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What I'm Reading / Re: A Vicky Hill Exclusive! by Hannah Dennison
« on: May 04, 2020, 06:39:56 am »
I read a cozy mystery about a reporter over the weekend. I was a little confused by the title at first. The cover shows a graveyard and a veiled woman dressed in black but the title A Vicky Hill Exclusive! didn't sound like the title of a mystery. It turns out the amateur detective has hopes of a front page feature with a by-line and throughout the book she imagines various headlines.

This is the first book of a new series, and I think it's the author's first book. Her name is Hannah Dennison (her name might have drawn me to this book).

I didn't realize this book was written in 2008 and the author has written lots of books and a couple of series since this came out. Now I don't know what to read next. Her website gives me a lot of choices.

https://www.hannahdennison.com/

I haven't heard of this author or series before so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip.

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Edith's book is the only one of the winners that I've read. I'm psyched to see her getting the award which I hope will bring even more attention to her work.

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I've been trying to find the answer. I'm stumped at the moment.

And I can't believe you don't have this series! For me, this is my favorite series from Edith/Maddie. I love Robbie Jordan. When I wrote a review of one of the books over on Goodreads, I said "Robbie Jordan kicks as much butt as Jack Reacher...with way better food!"

That line was used by Edith in her newsletter as one of her favorite reviews. And she came to my local library's Mystery Book Club when we talked about the first book in her Quaker Midwife Mystery series a few months back. That was awesome let me say.

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Becke,

A couple of things about this.

It's Edith Maxwell. She writes as Maddie Day as well, but Edith Maxwell is her real name.

I'm on fairly sure ground about this because she's a Facebook friend of mine and I've met her at signings a number of times.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Edgar Award Winners
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:23:05 pm »
There were four authors nominated that I know/read. Unfortunately none of them won the awards.

I followed the Twitter feed as they announced the awards so I saw as each category was announced.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:21:48 pm »

I had to laugh when I read this. I always thought that if we hadn't married young (we were 19) my husband might have become a hermit or a monk. He married an uber-extrovert from a big family, so every holiday and family get-together was a trial for him. We only had two kids and he handled that pretty well (except when they had birthday parties or brought all their friends over). Now we live with our son and his wife and our two grandkids. My daughter-in-law and I are both the oldest of five kids so a noisy house is nothing new to us. It's taken my husband a little longer to get used to the daily chaos, especially since we started quarantining ourselves in mid-March. He misses his (former) quiet time at local coffee shops.

I can be a people person, if it is on my terms. If I have to deal with people on their terms, I'm usually far less interested in being involved.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Maj Sjowall
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:09:16 am »
I'm glad you posted this. I saw the news yesterday but forgot to share it here.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:08:28 am »


On the other hand, being in self-quarantine has to be pretty hard when you're on your own. :-(

Only if you are a socially active person who needs other people around. While there are those that fit that description. That's not me. I'm good alone, which probably explains why I'm single and childless as well. LOL

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 30, 2020, 05:42:54 pm »

I used to go to Jungle Red all the time - a lot of great authors there. Now I don't get to my favorite blogs very often - not because I don't enjoy them, but because I'm just not on the computer has much as I used to. With kids out of school, my granddaughters are home almost all the time and I don't usually get online until after they've gone to bed. Right now they're walking the dog with their dad so it's quiet around here. :-)

The benefit of me being completely single and childless is that I get to do these things a lot more. :D

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 30, 2020, 05:21:01 am »
I finished NANTUCKET NOON awhile ago and just picked AN ACT OF VILLAINY by Ashley Weaver as my next read. I've been following this series since the first book came out. It's hard to classify - a cozy of sorts. I like the timeframe, the Thirties. This is a new release. One of my favorite authors, Deborah Crombie, compares this series to Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness books, which I also like.

Do you read the Jungle Red Writers blog? Both Deborah and Rhys are members of the crew there. I'm over there on a mostly daily basis.

I'm also trying to read a couple of graphic novels. The first is OVER MY DEAD BODY by Jay Faerber and the other is SOLAR FLARE VOLUME 3: SARASOTA by James Haick III.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 29, 2020, 06:25:51 pm »
Sounds interesting Becke.

I'm probably starting the new C.J. Box novel LONG RANGE next.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 28, 2020, 05:27:30 am »
I finished reading the Sheila Connolly book A TURN FOR THE BAD. I did a brief write up on the book that you can read HERE!

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I've been thinking of checking out the Miss Fisher Mysteries but I haven't taken the plunge just yet. I'm glad to see you enjoy the show Carla.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: RIP Sheila Connolly
« on: April 25, 2020, 09:10:19 pm »
I had planned to read a different book this weekend, but I decided to honor Sheila by reading the next book, the fourth, in her County Cork series A TURN FOR THE BAD.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: RIP Sheila Connolly
« on: April 25, 2020, 09:06:00 am »
I did some minor Net surfing and apparently the two books that haven't been released yet are in the Victorian Village series. The first book has already been out but there's a 2nd one supposedly due for release on May 26th and the third book is tentatively set for May 1st, 2021.

Last night/early this morning, I ended up ordering a copy of the first book in the Orchard Mysteries, One Bad Apple.

The last book in the County Cork series (because of her passing, not because she was done with the series), Fatal Roots, came out in January so whenever it gets released in paperback I'll pick that one up as well.

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