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Born in Death (In Death Series #23)  

 

Now I'm reading Born in Death by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts).  This is the first of her books that I have read; I've had it for some years because I didn't get my reply card back to The Mystery Guild in time.  I would usually keep those books, in case I found a new favorite - as happened with Martha Grimes and Elizabeth Peters.  It doesn't happen any more, because I reply online and always have plenty of time to respond when I get a reminder!  I chose this one because my college roommate MIGHT visit for Christmas (keeping my fingers crossed!), and I want to send some mysteries back with her for her sister, who prefers police procedurals, as I recall.  I like it so far; it is set in the future, although it's not in-your-face.  Some of the terms for tech devices I don't understand; a 'link is apparently a kind of cellphone with video, but I don't know what a glide or a PCC is, and a few others.  They also abbreviate words an awful lot, which I find challenging (I've heard 'vic' for victim, but they also say 'wit' for witness, 'mag' for magnificent, 'ult' for 'ultimate' and lots of others).  But the mystery is interesting (an engaged couple murdered several hours apart at their separate residences by the same person), and there is some humor because Eve's best friend is expecting, and Eve has to attend childbirth classes, throw a baby shower, and buy a gift, all of which fill her with horror.

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 I am currently reading:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 I am currently reading:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Welcome, Barry - thanks for joining us!

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The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Series)  

"I am half sick of shadows" The Lady of Shalott

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I'm posting this on behalf of: VirginiaBorn

 

 

 

 

Amazing read, had me enthralled. I am a little unsure of the ending. Is it going to be a series or just a transition for the next book?

 

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"I am half sick of shadows" The Lady of Shalott

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Isle of Dogs (Andy Brazil Series #3)  

 

 

 


 

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I've never read that, but I've seen the movie (although not in years).  Have you seen it, Ryan?  Since you like the Thin Man movies, I think you would like it - it also stars William Powell, as Philo Vance!

 

 

I finished Born in Death.  Boy, at the end, things happened so fast that by the end, I was as exhausted as Eve Dallas, and not just because I stayed up late to finish it!  After Eve wrapped up the two cases whe was working on and dragged herself home to get some rest, her two pregnant friends, who were at her place, went into simultaeous labor!  Wow!

 

I'm on to Isle of Dogs, by Patricia Cornwell.  I knew it was a police procedural, but I didn't realize it would be so funny!  Just about all of the characters are lunatics!  Unfortunately, one isn't so funny  - she's a homicidal maniac.  I love the names, too.  Unique First, Windy Breez (an airhead), Samson Faux (a quack fraudulent dentist), etc.

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That movie is the reason I wanted to read the Philo Vance books.  I've also seen The Casino Murder Case with Paul Lukas as Philo Vance, which also has Rosalind Russell in it.  I love both movies,  but so far my experience with the books is only so so.  

 

I read The Greene Murder Case and did not like it.  I have both the books for the above movies, and so far this one is just annoying.  I hate the way the author makes himself a character in the books, the one that does all the narration.  That and in the books at least, Vance is a know it all.  I don't think there is a subject he's not an expert on.  I'm plodding through it though, and I'm liking it better than The Greene Murder Case.


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Isle of Dogs (Andy Brazil Series #3)  

 

 

 


 

Ryan_G wrote:


I've never read that, but I've seen the movie (although not in years).  Have you seen it, Ryan?  Since you like the Thin Man movies, I think you would like it - it also stars William Powell, as Philo Vance!

 

 

I finished Born in Death.  Boy, at the end, things happened so fast that by the end, I was as exhausted as Eve Dallas, and not just because I stayed up late to finish it!  After Eve wrapped up the two cases whe was working on and dragged herself home to get some rest, her two pregnant friends, who were at her place, went into simultaeous labor!  Wow!

 

I'm on to Isle of Dogs, by Patricia Cornwell.  I knew it was a police procedural, but I didn't realize it would be so funny!  Just about all of the characters are lunatics!  Unfortunately, one isn't so funny  - she's a homicidal maniac.  I love the names, too.  Unique First, Windy Breez (an airhead), Samson Faux (a quack fraudulent dentist), etc.


 

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Thanks for letting me know, Ryan - I won't bother reading those books and stick to the movies, then! :catwink:

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, mine was devine :smileyhappy:

 

I'm getting a head start on all my RT required reading so I can have time to shop, bake, wrap, decorate, celebrate. Whew, that's a tall order :smileyhappy:

 

I'll be posting Becke's Q&A sometime early December, I'll pop by and link you to it.

 

Have a wonderful Cyber Monday!!!

 

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dulcinea3 wrote:

Thanks for letting me know, Ryan - I won't bother reading those books and stick to the movies, then! :catwink:


Ditto. I hadn't even heard of the films, so that's something to look forward to--if we ever get our DVD player and remote control to synchronize again(my brother told me that's what happens when you buy a cheap remote-- and of course, DAD is the one who bought the new remote we all hate! :catfrustrated:)

Anyhoo, back to books. I am now interested in reading that Isle of Dogsbook by  Patricia Cornwell. I don't think of her as particularly humorous in her writing, so it will be interesting to read that book

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund (Dixie Hemingway Series #2)  

I have discovered the Dixie Hemingway, Pet Sitter, series of books by Blaize Clement. I enjoyed the first book, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter, so much, that I'm now working my way through the series. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes a good mystery plot mixed in with a lot of references to pets. Plus it's set near Sarasota Florida, so it's sort of an exotic locale(especially to someone living in desert terrain like me!)

 

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dhaupt wrote:

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, mine was devine :smileyhappy:

 

I'm getting a head start on all my RT required reading so I can have time to shop, bake, wrap, decorate, celebrate. Whew, that's a tall order :smileyhappy:

 

I'll be posting Becke's Q&A sometime early December, I'll pop by and link you to it.

 

Have a wonderful Cyber Monday!!!

 

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Thanks so much for putting together the Q&A, Debbie - I'm working on it!

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becke_davis wrote:

dhaupt wrote:

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, mine was devine :smileyhappy:

 

I'm getting a head start on all my RT required reading so I can have time to shop, bake, wrap, decorate, celebrate. Whew, that's a tall order :smileyhappy:

 

I'll be posting Becke's Q&A sometime early December, I'll pop by and link you to it.

 

Have a wonderful Cyber Monday!!!

 

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Thanks so much for putting together the Q&A, Debbie - I'm working on it!


I'm looking forward to reading the Q&A over at Deb's forum. However, I was disappointed to find that, at least for now, the anthology is only available as an e-book. Any chance of there being a print version in the future?

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Just finished:

 

Stranger in the Room (Keye Street Series #2)  

 

Just started:

 

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Anyhoo, back to books. I am now interested in reading that Isle of Dogsbook by  Patricia Cornwell. I don't think of her as particularly humorous in her writing, so it will be interesting to read that book

Well, this is the first book that I've read by her, so I don't know what her other books are like.  I have heard of her Kay Scarpetta series, and Dr. Scarpetta has been mentioned by name a couple of times, but has not appeared in this book.  It seems to me that I may have seen a movie or miniseries based on one of her books, that had both Scarpetta and Andy Brazil, who is in this book.

There have been more funny (and frequently appropriate) names I have come across, and I got a big laugh last night when the Clot sisters appeared (probably only in this one scene, as they were observing their neighbor through the window) - Ima and Uva!  Ima Clot and Uva Clot, ha, ha, ha!!! :catlol:

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Fricka wrote:
Anyhoo, back to books. I am now interested in reading that Isle of Dogsbook by  Patricia Cornwell. I don't think of her as particularly humorous in her writing, so it will be interesting to read that book

Well, this is the first book that I've read by her, so I don't know what her other books are like.  I have heard of her Kay Scarpetta series, and Dr. Scarpetta has been mentioned by name a couple of times, but has not appeared in this book.  It seems to me that I may have seen a movie or miniseries based on one of her books, that had both Scarpetta and Andy Brazil, who is in this book.

There have been more funny (and frequently appropriate) names I have come across, and I got a big laugh last night when the Clot sisters appeared (probably only in this one scene, as they were observing their neighbor through the window) - Ima and Uva!  Ima Clot and Uva Clot, ha, ha, ha!!! :catlol:


Very funny, dulcinea3. Now I REALLY want to read that book! The name of the Clot sisters, though, makes me think of Ima Hogg. She is the woman given her first name by her father, who should have known better! Bet she got a LOT of teasing growing up. Better yet, maybe we should take the name Ima off the list of acceptable names for girls, especially to familes with metaphorical last names that lend themselves to satire. Ima Wolf? Ima Fox?(that wouldn't be tooo bad, I guess). Just thought of a family in my home town that had the last name of Hooker. All the kids in that family were boys, but can you imagine a mom or dad with THAT last name giving a daughter a name like Ima???? Ima Hooker--- might as well move out of the country, with a name like that!!!!! :catwink:

 

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Fricka wrote:

dulcinea3 wrote:

Fricka wrote:
Anyhoo, back to books. I am now interested in reading that Isle of Dogsbook by  Patricia Cornwell. I don't think of her as particularly humorous in her writing, so it will be interesting to read that book

Well, this is the first book that I've read by her, so I don't know what her other books are like.  I have heard of her Kay Scarpetta series, and Dr. Scarpetta has been mentioned by name a couple of times, but has not appeared in this book.  It seems to me that I may have seen a movie or miniseries based on one of her books, that had both Scarpetta and Andy Brazil, who is in this book.

There have been more funny (and frequently appropriate) names I have come across, and I got a big laugh last night when the Clot sisters appeared (probably only in this one scene, as they were observing their neighbor through the window) - Ima and Uva!  Ima Clot and Uva Clot, ha, ha, ha!!! :catlol:


Very funny, dulcinea3. Now I REALLY want to read that book! The name of the Clot sisters, though, makes me think of Ima Hogg. She is the woman given her first name by her father, who should have known better! Bet she got a LOT of teasing growing up. Better yet, maybe we should take the name Ima off the list of acceptable names for girls, especially to familes with metaphorical last names that lend themselves to satire. Ima Wolf? Ima Fox?(that wouldn't be tooo bad, I guess). Just thought of a family in my home town that had the last name of Hooker. All the kids in that family were boys, but can you imagine a mom or dad with THAT last name giving a daughter a name like Ima???? Ima Hooker--- might as well move out of the country, with a name like that!!!!! :catwink:

 


Love those names! A couple I like were, I think, in Susan Elizabeth Phillips books - Richardina and Sharkette. Love those names!

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Yes, those names are funny, too, becke.( I really like Sharkette!)

Of course, it's a lot more amusing to read about those names being attached to fictional characters. I tend to shudder at the names some celebrities give their children, like that magician Penn Gillette naming his baby girl Moxie Crimefighter. Bet she'll be changing that name when she gets older! Or all of those poor children of Frank Zappa! Good grief! If those people weren't such flaming egocentrics, they'd take a second or two to reflect on the possible emotional damage and future bullying they will be inflicting on their child.

OK, standing back down from my soapbox for now.

 

Still on my Blaize Clement kick. Now I'm reading:

Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof (Dixie Hemingway Series #4)  

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