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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on September 30, 2019, 03:51:47 am »
I haven't heard of Ovidia Yu before now, so I'll have to look into the books and see if they interest me. Of course, then if they do I'll be buying the books (or looking to see if my local library might have the books).
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by kmckee on September 29, 2019, 09:38:01 pm »
I just finished reading three books by Ovidia Yu ("one of Singapore's best-known and most acclaimed writers") featuring amateur detective Chen Su Lin and set in 1930s Singapore.  Here's what Catriona McPherson had to say about the books:  "Simply glorious.  Every nook and cranny of 1930s Singapore is brought richly to life, without ever getting in the way of a classic puzzle plot.  But what's a setting without a jewel?  Chen Su Lin is a true gem.  Her slyly witty voice and her admirable, sometimes heartbreaking, practicality make her the most beguiling narrator heroine I've met in a long while."   First book is The Frangipani Tree Mystery. Hope Yu continues the series.
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Favorites / Re: LGBTQ Mysteries & Thrillers
« Last post by JRob on September 25, 2019, 04:30:48 pm »
Kristopher Zgorski's Bolo Books blog had their Fall APB article go up this week, spotlighting 10 mystery/thriller novels to watch out for.

One of the books he spotlighted was the new book in J.M. Redmann's Micky Knight series which features a lesbian detective. Since I hadn't heard of the series before I asked him to give me a little more information because I was intrigued by the premise of the book he spotlighted.

After he gave me the brief overview of the series, I really want to start at the beginning and check this series out in full.
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What I'm Reading / Re: Book Signings anyone?
« Last post by JRob on September 25, 2019, 04:26:43 pm »
I kind of feel like I'm talking to myself on the board as of late but I ended up having to miss the William Kent Krueger  signing I mentioned in the first post.

I'm trying to do a double signing on Saturday September 28th. Author Peter Colt has a new detective series that saw the first book 'The Off-Islander' published recently. He's doing a signing at Titcomb's Bookshop on Saturday afternoon.

After I go to that, I've got to then head up to the New England Mobile Book Fair store where Hank Phillippi Ryan and Steven Cooper are doing a tandem event for their respective new books The Murder List and Valley of Shadows.
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on September 25, 2019, 04:22:31 pm »
Besides reading Volumes 1 and 2 of the For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library collections, I finished David Baldacci's Long Road To Mercy. That's the first book in his Atlee Pine series. I got that from the library to read when I received the ARC to A Minute To Midnight which is the follow up book to Long Road To Mercy. I finished that one as well and I'll be working on my draft review to submit to the magazine!
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What I'm Reading / Book Signings anyone?
« Last post by JRob on September 08, 2019, 02:17:47 pm »
I know that as a reader, I love going to signings of authors that I like. A signed book is a treasure that stays forever in my book collection.

I saw Hank Phillippi Ryan a couple weeks back on the second event of her tour for "The Murder List". She's always a thrill to see and she even mentioned me and the reviewing I do for Mystery Scene as an example to illustrate a point she was making in her talk. (There's video of it, so I have proof! LOL)

I just got back from a book signing at a library two towns over from where I live. The author is Jack Matthews and the mystery he was promoting was his debut novel "Arte Perdida". He put on an engaging talk about the process of researching and writing the story and I picked up a copy of the book and had it signed.

This week, I'm headed to see Brad Meltzer on his tour for his kid books, but I'm going to have him sign a couple of his thrillers and a comic trade paperback he wrote after I buy the kid book as a Christmas gift for my nephew. (I checked with the store and they said he'll sign any of his work at the event.)

I've also got plans to see William Kent Krueger and Kyle Mills when they hit stores within driving distance for me.

So does anyone else here have any book signing events in their future? Do you like to go to these events? And for those who are writing the books, how much input do you have on going out on tour to promote?
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on September 08, 2019, 02:09:58 pm »
I got my hands on the new Lorna Barrett Booktown mystery "A Killer Edition" and powered my way through it rather quickly. Pretty enjoyable read and continues my love of the series.
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on September 03, 2019, 12:31:48 pm »
I finished the Cornelia Kidd novel "Death and a Pot of Chowder". Sadly, what was intended to be the first book in the Maine Murder series is the only book we'll see. The author, real name Lea Wait, passed away a few weeks ago.

I really enjoyed the book and would have loved to see where the story would've gone next.
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by KiwiCraig on August 29, 2019, 10:00:25 am »
Currently reading I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS by William Deverell, a doyen of Canadian crime fiction. Not a new book for a review or anything, but just one I'd been looking forward to getting off my shelf. Fascinating thusfar as it takes his longstanding legal eagle hero Arthur Beauchamp reminiscing back to a case early in his career where an indigenous man was at risk of the noose. Deverell is a very fine writer.
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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« Last post by JRob on August 27, 2019, 03:38:41 pm »
I finished reading the advance copy of debut novelist Nicole Asselin's "Murder At First Pitch", the first in her Ballpark Mysteries series.
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