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Subject: What Mysteries Are We Reading This November?
Date Posted: 11/1/2014 2:16 AM ET
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Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo came in today's mail, and it's ready to go out again. This was another very good Amish mystery with a few wicked twists. Kate is called to a farm where three people have fallen into a manure pit, where they're likely to either drown in the muck or be killed by the methane gas that robs oxygen from the air. Just a couple hours before one of her deputies had been called to another Amish farm where four sheep had been viciously slaughtered in the middle of the night. It's one in an escalating spree of hate crimes against the Amish.  I know the book is wish-listed, but not my particular ISBN. That's two books in a row, same thing with Silken Prey. 



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Just started When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris last night in print, it's one of the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mysteries. So far so good. Listening to Present Darkness by Malla Nunn in audio. That's the fourth Detective Emmanuel Cooper mystery...I suppose technically is a 'historical' too, it's set in 1953 South Africa during the rise of apartheid...I guess I tend to think of it more as a book from a different culture than a historical, but it's both, really.

On a related note, I recently downloaded Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron (the latest Judge Knott book) from the library to listen to and ended up having to DNF it. It was read by the author herself rather than the person who usually does the series, C.J. Critt...who, for me, has really *become* the voice of Judge Deborah Knott. The production with the author reading it was sort of poor quality--there were some background echoes, and she just didn't do a very good job--she sounded winded and breathless at times and wasn't enunciating very well. I gave up after about 45 minutes. I love this series and am sure I'll eventually get to reading the book in print, but this is one series I previously have only listened to because I enjoyed the audio version so much. *sigh*

Oh, and Howdy all! :)

Cheryl
 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 11/1/2014 12:24 PM ET
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Oh Cheryl, your grandson gets cuter with each picture.  Nice to see you here again too.

What a shame that you didn't enjoy the audio of Designated Daughters.  I really got into that one.

I've picked up Dangerous Attachments / Sarah Lovett.  MC is a psychologist who evaluates prisoners who are eligible for parole.  I'm not far into it but she has a stalker and doesn't know it yet.  On Kindle The Package / Tony Aeud was badly written as far as I was concerned.  Listed as the first in a series, an FBI thriller.  MC has lost her husband to a sniper in Iraq.  The dialogue is terrible, bad editing with words misspelled and duplicated.  Then you get to extended descriptions of the situation in Iraq right after the fall of Saddam.  Sigh, a DNF for me.  The MC is Blair, her friend is Blake and I kept getting them mixed up within the dialogue.  The amazing thing is this has at least four books in the series.  I picked it up because I had read another book written by Aued and enjoyed it very much.

Date Posted: 11/1/2014 1:31 PM ET
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Well, I just finished "Elizabeth Street" by somebody Fabiano.  It was pure historical novel and I really enjoyed it.  Although the Black Hand and kidnapping and extortion were involved, so there was some crime going on.  It was about Italian immigrants in New York.  It was a very well done book and I would recommend it highly.

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Date Posted: 11/1/2014 4:31 PM ET
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I am reading The Vanishing Thief (Victorian Bookshop, Bk 1) :: Kate Parker. It is a historical cozy. I have never read her books before. Good so far.

alice

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Date Posted: 11/1/2014 5:56 PM ET
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I am in the middle of Police by Jo Nesbo.  This Harry Hole series is a favorite, but it takes me a longer time to get through it.  I frequently have to go back to check on the characters, especially with the Norwegian names.

Also finished By Its Cover, from the Commisario Brunetti series by Donna Leon.  Set in Venice, it's about thefts from libraries of historic and valuable books and/or pages.  Interesting to me because a team was caught doing the same thing at the Maryland Historical Society.  They had been stealing from libraries all over the country and are now imprisoned. Unfortunately, as in Leon's book, many artifacts had been sold and are impossible to recover. 

Finished Long Way Home, Chief Inspector Gamache #10 by Louise Penny.  Can't believe it's book 10 already.

The 3 above are all from favorite series.

I read Quotient of Murder from the Professor Sophie Knowles cozy series by Ada Madison.  She is a mathematics professor at a small college near Boston and the bodies do add up quickly.  Sophie is convinced she can solve cases better than the police.  I am convinced I won't read any more in the series.

Glad the Halloween candies are out of the house and I can start my yearly November first diet.

Susan



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I really enjoyed the first three Emmanuel Cooper books by Malla Nunn, and I'm looking forward to eventually getting Present Darkness. It's so hard waiting for the next book after we're caught up with a series.

It's interesting how we expect characters to look or sound. Just by his name I expected Virgil Flowers to sound like a Southern guy and have dark hair. It never ceases to surprise me when Sandford describes him as blonde. Just can't get that picture out of my head.

I'm reading Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass. It's part of the Body Farm series. This one is like a flashback to 1989. There is no Body Farm at the beginning, but I have a feeling this book will explain how and why the Body Farm was created. A skeleton has been found on a mountain where strip mining had ended over twenty years ago. A seedling tree has been growing out of the skull for two years. Almost a twenty-year gap in how long the unidentified skeleton has lain undiscovered. Oh, and there's a very sadistic killer seeking out women. 

Date Posted: 11/2/2014 8:26 AM ET
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Virgil Flowers definitely has dark hair!!!  Don't believe a word of that "blonde" stuff (heehee). 

Well I was watching a television show on my laptop last night, actually more early evening, when the power started doing the craziest things.  Lights blinking on and off several times and finally settling on being about 25% lit.  Have never had "partial" power before --- either all or none.  Anyway the pooches and I simply headed to bed and the Kindle.  I started reading "The Ladies Room" author escapes me totally.  It is about late a late 30s woman who finds out her husband has been cheating for years, her great aunt dies and leaves her a house and more.  It is set in Tishomingo, Oklahoma which I found so funny and surprising.  I am unsure if there is a mysterious event or not, but rather fun thus far with the characters who are appearing.  Oh, Tishomingo is a real town in Oklahoma.

Oh I have been posting books like crazy from my TBR and have mailed 25 and have 19 to mail and 2 on wishlist holds.  Most were on short wishlists, some not on wishlists at all.  I figure I can simply get them again once I am moved with this mass of credits I am accumulating!!!!  Oh several of them I read on Kindle while in Oklahoma with the Kindle Unlimited thing so negated the need for the paper copy.

The wind is blowing a true gale here this morning small sticks hitting the roof top --- dogs going crazy!!!!  Hope it keeps with just "small" sticks and no big limbs!!



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Date Posted: 11/2/2014 10:17 AM ET
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Halloween night we had wind gusts between 40 to 70 miles per hour, 42,000 people without power yesterday.  A bright sunny 34 this morning/.  I have to vacuum leaves, big time!  Thankfully we did not lose power.  I live in an area that has underground wiring within the subdivisions.  The ppwer company makes it a point to trim trees in the summer to minimize power failures in our area.

Yesterday I read The Dead Season / Donna Ball.  The sixth in the series.  Raine is finally getting her life back to normal but it's the slow season for her.  She accepts a two week job being a counselor for five teens in a boot camp situation.  They're going on a 10 day hike in the mountains.  Get caught in a fierce snowstorm, phew!  It was a page turner for me.

My bed book is Death From the Woods / Brigitte Aubert.  MC is quadriplegic, got caught in a car bomb explosion.  She can hear but not see or speak.  She actually got hit in the head, there''s no real body damage, it's more brain damage but her mind is okay because she's the narrator.  Four boys have been murdered within a 30 mile radius of her home.  A seven year old talks to her in a park and tells the MC she's seen Death in the Woods.  MC can blink her eyes and raise an index finger so the doctor says well maybe one day...

On Kindle now reading For Whom the Minivan Rolls / Jeffery Cohen.  Another light series with a male MC.  He's a stay at home dad and very involved with his kids.  He gets roped in to investigate the disappearance of a woman one night.  

I decided to go with lighter things to clear up some things from the Kindle. 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/2/2014 3:04 PM ET
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Just finished Death of a Witch by M. C. Beaton (Hamish Macbeth mystery).  I got it from the library to finish out my male MC category.  I used to be enamored of this series, but found this one a bit annoying.  Guess my tastes have changed.  I sat down yesterday (beautiful cool, drizzle type day after the overnight rain) with Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (Pawsitively Organic mystery) and used up my extra hour of sleep by reading until almost midnight.  Got up this morning ready to vacuum, mop, etc. and made a hot cup of tea (caramel apple) and sat back down with the book instead.  Never did figure out who the murderer was until it was revealed.  Obviously I loved the book, although $2.00 for a dog biscuit seems a bit excessive.  Heck, I can get good chocolate for less.  Anyway, it's now noon, the book is finished and I guess I had better get something accomplished.  Oh, and it was set in Conn., so that's one more for the bonus in the cozy challenge.

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Date Posted: 11/2/2014 5:35 PM ET
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Una, I wondered if you got rain in your area.  We actually have a dog bakery in a mall near us.  They allow dogs there since it's an open air mall.  We sit and watch the dogs dragging their owners to the bakery.  The things are delicious.  How do I know?  They have a sign, fit for human consumption!  When I asked they said many diabetics come in for a cupcake or cookie.  They have cakes, cookies and cupcakes all fit for your pet or you.  They have expensive dog treats that look like bones in various sizes too.  

Date Posted: 11/2/2014 7:00 PM ET
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Geri, yes, we actually got some rain.  Here at the house we got .80 of an inch.  First rain we had seen since I think January.  The lake that holds water for Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley is only 30% full.  Really scary.

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Date Posted: 11/3/2014 8:23 AM ET
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I finished For Whom the Minivan Rolls / Jeffrey Cohen.  A freelance writer, stay at home dad gets sucked in to investigating the disappearance of a wealthy man's wife.  She ends up being murdered, he's not a suspect but so many other suspects!  Do you even get the slightest hint who shot her?  Nope, not until s/he shows up with a gun!  Now, onward to Mudbug.  I thought I read this but maybe not. 

Date Posted: 11/3/2014 11:33 AM ET
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Okay, I missed the new month again!  At least I can blame pain meds this time.  :)

Surgery went very well, phew!  Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and good wishes.  I'm actually not in as much pain as I thought I might be, thankfully.  Keeping my foot up and iced helps.....wait, isn't this the story of my life for the past eight years?  No wonder I'm so good at it!  :)  The screws came out very easily, and everyone at the hospital was so nice and helpful.  This is one of the small hospitals still remaining in the state and I have been so impressed with it.  It is run by the Seventh Day Adventist church and they seem to do a wonderful job.  I love the small hospitals - I've enjoyed working in them in the past and have always found a more personal touch than sometimes is not found in the bigger medical centers.  An example that made all the patient's day a little easier was one of the staff dressed up as one of the "Pink Ladies" from Grease.  Said she was supposed to be Frenchy.  She had a pink poodle skirt, pink and black saddleback shoes and even a pink jacket with "Pink Lady" printed on back.  All the authentic clothes.  She was just a hoot!

Anyway, enough of that.  Finished "Ghost Gone Wild" by Carolyn Hart, and while it was a bit difficult to get into, once I did it w'sas great. Also read the second novel in Simon Brett's "Fethering Mysteries"  ,  "Death on the Downs."  Really good series.  Really there are two MC's in this series, Carole, who is a "proper" British lady and her friend Jude who is not so much.  They make a great team and are a hoot.  I'm now reading "Mrs. Malory Investigates" by Hazel Holt.  I had this on my book challenge so picked it up.  Not at all what I thought it was going to be.  For some reason I thought this series was set back in the late 1890's.  Not so.  Mrs. Malory, the MC is a widow living in Tavinstock England.  The book was written in 1989 and that seems to be the period it is in.  It is an okay book, a quick read and I'm sure I'll finish it by the end of the day. 

Una, I really liked "Kneading to Die," as well. 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/3/2014 1:48 PM ET
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I just finished a John Sandford "Prey" book. Several of them have been languishing on my shelf for a long time. I forgot how much I liked Lucas Davenport and the cast of characters so I will probably sneak one in here and there. 

Glad to hear that everyone is doing okay and that the winds, etc didn't tear things up. We had a beautiful Halloween evening here - warm and with a desert breeze but now it's cooling off a shade - in the 70's. That's what we all love down here! Believe it or not, we just planted some daisies (to replace some that DH destroyed - grrrr) and they are going in the ground at a good time so they should do well if I can keep him away from them!

Date Posted: 11/3/2014 3:44 PM ET
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Well, I am continuing on with "The Ladies Room" by Carolyn Brown and I have decided it might be "chick lit".  Is that name still around???  Sort of akin to "Bridgette Jones Diary" only very different setting, etc., but about a late 30s woman coming into her own.  Reminds  me a bit of the "Tawanda" scene in "Fried Green Tomatoes" if any of you have read that one. This is not my usual fare, but I am enjoying it.  Still amazed an author even knew about Tishomingo, Oklahoma, will have to see if she is an Oklahoman.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 7:37 AM ET
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I started a book recommended by Geri - Rage Against the Dying. I love reading about areas I know and this author writes about Tucson - also a very intriguing mystery so far! Thanks Geri - I think this will be a keeper for me!

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Date Posted: 11/4/2014 10:56 AM ET
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I really thought you'd like it Jeanne.  I swear I was packing my bags to go live in Tucson while I was reading it!  In a way I didn't expect it to be as good as it was.

I'm reading Trouble in Mudbug / Jana DeLeon.  I swear I've read it and yet I don't remember it!  Then I do, no I don't.  Let's just say I'm enjoying the story.  MC was trying to find a herbal type medication to help cancer patients, her mother-in-law dies and she attends the funeral.  The ghost of her m-i-l rises from the coffin and we go from there.  This is the author of the Miss Fortune series.  In fact in book three of that series Mudbug is mentioned.  Mugbug is a town in Louisiana for those not familiar with it.  If you're going to do the challenge this has humor, a ghost and some suspense.

Date Posted: 11/5/2014 1:56 PM ET
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YEAH!!  No more political commercials (at least for a bit!).  Trying to watch the local news was maddening.  I wasn't sure the mute button on the remote would survive...dh would hit it every time one came on!!!!

Am trying to remember what I've read...Cry in the Night/Carolyn Hart.  This is one of her stand-alones.  MC is a museum curator going to Mexico to return a book to a family that had lent it to the museum, gets tangled up with people who are trying to find a treasure of Aztec gold.  A very traditional mystery...actually almost a gothic.

Lana'i of the Tiger/Joann Bassett...Got the first three of these free on Kindle.  MC is wedding planner in Hawaii who, of course, has to get involved in solving murders.  Haven't decided yet if I want to pay for any more!!!

Dead to Me/Cath Staincliffe...A Brit police procedural with two female DCs.  The first in this series.

Becky...Thanks for sending the Katherine John book.

Date Posted: 11/5/2014 5:27 PM ET
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Joy - Good news about your surgery. Hope the recovery is quick and uneventful.

I didn't understand why my chihuahua Tina was scared late last night, but it must have been the wind. There's a tree branch down in my front yard.

Just skimmed through the posts as I had cataract surgery this morning on my worthless left eye. Was very tired when I got home, but then got my second wind and finished Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke. Two mysteries: one about the 1958 disappearance of a prostitute who had saved Dave and his half-brother Jimmie from sharks off Galveston Island; the other a serial killer who abducts middle and upper class white women. As always very enjoyable. Dave falls off the wagon again, Clete is his usual colorful self, and a new "regular" is added to the cast of characters. 

Date Posted: 11/5/2014 5:49 PM ET
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Joy --- Wonderful news about your surgery.  So happy the pain has not been as bad as with previous surgeries. 

Mary P --- are you supposed to be computing right after cataract surgery????  You be careful.

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Date Posted: 11/5/2014 8:20 PM ET
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Joy, glad to hear your surgery was not as bad as you thought it might be!

Mary, hooray for surgery on one eye.  When do you get the next done?  A couple of weeks maybe.

I finished the third of the Lynette Eason series.  Wow!  Twists, turns, a few red herrings and no idea who the real killer was!  Catnapped / Patricia Fry is next on the Kindle.

Well, no political phone calls but still hearing about the election.  Sigh.  

Date Posted: 11/5/2014 8:46 PM ET
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The political commercials were bad enough, but there was a referendum here is Maine about banning the use of baiting, trapping and using dogs to hunt bears.  The commercials showed bears in various cruelty scenes.  They got so bad I got pretty good at hitting the mute button myself. 

Finished 'Mrs. Malory Investigates' by Hazel Holt.  A very 'meh' mystery in my opinion.  Don't think I'll use any credits to get more of these.  Una sent me "Stirring the Plot" by Daryl Wood Gerber and I've started it and am on page 25 already. I love this series.  Thanks, Una!

Date Posted: 11/6/2014 1:08 AM ET
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Becky - Instructions said I could read and watch TV. Not interested in TV, but I've been reading Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny, with breaks for "computing.". I'm enjoying the Quebec City descriptions where Gamache is involved in one murder investigation while he's delegated his second in command to re-investigate a murder in Three Pines. He's also investigating the historic battle on the Plains of Abraham. 

Geri - Next eye surgery is scheduled for November 18.  After that it will be very interesting to see what my vision with be like with/without my present glasses.

Disclaimer: The red and blue of your names is not intended to be indicative of your party affiliations.

Date Posted: 11/6/2014 2:02 AM ET
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Joy - so happy your surgery turned out better than you thought it would.

Mary - My left eye too has always been basically useless. I had cataract surgery on it and a cornea transplant that didn't work. It still is basically useless. I've worn glasses since I was 1 year old. Ever since I had cataract surgery on my right eye, I don't have to wear prescription glasses anymore, yay. I do wear reader glasses though to read the fine print in books. My doc does want me to get prescrip glasses though only for night driving with the glares from other car lights. I did have the surgeon apply the Toric Lens implant on my right eye during the cataract surgery which helped tremendously. My insurance didn't pay for it though, but I didn't care, I still wanted it. Good luck with your next cataract surgery.

 

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