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I started reading the Carlene O'Connor novel Murder In An Irish Pub. I won a copy of it on Goodreads and now that it showed up in the mail, I finally got to start reading it.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Book surprises!
« on: February 14, 2020, 03:55:24 am »
Even if it turned out to be fake, it definitely would've been worth the investment to have that Christie book. Just on the off chance it turned out to be real.

That's a pretty cool thing for your husband to have played with Townsend and Lane. And getting to meet John Mayall too!

The singer I interviewed was metal singer Leather Leone who fronted the band Chastain for years. I'm a huge fan so having her actually call my house to do the interview was a really cool thing.

Welcome and General Discussion / Book surprises!
« on: February 13, 2020, 07:28:51 pm »
Well, this doesn't happen to me often.

Tonight was the monthly Mystery Book Club meeting at my local library. I brought some books that I didn't want anymore (I'd bought them from another nearby library's book sale just last month) to share with the other members of the group.

While I was laying them out on the table, I happened to glance at one of the books I had bought but decided not to read. It was Ian Rankin's The Naming of the Dead. And in a huge shock to me, it turned out that it was a signed copy!

I hadn't gone through the book before now so I missed it. Of course, a bigger surprise was that the library had missed it when they put it in their used book sale.

So, I took that book back obviously and now can say I have a signed Ian Rankin!

Anyone else ever get a book related surprise like that before?


My husband is a music lover - how cool that you also write album and concert reviews! I squeeze in reading time when I'm not taking care of my grandkids and a friend's foster baby. Sometimes I stay up later than I should, but when I'm reading a good book it's always hard to put it down.

I'd hazard a guess that we don't have the same tastes in music. I'm a rock and metal guy. But it is great to be able to write my reviews. It gets me into some concerts for free since I'm covering the show for review purposes. I even got to interview a singer that I've been a fan of for more than 3 decades. That was very cool!


Like you, I love books - cozy and otherwise - that are set around books, bookstores or libraries. I don't knit or crochet but I tell myself I'll learn someday, so I do read some knitting and crafty cozies. Once I've read a book and liked the author's style of writing, I'm likely to pick up more books by that author.

I don't knit or crochet either. That's not my thing. When I'm not reading or working, I write about music for a couple of websites. I do album and concert reviews for one and I write a series of articles called The Cassette Chronicles for the other site. So my reading time is treasured since I have to make sure to carve it out of all the other stuff that keeps me busy.

I like series that are centered around books, whether it be bookstores or libraries.

I also like books set in Ireland or Scotland.

But I can read any type of series as long as it tells me a good story.

Hi Vicki!

Love your various series and I'll be looking forward to the Tea By The Sea series as well.

As for THERE'S A MURDER AFOOT, I have my copy and it is next up on my TBR list.

Nice to see you here on the Mystery Scene forum!

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: February 09, 2020, 09:11:44 am »
I took the Lee Goldberg book Lost Hills out of the library yesterday. It was such a thrilling page-turner that I finished it in one sitting just before midnight last night. I loved the book and just couldn't put it down.

Here's my review -

What I'm Writing / Re: What I'm Writing and Georgia Davis news
« on: February 06, 2020, 06:45:30 pm »
Welcome to the forum Libby!

I've got a copy of Nobody's Child in my admittedly far too big To Be Read Pile. I hope to get to it sooner rather than later because I bought it after reading the synopsis because it sounded so damn good.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade
« on: February 05, 2020, 03:57:57 am »
Bluebird, Bluebird was the first book in the series. HEAVEN, MY HOME is the 2nd book and was published just last year. I haven't bought the book yet so I don't know the answer to your question.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade
« on: February 04, 2020, 04:38:12 pm »
By the way, I haven't read any of the books that were nominated. I own The Dry by Jane Harper but just haven't gotten around to actually reading it yet.

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Best Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade
« on: February 04, 2020, 04:36:35 pm »

Now I'm going to go check out BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD. Thanks for the recommendation!

Becke, I got to review the book for Mystery Scene:

Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Say Hi and Introduce Yourself
« on: February 04, 2020, 04:34:45 pm »
Welcome to the forum Debbie!

Well, we can't forget about Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series which does start in Ireland but is mostly set in turn of the century (or thereabouts) New York. It is the first series I read that was tied to Ireland and it is fantastic. I got to meet her at a signing and she signed my copy of the first book in the series!

I'm not sure I know of any other series/books tied to Ireland but not actually set there. At least not off the top of my head. I've never had to go looking for that kind of thematic narrative before.

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