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August 2011 - What are we reading?

Crime, Thriller & Mystery

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Aug 2, 2011, 8:13pm Top

I can't see a thread for this anywhere yet. Apologies if I missed it.

I just started Tainted Blood (aka Jar City) this morning. Gripping so far.

Aug 2, 2011, 9:56pm Top

I just finished Learning to Swim, a debut novel by Sara J. Henry

Aug 2, 2011, 9:59pm Top

I am currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.

Aug 2, 2011, 11:36pm Top

I just finished Silent Enemy by Thomas W. Young which I won from LTER. A great book and my review is posted. Next book I am going to start is Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon.

Aug 3, 2011, 8:26am Top

I'm just finishing up Atlantis by David Gibbins.

Aug 3, 2011, 8:27am Top

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.

Edited: Aug 3, 2011, 8:11pm Top

I just finished Suspect, a debut novel by Michael Robotham. Terrific--the hero is a psychologist.

Aug 3, 2011, 10:35am Top

#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.

Aug 3, 2011, 11:00am Top

Thanks for starting us out, Wookie!

I got "Wicked Autumn" by G.M. Malliet (no touchstone) from a Goodreads giveaway. VERY cozy so far.

Aug 3, 2011, 11:16am Top

I'm in the first chapter of The Mysterious Mr. Quin.

Aug 3, 2011, 11:24am Top

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny. I thought I was getting all caught up, but the next book will be out in the fall.

The Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz. Hilarious! So fast to read about this disfunctional family of PIs.

Edited: Aug 3, 2011, 1:06pm Top

#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.

Aug 3, 2011, 1:25pm Top

I'm reading Kate Atkinson's Case Histories and listening to Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.

Aug 3, 2011, 1:27pm Top

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.

Aug 3, 2011, 1:39pm Top

# 10 mstrust, Ooh I loved The Mysterious Mr. Quin when I read it last year! Hope you're enjoying it too.

Aug 3, 2011, 1:46pm Top

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.

Aug 3, 2011, 3:27pm Top

>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.

Aug 3, 2011, 4:07pm Top

#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.

Aug 3, 2011, 7:56pm Top

I'm reading a bunch of Golden Age (and earlier) mysteries at the moment. I've recently finished Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth and The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman, both firsts in their respective series, and I'm now reading Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles (Anthony Berkeley).

Aug 3, 2011, 8:28pm Top

Just finished Joe Gores's Wolf Time. Before that it was Letter from Home, which we'll be discussing in my library group next week. I wasn't terribly impressed with it. Tonight I'm starting Our Man in Havana.

Aug 4, 2011, 12:18am Top

#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.

Aug 4, 2011, 12:43am Top

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.

Aug 4, 2011, 6:01am Top

Currently reading Death at Daisy's Folly by Robin Paige, as well as Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs.

Aug 4, 2011, 10:33am Top

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.

Aug 4, 2011, 11:22am Top

Reading Stalker by Faye Kellerman pretty good so far.

Aug 4, 2011, 12:13pm Top

Starting the last in Dan Wells trilogy, loved I am not a serial killer and Mr. Monster

I have also agreed to a read-a-thon of IT by Stephen King over 1000 pages, that is a first for me.

Aug 4, 2011, 12:38pm Top

Another The Mysterious Mr. Quin fan here. It's one of my top 5's for Dame Agatha.

Aug 4, 2011, 12:54pm Top

ted74ca just read Learning to Swim. How was it? I won that recently.

Aug 4, 2011, 1:09pm Top

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.

Aug 4, 2011, 2:50pm Top

Aug 4, 2011, 7:39pm Top

@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.

Aug 4, 2011, 8:12pm Top

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!

Aug 5, 2011, 9:29am Top

#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.

Aug 5, 2011, 11:47am Top

I just started Crime Seen by Victoria Laurie

Aug 6, 2011, 10:22am Top

Just finished Wired, an ER book. I will be writing a review of this stunning thriller. Also finished Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan, my new favorite author. And, today I hope to finish Dolan's first mystery Bad Things Happen. I love this series.

Aug 6, 2011, 11:51am Top

Finished ARC of Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon. It's long (549 pp) but I stayed engaged. The plot is intriguing and, as with Think of a Number, the domestic story for me is as much a reason to read the book as the mystery.

Aug 6, 2011, 12:10pm Top

# 17 "I'm glad Mr. Quin has so many fans."

Me too!

# 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!

Aug 6, 2011, 1:24pm Top

@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.

Aug 6, 2011, 5:45pm Top

I read and enjoyed Harlan Coben's Caught.

Aug 6, 2011, 6:27pm Top

#38 Read Wired. Anyway, it's nice to meet another Dolan fan.

Aug 6, 2011, 10:22pm Top

I'm another Dolan fan, I thought Bad Things Happen. was brilliant will read his newest this month for sure.

Aug 6, 2011, 10:56pm Top

Started Carole Berry's Letter of the law--the first Bonnie Indermill novel--and Joan Hess' Misery loves Maggody

Aug 6, 2011, 11:29pm Top

I just read The Snowman by Jo Nesbo. Took me a while to get into it, but I'll be looking for his earlier novels now.

Aug 6, 2011, 11:36pm Top

I am reading The Measby Murder Enquiry by Ann Purser. I am enjoying it quite a bit!!

Aug 7, 2011, 1:32am Top

Just finished a very disappointing Silent Enemy by Thomas W. Young, but I am thoroughly enjoying a reread of Fer de Lance by Rex Stout. It holds up remarkably well almost 80 years after it was initially published.

Aug 7, 2011, 7:42am Top

#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.

Aug 7, 2011, 8:41am Top

I finished the Little Sister and started the latest Pendergast novel Cold Vengeance which I'm pretty sure is part 2 of a 3-part story arc. Sure is gonna be a bummer waiting 2 years to find out what happens.

Aug 7, 2011, 12:41pm Top

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.

Aug 8, 2011, 1:23am Top

I'm almost done with Crossing Places. It's the first in a series and I'll be looking for the next one.

Aug 8, 2011, 10:39am Top

Going to reread Murder on the Links by Christie. Haven't read it in about 30 years so am interested to see if I still enjoy it.

Aug 8, 2011, 11:02am Top

#37 Porua - I think Cards on the Table is the one where Poirot uses bridge tallies to help solve the mystery. I love it.

#45 and #46 - agree on Rex Stout. I just re-read Champagne for One and it held up nicely.

Aug 8, 2011, 1:03pm Top

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.

Aug 8, 2011, 2:43pm Top

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 ;-)

Aug 8, 2011, 2:47pm Top

#7 - I am listening to Shatter by Michael Robotham - I just happened to pick it up at the library for something to listen to over the weekend on a long drive. I am enjoying it and glad to hear that the debut novel of this series was good.

Aug 8, 2011, 3:24pm Top

>52 SaraHope: Creepers was my first taste of David Morrell and I couldn't agree more. Very hard to put down. It made me pick up and read Scavenger which was also good and I have a couple more on my TBR pile.

Aug 8, 2011, 4:24pm Top

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.

Aug 8, 2011, 4:30pm Top

#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.

Edited: Aug 9, 2011, 6:42pm Top

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!

Aug 10, 2011, 8:46am Top

Started The Informationist, a debut by Taylor Stevens. Am interested to see where it will go.

Aug 10, 2011, 3:18pm Top

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).

Aug 10, 2011, 3:20pm Top

Reading Children of the Street by Kwei Quartey, the second in his Darko Dawson series set in Ghana.

Aug 10, 2011, 5:12pm Top

I just finished Wicked Autumn, the first book in a new series by G.M.Malliet, and I'm now reading Trophy Hunt by C.J. Box. I've read one of Box's stand-alones, but this is the first of the Joe Pickett books I've read. I like it quite a lot so far.

Aug 10, 2011, 5:38pm Top

I am loving my July ER book, The Burning.

Aug 11, 2011, 10:51am Top

About halfway through The Informationist, a debut international thriller by Taylor Stevens.

Aug 11, 2011, 4:11pm Top

I'm just staring A Glimpse of Evil by Victoria Laurie. I'm enjoying her Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye series.

Aug 12, 2011, 12:59pm Top

I'm halfway through The Halo Effect by M.J. Rose but not sure I'm really liking it all that much.

Aug 12, 2011, 2:24pm Top

67 - I read Halo Effect and wasn't sure how I felt about it at the end, didn't write a review, weird.

I picked up Sam Hayes Someone Else's Son I really enjoyed Tell Tale

Aug 12, 2011, 2:34pm Top

I just finished Iron House by John Hart. READ IT!

Aug 12, 2011, 2:37pm Top

Gave up on Midnight Angels. Just wasn't that good. Picked up Down River by John Hart next. Now that was a good book! Just started As The Crow Dies on my Kindle.

Aug 12, 2011, 4:14pm Top

Just started Rapscallion by James McGee.

Aug 12, 2011, 5:21pm Top

Halfway through Michael Harvey's latest Michael Kelly mystery set in Chicago, We All Fall Down.

Aug 12, 2011, 5:40pm Top

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.

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Aug 13, 2011, 2:59am Top

#28--a fairly good read, esp. for a first novel. I liked the main character.

Aug 13, 2011, 8:05am Top

Read Carole Berry's Letter of the law; fairly light but pleasant.

Edited: Aug 14, 2011, 3:16pm Top

#20 Read Joe Gores 's Dead Man years ago and loved it.

Aug 14, 2011, 11:10pm Top

Just finished Jonathan Hayes - Precious Blood now for his second book A Hard Death.

Aug 15, 2011, 8:20am Top

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.

Aug 15, 2011, 11:44am Top

I'm reading Frankly My Dear I'm Dead which is just OK

Aug 15, 2011, 2:42pm Top

Downloaded The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie to my phone and started reading it. I'm surprised by how easy the Kindle app is to use on my Android device. I'm also surprised that I don't mind reading on my itty bitty phone screen.

Aug 15, 2011, 4:10pm Top

I'm just finishing The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon. I'm always a few years behind!

Aug 15, 2011, 4:11pm Top

I just finished The Breaker by Minette Walters. A disappointment.

Aug 16, 2011, 10:49am Top

Finished a Goodreads First Read mystery, Wicked Autumn, which I reviewed in my thread...post #41.

Aug 16, 2011, 10:51pm Top

Picked up a copy of Busman's honeymoon at the library book sale and have been re-reading it.

Aug 17, 2011, 8:50am Top

Began Rory Clements' Martyr, a mystery set during the reign of Elizabeth I, featuring a hero who I believe is supposed to be Shakespeare's (the playwright's) brother.

Aug 17, 2011, 10:56am Top

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.

Aug 17, 2011, 12:12pm Top

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.

Aug 17, 2011, 10:19pm Top

#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. :)

Aug 18, 2011, 1:32am Top

Started C.J. Box's Open Season. Love it so far!

Aug 18, 2011, 9:22am Top

As I mentioned on another thread, coppers, I like that C.J. Box series. His In Plain Sight is the one I'm reading now.

Aug 18, 2011, 9:24am Top

I also enjoyed the 1st 2 Joe Pickett books and look forward to continuing the series.

Edited: Aug 18, 2011, 3:28pm Top

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.

Aug 18, 2011, 10:56am Top

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.

Aug 18, 2011, 7:48pm Top

Friend shared The Main Corpse ... it's been a while since I enjoyed a Goldy Bear.

Aug 21, 2011, 2:47pm Top

Thanks to an Anonymous Benefactor, I got to read A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny before it comes out. It's the latest Three Pines mystery, and it's a DOOZY!!

I reviewed it in my thread...post #95.

Aug 21, 2011, 4:26pm Top

Reading Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen about half through and enjoying it.

Aug 21, 2011, 8:45pm Top

Anyone else reveling in the return of Matt Scudder in A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block or the new character Spero Lucas in George Pelecanos's The Cut ?

Aug 21, 2011, 11:30pm Top

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.

Aug 22, 2011, 7:16am Top

#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.

Edited: Aug 22, 2011, 8:26am Top

Still Midnight by Denise Mina enjoying it so far.

Aug 22, 2011, 8:27am Top

The Likeness by Tana French

Aug 22, 2011, 8:45am Top

#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.)

Aug 22, 2011, 11:15am Top

Aug 22, 2011, 3:35pm Top

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! :)

Aug 22, 2011, 3:57pm Top

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.

107M.E. Anders
Aug 22, 2011, 4:19pm Top

I've just started reading Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross.

Aug 22, 2011, 4:23pm Top

Yes they can be hard to understand for someone who is not used to them. Likewise some "Americanisms" can be hard for non-Americans.

Edited: Aug 22, 2011, 4:27pm Top

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Aug 22, 2011, 5:09pm Top


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.

Edited: Aug 22, 2011, 5:27pm Top

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.

Aug 23, 2011, 11:22am Top

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.

Aug 23, 2011, 4:08pm Top

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.

Aug 23, 2011, 4:38pm Top

I just started The Blue Corn Murders by Nancy Pickard

Aug 23, 2011, 5:07pm Top

#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.

Edited: Aug 23, 2011, 6:44pm Top

Just about to open the latest Pendergast, Cold Vengeance Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Looking forward to it.

Aug 24, 2011, 2:50am Top

I'm halfways into Unnatural Causes by P. D. James.

Aug 24, 2011, 8:00am Top

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.

Aug 24, 2011, 9:14am Top

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.

Aug 24, 2011, 10:01am Top

IT by Stephen King I have never read a book over 600 pages, hope I love it. I have only read Tom Gordon one which I didn't enjoy.

Aug 24, 2011, 12:33pm Top

#120 marcejewels - I haven't read It yet - it's on my shelves, but I've read The Stand and Under the Dome, both huge. They were both wonderful. Good luck!

Aug 25, 2011, 11:28am Top

#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.

Kate :)

Aug 25, 2011, 12:00pm Top

Aug 25, 2011, 3:05pm Top

I've started The Widows of Broome, of the Bony series.

Aug 25, 2011, 7:18pm Top

114-115 ... Good call! The Eugenia Potter mysteries (the ones written by the original author) started my love affair with cozies.

Aug 25, 2011, 8:24pm Top

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.

Aug 26, 2011, 10:29am Top

demonkitty said "Picked up Down River by John Hart next. Now that was a good book! "

All his books are good. DOWN RIVER is one of his best, also KING OF LIES, also the one I just finished IRON HOUSE.

Aug 26, 2011, 10:35am Top

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?

Aug 26, 2011, 8:00pm Top

Currently reading 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs.

Edited: Aug 27, 2011, 6:43am Top

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?

Aug 27, 2011, 9:17am Top

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.

Aug 27, 2011, 9:35am Top

In Plain Sight by C.J. Box was another good one in the Joe Pickett series. I ordered the next two.

Aug 27, 2011, 10:48pm Top

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.

Aug 28, 2011, 10:18am Top

Finished 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs and started Thai Die by Monica Ferris.

Aug 28, 2011, 10:41am Top

#72 Just discovered Michael Harvey but decided to start from the beginning The Chicago Way (on my shelf but havent gotten to it yet.

#123 Just finished the other end of Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder series A Drop of the Hard Stuff. It did not disappoint and revisits Scudder's first year of sobriety.

Aug 28, 2011, 12:17pm Top

>jwrudn I think you'll enjoy the Michael Harvey series, and recognize a lot of the locations involved. He's dead-on, too, with Chicago-style politics.

Aug 29, 2011, 4:54am Top

Just finished The Reborn (Rhona MacLeod 7) by the excellent Lin Anderson - excellent and very creepy, and A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva - Gabriel Allon is a great character.

Aug 29, 2011, 9:23am Top

Finished Thai Die and started Blackwork by Monica Ferris. Typical cozy.

Aug 29, 2011, 10:40am Top

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.

Aug 29, 2011, 6:47pm Top

I have finally gotten around to reading Jo Nesbo. I'm starting with The Redbreast. There has been so much talk about Nesbo's books and so far, this one lives up to all the hype.

Aug 31, 2011, 5:13am Top

Finished Still Midnight and now reading Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich Good so far.

Aug 31, 2011, 1:43pm Top

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.

Aug 31, 2011, 5:01pm Top

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.

Aug 31, 2011, 5:20pm Top

>142 alans: I remember loving the 87th precinct series. I like how the characters grow and age through the series.

>143 SaraHope: It took me a while to get into The Case of the Missing Servant, but I ended up really enjoying it. I must remember to pick up the second one on the library.

Aug 31, 2011, 5:37pm Top

Free Fire by C.J. Box so far is another good one in the Joe Pickett series. I'm on a roll with these.

Aug 31, 2011, 10:20pm Top

>140 cacky: cacky: I haven't read The Leopard but I've read the others and really enjoyed them. I've also enjoyed Hakan Nesser's Van Veeteren mysteries. Have you read any of those

Sep 1, 2011, 6:56am Top

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.

Sep 1, 2011, 11:06am Top

Has someone started a new thread for September?

Sep 1, 2011, 7:38pm Top

Sep 1, 2011, 8:06pm Top

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

Sep 2, 2011, 9:41am Top

I am currently reading Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan which felt kind of familiar until I realized I had seen the film based on that novel.

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