February 2012 - What are we reading?
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I am reading At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason. So far it's pretty good.
oh the Alienist is one of my favorites. I read it every 5 years or so. Enjoy!
I am reading White Nights by Anne Cleeves. This is the second in the series, and I am really liking the great descriptions of the Shetland Islands that these books provide.
I've got A Coroner's Lunch, the first in a series recommended by msf59 (Mark).
#3, Good to see a Maisie Dobbs fan on the thread! I'm having to rebuild my Jacqueline Winspear collection (a little F5 tornado blew them all points east last May) --- if you had to pick and choose the best of the bunch, which would you include?
As for February reading plans, next up on the stack is Buttons and Foes, a nice cozy in the Mandy Dyer series. A dry-cleaner sleuth. (Hey, it's no stranger than a candle-making, scrapbooking, or knitting protagonist!)
# 17, I know you weren't asking me, but if I could only replace part of the series, then my faves in the Maisie Dobbs series thus far have been Maisie Dobbs, Birds of a Feather, (the first 2 in the series) and A Lesson in Secrets. I think, if I could only choose one from among those, that I might choose the first book, since it sets up the character and the rest of the series.
I am a Maisie Dobbs fan and very much look forward to reading the next one Elegy for Eddie when it comes out in March this year.
#17 Oh man, I couldn't possibly narrow it, and it's been so long since I've read some of them. I've liked them all!
Finished Tears of the Giraffe, which I liked better than the other No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books I have read.
I just finished John Hart's The Last Child and want to read his
new one Iron Horse-'cuz I think he is outstanding!
# 24 I am waiting patiently to read The Last Child and I just finished Iron House last month. I agree, he is an outstanding writer!
#17, #18 and #25, IAnother Maisie fan here too! I am looking forward to reading Elegy for Eddiewhen it comes out in March.
I'm currently reading Devil in a Blue Dress and The Man Who Cast Two Shadows.
The Moving Target was a pretty good one I thought. I recently read the next one, the Drowning Pool as well, but that's as far as I've gotten.
Listening to Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson. I like some of the humor, had me laughing in the first 2 chapters.
Thanks for all the Maisie affirmation ... I'm having to come to terms with the fact that I just no longer have space for every book in all the (many) series I've grown to love.
Decided to switch tracks and set Mandy Dyer aside for The Black Hand; as far as I know, the last in the Barker/Llellwyn (I'm sure I didn't spell that right) series. Anybody know if the author has further plans or other series in development?
Started The Affair by Lee Child Friday night--am about halfway through.
I've started Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy because I need to read it before the movie finishes at the cinemas here!
Picked up Hunter's quarry (which is not, bTW, about hunting) and read it this afternoon. Enjoyed Inspector Bone.
Vince Flynn's new book Kill Shot is coming out soon. In my opinion he and Lee Child are two of the best thriller writers out there.
just started The Professionals by Owen Lukkanan. It's derivative, doesn't use language creatively and annoyingly involves the Minnesota BCA (what, 20 Prey novels and 5 or 6 Virgil Flowers novels aren't enough?), but the plot is interesting and I'll probably finish it.
I'm about to start Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter. I've never read any of the Morse books so I'm quite looking forward to this.
I have just started Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers. This is the third book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series.
I just finished The Accident by Lindwood Barclay. Story is a bit far-fetched and unbelievable at times, but an enjoyable read still.
Just finished The Alienist which was pretty awesome. Need a day or so to consider it before attempting a review. But highly recommended for those who love historical mysteries.
About 75 pages into A Red Herring without Mustard and am captivated as always by young Flavia.
An Impartial Witness, by Charles Todd, the second mystery about Bess Crawford, a nurse in WWI. Excellent sequel to "A Duty to the Dead"!
Am reading The Bones of Avalon and finding it both interesting (the premise and the time period, Elizabethan England) and annoying (the author's style). It's easy enough to read, though, so I know I'll probably finish it.
Here’s my review
Gritty, fascinating, intriguing view of the creation of a special unit created to track down a serial killer. It took me awhile because I wanted to think about it, the details, the complexities.
Highly recommended for those interested in such things.
Just received and started Mr. Churchill's Secretary from Early Reviewers. Liking it so far.
I'm on my third of Louise Penny's Gamache series, The Cruelest Month. Good but not fabulous. I just picked up John Hart's Iron House for my library group. He's a favorite, and has improved with each of his previous books, so I have high hopes, although I've heard it's but gruesome.
#70 Jestak, I'm curious how you like Katy's Chaz books. I liked the first two pretty well, but they'e an adjustment after the hilarity of her Casy Jones stories.
Have read a fair amount of H.R.F. Keating in the last few months. Today, rooting around for something light, I picked up and read Rules, Regs and rotten eggs, the last Harriet Martens. Good police procedural.
Finished The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen. I can't believe I read the same book as people who thought it was "top-notch", "spectacular" and "really terrific". Review is here - http://www.librarything.com/work/11804115/reviews/82681797 - now you can't say you weren't warned. : )
Am going to finish a history book and then probably start Taken by Robert Crais...more Cole and Pike - excellent!
Reading Money Trouble by William J. Reynolds at the moment - the third of the Nebraska Mysteries. And I still enjoy the series a lot.
Trying my second Guido Brunetti mystery, Death and Judgment by Donna Leon.
Just finished The Chalk Girl what a lot of unpleasant people in a single book.
I recently finished the 1955 mystery Catch the Gold Ring by John Stephen Strange. It's the story of Henri, a former French Resistance fighter, as he searches for his brother's betrayer seven years after the liberation of France from the Nazi occupation.
Zohar at The Man of la Book blog was kind enough to give me a guest post on his site, so if you're interested my review of the book you can find it here.
#72 and 87--Jim, I enjoyed the two Dead Detective Mysteries pretty well. I wouldn't put them in the first rank with my favorites, but the premise is interesting and Munger moves a narrative along pretty briskly. I can't compare them to the Casey Jones books as I haven't gotten to that series yet.
As for Peter Robinson, I started that series a while back, and got as far as the third book, A Necessary End. I haven't gone any farther. I found the first three decent but not great, but I have heard that the series improves later on.
Meanwhile, I've started Caught by Harlan Coben, which is quite good so far. This is one of his standalone novels, but as I recall there's a Win Lockwood cameo in it for fans of the Myron Bolitar series.
Yesterday I finished Simon Beckett's "Kuolleiden kuiske" (Whispers of the Dead) which I thought was a bit of a waste of time. Seen & read that sort of thing so many times and there were no new ideas. I guess that wouldn't matter if I had cared for one bit for the protagonist but I think mr Hunter is seriously uninteresting.
Now I've started Elizabeth Kostova's Historiantutkija ("The Historian") which seems rather promising.
Thanks to this thread I noticed that there's a new Jack Reacher novel out there! I can't believe I hadn't noticed it before... I made an instant reservation of it to the library!
re-reading The Courtship Gift by Julie Parsons to see if it gets to stay on my shelves or get Kicked to the Curb.
Just finished The Breach which was a great techno-thriller. Fast-paced, interesting characters and great ending.
Just finished the first two books in the Jack Taylor series by Ken Bruen (I am currently reading through his enitire work), called The Guards and The Killing of the Tinkers, and also the first Agatha Raisin book by M. C. Beaton called Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. I am currently reading Private by James Patterson. Next up the next Jack Taylor book, The Magdalen Martyrs, and then Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum
Just started Love Mercy by Earlene Fowler; not sure how much of a mystery it really is, but Benni Harper does have a cameo in it. I think our bookstore just stowed it on the mystery shelf for author consistency.
Started The Affair by Lee Child earlier this week and am halfway done. I am absolutely loving it as I have enjoyed all of the books with the Reacher character.
I'm reading The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connor and enjoying it very much.
I'm about halfway through Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas. Interesting series!
Just finished Kill Shot by Vince Flynn , who is recovering from cancer. Kill Shot follows up on Vince's last book which described Mitch Rapp's training. Kill Shot does not disappoint. I'm sure we all wish Flynn all the best as he continues to recover. Word is he has another Rapp book on the way--hurrah for that.
108 Let me know what you think of Sacred, Jestak ~ it's next in the series for me too.
I just started Still Life with Murder by P.B. Ryan. It's quite good so far.
I'm reading The Talented Mr Ripley which is creepy and a mystery.
>112 I am now about one-third of the way into Sacred and finding it very enjoyable. As always, Patrick and Angie seem to have enemies on all sides--fortunately, they can get an assist from their Friendly Neighborhood Psychopath, Bubba Rogowski. It's not quite as grim a tale as either Darkness, Take My Hand or Gone, Baby, Gone, though; this one has a current of black comedy running through it.
>112, 125 Jestak and storeetllr - Isn't the Kenzie and Gennaro series great?! I read them one after another last year and I think it's my favorite series.
>122 I recently picked up Still Life with Murder as an ebook and don't know much about it. I'll be interested in what you think.
I'm getting close to the end of Stef Penney's The Invisible Ones and enjoying it very much.
129> I finished it yesterday - and will probably write my review today - but I can tell you it was great! I really, really loved it. Great, strong plot, interesting characters and a vivid historical setting.
I recently finished reading The Reluctant by C.S. Splitter. It's part of a crime/thriller series called The Craydler Chronicles that puts me in the mind of Donald E. Westlake with its mix of grit and humor. I enjoyed it very much.
You can find my review of the book here, as well as an interview with the author.
If the book sounds like it might be right up your alley, you can get an ebook copy for free on Amazon. Oh yeah, and there's also a giveaway of the 2nd book in the series, The Willing. Lots of free books to be had.
Yeesh, sorry for all the linkage. Hope I didn't overdo it.
Gutenberg murders by Gwen Bristow. Set in 1930's New Orleans. The author didn't make much of the setting, but I'm determined to try a Gin Rickey the next time I'm in a bar.
I've just finished One Perfect Shot by Steven F. Havill. I've always thought that Bill Gastner had many more stories to tell, and Mr. Havill has finally gone back to relate Bill's first encounter with the new deputy, Estelle Reyes. Several characters, including a future lawman, who are familiar from the other Posadas County mysteries make appearances here too. Five stars!
129, coppers: I finished The Invisible Ones recently, also. Wasn't it great? I also reviewed it
The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman. What an unexpected delight!
Just finished Three Weeks To Say Goodbye by C.J. Box. It kept me guessing until the very last page. Now I'm reading Trust Me by Jeff Abbot.
I've got reviews up of the first Dr. Siri Paiboun mysteries, The Coroner's Lunch and Thirty-Three Teeth...this series is wonderful, set in 1970s Laos, and featuring an old jungle fighter-turned-coroner in newly Communist Vientiane. Who can see spirits. And who is the reincarnation of a thousand-year-dead shaman.
144--you just brought back fond memories of a dearly departed friend who was a huge Mrs. Pollifax fan. I believe I may have to hunt down a few.
144 - I adored the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries! I believe I may have to reread them (if I can just find them in whatever box I put them in storage).
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