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Thanks becke; I hope so, too! Next week, Mom has an appointment with her PCP AND then later the heart specialist-- both appointments on the same day! I will be able to go with Mom and Dad to the 2nd appointment, but poor Dad gets to pull double duty, both in chauffering Mom to the Dr.'s offices, AND on at least one of the appointments, he will have to accompany Mom into the inner office, to take notes. At least one of us needs to go in with her, as she generally has a very short memory span, and thus she often has to be reminded of what the Dr told her. When we finally get all the Dr's appoinments finished with, if there's no major sugery other than her cataract surgery on the horizon, I'm going to try to take a breather and go somewhere for a weekend trip. May not even stay all night, but at least get away for a day trip. Sedona and Prescott are both very nice this time of year, with the change of color with fall foliage, which we don't get here in Phoenix--at least, not in October!

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I went to a writer's workshop given by the fabulous HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN at Schaumburg Library in the Chicago suburbs today. It was great to see her, and the workshop was amazing! I read her new book, THE WRONG GIRL, in one sitting yesterday (I had the day off - the baby is in Portland with her parents, for her aunt's wedding).

 

On the way home we stopped at Barnes & Noble. I stocked up on children's books and bought these for myself:

 

Vanishing Girls  

 

Surrender to Sultry  

Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover Series #3)  

Unleashed (Andy Carpenter Series #11)  

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Jessica (my daughter) bought these:

 

The Ghost in the Glass House  

Others of My Kind  

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10392096/Whodunit-Poll-seeks-to-find-greatest-ever...

 

Whodunit? Poll seeks to find greatest ever crime novel

 

Authors such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle will be fighting it out in a poll to find the greatest crime novel ever written

Agatha Christie, whose work is admired by John Lanchester

Agatha Christie Photo: Illustrated London News

 

4:07PM BST 20 Oct 2013

 

 

 

Agatha Christie will compete with the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler in a quest to identify the greatest crime novel ever written.

 

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has asked its 600 members, all authors, to pick what they consider to be the finest example of the genre, with the winner to be revealed as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.

 

Among the whodunits on the shortlist are two works by Christie – her 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926.

 

The competition will be stiff, however, as the American writer Chandler also has two books in the running – The Big Sleep, from 1939, and the 1953 novel The Long Goodbye.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan Doyle’s 1902 thriller, is also in the running, along with more recent works such as The Silence of the Lambsby Thomas Harris and On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill.

 

Scandinavian crime fiction, which has achieved widespread popularity in recent years, is notably absent from the list.

 

The poll will also seek to identify the greatest crime series and greatest crime writer, with the shortlist for the latter title including PD James and Ruth Rendell.

 

The crime series shortlist includes Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmescollection and Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.

 

Alison Joseph, chair of the association and author of the Sister Agnesmystery series, told the Independent on Sunday: "We see authors today stretching the limits of the genre, examining the truth of criminality, its causes, its effects, yet still telling page-turning stories.

"I was surprised there wasn't representation from the Scandinavian novelists since they consistently top the bestseller's list. Perhaps the bloodlust is all too much for people?"

 

The results of the poll will be revealed at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London on November 5.

 

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becke_davis wrote:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10392096/Whodunit-Poll-seeks-to-find-greatest-ever...

 

Whodunit? Poll seeks to find greatest ever crime novel

 

Authors such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle will be fighting it out in a poll to find the greatest crime novel ever written

Agatha Christie, whose work is admired by John Lanchester

Agatha Christie Photo: Illustrated London News

 

4:07PM BST 20 Oct 2013

 

 

 

Agatha Christie will compete with the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler in a quest to identify the greatest crime novel ever written.

 

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has asked its 600 members, all authors, to pick what they consider to be the finest example of the genre, with the winner to be revealed as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.

 

Among the whodunits on the shortlist are two works by Christie – her 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926.

 

The competition will be stiff, however, as the American writer Chandler also has two books in the running – The Big Sleep, from 1939, and the 1953 novel The Long Goodbye.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan Doyle’s 1902 thriller, is also in the running, along with more recent works such as The Silence of the Lambsby Thomas Harris and On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill.

 

Scandinavian crime fiction, which has achieved widespread popularity in recent years, is notably absent from the list.

 

The poll will also seek to identify the greatest crime series and greatest crime writer, with the shortlist for the latter title including PD James and Ruth Rendell.

 

The crime series shortlist includes Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmescollection and Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.

 

Alison Joseph, chair of the association and author of the Sister Agnesmystery series, told the Independent on Sunday: "We see authors today stretching the limits of the genre, examining the truth of criminality, its causes, its effects, yet still telling page-turning stories.

"I was surprised there wasn't representation from the Scandinavian novelists since they consistently top the bestseller's list. Perhaps the bloodlust is all too much for people?"

 

The results of the poll will be revealed at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London on November 5.

 


That's a very interesting contest, becke. However, I urge caution, as even the most legitimate-seeming contest will be at least in some sense subjective. Don't know which books and/or authors made it onto the shortlist, but as at least one person pointed out, there's no mention of any Scandinavian crime novels. Nor, for that fact, did I read whether the Australians or Canadians were mentioned, either. Some of my favorite crime authors may not even make it onto the short list, I'm sure, like for example, Rex Stout, with his Nero Wolfe books, Dashiell Hammett ( I think his Maltese Falcon is a classic crime novel, but many of his other novels are first-rate as well.) Don't know whether Dorothy L. Sayers made it onto the short list, or Margery Allingham, or Josephine Tey-- all first rate mystery novel writers. It's also not clear whether the books have to be ficion or not. Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is one of the most memorable crime books of all time, but because he was ahead of his time and a genre-bender, many people don't know whether it's fiction or non-fiction. (Based on a true story, of course!) Then there's Ann Rule, who has written many stirring books about true crime, including her book on Ted Bundy. Would the books by either of those authors make it onto the short list? I rather doubt it. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the voting comes out in this particular contest.

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With all the subgenres, how can you pick just one book?

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Fricka wrote:

becke_davis wrote:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10392096/Whodunit-Poll-seeks-to-find-greatest-ever...

 

Whodunit? Poll seeks to find greatest ever crime novel

 

Authors such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle will be fighting it out in a poll to find the greatest crime novel ever written

Agatha Christie, whose work is admired by John Lanchester

Agatha Christie Photo: Illustrated London News

 

4:07PM BST 20 Oct 2013

 

 

 

Agatha Christie will compete with the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler in a quest to identify the greatest crime novel ever written.

 

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has asked its 600 members, all authors, to pick what they consider to be the finest example of the genre, with the winner to be revealed as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.

 

Among the whodunits on the shortlist are two works by Christie – her 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926.

 

The competition will be stiff, however, as the American writer Chandler also has two books in the running – The Big Sleep, from 1939, and the 1953 novel The Long Goodbye.

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Conan Doyle’s 1902 thriller, is also in the running, along with more recent works such as The Silence of the Lambsby Thomas Harris and On Beulah Height by Reginald Hill.

 

Scandinavian crime fiction, which has achieved widespread popularity in recent years, is notably absent from the list.

 

The poll will also seek to identify the greatest crime series and greatest crime writer, with the shortlist for the latter title including PD James and Ruth Rendell.

 

The crime series shortlist includes Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmescollection and Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.

 

Alison Joseph, chair of the association and author of the Sister Agnesmystery series, told the Independent on Sunday: "We see authors today stretching the limits of the genre, examining the truth of criminality, its causes, its effects, yet still telling page-turning stories.

"I was surprised there wasn't representation from the Scandinavian novelists since they consistently top the bestseller's list. Perhaps the bloodlust is all too much for people?"

 

The results of the poll will be revealed at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London on November 5.

 


That's a very interesting contest, becke. However, I urge caution, as even the most legitimate-seeming contest will be at least in some sense subjective. Don't know which books and/or authors made it onto the shortlist, but as at least one person pointed out, there's no mention of any Scandinavian crime novels. Nor, for that fact, did I read whether the Australians or Canadians were mentioned, either. Some of my favorite crime authors may not even make it onto the short list, I'm sure, like for example, Rex Stout, with his Nero Wolfe books, Dashiell Hammett ( I think his Maltese Falcon is a classic crime novel, but many of his other novels are first-rate as well.) Don't know whether Dorothy L. Sayers made it onto the short list, or Margery Allingham, or Josephine Tey-- all first rate mystery novel writers. It's also not clear whether the books have to be ficion or not. Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is one of the most memorable crime books of all time, but because he was ahead of his time and a genre-bender, many people don't know whether it's fiction or non-fiction. (Based on a true story, of course!) Then there's Ann Rule, who has written many stirring books about true crime, including her book on Ted Bundy. Would the books by either of those authors make it onto the short list? I rather doubt it. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the voting comes out in this particular contest.


Likewise, they've included Agatha Christie's more infamous novels which are not, in my opinion anyway, nowhere near her best works.

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ejcopperman wrote:

With all the subgenres, how can you pick just one book?


I can't pick! I'm curious how they put this list together. How did they choose which books to include?

 

BTW, I'm soooo glad you were able to sign in! Fingers crossed you'll be able to respond to comments when you're our featured author next week!

 

The Thrill of the Haunt  

Chance of a Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse Series #4)  

Old Haunts (Haunted Guesthouse Series #3)  

Night of the Living Deed (Haunted Guesthouse Series #1)  

An Uninvited Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse Series #2)  

An Open Spook  

A Wild Ghost Chase  

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VERY cute, Dulcinea!

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I like yours, too, Becke!  I'm so glad I can post graphics again!

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I like yours, too, Becke!  I'm so glad I can post graphics again!


It's very unpredictable - I had to try three images before I found one that worked.

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Spirit Shapes  I'm Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. The latest is Spirit Shapes which is about a haunted house, a murder, ghosts and evil spirits, and angels and demons. If you're not famiiar with the series, Tempe is Native American married to a Christian preacher.

 

It isn't necessary to read the books in order, as I've written each as a stand-alone, and the mystery is always solved by the end. The characters do change and grow as they face personal problems along the way.

 

I'd love to participate with the book club some day.

 

 

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Hello B&N Mystery Forum,

Mystery At Deadfall Lake: Terry McGhee - As a newly published author, I enjoy reading the comments of other published writers. Deadfall Lake is a work of fiction that takes place in a small mountain resort town in Northern California.It is a lite, 'who dunnit' read. I am a retired world-traveled business man living in such a town. My work involved high end security of some of the world's most protected facilities. I use this extensive experience bank to bring reality to my story(s).

 

 

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MarilynMeredith wrote:

Spirit Shapes  I'm Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. The latest is Spirit Shapes which is about a haunted house, a murder, ghosts and evil spirits, and angels and demons. If you're not famiiar with the series, Tempe is Native American married to a Christian preacher.

 

It isn't necessary to read the books in order, as I've written each as a stand-alone, and the mystery is always solved by the end. The characters do change and grow as they face personal problems along the way.

 

I'd love to participate with the book club some day.

 

 


Welcome Marilyn. Your book sounds very interesting. I hope you will find some extra time to join in our discussions here.

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Hello B&N Mystery Forum,

Mystery At Deadfall Lake: Terry McGhee - As a newly published author, I enjoy reading the comments of other published writers. Deadfall Lake is a work of fiction that takes place in a small mountain resort town in Northern California.It is a lite, 'who dunnit' read. I am a retired world-traveled business man living in such a town. My work involved high end security of some of the world's most protected facilities. I use this extensive experience bank to bring reality to my story(s).

 

 


Hi, Terry. So happy to read that you have gotten a book published recently. I love "Who dunnit" books, so I am looking forward to reading yours. Hope you will drop back in here and join our discussions from time to time.

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MarilynMeredith wrote:

Spirit Shapes  I'm Marilyn Meredith, author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. The latest is Spirit Shapes which is about a haunted house, a murder, ghosts and evil spirits, and angels and demons. If you're not famiiar with the series, Tempe is Native American married to a Christian preacher.

 

It isn't necessary to read the books in order, as I've written each as a stand-alone, and the mystery is always solved by the end. The characters do change and grow as they face personal problems along the way.

 

I'd love to participate with the book club some day.

 

 


Hi Meredith - Thanks for introducing yourself! This started out as a book club but after a year or so, the boards moved to forums rather than book clubs. We have featured author visits and Featured New Releases - this is a good place to meet authors, learn about new books (and classic mysteries).

 

You're welcome to share what you've been reading and/or who your favorite authors are.

 

We're happy to have you join us!

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