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Subject: What Are We Reading in October?
Date Posted: 10/1/2013 1:02 AM ET
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Since it is Oct. 1 on the east coast, thought I would start this thread!

Have read a couple of good books...Runaway Man/David HandlerMC is a 25 yr old PI who looks 15 and works for his mother's agency.  His mother, in her youth, was the only Jewish pole dancer in NYC!!  He specializes in finding runaways, but this case becomes more than that.  Great characters, lots of humor and I didn't tumble to the bad guy at all!  Hopefully, this is the beginning of a series.  Have read his Berger and Mitry series, but this makes me want to go back and read his Stewart Hoag series again.  As I remember those where funny.

And, one that I somehow missed a few years ago, but ran across at the library...The Replacement Child/Christine Barber.  MCs are a Santa Fe detective (male) and a newspaper reporter (female).  Good book, going to get the second one.

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 4:33 AM ET
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Is it really October already?

Read A Darknesss More Than Night by Michael Connelly. This one is part of the Harry Bosch series and also features Terry McCaleb, who was the MC in Blood Work, which was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood in the title role. Part of the investigation included research on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, after whom Harry was named. It had me going to my computer and downloading images of Bosch paintings to see the clues for myself. I love it when fiction stirs my curiosity for facts. Another good installment in this series.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2013 4:41 AM ET
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Just finished Sealed With a Kill / Lucy Lawrence.  Finally the MC has decided which guy she truly wants!  She was speedier than Hannah Swenson.  cheeky

On to one that I've had for a bit, I Shot You Babe / Leslie Langtry.  It's the fourth in a four book series about a family of assassins.  The first three were full of chuckles so I hope this one will be the same.  Yep, so far, chuckles though the MC is an intellegent man he sure has missed the mark with a woman he meets.  I just know she's also going to be an assassin and so far he thinks she's a ditz.  Oh well, I won't ditch it.

 

 



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Date Posted: 10/1/2013 11:13 AM ET
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I finished Mayhem at the Orient Express (League of Literary Ladies, Bk 1) :: Kylie Logan. First of a new series. It was okay but a bit crazy.

 

Alice

Date Posted: 10/1/2013 1:51 PM ET
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Last night I did it.  I put down Matthew Bartholomew and picked up a Thomas Pitt mystery --- something about Lisson Grove.  I will finish up dear Matthew, but I just needed a little dose of something a bit faster moving for a while.

I did a lot of running yesterday so we are having a day at home today.  The painter is coming by at 3:30 to see the damage on the kitchen ceiling from the leaks which occurred while I was at mother's.  Did I report to all of you that out of the clear blue, BOTH upstairs toilets started leaking while I was away???  Thank heaven for the dogsitter who spied it out!!!  Just another little surprise for me!!!!  No real damage thankfully --- just the stains on the ceiling.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2013 2:06 PM ET
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Becky, if you had to have a leak, lucky it was in the kitchen where the dogsitter would notice it!

I just spotted this in the news

The opening chapter in Scribd's quest begins Tuesday with the introduction of an e-book subscription service that will boast thousands of titles published by HarperCollins before July 2012. HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp., becomes the first of the five largest U.S. publishers to join a service vying to create an alternative to buying individual titles.

Scribd will charge $9 per month for a service that offers unlimited access to most of HarperCollins' back catalog, as well as an assortment of other books from smaller publishers. Recent best sellers from Harper Collins aren't included in the subscription service, although customers will be able to buy new titles individually on Scribd's site.

Much more to the article but this seems the most important part.

I searched for Scribd signed up and got to look at the catalog.  It's $8.99 / mo for unlimited reading on any device, computer, iphone.  You get a free trial and can cancel at any time.



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Date Posted: 10/1/2013 9:56 PM ET
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I've just discovered Charles Todd and the Bess Crawford mysteries.  I've finished A Duty to the Dead and an Impartial Witness.  I almost didnt finish the first one (it was a little slow at places, and while reading it I got another book I had been waiting for so I was tempted just to DNF) but I did and I;m glad because it picked up and wasnt a bad story.  I havent read any of the Ian Rutledge books but was going to try one.

I've also read the Cuckoo's Calling and Dick Francis's Refusal in the past few weeks and enjoyed both.

Vandana

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 6:22 AM ET
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I'm reading No Second Chance by Harlan Coban. This is the 3rd of his non-series books I've read and they have all been excellent. In this one, a man wakes up in the hospital after having almost been killed to find that his wife was killed and his infant daughter abducted. There's several mystery women who appear, but I haven't figured out what their roles are. It's really keeping me guessing.

 

Date Posted: 10/2/2013 1:49 PM ET
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I finished "Dead, White and Blue" by Carolyn Hart.  Was very good, as usual.  The person who was on the bottom of my suspect list actually was the murderer.  Nice to see Annie, Max and company on the job.

Have started "Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides" by Kaitlyn Dunnett.  I'm enjoying it, but there is an awful lot of things going on that don't seem to be tying together very well.  Perhaps they will by the end of the book. 

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 11:17 AM ET
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Just a quick note that I have put a thread in our forum concerning the Secret Santa for this year if any of you are interested.

Now, I am sure some of you must have read a cozy mystery about the "Beauty Box" hair salon in North Carolina with Miss Myrtle.  Well the first in the series is free today from Amazon.  The 3rd is also free.  Anyway I started reading it this morning.  Although I am not usually a dedicated cozy reader, this seems as though it may be humorous and pass some time.  It may be just the thing I need while in this bad brain time where I cannot seem to concentrate on lengthy books.

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 1:03 PM ET
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Just finished Leader of the Pack (Andy Carpenter #10) by David Rosenfelt.  I've been waiting so long for #s 8 & 9 that I decided to read it out of order!  Luckily, it didn't matter too much.  This is a funny, smart series and a favorite about a defense lawyer who inherits lots of money and can pick and choose cases every once in a while.  He is a huge fan of golden retrievers and establishes a rescue facility in the book and in real life.

Another DNF was Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen.  I usually like the Felony & Mayhem authors, but I just could not get in to this one.

Susan

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 6:09 PM ET
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Thanks Becky! Even though I don't read cozies, I had ordered the second in this series (freebie) so now I have the first and third in case I'm ever in the mood for something light.

BTW - we also added to our puppy family and now have a Yorkie who was found wandering the neighborhood. We checked everywhere and put up posters - no go and she was obviously well taken care of by someone! So, she's had a dental and shots , etc. and is a family member. We have stepping stones now: a 70# Shepherd; a 22# Cairn and an itsy bitsy Yorkie. Here I thought that I was past the 3 dogs at a time phase - hah! Been rescuing dogs all of my life and it looks like it will never stop until I do!

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Date Posted: 10/3/2013 7:35 PM ET
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Finished up I Shot You Babe / Leslie Langtry.  I liked the first three, coulnd't wait to read each of them.  This was the last of the series and a lot of it was about the MC training in Mongolia for a type of wrestling match he knew he wouldn't win, he just wanted to experiene it.  It improved with the last chapters but if there were another I wouldn't read it!A bit

Now reading Final Sentence / Daryl Wood Gerber.  The MC has returned to her home town to open a book store with her aunt.  It's the first in a new series.  Her husband died before her mother.  She came to her mother's funeral and left immediately after to take care of her husband's funeral and her siblings and father seem to have a "rotten daughter" attitude because she didn't stay to be with her father???  I'm looking for an explanation for that, soon I hope. 

Sigh, I like the writing but the story is not improving!  Now the MC is accused of murder (of course).  No explanation of why she's considered a rotten daughter by father and siblings.  though father has entered the picture and when daughter tries to say something his comment is water under the bridge???  I feel like I'm missing things.  Actually went back a bit to see if I did.  I put it down for the moment.  Picked up A Skelton in the Family / Leigh Perry.  Strange premise, not a ghost but a skelton in the house?!?

 

 


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Date Posted: 10/4/2013 7:51 PM ET
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Well, I finished my free Miss Myrtle book and found it enjoyable.  Might have been just what I needed at the moment.  Some non-challenging, amusing words to read.  I am still working on "Lisson Grove" with the Pitts before I go to sleep at night.  It is coming along rather nicely. 

Date Posted: 10/5/2013 5:12 AM ET
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Am reading Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. A ghostman is a specialized sort of criminal. He has the ability to change his appearance, voice, mannerisms, accent, etc., to literally becme another person with complete confidence. To pass his final "ghostman test" the MC had to insert himself into a crime scene during the investigation and return with a piece of evidence, without anyone questioning who he was and what his was doing on the scene. He's been sent by a "jugmarker" - the man who plans a major heist for others to pull off - to retrieve $1.2M from a casino heist that went very bad. This is definitely not a book for the dedicated cozy reader, but it's different and very interesting.  

Date Posted: 10/5/2013 10:59 AM ET
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Finished "Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides" by Kaitlyn Dunnett.   I give this one a mixed review.  I suspected who "Dunnett"  :)  fairly early on and this one just didn't grab me.  I have liked all the previous books in the series, so maybe this was just an "eh" one for me.  I am now working on "Murder of a Stacked Librarian" by Denise Swanson.  Just love these Scumble River novels.  Skye and Wally are finally getting married, Hannah Swenson take note, and of course have a murder to solve before the big day.  There is an undercurrent for Skye, wondering why her mother is not constantly giving her ideas, suggestions, as she usually does.  What's up with that?  Well, since I've only read the first 6 chapters, I couldn't tell you.   Happy weekend reading, everyone!

Date Posted: 10/6/2013 6:35 PM ET
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Ghostman turned out to be a very good book. Lots of twists and a very interesting MC. From the ending of the book, it appears that this could become a series. I hope so. I read it for the new author debut in the Challenge, and learned a lot of new terms - jugmarker, box man, button man, scatter, etc.

I have one more book in the Challenge, the DIY and I managed to find a non-cozy. It's in my TBR and I'll get to it before year's end, but just don't know exactly when.

Now I'm reading Deadline by John Dunning. The MC is a journalist who starts following a story on a little girl who died in a circus tent fire, and his investigation goes in a direction he never contemplated. At the same time he's begun a romantic relationship with a woman who was raised Old World Amish and is not a dancer with the Rockettes, She was supposed to have been a story. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 12:53 PM ET
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I'm reading FOLLY by Laurie R. King, I love her writing style!  She portrays a woman on the "edge" brilliantly.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 12:55 PM ET
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All things are settled in Scumble River, now on to Fort Connor, Colorado to see what Maggie Sefton has cooked up in her latest knitting mystery,  "Close Knit Killer."   A very dreary, drippy, raw day here in May.  Baseball and reading.  Maybe a hot chocolate.  Sounds good to me.

Anna, have you read Laurie King's other series with Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes?  Highly recommend it if you haven't.



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Date Posted: 10/7/2013 2:42 PM ET
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Read A Conspiracy of Faith/Jussi Adler-Olsen...the third in her Dept. Q books set in Denmark.  These books just seem to keep getting better!

And, another that had been hanging around for awhile...Dive Deep and Deadly/Glynn Marsh Alam.  Sort of a semi-cozy.  MC has a PhD in Linguistics and scuba dives for the police if their own divers aren't available.  Sorry I left it laying around for so long.  I'm going to get the next couple or so in the series.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 2:47 PM ET
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Very cloudy and some rain here in Delaware.  We have been under a tornado watch, but it does not look like tornado weather to me.  Being brought up in Oklahoma, I am an expert (hee hee)!!!

This morning I took Bella (blind dog)  back to her opthalmologist for a re-check on her eyes.  She was having a pressure issue and the drops we have been using for a month has brought it right down.  So that is good.  Just continue with the drops.

I stopped off at Little Vinnie's Italian restaurant and bought a slice of pizza on the way home and had half of it for lunch.  They are huge pieces.  Now we are all sitting in the recliner reading "Treason at Lisson Grove" our Charlotte and Thomas Pitt book.  That usually means a snooze in the making!!!  On a cloudy, rainy day what could be better????

DO NOT FORGET THE SECRET SANTA SIGN-UPS!!!!  It really is a fun thing to do.  I am only copying what we do over in Historical Fiction, not my original idea by far.  Everyone over there always has a great time, especially when they "reveal" what came in their package!!!

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 3:49 PM ET
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ahh.....pizza for lunch, than sitting in a recliner with the doggies, reading a mystery and later snoozing.  The makings of a perfect afternoon!

Joy, Yes!  I read THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE, loved it!  Plan to read more.  I think you may have been the one who recommended the series, a while back.  Many thanks!

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Date Posted: 10/7/2013 4:40 PM ET
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Finished A Skelton in the Family / Leigh Perry.  Not a ghost but a skeleton in the house.  It is a skeleton but he's the skeleton of a murdered man so a bit of a ghost in a way.  A bit different and fun cozy.  At least the MC was not accused of murder.  She's trying to help the skeleton find out who killed him.  Actually helping him find who he was.  He doesn't have a memory of his past life.  He came "alive" to help MC when she was six.

Now, I'll go back to Final Sentence it is bugging me a bit even though the story was irritating me when I put it down.  A few too many blank things and the blanks weren't filled in yet.  I keep going over what has occured and an't seem to make sense of it.  If it doesn't come up with some explanations soon it's gonna be a DNF! 

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Date Posted: 10/8/2013 11:37 PM ET
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Finished The Quarry by Johan Theorin. It was a good story with well developed characters but the mystery was thin. It was more focused on th characters. That wasn't a bad thing. The mystery was good, just not the biggest part of the book. It's kind of handed to you.

Date Posted: 10/8/2013 11:40 PM ET
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I finished Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (John Banville) and love his writing so much went right to the 2nd of the series, Silver Swan which wasn't as good.  I'm still thinking about these mysteries.  I can't say I love his mysteries, yet his prose is beautiful....they are oddish. 

Now I'm reading The Repentant Rake by Edward Marston (Restoration England) - love this series; Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunin and dipping into a short story collection by Dorothy Sayers, Hangman's Holiday,  which is completely delightful (so far read a few Lord Peter Wimsey stories and one Montague Egg story and I've embarrassed myself on the subway a couple times because I did one of those snort-laughs, and have laughed out loud which is a problem because then people want to know what book is making a person laugh and then I can't keep reading it because I'm busy explaining.)

Denise



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