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Subject: What are you reading right now for mysteries?
Date Posted: 9/24/2008 6:49 PM ET
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Okay, you mystery and thriller readers, let's get some action going here! Most days I don't have time to post  much on the forums but it seems like when I do, this forum has usually been pretty quiet. SO! What are ya reading now and how are you liking it?

I have three mysteries going at the present time. One in hardcover at home, one in paperback to tote to work for lunch-break reading and one in audio that I listen to on my MP3 player while cooking, cleaning, etc.

At home: Anarchy and Old Dogs by Colin Cotterill. I absolutely LOVE this series, featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 73-year-old national coroner for the country of Laos in 1977, the post-war era. He is a wonderful character and the books are so full of culture, some wry humor and the characters are so well-drawn. I had Anarchy and Old Dogs on my WL for ages here and finally gave up and got it from the library. This is the fourth book in the series--the first is The Coroner's Lunch.

In paperback for toting to work: The Case Has Altered by Martha Grimes, one of the Richard Jury/Melrose Plant mysteries. This is another series I really enjoy, though some of the books in series are definitely better than others. I'm only a few chapters into this so the jury (no pun intended) is still out on it. :D

In audio, I'm listening to In a Dark House by Deborah Crombie, which is one of the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. I downloaded that one from the library's website--I noticed that the CD version of this is $95 at Amazon! Holy Samolians!! Anyway, this has got to be one of my top five favorite series--I've only got two left to catch up to current release now. I normally do read these in print but wanted to see if the audio version was as good as the print ones. It IS....the reader is just wonderful!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 7:28 PM ET
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Hi Cheryl!  Well you asked this at a good time! 

I'm reading a paperback from my TBR pile - Diagnosis Murder: The Death Merchant by Lee Goldberg (a fun series).

I'm listening to A New Song by Jan Karon (not a mystery, but I love this series).

And...I got three library books yesterday.  I'm almost finished with Death of a Gentle Lady by M.C. Beaton (if you've read one Hamish Macbeth story, they are all alike...just a different victim).  I also have Lye in Wait by Cricket McRae (1st in a new series)...and Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews (one of my favorite series).

I've got to stop going to the library so I can catch up with the 270 on my own TBR pile :)  I also need to check my library's website, because I love Deborah Crombie, too.

Susie

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I'm reading "Moonlight Downs" by Adrian Hyland. It is set in the Australian Outback. The book won Australia's Ned Kelly Award for best first novel. While I'm enjoying it and will read others by this author, I'm having a hard time getting the Australian colloquialisms in my ear. I find that I have to re-read quite a bit but overall, I would recommend the book. I'm reading a couple of "commuter" mysteries as well...Victoria Thompson, Steve Hamilton, the trailer park mysteries. It's all good.
Date Posted: 9/24/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I am reading the most recent "Mrs. Jeffries" Mystery by Emily Brightwell, "Mrs. Jeffries Holds the Trump" in hardback. Also same story just new characters. This is a fun cozy, but the diting in the middle of the book was so sloppy her editor should be fired!  There are two chapters back to back where the same name is used for two different characters. I can't figure out which name is wrong, and which of the other characters were supposed to be "the wrong named fellow". ARGH! I almost through the book at the wall last night trying to sort out "whose who" but decided that I would just see what happened with the rest of the book. Like all of these, a good fun read, but that part was very frustrating.

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 10:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/24/2008 11:26 PM ET
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I'm reading the first Alex Kava mystery.  I'm enjoying it but it's a little more "romancy" than I had hoped it would be--pretty predictable happenings coming up between the two main characters, I think.   But the mystery part is good and well-written. 

I'm listening to The Last Templar, which seems good so far.  And I'm carrying around an Ellery Quinn, trying to read my "Q" book!  Have been having trouble getting into it.  :/

I spent a lot of today totally sidetracked reading about the Parker & Hulme (Anne Perry) murder history.  I knew nothing about it until Sheryl  (Momof2boys)  mentioned it to me.  Fascinating stuff! 

Sharon

 

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 7:34 AM ET
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Marilyn, I think I am very interested in the Oscar Wilde books. Those sound good- but I wonder if the author over the 9 book series will eventually disclose his practise of pederasty? I don't mind his relationships with age similar men any more than I mind developing hetero relationships in cozies,  but the "greek boys" and such he preferred later in life sort of make me feel squirmy inside. I can't imagine he would go into all that if these are "cozies", but I can't imagine how he would avoid the subject either??? I am wondering if he would just talk about his relationship with Ross, and leave some of the rest out. I read the reviews on amazon, and this sounds like a fabulous read!

 

ETA: exchanged "she" for "he" in reference to author



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Date Posted: 9/25/2008 8:16 AM ET
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I have three mysteries going at the present time. One in hardcover at home, one in paperback to tote to work for lunch-break reading and one in audio that I listen to on my MP3 player while cooking, cleaning, etc.

 

That is impressive!  When I was a child I would read 5 books at a time.  Now I can only read one fiction and one non-fiction book at a time or I forget what is happening in each.

 

I finished the second John Lamb Bear Collector's mystery, and I have the third on my shelf ready to be read!

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Date Posted: 9/25/2008 8:44 AM ET
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Great thread!   I am currently reading "Anything Goes, A Grace and Favor Mystery" by Jill Churchill.   It's set in 1932, and brother and sister Robert and Lily Brewster have just inherited a "cottage" (read Mansion!) on the Hudson River after living in poverty after the Crash of 29.  They are starting to believe their uncle was murdered and the mystery is just gearing up.    I'm really starting to enjoy these historical mysteries very much!

After this, I'm planning on reading what looks like the final "Solace Glen" mystery by Susan S. James.

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Date Posted: 9/25/2008 10:34 AM ET
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I'm taking a little break from cozies to read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. But up next are the last two ( so far ) in the Victoria Thompson gaslight mystery series. I have all three books checked out of the library, and then I really must tackle my mountainous TBR pile of mysteries.

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 11:01 AM ET
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Finished Deborah Morgan's Death is a Cabaret last night.  Nice, light cozy and I liked that she did give you  most of the clue's (even if I didn't pick up on them at the time!!!)...will try the rest of the series.  Next up?  Will depend on how I feel when I get home tonight!!! Maybe the first book in David Hewson's series or the first in Phil Rickman's series or, if I'm not too tired, the biography of Consula and Alva Vanderbilt I thought looked interesting!  Never really know what I am going to read next until I get there!

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 2:20 PM ET
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I just started "Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse" by Victor Gischler and the last of my Hollis Ball series by Helen Chappell. 

There are some things I'm trying to read so I can get some of the books out of the house.

I just finished The High Priestess and The Star by David Skibbins, The Arsenic Labrynth by Martin Edwards and With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare.

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 6:03 PM ET
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Boy, you guys are mostly reading series I haven't even tried yet. Maybe I shouldn't have asked this question--I've already got about a hundred different series going, I don't need any more til I finish up a few others! LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 7:11 PM ET
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I'm reading Alpine for You by Maddy Hunter (always reminds me of the lady who wrote original teacher lesson plans --- Madeline Hunter lesson plans! Ugh!) It's taking me forever to get through it. Can't read at work during this latest sub assignment, as it's long-term so I actually have to use the planning period and hall duty period to grade papers and plan lessons. By bedtime, I'm falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow!

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 7:05 AM ET
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I am now reading Rex Stout "some Buried Ceasar". No wonder this is included in the 100 best mysteries of all time- its a riot! Love Archie!

Marilyn, I put the first two Oscar Wilde books on my wishlist!

Kim, are the Grace abd Favor books cozies? Who are "Grace" and "Favor"?

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 7:48 AM ET
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Right now I"m reading 'The Silver Needle Murdery' by  Laura Childs - a Tea Shop mystery. I'm liking it pretty well though I'm only about 60 pages or so into it. LIbrary book!

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 3:56 PM ET
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I am reading- wicked weaves by jim and joyce levine- super cute cozy about working at a Renaissance Faire

 

just finished

 

Goody goody gunshots by sammi carter- really cute book- I love her candyshop mysteries

 

and just got the new JB stanley book- stiffs and swines- I thought it was coming out in Dec but I was looking at amazon and there it was- I love her supper club mysteries

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 4:31 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/27/2008 2:39 AM ET
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I must be weird as I love to read fictional serial killer books. The Dexter books were high on my list. I really enjoy books by Rick Mofina, James Patterson, Jonathan & Faye Kellerman, Patricia MacDonald, Alex Kava, Wendy Corsi-Staub, Jeffrey Deaver, Erica Spindler, Andrew Neiderman, Janelle Taylor, Jack Ketchum and John Lutz. I'm currently reading WATCH ME by Brenda Novak.

If you like any of these authors, see my book list.

Debi J.

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Date Posted: 9/27/2008 5:05 AM ET
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Debi - you aren't weird. I love all of those authors and have read all their books.  Have you read Allison Brennan?  Two new ones I found are Jordan Dane & Laura Griffin - very similar to the ones you've listed above.

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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:18 AM ET
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I am currently reading The Excalibur Murders by JMC Blair. Merlin is the investigator in this new series. It is pretty good, but I do not think that true KIng Arthur fans will like it. The dialogue is not at all appropriate for the time--very modern, but it is still an enjoyable read.

I have recently started the Constable Evans series by Rhys Bowen set in Wales--I love it. Anne George's Southern Sisters, very funny. Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman and Tess Gerritsen's Jane Rizzoli series.

 

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 11:06 AM ET
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OK, I'll play, too!

I just finished Death Waxed Over by Tim Myers...He writes several series.  This one is about a candlemaking shoppe.  I also recently finished Scrub-a-Dub Dead by Barbara Colley.  It is one of the Charlotte LaRue mysteries.  Charlotte runs a maid service in New Orleans.  Now, I'm working on Hold the Cream Cheese, Kill the Lox by Sharon Kahn.  This series is about the widow of a rabbi who lives in Texas.  Really funny.  On deck, I have Clubbed to Death by Elaine Viets.  Can't wait as I love her series!!

 

Happy Reading, everyone!

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 7:25 PM ET
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Leslie, Grace and Favor is the name of the "cottage" they live in.  It was originally titled Honeysuckle Cottage but they inherited this big mansion and the will was what was called  a Grace and Favor.  They have to live in this place for at least 10 years before they can call it their own and inherit the house and all that comes with it.

   I wouldn't call it a cozy, more like historical fiction.  I thought it was very well done!

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