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Sep 2, 2012, 11:17am Top

Started the new thread just 'cause...

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Sep 2, 2012, 11:54am Top

So far I've read: 1) The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill. I found this one in the series very dull; perhaps I've read too much of Susan Hill and 2) Sister by Rosamund Lupton, which I enjoyed but not as much as I'd liked Afterwards.

Sep 2, 2012, 11:58am Top

I am about to start Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason. I just finished Dead Before Dying by Deon Meyer, which was excellent.

Sep 2, 2012, 12:00pm Top

I'm about halfway through Strega by Andrew Vachss, a carry-over from August.

Sep 2, 2012, 3:35pm Top

Just started The Fifth Woman, a Kurt Wallender mystery. From not really liking the series, I've somehow become a fan.

Sep 3, 2012, 4:45am Top

Finished the 'flavour of the moment' Gone Girl. My review is here,


Sep 3, 2012, 11:15am Top

Sep 4, 2012, 2:31am Top

to finish Jodi Picoult's Second Glance...

Sep 4, 2012, 3:24am Top

I wanted to reply to a comment in the August thread, but I didn't want to distract from the pointer to this one. Not sure what protocol to follow.

136: I was interested in these comments by the author of the Bryant & May series. Apparently he thinks there are better places to start than the first book.

This comment surprised me: "I’m also a bit puzzled by readers who always start at the beginning of the series..." I think that's the most natural and logical place to begin most series, don't you? The author typically develops the storylines and characters with some sort of logic and continuity, and readers follow along best if they take them in the same order. I don't know why anyone would assume that someplace in the middle would be a better starting point. Maybe that's a little bit of an authorial blind spot.

Anyway, I finished Full Dark House today and quite enjoyed it for the characters and all the atmosphere, even though I don't think "preposterous" would be too strong a word for the outcome of the mystery. I'll probably read at least one more.

Sep 4, 2012, 6:12am Top

Read Murder with peacocks aloud to some friends while travelling. Lots of fun

Sep 4, 2012, 6:15am Top

>10 Meredy:: Hmmm! Very interesting indeed! I ended up reading the first one just because it happened to be there at the library. Usually I read out of order, unless I've stockpiled most of the books in the series, in which case I tend to read in order.

Sep 4, 2012, 10:31am Top

Just finished The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley. Ready to begin The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass. New author to me.

Sep 4, 2012, 10:32am Top

I finished reading the new Alan Furst book - Mission to Paris. It was the usual Furst fare, but also a great character study about what motivates people to spy. The ending was a little weak and so ended up being an average read for me.

Sep 4, 2012, 11:57am Top

I'm just starting Blood Bath & Beyond by Michelle Rowan. It's the first in a new vampire mystery series.

Sep 4, 2012, 12:13pm Top

I finished Strega, which I thought was pretty good, but likely wouldn't be for all tastes as it's very dark, and started The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod.

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Just finished Last to Die: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel by Tess Gerritsen . It was so suspenseful. You didn't know who to trust. Didn't know who were the good guys and who were the bad. A lot of times I can figure out the villian but not this novel. Lots of twists and turns toward the end.

Sep 4, 2012, 12:44pm Top

Nearly half-way through The Beekeeper's Apprentice. So far so good, but not spectacular.

Sep 4, 2012, 4:11pm Top

I'm about halfway through Snow Angels, the first book in a police procedural series set in Finland.

Sep 4, 2012, 8:40pm Top

The Coroner by M.R. Hall a British mystery set in Bristol.

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>20 quartzite:: I just finished the latest installment in that series, The Flight, which was very good but I'm glad I read it *after* my trip to the UK... the flight in the book was transatlantic! (Different plane though; the book plane is an Airbus A380, but I think I was on a Boeing 777.)

Next up: I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, by Alan Bradley, thus depleting my Flavia de Luce reserves. Ah well, once I started, I knew I really wouldn't be able to stop.

Sep 4, 2012, 11:41pm Top

Just starting In the Darkness: An Inspector Sejer novel by Karin Fossum. It's the first in the series but was just translated into English this year. I got it from Amazon UK since it's not available here yet. I'll follow with Don't Look Back. Can't wait to start this series!

Sep 5, 2012, 3:54am Top

Just finished reading and reviewing Death of a Serpent: A Serafina Florio Mystery by Susan Russo Anderson. It was difficult to read - disjointed, flat.

Sep 5, 2012, 2:04pm Top

I'm reading Circle of Bones by Christine Kling. I've read the prologue and two chapters and am unsure what to think of it. I'll give it a bit longer, but if it doesn't get better soon, I think I'll put it aside. The writing isn't bad and for a thriller the pace is good, but there's no connection to the characters - and if I don't care about what happens to the characters, it's not really thrilling, now is it?

Sep 5, 2012, 5:41pm Top

Just started Gone by Randy Wayne White. So-so beginning, but hopefully it will pick up.

Sep 5, 2012, 5:55pm Top

My book club has finally decided to read Gone Girl. Looking forward to that, but J.K. Rowling's latest sounds like it will fit into this category as well. It comes out Sep. 27th. Can't wait!

Sep 6, 2012, 12:02am Top

Sep 6, 2012, 8:48am Top

# 18--Even though it's first sequentially, I don't think The Beekeeper's Apprentice is the best of the Russell/Holmes bunch. I started with the next one, A Monstrous Regiment of Women and that's what hooked me on the series.

Sep 6, 2012, 11:58am Top

#28 - Oh that is good to hear. I'm enjoying Beekeeper's Apprentice but not blown away by it. In fact it gets a bit repetitive with Russell attempting over and over again to train Holmes to include her in things rather than just expecting her to follow his lead.

Sep 6, 2012, 2:20pm Top

I finished The Family Vault last night, and thought it was pretty good--a cozy in an American setting. I'll definitely be continuing with the Sarah Kelling series. I'm now moving on to King's Ransom by Ed McBain, one of the 87th Precinct novels. I've never read this one but I expect it will seem somewhat familiar; Akira Kurosawa adapted it (and relocated it to Japan) for his movie "High and Low," which is a favorite of mine.

Sep 6, 2012, 5:16pm Top

>28 gmathis: Maybe I'll have to give the series another try and start with the second book. It seems like a series I should like, yet when I tried to read The Beekeeper's Apprentice about a decade ago I ended up abandoning it partway through - something I rarely do.

Sep 7, 2012, 8:43am Top

#31....It's kind of pick-and-choose. Locked Rooms, I think, is my favorite of the bunch. Action moves to the U.S. and we find out a lot more about Mary Russell's backstory. The latter ones I though were pretty stinky.

Sep 7, 2012, 8:46am Top

Finished The Body in the Belfry, an Agatha (I think?) award winner for best first novel a few years back. At the stuff-a-bag-for-five-bucks sale at our used bookstore was a later one in the series called The Body in the Fjord. Looks like it features a minor character from Installment #1 and less of Faith Fairchild.

Have any of you read multiples in this series? Comments?

Sep 7, 2012, 12:39pm Top

>33 gmathis: I've read quite a few books in the Faith Fairchild series as I came across them at used book sales, borrowed from friends, etc. I haven't read them in any particular order and it hasn't seemed to matter too much. The quality is fairly consistent, although naturally I've liked some better than others. The Body in the Fjord is actually my favorite in the series, and I think it would work as a stand-alone.

Sep 7, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Alpine Advocateby Mary Daheim

Sep 7, 2012, 8:43pm Top

I've reviewed a book for September Series and Sequels. Simple Justice is the first in an eight-book series, though damned if I can figure out why. See what I thought was wrong over in my thread...post #116.

Sep 8, 2012, 1:08am Top

#10.....I'm kind of obsessive about starting with no. 1 in a series and reading chronologically. Says something about my personality I guess.

Currently reading A Killer Plot by Ellery Adams, a pleasant cozy.

Sep 8, 2012, 3:28am Top

>37 Susanne_53: I'm the same way. I don't understand why anyone does otherwise. If I enjoy an author and want to read all their work, I try to read that in order as well. People only get better with experience, so it makes sense to me to read a body of work that way, series or not. :)

Sep 8, 2012, 8:56am Top

When I find an author I like, I will check their website and make a list of their series in order from first to last, and keep the list in my library tote. That is a tremendous help in selecting a book. Then I just check it off the list.

Sep 8, 2012, 9:33pm Top

#34--good to know. Thanks! Will keep an eye out for others in the series.

Sep 9, 2012, 7:57am Top

Reading Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Creepy!

Sep 9, 2012, 8:12pm Top

Mined Man of Two Tribes from Mount To-Be-Read. I don't know a thing about the author, I don't think this is the first in the Napoleon Bonaparte series, but the first chapter was promising.

Also finished Bye Bye Bertie by Nancy Mehl. Squeaky clean cozy from a Christian publishing house, but nicely plotted. There's one more in a trio of these Ivy Towers mysteries, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls. Tackling it soon.

Sep 11, 2012, 12:39pm Top

I read Broken Harbour by Tana French. It was really good, as I expected. Now I'm partway through Killer on the Road, a non-fiction book about serial killers & the interstate, which is also really good.

Sep 11, 2012, 5:03pm Top

I am still working on Good Clean Fight but getting close to the end. I am also working on IQ84 in anticipation of the group read in October.

Sep 11, 2012, 5:07pm Top

Reading Seven Days, the latest book by Deon Meyer from South Africa.

Sep 11, 2012, 6:54pm Top

#39 I could not agree more!

Sep 11, 2012, 8:52pm Top

Sep 12, 2012, 12:16am Top

I've started The Cleaner by Brett Battles, the author's debut novel. So far it seems very briskly-paced and lively but a little lacking in the plausibility department.

Sep 12, 2012, 1:07am Top

I am currently reading Suspect by Michael Robotham in preparation for my August Early Reviewers book, Say You're Sorry. I had never read anything by him and am really enjoying it. It makes me even more excited for the ER book. Next, I am reading The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny and Off The Grid by P.J. Tracy, two of my favorite authors.

Sep 12, 2012, 9:06am Top

Am about halfway through Judgement Calls by Alafair Burke, which I am really enjoying. The only other book I've read by Burke is Long Gone, which I'd liked well enough but didn't adore. I'm far more pleased by this legal thriller, which is intriguing and has an authentic, detailed feel.

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one of my 2 favourite books by my favourite author.the other being the given day

Sep 12, 2012, 6:31pm Top

I started reading Honourable Schoolboy last night. It has been a year since I read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so I am having trouble remembering some of the intricate plot threads from the first book. And - I keep getting them mixed up with the Len Deighton books. Maybe my brain is fried from the moving.

Sep 13, 2012, 5:27pm Top

I'm thoroughly enmeshed in the new Jack Reacher story, A Wanted Man.

Sep 14, 2012, 1:26am Top

I've reviewed the short, punchy noir novella Drive by James Sallis in my thread...post #299.

It's the first of a series featuring anti-hero Driver, a stunt driver (!) who moonlights as a getaway driver. Hijinks, by which I mean crimes, ensue.

Sep 14, 2012, 10:48am Top

Started Dennis Lehane's A Drink Before the War -- I've previously read Shutter Island by him, but this is the first of his PI novels that I've read. Started off well, I expect to quite enjoy it.

Sep 14, 2012, 11:16am Top

oh how I envy you a bit. I've read the Kenzie/Gennaro series a few times, but woah...the first time I read one I was blown away. Enjoy!

oh and you may want to quit at #5. Moonlight Mile was nowhere near the quality.

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Sep 14, 2012, 1:03pm Top

Well, I juggle a lot of books so here's my current list:

In audio:

The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin--excellent police detective story takes place in Australia just after WWII ends. Reading while exercising.

The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen--alternate paperback title Disgrace--second in the series, so far is very good. Reading on my commute.

In print:

Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf--LT ER copy--so far I am quite into this one. Reading at bedtime.

Phantom by Jo Nesbo--Reading at bedtime but Knopf's is winning as my go-to read at night.

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penney--interesting beginning, reading on my lunch hour so it
may take awhile.

Finshed earlier this month:

Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill--LT ER copy--review will be posted soon.

Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham--will be working on review.

Sep 14, 2012, 3:24pm Top

Sep 14, 2012, 10:45pm Top

That is a great start to a wonderful series. I like this William Monk series better than her Thomas Pitt series even though it is good as well. But with Monk, there are a lot of interesting things going on with his quest to find out more about his past while solving some very tough mysteries. I'm about to start the one that just came out A Sunless Sea. She is one of my favorite authors.

Edited: Sep 15, 2012, 9:39am Top

>17 kaykwilts:. Funny enough I have just finished this book and thought it wasn't up to her usual standard. Maybe it is just me, but at times I thought I was reading a James Pattetrson book!

Sep 15, 2012, 2:05pm Top

Just started A Deadly Grind

Sep 15, 2012, 3:35pm Top

I just finished Broken Harbour by Tana French. Absolutely loved it. I think Tana French just keeps getting better and better.

Sep 16, 2012, 3:36pm Top

dead before dyingbydeon meyer

cant put this down,its the best ive read for a while.he seems to be getting a few mentions lately and i can see why.

a strong plot with great dialogue and some diverse characters.also south africa makes for a very interesting backdrop.

from now on his books are a must-have for me

Sep 17, 2012, 1:57pm Top

I agree about Deon Meyer. I just read Devil's Peak and Thirteen Hours both were great! This is a very good unknown author. I have been telling friends about his books because I am so impressed. I guess we will have to pass the word on LT otherwise people aren't going to know about him.

Sep 17, 2012, 5:26pm Top

I, for one, intend to try these. Thanks for the recommendations.

Edited: Sep 17, 2012, 7:28pm Top

Reading One Second After by William Forstchen, awesome.

Sep 18, 2012, 12:31am Top

>55 SaraHope:

Happy reading with the Kenzie/Gennaro series--it's terrific.

I've started a new series of my own with Murder in the Marais by Cara Black, which is quite intriguing so far.

Sep 18, 2012, 11:29am Top

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Sep 19, 2012, 6:12am Top

The Impossible Dead, by Ian Rankin.

Sep 19, 2012, 7:36am Top

Wall-to-wall Dead by Jennie Bentley

Sep 19, 2012, 7:47am Top

Crouching buzzard, leaping loon--the 4th Meg Langslow. On vacation some friends and I read Murder with peacocks on our way to the lake and had a great time with it.

Sep 19, 2012, 11:04am Top

Just recently finished reading Rebecca - this is one of my all-time favorites.
I'm taking Endless Night by A Christie and Curiosity Thrilled the Cat to the beach with me & hope to get some great reading in.

Sep 19, 2012, 2:23pm Top

Reading In Plain Sight by C.J. Box.

Sep 19, 2012, 2:41pm Top

I'm currently reading a historical mystery set in Arthurian Britain: The Beloved Dead by Tony Hays.

Sep 19, 2012, 10:57pm Top

I've finished and reviewed One for Sorrow, the first John the Eunuch mystery set in Constantinople in the reign of Justinian, over in my thread...post #218.


Sep 19, 2012, 11:19pm Top

This series sounds interesting. I will have to look into them and perhaps add to the unread collection.

Sep 19, 2012, 11:25pm Top

I'm intrigued enough to continue, but the flaws had best be ironed out and replaced by new and more interesting ones before book 3.

Sep 20, 2012, 7:12am Top

I just found One for Sorrow free on Amazon (for kindle). Will therefore give it a shot. I confess I adore Julian. If there's going to be ragging on him I'll hate it.

Sep 20, 2012, 10:20am Top

Sep 20, 2012, 11:58am Top

>80 majkia: It's set 200 years after Julian, so there's no mention of him. The world of Constantinople was officially and in the majority christian but the main character is a pagan, and a palace official. Makes it relatively interesting from the get-go.

What's not especially interesting is The Body in the Belfry, the first Faith Sibley Fairchild mystery...of NINETEEN! I might read #2, or I might not, but I sincerely and strenuously doubt I'll read all nineteen.

Sep 20, 2012, 2:28pm Top

Finished and hatcheted reviewed the terrible bad awful two-and-a-half star first mystery, The Body in the Belfry, in my thread...post #237.

Sep 20, 2012, 4:27pm Top

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I finished the second in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley. It is more of the same of precocious Flavia. These are pleasant to listen to while commuting, but I am having trouble figuring out why they are so popular. So I started book 3 in the series Red Herring Without Mustard.

Sep 21, 2012, 6:34am Top

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A Song for Nemesis

A pacy cocktail of heartbreak and romance, betrayal and valour, thrown together under a worldwide conspiracy to overthrow all governments and enslave the people of the world. Character-driven, soulful - with a storyline that dips into several countries, giving the thriller an international ambience.


Unable to come to terms with the shocking murder of his lover, Enrique Maqui abandons his work as a filmmaker and leaves London for war-torn El Salvador. Wounded while undertaking a covert assignment for the rebel forces, he meets Senica, a peasant whose courage over adversity inspires him to put his life in order. With an unfinished screenplay still sitting in London, and an impatient producer on his back, Enrique returns to the city that took his lover’s life. Here, he redrafts the script, which in essence threatens to lift the lid off a deception that runs to the core of civilization, a totalitarian nightmare devised by a power as brutal as it is invisible.

Before long, with Senica set to arrive in the UK on a doctored passport, Enrique finds himself terrorized by a gunman, whose client’s chilling ploy to first unnerve and then to eliminate the film director puts at risk the entire production. Betrayal, and a remarkable act of valour from an unlikely source ensue. For the gunman, to disappoint his anonymous and apparently wealthy client is not an option, as he receives his final instructions and swiftly closes in on his quarry...

Best wishes to all,
Len Harper

Sep 21, 2012, 3:50pm Top

I am reading A bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris, next up in mystery/thriller will be the The Snowman by Jo Nesbo.

Sep 22, 2012, 4:39am Top

Snapped up One for Sorrow thanks majkia. Based on your review richardderus I figured it was worth downloading for free.

#85 I love the Flavia Luce mysteries. I guess different books just appeal to different people.

Sep 22, 2012, 3:59pm Top

Those of you who picked up One for Sorrow for Kindle might also want to do a search on Amazon for Poisoned Pen Press - they offer many of their first in series (including Sorrow) for free, on a rotating basis. Too many to list here, but some I've picked up:

A Famine of Horses by Robert Carey
Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards
Mew for Murder by Clea Simon
Murder in Mykonos - Jeffrey Siger
Corridors of Death - Ruth Dudley Edwards
Still Life with Murder - P.B. Ryan

If you do the search, then sort by price, low to high, there are currently 28 offered for free.

Sep 23, 2012, 9:38pm Top

The Teaberry Strangler, after a long break from reading Tea Shop cozies. (Truthfully, I read them for the tea and foodie descriptions, not necessarily for the plot.)

Sep 23, 2012, 9:53pm Top

I'm queued up with Two for Joy in that series about John the Eunuch. I hope it goes good places!

But in the meantime, I've written my four-star review of Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her, about America's Sweetheart (before Emmylou Harris), over in my thread...post #182.

Sep 24, 2012, 12:08am Top

Just started Phantom by Jo Nesbo and Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry. It's my first Nesbo. Enjoying both so far.

Sep 24, 2012, 3:19am Top

Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson

Sep 24, 2012, 8:04am Top

My ER book from August The Art Forger which is pretty darn good so far. A couple typos I hope get corrected for the final, but the writing is solid and the characterization good. Funny though that the piece in question is supposed to be part of the Gardener art theft of 1990, but in reality isn't. Only drawings from Degas were stolen, not a painting apparently. I like the idea of it though.

Sep 24, 2012, 11:05am Top

The Art Forger was reviewed on NPR and I thought it sounded really interesting. Now I have another book to put on the TBR list.

I am started on IQ84. I know this isn't classed as a mystery, but it has to be a crime book. In the first 100 pages there is a murder, so like all Murakami books it has some mystery to it. I also have a good start on Red Herring Without Mustard.

Sep 24, 2012, 3:50pm Top

Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. I love Icelandic mysteries. This one is quite gory and the plot is not believable. But there are plenty of colorful characters and some well-described scenery. Includes a likeable protagonist who is a lawyer, not a detective. Two and a half stars.

Sep 24, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Sep 24, 2012, 11:10pm Top

Been rereading old Georgette Heyer mysteries A Blunt Instrument, Behold, Here's Poison, No Wind of Blame and at this moment Penhallow.

Sep 24, 2012, 11:31pm Top

I read Envious Casca a few weeks ago. It started fairly slowly, but the end was rather clever. I'd never read a Georgette Heyer mystery before.

Sep 25, 2012, 1:02am Top

I'm on the second Bryant & May mystery, The Water Room, by Christopher Fowler. I enjoyed the first one just a few weeks ago.

Sep 25, 2012, 12:58pm Top

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Finished A Wanted Man Not up to Lee Child's standards, I feel. Jack is a bad a-s and he needs to show that. In A Wanted Man , Jack only mildly rebukes a couple of creeps one time. By the way, I can not imagine in my wildest dreams Tom Cruise playing Reacher in the new movie to be released in December called Jack Reacher based on One Shot

Sep 25, 2012, 4:41pm Top

I am reading The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Sep 25, 2012, 4:42pm Top

I can't picture Tom Cruise in the role either. I'm not sure I want to see the movie.

Sep 25, 2012, 8:42pm Top

Today I finished Gideon's Day, by J.J. Marric, and tomorrow will start The Four False Weapons, by John Dickson Carr. And I'm hankering for a reread of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy after finally watching the miniseries with Alec Guinness.

Edited: Sep 26, 2012, 12:06am Top

>103 dyarington: & 105: I'm not wild about Tom Cruise as Reacher either, but there's enough about the film that looks interesting to me--a supporting cast headlined by Robert Duvall as well as Rosamund Pike, not to mention the presence of Werner Herzog; writing and direction by Christopher McQuarrie--that I will probably give it a look.

>106 rabbitprincess: How'd you like the Tinker, Tailor miniseries? I've enjoyed it many times through the years.

Sep 26, 2012, 3:27am Top

Reading Anne Perry's latest in the Inspector Monk series with A Sunless Sea.

Sep 26, 2012, 6:53am Top

Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer

Sep 26, 2012, 5:53pm Top

>107 Jestak:: It was great! Alec Guinness was perfect. And the book is even better with the miniseries fresh in my mind.

Sep 26, 2012, 7:45pm Top

I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy a year ago because the new movie version was just coming out. I had never seen the BBC series and so would have nothing with which to compare the movie version, but it came to town at a time when I couldn't get there so ended up not seeing the movie. I should Netflix the BBC series and by now I could get the movie version on Netflix as well. I could have a real TTSS marathon. I started reading Honorable Schoolboy but haven't progressed very far into it. I keep getting these characters mixed up with Len Deighton's Bernie Samson series, Berlin Game, Mexico Set, and London Match. If I kept reading HS for a longer period of time I know that things would straighten out, but I keep joining these group reads on LT that interfere with other books I want to read.

Sep 27, 2012, 10:17pm Top

Still reading Heyer finished Death in the Stocks and now am on Envious Casca.

Sep 28, 2012, 8:59pm Top

Meredy - Most of the books that I have read are either best read in sequence, or a reader can just flounder around when comments that touch on another book are made. I hate that, but it may seem unimportant to some.

And yes one can miss deaths, additions of new characters, and changes in storyline that place them out there wandering and confused. I hate to go back and try to catch up because a person already knows what has happened.

There are probably a few authors where this would work. Agatha Christie seems like a good example. Even if you are reading Poirot, not necessary to read them in sequence. Same with Miss Marple.

But for me not true of Bryant & May. I really like the entire series and having read it in sequence I know a lot would be lost. I have pulled a book out of sequence before and read it just to see if I liked the author. If I like the author, then I usually move on from there. I know that some people will go back no matter how many books preceded the one read, but although the overall storyline may be different, we kind of know what happens to characters so.......

Bryant and May are a bit preposterous. The characters are very unique and that is why I really like this series. Won't find these types of characters trotting through just every book you read!!

And being a senior citizen, I appreciate the story line that strongly notes the two main characters are brilliant because of the experience they have gained, and are far from worthless. They may have their detractors aplenty, but they always make them look like idiots when they solve the crimes.

Sep 28, 2012, 9:05pm Top

Bjace - She is easily one of the funniest authors I have ever read. Her imagination seems to be limitless as far as what can happen in a family setting and just how many unique characters a family can have. And also how many relatives can pop up here and there all the time.

I have read the entire series and they just seem to get more and more funny. Hope you think so to and enjoy.

Sep 28, 2012, 9:10pm Top

dyarington - Wow!! I did not know they had chosen Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher. This is a monumental mistake. Certainly they could have found someone who comes closer to being able to play the real character? They should have done a poll!!!

I cannot think of any movies he has made recently that I enjoyed. I did think that the first Mission Impossible was pretty good, but the sequels not so much.

The choice is a shame as there is little worse for a reader than enjoying a book and then being disappointed by the movie.

Sep 28, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Looking forward to reading this one. I have followed all of her work and think she is great!!!

Sep 28, 2012, 9:38pm Top

Murder at Vassar by Elizabeth Atwood Taylor.

Sep 29, 2012, 10:32pm Top

The Unkindest Cut by Gerald Hammond

Sep 30, 2012, 12:39am Top

Free Fire by C.J. Box

Sep 30, 2012, 8:34am Top

Between Summers Longing & Winters End by Leif G W Persson

Slightly dissapointed with this im afraid.I found the meandering plot didnt really grab my attention at times and had a slightly disjointed feel

Next up for me is my first Robert Harris novel Fatherland

Sep 30, 2012, 4:24pm Top

Spy novels by Anthony Price just finished Soldier No More and started Sion Crossing

Sep 30, 2012, 6:35pm Top

I've finally written a review of Head Wounds, a Long Island noir novel by Chris Knopf, that doesn't embarrass me. It's in my thread...post #204.I've finally written a review of Head Wounds, a Long Island noir novel by Chris Knopf, that doesn't embarrass me. It's in my thread...post #204.

Sep 30, 2012, 11:23pm Top

113: I like the old guys as principal characters too, and I am pretty much in sympathy with them, whether for outspoken opinionated crotchetiness or simple fear of climbing down a ladder. However, I didn't think as much of the second book as I did of the first. (Review)

Edited: Oct 1, 2012, 1:42pm Top

Posted the October thread here.

Oct 4, 2012, 1:31pm Top

I just started Foul Play at the Fair

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