January 2021 ~ What are you reading?

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January 2021 ~ What are you reading?

Jan. 1, 5:20pm

New thread for the new month. Enjoy your reads.

Jan. 1, 5:35pm

I started Magpie Murders by Anyhony Horowitz a couple of days ago. About a quarter of the way in and liking it so far!

Jan. 1, 5:44pm

Started the year with Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama (well, started it before the year changed) - an unusual crime novel which I am really enjoying (although if someone expects fast action or thriller-like narrative, they better pick up another book).

Jan. 1, 6:27pm

I'm chipping away at The Big Book of Espionage, by Otto Penzler.

Jan. 1, 9:06pm

I’m diving into Blue Heaven by CJ Box. I’ve read a couple of her Joe Pickett series but this is a stand-alone.

Jan. 1, 10:50pm

Reading The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman. Ok so far...

Jan. 2, 1:00am

I read Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flowers today.

Jan. 2, 11:10am

Getting into a good one, Lady Chevy: A Novel by John Woods. An overweight (hence, the name Lady Chevy) high school girl hopes to get a scholarship to college so she can be a veterinarian and escape Ohio Appalachia. But she takes part in an ill-advised sabotage of a hydraulic fracking site at which a man is killed. Gotta find out what happens..

Jan. 2, 3:39pm

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope to get back to some crime fiction/mystery reading in the near future.

Jan. 2, 3:52pm

The Dry by Jane Haper. Very good writing and good story, too.

Jan. 2, 5:21pm

>10 ymkahn: I loved that one!

Jan. 2, 5:40pm

Just started The Secretary by Renee Knight. I was impressed with her first novel (enjoy was a stretch because of the subject matter), so I thought I'd try this one, too. I agree that it is off to a slow start, but it's still interesting.

Jan. 3, 3:15pm

>5 rosalita: I read Blue Heaven and liked it but never tried another C. J. Box.
>10 ymkahn: Really liked The Dry.

Jan. 3, 9:46pm

I just finished Maisie Dobbs and look forward to continuing with the series!

Jan. 3, 11:58pm

>5 rosalita:

His, not hers :)

Blue Heaven is his only standalone -- even if the publisher claims otherwise, the rest of the "standalones" form a continuous story (two separate series which interlock at the end of the first and the beginning of the second). Just heads up if you continue with the "standalones".

Jan. 4, 7:57am

>15 AnnieMod: Whoops! Now how on earth did I get the idea that C. J. was a woman? I've thought that for years! I'm so glad you set me straight — about that and also about the non-standalone standalones. I don't have immediate plans to keep reading but never say never ...

Jan. 4, 8:12am

Dieser Benutzer wurde wegen Spammens entfernt.

Jan. 4, 11:02am

Have now finished Blood is Blood by Will Thomas. Love, love, love the series; however, I think this one might be best for folks who are already acquainted with the major players.

Jan. 4, 11:09am

Just finished The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman which I really enjoyed. It had a good central mystery, but also the characters were delightful and it had a lot of heart to it too. Definite recommend from me.

Jan. 4, 1:35pm

>2 drneutron: That's a good one - hope you are enjoying it as much as I did.

I have started Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon. She is an author that I have been meaning to read for years now and I am glad to be starting with the first book. I have several of the later books in the series from my folks' library but wanted to begin at the beginning.

Jan. 4, 1:43pm

>16 rosalita:

I can think of at least two female authors with these initials used as a name (Cherryh and Tudor) and one more male one (Sansom). So... it can get complicated. As for the other "standalones" - if you like the style of this one, they are worth picking up. I finished the latest one just before Christmas and I really enjoyed all of them - Box's characters are flawed but redeemable all the way through. I think he uses these to tell the stories that cannot fit with Pickett... :) Anyway -- have fun reading this one!

Jan. 4, 4:06pm

The Skeleton Road, by Val McDermid, is my current crime read (the ebook is due back at the library imminently). I'll finally be up to date with Karen Pirie; I've been reading the series a bit out of order.

Jan. 4, 4:09pm

>21 AnnieMod: Ah, perhaps I got all the C.J.'s mixed up; sadly that would not be entirely uncommon for me. I do like his writing, so I may well move on to the other non-standalone stand-alones if I catch them on sale at Kobo. Thanks for the extra information!

Jan. 4, 4:29pm

Started The Zebra-striped Hearse by Ross McDonald - I have one audio edition, but this is another - cast including Ed Asner as Lew and Joe Pantoliano as Burke - great music and sound effects. Love it even though I know the story.

Jan. 4, 4:56pm

I started All the Devils Are Here on the last day of 2020 and I am almost finished it. This volume of the Inspector Gamache series is set in Paris so we don't have all the usual Three Pines people but we do have all of the Gamaches gathered together and all involved in solving the mystery.

Bearbeitet: Jan. 5, 10:00am

Finished Lady Chevy by John Woods. Deliciously plotted, totally original, disturbing and, underneath it all, a picture of what fracking can do to a small town. The first in my attempt to read Marilyn Stasio's Ten Best Crime Novels of 2020 (She writes the Crime column in Book Review of NYT). Next up Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen.

Here is the link to the Ten Best List


Jan. 5, 3:35pm

The Merchant of Menace by Jill Churchill
Jane Jeffry Mysteries
c. 1998
3 1/2 *s

Jane Jeffry is a Chicago suburban widow with three kids, all of whom are home for the holidays. Jane is busy with holiday obligations like hosting the neighborhood after caroling dinner as well as the neighborhood cookie exchange. Just when she felt things were getting under control, her police detective boyfriend asked Jane if she could let his visiting mother stay in the guest room until he got his furnace fixed. Then Jane's neighbor informed her that a local tv reporter was going to be using Jane's house as a base of operations for a holiday special interest story he was doing on the neighborhood. Jane put her foot down and said absolutely not happening. Plus, new neighbors had just moved in next door. They had lit up their house for the holidays and were playing extremely loud Christmas music to the neighborhood's horror. The night of caroling went quite well except the reporter, a muck raker, decided to show up at Jane's house uninvited. Later that evening, the reporter was found dead on the neighbor's lawn. It was a good thing that Mel, Jane's boyfriend was still at the after caroling dinner. So much for a quiet uneventful family holiday season, as Jane and her best friend Shelley try to figure just exactly what was going on in their neighborhood. This was a fast fun 4 hour holiday read for me. I had forgotten how much I enjoy this series.

Jan. 6, 1:38am

A Groom with a View by Jill Churchill
A Jane Jeffry Mystery
c. 1999
3 1/2 *s

Jane Jeffry was asked to plan a wedding to be held at an old hunting lodge which was a former monastery. The bride was the only daughter of a very overbearing business owner. Jane convinced her best friend to come along and help out. The first day at the lodge had Jane very busy with the florist, caterer, cranky old relatives, unfinished bridesmaids' dresses, and surreptitious treasure hunting of a supposedly hidden treasure. That night a big storm knocked out the electricity. The next morning there was a dead body on the stairs. Jane and Shelley continued the wedding planning duties as the bride and her guests were soon to arrive. But, had the person simply tripped and fallen down the steps, or had something more sinister happened? This was another fun fast read. Churchill's writing never disappoints me.

Jan. 6, 8:57am

>28 Raspberrymocha: Next book trade run, I will have to remember to look for some Jill Churchill installments. You're right--they're good, light, lunch break reads!

Jan. 6, 10:03pm

Happy new year to all!

I've gone back to an oldie, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. My mystery book club in Durham read it years ago, but I was too busy with work at the time. So now I'm becoming acquainted with the (mostly) delightful Flavia.

Jan. 7, 8:36am

>29 gmathis: I prefer the Grace snd Favor series by Churchill.

Jan. 7, 8:36am

Mulch Ado About Nothing by Jill Churchill
#12 Jane Jeffry Mystery
c. 2000
2 1/2 *s
It's summertime and Jane Jeffry and her best friend Shelley Nowack decide to take a botany course at the local junior college. Their yards could use some help. However, the teacher of the course is found bludgeoned inher basement, and now in a coma. A substitute lecturer is found. The course is a big yawn for Jane and Shelley, but the class makes them fix up their yards for class visits. Besides, Jane is very curious as to whom broke into their initial instructor's home. As far as mysteries go, this wasn't one of Churchill's best efforts. The story was moderately interesting, but not really exciting. There wasn't even a murder until the last 4th of the book. Dull.

Jan. 7, 11:41am

>31 Raspberrymocha: Those are the ones set in the 1930's, correct? I know I read and liked the first one, and haven't chased the others down. (Love the titles.)

Jan. 7, 12:50pm

>33 gmathis: Yes! They are set in 1932 in NY. There were only 6 published in the series. A 7th was written but was never in print.

Jan. 7, 12:52pm

The House of Seven Mabels by Jill Churchill
#13 Jane Jeffry Mystery
c. 2002
3 *s
Jane Jeffry has a lot of time on her hands now that her kids are growing up. She's at standstill with th novel she has been writing. So her best friend, Shelley Nowack, wants her to think about being contracted to decorate an old Victorian mansion which is being renovated by a wealthy acquaintance, Bitsy Burnside. Bitsy, a feminist, invites Jane and Shelley to meet with Sandra, the construction manager. But, after the meeting, Jane realizes that the contractor isn't very competent or well liked. The contract which Bitsy gives them, is exceedingly poorly written by Sandra. The next day Jane and Shelley go to the old mansion to recheck room measurements, only to find a body at the bottom of the basement stairs. Jane and Shelley are curious as to who is causing so much trouble for Bitsy. This was a quick 4 hour read. i found the ending to be cut off too quickly and therefore not very satisfying.

Jan. 7, 1:05pm

Back in with The One from the Other by Philip Kerr, the fourth Bernie Gunther novel.

Jan. 7, 6:16pm

Finished The Tourist and The Orphan's Guilt and started The Sentinel by the brothers Child.

Jan. 7, 7:34pm

It's taken me a ridiculously long time to finish Bleeding Hearts, by Ian Rankin, probably because I was reading it in an omnibus of Rankin's Jack Harvey novels. But I've finished it!

I'll probably go back to the Penzler Big Book of Espionage for a bit, then maybe start the audio of A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré.

Jan. 7, 9:46pm

Back with Sueño and Bascom in South Korea in the 9th novel (The Iron Sickle) of their series.

Jan. 9, 1:27am

Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-seven by Janet Evanovich
#27 Stephanie Plum Novel
c. 2020
3 *s
Stephanie Plum is a fugitive apprehension agent working for her cousin Vinnie in Trenton, NJ. She is low on money, so she needs to catch a few locals who skipped out. One of them is Shine, an ancient but deadly local mobster, one of the few surviving La-Z-Boys. Stephanie's grandma Mazur was recently briefly married to Jimmy Rosolli. She b came a widow after 45 minutes of marriage. The only thing she got from Jimmy was 2 keys to a treasure and an old recliner. So Grandma and Stephanie decide to find the treasure, but first they needed to find clues to where it was hidden. However, the surviving La-Z-Boys also wanted the treasure and would go to any lengths to get it. This was a continuation of the last book in the series. Quirky characters, dangerous situations, stupid criminals, blown up vehicles, kidnappings, and a body guard of sorts kept Stephanie on her toes. It was a fun silly fast read.

Jan. 9, 3:03pm

>36 Roycrofter: I love the Bernie Gunther series. I'm about four novels ahead of you, but taking them slowly because I'll be sad when I've finished the last of them. I think right around the 4th or 5th book Kerr got into a bad habit of adding too much cliched noir patter to the text. Happily, that fades away after only a book or two. At any rate, the characterizations, plots and historical renderings in these books are terrific. Hope you're enjoying them as much as I've been.

Jan. 9, 7:20pm

Bell, Book, and Scandal by Jill Churchill
#14 Jane Jeffry Mystery
c. 2003
2 1/2 *s
Jane Jeffry and her neighbor Shelley Nowack decide to attend a writer's workshop being held in a nearby hotel/convention center. The best thing is that they get to stay in a big fancy suite, as Shelley's husbsnd owns part of the hotel. Jane is nearly done writing her historical mystery and dearly wants to present it for possible publication, plus she wants to learn more tips of the writing trade. As luck would have it they meet one of Jane's favorite writers and become friends with her. She gives Jane a few tips on meeting with publishers, and warns them about an unidentified online muck raker, who enjoys stirring up trouble at these conventions. Weird things start happening right from the beginning: a pair of loud obnoxious costumed conventioneers disrupt the peace, a publisher ends up in the hospital, and a literary critic is attacked. Jane is determined to figure out what is going on in this otherwise enjoyable convention. I always enjoy the character Jane and Shelley. This was a very fast, sometimes hilarious, but mostly humdrum read. The ending was rather anti-climatic. I'm glad it was a short book.

Jan. 10, 7:59am

>2 drneutron: I've heard good things about it. Just liking it or really enjoying it? Curious to know.

Jan. 10, 8:00am

I'm reading the latest issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and waiting for my copy of the first Bryant & May book by Christopher Fowler.

Jan. 10, 12:01pm

>41 rocketjk: Have been pacing my way through slowly. Kerr’s writing is so smooth, I’m halfway through the book before I know it.

Jan. 10, 2:47pm

The Old Buzzard had it Coming by Donis Casey
#1 Alafair Tucker Mystery
c. 2005
4 *s
Alafair Tucker was a 1912 Oklahoma farm wife and mother to 9 kids. Her daughter Phoebe has fallen in love with a young man who is a next door neighbor. the problem is that the young man's father is a vicious evil drunk, who beats his wife and children. One day the old buzzard is found dead next to his barn under a drift of snow, and Phoebe's boyfriend has disappeared. Alafair wants her daughter to be happy and she wants to figure out who was responsible for the horrid old drunk's death. There seemed to be no lack of suspects. I really enjoyed this mystery. Although, I don't know how Alafair found the time to look into this death, as life on a 1912 Oklahoma farm didn't allow for much free time for a hardworking farmwife and mother.

Jan. 10, 11:39pm

A Midsummer Night's Scream by Jill Churchill
#15 Jane Jeffry Mystery
c. 2004
4 *s

Jane Jeffry is waiting to see if her first book will be accepted for publication. Her best friend Shelley has signed them up for needlepoint lessons. Shelley has volunteered to set up various catering services to provide snacks for a local college's summer theater production. Shelley wants Jane to tag along to check out the various caterers. Meanwhile things aren't going well for the play writer and director. Despite having 2 guest professional actors to bolster the local talent, there are troubles with the cast and the play itself. Then, one of the cast is found dead. Jane's significant other is in charge of the police investigation. This was a fun read with interesting quirky characters. The pace was fast, and the plot was fun with a good amount of twists and turns.

Jan. 11, 12:23am

I finished the 3rd Gideon Oliver book - Murder in the Queen's Armes. I like mysteries with an archeology background so this was an easy 3.5-4* read.

Jan. 11, 3:07pm

The Accidental Florist by Jill Churchill
#16 Jane Jeffry Mystery (final book)
c. 2007
3 1/2 *s
Sadly, this is the final book in the Jane Jeffry Mystery series. It wasn't so much a mystery as it was a tying up of many of the story lines which have wound through the series over the years. Jane and Mel have finally decided to get married. Mel's Mom is determined torun the whole wedding, and Jane is standing up to her. Jane's first mother-in-law is trying to fleece Jane out of her fair share of the family's pharmacy business. Jane is also dealing with the publication of her first book. And, Mel wants Jane and Shelley to take a self-defense class, so he doesn't have to worry about them so much. It's a rather convoluted story, but the ending is relatively satisfying.

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The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
#17 A Culinary (Goldy Schulz) Mystery
c. 2013
This is the final book in the Culinary Mystery series. I was a fairly satisfying finish which tied up quite a few loose ends. It was much better than the past couple Goldy Schulz novels. Goldy is catering a birthday party for her son and his friend Drew. The boys were born on the same day in the same hospital. Goldy and Drew's Mom, Holly, had become very good friends. They became closer when they joined to a divorce support group. However, Holly and Goldy hadn't seen much of each other over the past few years. On the way to the party, Goldy had an accident in her catering van. Then the birthday party was crashed by Drew's father and stepmother. But, the party ended when the EMT's had to be called for a party attendee who collapsed in the driveway. Goldy felt driven to figure out what was actually going on, and in the process she discovered a part of herself which had been lost many years ago.

Bearbeitet: Jan. 14, 10:32am

Finished The Sentinel by Child & Child (3.5/5) and started The Fallen by Baldacci.

Jan. 14, 11:41am

>50 Raspberrymocha: I read a bunch of these years ago but sort of grew disenchanted with them. I might pick this one up though just to see how everything wraps up. Thanks.

Jan. 14, 7:55pm

Now reading Harbour Street, by Ann Cleeves.

Jan. 17, 1:34pm

As a fan of Ann Cleeves trying out her new Two Rivers Series with The Long Call. Good so far

Jan. 17, 8:40pm

i just started Tana French's The Searcher and I'm enjoying it a lot.

Jan. 18, 12:34pm

>54 bobbyl: I really liked The Long Call. Has she come out with a sequel to it yet?

Jan. 18, 4:38pm

Added Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie to my reading rotation.

Jan. 18, 8:09pm

>53 rabbitprincess: I finished Harbour Street so am continuing the Cleevesathon with Cold Earth.

Jan. 19, 1:01pm

>56 gypsysmom: I haven't seen anything confirmed yet, though I believe ITV who make the Vera TV series, have already said they are going to commission a four-part event dramatisation of The Long Call, so I'm sure she will be writing more

Jan. 20, 9:04am

Just started Hornswoggled by Donis Casey. An Alafair Tucker mystery set in 1912 Oklahoma.

Jan. 21, 12:19am

Hornswoggled by Donis Casey
#2 Alafair Tucker Mystery
c. 2006
4 *s
Alafair and Shaw Tucker were horse farmers in turn of the 20th century Oklahoma. One day, their 2 sons were out fishing and they found a dead body tucked under some roots in the creek. It was Mrs. Kelly, wife of the local barber. Alafair had never taken a liking to Walter Kelly, as he was too slick and a womanizer. Months passed, but the sheriff could not find the murderer. Alafair was determined to find out what had really happened, as her daughter Alice decided that Walter was the man for her. Alafair had a bad feeling, and she didn't want her daughter to get hurt. This was a pleasant homey mystery, as Alafair searched doggedly for the killer of Mrs. Louise Kelly. I enjoy the characters and the going back into a much simpler time.

Jan. 21, 8:40am

>61 Raspberrymocha: I am going to have to search these out...I love well done period pieces.

Jan. 21, 11:22am

>62 gmathis: I'm awaiting #3 in the series.

Jan. 21, 11:23am

I just finished The Searcher, which was a very good read, just short of fabulous.

Jan. 21, 11:37am

>64 Jim53: I really liked that one, too!

Jan. 21, 4:15pm

Finished Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie. Not one of my favorites.

Added The Sanctuary Seeker by Bernard Knight to my rotation

Bearbeitet: Jan. 22, 6:11pm

The Drop Edge of Yonder by Donis Casey
#3 Alafair Tucker mystery
c. 2007
4 *s
1914 Oklahoma is full of hard working self-sufficient farming folks. Among them are Alafair and Shaw Tucker and their 9 children. Two of the daughters, Mary and Ruth are volunteered to chaperone Alafair's young brother-in-law, Bill and his intended wife Laura. While having a pleasant outing, they are bushwacked. Ruth runs for help. Mary's head is grazed by a bullet. When she awakes, she finds her Uncle Bill shot dead, and his fiancé is missing. Shaw's cousin Scott, the local sheriff, immediately rounds up a group to search for the murderer/kidnapper. Alafair is exceeding worried about Mary, Shaw, and her in-laws with a bushwacker at large. Shaw has his 2 hired hands and oldest son keep a 24 hr watch over his family. Who on earth would want to kill Bill, as he never had an enemy? This series gets better and better. The author does a decent job of representing rural Americans in the second decade of the 1900s. I really am growing to love this family, even if Alafair tends to get a bit overbearing at times.

Jan. 23, 1:00pm

I finished Look Down on Her Dying, the fourth book in Don Tracy's Giff Speer series, an obscure pulp crime series from the 1960s. It's a fun series, but the plots are getting a bit repetitive and the misogyny is by now discouraging. I'm going to give the series one more go, and if neither of these elements relents (especially the former), that will be that.

Jan. 24, 5:51pm

I finished The Book of the Dead by Elizabeth Daly. 4* from me for this 8th book in the Henry Gamadge series.

Jan. 28, 6:45pm

Needing something light and easy right now Fortune and Glory: A Novel (A Stephanie Plum Novel Book 27) by Janet Evanovich

Jan. 29, 1:45pm

I've just started Kristin McFarland's geeky cozy mystery No Saving Throw, which will likely take me into February.

Jan. 29, 1:56pm

Just finished one of Christopher Brookmyre's Jack Parlabane novels: Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks.

Jan. 29, 2:02pm

Lethal Pursuit by Will Thomas has been tantalizing me on the bookshelf for two weeks ... it's the carrot I am dangling in front of my nose to finish a huge project. I daren't even touch the cover or I'll bail on the project!

Jan. 29, 2:17pm

I've finished Tropical Issue (aka "Dolly and the Bird of Paradise"). This 6th book in the Johnson Johnson series is to my mind the weakest one so far but enjoyable enough for me to give it 3*.

Jan. 29, 3:20pm

Jack of Spades: Hunting Lee Child's Jack Reacher (The Hunt For Jack Reacher Series Book 11) by Diane Capri

This series is weird but an easy read. I used to love Reacher but not so much the later ones. And the Tom Cruise movies are terrible!

Jan. 29, 3:51pm

>75 perennialreader: I only read the first three in that Capri Reacher tie-in and then abandoned it. Is it worth going on with?

Agreed on loving early Reacher and not so much later books, and also on the movies.

Jan. 29, 4:17pm

>75 perennialreader: >76 rosalita: Have you tried the Amazon Prime series?

Jan. 29, 4:19pm

>77 Julie_in_the_Library: I'm going to admit I didn't know there was an Amazon Prime series. Do you recommend it?

Jan. 29, 4:23pm

>78 rosalita: I enjoyed it, and my parents love it, but I haven't read the books, and they haven't read them for years, so I can't speak to its quality as an adaptation. It's called Reacher. There are two seasons out so far.

Jan. 29, 4:32pm

>79 Julie_in_the_Library: Thanks, might be worth a try.

Jan. 29, 4:48pm

>77 Julie_in_the_Library: I am not familiar with Amazon's version and am not finding it on Amazon without Tom Cruise. I would love to check it out and see if we like it.

I love the Bosch series, just can't find Reacher.

Bearbeitet: Jan. 29, 5:07pm

>80 rosalita: >81 perennialreader: So it turns out I was confused. The Amazon show is Jack Ryan, not Jack Reacher. Sorry, my bad.

However, it turns out that there *will* be an Amazon Prime Jack Reacher tv show at some point, per several articles I found while figuring out my mistake:


Jan. 29, 5:26pm

>82 Julie_in_the_Library: Ah, the other Jack. :-) I've never read any of those books, so the series doesn't tempt. But we'll have to see if the Reacher series ever gets made. I'm sure the pandemic has thrown a spanner into their production plans.

Jan. 29, 5:40pm

>73 gmathis: Thanks for the heads-up on the latest Will Thomas book. One of my favorite series.

Jan. 29, 6:14pm

>82 Julie_in_the_Library: I love Jack Ryan too. Alec Baldwin is my favorite but Harrison Ford is good too.

Jan. 29, 8:31pm

I am reading my way through Marylin Stasio's 10 Best Crime Novels of 2020


Finished Please See Us a debut novel by Caitlin Mullen. Takes place in Atlantic City, rundown, seedy and ravaged by the hurricane. Someone is killing prostitutes and laying out their bodies in a marsh. Ava is a young psychic who begins to have visions of their deaths, but is desparate to get together enough money to move to CA. Lily is running from the break-up of a relationship in NYC and, despite her misgivings, befriends Ava. Unusual and chilling. Ultimately, about the abuse and humilations, large and small, that women suffer. I thought it was a great read.

Also, just finished another one off the list: The Forger's Daughter by Bradford Morrow. Just ok. Would be good if you are interested in rare books, Edgar Allen Poe's Tamerlane, how to print forgeries, age paper, and fake signatures, but not so great if you are not. The husband and wife protagonists were pretty clueless about dealing with a (deranged) criminal forger - especially since the husband was a forger himself - but the daughter saves them.

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I'm re-reading the first Flavia de Luce novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. It's been nearly a decade since I read it and I wanted something light and cozy.

(edit to correct time since I last read this -- I read it in 2012, so 9 years ago)

Jan. 30, 3:00pm

>87 rabbitprincess: I too am rereading because I wanted something that wouldn't depress me. In my case, it is Poirot Investigates, an early collection of short stories. I haven't read it for at least a decade (and probably closer to 2 decades!).

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Assaulted Caramel by Amanda Flower

I need to read light stuff as the world reality is way too depressing. This book is a light cozy, but so far it is annoying rather than light hearted mystery.

Jan. 30, 6:39pm

I've read three more mysteries this month:

* The Silent Pool, a Miss Silver offering from Patricia Wentworth, and one of the better ones in the series so far (I'm reading it in order, of course).

* Banker one of my favorites of Dick Francis' horse-centric mysteries.

* The Secret of Terror Castle is a blast from my childhood, the first adventure from The Three Investigators.

Bearbeitet: Jan. 31, 4:38pm

January was quite a significant mystery / thriller month for me.

I joined Julia (rosalita) for a shared read. of The Silent Pool. She and I are reading Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver series together, bi-monthly, and anyone who would like to is more than welcome to join us (though we are now coming into the home stretch of it).

We also read The Secret Of Terror Castle together, the first of the 'Three Investigators' series and a blast from the (long distant) past for me.

I also began the Nancy Drew books, which I haven't read before, having found a source of the original, unrevised texts: first up was The Secret Of The Old Clock.

My Golden Age reading consisted of The Pelham Murder Case by Monte Barrett; Mystery At Lynden Sands by J. J. Connington; Dead Man Twice by Christopher Bush; and Eight To Nine by R. A. J. Walling. The last was the best of these; the first was pretty poor; and the other two just okay.

I also wrapped up the omnibus, Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels Of The 1950s, reading Fools' Gold by Dolores Hitchens, Beast In View by Margaret Millar and The Blunderer by Patricia Highsmith. These are all three quite intense and violent crime thrillers; Beast In View in particular deals with subject matter that was probably controversial at the time of its publication.

Jan. 31, 5:40pm

>84 marell: Project complete; started Lethal Pursuit last night. We're off to a rollicking start!

Jan. 31, 5:40pm

>84 marell: Project complete; started Lethal Pursuit last night. We're off to a rollicking start!

Bearbeitet: Jan. 31, 5:43pm

>91 lyzard: That's some good crime reading you've been doing, Liz! I keep meaning to read more Patricia Highsmith; I've only read the first Ripley book and Strangers on a Train.

Bearbeitet: Jan. 31, 5:45pm

>94 rosalita:

I haven't read as much of her as I would like either. OTOH her books can be quite nasty (The Blunderer sure was!) and are probably best spaced out. :)

Jan. 31, 5:46pm

>95 lyzard: Very true. If I kept comprehensive lists like you do I wouldn't be in danger of such authors falling off my radar between books. :-)

Feb. 1, 3:14am

>91 lyzard: Thanks for the R. A. J. Walling recommendation - have purchased it for my Kindle :)

Feb. 1, 10:39am

Finished The Sanctuary Seeker by Bernard Knight last night. Meh.

Feb. 1, 4:27pm

>97 mvo62:

Most of the Philip Tolefree books have been made available inexpensively on Kindle by now. It's not a top-flight series but I quite like it, hope you do too. :)

Feb. 1, 8:52pm

I finished Poirot Investigates and managed to squeeze in another reread - Watery Grave by Bruce Alexander.