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What I'm Reading / WHEN YOU SEE ME by Lisa Gardner
« on: December 26, 2019, 10:41:31 pm »
This might not be the type of book most people would read on Christmas Day (and Boxing Day), but mysteries help me to relax. After the hectic days leading up to Christmas, I was ready for a thriller. This book did not disappoint!

What books have been on your holiday reading lists?

What I'm Reading / THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES by M.J. Rose
« on: December 26, 2019, 10:38:30 pm »

I'm pretty sure this was the first book I've read by this author. I enjoyed all the interesting information about fragrance and the creation of perfumes - she clearly did a LOT of research!

I love her evocative covers and titles, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.

Favorites / First Mystery You Ever Read?
« on: December 23, 2019, 11:44:40 pm »
Nancy Drew books were the bread and butter of my childhood reading menu, but I'm pretty sure the very first mystery I ever read came from the Weekly Reader Book Club. It was called THE SECRET OF THE OLD POST BOX by Dorothy Sterling, and I still have my original copy of the book.

If you can remember, what were the first mysteries you ever read?

What I'm Reading / A BETTER MAN by Louise Penny
« on: December 22, 2019, 07:01:01 pm »
Sometimes I jump into a series willy-nilly. I'd heard tremendous recommendations for this series before I finally picked up book 5. I quickly realized this isn't the kind of series you can't read out of order. I started from the beginning and have just read the latest book in the series. It's the best one yet!

Favorites / Favorite Settings for Mysteries
« on: December 22, 2019, 01:21:54 pm »
Do you like your mystery reads to be set in the gritty streets of New York or Chicago, "the Smoke" - i.e., London, or other cities in other countries?

Are your favorites set in grand country houses, rustic cottages or seaside retreats? Or do you prefer exotic locales - desert, jungle, mountains or even cruise ships or resorts?

Are you happiest reading about familiar settings or places you've never been?

Welcome and General Discussion / POLL: Married Detectives
« on: December 19, 2019, 10:06:37 am »
Feel free to add write-in votes in the comments. My favorites in the poll are closely tied between Tuppence and Tommy and Roderick and Troy Alleyn. But I'm also very fond of Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid in Deborah Crombie's books.

Nick and Nora Charles are also right up there, but only in the movies. I will always envision Myrna Loy and William Powell - and the fabulous Asta - when I think of Nick and Nora.

There are all kinds of resources out there if you're aiming to find good mysteries to read - your local library can probably provide a list of local authors, or books set in your area, which can be fun.

I subscribe to a lot of author newsletters so I don't miss their new releases - authors like Brad Parks, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Christina Dodd, Brenda Novak, Suzanne Brockmann, Katia Lief/Karen Ellis, Lois Winston, Joanna Campbell Slan and Libby Fischer Hellmann are just a few whose updates I get. You can usually subscribe on an author's website.

When it comes to blogs, you can't go wrong with Janet Rudolph, whose seasonal book lists are fabulous! Janet's posts also announce award-winning books, upcoming conferences and even mystery-related cartoons. Mystery Fanfare is here:

If you lean toward cozy mysteries, or what I call "cozy-ish crime," check out Dru Ann Love's prolific posts at Dru's Book Musings:  Almost every day she features books and showcases authors. I met Dru Ann at Malice Domestic and she's even more fun than I thought she'd be!

On Facebook, the group DorothyL is described as a "Discussion of Mystery literature and related media. Celebrating 24 years as a Listserv discussion list :)" Subscribe:

If you have found your way here from the Facebook Mystery Forum group, let us know! The more, the merrier!

Books will always come first with me, but occasionally I enjoy watching mysteries on TV.  This might be considered blasphemy, but I almost like David Suchet's Poirot better than the original. There have been several actresses portraying Miss Marple, Joan Hickson will always be the real Miss Marple to me.

Hugh Fraser is brilliant as the kind but clueless Captain Hastings, and I think Zoe Wanamaker is great as Ariadne Oliver.

On the big screen, I like the 1974 version of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

What are your favorites?

What I'm Reading / Laura Lippman, THE LADY IN THE LAKE
« on: December 12, 2019, 12:13:57 pm »
A bug chunk of my budget goes to books, but with the holidays approaching, I'm pinching pennies. Luckily, I found out I can reserve new releases at my library. This week I picked up Laura Lippman's THE LADY IN THE LAKE. I've heard such good things about this book, and I'm eager to dig in. Unfortunately, some kind of nasty norovirus is going through our house. It has left me headachy and gross, and it's disrupting my reading. But I'm going to try again today.

This is interesting:

Welcome and General Discussion / What series do you wish would continue?
« on: December 07, 2019, 12:55:35 am »
I have a habit of falling in love with series that aren't the best sellers in the author's book list. For instance, I love Carolyn Hart's Henrie O series, and I asked her why she doesn't write more of them. Simple answer - they don't sell as well as her other books.

I would love for Simon Brett to write more Mrs. Pargeter books, and I'm eager to read more "art whisperer" books by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins. I can only assume that Brett's Charles Paris mysteries are more in demand, and that Aaron Elkins "Bone Doctor" forensic mysteries are more popular.

What books/series do you wish would continue or come back into print?

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