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Top Ten Lists / Re: My Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers of 2020!
« on: January 01, 2021, 08:00:45 am »
Well, I knew before I clicked on your post that it would be expensive for me. I've ordered a couple of your recommendations, and preordered another. I think I have Carlene O'Connor's book in my to-be-read pile, and, after reading your review of Matthew Quirk's book(s), I thought his name rang a bell. No wonder- I bought HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN when you mentioned earlier in the year, and it's been buried in a bin of waiting-to-be-read books that I just upended this morning to see what I was missing. The only books on your list I've read were the ones by Maddie Day and Margaret Dumas.


Now I have a question for any of you - I'm interested in a 2019 book called THE GHOST MANUSCRIPT by Kris Frieswick. It's a mystery with paranormal elements. The reviews I've read are so varied, I can't get a good feel for the book. I have so many books already in my waiting-to-be-read pile, it's not like I NEED to add another book to it. But I like King Arthur stories, I'm not averse to ghosts, and I like puzzles and quests. Have any of you read this book? I'd value your opinions. Thanks!

Well that's some high praise from you Becke, to order three books because I recommended them. Thanks...and I'm sorry to your wallet.  :)

As for the Kris Frieswick book, you are going to find this funny. I own the book. I haven't read it yet but I met the author at a store signing when the book was released and got my copy signed. It sounds great and if I can ever get through my pile of books I'm hoping to actually get to reading it someday. But her talk was excellent and I'd say go for it!

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Top Ten Lists / My Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers of 2020!
« on: December 31, 2020, 04:33:27 pm »
I've just finished writing my article on my Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers of 2020. If anyone cares to check it out, it's posted on my home away from home on the Internet, the Classic Rock Bottom message board. Here's the DIRECT LINK.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Giving Books as Gifts?
« on: December 27, 2020, 08:38:57 pm »
I received a non-book gift that I'm excited about - a card game called DEATH ON THE CARDS. The box says it is "A card game inspired by the works of Agatha Christie." I'm not sure how well this will work, since I'm the only one in this household who reads her books.

You'll have to let the board know how it goes.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Giving Books as Gifts?
« on: December 27, 2020, 08:38:38 pm »
Here's the pic of me after unwrapping the surprise gift!

Great picture! Will you actually use the mug or will you save it for display?

I don't like any kind of hot drinks so I'm probably just going to save it for display. I'm looking for a case that I can put it into, like they do for collectible baseballs.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: December 27, 2020, 08:37:30 pm »
I've been trying to get into reading an advance copy of the new P.J. Tracy book but I'm not making much headway. It's not rowdy here but I'm finding myself either terribly distracted by other things I need to do and/or terribly disinterested in the book itself. I'm making more of a push tomorrow but if I can't make some progress towards actually being interested in the story, I'm going to give up on it.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Giving Books as Gifts?
« on: December 27, 2020, 08:02:04 am »
Here's the pic of me after unwrapping the surprise gift!

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Giving Books as Gifts?
« on: December 25, 2020, 04:50:17 pm »
I did follow through on my original post. I gave a co-worker a book and a gift card. I gave another co-worker a gift card.

And my trivia team partner loved the David Baldacci book I gave him.

As for me, my friend Ann gave me Paige Shelton's COLD WIND which was a great enough gift all by itself. But she had another literary surprise gift for me as well. It seems she was sneaky and reached out to Edith Maxwell online and I received one of Edith's author mugs that she signed as well. That was a shock gift to say the least. Coolest gift I've gotten in a long while!

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: December 23, 2020, 03:43:18 am »
I've read a couple of the Ace Atkins Robert B. Parker books, and was surprised to find that I liked them a lot. I've read all of Robert B. Parker's originals and loved them. I liked the SPENCER TV show, too.

The Spenser TV show was a favorite of mine. I have all three seasons on DVD. Robert B. Parker wasn't really a fan of it, but I think he was wrong in this particular case.

And I used to be very against continuing a series after an author dies but between Kyle Mills taking over the Mitch Rapp series after Vince Flynn's death and Ace Atkins taking over the Spenser series I've had a small change of opinion. The first two books Atkins wrote in the Spenser series made my Top 10 list in those particular years..

Meanwhile, I'm currently trying to read an advance copy of the upcoming P.J. Tracy book DEEP INTO THE DARK.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: December 22, 2020, 03:52:14 am »
I haven't had any ghostly encounters, at least that I know of.

Oh, and on Sunday I finished reading ROBERT B. PARKER'S ANGEL EYES by Ace Atkins.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: December 20, 2020, 07:55:34 am »
I finished reading an advance copy of the new C.J. Box book that's due out in March. It is called Dark Sky and it is from his Joe Pickett series. I haven't submitted my review of it yet though so I can't say much other than I liked it.

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Parnell Hall
« on: December 18, 2020, 03:46:57 pm »
Thanks for the info, Becke!

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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Parnell Hall
« on: December 18, 2020, 04:09:55 am »
Unfortunately for me I'm sure, I've never read any of his books. I'll take a peek at his bibliography later to see what might strike my fancy.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: December 17, 2020, 04:29:27 am »

I knew I was forgetting something. No, I haven't read these, and I want to. So the new releases are available now? I'll tell my husband to add them to my "wish list."

Yes they are available under the Edith Maxwell name. The Tace Baker versions are out of print, I found my copies of those on eBay.

Edith told me to read the new versions instead of the older ones, they've been newly edited and I believe updated a bit. They came out in July and August.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: December 16, 2020, 04:00:03 am »
I read that and liked it. I think I've all of hers except the Quaker midwife series now.

Have you got her two Lauren Rousseau books? They were originally published under the name Tace Baker but this past summer they were republished (with new editing and cover art under Edith's own name. I have both versions.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: December 15, 2020, 04:37:20 pm »
I finished reading A TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE. It's the first book in Edith Maxwell's Local Foods Mystery series. You can check out what I thought of it over on Goodreads.com.

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