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I've liked reading about basketball, baseball and football.

I wouldn't want to read about stuff like lacrosse or croquet.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 11, 2020, 07:39:43 pm »
I've found some used books at online Goodwill stores. I feel a little guilty because I know buying used books doesn't put money in the author's pocket. At least it doesn't directly - but, on the other hand, if I discover an author or a series by reading a used book, I can almost guarantee I'll be buying some new books as I read the rest of the series (or the author's backlist).

I don't have the feeling of guilt that you have when I buy used books. But like you, I do buy the author's new books if I like what I read from the used purchases. I balance it out so I am good with that.

Oh, and I finished ROTTEN TO THE CORE. Here's what I thought of the book.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 11, 2020, 05:36:49 am »
Jay - I don't remember if you specifically recommended Maddie Day's MURDER ON CAPE COD or if I just randomly selected it, but I am enjoying it. My brother and sister-in-law live in New England and spend a lot of time at Cape Cod. My uncle used to go there a lot, too. I've spent a lot of time in New England but I've never been to Cape Cod or anyplace on the New England coast.

My son and both of my brothers love to travel by bike, and bike rentals (Divvy Bikes) were very popular in Chicago, where we used to live. There are bike rental programs here in Eugene, too. I follow another cozy mystery series that involves a bike rental business - Duffy Brown's Cycle Path mysteries. I've read two of them and I think the third one comes out this summer.

I'm not sure if I recommended Maddie Day's MURDER ON CAPE COD specifically either. I just flat out recommend reading all of the books written by Edith Maxwell under her name or the Maddie Day pseudonym. She's just a fantastically entertaining writer in my opinion.

I live just off the Cape but tend to avoid going over the bridge much at all, particularly from late May to mid-September when it is tourist season and the traffic is a disaster at best.

I'm glad you are enjoying the series. And book 2, MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP, is even better!

Currently I'm reading Sheila Connolly's ROTTEN TO THE CORE, the 2nd book in her Orchard Mystery series. I bought a cheap used copy off of eBay because I really didn't want to wait for the stores to reopen to read the next book in the series.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 10, 2020, 08:54:52 am »
Craig, I've never read that Karin Salvalaggio series but I'm going to check it out to see if it might be something I might like to read.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 08, 2020, 08:15:56 am »
Wow Becke,

I hope everyone around you gets healthy soon. That's some awful news to read about for sure.

The review of the Jenn McKinlay book can now be seen HERE!

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 07, 2020, 06:51:12 pm »
I finished the Jenn McKinlay mystery Books Can Be Deceiving tonight. I haven't written up a review of it yet but I quite enjoyed it and I'm glad I've got the next few books in the series in my TBR pile(s) waiting to be read.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 07, 2020, 05:13:34 am »
I ended up just plowing through the C.J. Box thriller LONG RANGE. I had left off about a third of the way through the book on Tuesday. When I picked it up on Wednesday, the plan was to alternate with the other book I was reading. But I got so into the naturally flowing narrative that I couldn't put it down until I was finished.

You can check out my brief thoughts on the book HERE!

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 06, 2020, 10:40:05 am »
I don't do it often, but I'm actually reading two books at the same time right now. It's weird for me because I like to read one at a time to keep the stories straight but for some reason I just felt like reading the new C.J. Box and the first book in Jenn McKinlay's Library Lovers mystery series and couldn't decide which one should come first so I just started reading both of them.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 04, 2020, 08:29:48 pm »
I definitely want to read ONE BAD APPLE now - the other book might be a little scary for me!

Yeah, I don't think the graphic novel would be something you'd be interested in. I hope you like ONE BAD APPLE.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Edgar Award Winners
« on: May 04, 2020, 03:47:49 pm »

I love that quote! And it's probably true. I figure it would take me about 150 years to get through my to-be-read pile (which I add to WAY too often) if I read a book a day. So maybe not purchasing the time to read them, but it's definitely an incentive to read as many as I can for as long as I can.

I'm not sure who said that quote originally but I heard it said by the late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon. It stuck with me. I even use it as the quote on my Goodreads profile.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Edgar Award Winners
« on: May 04, 2020, 06:52:25 am »
A couple of these author sounded familiar. I don't have the book that won, but I do have a different book by Tracy Clark, and it's in the same series. The book I have is called Broken Places. I guess maybe I should stop buying books until I actually read the ones I have. Does anyone really do that?

"We buy books because we think we're purchasing the time to read them" least that's the quote I think of when I buy a book from an author even if I'm behind on their various other books.

I didn't realize Maddie Day is the same person as Edith Maxwell. I have a Maddie Day book called Murder on Cape Cod. I liked the idea of a book club solving mysteries. I've had this for awhile but hadn't been in the mood for cozies.

MURDER ON CAPE COD is the first book in the Cozy Capers Book Group series. It is pretty good, but the 2nd book in the series, MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP, is even better! Definitely worth reading the series in order!


I've pulled one of her books from my to-be-read pile to read soon (I'm juggling a bunch of books I want to read next). Do you have a favorite you'd recommend? Doesn't matter to me if it's the first in the series or not.

I'm a giant fan of her Country Store series but I do not separate out the individual books for that series. I would simply start with FLIPPED FOR MURDER and read the series in order. It's a real gem of a series and well worth becoming involved in. I managed to convince a co-worker to read the first book in the series and now she's as addicted to it as me.

I also gave SIGNED copies of FLIPPED FOR MURDER to a couple other people as well.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 04, 2020, 06:42:14 am »
Meanwhile, I finished the first book in the Sheila Connolly Orchard Mysteries series, ONE BAD APPLE. You can see what I thought HERE!.

I also finished the graphic novel thriller OVER MY DEAD BODY by Jay Faerber. I wrote up a review of that too. You can check it out HERE!

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.

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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