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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: The 2020 Edgar Nominations
« Last post by Becke Davis on Today at 03:16:46 pm »
Having just read the list of nominees for the 2020 Edgar Awards, I've never been more aware that I am seemingly out of step with the majority of mystery readership.

I own exactly 1 book amongst all the nominees. And I've yet to read that one so far. There are three other titles I want to read. Not that I feel the need to be one with the crowd but damn that's a lot of nominees that I've never read, or in some cases, even heard of before now.

Here's the list: https://mysterywriters.org/mwa-announces-the-2020-edgar-nominations/

I'm doing slightly better - not much - with the Agatha nominees: https://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/2020/01/agatha-nominees-malice-domestic.html?fbclid=IwAR1vRdKvZtYD7gi2WnYglfKyet9m53HAww3DrKaytL-lw0R4EW_icwaHtlw

I've read two of the nominees for Best Contemporary Novel:
A Better Man by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Murder List by Hank Philippi Ryan (Forge)

And, thanks to the current issue of Mystery Scene magazine, I've got one of the Best First Mystery Novel nominees on order:
One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House, a division of Harlequin)

As to the Edgars, I'm in the same ballpark as you are:

I'm almost finished with this one: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (Harlequin – Graydon House)
Strangers at the Gate by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)
Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley (Kensington Publishing)
The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Tom Doherty Associates – Forge Books)

I read a lot of Catriona McPherson's books and I think STRANGERS AT THE GATE is in my to-be-read pile.

I'm intrigued by some of the books in the critical and historical categories. The History of Collins Crime Club is especially intriguing but also expensive. I'm putting together a birthday list for my family! :-)
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Welcome and General Discussion / The 2020 Edgar Nominations
« Last post by JRob on January 22, 2020, 05:04:19 pm »
Having just read the list of nominees for the 2020 Edgar Awards, I've never been more aware that I am seemingly out of step with the majority of mystery readership.

I own exactly 1 book amongst all the nominees. And I've yet to read that one so far. There are three other titles I want to read. Not that I feel the need to be one with the crowd but damn that's a lot of nominees that I've never read, or in some cases, even heard of before now.

Here's the list: https://mysterywriters.org/mwa-announces-the-2020-edgar-nominations/
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by Becke Davis on January 22, 2020, 12:15:40 am »
I'm halfway through Elly Griffiths' THE STRANGER DIARIES - I like it a lot! I'm looking forward to reading books from her Ruth Galloway and Magic Men series soon, too.
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Bookmarks?
« Last post by Becke Davis on January 21, 2020, 04:24:43 pm »
Molly MacRae shared some images of a cool handmade bookmark that's a cut-out teapot with a teabag attached to it by a string. I tried to attach an image but I can't reduce it enough to get it to fit. Search "teacup bookmarks" and all kinds of cute ones come up!
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I read The Seven and Half Percent Solution when I in college, I think. I remember being very startled by the drug addiction material. Somehow I had read the stories, admittedly when I was a kid, and hadn't quite processed Sherlock's whole cocaine habit....

I didn't figure that out until I was older, either, and at first I was sure I must be mistaken.
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Bookmarks?
« Last post by Becke Davis on January 21, 2020, 09:47:55 am »
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA is wonderful. I was surprised to see some movie posters along with all the magazine illustration work which was, of course, outstanding. The Four Freedoms and his other civil rights work was moving. It's a well-designed museum, very worth a day trip.

My grandmother, who lived in Adams, was a huge fan of Rockwell and use to talk about that museum a lot.
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I read The Seven and Half Percent Solution when I in college, I think. I remember being very startled by the drug addiction material. Somehow I had read the stories, admittedly when I was a kid, and hadn't quite processed Sherlock's whole cocaine habit....
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Bookmarks?
« Last post by Kate Stine, Editor on January 21, 2020, 07:12:10 am »
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA is wonderful. I was surprised to see some movie posters along with all the magazine illustration work which was, of course, outstanding. The Four Freedoms and his other civil rights work was moving. It's a well-designed museum, very worth a day trip.
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Bookmarks?
« Last post by Denise on January 20, 2020, 11:51:03 am »
We stayed in Lenox, and visited the Clark Art Institute at Williams College, in Williamstown, and also the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge. The Clark does have sculptures, too, as well as decorative arts (porcelain, silver, etc.): https://www.clarkart.edu/museum/Collections/Browse-Collections#/?sortBy=2&FacetId=12

I have been to North Adams, when my best high school friend went there for her freshman year of college, but not to any museums there.
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What I'm Reading / Re: What I am Reading
« Last post by Becke Davis on January 20, 2020, 12:06:25 am »
My daughter was frustrated when I started to read THE BODIES IN THE LIBRARY 2, a collection of mystery short stories, because I have so many books waiting to be read. I've mentioned THE SILENT PATIENT - she read that months ago and has been after me to read it so we can talk about it together. "Just read the first two pages," she said. Well, this morning I did just that. And by the time she got home from work this afternoon, I had finished it.

Well, when she's right, she's right. It's a gripping thriller, with lots of small twists and a killer surprise ending. Like GONE GIRL, it's not a book you're likely to forget.

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250301697
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