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Subject: It's May, what are you reading today?
Date Posted: 5/1/2010 9:54 AM ET
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Lord of Sunset by Parke Godwin. About Harold Godwinsson and his beloved Edith Swan Neck.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:32 AM ET
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Death of a Valentine---M.C. Beaton

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 10:57 AM ET
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Watery Grave by Bruce Alexander and I am re-reading The Time of Singing, in preperation for EC new release, also a romance by Christina Dodd.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 11:16 AM ET
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I just finished "White Devil: A True Story of War, Savagery, and Vengeance in Colonial America" by Stephen Brumwell. It was interesting, but a bit too dry.

I'm now reading one I think is going to be great; "The Good Thief" by Hannah Tinti. A 12 year old boy who is missing a hand lives in an orphanage until a stranger claiming to be his long lost brother shows up to adopt him. The brother is not what he seems though.... I love the dark and mysterious sort of atmosphere this one has. I was awake until 3 in the morning because I didn't want to stop reading!

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 11:57 AM ET
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Valli, I almost ordered that book " The Good Thief" by Hannah Tinti, but it was only available on audio. It sounded real good to me too. Let me know your opinion of it when you finish!

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 12:13 PM ET
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Nearly done with Year of Wonders.  It's not as good as I was hoping from Geraldine Brooks after I loved March so much, but it is interesting.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 1:23 PM ET
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I am close to finishing up Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden and enjoying it greatly.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 1:39 PM ET
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Halfway through "Cruel as the Grave" by SKP.   Yum.

Valli...I loved "The Good Thief"...her web page said she was working on a sequel.  I hope so!  I just wanted to bring a bunch of orphan boys home with me! ;)

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 1:52 PM ET
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Ariana Franklin's new one - A Murderous Procession

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 3:13 PM ET
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I just started  ROMA  by Steven Saylor and so far so good!   I've enjoyed a few of Saylor's Roman mysteries featuring Gordianus the Finder, so my expectations are high and  I'm hoping this novel won't disappoint. 

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Date Posted: 5/1/2010 6:36 PM ET
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Letty, I love the Sir John Mysteries by Bruce Alexander and Watery Grave is my favorite so far. Hope you like it.

I am reading The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry. Not a historicl fiction but is about the lost library of Alexanderia.

I am leaving for a week at the Beach next Saturday and plan on bringing a stack of books. Hopefully I can get caught up on these challenges, lol!!

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 6:40 PM ET
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We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals.  It's biographical, not fiction.  I'm enjoying it.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 7:35 PM ET
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Vicky, I am so glad to hear that there will be a sequel. This was easily one of the best books I've read all year. It was almost like a fairy tale, but a very dark and grotesque one. The characters were a bunch of society's misfits who found in each other a family. Loved it, every single page!! I hope she writes that sequel quick, quick, quick!

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 7:39 PM ET
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Just started Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe, for the Classics Challenge.  She was a very busy lady........     :)

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polbio,  Glad to hear it.  I'll let you know what I think but I am liking it so far.

Date Posted: 5/1/2010 9:46 PM ET
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Just finishing up The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Brown.  Not sure what I'll pick up next.  So many options . . .

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 7:21 AM ET
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I'm still reading The Traitor's Wife. I really enjoy it, but I haven't had much time to read lately. I will try to finish it soon so I can post it on available books.

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 8:05 AM ET
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I finished "Cruel as the Grave" by SKP and since it's raining today, I will start the third Justin de Quincy book "Dragon's Lair"....for certes!

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Date Posted: 5/2/2010 9:37 AM ET
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Good Sunday Morning,

I finished one of favorite authors Ilona Andrews Magic Strikes. NIce conitnuation of the series

I started for our new historical mystery challenge Rhys Bowen's In a Gilded Cage. The series is set in 1900 New York City. I have read all the books in it so far. Wonderful series to give you background on immigrants coming through Ellis Island and 1900 New York. Start with the first book though Molly Murphy.   This will be for the HIstorical Cozy category.

Alice

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 12:23 PM ET
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I started "The Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom last night. It's going to be a good one; I'm sure of it.

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 12:58 PM ET
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LOL @ Vicki!

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 2:32 PM ET
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Started the month reading Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn for the HF mystery mini challenge, Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip for the fantasy challenge and listening to East of Eden by John Steinbeck for the classics challenge.  The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick is a wonderful book.  I think I fell in love with William Marshall.  What a great hero!  Enjoyed it so much that I began to read The Scarlet Lion,  the second in the series, both loaners from Letty.   Probably shouldn't admit this but I cried when Marshall died in the second book.   Both were outstanding reads.  I suspect I am fast becoming a fan of Elizabeth Chadwick's writing.   Once again, I truly enjoyed the discussion of the research she did to write these books.   As some of you know, I read several books at a time.  Sometimes one gets put aside if I get caught up in another  (like The Greatest Knight).  Lately, I've been reading 100 pages in each book I am in the process of reading.  However, got so caught up in Michelle Moran's Nefertitti on the weekend that I couldn't put it down until I finished it.  I liked it a lot - very good read.  Guess I am starting May off with good reading!   Finished Winter Rose by Patricia A.  McKillip and Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn.  Not sure what I think about Rose but I really like Lady Julia Gray, the heroine of Grave.  Unfortunately, I've read so many mysteries that I figured out who the murderer was early even though Raybourn led me a astray for awhile.  It's a good read anyhow and I plan to read the next two soon.   Started Rainbow in the Mist by Phyllis Whitney as I rather like her writing and someone requested my copy.  Rainbow was a good read but once again I came up with two plausible endings and one was right on.  So it goes....back to Chadwick and finished A Glory of Unicorns, a most enchanting anthology that I selected for the fantasy reading challenge and on to Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (an outstanding fantasy and the only one she wrote) and The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers for the fantasy reading challenge.  And, I've read Raybourn's, Silent in the Sanctuary, another fun read.  Decided to read Eat, Pray and Love since my oldest daughter found it helpful as she has just gone through a divorce, 200 pages into it.   Took time out to read two Erle Stanley Garner mysteries - The Case of the Musical Cow and The Case of the Silent Partner.   Both good - well worth reading.   And I completed another Colleen McCullough book - The Ladies of the Missalonghi.  An absolutely delightful short read for those who haven't read it I would recommend you take a bit and do it.  Delightful!  

Just finished The Venetian Mask by Rosalind Laker.  I quite liked the book and since it was for no challenge I'll include a quick review here.  This is a wonderful read about two friends in 1775 Venice.  Both are singers who must marry wealthy men.  Remember that women have few rights and privileges in this era.  However, the men the friends marry are enemies.  For Elena whose first love dies from illness just prior to their wedding, marriage to his brother, Filippo, is a nightmare.  He is cruel, abusive and jealous.  For Marietta who loses her first love to another woman through deceit, marriage to Domenico Torrisi is all she could ever hope to have.  The two friends find it difficult to keep in touch because of the feuding of their husbands' families yet the friendship perseveres.  Life for both becomes very complicated as the tale moves on.  I truly enjoyed this book.

Have begun Indian Summer by Tracy Richardson, a children's book I'm reviewing for the publisher.  Looks good so far.  Still haven't determined a book for murder on the water for the mini challenge.  PMed a PBS contact about Erle Stanley Gardner's works.  In the meantime I'm working on Dreaming Books (nearly done) and A Fall from Grace by Robert Barnard, none of which are historical fiction.  Guess I needed a break!



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Date Posted: 5/3/2010 9:17 AM ET
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Finished Year of Wonders.  I give it 4/5 stars.  It got a little bizarre toward the end and never really recovered.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 9:20 AM ET
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I read it earlier, Erica, and that's exactly how I felt.  I would have given it higher marks but for the final two chapters.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 10:42 AM ET
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Just finished 2 books that will be hard to top!

Enjoyed Deanna Raybourn's The Dead Travel Fast very much and LOVED Sophia's Secret/The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. I had put off starting it since I do have a class with lots of homework that I should concentrate on...HAH! It was wonderful. Sorry but it's a keeper, and I'm going to read it again this weekend (after part 1 of my final project is done. Sigh).  Not sure what I'm on to next...something I can put down once in a while! Debbie

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