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Subject: It's May - What Are You Reading
Date Posted: 5/3/2009 5:16 AM ET
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Last month Cheryl started an April thread and I liked the idea of having a monthly what are you reading.  So, I thought I start one for May.

Currently reading Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann.  Love the idea of a flock of sheep solving the murder of their shepard.



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Date Posted: 5/3/2009 6:35 AM ET
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I just finished " For Kicks" by Dick Francis (for that discussion) and am starting on " Dead Men Don't Dance" by Margaret Chittenden.

Vandana

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 8:31 AM ET
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Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke. I'm getting a bit weary of the Mike/Norman thing, but guess I'll still try to get through this book.

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 9:06 AM ET
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I'm reading "The Chemistry of Death" by Simon Beckett as well as the first Pennyfoot Hotel book which has not yet grabbed me.  May give up on that one. I'm also reading "When Gods Die" by C. S. Harris which is the second Sebastian St. Cyr book.

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 9:40 AM ET
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I'm working on just finished Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun by Kathleen Bacus. This is the first Calamity Jayne mystery I've read, but it probably won't will be the last.  I love the light, chatty feel, but I solved the mystery way  too early. Are all of the books in the series this obvious?



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Date Posted: 5/3/2009 10:34 AM ET
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Im reading these two The Darker Sidy by Cody McFadyen and Devil My Ride by Wendy Roberts.   I really like both of these authors and could not make up my mind on  which one to read first.

 

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 11:13 AM ET
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Oooh, I have "Devil May Ride" on my WL.  I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 11:25 AM ET
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LeeAnne, how is the Simon Beckett?  I have the 2nd one (Written in Bone) and my sister has The Chemistry of Death, so if it is really good  I need to go get that from her! 

I am currently reading The Big Gamble by Michael McGarrity.  I have loved his whole series so far ~

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 12:52 PM ET
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Carol, I'm only about 40 pages into it but so far, I'm really liking it.  The mystery is unfolding very carefully and the writing is excellent.  I'm finishing up a couple of books at the same time so I haven't been able to devote my attention.  Like Cheryl, sometimes I do a "test run" with books to see if I want to stick with them.  So far, the Beckett is a sticker!

I really like the McGarrity books too.  Can I confess right here that I am not fond of Sarah, Kerney's wife?  I just don't like her.  I'll take Kerney though!

Anna (CafeLady) suggested a new Southwest author to me a couple of days ago that I now have on my WL.  I'd never heard of Steven Havill (I think!) but the books sound really good.  When I get one, I'll let you know! (Anna has never led me astray :D  )

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I am currently reading Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz - just read the first one on recommendation from a thread here, looking for any other recommendations for series similar to this one :)

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 1:46 PM ET
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Oh, I love the Lisa Lutz series!!  Altho, I wonder sometimes if I would love to know her?!  Seems to me she could get her friends into a lot of trouble!  But, it could be fun/illegal trouble!

Thanks for the review, LeeAnne, now I'm off to check out Steven Havill.........

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 1:57 PM ET
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I'm doing a "get caught up with series" month for May, so NO NEW SERIES, trying to finish off a few series and get further along in a few others. I just finished up Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie in print and The Stargazey by Martha Grimes in audio. Enjoyed both very much. Also finished Liza Cody's Monkey Wrench and will get to the last in that series (about female wrestler Eva Wylie) later this month. I'm about to start The Demon and the City by Liz Williams, #2 in the Detective Inspector Chen paranormal mystery series set in Singapore....which I had to get from the library as the book had only been posted once in the past couple of years and I was still a ways down the line on the wishlist. Ah well--deleting it made room for something else. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 2:05 PM ET
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I'm reading Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Bk. 1) by Kate Carlisle. I'm about 100 pages into and like it very much so far. Has anyone else read it? what did you think?

After I finish this one I think i'm going to start on Ghouls just haunt to have fun

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 2:53 PM ET
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OK, Carol and LeeAnne, have either of you read any of William Kent Krueger's books? Although I haven't been able to start his Cork O'Connor series, I have read only good things about Krueger and his works. According to Wikipedia, "in 2005 and 2006, he won back to back Anthony Awards for best novel - a feat only matched by one other writer since the award's inception."  His 2007 book was a finalist for that same award. The series is set in northern Minnesota and features a Native American (Ojibwe) ex-sheriff.

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/K_Authors/Krueger_William-Kent.html

http://www.williamkentkrueger.com/

I am going to lose my mind if I don't stop finding MORE series to investigate....LOL

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Date Posted: 5/3/2009 3:47 PM ET
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I like the Havill books.  I've read 12 of them.  The began with Bill Gastner as the sheriff and go through his retirement.  He's still a character in the books but not in law enforcement.  They're light, not gory and just kind of sit back, relax and have a cool one type.  That cool one could be iced tea..lol.

Fished Three Bags full.  The sheep do solve the mystery, of course.  I started One Hex of a Wedding by Yasmine Galenorn.  I'm trying to read some WL'd books and hopefully when it says order more from the member someone will.

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 4:47 PM ET
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Anna, I have heard a lot about Krueger and I have the first Cork O'Connor book sitting here in my burgeoning TBR pile (moves book to top of stack) but I haven't yet read anything by him.  Everything I've heard and read about the books is good, though.  I think I heard about him after I started reading Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series (which I really like) because they write about the same part of the country.

I have one more week of classes and then finals and THEN I can begin some serious chiseling on my stack(s)!

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Two of my daughters-in-law talked me into reading Twilight.  I just finished it this morning, and I really liked it :)

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I have read all of the Krueger books, exept for the most recent.  I really did like them, the only thing that bothered me is the setting of his trials/tribulations or whatever seems to always end along the river or some similar environmental setting.  If I am remembering it correctly, that is not bad, in and of itself, just seems to make the endings come out all the same.  I don't know if I am describing it in a way that it makes sense... But, yes, I really like do like the series.

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 8:58 PM ET
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LeeAnne, I see what you mean!  I am reading The Big Gamble and his wife just reamed him out good for nothing!  I am ticked off for him.  I think I will do a series marathon and read all of the books in the series I have left, 4 more after this one.  I think that catches me up, except for the newest release.  So, by the end I may want to smack her around!

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 10:18 PM ET
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I've read the book in the Cork O'Connor series.   It was a little intense, but I really liked it.   I met William Kent Krueger last year at a book sale.  He was a really nice guy. 

Of course, I'm just a titch biased towards Minnesota authors :-)

I'm guessing that Cheryl might have met him at some point also - perhaps at one of the Writes of Spring at Once Upon a Crime?

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 11:53 PM ET
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I've read three of the Cork O'Connor books and then grew weary of them. I read the last one several years ago now and can't even remember why I gave up on the series. I don't think I hated them, they just got to be sort of formulaic and blah--I know the ones I had left to read sat on my TBR for ages before I weeded them out.

I actually used to live in the town he sets his books in, but the way he describes it, the town actually sounds like a conglomeration of several small towns in the area. Lynne, I've never met Kent, but I know others who have and who are more than passing acquaintances who agree with your assessment that he's a really nice guy.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 10:56 AM ET
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Last night I  finished Simple Genius by David Baldacci.  New author for me.  I've read several of his books this past 2 weeks.  I have his new book, First Family, but I'm going to keep it on my TBR shelf for a while (in reality I will probably give in and read it next week).  It's like knowing you have a stash of candy hidden.  I'm savoring the anticipation.. lol

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Just finished Subterranean by James Rollins and started Black Wind by Clive and Dirk Cussler.  Both are library books that I need to finishe before I start on the 3 books that just arrived through PBS.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 4:30 PM ET
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So far I've finished up Gone With The Witch by Annette Blair, Shakespeare's Trollop by Charlaine Harris, Murder on St. Mark's Place by Victoria Thompson and Death is in the Air  by Kate Kingsbury and Fatally Flakey  by Diane Mott Davidson.

Now I'm searching for something new to read.  Not sure what I'm up for yet.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 5:02 PM ET
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Finished Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen and I'm reading Too Rich and Too Dead by Cythia Baxter.  I started Long Lost by Harlen Coben and knew what the 'mystery' answer was by page 100.  I was disappointed it was so unoriginal and even Myron and Win hadn't matured any.  With Denise Swanson's  Murder of a Royal Pain, not only did I know who did it before the murder happened, I knew why.

On deck are Murder in the Raw by C. S. Challinor and Death of a Lit Chick by G. M. Malliet/

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