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Favorite Books of 2013
-Dare Me by Megan Abbot
-The Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper
-Capote in Kansas by Kim Powers
-Broken Harbor by Tana French
-Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
-The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock
-Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
-The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
-Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
-Cast of Shadows by Kevin Guilfoile
-The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
-The Woman Who Wasn't There by Robin Gaby Fisher and Angelo J. Gugliemo Jr.
-The End of Everything by Megan Abbot
-Whodunnit? Murder in Mystery Manor by Anthony Zuiker
-Sister by Rosamund Lupton
-Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
-The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller
-The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
-Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
-Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island by Anthony Zuiker
-Night Film by Marisha Pessl
-How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
-Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
-The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
-We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
-Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
-The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
-The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

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Happy 6th Thingaversary, Becca! I've enjoyed getting to "know" you on LT, and not just because you have the cutest dog in the world. :-) Thanks for the good book recommendations over the years.
You're welcome, Hon. I thought that would bring back good memories of that book for you.
Thought you'd enjoy this take on one you read and liked, Becca, but an LTer named "jillmwo" (I don't know her, but it was posted in The Green Dragon discussion group):

The first section of Pierre Bayard’s book, Who Killed Roger Ackroyd, deals with several devices used by mystery authors in order to divert a casual reader’s attention and thereby deliver a satisfying experience to their audience. Distraction is one such device; deception is another. In Christie 's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, the author draws on the reader’s assumptions about the narrator as well as on the profession of the narrator to redirect the reader’s suspicions in working out the solution to whodunnit. The raison d’etre for the mystery is to provide both the intellectual stimulus of a puzzle to be solved as well as the entertainment found in the experience of being successfully duped by the author -- to provide in Bayard’s words, “a skewed version of an imaginary reality”.

Bayard lays out the basic techniques used by authors to do this in the context of a mystery:

--Disguise the murder itself -- that is, transform the death of the victim so as to make it appear to be either a natural death, an accident or a suicide.
--Disguise the murderer by disguising the nature of the individual killer, whether that be via disguise of a physical trait, his or her relation to the murder victim, or by building on assumptions created by profession (clergy, doctor, etc.), by class or social status, or other role (such as role within the narrative).
--Disguise the murderer by making him either the victim of another crime or by making him the investigator.
--Disguise the murderer by making it seem as if he or she has never been in contact with or is never seen as having contact with the victim.

Distraction is handled via the introduction of various clues, some of which are unrelated to the crime at hand. Distraction may be via plot device (where the occurrence of many murders distracts from the only one of any importance as in Christie’s The A-B-C Murders) The secret that each suspect has leads to multiple but possibly gratuitous investigative trails in the mystery, thereby distracting the reader’s attention from those clues which point to the real culprit. Or the concealment of the guilty party is achieved by exposing him or her - but not the whole operative mechanism by which the murder was done.

The mystery narrator is never wholly honest in the presentation of the mystery; truth is only progressively revealed. (Use of omission of relevant facts, ambiguous narrative and/or dialogue, etc.)

Broken down that way, one can’t help but notice the techniques used in various mysteries -- both modern and from previous eras. For example, in two of the mysteries I’ve read in the past month -- It Was A Dark and Stormy Night and Urn Burial -- the authors successfully managed to hide the villain on the basis of assumptions made about a suspect’s occupation. In a story found in The Cases of Susan Dare, Mignon Eberhart disguised the identity of the murderer by making it seem that the murderer wasn’t one of those who had come into contact with the victim because the murderer hadn’t entered the building until after the established time of death. Agatha Christie in setting up the deception of the reader in Death in The Clouds (and she was the author on whose expertise and technique Bayard was focused in his book) relied upon assumptions she could expect the reader to make in the context of formulaic genre fiction. Bayard’s point is that our perception, the illusion that is created in our mind, is entirely governed by the presentation and interpretation of relevant facts. He goes into much more detail in his book, bringing in Freud and fleshing it out with additional psycho-analytical thought, but my shallow take away is above. And this morning, while still musing before getting up, it occurred to me that this goes back to the discussion of James Runcie and the Sidney Chambers books. Those are actually about playing with the presentation and (re-) interpretation of events in many respects. It’s about how the Brits saw themselves back in the ‘50’s and early ‘60’s, both in terms of public perception and in terms of the actual flow of events. Which is also I suppose the foundation of all story-telling -- there are the events of the story and there are the perceptions of those events as held by the various characters in the story. Playing with those perceptions is the craft of the mystery writer.

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This looked like a mystery/suspense/creepy book you might like, Becca:

Hello--Just wanted to let you know that we've run out of our first batch of review copies of "Gold Coast Madam" and your copy will ship some time next week. Thanks for your interest and patience in waiting for it. Happy holidays--Lake Claremont Press.
I thought you'd appreciate this list that richard derus provided on reader's rights:

From Daniel Pennac's The Rights of the Reader:

The 10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader

1. The right not to read.
2. The right to skip.
3. The right not to finish a book.
4. The right to read it again.
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to mistake a book for real life.
7. The right to read anywhere.
8. The right to dip in.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right to be quiet and not discuss the book with anyone.

Those are good, aren't they?
Hi Becca- Another LTer passed The Rabbi's Cat onto me and I'm just going to pass it onto you. It's quite good and I'm looking forward to the next one. See you on Sunday.

Hi Becca: Nice to meet you today at Mark's!!
What did you think of Miss Peregrine? I hope you liked it.
Someone was very sneaky and helped her pa get an advanced reader copy of The Sugar Queen. Do you know anybody like that?

Thanks, cutie. That was so nice of you and Laura. A complete surprise - this guy is smiling!
Hah! I just figured you were being careful about your privacy. Plus being associated with a grouchmeister like me can be tough sometimes, right?
Oh, good. Not only can I say you're my daughter, but I can call you Becca! This is going to be way easier. This should be a fun year!

Love, Dad
Good to see you in the silly game! And I'm glad you're feeling so much better.
Thanks you!! Just finished another one. Love having lots of time in a day just to read. Thanksgiving day was great - thanks for sharing it!
You're welcome, stylish one. Great to see you yesterday. Have a good week!
I gave this to you once before, but it seems worth doing again during a tough health week for you. From Tracy Kidder;

'She should have been more generous with herself. Teachers usually have no way of knowing that they have made a difference in a child's life, even when they have made a dramatic one. But for children who are used to thinking of themselves as stupid or not worth talking to or deserving rape and beatings, a good teacher can provide an astonishing revelation. A good techer can give a child at least a chance to feel, "She thinks I'm worth something. Maybe I am." Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by, and over the years, they redirect hundreds of lives. Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done.'
I remember reading Millions of Cats with you - what fun!!
How's it going, seasonsoflove? Hope you're reading some good ones!

Go Bulls!

Hey thank you!
Nice picks in the 1001 mysteries thread, seasonsoflove!
Nice group of 2010 favorites, seasonsoflove. I share your enjoyment of a number of those, especially the Suzanne Collins and Louise Penny.

My favorites (from the What Are You Reading Thread) were:


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson - wonderful first novel about romance, integrity and overcoming class prejudice
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - mind-blowing set of inter-connected stories relating to the Vietnam War
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson - a quirky tale about a man of high integrity
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa - clever story centered around friendships and a professor with a short-term memory disability
The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace - a lyrical flight based on the true story of the invention of the typewriter


Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh - a unique inside story on the operations of a Chicago gang
Jane Austen for Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray - I was well-qualified to read this
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman - an easy read full of contrarian insights
Buddha for Beginners by Stephen T. Asma - heavy on graphics but still conveying a lot of information that was new to me
Beowulf on the Beach by Jack Murnighan - a frank unassuming analysis of classic works by a guy I wish had taught me

Young Adult:

Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness - riveting series about many things including the dangers of charismatic leadership and the futility of war
The Hunger Games trilogy - powerful storytelling about rebels in a cruel dystopia
Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster - old-fashioned epistolary charmer that was the basis for the movie
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - a memorable family thrives on moral aspirations
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - irresistible Anne opens everyone's eyes and hearts

Graphic Novels:

Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley - lots of laughs but also truth
Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry a noir featuring a teabag; go figure
Too Cool to be Forgotten by Alex Robinson - the daydream/nightmare of returning to high school handled beautifully
Batwoman: Elegy - great graphics and story make it all brand new
Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore - witty, infectious characters trying to find love in sometimes dire circumstances
Are you doing a 75 Book Challenge thread this year, seasonsoflove? I didn't find it, if so. Would you please let me know where it is?

Thank you love! :):)
Glad that resonated with you! Hope you're staying warm on this mess of a day.

Bulls were great. Poor Bears were outclassed.
Thought you'd like this from richardderus on LT, Becca;

"So...let me get this straight--Larry King is getting his 8th divorce; Elizabeth Taylor is possibly getting married for a 9th time; Britney Spears had a 55 hour marriage. Jesse James and Tiger Woods are screwing EVERYTHING, yet the idea of same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution of marriage?? Really? REALLY??? Repost to your page if you agree. --Proud to support equal rights for ALL."

Hi Becca,

I just started this thread over at the Read YA Lit group and thought you could be interested. This is the link:

I'd appreciate it if you could stop by, share your thoughts on the matter.

Thanks in advance!
Isn't that funny? I didn't know you had read the Children of Green Knowe books, or that you liked them so much. Very cool. I'll work the others into my schedule now that I've got your recommendation.
I think you'd like Vanity Fair a lot, and Middlemarch is really good, too. I'll respond to Sweetie and let her know Jane Eyre is one of your favorite books ever.
When you get a chance, take a look at the most recent post Sweetie gave me - how would you convince her that Vanity Fair and Jane Eyre are good reads and well worth it? I don't know whether you've read Middlemarch (the third one) but I really got caught up in it. Silas Marner was good, but for me not as captivating as the world of Middlemarch.

Anyway, your thoughts are welcome - actually, if you're motivated, just post them to Sweetie. It probably would mean more coming from you.
Hey, compassionate and talented LTer. I thought you'd like this excerpt from a Tracy Kidder book, Among Schoolchildren, that LT member mollygrace passed on. She reads it to teachers who are friends to remind them how important they are to all of us:

"She should have been more generous with herself. Teachers usually have no way of knowing that they have made a difference in a child's life, even when they have made a dramatic one. But for children who are used to thinking of themselves as stupid or not worth talking to or deserving rape and beatings, a good teacher can provide an astonishing revelation. A good teacher can give a child at least a chance to feel, 'She thinks I'm worth something. Maybe I am.' Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by, and over the years, they redirect hundreds of lives. Many people find it easy to imagine unseen webs of malevolent conspiracy in the world, and they are not always wrong. But there is also an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together, and it is made of people who can never fully know the good that they have done."

That's quite a profession you're joining.

With admiration from your LT pal
I seem to remember reading them to my wonderful children!
Hi there seasons of love,

Thanks for writing! Of course I don't mind it, all the contrary. Half the fun of being here is getting to know new people on the basis of the books we love.

I'm adding Thirteen Reasons Why to my wishlist, thanks. See, I loved Speak, so you couldn't have possibly recommended that book in a more tempting way. :-)

Your library is impressive! You have a few of my favorites over there, too: Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier, and of course Jane Austen. How come you don't link to a single review here in LT? Surely, with such a vast knowledge of books, your opinion would be valued by many.

Anyway, it's a pleasure to "meet" you. I don't use my real name anywhere on the Internet, but friends call me Sweetie (long story).

Looking forward to hearing back from you,

Erm, well, Sweetie.
Those book covers are so cool! The Shadow of the Wind was very good and one I think you'll like a lot. I can tell you more on Sunday. No need to hurry re the new one from the author of Interred with Their Bones. I've got plenty to read right now!
I love all the About Me Favorite Book covers! You always know how to do the coolest things. But where are your 75 book challenge entries? I'm waiting to hear your thoughts on Wolf Hall, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, etc.

- Your LT Pal
Busy, crazy holiday, but delightful as well.

How was/is yours?
Hi and thanks for the friends invitation!

All the best to you during this holiday season!

I saw you're reading Carter Dixon. I'm pretty sure he's also John Dickson Carr. I read a lot of his mysteries when I was a wee lad, and liked them a lot. I remember him as a master of the locked room mystery, and he had a cool detective named Gideon Fell.
I love making new friends - thanks for the invite! I'll enjoy looking through your library too. I have a thread in the 50 Book Challenge group. You should stop by! Do you have one on the 75?

Thanks for the Agatha Christie recs. I like her short stories.

Well have a good night and happy reading! Joanne
Hi! I saw your note on the What Are You Reading Now? thread. I absolutely love the Three Pines/Inspector Gamache books. I actually listen to them on audio (and they are beautifully read, in fact, if I read ahead in the book, I listen to it again just to get the full flavor of the accents). I don't usually read a lot of mysteries but I seem to be getting into them lately. I'm enjoying the Agatha Christie stories. Which of her series do you prefer and if I don't start at the first book in the series, would that matter? I also picked up The ABC Murders and Dead Man's Folly, both Poirot, from the library.

Have you read any of Ann Cleeves' Shetland Island mysteries? Another mystery series I can't get enough of with a likable detective and a unique location. I really recommmend them!!

As it happens I have The Tenderness of Wolves waiting to be read. We seem to be tracking similar books!
So, what did you think of that unappealing character from the first book as she reappears in The Cruelest Month?
Glad you liked the Josephine Tey, Louise Penny, and Fire! Thirteen Reasons Why was quite good and made me think back to those high school days when I was as clueless as the narrator. Memorable book.
Have fun with the Scots!
Hah! Good ones in the Silly Game. "A lot of my gentlemen patients take up knitting". Loved it!
Hope you feel better soon! I just got "Fire", the prequel/companion to "Graceling", so you'll get it next.
Hah! I'm so proud to have helped teach you the art of goofing off! What better place to do it than Librarything?

Looks like you finished [The Lost Symbol] - what did you think?
Hah! We love Agatha. I'll look for Endless Nights in the places formerly identified by seasonsoflove. I was glad to see The Hollow on one of the lists, as that's the one I'm reading now. That whole thread is giving me ideas for ones to read or re-read!
I understand.You could always ask your local library to order a copy (if they don’t have one already). The book is available on for about $10, but since I’m hoping for a review, I didn’t feel it was appropriate to expect you to buy a copy :)

Thanks again,


Noticed you liked Out by Natsuo Kirino, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here, as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also gritty, a bit violent, and a bit dark :) I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter) in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit.


I saw your problems posting. Try the help icon in the upper right of your profile screen. I remember it took me a while, but through that I tracked down their tech email addresses for help, and a nice guy straightened out a problem I (and it turns out others) was having on my Connections page.
Hmm, Strangers in Paradise, sounds like a good one! Maybe I'll come across it some day.
Will you loan me Dracula some time, if we ever happen to run into each other?
How did you like Dracula?
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