November 2017-What are you reading?

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November 2017-What are you reading?

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1seitherin
Nov. 1, 2017, 2:32pm

Starting the new month off.

2nrmay
Nov. 1, 2017, 2:43pm

I'm still reading my Halloween book - A skeleton in the family by Leigh Perry.

3flips
Nov. 1, 2017, 3:21pm

I'm going to start reading The Remains of an Altar by Phil Rickman tonight.

4rosalita
Nov. 1, 2017, 5:08pm

I'm reading Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.

5Bookmarque
Nov. 1, 2017, 5:19pm

I just finished that one, rosalita. It was entertaining, but I figured it out before the reveal.

6rosalita
Nov. 1, 2017, 5:28pm

>5 Bookmarque: I'm enjoying it so far, and I pretty much never figure out the culprit, so hopefully that won't happen to me. At least I'll be prepared, though, so thanks for that. We'll see!

7jwrudn
Nov. 1, 2017, 6:27pm

Just finished Trickster’s Point, the 12th in William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series. I read the first in the series Iron Lake a number of years ago at the suggestion of the staff at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop.

https://mysteryish.wordpress.com/

Sadly, it has closed. It was always a favorite destination whenever I visited Seattle (from Evanston, adjacent to Chicago). I always loved chatting with the staff about mysteries and getting ideas for new books or authors to try. When I couldn’t get to Seattle to visit, I often checked out their website for staff reviews and lists of award winners (e.g., Edgar’s) to get reading ideas. The owner has a long blog post about the various reasons for the demise of the shop: Amazon, big national bookstores, publication practices, reading habits and others.

http://seattlemysteryblog.typepad.com/seattle_mystery/2017/09/why-the-seattle-my...

I will miss it!

8leslie.98
Nov. 1, 2017, 10:02pm

I finished rereading Blood Shot today -- while I remember some parts of it, others had escaped my memory so that it was more exciting than I had expected!

9cmbohn
Nov. 2, 2017, 1:48am

I finished my listen of Even Money by Dick Francis & son, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I did when I read it. I got kind of bored with how long it took to get any detecting done. The bad guy remained ill-defined.

10seitherin
Nov. 2, 2017, 8:22am

Added The Long Way Home by Louise Penny into my reading rotation.

11leslie.98
Nov. 2, 2017, 10:46am

I seem to be doing a lot of rereading recently -- now rereading via audiobook A Pocket Full of Rye for my voyage through the Miss Marple books.

12ted74ca
Nov. 3, 2017, 2:17pm

Starting to get back into my reading now that the weather has turned rainy and cold. Two finished this week: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens, which I thought not very exciting at all, and a much better read: London Rain by Nicola Upson which is one in a historical crime fiction series based on the real author Josephine Tey.

13ColinMichaelFelix
Nov. 3, 2017, 7:35pm

Finally getting started on Sandstorm by James Rollins as well as Full Black by Brad Thor and Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein. On ebooks I'm doing Spiral by Paul McEuen. I've been out of circulation, as far as reading, for a little so I'm diving back in headfirst.

14cmbohn
Nov. 5, 2017, 3:47pm

I'm reading Dissolution by CJ Sansom. It's quite good. It's set during Henry VIII's time about the breakup of the monasteries. One of the king's agents is murdered.

15leslie.98
Nov. 6, 2017, 7:09pm

Just finished the second to last of the Ross MacDonald books my dad gave me when my parents sold their house -- The Goodbye Look. It was good PI fare but not as great as some of the other Archer books.

16Dr_Flanders
Nov. 6, 2017, 9:58pm

I am reading The Western Star by Craig Johnson. So far so good.

17rabbitprincess
Nov. 7, 2017, 6:35pm

Reading the latest installment in the fluffiest series I read: The Hammett Hex, by Victoria Abbott.

18seitherin
Nov. 7, 2017, 8:26pm

19Copperskye
Nov. 7, 2017, 8:27pm

I'm having a good time reading Michael Connelly's Lost Light.

20cmbohn
Bearbeitet: Nov. 8, 2017, 7:16pm

Dissolution kind of bogged down in the middle, which was disappointing. So I tried Good as Gone, which was really bad. Oh, and I got A Play of Knaves, but I'd already read it. Bad luck over here.

21leslie.98
Nov. 8, 2017, 11:36am

Now reading Death of a Red Heroine. It is long (which I typically dislike in mysteries) but so far very interesting.

22Bookmarque
Nov. 8, 2017, 7:03pm

Am about 1/2 way through The Forty-five Guardsmen by Alexandre Dumas. It's the third in a trilogy and has reached a breakneck pace, just like the other books. Very scene-driven and full of crazy shenanigans. Great fun.

23rosalita
Nov. 9, 2017, 10:37am

I'm working my way through Agatha Christie's Poirot series in order, and this month's book is Murder in Mesopotamia.

24leslie.98
Nov. 9, 2017, 11:56am

>22 Bookmarque: I will have to look into that trilogy as I love mysteries/suspense & Dumas!

25Bookmarque
Nov. 9, 2017, 12:30pm

It is pretty great, leslie98, and it's free on Project Gutenberg! Queen Margot is #1, Chicot the Jester is #2.

26leslie.98
Nov. 10, 2017, 9:16pm

>25 Bookmarque: Oh, great! Queen Margot has been on my TBR since the 1990s when I saw the film so maybe this will be the push I need to actually read it.

27leslie.98
Nov. 10, 2017, 9:18pm

Started and finished the latest Gamache book, Glass Houses. A solid 4* read for me...

28Dr_Flanders
Nov. 11, 2017, 2:02pm

Just finished The Western Star by Craig Johnson. It was a fun read. For anyone who is familiar with the series, it bounced back and forth between telling a story from Walt's early days, when he had just returned to Wyoming from Vietnam, and some related events within the contemporary story line. The warmth of the characters keeps me coming back to this series.

Not sure what to read next. Thinking about reading the latest Dennis Lehane novel.

29cmbohn
Nov. 12, 2017, 2:05am

Listening to a Sherlock Holmes-inspired collection by Donald Thomas. The first one was a locked room mystery, very good, but followed by a boring one about a secret code, so I guess it's uneven.
The Execution of Sherlock Holmes

30ted74ca
Nov. 12, 2017, 1:36pm

Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves. I can count on Ann Cleeves for a good read.

31nrmay
Nov. 12, 2017, 3:33pm

Just started Bluebird, bluebird by Attica Locke

compelling so far; set in East Texas

32ColinMichaelFelix
Nov. 16, 2017, 10:37am

>19 Copperskye: Lost Light is one my favorite Connelly books and next to Shutter Island one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read

33leslie.98
Nov. 16, 2017, 9:03pm

I am listening to the audiobook of Last Ditch, a late entry in the Alleyn series by Ngaio Marsh -- I don't think that I have ever read this one before!

34ted74ca
Nov. 17, 2017, 7:44pm

Spotted this book on display in my local library but had never heard of this author before. Turns out this is the 9th in a Canadian mystery series-thought this one not bad, but not really great either. I'll find the first book and give this series another try though. Lament for Bonnie by Anne Emery

35Copperskye
Nov. 17, 2017, 9:41pm

>32 ColinMichaelFelix: I loved Lost Light, too, and it's one of my favorites from the series (so far). I'm a big fan of Lehane, too, but I haven't read Shutter Island yet. Good to know!

36jwrudn
Nov. 18, 2017, 10:52am

>31 nrmay: just got it from the library, hope to start it soon.

37gmathis
Nov. 18, 2017, 4:06pm

Revisiting O Jerusalem with Sherlock and Mary Russell.

38leslie.98
Nov. 21, 2017, 4:56pm

Finished Too Many Cooks, the 5th Nero Wolfe book. A rare case of Wolfe leaving his NYC brownstone for a resort in West Virginia makes this one memorable.

Now reading Death at the Chase by Michael Innes...

39rosalita
Nov. 21, 2017, 5:03pm

>38 leslie.98: One of my favorite Wolfes! I also like the pseudo-sequel, Right to Die, very much as well.

40ColinMichaelFelix
Bearbeitet: Nov. 21, 2017, 7:54pm

I was in the mood for some high octane reading so I started Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly where everything moves at breakneck speed. Totally enjoying it and all other works are on the back burner for now. I am however reading 4 books simultaneously, so there is that.

41gmathis
Nov. 22, 2017, 8:41am

Have been holding off for weeks (I'm a seasonal legalist) to read the next installment in my Margaret Maron reading binge (Deborah Knott series) ... Rituals of the Season. Let the merriment begin!

42rabbitprincess
Nov. 22, 2017, 7:44pm

I have two mysteries lined up: Calamity in Kent, by John Rowland (republished as a British Library Crime Classic); and The Day is Dark, by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (translated by Philip Roughton).

43cmbohn
Nov. 22, 2017, 10:03pm

I just finished reading Indigo Dying, which I enjoyed. That was a good series, I think. Now I'm listening to A Letter of Mary. Already enjoying it.

44jwrudn
Nov. 23, 2017, 8:26am

Reading Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. Good story of a black Texas ranger trying to solve the murders of a black man from Chicago and a local white woman. Set in a small East Texas town with lots of racial animosity and corruption.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

45rocketjk
Nov. 24, 2017, 6:09am

I finished The Quick Red Fox the fourth book in John D. MacDonald's "Travis McGee" series. These books are very well written and lots of fun, although they are certainly period pieces.

46leslie.98
Nov. 24, 2017, 10:06pm

Having finished Death at the Chase, I devoured Laura - very good even having seen the wonderful 1944 film version.

47jwrudn
Nov. 25, 2017, 11:57am

Just finished Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. Starting Glass Houses by Louise Penny to keep up with the latest the in the Inspector Gamache series.

48ted74ca
Nov. 25, 2017, 7:15pm

Barrington Street Blues by Anne Emery--pretty good
and
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley-excellent thriller (of a kind)

49rabbitprincess
Nov. 26, 2017, 9:27am

Now reading The Pursued, by C.S. Forester. I've enjoyed his other two thrillers (Plain Murder and Payment Deferred), so I'm hoping this recently unearthed story will be good too.

50Bookmarque
Nov. 26, 2017, 11:53am

Am almost 1/2 way through Gone to Dust which is a debut novel by Matt Goldman. It has a nice mixture of grit and humor. The detective isn't named Jack and is troubled, but not to cartoon proportions as is the case with many writers these days. If it's the start of a series, I'm down (which hinges on the ending, of course).

51leslie.98
Nov. 27, 2017, 6:07pm

Having polished off the first Montalbano book, The Shape of Water, I am now listening to L. A. Dead. I have read a couple of this series ~10 years ago but don't remember much about them. When Stone Barrington first mentions his former love, now married, Arrington Calder, I couldn't stop thinking "Arrington Barrington, what a name! Good thing she married someone else."

52jnwelch
Nov. 28, 2017, 4:45pm

I'm near the end of the Nordic noir Snowblind. It's been very good.

53gypsysmom
Nov. 29, 2017, 7:05pm

I just finished The Lewis Man, the second book in the Lewis trilogy by Peter May. Set on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off northern Scotland, the setting is almost another character in the book. I don't think I would want to live there (although some would say my home town of Winnipeg is just as daunting at least in winter) but it does sound like an interesting place to visit.

54mvo62
Bearbeitet: Nov. 29, 2017, 11:17pm

55gmathis
Dez. 1, 2017, 8:26am

Trying out a new author, David Liss, with The Devil's Company. 1722 London...and off to an interesting start. Love new author finds at the Dollar Tree!

56seitherin
Dez. 1, 2017, 2:01pm

57Limelite
Dez. 5, 2017, 8:26pm

>55 gmathis: David Liss writes some of my favorite historical fiction based on financial developmental events in Europe and the US. I think you're starting with his latest book, but I don't think you need read the others in any particular order. I think my favorite of his is The Coffee Trader. Hope you enjoy your read!

58gmathis
Dez. 6, 2017, 12:25pm

>57 Limelite: I'm six or seven chapters in and haven't been lost due to unfamiliarity with the backstory. (Mark of a very good author; I hate it when you inadvertently pick up in the middle in the series and can't quickly pick up the thread.)

At any rate, The Devil's Company is very engaging and I know where to find at least one of its predecessors at the used bookstore :)