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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: September 23, 2020, 03:57:20 am »
When I don't read a mystery, I'm usually reading a Star Trek or Firefly novel.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: September 20, 2020, 06:55:55 am »
I'm working on a book by debut author Elizabeth Breck. It's called ANONYMOUS and its about a female private investigator in San Diego. I'm going to hopefully be writing a review of it for the magazine.

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There was an article in a Cape Cod newspaper recently about Edith's new Quaker Midwife mystery TAKEN TOO SOON. You can read the article HERE!

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I got the new Quaker Midwife mystery in the mail yesterday and I'm looking forward to reading this new Country Store Mystery as well.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: September 09, 2020, 04:00:10 pm »
I finished reading the Paige Shelton cozy mystery LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES. You can check out my review HERE!

The book also included a bonus story called A CHRISTMAS TARTAN which was originally published as an ebook novella. It is set before LOST BOOKS AND OLD BONES. It's listed as Scottish Bookshop Mystery Book 2.5 on Goodreads in case you want to read things in "order". You can read my review of the short story HERE!

Meanwhile, I've received two new books for potential reviews for the magazine in the last couple of days. Going by the synopsis on the back of the advance copies both seem pretty interesting so I'm looking forward to checking them out.

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Sounds interesting Becke!

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What I'm Reading / Re: Hank Phillippi Ryan's THE FIRST TO LIE
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:58:47 am »
Very cool!

This new book from Hank is getting a lot of rave reviews across the board.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: August 22, 2020, 06:11:36 pm »
I finished reading MURDER ON THE SILVER SCREEN which is the third book in the Movie Palace mystery series by Margaret Dumas.

I got it in the mail on Friday after learning that it had been published back in June.  I didn't think there would be a third book in the series because I'd heard that the publisher of the series had dropped nearly all of their authors a while back.

But while I haven't written a review of the book yet, I can tell you that it was fantastic. I've really enjoyed the series so far and this book was no exception to that. I can only hope there is more to come somehow because I really want to see where this story goes next.

Here's my review of MURDER ON THE SILVER SCREEN.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: August 22, 2020, 08:40:54 am »
The book I'm currently reading has been a bit of a struggle. I loved the first book in the series, gave it a great review in Mystery Scene. But book 2 hasn't drawn me in quite the same. There's reasons for that which I'll go into when I write my Goodreads review after I finish reading it.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: August 19, 2020, 04:06:12 am »

Both my wish list and my waiting-to-be-read pile are getting pretty scary. But no matter how many books I'm hoping to read soon, I can always squeeze in a couple more. This series definitely sounds like fun!

Becke,

It definitely is a fun series to read. And it is slightly out of my preferred reading zone due the inclusion of a particular character. But oddly enough, I have come to love that character as nearly my favorite one in the series.

Margaret Dumas has done the impossible in making me a huge fan of this series and that character.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: August 16, 2020, 08:07:31 pm »
I finished reading MURDER ON THE SILVER SCREEN which is the third book in the Movie Palace mystery series by Margaret Dumas.

I got it in the mail on Friday after learning that it had been published back in June.  I didn't think there would be a third book in the series because I'd heard that the publisher of the series had dropped nearly all of their authors a while back.

But while I haven't written a review of the book yet, I can tell you that it was fantastic. I've really enjoyed the series so far and this book was no exception to that. I can only hope there is more to come somehow because I really want to see where this story goes next.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: August 14, 2020, 04:58:07 pm »
FIRST TO LIE is my favorite of Hank's books so far, and I've read them all. This one is tricky. I haven't reviewed anything in ages but I'd like to review this one if I can just figure out a way to do it justice without giving anything away. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Meantime, I just started reading Con Lehane's MURDER AT THE 42ND STREET LIBRARY. I really liked the other book I read in this series, MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM. I think Jay first introduced me to this series. Still have one more to go!

I might've mentioned the Con Lehane series but I only heard of it because I saw a review of one of the books in Mystery Scene's print edition I believe.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Mystery Movies for Self-Quarantine
« on: August 13, 2020, 03:49:49 am »
I've been rewatching NYPD Blue on DVD lately but no movies.

Are you a fan of the Golden Age author, Josephine Tey? Her most famous book is probably BRAT FARRAR. I found this serialized on YouTube - I thought it was very well done.

Part One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4fGtCVK5jc

Thanks for the link. I can't say that I've read any of Tey's work before. But I will try to watch the included link as soon as I can.

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What I'm Reading / Re: Hank Phillippi Ryan's THE FIRST TO LIE
« on: August 13, 2020, 03:48:46 am »
Glad to hear that you loved the book. I have the book but haven't gotten started with it yet.

Hank is awesome. I've met her a number of times and a couple of times she even made a special point of introducing me to other authors that were in attendance at an event. She's one of only two people that I've actually done an interview piece with.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Mystery Movies for Self-Quarantine
« on: August 10, 2020, 03:54:08 am »
I've been rewatching NYPD Blue on DVD lately but no movies.

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