August 2011 - What are we reading?
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I am currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.
I'm about a third of the way into the 4th Lynley/Havers mystery by Elizabeth George, A Suitable Vengeance. I'm loving this series.
I just finished Suspect, a debut novel by Michael Robotham. Terrific--the hero is a psychologist.
#6, Karenmarie, I have really liked most of the Inspector Lynley series, although I though Missing Joseph and Place of Hiding were duds. Right now I'm trying to get through Emperor of Ocean Park which I'm really enjoying although I think it's too long and complicated. My chief complaint is that I don't have enough time to read it.
Thanks for starting us out, Wookie!
I got "Wicked Autumn" by G.M. Malliet (no touchstone) from a Goodreads giveaway. VERY cozy so far.
#8 Bjace - every series has weaker books, IMO. So far not enough to put me off this series, though. Several people have said that the Tommy/Helen, Simon/Deborah soap operas put them off. I'm only on book 4, so we'll see...
#9 Hallo RD!
#10 I love all of Agatha Christie's detectives except for Tuppence and Tommy. The Mysterious Mr. Quin (I tried just writing Mr. Quin but it didn't even sound right!), Poirot, Miss Marple, Mr. Satterwaite... all good. Tuppence and Tommy - blech.
#11 - oh dear. Another Louise Penny. Not even the fall, but August 30th! I'll have to save my pennies - I won't be patient enough to wait to somehow acquire it through Bookmooch or at the Thrift Store, so new it must be.
Wired by Douglas E. Richards -- on my Kindle -- very good so far -- almost late for work this morning, because I was so engrossed in it.
# 10 mstrust, Ooh I loved The Mysterious Mr. Quin when I read it last year! Hope you're enjoying it too.
I've been on a Raymond Chandler kick lately; reading some shorter novellas and now am re-reading for the 10th time or somthing the Little Sister which is my favorite and just never gets old. I mean, how can you not love this? -
"I got my feet off the desk, stood up and looked out. There she was. And nobody ever looked less like Lady Macbeth. ... She was wearing a brown tailor-made and from a strap over her shoulder hung one of those awkward-looking square bags that make you think of a Sister of Mercy taking first aid to the wounded. On the smooth brown hair was a hat that had been taken from its mother too young."
Omg. just great stuff. I love this book.
>12 karenmarie: karenmarie Tommy and Tuppence are an acquired taste, I believe. In their first outing, The Secret Adversary, I didn't like Tuppence very much. I liked them a lot more in the next one, Partners In Crime.
>15 Porua: thanks, Porua. I'm glad Mr. Quin has so many fans.
Forgot to add that I'm also reading The Big Sleep.
#17 mstrust - I've read every other book by Dame Agatha, some quite a few times. I think I've only read one or two Tommy Tuppence. Every time I try one, I think "Ah, but I could be re-reading Cards on the Table, or The Mysterious Affair at Styles, or Curtain, or Nemesis, or ... etc. It's like eating at a restaurant you go to frequently - you usually find one thing you love then can't bring yourself to try anything else since you know you'll regret not getting your favorite.
#19, Lyzard, if you like the Francis Iles, you might look up Poisoned chocolates case by the same author. I read it several years ago and enjoyed it very much.
Thank you for the recommendation. I'm enjoying Malice Aforethought very much in a twisted sort of way (awful, awful people!), and may seek out more Iles in the future.
Violette Noziere by Sarah Maza
Violette Noziere was a young woman who poisoned her parents. Her father died; her mother lived. After she was apprehended (and perhaps before, though this is in dispute) she accused her father of incest. The story is fascinating in itself, but to Maza it is emblematic of interwar changes in Paris in social stratification, mores, art, fashion and politics and the rise of interest in noir, detective stories and fait divers. Excellent read as true crime and social history of 1930's Paris.
Another The Mysterious Mr. Quin fan here. It's one of my top 5's for Dame Agatha.
ted74ca just read Learning to Swim. How was it? I won that recently.
I'm reading one of my top-five favorite authors, John Hart. It's his latest book, Iron House. I've read all his others.
I'm also reading The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle, the head of the Humane Society of the United States.
I've never read two books at the same time before, and it's not easy for me. But I had already started Iron House when The Bond arrived in the mail. I started reading The Bond right away because I'm going to Wayne Pacelle's book event Saturday. But I couldn't stop reading Iron House because it had already sucked me in.
@6-- I love the Lynley series also. Be sure to read them in order and be prepared... What Came Before He Shot Her is probably the finest and most difficult to read of all of them.
I finished Tainted Blood/Jar City in record time, and I have to say it was an excellent read, one I found hard to put down. Usual quibbles about some awkward translating (or maybe European crime really does read awkwardly in the original language), but nothing I couldn't live with.
The library has the next in the series, but is on loan to someone else until the end of the month. Curses!
#31 debavp - cool! I don't mind difficult as long as fine goes along with. I'm very excited about this series. Can't believe I never got going on it earlier, but that's okay - it's something excellent for now.
# 17 "I'm glad Mr. Quin has so many fans."
# 18 karenmarie, Cards on the Table is on my multiple re-reads list. It never grows old no matter how many times I read it!
# 27 Yay, jnwelch! I always thought the Mr. Quin stories are not as popular as they should be. Glad you love them!
@35-- I read the Dolan for ER as well, but managed to get ahold of Bad Things Happen first. I agree, he's up there as a new favorite. Both were excellent reads.
@33--I didn't start reading the series until about five years ago and I think I read about 5 before I eased up so I wouldn't out run it:) One other suggestion is don't watch the series if it comes on TV, the casting is altogether different from the books and it really threw me as read further in the series. Don't get me wrong, the tv show was great, and they weren't the sames stories but Lybley and Havers as well as Helen and Deborah looked NOTHING like the characters were written.
I'm another Dolan fan, I thought Bad Things Happen. was brilliant will read his newest this month for sure.
#45, tottman, Rex Stout is always good. I find I can re-read his books again and again and enjoy them almost as much as the first time.
Started Midnight Angels by Lorenzo Carcaterra. About 60 pages in and it's ok but nothing to make me anxious to get back to it. May or may not finish it.
I'm almost done with Crossing Places. It's the first in a series and I'll be looking for the next one.
Last night sat down with the intention of reading a couple chapters of David Morrell's Creepers before going to bed . . . three hours and one finished book later finally went to sleep. I found it pleasingly creepy and suspenseful, and enjoyed it to the extent that I can forgive a little clumsy writing.
Someone recommended Creepers to me but it wasn't on Kindle, just checked and it is available now, great. Must be good if it had you stay up, or maybe you was to scared to sleep ;-)
I just picked up We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey, the fourth in his Chicago-based series, for a big discount at the going out of biz Borders. I'm looking forward to it; it resolves a major plot thread left dangling in the last one.
#53 Once I got to the middle, when it was scary but I didn't know how the story would resolve, I *was* too scared to sleep :-| That's why I had to get to the end, lol.
Just purchased: The Mammoth Book of: Best British Mysteries. Edited by: Maxim Jakubowski. A book of short stories by British Authors. Can't wait to get started!
Just finished The Inspector and Silence by Håkan Nesser. I enjoyed the book but felt the solution to the mystery was a bit rushed. Also, transitions from one scene to next were not smooth; they seemed jerky like I'd fallen through a trap door from one place to another. Not sure if this has to do with the writing itself or the translation. Van Veteren is funny though--I enjoy is observations on life. My favorite from this book is the idea of redeeming a white lie by conjuring up a retroactive truth (p. 14).
Reading Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey, the second in his Darko Dawson series set in Ghana.
I'm just staring A Glimpse of Evil by Victoria Laurie. I'm enjoying her Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye series.
I'm in the middle of The Edge of Ruin by Irene Fleming. It's a historical mystery set in the very early days of the film industry.
#28--a fairly good read, esp. for a first novel. I liked the main character.
Took another trip to the sticks, with pork chops and crowder peas on the way, in Much ado in Maggody I really love Joan Hess.
I'm just finishing The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon. I'm always a few years behind!
Picked up a copy of Busman's honeymoon at the library book sale and have been re-reading it.
Re #37 and #51, I have a small collection of bridge-related mysteries (Moody, Hartman, Granovetter, et al.). So far, Cards on the Table is the clear winner in making use of the game to solve the mystery. Most of the others have simply used bridge to get the suspects together. I have a few that I haven't found yet (Jim Priebe, Merry Borkowski, BJ Jones), but am always interested in hearing about new ones.
I'm four chapters into Bimbos of the Death Sun. It's fast and fun and I didn't realize that PCs were around back in the olden days of 1988.
#87 Jim, on my shortlist TBR I have a mystery called Murder At Bridge by Anne Austin, from 1931. I will let you know if it's as perfect for your quest as it sounds. :)
I also enjoyed the 1st 2 Joe Pickett books and look forward to continuing the series.
I'm reading Immortal in Death, the 3rd in the prolific Eve Dallas series by J.D. Robb. I'm having fun reading them in order AND collecting them at the thrift stores, on Bookmooch, and, unusually, a new one at the grocery store the other day.
I just finished Michael Innes' Death at the President's Lodging, which was an entertaining read with some rather humourous bits poking fun of the cloistered world of academia as it was back then.
Friend shared The Main Corpse ... it's been a while since I enjoyed a Goldy Bear.
I'm back listening to Dance of Death after a hiatus of a month when it got to be too tense for me and I found I couldn't take the suspense.
Yes, I do get rather immersed in my reading.
#98 I, too, loved the return of Matt Scudder. It was like getting reacqainted with a mature friend who has learned to handle life's misfortunes as best he can. Still waiting on my library to get The Cut.
#100. I agree with your reaction to the return of Matt, nicely stated. Lawrence Block said at one point he was not going to write any more novels. So I was afraid Matt was gone for good. I am a huge George Pelecanos fan though I have not enjoyed his more recent stuff quite as much as some of the earlier books which were a bit more "raw" (though this did not stop me rushing out to get The Cut). I think mystery/crime writers sometimes go awry by trying to be too "literary", e.g., Dennis Lehane, something Lawrence Block and Elmore Leonard have avoided.
#101. Recently read Denise Mina 's Garnet Hill trilogy (I had read one, but got the other two, and read them in order) and really enjoyed them. I like her flawed characters with personal problems and the scruffy working class settings (though I sometimes have to stop and think to understand some of the Scottish idioms.)
I started reading Still Missing on the airplane yesterday and blew through 200 pages before landing. I wanted to read more once I got home but it was already midnight. I can't wait to pick it up again and hopefully finish it! :)
re-reading The Mentor to see if it stays or gets Kicked to the Curb. I remember it being 1/2 way decent the first time around and so far it's not awful, so it might get to stay.
Yes they can be hard to understand for someone who is not used to them. Likewise some "Americanisms" can be hard for non-Americans.
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Try Catch by Sean J Quirk.
Reviews are coming in...
“I highly recommend reading this book , a good novel with plenty of thrills and action” - Shelfari
"5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping; Pacey, 19 Aug 2011
By Ryan Spencer - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Catch (Kindle Edition)
An absorbing and riveting read from early on, and maintains pace throughout.
Special Forces soldiers at their best!
Downloaded and read on an iPhone, had to keep charging the phone as I couldn't put it down!" - Amazon
It's not considered polite to come in with here with the sole purpose of promoting your own work (hence the flag). Go to the Hobnob with Authors group if you want to do that. Consider joining in with the intentions of the site and you'll receive a far better welcome.
I've flagged, too. No self-promotion, please.
I make it a point NOT to read authors who do this kind of thing, and I tell others about them as well. Risks of the game when you break the rules.
105 I hope you continue to enjoy Still Missing. I loved the first half but I'm sure i'm in the minority with not enjoying the middle to end.
I'm thirty pages from the end of The Dogs of Romewhich I imagine many have read her as I
believe it was an ER book a year ago. I actually won the second in the series and wanted to read this first to be familiar with the main character. I've really loved this book and I think it's incredibly accomplished for a first novel, but I do find some of the crimes a bit too neatly placed next to one another. Apart from that I recommend this very gritty story of too much crime in Rome. I'm too terrified to visit the place after reading this book.
#114, Sandyg210, I hope you enjoy the Eugenia Potter. I read the first four in the series and haven't gotten to that one yet. If you haven't read the Virginia Rich titles, they're definitely worth looking up.
On the downhill side of The Book of Spies by Gayle Lynds. Very good. First of her's I've read and will watch for more.
Started The Case of the Missing Servant, a mystery set in Delhi, India featuring hero Vish Puri, who runs the Most Private Investigators, Ltd. In this book Puri investigates the case of a local lawyer, whose servant Mary disappeared months ago. Now, in an apparent bid to ruin his reputation, the lawyer's enemies have accused him of doing away with Mary to cover up an affair, so he asks Puri to find her and clear his name. Charming so far.
#112. I did end up enjoying Still Missing but I heard that her other book isn't as good so I am going to hold off on that one for a while. Too many other great books to read.
114-115 ... Good call! The Eugenia Potter mysteries (the ones written by the original author) started my love affair with cozies.
Just read the 3 medieval mysteries by Mel Starr which are available on Kindle. First was pretty good, and they definitely improve through the series.
jwrudn said, "I think mystery/crime writers sometimes go awry by trying to be too "literary", e.g., Dennis Lehane . . ."
I think I don't agree because I love all Lehane's books. What does "too literary" mean?
techeditor -- King of Lies is on my list of wants but shied away from the other two only because of the description. I can't do torture or child/animal abuse or kidnappings in books. Guess that makes me a whuss but I can't help it -- ruins the book for me. Is Iron House very descriptive that way or does it just mention ugly in a general way?
Reading the amusing Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, although the notes to each other after each chapter are almost better than the story itself.
I'm also reading Heads You Lose; I just picked it up from the library today and only have a week to read it, as it is a "Most Wanted" title. I seriously doubt I will be able to finish it in a week, though. It's fun so far.
Read Malpractice in Maggody last week. Am beginning to collect mysteries for vacation. Will probably take two Sue Graftons (Q & R) and then something else.
Finished and absolutely loathed Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross. It is sort of a police procedural, although that aspect of the book is very marginal. The characters in the book are all dreadful and the narration reminded me of someone who doesn't stop talking. I should never have gone right to the end but I find it difficult to stop reading a book even if I hate it as much as this one.
Now i'm reading and loving Ed McBain's first 87th Precinct novel, Cop Hater. I read it for the first time a year ago and I love it even more today.
I'm hoping to read the books in the series as they were published.
Finished up The Case of the Missing Servant and didn't particularly care for it. The PI hero's ability to solve mysteries hinges on his ability to easily perform extralegal activities like bugging peoples' homes, etc. The Delhi setting adds nice flavor and is interesting, but I prefer mysteries and thrillers in which the hero is generally working within a set of moral and legal rules.
Then started Shut Your Eyes Tight, the second Dave Gurney novel by John Verdon. Verdon is good at creating intriguing, if not entirely plausible or likely crime scenarios, but I'm willing to forgive a lot in these books because they are well-written and clever.
I just started Trackers by Deon Meyer. I loved his Thorteen Hours last year. Both are set in South Africa and very modern and gritty.
146 jmyers24 I enjoyed The Redbreast and am looking forward to reading more Harry Hole books. I am disappointed that not all of them are available in the US. I will look for Hakan Nesser's books. thanks for the recommendation
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