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What I'm Reading / Re: Emma Lathen, 1991, East is East
« on: August 27, 2020, 08:34:55 pm »
I was going to read another Emma Lathen mystery but ended up reading something different this time. Maybe I'll go back and read that one next. So hard to decide what to read!

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What I'm Writing / Re: Sale Alerts
« on: August 27, 2020, 08:32:53 pm »
Thanks for the sale and giveaway information. It would be fun to win a free book.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: August 27, 2020, 08:30:47 pm »
I can't keep up with you all. I just read an old book by Dorothy Cannell, published in 2000. It's called Bridesmaids Revisited. I know I've read books of hers before and I thought this would be kind of funny. It was a good mystery but not funny. The characters were interesting but it wasn't as good as I hoped.

Not sure what I'm going to read next. I have a gift card so I might read a new book for a change.

I enjoy seeing what you are reading even though I don't comment all the time. I like the reviews, too.

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What I'm Reading / Re: Doris Miles Disney - Holy Cow!
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:53:47 am »
I treated myself to some vintage books (and some newer ones) from ABE.com, including a bunch of Doris Miles Disney books. Unfortunately, the first one I read was kind of disappointing. It's called HERE LIES... and it features a skeleton found in a family plot. It's been there nearly 50 years and when the skull is dug up, a bullet falls out. It sounded really promising but it was slow-moving, with most of the story involving research into old documents and newspaper clippings. It was interesting, but not a favorite.

I don't think I read this one, and I don't have the Tiger book (I checked, since you all liked it so much), but I do have a couple old books by Doris Miles Disney. Maybe I'll read one of those next.

I don't think anyone has mentioned Dorothy Eden. One of my favorite books years ago was An Afternoon Walk by Dorothy Eden. I don't know whatever happened to her.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Mystery Movies for Self-Quarantine
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:50:08 am »
I really enjoyed TO DIE FOR (1995) a thriller starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant. Kidman plays a none too bright but relentlessly ambitious aspiring TV personality with a penchant for taking shortcuts. It's a great cast: Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, Ileana Douglas. The ending is perfectly excecuted.

How about everyone else? What should we be renting/streaming while we're all self-isolating?

I remember that movie. Isn't that the one where Nicole Kidman is a weather girl? Weather person?

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What I'm Reading / Emma Lathen, 1991, East is East
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:48:12 am »
I have a couple old Emma Lathen books and I was going to read another one first. This one isn't even 20 years old but it seemed a lot older. It is set in Tokyo and New York City, and part of it is set in London and Birmingham, England. It isn't very politically correct, but in that respect it's not as bad as it might have been. I had a little trouble following it, due to the large cast of characters. It was dated but still interesting.

At the end of the book was a detail I didn't know. It said: "Emma Lathen is the pen name shared by Mary Jane Latsis, an economist, and Martha Heniddart, a lawyer. Their first book togetheer was published in 1961."

I'm not sure what I'll read next. I'm still reading old books I already have. Can't afford new books right now. I guess it will be eeny-meeny-miney-moe, since there are a couple books that sound good right now. I miss going to the library!

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: July 26, 2020, 09:50:53 pm »
Hi Adela - It sounds like you have an interesting taste in books. What are some of your favorites?

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: July 26, 2020, 12:42:33 am »
Someone mentioned Emma Lathen - I think it was when sports mysteries were featured - and I found more in my boxes of old books. The one I just finished was calle Accounting for Murder, and the cover says the author is "America's Agatha Christie." It was first published in 1964. My copy was published in 1974.

I enjoyed this book a lot, but it is definitely dated. One thing kind of got on my nerves. They must have had people check manually for typos, because I found a bunch. There a lots of secretaries, all female, and the rare women in power tend to be overlooked.

I just started another one called Brewing Up a Storm - the cover of this one says "The Agatha Christie of Wall Street."  This one isn't all that old, it was published in 1998.

Both of these books have chapter titles. That's an old fashioned style I always liked.

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I knew I had read some of these books! I probably should have read more books by the featured author, but when I found this book among my oldies and goodies paperbacks, I had to read it. I also found another Emma Lathen book that I want to reread soon, too.

Anyway, I think this might have been the last of the Rabbi books. I think I read all the others when they were pretty new.

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I have a copy of MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP! I decided to get this one because I already read the other Cozy Capers Book Club Mystery. I'm not a speed reader and I don't have a hope of reading all the books in the other series. They do sound good so I'll probably get a couple of them.

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Hi Edith - It's nice to meet you. I was surprised to find out you also wrote the Tace Baker books. I haven't read those yet but I heard they are really good. I want to read your Quaker Midwife books - they sound different than any mysteries I've read. What inspired you to write those books? I like that English show, Call the Midwife, so I think I'd like these, too.

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I had fun going through the same box of old paperbacks where I found the Emma Lathen book. There are a couple more of her books, plus a Doris Miles Disney book I want to read again. But, considering this month's feature, I'm excited about a book I found in the box that I don't even remember reading. It's called Strike Three, You're Dead by R.D. Rosen. The cover says, Edgar Award Winner, Best First Mystery. And Major League Murder, "The Dick Francis of Baseball, and more" from the Philadelphia Enquirer.

On the back cover there's a comment from Robert B. Parker, who wrote the Spenser mysteries. "If you love good writing and baseball, Strike Three, You're Dead will take you to paradise."

I think I'll read this next.

I just finished Strike Three, You're Dead by R. D. Rosen. It was in a box of old paperbacks but I don't remember it at all. Maybe I picked up a used copy and never got around to reading it. At first I thought it was going to be too try for me, since there are a lot of statistics and a lot of technical details about baseball. But I remembered it won an Edgar so I kept going. After awhile I got used to all the statistics, and it turned out they provided some important clues so I'm glad I stuck with it.

I like baseball but I'm just a normal fan. I think this book would be a hit with die-hard fans, since the author goes into so much detail. I liked the main character enough that I looked up the author. It turns out he went on to write a lot of other books, and seven or eight books with the same main character that starred in this book. I liked this one and might try to find other books by R.D. Rosen. A couple of these titles sound familiar. Maybe I've already read other ones! Here's his website: http://rdrosen.com/mysteries/

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: May 23, 2020, 11:53:00 pm »
Hi all,

I just joined (and just subscribed to Mystery Scene Magazine) and figured that I'd go and introduce myself for what's it worth.

I'm more on the newbie side to mysteries (more of a SF&F person over the years) but I've always followed a bit.   Thanks to the Covidication of our lives I've been watching more especially since subscribing to Britbox where I roared through Vera and am working my way through Inspector Morse as well as Dalziel and Pascoe.  I've historically been a fan of shows like classic Columbo and the 1970s all too short Ellery Queen tv series.  And I have a lot of love for the classic Hollywood comedic mysteries like the Thin Man movies and ones that I'd be less brave enough to admit this early on!   ;D   Because of my interests in things French and Japanese - I do follow some mystery shows and books along there as well.

On the reading front I do things a bit less but it's slowly growing.  Generally I read in ebook form and/or get from the library then only buy the print version when I think I'll be wanting a more permanent copy (or find a good deal on something I want) since space is precious.  I started as a child with Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators (aka Jupiter Jones...) and over the years I've read Rabbi Small, Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, Charlie Chan, Nero Wolfe and Sherlock Holmes, 'natch!  Probably the most recent one I've read and really liked was M.B. Shaw's Murder at the Mill.  I've periodically (pun so intended) read Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's magazines (not currently subscribing since I'm way behind in my reading there.)  Recently I bought my first print mystery which I'll looking forward to sitting down with soon is the The First Rumpole Omnibus.

So that's medium of it (not short and not, hopefully, too long) of it.  So still very much on the newish side but hope to learn more!

Nice to meet you, world. I've seen some of these TV shows and read books about some of the detectives you mentioned. I'm a big fan of Columbo, and I like Monk, too. Even though Monk drives me a little crazy, I like the way he always solves the crimes. I wish they showed reruns of those Ellery Queen episodes.

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Top Ten Lists / Re: (MYSTERY SCENE RELIEVE STRESS QUIZ
« on: May 23, 2020, 11:49:04 pm »
I'm not enough of an expert to attempt this quiz. I read a lot of mysteries but I wouldn't stand a chance playing Trivial Pursuit: Mystery Novel Edition.

Thanks for including the answers. You've given me some ideas for more books to read.

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I had fun going through the same box of old paperbacks where I found the Emma Lathen book. There are a couple more of her books, plus a Doris Miles Disney book I want to read again. But, considering this month's feature, I'm excited about a book I found in the box that I don't even remember reading. It's called Strike Three, You're Dead by R.D. Rosen. The cover says, Edgar Award Winner, Best First Mystery. And Major League Murder, "The Dick Francis of Baseball, and more" from the Philadelphia Enquirer.

On the back cover there's a comment from Robert B. Parker, who wrote the Spenser mysteries. "If you love good writing and baseball, Strike Three, You're Dead will take you to paradise."

I think I'll read this next.

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