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Subject: What Are We Reading in August?
Date Posted: 8/1/2013 2:07 AM ET
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I'm well into The Night Watching / Heather Graham with The Night is Alive sitting here waiting for me.  I'm not sure at this point if I'll read it immediately or if I'll read one book in between.

So far "Watching" has plenty of ghosts, a skull, a mummified corpse and a fresh corpse all in a small haunted Arizona town.  The one ghost haunts the jail cell where he died.  The jail has been turned into a B & B and the ghost loves scaring the tourists. 

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 8/1/2013 2:13 PM ET
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I'm trying to read my hardcover books so I don't have to move or store them and unfortunately most of my mysteries are paperbacks so I will probably be a bit light on them this month. I'll probably have to throw in a couple or I'll go nuts, maybe on audio.



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Date Posted: 8/1/2013 6:42 PM ET
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Read Due or Die/Jenn McKinlay last night.  Had read the first in the series a couple of months ago and commented here that I wasn't enthused enough to read any more.  Someone here...and, forgive me, I've forgotten who...said I should try the second one because it was much better.  So, when I saw this at the library, I got it.  They were right, it was better than the first!

Started One Blood/Graeme Kent afterwards.  Liked the first in the series and this one is starting out good.

Date Posted: 8/1/2013 8:30 PM ET
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I'm reading The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer. It's not a mystery but a fantasy. After undergoing shock treatments in 1985 to combat her deep depression, Greta finds herself transported to other lives she might have lived in 1918 and 1941. It was An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2013. Am enjoying it thus far!

Yet another thunderstorm is raging outside, but I've got a great book and some freshly baked peanut butter cookies to keep me occupied.  cheeky

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 12:13 PM ET
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Just finished Sheila Connollys Momument to the Dead and started The Remains of the Dead ( Ghost Dusters). I had never read any cozy mystery till I found out about them here and have been hooked on them since.

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 12:45 PM ET
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Can;t decide - maybe will start Restrike, a book I won in a giveaway on the Book Club Cookbook site.  But I also want to read Storm of Swords, Forgotten Garden, Outlander, the next books in several series of cozies, too many choices!!

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 3:10 PM ET
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Hello Mysterious Friends --- Got back from the beach yesterday late afternoon after driving thru a monsoon.  The 2-hour drive took almost 4 hours --- rain so hard you could only go about 30 mph in a 65 mph zone.  Of course there were those thinking they could go 65 flying by.

I finished "Blood-Dimmed Tide" by Rennie Airth last night and today (we are having a bit of a lazy day) I am back to Maisie Dobbs in "Elegy for Eddie".

Anyone else notice the change at the top of the box where we choose font, size, etc.  Mine has a new look and perhaps more choices.  Since I do not know what any of those other choices are, I do not use them.  Perhaps I am missing wonderful things.

Date Posted: 8/2/2013 3:12 PM ET
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Okay, I was playing with some of the buttons up top and ended up saving a blank post!!!



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Date Posted: 8/2/2013 3:26 PM ET
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Barb - I'll be over Sunday evening to pick up some books.

Finished reading A Fountain Filled With Blood, Book #2 in Julia Spencer-Fleming's series that features Reverend Clare Ferguson, an Episcopal priest, and Sheriff Russ Van Alstyne. It's a good thing the Sheriff is older, experienced and wiser, because the Reverend tends to be very gutsy but too impulsive. They're in love and she's free to marry, but he's unhappily married to a woman with  whom he seems to have little in common. It will be interesting to see how long they can keep their relationship on a friendship basis.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/2/2013 4:10 PM ET
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Becky, just hover over each of the new symbols, they'll tell you what they are.  They remind me of things you'd find in a Word program. 

Marla, I might have been the one to recommend you read the second in the Jenn McKinley series.  I know I wasn't thrilled with the first.

Carol I had my hand on my copy of Monument to the Dead yesterday.  Darn I've read the Ghost Duster series 1 - 3 and 4 & 5 are on Kindle and even though they're less than a book I simply hate paying almost $5 for something I can't share.

Oh, for those of you have not read the J A Konrath Jack Daniels series the first, Whiskey Sour is free to Amazon Prime members to borrow. 

I finished The Night is Watching.  I liked the ghosts.  The story had some truly evil people in it.  The ghosts were fun.  They decided they'd help the tourist trade by appearing and making noises.  It attracted more tourists to the little town and kept it viable.  cool



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Date Posted: 8/2/2013 5:36 PM ET
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Finished The Ghost Riders of Ordebec: (Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery) by Fred Vargas.  Set in Paris and surrounding areas, it includes some very "interesting" characters.  The books are few and far between, but so enjoyable when one arrives. Although set in the present day, parts of these books seem more like a fantasy.

Also finally read The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino.  It's been sitting in my TBR for such a long time partly due to it being a hardcover which I find "heavy to hold" (sounds like a romance title). Somehow, the story was not very satisfactory, although I enjoyed the setting in a University city in Japan and an interesting look at Japanese police procedures.

I hated the Konrath Jack Daniels books.

Susan

Date Posted: 8/3/2013 12:06 AM ET
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Rainy day here in Washington state glad we got some rain too many forest fires are burning here on both sides of the mountains.

I'm reading Simple Genius by David Baldacci King& Maxwell # 3.  So far King is solving the case by himself and Maxwell is having emotional problems. Looking forward to see what happens.

Tammy

Date Posted: 8/3/2013 8:23 AM ET
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Well I did it, at least made a beginning.  Went thru my TBR list here on PBS and posted almost 70 books.  Probably nothing anyone here has not read, etc.  Some had a wishlist, I think maybe 14 of them, but most are simply things I no longer have any interest in reading, or were principally obtained for David to read.  I feel sure many of them may have multiple copies listed but I did not check every single one of them.  I think I will leave them for a week or 10 days and if they do not go to PBS people, they will go to Goodwill people.  As I was downstairs pulling some of them off the shelves, I certainly saw several books I did not remember seeing on the PBS TBR.  So today I am going down, laptop in hand, and get list and shelves in sync.  It is a cloudy, rainy day so seems a good one to spend organizing books.  I plan to pack the books myself, seems silly to pay movers for that one since nothing is likely to go wrong with them during the move.  China, crystal ---- yes the movers can pack so they will insure.  Books will be "PBO" --- packed by owner!!!!

Started something new last night as I finished off Maisie.  It is my ghost story for the Challenge --- perhaps it is "The Ghost & Mrs. McClure"?????  Just got a few pages into it before I nodded off.  Some dear friend on this forum recommended it to me.  They are so dear that I am unable to unearth their name at this instant --- so sad for my brain!!!!

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Date Posted: 8/3/2013 11:33 AM ET
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Susan, I had the first Konrath book and it was a DNF for me!  I always kinda wonder what I missed with so many people loving them.  Not enough to pick the thing up again though!  I might check out the free Kindle just to see if I missed something in the first go round.  blush

Becky, told ya one day you'd just start.  I've put my books in sync a coupe of times.  How quickly they seperate!  If you're going to pack the books in the basemnt, make it easy and put them in plastic grocery bags.  You'll be surprised how many fit and you have handles to carry them.  If you feel you want to put them in boxes to move that's okay but much easier to move the books around in the bags (double bag).  I moved about 3000 paperback books myself.  Didn't give them to the movers, just packed them in my car and drove them to the new house.

I'm not sure if I recommended the Ghost and Mrs. McClure but I think you'll like it.  Several of us have read it.

I read a sci fi I've had sitting on my TBR forever, or close to it.  Then I started Murder a La Carte / Prudy Taylor Board.  I just started it and so far it's not grabbing me.  In fact it's irritating me a smidgen.  I may have to force myself to put it down so I can pick up the latest Heather Graham.  A sacrifice but I think I might be able to handle it.  devil

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 1:16 AM ET
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Husband gave me the first two books in P. L. Gaus' Amish Country Mystery series yesterday.  He saw me reading Linda Castillo's book and decided I like Amish mysteries.  So, of course, had to read the first one last night, Blood of the Prodigal.  Not bad, very quick read.  There were a few bits that I really didn't get...couldn't figure out what the point was...but, other than that an OK book.  Then read A Small Hill to Die On/Elizabeth J. Duncan...the fourth in her Penny Bradigan series set in Wales.  Again, a very quick read.  In some ways, her books remind me of Christie's books...nice simple little cozy.  After those, think I will start Jussi Adler-Olsen's second Scandavian Dept. Q book tomorrow night.

Geri...Didn't realize there were a 4th and 5th book in the Ghost Duster's series!  I read the first three and thought that was it.  Will check it out, but, like you, I tend to only download free Kindle books!!

(I AM NOT touching any of these new buttons...who knows what I might end up doing!! laugh ... Shift+R improves the quality of this image. CTRL+F5 reloads the whole page.)



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Date Posted: 8/4/2013 8:12 AM ET
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I'm in the minority in that I didn't like the Jack Daniels or Maisie Dobbs series. Can't put my finger on exactly why.

I am currently working my way through Hazel Holt's Mrs. Malory series and Jeanne M. Dams Dorothy Martin series on my Kindle. Also reading The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman.

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 8:54 AM ET
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Happy Sunday, Fellow Mystery Readers!     It's catch-up day for me ...

I just finished:

Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke  - Rating: 3.5* (#10 in the series, not counting short stories) - I listened to the audio, as I usually do for this series.  And as usual, I enjoyed it mostly because of the Minnesota setting and the fact that I love to virtually drool over all of the goodies that Hannah makes for her bakery.   I've never actually made an of the recipes though, because they all seem to start with "1/2 cup Butter (1 Stick)" - or sometimes it's 2 sticks, once even 3!   I do have to say though, that this particular book, which involved a summer family reunion at the lake, also had a recipe in it for a salad.   But even the salad called for 1/2 cup sugar LOL.

The Ninth Daughter by Barbara Hamilton - Rating: 4.0* - This is the 1st book in the historical mystery series set in colonial revolutionary Boston and featuring as the protagonist none other than Abigail Adams, wife of future second President John Adams.   This book started out slow and took me longer to read than most mysteries, but that was because it's rich in historical details and language.  Once I got used to that, I really got into the story.   This story takes place in the few weeks leading up to the Boston Tea Party, and I actualy learned a lot about that time period and the people involved.  Looking forward to reading more!

 

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 9:12 AM ET
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More catching up ....

Today I plan to start on The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.  It's my first Kate Morton and I'm looking forward to it because everyone raves about her books.

Mary,  I'm in the minority also but it's not because I didn't like the Jack Daniels or Maisie Dobbs series, it's because I haven't read them!   I do have several books from my both series on my TBR and mean to get to them someday though  - especially the Maisie Dobbs series.   So many series, so little time LOL.

RE Moving books & cleaning out your TBR .....   Becky - I feel for ya!   I don't have my TBR packed up right now.  All 1400+ books are in order on my bookshelves.  It's one of the few things that I'm pretty anal about keeping in order.    BUT .... whenever we get a new shipment of printer paper at work, I take the boxes home.   They are great for packing in general because they have lids AND opening for handles.   So I have a stash of those boxes sitting empty in my garage for when they are needed.    I had surgery this year, and used the forced time off to go through things at home - including my TBR.   So far I've given over a hundred books to charity and posted several dozen and there will be more before the year is over!

 

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 10:56 AM ET
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Well, I did get thru the shelves yesterday and my TBR is at 235 and I feel that is accurate right now.  There were a few I had to add, just as I thought.  I believe they are ones that I have purchased (GASP), used or otherwise and they got shelved before being added to the TBR here.  I have 20 books to mail and 6 on wishlist hold, so that is also good.  I am not going to leave the others wilting on the PBS bookshelf very long.  I thought about having a special, but it is such a pain to mail 3 books at a time --- I will rethink that before boxing for Goodwill.  In the meantime if anyone here wants to have a look at what is posted, you all are certainly welcome to a 3 for 1 credit.

I am reading "The Ghost and Mrs. McClure" and actually loving it.  The ghost is a hard-boiled private eye and very funny.  I may even investigate further books in the series (like I need them)!!!

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 11:14 AM ET
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Have any of you read the "Coffee House" mysteries by the same woman who co-writes the "Mrs. McClure" books??  She uses a different pseudonym for the coffee books --- Cleo Coyle.  I do realize this is a really goofy question among this crowd --- just wondering what you think of them.  I am enjoying the ghost book --- it is probably in the "cozy" category, but it seems less sacchrine than most.  Just wondering if the "Coffee House" books are the same sort.

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Date Posted: 8/4/2013 2:43 PM ET
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I loved the Mrs McClure series and have read them all.  Many of us have read and are reading the Coffee House series.  I got tired of it, just me because others are still happily reading the books.

Oh my Becky, you have a larger TBR than me!  I'm down to 215!  Hooray!

I had a bout of insomnia last night.  I read Monument to the Dead / Sheila Connelly and began a romance Guys and Dogs / Elaine Fox.  Should finish that tonight.  Then I think I'll pick up my newest Heather Graham.

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 3:18 PM ET
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Okay Geri --- I am going to have to go down and post more books so I can get my TBR smaller than yours!!!!

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Date Posted: 8/4/2013 3:59 PM ET
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I have been working on my shelves too and have 176 books posted now, and my TBR is down to about 135. I converted a bunch to ebooks so that helps.

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 5:02 PM ET
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Hey, I thought I was a real slacker with only about 135 on my TBR...if I ad d the 40 or so e-books, I might get close to you guys!!  Could probably  work it down if I would stay away from the library!!  Intend just to get books from the library where I am w-a-y down on the WL or books on my RL that already have 80 or so in the system, but I always start looking around and find other things that look interesting!!

Wicked rainstorm last night...lots of wind but no thunder or lightening (darn!).  Supposed to be cooler for a few days...high 80s.  Not sure that is a whole lot difference, but at least the nights have been cooler!!

Date Posted: 8/4/2013 5:09 PM ET
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I like the new avatar Marla! Wonder where that idea came from? I'm with you on books from the library - ours is vastly improving the selection - yahoo!

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