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Subject: YOU OLD DEVIL, YOU or The Graveyard Shift
Date Posted: 4/22/2010 10:03 AM ET
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This is the thread for posting discussion of books read in category #4 (or the alternate category) of the HF Mystery challenge.

Date Posted: 4/29/2010 7:06 PM ET
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I re-read Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourne,  I liked even better this time around, I love the  dialogue especially between Julia and her sister Portia.  She writes a completely believable upper crust family slightly eccentric but just enough to be highly entertaining I wanted to hang out with them and laugh!  The  hero is mysterious and yummy, the attention to period detail well done, they are after all on the verge of a new century the Victorian age is at last ending but the social ills of that time are brought in to sharp focus.  I love it.



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Date Posted: 5/6/2010 8:44 AM ET
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Read Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn, my first read by this author.   I have read many mysteries in the past and I did figure out who the murderer was before it was revealed by the author.  Lady Julia Gray is a wonderful heroine and I like her very much.  I look forward to reading the next two in the series.  Raybourn is an excellent author and her character development is just as well done.  I recommend this author to anyone who enjoys good mysteries without blood and gore.



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Date Posted: 5/8/2010 12:08 PM ET
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Thanks to an inexplicable power outage yesterday, I was able to read (well, re-read) Cruel As the Grave by Penman, the second installment in her medieval mystery series. Another highly engaging read as Justin de Quincy tries (with the help of a wonderful supporting cast) to solve a murder case while also navigating the political intrigues of a kidnapped king (Richard), a scheming brother (John), and a mother who favors one but needs to placate the other (Eleanor). As always, Penman's characterization, historical details, and writing are excellent. Onto the next in the series....

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 8:40 AM ET
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I read Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin and really liked it, though the crimes being investigated turned my stomach a bit. A nice balance of history, crime investigation (fitting for the 12th century), strong characters, and a touch of humor to offset the gruesome crimes. And no rushed endings! Yeah! Definitely a series I look forward following through with.



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Subject: YOU OLD DEVIL YOU
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 8:09 PM ET
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SEE EDIT BELOW



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Date Posted: 6/3/2010 10:19 AM ET
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I finished reading Cruel as the Grave by Sharon Kay Penman for my choice in this challenge.  This is the second book in her series featuring Justin de Quincy, a real heartthrob of a man who solves mysteries for friends and royalty alike.  The hero interacts with many historical characters of the time, so fans of Ms. Penman will really enjoy meeting Prince John, Queen Eleanor, William Marshall and others in new circumstances.  Alas there are only 4 books in this series (I seem to recall someone in the forum saying that the author can't get anyone to publish book #5) but I 'm sure I will be reading them all!  I would rate this one as 4.5 stars out of 5.  My main beef is that the book was too short!!

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 10:57 AM ET
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Cheryl, If you have face book, it you type in Fans of Justin de Quincy there is a group that is hoping to whip up enough support to get the next one published.  SKP posts there regularly.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 1:16 PM ET
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Very cool, thanks Jerelyn.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 9:49 PM ET
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I read "Grave Goods" the third book in Ariana Franklin's "Mistress of the Art of Death" series.  I mentioned before that I was a bit disappointed in the second book, but this one made up for that, and more!  Adelia is called to Glastonbury to identify two skeletons after the cathedral and abbey are destroyed by a terrible fire.  There are mysteries upon mysteries in this novel:  Who set the fire, and why?  Are the skeletons really the remains of King Arthur and Guinevere?  And what happened to Emma Wolvercote, last seen traveling to her mother-in-law's home, in order to claim it for her son? 

This time, Franklin leaves us with, basically, a rather unresolved decision on Adelia's part, and a cliff-hanger ending!  And I don't have the fourth book!!  This is awful.  I need to get my hands on it pronto....

I will say that if you were less enthusiastic about "The Serpent's Tale"...don't give up on the series quite yet.  Give "Grave Goods" a try.

Date Posted: 6/20/2010 11:20 PM ET
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Ooh, that's good to know Vicky -- then I'm not reading Grave Goods until I have the fourth book in hand. But I'm glad to know that you thought this book was so good. 

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 7:56 AM ET
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This time, Franklin leaves us with, basically, a rather unresolved decision on Adelia's part, and a cliff-hanger ending!  And I don't have the fourth book!!

I remember Diana Gabaldon's second book ending like this. If I hadn't had the 3rd book in hand, I'da flown to Arizona and camped in her front yard until she was ready to release it. wink

I'm glad you enjoyed the Franklin books. I have yet to try them. Do they fit the mini-mystery challenge?

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:29 AM ET
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Genie...the first three books could fit into categories 4,5, and 6.  I'm not sure I'd call these cozies, but heck, that's just one person's definition, right?  The first book does have a murder that takes place on/in the water, so you could stretch it there as well.  I love the bits of medical knowledge that she has, and the things she laments that a doctor or healer just cannot do ("If I could only open his chest and stitch the hole in his lung")  I would love to just hang out with Adelia; I think she'd be great company.  Amerigo was right: the murders in the first book are a little stomach-turning; but humor, and her Henry are worth it.

Deb...oh yes, WAIT for the fourth book!  And speaking of that...a dear, sweet someone* from this very forum posted the fourth book to my WL last night!  I was so shocked this morning when I saw my account.  I mean, I was ready to buy it "for my library" and snag it first.  Yes, I'm that corrupt!  But now...well, now I'll probably have to read it along with "The Greatest Knight"..LOL.  Such problems I have! 

 

 

*She may wish to remain anonymous, but I can't imagine why.  She calls herself Jereletty...cheeky

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 12:00 PM ET
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I have to agree  I love Franklin's Henry he is a stinker!   Adelia's attitude towards him is fun to read.  Vicki I think Dangerous Procession is the best of the four book!   But there is never enough Rowley for me.  The opening scene football match is a scream!

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 12:35 PM ET
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Good to know. Guess I'll bump it up the TBR pile.

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Date Posted: 6/21/2010 1:31 PM ET
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I agree the fourth book is definately the best. Can't wait to see where she takes the series with book 5 next year.

Alice

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:06 PM ET
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Vicky, that's a review that whets the appetite to read more! Necessary TBR adjustment now made. Thanks!



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Date Posted: 6/21/2010 9:07 PM ET
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Amerigo...my pleasure.  smiley  Do you have Books 2, 3, AND 4??

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Date Posted: 7/6/2010 11:04 PM ET
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WOW PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EDIT THIS MESSAGE.

I READ THE 2ND BOOK BY KEN BRUEN, BUT IT WAS THE KILLING OF THE TINKERS. AND I PLAN TO STAY WITH THIS SERIES 'JACK TAYLOR" , ALCOHOLIC PI STAGED IN GALWAY, IRELAND.

MY BOOK FOR THIS CHALLENGE WAS THE DEVIL'S STAR.,  BY JO NESBO.

SORRY FOR THE MIXUP.

 

Mary



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Date Posted: 7/7/2010 2:07 PM ET
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Vicky, Sorry to get back to you so late on your question.  I have 2 and 3.  Now to get 4!

Mary, I went to Amazon to check out Ken Bruen and one reviewer had this to say:  "Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue, and bleak noir sensibility..."      Now, I find that hard to resist!

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Subject: AMERIGO
Date Posted: 7/7/2010 3:11 PM ET
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PLEASE SEE MY EDITED POST ABOVE. I WAS CONFUSED ABOUT THE 2ND KEN BRUEN BOOK THAT I READ. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KEN BRUEN AND HIS CHARACTER----JACK TAYLOR. The Devil has been published and is availabe on Amazon. It is the latest in the "Jack Taylor."  I will wait to read that one until I read some of the others in the series. HE HAS OTHER SERIES, BUT I HAVE NOT STARTED THEM YET.

MY BOOK FOR THIS CHALLENGE WAS THE DEVIL'S STAR BY JO NESBO.

SORRY FOR THE MIXUP.

MARY

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 1:43 PM ET
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Finished another rousing mystery by P C Doherty - The Demon Archer. I'm not sure that HF mysteries get much better than these Hugh Corbett books. I've read several other Doherty mysteries - mostly about Egypt - Hugh Corbett is still my fave!

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Date Posted: 11/21/2010 3:35 PM ET
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Starting my last book for the historical mystery Challenge. It is Wet Grave by Barbara Hambly. This series takes place in 1830's New Orleans. Excellent reading. Main character is Benjamin January, a freeman of Color. Wonderful description of the times, New Orleans slavery and being a freeperson of color. Already to curl up with it. I will report back.

Alice



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Date Posted: 11/21/2010 7:16 PM ET
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That book sounds pretty darned good, Alice! I'll have to check it out.

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Date Posted: 11/21/2010 8:40 PM ET
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Jeanne,

I would recommend starting with the first one, Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly. She adds a little more in each book so it is good to read them in order.

Alice

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