Terri (tymfos) Reading Express #2018
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Hello! My name is Terri. Welcome to the Reading Express! I hope to journey far and wide in my reading adventures this year. I'll be noting the primary geographic setting (where there is one) of books that I read this year. "All Aboard!" for some great armchair travels!
This is where I display what I'm currently reading. My reading list at the end of last year and beginning of this year was a bit uncharacteristic. Snowed in up north, I went on a Florida reading binge, but am now moving on. I left Florida and headed to Iceland, Venice, Britain ... Wherever my reading takes me -- even places where a train can't take me!
Rock With Wings by Anne Hillerman audio & paper Southwestern US
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo e-book Oslo, Norway
Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management by Peggy Johnson
Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White AUDIO Florida
The Library Book published in support of the Reading Agency e-book Great Britain
BOOKS READ IN 2018
Books read in JANUARY
1. Shadow Men by Jonathon King e-book (1-1-2018) Florida Everglades
2. Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason (1-3-18) e-book Reykjavik, Iceland
3. Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon (1-6-18) e-book REREAD Venice, Italy
4. The Braque Connection by Estelle Ryan (1-11-17) e-book Strasbourg, France
5. Robicheaux by James Lee Burke (1-16-18) New Iberia, Louisiana
6. The Martian by Andy Weir (1-19-18) Mars
7. Death and Shadows by Paula Gosling (1-22-18) Great Lakes
8. Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams (1-27-18) e-book Atlanta, GA
9. Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie (1-27-18) AUDIO England
Books read in FEBRUARY
10. Underneath Every Stone by Paula Gosling (2-8-18) Great Lakes
11. Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs AUDIO(2-10-18) Charlotte, North Carolina
12. Bad Blood: A Lucy Black thriller by Brian McGilloway e-book (2-11-18) Northern Ireland
13. The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan Johnstown, PA (2-17-18)
14. Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio e-book (2-19-18) Sicily
15. Never Tease a Siamese by Edie Claire e-book Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2-24-18)
16. Cold is the Grave by Peter Robinson (2-26-18) Yorkshire, England
Books Read in MARCH
17. The Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman (3-9-18) Herefordshire, England
18. Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams (3-9-18) e-book Georgia, USA
19. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs AUDIO (3-13-18) Charlotte, NC; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Vermont
20. Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs AUDIO (3-15-18) Charlotte and other areas of North Carolina, USA
21. I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts (3-26-18) Philadelphia, PA, USA
22. A Killing Night by Jonathon King e-book (3-27-18) Southern Florida and Philadelphia, PA, USA
Books Read in APRIL
23. The Thirst by Jo Nesbo e book (4-1-18) Oslo, Norway
24. With Friends Like These by Gillian Roberts e book (4-3-18) Philadelphia, PA, USA
24a. Blood Underground by Dan Waddell e-book SHORT story (4-3-18) London, England
Books (all formats) acquired in 2018
1. A Manual for Writers of Research papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Eighth edition) by Kate L. Turabian
2. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management by Peggy Johnson (3rd edition, rented; will purchase 4th edition when published)
3. Blood Underground by Dan Waddell (Kindle Short)
I really need to make more of an effort to read books from my own shelves, instead of constantly falling for shiny new library books.
Books read from my own shelves (Real and virtual)
1. Death and Shadows by Paula Gosling
2. Underneath Every Stone by Paula Gosling
3. Cold is the Grave by Peter Robinson
4. The Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman
5. I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts
1. The Braque Connection by Estelle Ryan
2. Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams
3. Never Tease a Siamese by Edie Claire
My other modest goal is to catch up on some of the series I am reading. This goal sometimes conflicts with my goal to read what I already own.
Latest-in-series books read 2018 (series brought up to date)
1. Robicheaux by James Lee Burke (library book) Dave Robicheaux series
2. Underneath Every Stone by Paula Gosling (owned) Blackwater Bay series
3. Bad Blood: A Lucy Black Thriller by Brian McGilloway (library download)
4. Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams (e-book download) Keye Street series
5. Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs (library audio download) Temperence Brennan series
6. The Thirst by Jo Nesbo (library download) Harry Hole series
7. Blood Underground by Dan Waddell (new Kindle download SHORT story) Blood Detective series
One challenge for the year, though I probably won't re-read some of the ones that I've already read:
The Two Guidos Murder Mystery Thread
January - Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon completed reread
February - Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio completed reading
March - Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon read previously
April - A Walk In the Dark by Gianrico Carofiglio downloaded from library
May - Dressed for Death by Donna Leon (originally published as Anonymous Venetian in 1994)
June - Reasonable Doubts by Gianrico Carofiglio
July - Death and Judgement by Donna Leon (originally published A Venetian Reckoning in 1995)
August - Temporary Perfections by Gianrico Carofiglio
September - Acqua Alta by Donna Leon (also published as Death in High Water)
October - A Fine Line by Gianrico Carofiglio
November - Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon (also published as Death of Faith)
December - Silence of the Wave by Gianrico Carofiglio (this is not part of the Guerrieri series, but is classed as a thriller. We'll decide later if we want to read it or not as part of this challenge.)
OK, I think that's an adequate setup for my thread. I'm mostly going to resist the lure of challenges, other than the one detailed above, and to try to read 75 books this year. All aboard!
Well in my travels to Lori's thread, I've already been reminded of the book meme. I've got to try it with books I read last year.
Describe yourself: The Girl in the Green Raincoat
Describe how you feel: Gratitude
Describe where you currently live: In a Dark House
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Gilead
Your favorite form of transportation: The Western Star
Your best friend is: Spider Woman's Daughter
You and your friends are: Dead Right
What's the weather like: Arctic Chill
You fear: Ill Wind
What's the best advice you have to give?: Never Neck at Niagara
Thought for the day: Remember Me Like This
How I would like to die: When Breath Becomes Air
My soul's present condition: Hallelujah Anyway
>10 tymfos: Arctic Chill is certainly what the weather has been like here today. This morning I could have said I also lived In a Dark House. We had a power outage. It was also a cold house. When the power came back on, the heat ran for at least 30 minutes before cutting off. It usually runs less than a minute at a time.
Happy New Year, Terri!!
Not much snow here but we've had a frigid spell the likes of which I can scarcely remember.
Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.
Thank you, and happy new year to Barbara, Mamie, Kim, Mark, Stasia, and Joe
>22 thornton37814: Sorry to hear about the power outage, Lori. I'm glad it didn't last any longer than it did! With our temperatures hovering either side of zero Fahrenheit over the past week, it has indeed felt like Arctic Chill here. (The fact that the rest of my family was in Florida for a week didn't make me feel any warmer. I am glad to have them back home now!) We'll have a day in the mid-20's tomorrow (a heat wave!) but then we go sub-zero to single digits again.
Thanks for the visits and well-wishes, Jim, Linda, Linda, Paul, and Rachel!
I've set up the thread for the "Two Guidos" mystery read-along:
We'll be reading the Guido Brunetti series by Donna Leon, and Guido Guerrieri series by Gianrico Carofiglio. Both series are set in Italy. The schedule calls for one book per month, alternating authors.
The first book is Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon, #1 in the Inspector Brunetti series.
This read-along is an outgrowth of the Longmire/Leaphorn & Chee group that flourished for the past few years.
Book #1 Shadow Men by Jonathon King
Book #3, Max Freeman series
The grandson of a man who disappeared while working as a laborer during construction of the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades early in the 20th Century approaches Billy Manchester with letters discovered from his Grandfather suggesting foul play at the worksite so long ago. Billy asks Max to investigate. Pretty soon, he's being followed, and threats are being made.
I enjoyed this suspenseful book. I don't know how plausible the plot really was, but I know men died building the Tamiami Trail through the Everglades.
I did catch one definite historical inaccuracy -- King mentions men perishing in the 1935 Labor Day hurricane while building Flagler's railroad on the Florida Keys. I imagine men died building the railroad, but the railroad was already completed in 1935 -- those men who died during that hurricane were trying to build the highway for auto traffic through the Keys. (As I recall, the hurricane destroyed the railroad and early efforts at highway construction; what was left of the railroad eventually became the foundation of the Overseas Highway to Key West, and the railroad was not rebuilt.) I recommend the book Hemingway's Hurricane about the tragedy.
>29 tymfos: Great idea of this challenge. I've read lots of these books but starred the thread due to the Guerrieri books. I haven't read all of them and not in order.
Happy New Year, Terri. I wish you a year of fabulous reading. Good luck resisting shiny new books.
>30 tymfos: I was amazed by the highway when I visited the Keys. I can see how men died building it.
Love the book meme, Terri. I’ll be interested in your thoughts on the Doc Ford book.
Hi Terri. Shadow Men looks like a book I would like to read. It is now on the tbr pile.
>31 Ameise1: I've read a few of the Donna Leon books, but none of the other series.
>32 BLBera: Thanks!
>33 Familyhistorian: I found the highway amazing, too. Some of the original bridges have been replaced. Did you note the old Bahia Honda bridge, alongside the new one? There's a park where you can actually walk out on a small segment of the old bridge. As I understand it, the highway originally ran on the tip-top of that -- not down where the train tracks had been, because that was too narrow. That whole highway is a marvel. I saw a program about it on TV years ago -- Modern Marvels, maybe -- and it prompted both reading and visits to the keys.
>34 Copperskye: I haven't had much listening time since I started it, so it may be a while before I get comments posted.
>35 Whisper1: It wasn't excellent, Linda, but it was a little different, and suspenseful. I don't know if you'll enjoy it as much without the background from the first two books in the series, though.
Book #2 Hypothermia by ArnaldurIndridason e-book
I love this series with the morose Inspector Erlendur. This one was rather odd. For most of the book, he wasn't pursuing a current, active investigation. Rather, he was caught up in a morbid curiosity about why a woman had committed suicide, and working a pair of cold cases off-the-record. In the process, he was pondering mortality, eternity, coincidence, fate . . . and, as always, brooding about the loss of his brother in a blizzard many years ago.
I'm not sure if the actual "investigation" plot really worked for me, but I enjoyed the book nonetheless. As a character, Erlendur is reluctantly being pushed to grow as a person, both by circumstances and by his adult children, with whom he is finally building a tenuous relationship after years of estrangement.
>37 tymfos: I've read that one six years ago and liked it. Agrred, it's more a psychological one.
Happy New Year, Terri! Wishing you a wonderful ride on the Reading Express!
>38 Ameise1: Yes, definitely more a psychological story than a standard mystery/suspense tale.
>39 Carmenere: Hi, Lynda! Thanks!
>40 Crazymamie: Mamie, I read Hemingway's Hurricane years ago, and found it fascinating, and so sad. But I think it was pre-LT; I can't find a record of my thoughts at the time. My memory of it was enough to give it 4 stars.
Do try Jar City, which I also gave 4 stars, though the average rating is a bit lower. And give it some time to grow on you. The review I posted at the time:
At first, I wasn't sure I would like this. The writer's (or translator's) style seemed abrupt, odd. The dialogue felt strange. The Inspector's thought process seemed inscrutable. One early scene between Erlendur & his daughter really bugged me. But I became accustomed to the style, and grew to like it. I liked the character of Erlendur as he gradually came into focus in my mind, and his train of thought progressed and became easier to follow. I also loved how the author created some memorable minor characters -- some of them just blew me away. (Like the two quibbling elderly ladies in the third chapter, victims of a home invasion.) I also learned a bit about Iceland.
It feels like Iceland here, and every school and library in the county is closed due to snow and wind chills that are in the negative 20's Fahrenheit. So, as long as the power stays on, it's a day to catch up on laundry, housework, and reading. (And if the power goes out, we're icecubes!)
Terri, thanks for tracking that down and posting it for me.
Crossing my fingers that your power stays on!
You're welcome. I had gotten curious about what I'd written then, as it's been a while.
Thanks for the finger crossing! So far, we still have power, phone service, and (amazingly) a good internet connection! (The latter is often quite unreliable where we live.)
Found you Terri and dropped a star. I think I have the first book in the Indridason series on my Kindle. I may have to try it. Happy reading in 2018.
>37 tymfos: I haven't seen anyone discussing Indridason for some time. I know I tried Jar City very early in my LT days, because it was recommended highly by someone (probably avaland). I couldn't get it to work for me; maybe I gave up too soon.
>29 tymfos: Now that's JUST what I need...encouragement to get involved in MORE mystery series and challenges! I am sorely tempted, though.
Hi, Terri. Dropping a star.
I really think I'm going to have to join the 2 Guido's group read - I've had Donna Leon's series on my wishlist for some time, so it must be a sign!
>44 thornton37814: So many series, so little time, Lori!
>45 brenzi: Hello, Bonnie! So glad to see you here. Do give Indridason a try -- and a little time and patience at the start. I've really grown to like Inspector Erlendur, though (like most detective characters, especially in "Nordic Noir") he is flawed.
>46 laytonwoman3rd: I don't know, Linda; maybe you did give up too soon, or maybe Indridason just wasn't your cup of tea.
>47 rretzler: Hi, Robin! Welcome!
>46 laytonwoman3rd: >47 rretzler: Leon's series really is a good one. Right now, our group thread has a bit of background info that Benita gathered for the preliminary thread, which she put together on the 2017 group when we were planning this. I'm hoping as the month goes on and people have read Death at La Fenice, we'll have some good discussion of the book.
Initially I hadn't planned to reread the ones (first 4 in Leon's series) that I'd already read. But an Overdrive download was available of Death at La Fenice, as it had been years since I'd read that one. I decided to check it out and look it over to refresh my memory. I'd forgotten just how much I'd enjoyed it, so now I'm about a third of the way into a reread of it.
>48 tymfos: Love Overdrive! I just wish I didn't have to recommend so many books to my library. I have to say that they are pretty good about getting a lot of them, but some of the older Newberys and Hugos they don't have and don't seem to be getting.
Happy New Year, tymfos!
>Excellent train pic!
Just flying by to drop a star. Have a great day.
>49 rretzler: Robin, e-book collections are really expensive to maintain, and not all books are available through Overdrive under any circumstance.
Costs keep rising, while library funding remains stagnant or is cut. What's a library (or library system or district) to do?
In Pennsylvania, we're lucky to have the Access PA program which gives residents the right to get cards from many other Pennsylvania libraries if we have a card from our home library -- including getting access to their e-books. I love my cards from Carnegie Library Pittsburgh and Free Library of Philadelphia, as their Overdrive collections have a lot of materials our rural district can's afford.
Our local library has no control over what's in our Overdrive collection -- it's all tended by the District Library. (Which is a good thing, since our library lacks the funds and technical expertise to support such a collection on our own.)
I try to be careful and donate to all the libraries I use, not just the local one where I work.
>50 brodiew2: Thank you, Brodie! Trains are an interest of mine (my grandparents met working on the railroad) and I love to visit trains and train museums and take pictures.
Happy New Year to you, too!
Book #3 Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon e-book, reread
Book #1 Commissario Guido Brunetti series
I checked out this e-book just to refresh my memory, and it's so good, I wound up rereading it.
There is a death, of course, at La Fenice opera house, and Brunetti is called to investigate. The victim is a famous conductor found dead in his dressing room of cyanide poisoning between acts of a performance of La Traviata. The victim's work is loved and admired by the music world; people consider him a genius. However, the man, as a person. . . . was possibly an ex-Nazi; was definitely a virulent homophobe, who often made life unpleasant for LGBTQ musicians in his path; was willing to blackmail people; and was the kind of man who abused his power over women who sought roles in his projects (before the "me too" movement). So, do you think there are a few suspects? (In the end, it turns out he's even worse than all that!)
This book was written in the early 1990's, so since then, attitudes may have changed in Italy about some things, and awareness may have blossomed regarding others.
Anyway, I love Leon's writing. I like the character of Brunetti, and his wife, and the supporting cast, and even the minor characters. Leon brings them all deftly to life with little details which make them real. She also gives a good sense of Venice and its culture.
BTW, Sanibel Flats wound up not really appealing to me. I have "Pearl Ruled" it. I've checked out Deborah Crombie's Water Like a Stone. I love the Kincaid/James series.
Other reading: Robicheaux by James Lee Burke, the new installment in that series; and The Braque Connection by Estelle Ryan, #3 in the Genevieve Lenard series.
>52 tymfos: I didn't want to re-read it, so I chose the next one after the ones we are reading for the challenge which was available in the library's audiobook collection. I've read everything out of order in the series anyway so I figure it won't hurt to give it a listen and go back and catch up with the ones I didn't read or listen to as they come up. It will knock a lot of things off my Overdrive wish list over the year!
>51 tymfos: Terri, that's interesting to know.
I do know that when I am searching for a book on Overdrive and my library doesn't own it, it comes up with a suggestion, so I only recommend books that I already know are ebooks and available on Overdrive, just not owned by the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
I'm a big fan of the Carnegie Libraries. I grew up in Steubenville, OH and we had a branch that was fantastic.
>2 tymfos: I see that you are currently reading the Genevieve Lenard series and the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series. I'm a fan of both. I've been pleasantly surprise by the Genevieve Lenard series. For a book or two in the middle, I felt the series was getting a little stagnant, but she has managed to change things up a bit with the latest. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment.
That feature for suggesting titles for Overdrive seems to be available at some libraries and not others.
Overdrive has a new app called Libby. I haven't tried it yet. I need a new phone, and am waiting to try it when I get one -- no memory left on my ancient device. :( I like having e-books on my phone -- then I always have a book with me!
I started the Genevieve Lenard series when they offered the first book as a Kindle freebie, or maybe it was 99 cents. My son is on the autism specturm, so any story with a protagonist who is on the spectrum tends to catch my interest. The author has really been turning them out, sometimes two a year -- I am way behind.
>56 tymfos: I am able to suggest at my home library (or it might be for the statewide initiative); however, Knox County doesn't make the option available.
>52 tymfos: And the food. I always get hungry when I read Leon. I want Paola to cook for me.
>56 tymfos: I just downloaded Libby the other day, but I haven't really done anything with it yet. I also like having e-books on my phone. You never know when you're going to get stuck somewhere and
Hi Terri, I am still playing the catch-up game on LT. Thank you for setting up the Two Guidos group. I am partway through Death at La Fenice and am enjoying it very much. I’ve owned it for many years. I plan to read only that series as I don’t want to overcommit myself. I’m glad the group is staying together and growing.
>63 Donna828: Hi, Donna. Give Benita most of the credit for the Guido group. My main contribution was thinking of pairing the two Guidos. As for setting up the thread, when Benita asked me to get it set up for this year, I mostly just copied her work from the 2017 group planning thread (and added some book covers).
>64 laytonwoman3rd: Linda, that bothered me, too. But I love Burke's writing, just the way he can turn a phrase. And this book is so permeated with a sense of mortality. I think Burke is, what, in his eighties now? I don't know, there was something about this one.
Hi Terry--I really enjoyed the first Guido. Love that he is an ordinary guy, with a family. Six books done already--nice!
>66 Berly: Hi, Kim! I like the character of Guido a lot. I also like Leon's style of writing, with good descriptions, and some nice bits of humor. She has a way of making even minor characters come alive with little details.
Six books so far -- but Spring semester class starts tomorrow, so my pace will probably slow down now.
>65 tymfos: I'm glad you enjoyed Robicheaux, Terri. There's no doubt Burke's writing has always been stunning. I think I'll just let enough be enough for now, and maybe go back and re-read some of the earlier books in the series one day to get that old feeling back. Maybe In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead...that one was haunting.
Hi Terri! I'm also late making the rounds and having trouble catching up.
I love your opening graphic!
I have the exact same resolutions - read more off my shelves, acquire less, less challenges.
I've heard James Lee Burke speak, but I've never read any of his books. Guess I should remedy that.
>70 streamsong: Oooh....I would like to have had an opportunity to hear Burke speak. What did he talk about?
Book #7 Death and Shadows by Paula Gosling
Book #4 in Blackwater Bay series
Paula Gosling was born in Detroit, but became a permanent resident of England in the 1960's. My (used) copy of this book was a British publication (even marked "not for sale in US"). I don't know if this installment in the series was even released in a US edition. It was a story set in the US Great Lakes, told with an English accent -- British spelling and usage. The protagonist-du-jour was what we'd call a physical therapist here in the US, but the book used the term physio therapist.
These books have a continuing character in the Sheriff Matt Gabriel, but he always has "help" from amateurs and/or visiting law enforcement. Hence the "physio therapist" Laura, who comes to take her murdered friend's old job in order to play detective and find out why she was killed.
I started out liking this book. But the closer the book got to the end, the more foolish Laura became. Early on, she appeared to be a fairly astute judge of character, but that all went out the window as the book went along, and it wasn't clear why (at least not to me). It wasn't a total waste; I really liked Laura's cat. (Warning: the cat was attacked; however, she hadn't used up all nine lives yet.)
I'll probably read the next one to finish the series (since I already bought it). But I was a bit disappointed, as I really liked the previous books in the series.
>70 streamsong: Hi! Glad you like the photo. I think I took that at a railroad museum in Virginia. But I may be totally wrong. I used to have all my digital photos organized neatly into virtual albums, thoroughly labeled, but that software went obsolete. . .
If I had a nickel for every time I made those resolutions. . .
Wow, I'd like to hear Burke speak sometime.
>71 laytonwoman3rd: Ditto, Linda!
>72 tymfos: Isn't it sad when a series that usually leaves you satisfied disappoints? I think it would be a bit strange to read British terms and see British spellings in an "American" book.
>70 streamsong:, >73 tymfos: Just scrolling through and idly went back up top at the mention of the graphic in the opening post. It *could* be the Virginia Museum of Transportation here in Roanoke, and I definitely fell down a rabbit hole of pics of the VA Mu Trans for a few minutes trying to decide if it is or not. Lol
>74 thornton37814: It was odd, Lori! I've encountered this in other British editions, though.
>75 lycomayflower: I'm thinking it's another Virginia museum complex. The one you mentioned, I've been to and it was a bit more urban as I recall . Maybe C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge.
ETA to add No, that's a Norfolk Western engine, and the C&O center is more rural than the picture, I think. Maybe you're right, or maybe it wasn't even in Virginia. N&W is well represented in a lot of places, I think.
ETA again Ah, I googled the engine. N&W 475 is owned by the Strasburg RR in Lancaster County, PA. These days it carries the Strasburg labeling.
>62 tymfos: How are you liking Estelle Ryan's Genevieve Lenard series? I'm patiently waiting for the next one to be released.
>77 rretzler: I like them, but don't love them. I tend to usually avoid international conspiracy types of books. It's only the autism aspect of the books that appeal to me, and she's in a very different place on the autism spectrum than my son, so even that is difficult for me to relate to.
Book #8 Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams e-book Atlanta, GA
Book #2 Keye Street series
Keye's cousin Miki contacts her, shaken, claiming a stranger was in her house. Keye is sceptical -- Miki is a drama queen, and an active drug user with lots of emotional problems. Keye heads out on an investigation in rural Georga involving cremated remains that weren't remains at all, but cement and chicken seed in an urn.
Meanwhile, a thirteen-year-old boy is found dead. Another murder nearby is a real shocker, and raises questions -- are the crimes related?
This isn't what I'd call one of my favorite series, but the books keep me reading once I start them.
Book #9 Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie AUDIO England
#11 Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series
Duncan, Gemma, Kit, and Toby go to spend Christmas with Duncan's parents. But Duncan's sister Juliet discovers the body of an infant walled up in a barn she is renovating.
There is much family strife and drama, as Juliet and her husband are very much in conflict. Juliet's daughter is quite troubled, and seems to be dragging Kit toward trouble, too.
I like this series. This wasn't my favorite one in the series -- I found the family drama a bit much, and would have preferred a bit more focus on the mystery -- but I think it carried the character development forward.
Morning, Terri! Happy Sunday! You are reminding me that I need to get back to Gemma and Duncan - I love that series.
>80 tymfos: I looked at my rating of that one. I gave it 4.5 stars. It might be lower today, but either way, I probably liked dit better than you did.
>81 Crazymamie: Hi, Mamie! It is a very good series. Have a great week!
>82 thornton37814: Hi, Lori. I think I wasn't in the mood for all the teenage angst that was part of the story -- though it did turn out to be really vital to the plot. It definitely was a story that advanced the series' overall storyline and character development -- as well as introducing us to Duncan's family.
>83 Whisper1: Hi, Linda! I just want to warn you, the story gets a bit grisly in spots.
>51 tymfos: : Terri, I'm intrigued by your (too short) statement about your grandparents meeting working on the railroad. I've become interested in reading about Harvey Girls and Railroads in general. Can you tell us more about your family history?
Also - I appreciated your information about Overdrive and library funding. Currently, I have to keep five apps on my phone in order to utilize my library's electronic media resources - Overdrive, hoopla, RBDigital, CloudLibrary, and Freading. Is it for the sake of cost measures that they use so many?
Is it for the sake of cost measures that they use so many?
No, it's to make more resources available. Each platform has different items in its collection. RBDigital has things that Overdrive doesn't have, and Hoopla has things neither has. I'm not familiar with CloudLibrary and Freading.
Our District only has Overdrive. It used to also have OneClick (what is now RBDigital) but couldn't afford to maintain both platforms. I have access to Hoopla and RBDigital through Carnegie Library.
>85 countrylife: I don't know anything about Harvey Girls. My grandmother worked as a crossing guard for the Pennsylvania Railroad during WWI when men were in short supply to work on the homefront. My grandfather was a brakeman.
Thus, I have railroads in my blood!
I actually found a document which suggests that my great-grandmother worked for the railroad around that time, too!
>36 tymfos: I explored that part of Florida in the '70s and don't remember the highway in the Keys that well, Terri.
>72 tymfos: It's strange the different terminology between countries. We call them physiotherapists as well. I didn't know that people in the US call them physical therapists. British spelling also looks normal here but then we tend to be bilingual when it comes to spelling and terminology since we are exposed to both UK and US cultures.
Looks like you have been able to get a lot of reading in during your break. I hope you are able to continue squeezing in some fun reads during your course.
>90 Familyhistorian: Meg, I'm doing a regular 12-week course this semester, so it's not quite as intense. I'm getting some reading done for pleasure.
>91 laytonwoman3rd: Linda, I'm doing some web research on the trains at Strasburg. That one in your photo looks a little shorter than #475, but it's a somewhat different view and I really can't make out the wheel configuration. #475 has been operating at Strasburg since 1991, so it would have been there in 1996. #475 is a 4-8-0 and this one looks a little short to have 2 sets of leading wheels and 4 sets of driving wheels, but again that might just be the angle from which we're viewing it. Could be #89 -- that was before they did the makeover and moved her headlight and train number, and she's a 2-6-0, which would be a bit shorter.
I remember buying this book the first time I went to Strasburg, and giving it to my dad:
The Road to Paradise: the story of the rebirth of the Strasburg Rail Road by William M. Moedinger
I love trains!
>92 tymfos: I looked at the other engines at Strasburg, and none of them looked quite right either. (I also thought the one in my picture looked shorter, but that it could be foreshortening because of the angle. Not possible to count the wheels either.) I didn't realize there had been a makeover of 89.
>92 tymfos: Did you take more than one course last semester or was the course especially intense? I hope the rest of the courses in the program allow you more breathing room, Terri.
>94 Familyhistorian: Over the summer and fall, I took 4 back-to-back half-term intensive courses, 2 Summer, 2 Fall. This semester, 1 full-term course. Feels like a better pace.
>93 laytonwoman3rd: I read that they did a restoration in 2003, I think it was, and the photos show that before the makeover, the headlight was much like in your photo.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, I've posted my annual Spring Training reads thread at: https://www.librarything.com/topic/286280
Hope you'll join me. Last year, my Spring Training output was pretty disappointing. Hopefully, 2018 will be better.
>95 tymfos: Four back-to-back intensive courses, no wonder you feel like you have more breathing space, Terri.
>99 Familyhistorian: It's a much more sane pace; especially having to do Annual Report this month, I'm glad to have a slower pace at school.
Book #10 Underneath Every Stone by Paula Gosling
(Book #5 in Blackwater Bay series
Someone has killed Mooney the mail carrier. Who? Why? The main suspect is a bit too obvious. Then there's another murder, and the first suspect has the best alibi -- in jail. But Matt Gabriel is a suspect -- he had motive, means, and opportunity -- and removes himself from the investigation, leaving his bumbling deputy to try and get at the truth. The townsfolk try to help. Thus this is definitely more cozy than police procedural!
This is the last in the series. Some of the dialogue was a little silly, but it was OK. Better than book 4, but not as good a the first 3 installments.
Book #11 Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs AUDIO
Tempe Brennan series
Tempe deals with the hit-and-run death of a young woman, and the court martial of a Marine.
This is a good story, but suffers (as happens too often with Reichs) from totally improbable coincidence in terms of
I scored a real prize from Overdrive for Black History Month. I borrowed and downloaded Alex Haley's Roots, narrated by Avery Brooks! This edition comes with a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson; Dyson acknowledges that later scholarship showed that Haley was wrong about some things, but asserts the groundbreaking impact the book had on society.
Book #12 Bad Blood: A Lucy Black Thriller by Brian McGilloway
Book #4, DS Lucy Black series)
This is a book that deals with hate criemes. Crimes against immigrants. Crimes against gay men. Set during the week of the Brexit vote, Lucy deals with a Roma family that is being hounded out of its neighborhood, and the killing of a young gay man. Tensions escalate, fanned by a new right-wing group and by a pastor who seems to think that "Love your neighbor as yourself" doesn't apply to people who are different from oneself.
This is also a book about neighborhood power struggles, apart from the controversial issues of the day.
I don't like this Lucy Black series quite as much as McGilloway's Ben Devlin series. I just haven't warmed to Lucy as a character all that much. And I don't particularly agree with the branding as "A Lucy Black Thriller." They really are police procedurals, and I don't find them full of edge-of-your-seat thrills. They do tend to tackle some thought-provoking issues, so I like that about them.
>80 tymfos: I love that series. You're right, that book wasn't necessarily one of the best - but the character development is what I think keeps me coming back. It's interesting to see how Duncan and Gemma have changed throughout the series.
Hi, Terri. Just checking in. I see you making your way through the books. Yah! I hope everything is going well.
>104 rretzler: >105 msf59: Thanks!
Book #13 The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan (2-16-18) Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA; and Los Angeles, California, USA
At age 18, adoptee Lee receives limited information about her genetic history -- and is allowed to see a photo that was left in her file. A notation on the back indicates that one of the women in the photo is Clara Barton -- the other woman looks a lot like Lee. Lee's research, trying to find some scrap of her roots, leads her to information about the Johnstown Flood of 1889.
A second story line deals with Elizabeth in 1889, daughter of a physician to Pittsburgh's moneyed elite, who has a cottage/infirmary for the summer at the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where their beautiful lake is held back by a dam high above Johnstown. . .
A work of historical fiction which brings to life a terrible 19th-century disaster, and also explores issues of class distinctions.
Book #14 Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio e-book Bari, Sicily
Guido Guerrieri #1
This is the first book in this series about Sicilian lawyer Guido Guerrieri, which we're reading in our "Two Guidos" thread. I can't say I was terribly impressed. Guido is having something that looks like a mid-life crisis as his marriage ends. He is drawn into the case of an immigrant accused of the brutal murder of a young boy. I've never been much for legal dramas, so that may account for some of my lack of enthusiasm. It did seem to get better as the story progressed, and it was interesting seeing the Italian legal system.
Book #15 Never Tease a Siamese by Edie Claire e-book Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
This is book 5 in Edie Claire's series about Leigh Koslow. I like Lee as a character, and I love all the cats in her books. Lee is the daughter of a veterinarian. She has a real nose for trouble. The owner of many Siamese cats is missing and presumed dead after a plane crash. Her will is read, and has unusual terms. Threats are made against Dr. Koslow's clinic, and Lee believes they are related to the terms of the will, and to the attempted theft of one of the woman's cats from the clinic. Of course, she insists on investigating, despite the entreaties of her cousin who is a detective.
I like this series for a light read now and then -- and love the Western Pennsylvania setting -- but the plot of this one was a little too convoluted for my taste.
I seem to have come down with a winter cold -- it's not the dreadful flu that's going around, because I don't have a fever. I just feel lousy and have a stuffy nose. It was a good escuse to lie low and read most of the day.
I have been enjoying the Olympics, especially the figure skating, hockey, and curling. I've become a real fan of curling, which I had never watched until a few years ago when NBCSN started showing some matches and my husband started watching them and explained the sport to me. He had been a curling fan in his youth, having lived up north near the Canadian border.
Get well soon, Terri. I finally caught up here. You did some good reading. Happy Sunday.
>106 tymfos: That sounds like a good one, and it reminds me I've been meaning to read David McCullough's non-fiction account of the Johnstown flood for ages. I think I'll bring it upstairs and make it a priority. I hope you shake that cold quickly.
>109 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. Have a great week!
>110 laytonwoman3rd: Hi, Linda! McCullough's book The Johnstown Flood is excellent! Do read it!
>111 thornton37814: Hi, Lori! That series is full of cats, and other assorted critters -- but especially cats!
Speaking of cats . . .
. . .I think I'll get a different glass . . .
>112 tymfos: Too funny, Terri! Our Mischief also loves milk, and she knows when you are getting it out of the refrigerator - she will watch you pour it and start licking her lips, then follow you wherever you go and wait until the milk is all gone, all the while staring at it longingly.
>112 tymfos: Ahhh - I won't give mine much milk since it is bad for them, but I generally don't drink milk either.
Hi, Mamie & Lori!
I don’t give milk to Sig, but he was determined to have mine! Even the little bit he drank while I snapped the photo was enough to bother his tummy.
>115 tymfos: Usually when they get it, it's the bottom of the cereal bowl after I've sipped most of the excess out. They don't always drink it even then.
I used to buy a product called Cat-Sip, I think it was. It was basically lactose-free milk made for cats. I'd open the box, and Sig would have a small bowl at room temperature, then the rest would go to waste once it got refrigerated. Funny, my glass of milk was cold, and he went at it quite happily until I grabbed it away.
The fact that he threw up all over the dining room floor after his milk adventure the other night didn't stop him from going after my milk glass tonight, but I was more prepared for him.
He really likes to watch hockey up-close and personal. Sometimes he gets carried away and wants to go after the puck . . .
He rarely watches any other sport -- or really much other TV -- only hockey. I think it's because there is so much rapid movement that attracts his eye.
He did love the Yule Log TV segment at Christmas with the orange tabby and the kittens. Oh, my! And the Kitten Bowl at Super Bowl time. But only in the past six months or so -- he never seemed to notice TV when he was younger.
Book #16 Cold is the Grave by Peter Robinson (2-28-18) Yorkshire, England
Inspector Alan Banks series.
I love this series. This time around, Alan's nemesis supervisor calls upon him to work unofficially off-the-clock to find his missing daughter, whose nude image the family stumbled upon on the Internet. A bit later, Banks deals with the death of a small-time hood . . . a killing which turns out to be not just an isolated incident.
There is a lot of development of the ongoing storylines in this one. And at least one multi-story arc comes to a rather tragic end.
Those are great photos of Sig, Terri. You got me with a BB for The Woman in the Photo and my library has it. You also reminded me that I should get back to the Inspector Banks series. I hope that your cold has run its course and you are feeling better.
Hi, Terri. I particularly love that photo of Sig the hockey cat. I can see all the motion on the ice being a draw.
>118 tymfos: I love that Sig only watches hockey! That photo is adorable.
Hoping that your Friday is full of fabulous!
>119 tymfos: I'm not as far along in the series as you are. I'm sure I'll listen to or read a couple more installments this year though.
>112 tymfos: My daughter's cat would have had her paw in it...she likes to dip and lick.
>120 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg! The cold ran its course, and I'm feeling pretty much OK.
>121 jnwelch: Joe, it's so funny to watch his head move back and forth, watching the action.
>122 Crazymamie: Mamie, I hope you're having a magnificent week!
>123 thornton37814: I do enjoy that series, Lori.
>124 laytonwoman3rd: Oh, that's funny, Linda! Sig doesn't do that.
Book #17 The Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman Herefordshire, England, on the Welsh border
#6 Merrily Watson series.
This installment in the Merrily Watson series about an Anglican priest involved in Deliverance Ministry (battling the superenatural) was a lot better than the previous one, IMO. It involves a legend which may have influenced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story Hound of the Baskervilles. Merrily's daughter Jane is working at a hotel where the owner is trying to gain tourist business by exploiting the possible link. But there may really be a family curse involved.
Book #18 Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams e-book Atlanta and rural areas of Georgia, USA
#3 Keye Street Series
FBI-profiler-turned-PI Keye Street is is invited by a rural county sherrif to consult in a possible serial killer case involving young girls kidnapped, tortured, and killed. It's rather grisly subject matter, but a compelling and suspenseful read. I'm really starting to like Keye as a character.
Book #19 Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs AUDIO
This was a really good, though rather grisly, installment in the series. (Well, with this kind of forensic mystery, they're usually grisly.) Crimes in Charlotte are believed to be linked to crimes Tempe and Ryan investigated in Quebec years ago, where the killer got away and is still wanted. They involve abductions and killings of teenage girls. Part of the challenge is developing evidence to back up the gut feeling that the crimes are linked. And, to start off, Tempe must find Ryan, who has disappeared.
It was very hard to stop listening when I needed to do different things. One of those where you sit in the car in the cold garage after the engine is off and wait to go into the house at least until the chapter is done . . .
And now, while the case was pretty well wrapped up, a wrinkle in Tempe's personal life has me immediately downloading the next book in the series. Ah . . .
Roots by Alex Haley
I got halfway through the audio I downloaded of this and realized I'd gotten an abridged edition. (That's rare for Overdrive.) The loan ran out, I found an unabridged audio edition on Hoopla (also narrated by the wonderful Avery Brooks), but was left with a decision. Do I go on from this point in the story with the unabridged edition, or go back and listen to it from the beginning to hear the entire unabridged version?
The purist in me feels I want to hear the whole thing. But I just didn't feel like listening to the first part of the book over again, albeit in more complete form, at this time. So I've decided to supend reading it and maybe go back and start over in six months or a year or whenever.
>128 tymfos: I read the book back when it was first published, and recall really liking it.
>128 tymfos: I read it in the 1970s as well. It was really groundbreaking for the time. I really should go back and read it again as I have a copy on my shelves.
Hi, Fuzzi, Lori, and Meg!
I really like Roots, too. I was totally bummed when I realized that the audio version I had was abridged. I'll start over fresh and read or listen to it in unabridged form. But it's too soon for a do-over of the first half of the book.
I'm off work today, as I'll be working Saturday instead. I'm just sort of hanging out, doing housework, catching up email, making chicken soup, and reading a bit.
I finished another audio book this morning. I went through this one quickly -- it wasn't long and I got caught up in it while I did housework last night -- stayed up late listening.
Book #20 Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs AUDIO (3-15-18)
I got really caught up in this story of missing persons, Web sleuthing, and scattered remains near a mountain famous for the appearance of "ghost lights." It begins with a visit to Temperance Brennan by a web sleuth who believes she knows the identity of partial remains that are in the custody of the Medical Examiner's office; the amateur sleuth has a recording that she found near the place where the bones were found. Tempe is skeptical, but can't shake how the recording chilled her; she begins investigating. About 3/4 of the way through or so, the plot took a turn I didn't like, so in the end I only gave it 3 stars. But we learn a lot about web sleuthing, and there was an interesting development in the overall series story arc at the very end.
>132 tymfos: I prefer unabridged works, too. I read Anna and the King of Siam in the last year or so, and was SO disappointed when I later realized it was an abridged version. It didn't read like it had been edited...maybe it was one of those tomes that goes on and on and on...and they felt it needed some editing.
>134 fuzzi: The abridged edition of Roots I listened to didn't feel edited. But it was only half as long as the unedited version (even then it was quite long). I picked up listening to the unabridged version at a point in the story about a chapter or so before where I left off in the abridged, and could see how much had been left out -- not crucial to the storyline, but interesting stuff that showed a lot about the characters and their relationships.
I went exploring on Amazon to see if there were any installments in series that I've followed which I'd missed -- my library work and FictFact keep me pretty well informed on major series, but there are a few less popular series where I found newly released or soon-to-be-released installments.
I was amazed to find a new Kindle short, released last fall, in Dan Waddell's "Blood Detective" series, featuring genealogist Nigel Barnes. And he has a new full-length Kindle novel due out near the end of April. I had really, really liked the first book in that series; the second was a dud, IMO, though others rated it more highly. Anyway, since I had an Amazon gift card, I was willing to download the single for 99 cents. If it's decent, I'm willing to try the next novel.
The other surprise I got as I searched is that I missed a Harry Hole novel that was released in January! I follow that series on FictFact, but that website showed me "current" in the series on my account's "my series" list, even though the book was listed in the Harry Hole series list on FictFact when I actually looked there. This is especially bewildering because my FictFact "my series" list shows me "behind" in several series where the only book I need to read won't be released until late this year.
Lori, I like FictFact, but as noted above, it is not always complete or totally accurate. It does generally help me keep track of my series reading.
>139 tymfos: I'm not really sure if I want to add a 3rd reading tool to update regularly or not.
>140 thornton37814: Lori, once you've initially set up your account (select series to follow, mark the books you've already read) there's little to update -- especially if you read series in order. As you finish a series book, just find it on the list that shows the next-in-series book for each series, and click, "READ." (It does give you the option to "SKIP" a title, which I often do for those e-book singles that are released between full-length novels.)
You can get into more detail if you want to -- tell it what books you own, what format, etc. -- but I gave myself permission to just let all that slide and just use it to keep track of the titles I read.
>141 tymfos: I use it the same way, tymfos. I find FictFact to be SO helpful in series reading. And it's really easy to use.
Hi Terri, I love that your cat watches hockey. I’m afraid he’d be out of luck in my house because hockey is one thing I don’t ever have on.
I don’t keep my Fictfact updated so it’s not much help to me. On the other hand I read so few series that it doesn’t really matter. I have a few series on hand that I should try to get started on like the Susan Hill series, the Martin Walker series, Dr. Siri, Phryne Fisher, Peter Wimsey, Hazel Mikalef, well you get the idea. I don’t know how I acquired so many nor why I haven’t started any of them. Oh well. If you’ve read any of these, which one would you suggest I get started on?
>142 klobrien2:, 143 Hi, Karen and Bonnie! Honestly, I update FictFact as soon as I finish a series book -- before I touch LT. I absolutely depend upon it to keep up with my series reading, though I now see that I occasionally have to check up on it!
>143 brenzi: Bonnie, I highly, highly recommend the Susan Hill series. Dr. Siri is a favorite, too, and very different. The only other one of those you mentioned that I've tried is Phryne Fisher, and I only red the very first novel in the series. I personally didn't care for it, but I know a lot of people who absolutely love that series.
I have two completed books I need to write about, but it's after midnight, and I have a long day tomorrow. I'll probbly be back to post on Saturday!
>144 tymfos: I hope your long day goes well. I'm off from the library today, but I'm doing genealogy-related business most of the day--researching for a client, meeting with a prospective local client, and then going to another research facility. I suspect I'll be out until after supper because I'll run a few errands near the other research facility while I'm over that way. Hoping to have time to read at the end of the day. Of course, I'll listen to my audiobook while out and about. It's a Duncan and Gemma one.
>145 thornton37814: I love Duncan and Gemma! Good company to have in your travels on your busy day.
In anticipation of my trip to Philadelphia last week for the Public Library Association conference, I started two books with Philadelphia connections, and managed to finish them both shortly after my return home.
Book #21 I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia by Gillian Roberts.
Amanda Pepper series, book #3
Amanda Pepper is a Philly Prep (private preparatory school) teacher and occasional amateur sleuth. She doesn't mean to try to be a detective, crime just keeps happening in her orbit. In this one, she finds a book about domestic violence in the school rummage sale, with notations which suggests that its donor was a seriously abused woman. Of course, she wants to find the woman and help, but it doesn't turn out the way she'd anticipated.
Frankly, I found this installment a bit aggravating, and wasn't terribly drawn to finish it. I do love the Philadelphia setting. It's a bit dated, having been published in the early 90's.
Book #22 A Killing Night by Jonathon King e-book
Max Freeman series, book #4
Max Freeman is a former Philadelphia police officer who has retired to South Florida after getting shot in the line of duty. At the unofficial request of his recent girlfriend Sherry, a Florida detective, Max investigates the disappearances of several female bartenders. The prime suspect is another former Philly cop who left the department and moved to Florida under a cloud of suspicion after the disappearance of a young woman. This investigation leads Max to revisit his hometown. (Thus, the appeal to me as I made a return trip to Philadelphia last week. He even had to deal with winter weather, though not to the extent that Pennsylvanians were hit last week!)
A secondary story line has Max helping his lawyer friend Billy who is seeking justice for cruise ship employees who were injured in a boiler explosion. The cruise line is, shall we say, using "muscle" to "persuade" the injured workers to go back to their home countries without fair compensation.
I found this to be a very suspenseful book. It really drew me in.
I'm looking at my reading and thinking that I need a bit more substance, as I'm in danger of falling into an "all-crime, all-the-time" mode of reading. But, golly, I'm enjoying most of my books! And life is stressful enough that reading as escape is quite appealing. I really don't want to be taxing my brain in my limited free time.
I'm currently reading the latest Jo Nesbo installment of the Harry Hole series, The Thirst. (No touchstone? really?) It's grisly, but very, very suspenseful.
>147 tymfos: I'm focusing on crime and baseball in my reading. Maybe an occasional not-too-deep nonfiction. Maybe resume my regular reading in early summer.
>147 tymfos: Why is it that "all crime, all the time" is such a wonderful escape from real-life stress? Because it usually all gets properly worked out in the end?
>148 lindapanzo: Linda, with your surgery coming up, I'd say reading in favorite comfort zones is a good thing.
>149 laytonwoman3rd: I'm not sure, Linda. Maybe that it usually works out. Or maybe that suspense about things totally removed from normal concerns (since most of us aren't chasing criminals) takes one's mind off everyday problems. Maybe detectives relax by reading about librarians? ;)
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