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November 2011--What Are We Reading

Crime, Thriller & Mystery

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1Jestak
Nov 1, 2011, 12:47pm Top

I'll open the thread for the new month, having just posted by mistake in the October thread. :)

I've recently finished One Scream Away by Kate Brady and am now reading Storm Runners by T. Jefferson Parker

2luvabook
Nov 1, 2011, 2:28pm Top

Just finished fallen and still basking in the enjoyment of that book. Now starting The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

3fuzzi
Nov 1, 2011, 2:46pm Top

I just finished The Baker Street Letters and started the sequel, The Brothers of Baker Street last night.

4ThrillerFan
Nov 1, 2011, 4:38pm Top

I just finished Sleep in Heavenly Peace - 4 Stars

Starting up Mississippi Mud by Edward Humes

5raidergirl3
Nov 1, 2011, 6:43pm Top

Just started Twelve Drummers Drumming, a new series.

6Bjace
Nov 1, 2011, 7:16pm Top

7Porua
Nov 1, 2011, 11:49pm Top

Don't know if this fits in with the genre of mystery but it felt like one to me. My review for my Halloween read The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is here,

http://www.librarything.com/review/79578789

Or my 75 Books Challenge thread,

http://www.librarything.com/topic/120427

8maneekuhi
Nov 2, 2011, 9:22am Top

On my nightstand for November are: Ice Moon (Wagner), Lily of the Field (Lawton), The Long Firm (Arnott), Misterioso (Dahl),Ashes to Dust (a long female Swedish name), and Wyatt (Disher) and 3 spy novels.....

9sandyg210
Nov 2, 2011, 12:07pm Top

I just finished The Chocolate Castle Clue. It was an enjoyable cozy mystery.

10swsol
Nov 2, 2011, 2:05pm Top

Just started The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton. A Scottish series I haven't read before.

11lilkim714
Nov 2, 2011, 3:37pm Top

I am currently reading A Crimson Warning by Tasha Alexander

12fuzzi
Nov 2, 2011, 6:10pm Top

I finished The Brothers of Baker Street last night. It was an enjoyable read.

Not sure what I'll be starting tonight...

13caroline123
Nov 3, 2011, 12:15am Top

Reading Long Gone by Alafair Burke and enjoying it very much. It's her stand-alone thriller which got rave reviews this summer. I'm definitely going to look up her other series books.

14Sophie236
Nov 3, 2011, 5:32am Top

swsol, Aline Templeton is excellent - I recently discovered her and really like her stuff. Have just finished The Skeleton Man by Jim Kelly - brilliant characters, and a nice dose of wit and humour - and am halfway through Fathers and Sins by Jo Bannister, whose books are just excellent!

15tylerp
Nov 3, 2011, 11:34am Top

i have just started to read the 3rd book in the Alex Rider series called skeleton key byAnthony Horowitz

16tylerp
Edited: Nov 3, 2011, 11:35am Top

has anyone read the morgue and me?

17Grammath
Nov 3, 2011, 11:46am Top

Coming to the end of Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. Decent enough thriller, but Booker Prize material?? I don't think so.

18cal8769
Nov 3, 2011, 12:06pm Top

I'm almost done with Mama Does Time by Deborah Sharp and Borrowed Time byCJ Lyons.

19Bookmarque
Nov 3, 2011, 12:52pm Top

Re-reading The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. It's been more than 10 years since I last read it, probably closer to 20, so it's like all new. Le Carre's prose has such great rhythm that I read some of it aloud just to hear it.

20peajay
Nov 3, 2011, 3:59pm Top

I just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Good Lord, that was an excellent trilogy. It's been a while since I enjoyed a set of books quite that much.

I just switched to using iBooks instead of stanza as my ereader. Big improvement! I'm reading an urban fantasy right now, but next up is several mysteries, my true love genre. I'm going to start the Craig Johnson, Walt Longmire series set in Wyoming. I have book 1, Cold Dish downloaded and ready to begin. Also the next Jack Reacher is loaded and ready, Without Fail. Sue Grafton's U is also loaded and ready. I like a Stephen King now and then, so I have Under The Dome ready to go.

Cal8769 -- how did you like Mama Does Time? I have been wondering about that series and thinking about trying it out. It sounds a bit slap-stick.

21cushlareads
Nov 3, 2011, 4:07pm Top

I'm about to start The Bethlehem Murders by Matt Beynon Rees, and finished the 7th Inspector Brunetti mystery earlier this week.

#19 I must read that one - I loved Smiley's People and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but not the middle one in the series.

22bks1953
Nov 3, 2011, 7:01pm Top

The Eloquence of Blood by Judith Rock

23richardderus
Nov 4, 2011, 3:50am Top

I've finished and reviewed the latest Guido Guerrieri Italian mystery, Temporary Perfections, in my thread...post #29.

24cosmicdolphin
Nov 4, 2011, 5:23am Top

More August Derleth The Casebook of Solar Pons

25AndieG
Nov 4, 2011, 8:48am Top

I loved The Shadow of the Wind but was a bit disappointed with his next, The Angels Game.

26AndieG
Nov 4, 2011, 8:53am Top

#7 I loved The Shadow of the Wind but was a bit disappointed with his next, The Angels Game.

27dyarington
Edited: Nov 6, 2011, 12:18pm Top

I'm still reading Harlan Coben. He has a new one coming--Stay Close

28cal8769
Nov 4, 2011, 11:32am Top

#21 peajay- It is a bit slapstick, think of the Stephanie Plum series but I am enjoying it. It's a good mystery with a little undercurrent of romance. I have been finding myself laughing out loud which earns me confused looks from the DH. I hope it ends good. So far there are several candidates for the BAD GUY.

29Jestak
Edited: Nov 4, 2011, 12:47pm Top

I'm just starting 52 Pick-Up by Elmore Leonard

30tottman
Nov 4, 2011, 1:14pm Top

Just started Sanctus by Simon Toyne. Off to an interesting beginning. We'll see where it goes.

31mldavis2
Nov 4, 2011, 1:37pm Top

Starting Twenty Five Years Ago Today by Stacy Juba

32AndieG
Nov 5, 2011, 9:29am Top

33tjm568
Nov 5, 2011, 9:29am Top

#20 peajay- I am about half way through Cold Dish. I am enjoying it. Love the back and forth between Walt and Henry. Very glad someone recomended this one since there are more of the series out there.

34Samantha_kathy
Nov 6, 2011, 12:13pm Top

Right now I'm reading Term Limits by Vince Flynn. I've found a new favorite author!

35fuzzi
Nov 6, 2011, 2:24pm Top

I don't know if it counts as crime, thriller or mystery, but I started reading Zoo Station by David Downing last night.

So far I like it.

36richardderus
Nov 6, 2011, 6:55pm Top

Somehow I managed to forget to post my review of the third Guido Guerrieri Italian legal procedural, Reasonable Doubts. I've fixed that now, and the review's in my thread...post #112.

37mysterymax
Nov 6, 2011, 7:05pm Top

I'm almost finished (about 10 pages left to go) Murder Your Darlings by J. J. Murphy. Loved it. Dorothy Parker as her witty self. So glad I found this author.

38MPH.pune
Nov 6, 2011, 10:34pm Top

Murder of a Tourist in Mumbai……… This is how this book begins… Just read few chapters of the book “The Wrong Chase”…. Till now its very catchy … Want to read more of it…………….

39MPH.pune
Nov 6, 2011, 10:53pm Top

So many questions in the first chapter only............The Wrong Chase.... http://www.librarything.com/work/11909782/book/79680730

40AHS-Wolfy
Nov 7, 2011, 12:51am Top

Picked up the next (for me) in the Jack Taylor series by Ken Bruen, The Dramatist. I expect my wishlist to grow again with books mentioned throughout.

41Bookmarque
Nov 7, 2011, 8:39am Top

my August ER book finally showed up so I'm about 1/2 way through The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman. so far it's ok, but I don't know if the real "secret" will live up to the description. Most of them don't so I don't know why I should be surprised.

42bearmountainbooks
Nov 7, 2011, 9:26am Top

Ken Bruen writes some beautiful prose. His plots/stories are a bit dark for me; they will grab you by the heart and give you a thrashing!

43Samantha_kathy
Nov 7, 2011, 2:06pm Top

Finished (and loved!) Term Limits by Vince Flynn - a kind of prequel to his Mitch Rapp series, as a lot of the characters of Term Limits are in the Mitch Rapp books. I'm now almost finished with Transfer of Power, the first in the Mitch Rapp series. Love it just as much (if not more) than Term Limits.

After that, I'll take a small break from Vince Flynn and read The Last Kashmiri Rose, a detective set in early 1920s India.

44scottnicholson
Nov 7, 2011, 3:21pm Top

Just finished Heat by Ed McBain, good police procedural!

45AndieG
Nov 7, 2011, 7:44pm Top

Starting Faithful Place by Tana French. So far so good.

46Kwidhalm
Nov 7, 2011, 8:05pm Top

I just started reading Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson and I beginning to think that it falls into this category of books. Has anyone else ever read it?

47tjm568
Nov 8, 2011, 12:07pm Top

Just finished The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson and really liked it a lot. I have picked up the second in the series, but have to read a couple of short term loans first.

48SaraHope
Nov 8, 2011, 12:29pm Top

#46 I'm about 3/4 of the way through that one. It's definitely a mystery.

49avaland
Nov 8, 2011, 8:27pm Top

Since I was last here I read The Glass Devil by Swedish author Helene Tursten, which I thought was okay. I also read 1222 by Anne Holt, a terrific mystery and homage to Agatha Christie.

I'm now finishing up Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James, which at the age of 90, she calls an indulgence. It's very much a James crime novel: detailed, descriptive, and layered, involving some of our favorite Austen characters.

50Sophie236
Edited: Nov 9, 2011, 5:02am Top

Just finished Bleed For Me by Michael Robotham - I really enjoyed the previous books by him, especially The Night Ferry, but this one seemed way too over-plotted and chaotic - and if you're a dog-lover, there are some pages you may want to skip ...

(Grrr - touchstones playing up again!)

51Maura49
Nov 9, 2011, 6:04am Top

I have just joined the group and can see that my reading choices are going to be widened a lot.
I have just finished "Buried" by Mark Billingham from his "Tom Thorne" series. In the UK books following the police investigation of a crime are known as "police procedurals" and I love them. This is my first Billingham, a tough, gritty read.

52McCoog40
Nov 9, 2011, 12:32pm Top

I plan on re-reading Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, it's been too long since I've read it, even if it is not a traditional Crime/Thriller/Mystery.

After that I'll try to get my hands on some of the Myron Bolitar books by Harlan Coben or The Harry Bosch Series by Michael Connelly. I've read most of the books but I have some holes in the timeline.

53jnwelch
Nov 11, 2011, 4:45pm Top

>47 tjm568:@tjm568 I just started The Cold Dish and I'm liking it so far. Both DeltaQueen50 and mirrordrum have recommended this series to me.

54ted74ca
Nov 11, 2011, 6:55pm Top

I just finished Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs: ho-hum....

56quartzite
Nov 11, 2011, 10:02pm Top

Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz

57raidergirl3
Nov 11, 2011, 10:17pm Top

>56 quartzite: I loved that book! Hilarious and such a cool idea.

58DeltaQueen50
Nov 12, 2011, 12:02am Top

I am reading Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason, which has been sitting on my TBR shelf for far too long.

59raidergirl3
Nov 12, 2011, 7:11am Top

58> that's the book that started me reading all Indridason. Best first line in a book!

60MaryChase
Nov 12, 2011, 10:34pm Top

I'm re-reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. A mixture of genres, from mystery to sci fi to surrealism :) Blogged about it tonight:
http://nulla-mary.blogspot.com

I love this book, and it is even better the second time!

61Rashad51
Edited: Nov 13, 2011, 9:55am Top

Bookmarque: Would love to know what triggered that off because I just re-read The Honourable Schoolboy, a couple of months ago... :-) and that's definitely after 32 years.

And you are so right. With Le cArre, the sentences, the passages are just so beautiful in their flow that I sometimes savour them so, eyes running back a sentence or a paragraph - that I lose the thread of where I am - and you know what? it doesn't matter! The journey is so exhilarating.
Wonderful, wonderful writer.

cheers - and enjoy re-reading the next one .... and the one after that .... ;-))

oops - and I just read George Pelecanos' Shame the Devil and The Night Gardener in rapid succession.

(My real love affair for 2011 is with my Kindle. Total convert.)

62runner56
Nov 13, 2011, 10:35am Top

thought child 44 was an excellent read but the follow up The Secret Speech was pants!!

63msf59
Nov 13, 2011, 10:53am Top

I just started Priest. This is the 5th Jack Taylor book and this crime series by Bruen is terrific. If you have not tried this author, do yourself a favor!

64raidergirl3
Nov 13, 2011, 11:11am Top

>62 runner56: wait, is pants good or bad?

65Kwidhalm
Nov 13, 2011, 11:31am Top

Well, I finished Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson yesterday and I can honestly say that I really liked that book and I would recommend it to others. :)

Just started The Passage last night as so far I'm hooked!

66MaryChase
Nov 13, 2011, 2:25pm Top

67JFHilborne
Nov 13, 2011, 3:26pm Top

I just bought the new Stephen King novel, 11/22/63. It's huge. This will be a mammoth reading endeavor.

68bcollier
Nov 13, 2011, 3:57pm Top

need reviews for my Amazon novel. Willing to give out *PDF story for free in return for reviews. Please contact me at urban_suite@yahoo.com for copy of book, pdf version of Underneath the Palms of Rio by Brandon Collier. I would like a turn around time up to 2 weeks and a posted review on Amazon. Anything faster would be great!

69DeltaQueen50
Nov 13, 2011, 4:13pm Top

#59 - You are right, that is a first line to grab your interest.

#62 - I would also like to know, does pants mean good or bad?

70Bookmarque
Nov 13, 2011, 7:16pm Top

Rashad51, I don't know what made me take it off the shelf other than it was there and I do like espionage fiction a lot. And maybe because I hadn't read it in ages and it would be relatively fresh. And people wonder why I have so many books. LOL.

71Jestak
Nov 13, 2011, 8:46pm Top

I've finished the Elmore Leonard book and moved on to Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke

72songx
Edited: Nov 14, 2011, 12:45am Top

Just started reading The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich.

73Sophie236
Nov 14, 2011, 4:47am Top

Pants = bad.

74C4RO
Nov 14, 2011, 10:45am Top

Yep, runner56 is a Brit and "pants" definately = bad!

75AndieG
Nov 14, 2011, 12:17pm Top

76Pierced_Phoenix
Nov 14, 2011, 1:11pm Top

im reading The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

77rabbitprincess
Nov 14, 2011, 5:24pm Top

Working my way through The Way to Dusty Death, by Alistair MacLean, which is set in the world of Formula 1. Once I finish that, my next crime/mystery/thriller read will likely be The Eagle Has Landed.

78Sophie236
Nov 15, 2011, 5:09am Top

And talking of books which are complete and utter pants - I got The Slaughterhouse by Janie Bolitho from the library yesterday, and really I wish I hadn't! Wooden dialogue, cardboard characters, and a laughably bad and confused plot - shudder ...!

79cosmicdolphin
Nov 15, 2011, 8:05am Top

Just finished A Noble Killing by Barbara Nadel. A little weak at the start, but the writing eventually came to it's normal pace.

80jnwelch
Nov 15, 2011, 9:36am Top

The Cold Dish was a good start to a series featuring a Wyoming sheriff you root for.

81jldarden
Nov 15, 2011, 12:17pm Top

> #72 Love Cornell Woolrich! a master of noir.

82Bjace
Edited: Nov 16, 2011, 12:22pm Top

The Eagle has landed is a wonderful story and you will enjoy it. I just read Ruth Rendell's Harm done, which is one of her Inspector Wexford books. It's several stories with a general theme of domestic violence layered together and was average Rendell (which is pretty good.)

83DeltaQueen50
Nov 16, 2011, 12:24pm Top

>73 Sophie236: & 74 - Sophie & C4RO - Thanks for the info. Here's hoping your next books aren't "pants".

84BeckyJG
Nov 16, 2011, 11:45pm Top

My turn finally came up for A Trick of the Light, the new Louise Penny. As all of her work, it's wonderful.

85wookiebender
Nov 17, 2011, 12:42am Top

And there was I thinking that "pants" was going to mean "great". Fabulous bit of slang, will have to use it somewhere now...

Currently reading Karin Fossum's Don't Look Back and enjoying myself. (Although now I know the opening line of Silence in the Grave, I'm kicking myself for letting that one go back to the library unread! Will have to get it back asap.)

86marell
Edited: Nov 17, 2011, 11:09pm Top

Just finished Field Gray by (Philip Kerr), the 7th in the Bernie Gunther series.

87Sophie236
Nov 17, 2011, 8:40am Top

#83 - thankfully my next book was completely brilliant and non-pants-like - Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves. Very atmospheric, and a great cast of characters!

88jnwelch
Nov 17, 2011, 10:02am Top

I'm re-reading an old Spenser novel, Looking for Rachel Wallace.

89mstrust
Nov 17, 2011, 12:58pm Top

I'm on the first chapter of Peril at End House.

90quartzite
Edited: Nov 18, 2011, 9:08pm Top

No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie the latest. It's excellent, by the way.

91jnwelch
Nov 17, 2011, 5:10pm Top

Forgot to mention that I finished Murder in Mesopotamia, an okay Agatha Christie Poirot mystery. For me it had implausibilities that kept it from reaching the level of some of her others, and most of the characters seemed flat. I did enjoy the interplay between Nurse Leatheran and Poirot.

92cosmicdolphin
Nov 18, 2011, 8:28am Top

The West End Horror by Nicholas Meyer.

A Solid Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Although I hear the third book The Canary Trainer is not so good.

93groundedforlife
Nov 18, 2011, 6:34pm Top

About to begin Feast Day of Fools.

94Joybee
Nov 19, 2011, 6:31pm Top

I'm reading Lazybones the 3rdof the DI Tom Thorne series.

The book alternates between the past when a man kills his wife and tries to hang him self...and the events leading up to the murder suicide. And the present where DI Thorne investigates the brutal sodomy and murder of a convicted rapist who was just released from prison. so far a great buildup of suspense and I can't wait to see what happens.

95jnwelch
Nov 19, 2011, 8:09pm Top

Looking for Rachel Wallace was a fun re-read - the clash of macho detective vs. radical feminist client was interesting and the dialogue, as usual, was sharp. I'm going to re-read other Spensers. Next one is Small Vices.

96coppers
Nov 20, 2011, 2:42am Top

>87 Sophie236: Sophie236 - I loved the Shetland Island series! Glad to hear you are, too.

My current read is Susan Hill's The Shadows in the Street. Another great series!

97Meredy
Edited: Nov 20, 2011, 3:51am Top

Coming right up for me: Kate Atkinson's fourth Jackson Brodie novel, Started Early, Took My Dog. I enjoyed the first three enough to preorder this one, but I haven't got to it yet. I've been off on a digression with Arthur Phillips.

98Sophie236
Nov 21, 2011, 6:56am Top

#96 - ooo, hadn't come across that Susan Hill one! Off to add it to my BookMooch wishlist ...

99bookbroke
Nov 21, 2011, 1:30pm Top

Almost done with Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich What a hoot.

100Bookmarque
Edited: Nov 21, 2011, 2:23pm Top

am about 1/2 way through 11-22-63 which is Stephen King's latest. I hate him. He sets up something wonderful and precious then destroys it and makes us watch. I love him.

101raidergirl3
Nov 21, 2011, 4:41pm Top

>100 Bookmarque: where's the like comment button?

102wookiebender
Nov 21, 2011, 6:42pm Top

#100> LOL! I know that feeling, although I'm yet to read King. :)

I'm currently reading And Then There Was No One, the third Evadne Mount trilogy of Christie spoofs/parodies/homages. Terribly good fun, full of metatextual sillinesses.

103msf59
Edited: Nov 21, 2011, 6:54pm Top

Wookie- "although I'm yet to read King" WHAT??

104raidergirl3
Nov 21, 2011, 7:26pm Top

102,103> Yes, you better get on that Tania. Start with Different Seasons, and then we'll talk.

I totally read that as Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

105Kwidhalm
Nov 22, 2011, 7:40pm Top

Has anyone read the book Defending Jacob? I know that it isn't out yet but was on the September ER list.

106jmyers24
Nov 24, 2011, 10:35am Top

I finished Nesbo's The Leopard. It was rather long and complex but certainly interesting. Plenty of suspects to go around but Harry's future is not looking up. Harry's life-long friend, Øystein, was actually my favorite character (after Harry, of course). Definitely worth the price of admission.

107mysterymax
Nov 24, 2011, 10:49am Top

Just finished The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill. Quite enjoyed it and did not know for sure who the culprit was until page 329, which is pretty good for me. Was saddened by the death of one of the main characters as I was hoping to see more of him/her in future books. Such is life. Highly recommend.

108wookiebender
Nov 25, 2011, 12:15am Top

#103 & #104>Okay, okay, King is on the wishlist. (I was going to start with The Shining, but the library's copy is buried in the paperback stands at a different branch, and it all seems Too Much Effort...)

All the Evadne Mount books had Christie-esque titles: The Act of Roger Murgatroyd, A Mysterious Affair of Style, and And Then There Was No One. (A number of people who read the title did assume I was reading the Christie original there...) But the plots were different from the Christie originals.

The third was good fun, but my least favourite. Too much metatextual silliness, not enough homage. But an excellent end to a good trilogy.

And am now reading Snowdrops by A.D. Miller. It's not bad (I'm reading it fast which is always an indication of enjoyment), but the main character is a bit on the nose and the foreshadowing is over-the-top. It was shortlisted for the Booker, and was definitely out of its league there. But interesting descriptions of modern Russia.

109tottman
Nov 25, 2011, 2:08am Top

Just finished Sanctus which was excellent. Now I'm on to The Secret Crown.

110jonesli
Nov 25, 2011, 7:51am Top

I'm in the middle of two books at the moment:

Eight Million Ways to Die love that Matthew Scudder!

The Redeemer-I can't seem to get enough of this author right now.

#108 It's funny you mentioned The Shining my library is missing a few of its copies also. The database reads that the books are on the shelves but cannot be located.

111tjm568
Nov 25, 2011, 6:40pm Top

110- Really enjoyed the Scudder books. I think I liked him a little more when he was still drunk in the earlier books, and maybe flashbacks. He was a bit meaner in those and more prone to inflict damage first and ask questions later. Block has gotten into some steamier stuff lately that I haven't enjoyed as much as the Scudder books. Iliked some of the books about the hitman.

112mldavis2
Edited: Nov 27, 2011, 8:50am Top

#105 > I read Defending Jacob and enjoyed it. My review is not lengthy but I thought it was well written and gave an interesting and realistic contrast between the prosecution and defense positions and strategy as the main character had to shift his own focus from being a D.A. to defending his son. Landay is a lawyer and the book is somewhat in the mold of Grisham.

113Porua
Nov 29, 2011, 2:17am Top

# 91 jnwelch, I feel the same way about Murder in Mesopotamia.

114pollux
Nov 29, 2011, 9:07am Top

#109

I really enjoyed Sanctus as well.

115jnwelch
Nov 29, 2011, 9:18am Top

>113 Porua: Thanks, Porua. I don't have it happen often with one of hers. Too bad, because the Leatheran/Poirot partnership was promising.

116tjm568
Nov 29, 2011, 12:05pm Top

Finished The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, which I highly recommend. Great character in Flavia de Luce. Think Scout from To KIll a Mockingbird with a really nasty and vengeful temper. Am currently reading Death without Company, The second of the Walt Longmire books by Craig Johnson. The first was The Cold Dish. Very good.

117rabbitprincess
Nov 29, 2011, 5:20pm Top

Speaking of Poirot, I'm reading Elephants Can Remember. I did predict one element of the story but the overall mystery has yet to be resolved. It's all I can do to keep the book in my bag and save it for the bus!

Next up will be Murder in Retrospect, because the broad outlines of the plot get discussed by Poirot and his police buddies in the first half of Elephants, and I haven't read it yet.

118mikedraper
Nov 29, 2011, 9:25pm Top

I just read Burned: A Novel by Thomas Enger
The crime reporter in the story reminded me of Mikael Blomkvist of Steig Larsson's Millenium Trilogy.
Loved this book and fully recommend it 5 stars.

119Samantha_kathy
Nov 30, 2011, 1:32pm Top

Just finished The Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly and will now try to finish The Third Option by Vince Flynn today.

120ThrillerFan
Nov 30, 2011, 4:51pm Top

#119 - What did you think of The Third Option? I am a huge Flynn fan, and read all of his thus far except American Assassin.

I see you have The Lions of Lucerne on your TBR. It was good, but hard to say that it meets Flynn standards. I'll of course read his next few (an author's first isn't always the best one). You might also want to give The Camel Club a whirl. I've read the first 3 thus far. A lot of twists and turns like Flynn.

121Samantha_kathy
Dec 1, 2011, 7:11am Top

#120: I'm not entirely finished with The Third Option yet, I've got about 100 pages to go I think. I really liked the book, until Mitch 'came out of hiding' so to speak, then it was as if the pace slowed down and much of the tension was gone. Still a good book, but not as good as the first one. Hopefully the next one is back on the level the first one was.

The Lions of Lucerne is one that was recommended to me, and I have to say I am curious about how it will measure up. I've heard of The Camel Club before, but somehow never got the urge to pick it up.

122jnwelch
Dec 1, 2011, 10:46am Top

Small Vices, in which Spenser battles the Gray Man, among other things, was a good re-read. I've got another one of his to re-read now, Walking Shadow.

123coppers
Dec 2, 2011, 12:10am Top

I'm reading and enjoying And Then There Were None. It's about time I read a Cristie novel!

124AndieG
Dec 6, 2011, 9:28am Top

Reading Life Sentences by Laura Lippman It's okay but not the greatest so far at least.

125lenharper
Sep 21, 2012, 6:55am Top

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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.

A SONG FOR NEMESIS

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...

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Len Harper

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