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February 2012 - What are we reading?

Crime, Thriller & Mystery

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1Porua
Feb 1, 2012, 1:43am Top

New thread for the new month!

I am reading At the Villa Rose by A. E. W. Mason. So far it's pretty good.

2majkia
Feb 1, 2012, 7:59am Top

Am getting into The Alienist. Interesting and quite atmospheric.

3SaraHope
Feb 1, 2012, 8:40am Top

Last night started A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear. I think I'm going to have to go back and skim the last book again, as I have no recollection of what happened.

4Bookmarque
Feb 1, 2012, 8:45am Top

oh the Alienist is one of my favorites. I read it every 5 years or so. Enjoy!

5mamalaz
Feb 1, 2012, 9:10am Top

Majikla, the Alienist is excellent. I hope you love it.

I just finished The Fitzgerald Ruse by Mark de Castrique. It's the second book in his Sam Blackman series. I like the way he mixes past and present along with literary references. Quite interesting.

6Bjace
Feb 1, 2012, 9:31am Top

Read At the Villa Rose years ago and remember enjoying it. I also liked Prisoner in the Opal Next up for me is probably Tears of the Giraffe and another trip back to Botswana with Precious Ramotswe.

7Samantha_kathy
Feb 1, 2012, 9:57am Top

I'm just starting Dandy Detects by M. Louisa Locke

8Ameise1
Feb 1, 2012, 10:14am Top

I'm currently reading Divine Justice by David Baldacci.

9ted74ca
Feb 1, 2012, 2:25pm Top

I just finished Nemesis by Jo Nesbo.

10cindysprocket
Edited: Feb 1, 2012, 2:42pm Top

11DeltaQueen50
Feb 1, 2012, 5:37pm Top

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.

12swsol
Feb 1, 2012, 5:46pm Top

Just finished the newest Elizabeth George, Believing the Lie. Incredibly long, but generally interesting.

13jnwelch
Feb 1, 2012, 5:55pm Top

I've got A Coroner's Lunch, the first in a series recommended by msf59 (Mark).

14jmyers24
Feb 1, 2012, 8:49pm Top

Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid

15coppers
Feb 1, 2012, 10:26pm Top

>11 DeltaQueen50: Oh, I loved the Shetland Series! The next two are great. Enjoy!

16johnbsheridan
Feb 2, 2012, 7:00am Top

Shortcut Man by P.G. Sturges and Defending Jacob by William Landay

17gmathis
Feb 2, 2012, 8:50am Top

#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!)

18kkirw15744
Feb 2, 2012, 1:41pm Top

# 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.

19Ameise1
Edited: Feb 2, 2012, 3:32pm Top

I've just finished Divine Justice by David Baldacci. Now I'm starting with The Mao Case by Qiu Xiaolong

20ted74ca
Feb 2, 2012, 7:16pm Top

I just finished A Very Private Murder by Stuart Pawson. I'd never read any of this series before, but I like the English dry wit.

21SaraHope
Feb 3, 2012, 9:18am Top

#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!

22Bjace
Feb 3, 2012, 9:20am Top

Finished Tears of the Giraffe, which I liked better than the other No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books I have read.

24littleperson
Feb 3, 2012, 4:33pm Top

I just finished John Hart's The Last Child and want to read his
new one Iron Horse-'cuz I think he is outstanding!

25gmathis
Feb 3, 2012, 4:38pm Top

#18 ... Hadn't gotten as far as A Lesson In Secrets, but looking forward to it. The Mapping of Love and Death is one of my later favorites, too.

26jonesli
Feb 3, 2012, 4:48pm Top

# 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.

27jnwelch
Feb 3, 2012, 5:29pm Top

Oh, I hope you like Devil in a Blue Dress, Lisa. The Easy Rawlins series is excellent. They also made a good movie of Devil in a Blue Dress with Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Jennifer Beals.

28WillyMammoth
Edited: Feb 3, 2012, 9:12pm Top

I just finished reading The Moving Target, a 1949 noir mystery by Ross MacDonald. It's the first in the Lew Archer series of books, and I am smitten. You can find my full review here.

29Storeetllr
Feb 4, 2012, 1:13pm Top

Another fan of The Alienist and Devil in a Blue Dress (and the entire Easy Rawlins series).

About halfway through The Chalk Girl, latest in the Mallory series by Carol O'Connell. Really enjoying it.

30ted74ca
Feb 4, 2012, 2:07pm Top

I just finished The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

31Bookmarque
Feb 4, 2012, 4:14pm Top

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.

32jmyers24
Feb 4, 2012, 4:42pm Top

Listening to Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson. I like some of the humor, had me laughing in the first 2 chapters.

33gmathis
Feb 4, 2012, 4:45pm Top

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?

34jonesli
Feb 4, 2012, 6:28pm Top

#27 Jo, I loved Devil in a Blue Dress and my fuzzy memory seems to recall this movie with Denzel in it, but I will have to see it to make sure.

#32 I just returned Lucifer's Tears to the library, I thought it was great!

I put The Man Who Cast Two Shadows aside to start Beast in View and Raven Black

35Ameise1
Feb 5, 2012, 7:20am Top

Just finished The Mao Case by Qui Xiaolong a wonderful fiction crime from China.

36mamalaz
Feb 5, 2012, 8:59am Top

I just finished Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton. Love Hamish Macbeth.

37CivilWarWriter
Feb 5, 2012, 11:18am Top

Started The Affair by Lee Child Friday night--am about halfway through.

38AndieG
Feb 5, 2012, 11:53am Top

39Ameise1
Feb 5, 2012, 12:26pm Top

I'm reading Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs.

40ted74ca
Feb 5, 2012, 2:57pm Top

Not sure if "ghost stories" fit into this genre, but I've just finished Night Strangers by Christopher A Bohjalian.

41DeltaQueen50
Feb 5, 2012, 3:45pm Top

# 15 - Thanks, Coppers, I did really enjoy White Nights.

I have now picked up a book I know very little about, Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran.

42cbl_tn
Feb 5, 2012, 4:41pm Top

I've just started Unhallowed Ground, a historical mystery by Mel Starr.

43wookiebender
Feb 5, 2012, 7:06pm Top

I've started Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy because I need to read it before the movie finishes at the cinemas here!

44Bjace
Feb 5, 2012, 7:28pm Top

Picked up Hunter's quarry (which is not, bTW, about hunting) and read it this afternoon. Enjoyed Inspector Bone.

45rabbitprincess
Feb 5, 2012, 8:49pm Top

After finishing Roseanna last week and thinking "Yeah, I can definitely see the influence this would have had on the Wallander series", I decided to pick up The White Lioness as my next bus book. It will be interesting to compare the two series.

46dyarington
Feb 6, 2012, 11:34am Top

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.

47tottman
Feb 6, 2012, 1:11pm Top

Just finished an early review copy of Bleed for Me by Michael Robotham. It's coming out at the end of this month. Easily one of the best mystery/thrillers I've read in years.

48VivienneR
Feb 6, 2012, 1:28pm Top

I've just started The Private Patient by P. D. James. It's unusual to be introduced to the future victim on the first page. A great story so far.

49jmoralee
Feb 6, 2012, 2:57pm Top

I'm reading the Shakespeare books by Charlaine Harris and A Fine Place For Death as well as The Devil's Star. I like to switch between them depending on my mood.

50becaussie
Edited: Feb 7, 2012, 4:15am Top

Have just started Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson.

51ted74ca
Feb 7, 2012, 4:05pm Top

I just finished Faithful Place by Tana French. I really love her writing; can't wait for her next novel, due to come out soon.

52Bookmarque
Feb 7, 2012, 4:23pm Top

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.

53sarahbradshaw
Feb 7, 2012, 5:55pm Top

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.

54Ameise1
Edited: Feb 9, 2012, 10:03am Top

Just finished Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs. Now starting The Likeness by Tana French.

55mstrust
Edited: Feb 9, 2012, 11:53am Top

I've just started a P.D. James, A Mind To Murder.

56mamalaz
Feb 9, 2012, 12:56pm Top

I just started Curtains for the Cardinal by Jill Staynes.

57seitherin
Feb 9, 2012, 3:12pm Top

58DeltaQueen50
Feb 9, 2012, 10:20pm Top

I have just started Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers. This is the third book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series.

59Samantha_kathy
Feb 10, 2012, 7:40am Top

I'm reading The Shadow in the River by Frode Grytten. It's not nearly as good as the last Scandicrime novel I read (Last Rituals). I don't really like the main character, but the flow and pace of the story is good enough that I'll finish this one.

60mysterymax
Feb 10, 2012, 7:48pm Top

Our librarian said she was up all night finishing Taken by Robert Crais so I borrowed it next... I was up all night as well. The first few chapters had me thinking I had skipped some pages, as the story goes back and forth in time, but once I got that figured out it was a non-stop read.

61ted74ca
Feb 11, 2012, 4:16am Top

I just finished The Accident by Lindwood Barclay. Story is a bit far-fetched and unbelievable at times, but an enjoyable read still.

62CivilWarWriter
Feb 11, 2012, 12:44pm Top

Starting The Cruelest Month after dinner tonight.

63BeckyJG
Feb 11, 2012, 5:08pm Top

Jesse Kellerman's upcoming Potboiler. Hilarious and over-the-top.

64majkia
Feb 11, 2012, 5:36pm Top

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.

65gryeates
Feb 11, 2012, 6:01pm Top

Non-fiction rather than fiction at the moment Wicked Beyond Belief and Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son - both are about Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper.

66tjm568
Feb 12, 2012, 12:16am Top

About 75 pages into A Red Herring without Mustard and am captivated as always by young Flavia.

67LongDistanceLibraria
Feb 12, 2012, 12:20am Top

An Impartial Witness, by Charles Todd, the second mystery about Bess Crawford, a nurse in WWI. Excellent sequel to "A Duty to the Dead"!

68Storeetllr
Feb 12, 2012, 12:43am Top

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.

69majkia
Feb 12, 2012, 8:19am Top

   

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.

70Jestak
Feb 12, 2012, 11:47am Top

I've started Angel Interrupted by Chaz McGee--which is a pen name for Katy Munger

71gmathis
Feb 12, 2012, 2:35pm Top

Just received and started Mr. Churchill's Secretary from Early Reviewers. Liking it so far.

72Jim53
Feb 12, 2012, 4:56pm Top

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.

73Bjace
Feb 12, 2012, 8:47pm Top

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.

74mamalaz
Feb 12, 2012, 9:24pm Top

Majkia, The Angel of Darkness has the same protaganist. I always hoped Caleb Carr would follow up with more of the same but so far he has not.

I just finished Curtains for the Cardinal. Pretty good - lots of intrigue.

75Porua
Feb 13, 2012, 2:30am Top

Read another old time mystery, At the Villa Rose by A.E.W. Mason. It was exciting but only in parts. My review is here,

http://www.librarything.com/topic/130815#3236092

76Storeetllr
Feb 13, 2012, 12:39pm Top

Majkia ~ I liked The Alienist better, but I think The Angel of Darkness has one of the most chillingly evil villains in literature.

77Bookmarque
Feb 13, 2012, 12:44pm Top

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!

78AnnieMod
Feb 13, 2012, 2:04pm Top

Reading Money Trouble by William J. Reynolds at the moment - the third of the Nebraska Mysteries. And I still enjoy the series a lot.

79SaraHope
Feb 13, 2012, 8:01pm Top

Just started Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander, which was quite clunky for the first few chapters. I hope it improves.

80raidergirl3
Feb 13, 2012, 8:07pm Top

Trying my second Guido Brunetti mystery, Death and Judgment by Donna Leon.

81quartzite
Feb 14, 2012, 9:41pm Top

Just finished The Chalk Girl what a lot of unpleasant people in a single book.

82seitherin
Feb 15, 2012, 12:28pm Top

83WillyMammoth
Feb 15, 2012, 2:32pm Top

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.

86CraigChapman
Feb 16, 2012, 10:46am Top

Absent Light by Eve Isherwood

87Jim53
Edited: Feb 16, 2012, 1:29pm Top

I'm about half done with Peter Robinson's Gallows View. I picked up half a dozen of his titles at our library's bag sale because of positive notice here. So far I'm underwhelmed. Anybody read these? Do they improve?

88Jestak
Feb 17, 2012, 12:04am Top

#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.

89Bjace
Feb 18, 2012, 8:26am Top

Finished Morality for beautiful girls--am slowly getting hooked on the Precious Ramotswe books. Next up is probably Death of a Kingfisher, the new Hamish McBeth, due out on my birthday and arriving on my Kindle.

90mamalaz
Feb 18, 2012, 12:24pm Top

I am reading A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon - love Guido Brunetti. Just received a bunch of Deborah Crombie books in the mail and am looking forward to starting a new author for me.

91Talvitar
Feb 18, 2012, 12:57pm Top

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!

92tros
Feb 18, 2012, 3:31pm Top

94Bookmarque
Feb 18, 2012, 4:49pm Top

re-reading The Courtship Gift by Julie Parsons to see if it gets to stay on my shelves or get Kicked to the Curb.

95BeckyJG
Feb 18, 2012, 11:32pm Top

96majkia
Feb 19, 2012, 7:32am Top

Just finished The Breach which was a great techno-thriller. Fast-paced, interesting characters and great ending.

97BiblioLad
Edited: Feb 19, 2012, 3:06pm Top

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

98gmathis
Feb 19, 2012, 6:29pm Top

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.

99critterville
Edited: Feb 19, 2012, 7:15pm Top

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.

100caroline123
Feb 19, 2012, 9:52pm Top

I'm reading The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connor and enjoying it very much.

101majkia
Feb 20, 2012, 5:53am Top

I'm about halfway through Some Danger Involved by Will Thomas. Interesting series!

102Jim53
Feb 20, 2012, 8:12am Top

I picked up John Hart's Iron House at the library to take on a trip, and finished it in four days. Hart continues to provide increasing levels of tension between interesting characters. I didn't like this one quite as well as The Last Child, but it was a great read.

103gmathis
Feb 20, 2012, 10:41am Top

101, the Will Thomas series gets better and better!

104majkia
Feb 20, 2012, 12:50pm Top

#103 Glad to hear that!

105dyarington
Feb 20, 2012, 3:58pm Top

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.

106BeckyJG
Feb 20, 2012, 10:00pm Top

107AndieG
Feb 22, 2012, 10:43am Top

108Jestak
Feb 22, 2012, 11:25am Top

I've now started Sacred by Dennis Lehane, the third in the Kenzie-Gennaro series.

109jnwelch
Feb 22, 2012, 12:22pm Top

I've started Thirty-three Teeth, the second Dr. Siri mystery by Colin Cotterill.

110mamalaz
Feb 22, 2012, 5:31pm Top

111sarahbradshaw
Feb 22, 2012, 5:35pm Top

About to start The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths.

112Storeetllr
Feb 22, 2012, 7:40pm Top

108 Let me know what you think of Sacred, Jestak ~ it's next in the series for me too.

113ted74ca
Feb 23, 2012, 12:28am Top

114tottman
Feb 23, 2012, 12:44am Top

Just started The Professionals and Assassin's Code. Looking forward to getting into them!

115sandyg210
Feb 23, 2012, 11:16am Top

I just finished One Book in the Grave which I enjoyed. And I've started State of the Onion

116marcejewels
Feb 23, 2012, 10:23pm Top

I am reading #7 of J T Ellison series Where all the dead lie This series didn't start out great but I love it now, glad I continued.

117Bjace
Feb 23, 2012, 10:24pm Top

Read Death of a Kingfisher, the new Hamish McBeth. Good, not great.

118ted74ca
Feb 24, 2012, 5:08am Top

I just finished Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson. My least favourite of the Jackson Brodie series, but still a good read.

119Ameise1
Feb 24, 2012, 9:40am Top

Started last night Three Weeks To Say Goodbye by C.J. Box. It's a breathtaking one. Nevertheless I went skiing today (perfect weather and snow) and will be reading tonight.

120mamalaz
Feb 24, 2012, 2:31pm Top

Listening to The Hippopatamus Pool by Elizabeth Peters.

121tjm568
Feb 24, 2012, 3:45pm Top

Finished A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley. Am 150 pages into Shock Wave by John Sanford. Have Another Man's moccasins by Craig Johnson next in line. What a lineup!

122Samantha_kathy
Edited: Feb 24, 2012, 4:11pm Top

I just started Still Life with Murder by P.B. Ryan. It's quite good so far.

123raidergirl3
Feb 24, 2012, 9:11pm Top

I'm reading The Talented Mr Ripley which is creepy and a mystery.

124BeckyJG
Feb 24, 2012, 11:32pm Top

The Exterminators by Bill Fitzhugh. More hilarity.

125Jestak
Feb 25, 2012, 12:49am Top

>112 Storeetllr: 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.

126VivienneR
Feb 25, 2012, 3:15am Top

Just coming to the close of A Darker Domain by Val McDermid and about to start The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg. Looking forward to it, his last book, Old City Hall, was wonderful.

127AndieG
Feb 25, 2012, 1:35pm Top

129coppers
Feb 25, 2012, 10:41pm Top

>112 Storeetllr:, 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 Samantha_kathy: 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.

130Samantha_kathy
Feb 26, 2012, 6:19am Top

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.

131WillyMammoth
Edited: Feb 26, 2012, 10:30am Top

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.

132SusanOleksiw
Edited: Feb 26, 2012, 2:01pm Top

I'm just starting Alexander McCall Smith's The World According to Bertie, another 44 Scotland Street novel. I've read a couple of his Precious Ramotswe books but haven't been back to them in a while.

133mamalaz
Feb 26, 2012, 8:37pm Top

134Bjace
Feb 26, 2012, 8:46pm Top

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.

135orsolina
Edited: Feb 26, 2012, 11:56pm Top

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!

136richardderus
Feb 27, 2012, 12:12am Top

I've finished and reviewed Thirty-Three Teeth, the second installment of the Dr. Siri Paiboun, Laotian national coroner series, in my thread...post #114.

137quartzite
Feb 27, 2012, 10:49pm Top

138techeditor
Feb 28, 2012, 9:59am Top

Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith

So far, not bad. But I'm disappointed because Smith's Child 44 was exceptionally good from page 1. I'm on, about, page 110, of Agent 6, and it hasn't grabbed me yet.

139techeditor
Feb 28, 2012, 10:05am Top

129, coppers: I finished The Invisible Ones recently, also. Wasn't it great? I also reviewed it

140jnwelch
Feb 28, 2012, 4:24pm Top

The second Dr. Siri in Colin Cotterill's series, Thirty-three Teeth was excellent. My review's on the book page. Now I need to find a new mystery.

141richardderus
Feb 28, 2012, 4:42pm Top

I reviewed another ancient Book Circle read, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, in my thread...post #115.

142ted74ca
Edited: Feb 29, 2012, 4:52pm Top

143Porua
Feb 29, 2012, 3:33am Top

Reviewed my first Charlie Chan mystery, Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers, quite an interesting vintage mystery from the 20's.

My review is here,

http://www.librarything.com/topic/130815#3265789

144raidergirl3
Feb 29, 2012, 8:03am Top

The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman. What an unexpected delight!

145Ameise1
Feb 29, 2012, 11:37am Top

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.

146richardderus
Feb 29, 2012, 1:33pm Top

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.

Fun!

147ted74ca
Feb 29, 2012, 4:51pm Top

I just read Don't Look Back by Karin Fossum. Quite enjoyed it, not the usual depressing read I've grown to expect from Scandinavian crime writers.

148gmathis
Edited: Feb 29, 2012, 8:30pm Top

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.

149Storeetllr
Mar 1, 2012, 1:09am Top

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).

150Porua
Mar 1, 2012, 3:50am Top

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