had several good sales recently that have allowed me to buy some WL books for just a little more than PBS postage.

Read Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman, the daughter of Tony Hillerman, who's continuing his Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee series. In this book Leaphorn gets shot in the first chapter. The mystery is solved through the efforts Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito. I think Anne does better writing the feminine characters; Chee has always been softer than Leaphorn. At one point she has a young college student utter the words "holy catfish," which didn't ring true. She does include plenty of descriptions of the rez and Chaco Canyon, and continues showcasing the Navajo culture. I plan to continue reading the series.

Many years ago my mom and I vacationed in Albuquerque/Santa Fe and visited the Acoma mesa, where we purchased several small pieces of their intricately decorated pottery, some painted with only a single yucca fiber for a brush. The Acoma claim to have the longest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. (I believe it goes back to about 1300 A.D.) About two hundred people live up on the mesa year-round in adobe houses without electricity or running water.



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Has anyone read J.J. Cook's other new series about the food trucks?  As good as the others?

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Date Posted: 9/5/2014 2:38 PM ET
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Me, me Joy!  I've read it.  I can't quite decide about them but do have the next on pre-order from Amazon      cool 

Date Posted: 9/5/2014 2:39 PM ET
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Read Summer of the Dead/Julia Keller.  This is the 3rd in her series featuring Bel Elkins, a prosecutor in a small town in West Virginia that is suffering from the closure of the coal mines.  She is an excellent writer...you can feel the desolation of the town and the characters.  While I might question some of her "facts" (could a medical center in this town really perform transplant surgery?) I will keep reading the series. 

Date Posted: 9/5/2014 7:46 PM ET
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Just finished Grace Against the Clock by Julie Hyzy, her latest Manor House Mystery.  I think she is my favorite author right now.  Absolutely love both series.  I just knew who the murderer was almost immediately--wrong.  Should have known that it was a tad too obvious.  I want to add it to the cozy challenge, but what state is Marshfield Manor in?  Does anyone know?  I don't know that it's ever been mentioned, and I certainly didn't find any reference to any state as I was reading.

Date Posted: 9/5/2014 9:31 PM ET
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Well I finished off Mr. Strike and will read the next one.  I had the "bad guy" figured out pretty quickly, though it took a WHILE for the book to get there.  I do like the "temp" that became permanent in the end.  I am now reading something called "The Coroner" by M.R. Hall.  I have not gotten far enough along to really report on it.  It is about a female coroner --- how is that for a description??

Geri --- Thanks for your thoughts on "A Painted House".  I was quite sure that the body surfaced.

Date Posted: 9/6/2014 1:56 AM ET
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Just finishing Dark Hollow by John Connolly. His books are atmospheric, with a slight supernatural touch, and always seem to include multiple dead bodies. P.I. Charlie Parker, Bird to his friends, does a favor for a young woman by approaching her ex for back child support. He gets the money, but is unaware that it was stolen. There are lots of people after the money: some feds, some mob, and some other very nasty characters. Soon Bird is headed to far northern Maine in search of the ex. Just to liven things up, his former police partner's daughter goes missing. And then there's the semi-mythical Caleb Kyle. How does he fit into all this? As usual, Bird his helped by his interesting friends Louis, a dapper and dangerous African-American, and Angel, an always rumpled looking former burglar and Louis' life partner. Connolly is a good writer, and includes some early Maine history and a bit of philosophy. I'm enjoying this series. 

Date Posted: 9/6/2014 8:56 AM ET
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Una, I've never seen any place that the location of Marshfield Manor was located or any nearby town to give a hint. I wanted to add the location to my Calibre database for my Kindle and couldn't find out either.

Joy, I read the Biscuit Bowl Food book and wasn't overly impressed but will give the next one a chance. The whole idea behind the series just didn't grab me. I sort of felt like it wasn't as deeply developed as the other series and it somehow had a "thrown together" aspect.

I'm currently reading Day of Vengeance by Jeanne M. Dams. This is the newest Dorothy Martin Mystery. She and her husband, retired Chief Constable, become involved in the investigation of the death of a candidate for bishop because Alan is on the selection committee.

I just finished Death at a Drop-In (Myrtle Clover, Bk 5) by Elizabeth Spann Craig on my Kindle. I love this series. Myrtle is an 80-year-old retired English teacher who lives in Bradley, N.C. and apparently lives to drive her sheriff son, Red, crazy. She has a snarky sense of humor and is quite opinionated, which had me laughing out loud. Myrtle's friend Miles is invited to a drop-in at the home of the woman who considers herself the town's society leader. Miles, an eligible bachelor, doesn't want to go alone and invites Myrtle. Upon leaving, they stumble upon the not much liked matron's body and Myrtle is off to try and beat Red in solving the murder.


 

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Date Posted: 9/6/2014 3:47 PM ET
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Ah, Mary you've hit exactly how I felt about the Biscuit Bowl series.  I can't say I hated it, I do have the next on pre-order but not overjoyed with it.  I'm hoping the next will be an improvement.  I must admit the fire chief series grabbed me right away.  

I simply have to try the Myrtle Clover series.

Finished Guidebook to Murder on the Kindle and almost finished with The Skeleton Takes a Bow.  Progress!  I don't have all those books waiting in the wings.  yes    

Date Posted: 9/7/2014 8:37 PM ET
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Read The Day Is Dark by Yrsa Siggurdardottir. In this fourth in the series Thora goes to Greenland where three employees who were taking core samples preparatory to a mining operation disappeared, possibly lost in a snowstorm, or maybe the victims of foul play. All the other employees went back to Iceland and refuse to return to their jobs. Thora's investigation team finds human bones in the desk drawers of several of the departed workers. The satellites dishes for phone and internet have been vandalized, leaving the drilling complex without communications. Cell phones have no reception. Unlike most of Greenlanders, the inhabitants of the nearest village are unfriendly. Only one will talk to Thora, and that young woman tells Thora that all the villagers are taught from a very young age that the drilling site is an evil place. This is a dark and creepy book, and would make an excellent scary movie.     

Date Posted: 9/7/2014 9:26 PM ET
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Now that I have finished the Someday Quilt books, I received the latest Maggie Sefton and LeAnn Sweeney's latest "The Cat, The Vagabond and The Victim."  Didn't get much reading done today because it is football day!  Unfortunately, the Patriots lost, but Peyton Manning is charging down the field for the Broncos.  In between football games I went to Michael's craft store 'cuz they had a great sale on some yarn I want to make for my Dad for Christmas.  Normally it would cost $36-40 for the amount of yarn I got, today it cost me $20!  Good thing I picked it up today, have to get started on it soon if I'm going to get it done in time as well as finish some other projects.  I love crocheting during these baseball and football games - it's easy to look up for the next pitch or throw then continuing with a few stitches, etc.  All that to explain why I didn't read much today! 

I really haven't seen where Marshfield Manor is either.  They are along the east coast, maybe Virginia or North Carolina?  Just a guess. 

 



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