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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: RIP Sheila Connolly
« on: April 24, 2020, 08:32:21 pm »
Jay - I realized we shared the same link after I posted it. Great minds think alike, I guess! ;-)

I think I met Sheila at Bouchercon, but I met so many authors there, I'm not sure. Either way, she will be a great loss to the writing community.

I didn't realize Maddie was Edith! I just noticed one of Edith's books in my to-be-read pile. I'll get to that one soon.

I've been reading the reactions to Sheila's death on Facebook and yes, she is definitely going to be greatly missed. I hadn't gotten around to starting her Apple Orchard and Museum mystery series but I think I'm going to order the first book in each series.

I also read that she has two books done that haven't come out yet. I don't know which series these books are set in but it is nice that there will be at least two new books from her for fans to read and enjoy.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: RIP Sheila Connolly
« on: April 24, 2020, 08:42:51 am »
I was shocked to see this. She was two years older than me, so of course I think of her as being very young.

Janet Rudolph wrote about this: https://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2020/04/sheila-connolly-rip.html?fbclid=IwAR2Og9nxMkl7XPiwtE-a5xtL8YiV-IyZj6rzMILvxa-i3dKJ5IEDcnxM5CQ

And this was on the page of the Facebook group SAVE OUR COZIES:

Posted by Maddie Day

10 hrs

It is sadly true that Sheila Connolly has died. We were waiting for her daughter to give the go ahead to make the sad news more widespread, but someone edited her Wikipedia page, and now we can grieve publicly. Sheila has been ill with cancer for a while and did not want anyone to know. At least our friend died in her beloved cottage in her favorite place on earth. May her soul rest easy knowing she was loved by so many.

Becke, the link in my original post is the same one you posted. And the quote from Maddie Day is poignant. Maddie is Edith Maxwell, an author I'm a big fan of. It was when I went to a signing for her that I got to meet Sheila for the one and only time. It was nice to be able to chat with someone about Ireland who'd actually been there.

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Pretty interesting. I don't know that I'd ever be able to go there or anything but it would be a cool little thing to do.

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What I'm Reading / Re: UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry
« on: April 24, 2020, 08:38:49 am »

I think the comparison was made because readers aren't sure whether the narrator is reliable or not. The plot itself is nothing like Gone Girl, but it is very twisty. Figuring out who you can trust is part of the fun. :-)

OK. That might be okay then because I am not interested in anything remotely like Gone Girl.

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Welcome and General Discussion / RIP Sheila Connolly
« on: April 23, 2020, 10:08:07 pm »
I'm sad to report that author Sheila Connolly has passed away. She wrote the County Cork, Victorian Village, Orchard, Relatively Dead and Museum mystery series as well as many other works.

You can read more HERE!

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What I'm Reading / Re: UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry
« on: April 23, 2020, 09:16:33 pm »
I hate to say it but the idea of it being compared to Gone Girl kind of turns me off to wanting to read the book.

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Thanks for the list Craig, a couple of those titles look pretty damn interesting.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 23, 2020, 09:37:31 am »
Read FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly last weekend - it's not out for a few weeks yet but I got an advance copy. Very good, as usual - features the return of journalist Jack McEvoy and former FBI agent Rachel Walling (THE POET, THE SCARECROW) rather than being a Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller book.

I know that it isn't out yet but it is one of my most anticipated releases for this year.

I'm glad to see that you liked the story!

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What I'm Reading / Re: UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry
« on: April 23, 2020, 09:36:45 am »
What's the general synopsis for the story?

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What I'm Writing / Re: Southern Cross Crime
« on: April 23, 2020, 09:36:02 am »
Craig, I just can't read a book on an e-reader. I will put the book on my buy list for when it comes out in September and then pick it up so I can take a look at your work then!

Congrats on the book's e-release!

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What I'm Reading / Re: Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:14:51 am »
I took your recommendation for this book from the other thread you posted it on and added it to my list.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:14:03 am »

I'll look for this when my library opens again. I'm in the mood for another novel set in this era. Have you read anything by Mark Mills? You might like Where Dead Men Meet.

I have not read any work from Mark Mills so I will add WHERE DEAD MEN MEET to my list and try to check it out whenever the library reopens.

By the way, I'd suggest starting with the first book in the James R. Benn series called BILLY BOYLE first as stuff referenced in Book 2 was in Book 1.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 20, 2020, 07:51:40 pm »
I finished the James R. Benn novel THE FIRST WAVE, the 2nd book in his Billy Boyle World War II mystery series. As with the first one, I really enjoyed the story.

I had this one checked out from the library before it was closed so I had plenty of time to read it since the library has yet to reopen.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes
« on: April 20, 2020, 06:41:17 am »

Brilliant!

Found this on Goodreads:

“A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body.”
― Steven J. Daniels, Weeds in The Garden of Love

Oh, I am so stealing this one.

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I posted this on the April thread but I see we've switched topics to Sports Mysteries to May.

There's a terrific Emma Lathen mystery that centers around the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. It features John Putnam Thatcher, her banker sleuth, who investigates a fraud scheme that swindles Sloan Guaranty Trust out of a half million dollars. There's a murder of a skier, too. Lots of scenes with the athletes who are at odds with the Olympic committee.

There's a lot of athletes at odds with the Olympic committee these days as well, so the book would have some modern day relevance for sure. Do you know the name of the book? I think this one sounds quite interesting.

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