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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

veasleyd1 wrote:
I've started re-reading Charlotte MacLeod's series beginning with The Family Vault that features Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn. These books were written in the 1970s and are now coming out for your Kindle. The writing is excellent. In modern terminology, I suppose they would be "cozies."


thanks for the recommendation! I had never read her and am now on the third book! Very enjoyable cozy and love Max Smile I just finished Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott Mystery THE BUZZARD TABLE. I am a huge fan of hers and have read all her books. This one also has Sigrid Harald guesting.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just finished Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott Mystery THE BUZZARD TABLE. I am a huge fan of hers and have read all her books. This one also has Sigrid Harald guesting.


I have this one in my TBR pile. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I too am very fond of Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just finished Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott Mystery THE BUZZARD TABLE. I am a huge fan of hers and have read all her books. This one also has Sigrid Harald guesting.


I have this one in my TBR pile. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I too am very fond of Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For some reason, I must have missed this upcoming book by Lisa Gardner. In her email newsletter, she said Touch & Go will be out in Feb 2013. The following is a mini description.

THE BIG GUNS COME OUT IN NH
Introducing my February 2013 release, Touch & Go, which features Tessa Leoni (Love You More), D.D. Warren (Love You More, plus too many other novels to mention), and…Wyatt Foster!

When a crime crosses state lines two things happen: the Feds come out to play and I get to introduce some new law enforcement.

If you think D.D. Warren and her Boston P.D. cohorts have a tough job, just wait until you meet Sheriff’s Sergeant Wyatt Foster. A master carpenter and a Sheriff’s Deputy, Foster’s territory is the rugged backcountry of Northern New Hampshire…where you never know what kind of a situation you’re walking into and a call for backup could mean a four hour wait.

I had a fun time getting out of Boston and into some rural policing. It gave me new appreciation for law enforcement and the different challenges they can face. Of course, there’s a little bit of Boston police work, too, given I’ve kidnapped an entire family from Back Bay. In fact, there’s Boston investigators, FBI agents, a corporate security specialist, Tessa Leoni, and Wyatt Foster. Wanna know the rest? Check out the first chapter on the website. http://lisagardner.com/wp-gardner/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/TouchGo_chapter_1.pdf

As for the rest of the story, TOUCH & GO will be available in the US on February 5, 2013.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tee wrote:
For some reason, I must have missed this upcoming book by Lisa Gardner. In her email newsletter, she said Touch & Go will be out in Feb 2013. The following is a mini description.

THE BIG GUNS COME OUT IN NH
Introducing my February 2013 release, Touch & Go, which features Tessa Leoni (Love You More), D.D. Warren (Love You More, plus too many other novels to mention), and…Wyatt Foster!

When a crime crosses state lines two things happen: the Feds come out to play and I get to introduce some new law enforcement.

If you think D.D. Warren and her Boston P.D. cohorts have a tough job, just wait until you meet Sheriff’s Sergeant Wyatt Foster. A master carpenter and a Sheriff’s Deputy, Foster’s territory is the rugged backcountry of Northern New Hampshire…where you never know what kind of a situation you’re walking into and a call for backup could mean a four hour wait.

I had a fun time getting out of Boston and into some rural policing. It gave me new appreciation for law enforcement and the different challenges they can face. Of course, there’s a little bit of Boston police work, too, given I’ve kidnapped an entire family from Back Bay. In fact, there’s Boston investigators, FBI agents, a corporate security specialist, Tessa Leoni, and Wyatt Foster. Wanna know the rest? Check out the first chapter on the website. http://lisagardner.com/wp-gardner/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/TouchGo_chapter_1.pdf

As for the rest of the story, TOUCH & GO will be available in the US on February 5, 2013.


This sounds quite good, Tee. I wasn't as happy with last years book but this one looks promising.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all of you for recommending The Walnut Tree. I'm listening to it right now. I like the story, and the narrator, Fiona Hardingham, is doing a marvelous job.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frozen
Kate Watterson
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Bryce Grantham went to his families cabin in the North Woods of WI to get away from it all. There is no surer way to do that than be in a resort town during the fall - few natives and zero vacationers meant the only option for food was the local bar, which served a delicious frozen pizza. A pizza and beer which he shares with a lovely young woman.

When that young woman goes missing, Bryce becomes the chief suspect in the case involving four abducted ladies. Things go from bad to worse as the circumstantial evidence piles up against him.

I'm toying with doing a full review of this for AAR. This is the first suspense novel for this author and while it involved some problems - totally unprofessional behavior by the police being one of the biggies - I found it a riveting read. One of my big complaints was the romance - Ellie Macintosh, police woman extraordinaire sleeps with him before being sure he is innocent. I know for some that would be a deal breaker. Since it was straight suspense, it didn't bother me so much. Looks like this will be a series. I've already ordered book two on kindle.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shadow Woman | Linda Howard

The first 9 or 10 chapters had me interested enough to continue reading, even though at times I felt I was like a hamster running in a wheel with Lizzie's thoughts. But considering there were still 18 chapters left to go, I didn't think I'd be able to make it to the end with how slowly and repetitiously the story was moving. Sorry, this one didn't work for me in keeping me focused and I'm not really sure what Howard could have done differently to make it more exciting. Son of the Morning was a "mind" sort of book too that didn't appeal to me either and certain scenes in this one somewhat reminded me of it. Usually those kinds of psychological suspense stories fascinate me; but in Howard's hands, it was a no-go for me.

Edited to add: Having just received AAR's email newsletter, it was pointed out that there was a discussion on this book in a Pandora's Box column between Maggie B and Leigh. Sorry that I didn't see that sooner. I agree with much of what they said and even more. Very Happy The link to the book's discussion in Pandora's Box is below.

http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=9186
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked "Shadow Woman." I agree that it started slow, although the contrast to the prologue allowed it to hold my interest pretty even so. And once going, it got very good indeed. It reminded me a a great deal of "White Lies," with the respective positions reversed.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dick wrote:
I liked "Shadow Woman." I agree that it started slow, although the contrast to the prologue allowed it to hold my interest pretty even so. And once going, it got very good indeed. It reminded me a a great deal of "White Lies," with the respective positions reversed.


I liked Shadow Woman very much indeed - far more than I have most of Linda Howard's recent novels, including the one she recently wrote with Linda Jones, Running Wild. After reading both books I'm really surprised that Running Wild received much better reviews.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't read Running Wild and don't plan to so I can't comment on that particular book. But Shadow Woman really didn't appeal to me at all. Contrary to dick's opinion that he felt it began slow and picked up speed, I found it to be just the opposite. I enjoyed it from the beginning, but it didn't keep the momentum going. One of those books we'll have to agree to disagree on (think that phrase is dated by now, isn't it?). Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jill Sorenson's "Aftershock" has an intriguing premise and events which hold one's attention. The suspense and romance are pretty well blended, but the suspense doesn't make one catch his breath; the romance is standard. Achieving the HEA takes some fancy plotwork on the author's part. An enjoyable but average read, IMO.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Plain Sight Tara Taylor Quinn

Jan is a prosecutor taking on a member of the Ivory Nation, an extreme white supremacist gang. Simon is an ex cop turned text book writer who is fascinated by his lovely neighbor. As Jan's life slowly falls apart as she builds her case she finds herself relying more and more on Simon. Can he be her Knight in Shining Aromor? Does she deserve one?

This book was good but confusing. One portion of the story made no sense to me. I may try other books by this author (there is precious little out there in RS) but I can't say she wowed me first time out of the gate.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maggie b. wrote:
In Plain Sight Tara Taylor Quinn
I may try other books by this author (there is precious little out there in RS) but I can't say she wowed me first time out of the gate.

What an understatement--there IS precious little out there in RS. I haven't read a good book in what seems like ages. In response to the other part of your statement, I read something by Quinn many years ago and was unimpressed at the time, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tee wrote:
maggie b. wrote:
In Plain Sight Tara Taylor Quinn
I may try other books by this author (there is precious little out there in RS) but I can't say she wowed me first time out of the gate.

What an understatement--there IS precious little out there in RS. I haven't read a good book in what seems like ages. In response to the other part of your statement, I read something by Quinn many years ago and was unimpressed at the time, too.


Have you tried Leslie Tentler or Frozen by Kate Waterson? Or Melinda Leigh's books? They are all good, if not brilliant, new RS.

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