December 2017-What are you reading?
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My library hold of The Long Goodbye came in too late for November's AlphaKIT but I am looking forward to rereading it anyway.
Reading Glass Houses the latest in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series. I recently finished reading the series from the beginning up to this point. Although I have enjoyed many of them so far I have found this entry disappointing. Maybe the last 100 pages will change my mind.
I have just finished reading Trunk Music by Michael Connelly. One of the best of the Bosch series IMHO.
I have finished another Nero Wolfe book, the 6th: Some Buried Caesar. It surprised me that Wolfe & Archie were again away from home. The banter between Archie & Lily Rowan, who makes her first appearance in this book, was wonderful to read!
>8 leslie.98: That's one of my favorite Nero Wolfe books! I recently listened to it again on audio. I love it especially as it's the introduction of Lily Rowan.
Visiting the 87th Precinct with an early installment: King's Ransom, by Ed McBain.
I am on a steady diet of thrillers and crime novels in the last few weeks - mainly steadily reading through a few authors and series.
So far in December: the 17th Spenser novel Stardust (at this point one either likes them or not - they are masculine and repetitive in some places if you read them too close to each other but I enjoy them and they have decent mysteries), the 79th Perry Mason (it just showed up in my library so I went out of order - I am at ~50 at the moment) The Case of the Careless Cupid, Sheldon's The Naked Face (the latest author I am reading/re-reading in order), Dan Brown's Angels & Demons(I do not think that I ever read this one before although I was sure I had) and Silva's The Marching Season (and I am done with his early ones - now back to his current series - it is kinda amusing how he connected the very first book with this very short series and from there the main series)
Off to reading a different genre book now but I will be back
When I finally got around to starting the Wolfe books from the start, I realized that Wolfe does get out of the house a lot actually. It was surprising...
I finished #26 in the Appleby series by Michael Innes, The Open House. Quite diverting.
I have finished a Christmas murder mystery called The Crime at Noah's Ark (though it isn't very festive, it does take place over Christmas). A very enjoyable Golden Age mystery by little-known author Molly Thynne. 4*
I finished reading Two Kinds of Truth, by Michael Connelly. This was the latest in the Harry Bosch series, and Mickey Haller also had a sizable and significant role in this one.
Connelly had Bosch on two separate investigations, or maybe three depending on how you count. He has balanced multiple investigation in the last couple of books I have read by him. This seemed a little awkward to me at times, and I wish more time had been devoted to the pill mill plot. But the most compelling story line related to the other story line anyway, so maybe it was for the best. I don't want to go into any more detail than that, because I know a few of you will probably be reading this book sometime in the near future.
Overall, it was a good entry in the series, and I was happy to see Haller again, since we haven't had a Lincoln Lawyer book in some time.
I finished P. D. James' The Mistletoe Murder and enjoyed all four stories.
Continuing the holiday theme, I've reading The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, a book that I had started last December and put down after the holidays. It's really a stellar collection. The next story is one by John D. MacDonald.
Finished one of the rare Erle Stanley Gardner books that is not part of a series: The Clue of the Forgotten Murder - written in 1934 and while he was looking for his style and it shows.
>21 leslie.98: I'll be reading that next one, "Crime's Christmas Carol", tonight. It's a great collection.
Just finished Midnight Line. Wonder what Jack Reacher will do when he can't find a pay phone. There are none in my area. Also read Midnight Line, Deep Freeze and End Game.
I decided to spend the day with a Kindle book that had been languishing for far too long -- Julie Smith's Jazz Funeral. Being in the frozen north, it was nice to vicariously visit the heat of New Orleans! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed her Skip Langdon character...
I read Dashing through the snow by Mary Higgins Clark for a holiday book.
Just started Deception on His Mind by Elizabeth George. Normally I like these, it's a decent series with enough crime, background and the ongoing lives of the cops to be interesting and different each time out, but this one is getting to me. It's got a lot to do with racism and the ugliness that goes along with it. Lots of hate, vitriol and violence. I may end up skimming a lot of that. I know it exists. I know it's a problem. I just don't want it in my head.
Raiding the stash of books I keep at my parents' place and reading A Suitable Lie, by Michael J. Malone.
I have been enjoying Envious Casca by Georgette Heyer entitled 'A Christmas Party' by my e book provider so that I had to hunt down the original title. It is a deliciously old-fashioned mystery set in the Christmas period. anyone who enjoys classic country house settings of the sort found in Agatha Christie stories may well enjoy this as much as I did.
I'm reading one of my Christmas presents. Murder under the Christmas tree. A short story collection.
Currently reading Bad Chili by Joe R. Lansdale. I am only about 50 pages in, and I have already laughed out loud a couple of times. I am finding that this series is reliably entertaining.
I enjoyed Not a Creature Was Stirring. I then listened to the audiobook of The Crooked Wreath by Christianna Brand -- it was okay but not as good as some of the other Cockerill mysteries.
And I finally finished The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries -- and it is a big book! Many different styles of mystery short stories by authors old & new. This was one of my Christmas gifts to myself last year (bought with an Amazon gift card) & I enjoyed it very much.
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