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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by Becke Davis on Today at 03:32:02 pm »
I just picked up the Amy Pershing book A SIDE OF MURDER today. It's the first book in the Cape Cod Foodie mystery series. I read about her and the book on the Jungle Red Writers blog and put it on my must-buy list.

But I also stopped off at my local comic shop where I put in an order for J.C. Vaughn's SECOND WEDNESDAY, which is the first book in the Donovan Bay series. It's a prose novel and it comes out in May. I also discovered that Image Comics will start publishing a nine issue miniseries called THE GOOD ASIAN, which is about (obviously) an Asian detective in 1936 Chinatown. I added that to my pull list.

And I picked up the first issue of a new miniseries called Stray Dogs. It's a murder mystery but the main characters are all dogs. The main dog is trying to find their owner and a killer may have done his human in. The art is done in the Don Bluth animation style and check out the fantastic homage cover art for the first issue.

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm interested in the Stray Dogs series. It sounds a bit like Spencer Quinn's books. I love the way he writes. It's rare for a mystery to make me laugh out loud but Chet, the dog protagonist, has given me the giggles many times.
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: RIP Margaret Maron
« Last post by JRob on Today at 01:51:39 pm »
The Jungle Red Writers blog did a post about Maron today (Saturday, Feb. 27th).
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on Today at 01:48:43 pm »
I just picked up the Amy Pershing book A SIDE OF MURDER today. It's the first book in the Cape Cod Foodie mystery series. I read about her and the book on the Jungle Red Writers blog and put it on my must-buy list.

But I also stopped off at my local comic shop where I put in an order for J.C. Vaughn's SECOND WEDNESDAY, which is the first book in the Donovan Bay series. It's a prose novel and it comes out in May. I also discovered that Image Comics will start publishing a nine issue miniseries called THE GOOD ASIAN, which is about (obviously) an Asian detective in 1936 Chinatown. I added that to my pull list.

And I picked up the first issue of a new miniseries called Stray Dogs. It's a murder mystery but the main characters are all dogs. The main dog is trying to find their owner and a killer may have done his human in. The art is done in the Don Bluth animation style and check out the fantastic homage cover art for the first issue.
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by Becke Davis on February 26, 2021, 05:40:24 pm »
I've been reading a lot:

I liked book one of a series by M.S. Morris. It's called ASPIRE TO DIE and I liked it a lot.

I also read A GLANCING LIGHT by Aaron Elkins. It had more violence than other books of his I've read, so it wasn't a favorite. (My favorites are the book he and his wife co-wrote.)

I really liked the first book in Deborah Blake's new Catskills Pet Rescue cozy series - FURBIDDEN FATALITY.. I'm looking forward to more books in this series.

I'm currently about halfway through Book Ten in Nancy Warren's Vampire Knitting Club series - GARTERS AND GARGOYLES. I think I only have two books left in this series. Luckily, she wrote other series - I'm looking forward to reading those, too.
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: RIP Margaret Maron
« Last post by Becke Davis on February 26, 2021, 05:33:44 pm »
Katherine Hall Page posted about this on Facebook - I just saw it. So sad!

"Katherine Hall Page

Just received the devastating news of Margaret Maron's death yesterday. "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer." (Charlotte's Web). Thank you, Margaret for thirty one years of friendship and all the wonderful books.Will raise a Cosmo to you tonight.

R to L: Margaret, Nancy Pickard, Hank Phillippi Ryan, me

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=3731812140233620&set=a.180114302070106

There is a wonderful announcement from her family on Margaret's FB page. Be sure to read what she wanted as an epitaph. A life well and truly lived, dear Margaret."

Lots of interesting posts here but not sure which one Katherine was referring to:

https://www.facebook.com/margaret.maron.3
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on February 26, 2021, 10:18:33 am »
I am currently reading an advance copy of the Marc Cameron thriller BONE RATTLE. I'll be reviewing it for Mystery Scene and I just got another ARC in the mail yesterday that looks promising as well.

Oh and I'm picking up Amy Pershing's A SIDE OF MURDER tomorrow. The series is set on Cape Cod (not sure about what town exactly yet) but since I'm just off of the Cape, I figured I'd give it a try.
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Welcome and General Discussion / RIP Margaret Maron
« Last post by JRob on February 24, 2021, 04:31:09 am »
The news was posted online via Twitter. I haven't been able to find an official news article to link to but author Margaret Maron passed away yesterday.

Here's the photo of the state released by her family:

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by Becke Davis on February 20, 2021, 07:01:59 pm »
Congratulations - that is so cool!
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on February 19, 2021, 07:35:13 am »
I just finished reading an advance copy of the debut thriller from Robyn Gigl called BY WAY OF SORROW. I'm going to be submitting a review to the magazine so I won't say anything more here for now.

So I loved the book and my review was printed in the magazine. But the publication got pushed back from last year to the end of March this year.

When I looked at the review section PDF that was sent to me for the upcoming new issue, I noticed a trade ad from Kensington Publishing about the book. And wouldn't you know it, the review quote they used at the top of the ad was mine! Totally cool I must say.

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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by Becke Davis on February 19, 2021, 01:00:37 am »
I forgot to mention one thing about AS SHE LEFT IT. The main character's name is Opal. In one scene, she mentions how rare it was to have other girls with names starting with "O" in her classes at school.

With the popularity of Olivia, I think O names might be a little more common now. When I tried to think of others, the first one that came to mind was Oline, like Mystery Scene's Oline Cogdill.

Others I came up with: Olga, Ophelia, Ondine, Oprah, Orchid, Orla, Olive - any others you can think of?
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