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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: September - What are you Reading- Mystery/Thriller
Date Posted: 9/1/2010 8:33 AM ET
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Just started a new cozy, Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay. It is her first novel in this series. Seems to be well written so far.

Alice



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Date Posted: 9/1/2010 8:37 AM ET
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I finished Love is the Bond by MR Sellars last night and started Scared to Live by Stephen Booth.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 9:32 AM ET
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Let me know how you like the Booth book Cheryl. I haven't read that one yet - I'm apportioning them out to myself to read as special treats. Never met a Stephen Booth book I didn't like!heart

Currently I'm reading an HF mystery by Paul Doherty: The Cup of Ghosts. Last year I read The Poison Maiden, not realizing it was second in a trilogy, so I'm doing a little catch  up here. These are very good mysteries and even though some folks on the HF forum think he is not sticking to the facts, my attitude is that it's fiction, not history and it's  very entertaining.

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 2:08 PM ET
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I also haven't met a Booth I didn't like, even though I can't stand Diane Fry. LOL So far so good with this one.

I have read several of Paul Doherty's historicals--he writes under about 4 or 5 different pen names, too--and while I did read a couple of his Hugh Corbett series, I stopped eventually...there is just something about his writing style that grates on my nerves and it does carry over into every series of his that I've tried to read.

Cheryl

Mary (mepom) -
Subject: Stephen Booth
Date Posted: 9/1/2010 2:42 PM ET
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I am a "big" Stephen Booth fan as well. So far, my library has had all of them except the last two (listed below). Anyone read these or have a copy to trade?

I have them wishlisted.

Dying to Sin

The Kill Call

Mary

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 3:16 PM ET
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Working on Crossfire by Dick Francis and Felix Francis. So sad this is the very last Dick Francis book. :(

Mary (mepom) -
Subject: Dick Francis
Date Posted: 9/1/2010 3:23 PM ET
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Jane,

I am a Dick Francis fan as well. Is this his last book due to health problems? I hope he is still alive. I knew his son was assisting him in writing lately.

Mary

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 3:43 PM ET
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He passed away in February. On Valentine's Day, actually. I like to say that he broke my heart on Valentine's Day. DH gave me permission to cry about it. ;)

Here's an obituary from the Washington Post.



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Date Posted: 9/1/2010 4:44 PM ET
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Mary - There is one more Stephen Booth book - the latest: "Lost River". You might want to see if your library has/going to have this one as well.

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 7:12 PM ET
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I'm just finish up my first Carl Hiaasen. Definitely will not be my last.

Mary (mepom) -
Subject: Francis and Booth
Date Posted: 9/1/2010 7:13 PM ET
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Jane, Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear that Dick Francis is gone. I have read all of his books, except the last 2 or 3.

Jeanne, Thanks for the update on Booth. I did not know about that one.

Mary

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 8:29 PM ET
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Pioneervalleygirl, which Carl Hiaasen did you read?

Date Posted: 9/1/2010 8:31 PM ET
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I've been reading a couple more "element" mysteries, the Beryllium and Hydrogen murders. Trying to winnow down my TBR by getting rid of some shorter ones, but I'm doing it "wrong," since I should be reading some of the many that are WL.

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 9/1/2010 10:58 PM ET
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I am reading, and enjoying, The Scent of Rain and Lighning by Nancy Picard.

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 12:13 AM ET
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Just finished Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine, Book 1) by Heather Weber.  Cute story, but I found it so "wordy".  The book could have been 2 chapters shorter if she didn't repeat such detailed descriptions.  I'll stop now before I get wordy and repetitive.

Maybe I was just impatient to get to The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin.  It is the 3rd in the Yashim the eunuch series set in Ottoman times in Istanbul.  This one moves to Venice for part of the story.  Love that Ottoman food! 

Susan smiley

Mary (mepom) -
Subject: The Scent of Rain and Lighning by Nancy Picard
Date Posted: 9/2/2010 12:15 AM ET
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ELLIE,

I HAVE THIS BOOK FROM ARC.

MARY

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 5:10 AM ET
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Keri - I read SKINNY DIP. I'm going to the weekly library sale on Tuesday to see if I can find more of his books, or else get them from the library. I have NO idea why I haven't tried him before now. SKINNY was given to me by a co-worker last week.

Gail

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 7:59 AM ET
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Gail, Skinny Dip was pretty good. Some of my favs of his are Sick Puppy(Twilly was hilarious), Lucky You (you will never look at tire patches without busting out laughing), Native Tongue and Stormy Weather. Skink is a fun character and shows up as a reoccurring character. Strip Tease was made into a movie back in the 90's with Demi Moore, but the book was better. Hope you enjoy. I still have a few to go myself, but I know I am always in for a fun crazy ride with him.



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Date Posted: 9/2/2010 9:29 AM ET
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Just finished reading The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Berkeley. This is a different kind of mystery (originally published in 1929) in which a case baffling Scotland Yard is presented to a famed, exclusive club of six amateur detectives. All have a week to investigate the case on their own and then present their solution to the group. It's fun to see how they come up with different clues, motives, and perpetrators. It's clever, witty, and entertaining -- but definitely for fans of cozies.

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 4:03 PM ET
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Deb, I really liked The Poisoned Chocolates Case, too.  My copy came from Connecticut (via PBS of course) and was sent on to Georgia so hopefully it is still being enjoyed.  I am currently reading I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich.  Slowly but surely I am trying to make my way through the 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century     (http://www.mysterybooksellers.com/links/20th-century-favorites-1).   I still have 43 to go!!!  Fortunately, thanks to PBS, many of them are on my TBR pile.

Subject: currently reading
Date Posted: 9/2/2010 4:38 PM ET
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I just finished two books. One is "The Search" by Nora Roberts. If you like dogs and dog training, you will like this one. I also just finished John Sandford's newest book, " Storm Prey". His latest was a little bloody but good.

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 5:33 PM ET
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LOL, Deb - The Poisoned Chocolates Case was read by several here for the challenge (Chocolate, Chicken, Chai) because it was more of a classic than a cozy. At the time, there were no copies here, but I wanted to reread it after recommending it, so ordered a copy from Abe and passed it on here, and I know someone else did as well, possibly Cheryl. I think there is talk of the book in that challenge topic thread.

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 5:42 PM ET
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Im reading "Framed in Lace" by Monica Ferris.  I like this series.  Im usually reading 2 or 3 books at one time...so it takes a while to finish each book. =)

Alice,  I have read Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay, and really liked it!  Let me know how you like it!

I have 2 book lists on my profile, one of them is Cozies that I have read, ...and the other list is "open" for Holiday Themed cozies..

feel free to add your favorite Holiday themed cozies!

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 7:15 PM ET
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I have been called to sub for three days in a row so my reading time has been sharply curtailed.  Drat.

I am nearly finished with "The Calling" and so far I am loving it.  Great characters, great (if grisly) mystery.  Good stuff.

The MP3 player with "Mucho Mojo" quit halfway through chapter 33 so...I guess I have to get the book to finish that one.  Still plugging along on "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" as well. Very interesting story. 

If I get called to sub tomorrow, I'll accept the job but...I'm kinda looking forward to spending the day with a good book or two!

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 8:38 PM ET
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I was one of the ones who ordered a copy of The Poisoned Chocolates Case and posted it when I finished.  I really enjoyed it as well.

I'm reading North of Clever by Suzann Ledbetter.  Been in a bit of a reading slump lately.  Combine that with being slammed at work and I am reading very slowly.......

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