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CollectionsYour library (3,741), Kindle (480), Audio Books (26), Books I Published (32), Childhood Books (108), All collections (4,353)

Reviews87 reviews

Tags250 Book challenge (2014) (223), Mystery fiction - United States (210), P. I. - United States (200), 250 Book challenge (2010) (198), Short stories - mysteries (184), Mystery fiction - British (163), 250 Book challenge (2013) (124), 250 Book challenge (2012) (123), Police procedural - United States (118), Scotland Yard (116) — see all tags

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About meReader, librarian (retired), publisher (retired), stitcher, hooker, aunt/great aunt, #108,810 LT member

About my libraryMy library has grown and shrunk over the years as I moved about Canada - what do I move and what do I leave for others to enjoy. The size of my collection depends on the size of my apartment and I am now/finally(?) settled in a small apartment of the banks of the St. John River, with a wonderful view but very little room for books. Thank goodness for Kindle.

I have a broad interest in mysteries and particular enjoy ecclesiastical mysteries. These over the years have spread from mainly Catholic (Father Brown, Father Koesler) and Jewish (Rabbi Small) to many Protestant denominations as well as present day and historical.

For the most part I have moved away from cozies and look for mysteries that I can learn something from as well as enjoy. Historical mysteries fit in this category, as do translations of some foreign authors, e.g., Qiu Xiaolong and Henning Mankell. They provide insight to the country and its history and culture as well as a good mystery. I also like books about books - that's the librarian/publisher in me I guess, and I read biographies from across the spectrum.

In the past I bought most of my books on-line although I got many 'old friends' at second hand stores or the library. I have a Kindle, which has changed my buying patterns.

One of my favourite things to do is to read a complete series in order; e.g.; Nameless by Bill Pronzini, the Catherine LeVendeur mysteries by Sharan Newman, Quintin Jardine and his character Robert Skinner. Seeing the growth of both the author and the characters over the years is very interesting.

In 1974 I visited my parents in Botswana and in 1975 did a 5 1/2-month safari from Victoria Falls to London. Since then I have been interested in reading about Africa and this expanded into an interest in world-wide literary travel, both current and historical.

My entries in LT include books I own or have owned as well as books I borrowed from others or from libraries. I have sporadicly kept lists of books I have read over the years which were a great help in create my reading history for LT. It is an interesting journey through my past.

Groups250 book challenge, A Quieter LibraryThing, All Books Africa, Biographies, Memoirs and Autobiographies, British & Irish Crime Fiction, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Female Sleuths, Playing games and solving puzzles, ReadaThing, Secret Santa 2012show all groups

Favorite authorsKate Charles, Deborah Crombie, Thomas Rendell Curran, Deborah Ellis, Barbara Fradkin, Margaret Frazer, Sue Grafton, Ann Granger, Mary Evelyn Grannan, Helene Hanff, Lee Harris, P. D. James, Peter James, Quintin Jardine, William X. Kienzle, Ladies Killing Circle, Margaret Laurence, Hugh MacLennan, Henning Mankell, L. M. Montgomery, Marcia Muller, Robert Munsch, Sara Paretsky, Freeman Wilford Patterson, Chaim Potok, Bill Pronzini, Spider Robinson, Alexander McCall Smith (Shared favorites)

Favorite publishersGoose Lane

Favorite listsTop Five Books of 2013

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Real namePenny Marshall

LocationFredericton, NB, Canada

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Member sinceNov 26, 2006

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Hi, Penny.

Thanks for the 4 stars for Foul Trade. I'll take your feedback into account when writing the next book!

Warm wishes

BK Duncan
Hi, Penny.

Thanks for ordering Foul Trade. I do hope you enjoy spending more time with May Keaps. I'm very fond of her myself!

Warm wishes

BK Duncan
Hi, Penny.

I am BK Duncan. Thank you so much for reading my story Faith's Reward and for rating it so highly. I am immensely gratified that you enjoyed it. I wrote it as a prequel to my historical crime novel, Foul Trade, which is the first in a series featuring May Keaps as a coroner's officer (unique in the crime genre).

I do hope that if you go on to read it, you'll let me know what you think.

I've made a commitment to engage with readers in book group discussions so, if you're in one, choose Foul Trade and I'll join in the chat and answer any questions via email. I've posted some topics for thought, which you might like to take a look at, on my website and my Pinterest pages.

Thanks again. And happy reading.

Warm wishes

BK Duncan
Just a bit irregular in my LT visits. Sorry I missed your comment on the '250 Group' :)
Hi Penny

I am glad that your Santa served you well. The Name of the Rose is a masterpiece. I have yet to read any Sansom although I am under increasing pressure from friends and patrons alike to give him a try. I received five ST books from two Santas. I am reading the fourth and I am amazed by the quality of the selections. I love ST!
I just gifted you a bunch of points (because I always seem to have 30 points no matter what I mooch/give). I think you need to give one book for every two you receive so you will need to mooch something at some point but that should get you start anyways - good luck!
Cool! Is your bookmooch name the same as here? Or did you use your email address?
The "oops it didn't save" is an annoyance that seems to be built in to the wiki - it happens every time you do a first save of the day. That is, the first time you save on any day you'll get the oops, then it will work fine the next and all subsequent times...that day. Just click Save again and it should be fine (I don't know why it put you back on the main Wiki page, though).

It looks fine, except I don't see you at 8 pm on the first day - you're there every other day. Shall I put you in? Oh, and there's no slash between the two copies of your name in the bit you put in: , [ pmarshall]. Looks like someone fixed that, if you actually put it in with the slash. The second version of your name is what the wiki will show - so you could put it as , [ Penny] if you wanted, or whatever you felt like. The first version links to your profile, so that one needs to match your user name.

Glad to see you, enjoy the ReadaThing!
I asked in the santathing arrivals thread and someone from LibraryThing checked. They were right, because it arrived today :-)Such a great pick. The story was very interesting and the illustrations so beautiful and imaginative. The illustrations from when she is under the frozen sea I could look at forever.
I will try and see if I can get it for our children's library. We have a small collection of picturebooks in foreign languages, and this with it's inuit story and beautiful snow and ice illustration would fit in perfectly
the third book should be on it's way, so I will keep my fingers crossed. It sounds like a book I would enjoy very much
Too bad about the third one. It sounds very interesting. I will contact LT, because they are supposed to pick another book if one becomes anavailable

The book about the arctic is very interesting. Have learned alot about the earliest polar explorations. I didn't know how early the exlporation started. It isn't a book I read in one go, since it is packed with information, but read and experience a couple of chapters every week. I have to turn in a paper next week, so I don't have that much time for enjoyment reading. But after the 16th my readingspeed will increase again
So far I have gotten two. Are there more on the way?
I'm afraid five books a day is too much even for me to manage :P I have only myself to blame for coming up short this year (blame Hulu and endless election coverage) but at least I'll come within sight of 250 even if I won't quite make it across the finish line this time around.
Congrats! I have the exact same problem... weird eh? I can spend hours wandering around trying to find just the right book. Sometimes I find something interesting, read a few pages and then wander some more to trade it for something better. This month the theme is easy or short reads :)

Hope you have a great Christmas and happy new year!
I gave up on Cornwell awhile ago and now a few other likes James Patterson (does he actually write any of his own books any more?), Jonathan Kellerman, Kathy Reichs and probably a few more whose names escape me. There is nothing worse than getting hooked by an author and then finding out that the rest of their stuff is crap. But, I suppose the silver lining is that is frees up time to discover new authors!
Good luck with that! You can call it a half-marathon :)

I bought a Nook back in May and I love it. I never in a million years would have thought that I would like an e-reader but it's wonderful for reading in bed late at night and not waking up my husband.
Hi - I added you to the No Timeline table. There will be two threads set up (at least two) - one for "what are you going to read" and one Logbook for reporting during the RaT. They're both optional, of course - I usually post in the first one something like "whatever I pick up at the time". It's in the Logbook that you can report what you read as well as when you were reading; you can also mention what you thought of the book, what you were eating and drinking while you read, if you had a cat or dog with you...whatever you feel like reporting of your ReadaThing time.

I prefer John Cunningham to Keith Calder or Hammond's more recent stuff - the recent stuff is very dark and twisted, and Keith is a bit of a know-it-all. John appeals to me more - besides, I like dogs better than guns (the focus differs between the two series). But yeah, they're good. I started reading them when I went to England for university and found them in the town library - they're much harder to find in the US, though some have shown up.
I did take a glance at your library when I saw Fredericton already pinned! It was a bit surprising to find someone else from here, so that's kinda cool. I'm from PEI originally but came here to STU in 1989...

I use the library system all the time - only time I buy books is if the library doesn't carry them, and that doesn't occur very often!

Hi, I was your secret Santa. Wondered if you got your books and if so, what did you think? I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Amy
I discovered most of the authors I am now reading or going to read in the future when I read [the Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunnits] which I received as one of my SantaThing gifts last Christmas. It is a volume of short stories by numerous authors most of whom I had never before heard of at the time. They are all on my list now though! I have read all of the Joliffe & the players series except for [A Play of Piety] which has just come out. Among the authors I have been reading are:[[Sharon Kay Penman]], [[Sharan Newman]], [[Maureen Ash]],[[Margaret Frazer]], [[Alan Gordon]],[[Kate Sedley]],[[Alys Clare]] & [[Michael Jecks]].

The thing about diamonds in Canada I had not yet heard of. I suppose that you have gathered from my library that I an into rocks, minerals & Geology. I will look into that for sure!
You seem to be reading many of the authors I am currently enjoying-namely those writers of Medieval mysteries such as [[Ellis Peters]], [[Alys Clare]],[[Peter Tremayne]]& [[Margaret Frazer]]. I have had next to no success in getting hold of Frazer's first books in her Dame Frevisse series. I may have to go the out-of-print search route to round up the ones I've not yet read! I really appreciate the scholarship of Frazer & the wealth of detail she brings to her writing. I guess I could be called a chain-reader as I've been reading them one after the other for the last several months but I am about to reach the end of my string as I have read almost every one our library has-time to hit the used-book stores! Anyway, Happy reading to you and I'm adding yours to my Interesting Libraries list. Vanye 8^)
Hi Penny, the O'Conner book arrived today, thank you so much. I am in a reading slump, but am encouraged by my enthusiasm when I opened the parcel. The cover is gorgeous, apocalyptic visions sounds like perfect holiday reading material, and I will finally not be reading about her in ignorance. I also wanted to say that we are cut off by road to the south due to floods, so if there are more parcels, I am expecting them to trickle in (boom tish). First time I've ever seen so many empty supermarket shelves!
Great, and no rush. I just feared my mail hadn't gone through. Kind regards Sanne
Hi there! I'd love to see Stuart Mclean - of the Vinyl Cafe - but alas - he is not coming to my area. Thanks for the recommendation! I see that you are a mystery reader also. I do love mysteries too - quality mysteries I call them :) Mysteries that give some insight into the human condition. I see you are a P.D. James fan! I am too! Though I have not loaded up all of the books of hers that I have read - I think I've read them all - except for Mice and Men. Good afternoon from Vancouver! :)
I might just give that one a try then. I do love Lescroart so anything that is similar should be good. :)
Hi there - thank you very much for your comments on Robertson Davies. I found them very helpful.
What can you tell me about your memories of Maggie Muggins?
I much appreciated the book you sent me, and hope to get a chance to read it shortly.
Hi - thanks for asking (about my trip to Nova Scotia). We decided to go to Acadia National Park instead. Next summer we are aiming for Nova Scotia. This will give more time to investigate and plan the trip.

We had a good time in Acadia though.
Thanks for the "Camping Nova Scotia" tips. I will check them out. We are coming from Boston Ma. We will probably take the car ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth.

I worked in Dartmouth for six weeks some years ago so I am somewhat familiar with Halifax. We are hoping to see some of the Halifax Busker Fest during our trip.

We are interested in Cabot trail area.

Thanks again.
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