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1lindapanzo
Editat: des. 31, 2015, 12:08pm

Welcome to part 4 of my thread. Fall/early winter edition.

BOOKS READ IN DECEMBER

104. Cast Iron Conviction by Jessica Beck--finished on 12/1/15
105. The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans--finished on 12/2/15
106. Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story - J. Jefferson Farjeon - finished on 12/5/15
107. A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender--finished on 12/8/15
108. Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany--finished on 12/10/15
109. Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke--finished on 12/13/15
110. One Hundred Semesters by William M. Chace--finished on 12/17/15
111. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich--finished on 12/19/15
112. Vanilla Vices by Jessica Beck--finished on 12/20/15
113. The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay--finished on 12/23/15
114. Cast Iron Cover-Up by Jessica Beck--finished on 12/23/15
115. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow--finished on 12/27/15
116. Angel With Two Faces by Nicola Upson--finished on 12/30/15

BOOKS READ IN NOVEMBER

90. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli--finished on 11/1/15
91. Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton--finished on 11/4/15
92. The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood--finished on 11/11/15
93. A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry-finished on 11/13/15
94. Gold in the Water by P.H. Mullen--finished on 11/14/15
95. Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan--finished on 11/16/15
96. The Best Game Ever by Mark Bowden--finished on 11/19/15
97. The Piccadilly Pickpocket by Karen Charlton--finished on 11/20/15
98. Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies--finished on 11/21/15
99. A Dickens of a Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene--finished on 11/22/15
100. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny--finished on 11/25/15
101. Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil by Steven A. McKay--finished on 11/26/15
102. Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs--finished on 11/28/15
103. Death on Eat Street by J. J. Cook--finished on 11/29/15

2lindapanzo
Editat: nov. 28, 2015, 2:13pm

BOOKS READ IN JANUARY

1. Cover Her Face by P.D. James--finished on 1/1/15
2. Old Fashioned Crooks by Jessica Beck--finished on 1/2/15
3. Cubs Forever by Bob Vorwald--finished on 1/3/15
4. Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell--finished on 1/4/14
5. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers--finished on 1/5/15
6. Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 1/8/15
7. Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke--finished on 1/10/15
8. The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh--finished on 1/15/15
9. Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt by Edward P. Kohn--finished on 1/16/15
10. Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs--finished on 1/21/15
11. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?--finished on 1/25/15
12. Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson by Doug Wilson--finished on 1/28/15
13. A Baked Ham by Jessica Beck--finished 1/31/15

BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY

14. Murder in the Marais by Cara Black--finished on 2/3/15
15. When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning--finished on 2/5/15 (5-STAR READ!!)
16. Daisy Miller by Henry James--finished on 2/8/15
17. Empire of Sin by Gary Krist--finished on 2/13/15
18. The French Powder Mystery by Ellery Queen--finished on 2/16/15
19. A Whole New Ballgame by Stephen J. Walker--finished on 2/19/15
20. The Ragtime Kid by Larry Karp--finished on 2/22/15

BOOKS READ IN MARCH

21. Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs--finished on 3/1/15
22. Dangerous Dough by Jessica Beck--finished on 3/4/15
23. The Matheny Manifesto by Mike Matheny--finished on 3/7/15
24. Darned If You Do by Monica Ferris--finished on 3/10/15
25. Doc by Mary Doria Russell--finished on 3/14/15
26. Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer--finished on 3/17/15
27. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford--finished on 3/24/15
28. Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood--finished on 3/29/15
29. Baseball's Starry Night by Paul Kocak--finished on 3/31/15

BOOKS READ IN APRIL

30. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield--finished on 4/6/15
31. Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 4/10/15
32. Troubled Treats by Jessica Beck--finished on 4/13/15
33. The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption by John Rosengren--finished on 4/16/15
34. Dead Wake by Erik Larson--finished on 4/21/2015
35. Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay--finished on 4/25/15
36. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster--finished on 4/29/15

BOOKS READ IN MAY

37. Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett--finished on 5/2/15
38. Dead Girls by Erik German--finished on 5/3/15
39. Slated for Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan--finished on 5/6/15
40. Missoula by Jon Krakauer--finished on 5/8/15
41. Best Seat in the House: Diary of a Wrigley Field Usher by Bruce Bohrer--finished on 5/9/15
42. Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs--finished on 5/13/15
43. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen--finished on 5/14/15
44. Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham--finished on 5/17/15
45. Dead Rapunzel by Victoria Houston--finished on 5/21/15
46. Lethal Letters by Ellery Adams--finished on 5/24/15
47. A Bad Egg by Jessica Beck--finished on 5/26/15
48. Coventry by Helen Humphreys--finished on 5/27/15

BOOKS READ IN JUNE

49. On Borrowed Time by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 6/2/15
50. Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson--finished on 6/3/15
51. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown--finished on 6/10/15
52. The Gentle Art of Murder by Jeanne M. Dams--finished on 6/14/15
53. The Case of the Sulky Girl by Erle Stanley Gardner--finished on 6/17/15
54. Save by Roy by Terry Frei--finished on 6/21/15
55. Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams--finished on 6/24/15
56. On the Clock: The Story of the NFL Draft by Barry Wilner and Ken Rappoport--finished on 6/27/15

BOOKS READ IN JULY

57. The Other Side of the Night: The Carpathia, the Californian, and the Night the Titanic Was Lost by Daniel Allen Butler--finished on 7/1/15
58. The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh--finished on 7/5/15
59. Cast Iron Will by Jessica Beck--finished on 7/8/15
60. How Baseball Explains America by Hal Bodley--finished on 7/11/15
61. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs--finished on 7/17/15
62. Water Like a Stone by Deborah Crombie--finished on 7/27/15
63. Sugar Coated Sins by Jessica Beck--finished on 7/29/15

BOOKS READ IN AUGUST

64. The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry--finished on 8/1/15
65. Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood--finished on 8/5/15
66. Golden Girl by Michael Silver--finished on 8/10/15
67. An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson--finished on 8/14/15
68. Death Is a Word by Hazel Holt--finished on 8/15/15
69. The Beatles Play Shea by James Woodall--finished on 8/16/15
70. The Grind: Inside Baseball's Endless Season by Barry Svrluga--finished on 8/19/15
71. The History of Baseball by Christie Hodgen--finished on 8/20/15
72. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah--finished on 8/22/15
73. Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown--finished on 8/31/15

BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER

74. Blood Hollow by William Kent Krueger--finished on 9/4/15
75. Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier--finished on 9/7/15
76. Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney--finished on 9/10/15
77. The Boys in Brown by Jon J. Kerr--finished on 9/14/15
78. Made in America by Chris Chelios--finished on 9/17/15
79. Lumby's Bounty by Gail Fraser--finished on 9/30/15

BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER

80. Pumpkin Pied by Karen MacInerney--finished on 10/2/15
81. Disappearing Ink by Travis McDade--finished on 10/4/15
82. Criminal Crumbs by Jessica Beck--finished on 10/5/15
83. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury--finished on 10/10/15
84. Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams--finished on 10/15/15
85. Masters of the Games: Essays on Sport by Joseph Epstein--finished on 10/21/15
86. Churchill in the Trenches by Peter Apps--finished on 10/24/15
87. Sabotage: A Chronicle of the Chesterton Crash by Bryan W. Alaspa--finished on 10/27/15
88. The Kid from Tomkinsville by John R. Tunis--finished on 10/29/15
89. Going, Going Ganache by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 10/30/15

3lindapanzo
oct. 26, 2015, 8:05pm

Fall has proven to be a slow reading time for me, for various reasons. I'm hoping to pick up the pace for the last two months of the year!!

4xymon81
oct. 26, 2015, 8:45pm

>3 lindapanzo: Same here. Let us hope with football, hockey, and basketball all going on my calendar is pretty full. I suppose I should get some work done in there as well.

5thornton37814
oct. 26, 2015, 8:54pm

Happy new thread! I haven't done too well on the fall reads for a variety of reasons myself. I was hoping to have a little time today for reading, but so far I haven't found it. Those little fur balls want to be petted so I'm giving in. ;-)

6cbl_tn
oct. 26, 2015, 8:54pm

Hapoy new thread Linda!

7lindapanzo
oct. 26, 2015, 9:05pm

Nice to see you all here. For me, it's been the Cubs and my niece's high school swim meets. Every meet, I'd bring along a pb mystery to read during the down times. It took me most of the season to finish it. Now, the post-season is upon us, conference and sectionals meets.

Of course, the Blackhawks will fill in some of my time but I can read between periods etc.

8msf59
oct. 26, 2015, 10:02pm

Happy New Thread, Linda! I just saw that K.B. made rookie of the year. Yah!

I have the Barbara Kingsolver AAC thread up. Have you ever read her?

Go Blackhawks! Go reading!

9lindapanzo
oct. 26, 2015, 10:07pm

>8 msf59: Hi Mark, no I've never read her. I'll have to mosey over there and check things out.

Watching the Blackhawks tonight. Another 0-0 tie so far, once again.

First of many for Kris Bryant, I think.

10msf59
oct. 26, 2015, 10:10pm

Yep, already looking forward to spring training...

I should flip on the Hawks game.

11lindapanzo
oct. 26, 2015, 10:12pm

>10 msf59: Comcast Sports Net

I just won yet another sports-related ER book. Meeting Tom Brady: One Man's Quest for Truth, Enlightenment, and a Simple Game of Catch by Richard J. King.

12lkernagh
oct. 27, 2015, 12:00am

Happy new thread, Linda!

13connie53
oct. 27, 2015, 5:54am

Happy new thread, Linda!

14jnwelch
oct. 27, 2015, 9:47am

Congratulation on the new thread, Linda. Another nice win by the Hawks last night. This hasn't gone the way I expected with Duncan Keith out - I thought they'd out-offense other teams with higher scores. Like the Lightning coach, I don't know why Crawford isn't mentioned with the elite goalies.

I'll look forward to your thoughts on the Brady book. He sure has had an interesting journey, including going from backup quarterback at Michigan to superstar.

15lindapanzo
oct. 27, 2015, 5:55pm

Hi Lori, Connie, and Joe. Nice to see you here.

I've had a few days off and gotten some reading in. It's chilly and rainy so I figured I may as well stay inside and read.

16connie53
oct. 27, 2015, 5:56pm

>15 lindapanzo: good plan, Linda.

17lindapanzo
oct. 27, 2015, 6:00pm

Book #86
Churchill in the Trenches by Peter Apps--finished on 10/24/15

Interesting little Kindle single about the time future prime minister spent "in the trenches" leading troops during World War I. It wasn't for long but it was some I'd never known about him.

Perhaps I'll get to a biography of Churchill sometime soon. I bet it'd be quite interesting.

Book #87
Sabotage: A Chronicle of the Chesterton Crash by Bryan W. Alaspa--finished on 10/27/15

This book chronicles the October of 1933 plane crash in Chesterton, Indiana, the world's first known terrorist bombing of a commercial airliner. It was an interesting crash, and the author tried to give a flavor of the times, as well as issues that had a bearing on the crash, such as the role of the FBI in tracking down bank robbers like Dillinger. This could've been a great book.

Instead, it reads more like a high school term paper. Too bad because the author did do some research into the crash.

18lindapanzo
oct. 30, 2015, 1:24pm

Book #88

The Kid from Tomkinsville by John R. Tunis--finished on 10/29/15

This is one of those 1940's YA "books for boys." In my recent book of sports essays, the author wrote about how he'd loved the John R. Tunis books when growing up.

I have to admit that I, when I was a pre-teen girl, I wish I'd known about these. I would've loved it. It tells a fairly interesting sports story in a fast-paced way that would appeal to kids. Pretty good, I thought. I might read more, at some point. I think he's written about other sports but this one was about Roy, a young rookie phenom with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

19jnwelch
oct. 30, 2015, 3:01pm

When I was a pre-teen I loved all the Roy Tucker books by John R. Tunis, especially The Kid from Tomkinsville and Highpockets. He definitely wrote football, basketball and track stories, and I read all of those (I liked The Iron Duke in the track ones).

I think you're right about the general age to really appreciate these. He's a good storyteller.

20lindapanzo
oct. 30, 2015, 3:24pm

>19 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I'm going to definitely have to pick up the other Roy Tucker books. Glad to hear that there are more, with that cliffhanger ending. LOL.

When I was a pre-teen, I read a few "sports books for boys" and I wonder whether I might've read one or two of the basketball ones. Fast Break Fury springs to mind. Oops, with the touchstone, I now see that that one was written by Joe Archibald.

21xymon81
oct. 30, 2015, 5:53pm

>20 lindapanzo: I remember reading a lot of Matt Christopher growing up. He had some pretty decent sports stories.

22lindapanzo
nov. 2, 2015, 9:28pm

Book #89
Going, Going Ganache by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 10/30/15

Another in the cupcake cozy series. Always lots of fun.

Book #90

Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli--finished on 11/1/15

I've long thought about the disappointment the athletes who were named to the American 1980 Olympics must've felt and I was excited to pick up a book on this topic. There's a discussion about the politics of our boycott, a bit about how the voting went, lots about the lawsuit some athletes filed against the USOC, and some sketches of some of the athletes who didn't get to go to Moscow. Olympians with an asterisk.

Most interesting, I thought, was the fact that some found the silver lining in the dark cloud of our Olympic boycott while others still remain angry and bitter, more than 30 years later.

Interesting.

23tymfos
Editat: nov. 2, 2015, 11:19pm

>22 lindapanzo: Yes, most interesting. I bet I can guess which group of athletes had, on general, more satisfying lives. Kind of reminds me of the question I asked at the time, though. Who really punishes who, either when withholding participation in an event for political reasons, or withholding forgiveness over the decision about participation years later?

Food for thought.

24lindapanzo
nov. 3, 2015, 11:57am

>23 tymfos: It really does offer food for thought, Terri. I understand how wrapped up they get in their sports. Last Friday, the night before her conference meet, my niece suffered a sprained ankle. She cried because it was painful, no doubt, but also because she thought it'd put her out of the competition. In the end, she competed despite the pain (not as well as usual but she finished).

If it came to a one shot thing like for some of those Olympians, I can fully understand how this would have been so devastating to them. On the other hand, there was the argument that farmers were losing income, military personnel were losing their lives. Others had things hard, too.

Also, no doubt, they would've been used for propaganda purposes at the Olympics, much like Americans were at the 1936 Berlin games.

As I read it, one thing that struck me was how many of these athletes were totally unknown to me. There was a swimmer who did well at a subsequent Olympics and a few basketball players who had good or great NBA careers but, for the most part, I'd never heard of these Olympians. Chance are that, even had they competed, I might never have heard of them or remember them anyway, such as the wrestlers, but for some, such as the gymnasts, they might've gone on to become famous.

The people who handled it the best seemed to focus on the advantages that came their way due to this, such as the Olympic team's visit to China and/or their visit to the White House. Others used the disappointment to do great things in sports. Others sulked and remain bitter to this day.

25lindapanzo
nov. 13, 2015, 5:11pm

Book # 91
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton--finished on 11/4/15

Series of brief stories about the author's days as a competitive swimmer and competitor on the Canadian National team, along with unusual pools, places where the author has swum. Also included her artwork. Good book.

Book #92

The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood--finished on 11/11/15

The 13th book in the Phryne Fisher series. Love the series but this wasn't the best one, I don't think.

26msf59
nov. 13, 2015, 6:39pm

Happy Friday, Linda! Miss seeing you around. I hope all is well with you. after a couple chilly, blustery days, it looks like we may get a break over the weekend.

Have a nice one!

27lindapanzo
nov. 13, 2015, 6:56pm

Hi Mark, I was off today. Went to see the movie, Suffragette, which was excellent, and then had lunch. I was watching Jeopardy when they cut in and I've been following the horrific news from Paris since then.

28lindapanzo
nov. 20, 2015, 2:50pm

Wow, I've fallen behind on mini book reviews.

Book #93
A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry-finished on 11/13/15

The newest (short) Christmas mystery from Anne Perry. Not set in England this time. There's a volcano.

Book #94
Gold in the Water by P.H. Mullen--finished on 11/14/15

Great swimming book!! Probably the best one I've read. It's a look at a pair of competitors, plus their club coach in Santa Clara, as they compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. So many great insights into swimming and swimmers.

Book #95
Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan--finished on 11/16/15

The first in Duncan's new cozy mystery series, Shakespeare in the Catskills. I liked it. Involves murder at a small hotel-based theater company in the Catskills. At this point, I still prefer the Penny Brannigan series but I'm eager to see how this series unfolds. Great potential.

Book #96
The Best Game Ever by Mark Bowden--finished on 11/19/15

Often called the best NFL game ever played, the 1958 title game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts is often thought of as the first modern NFL. Much of the look and feel of the current NFL got its start in this epic football game. Very interesting book, told not just in a chronological way but with more analysis and insight.

Book #97
The Piccadilly Pickpocket by Karen Charlton--finished on 11/20/15

Loved this Kindle single featuring 1800's London sleuth, Detective Lavender. I promptly went out and picked up the first book in this series. I'd never heard of it before. Very good.

29msf59
nov. 21, 2015, 7:16am

Morning, Linda! I hope you are surviving up there in the northern climes. I heard it is 10" or more already. Ugh! I think we are less than half of that...for now.

Hope you have a good weekend.

30lindapanzo
nov. 21, 2015, 11:08am

Thanks, Mark. You too. They predicted 5 inches but it's up to at least a foot so far and still snowing hard.

31msf59
nov. 21, 2015, 11:45am

We are mostly slushy and slippery in Westchester, with a few inches on the grass. I will have to be careful navigating stairs but otherwise it shouldn't be too bad.

Good luck today, my friend.

32lindapanzo
nov. 22, 2015, 11:53am

We ended up with close to 16 inches of snow. What a mess!!

33lindapanzo
nov. 22, 2015, 11:54am

Book #98

Merry Mistletoe by Emma Davies--finished on 11/21/15

With all the snow, I started feeling like getting into the holiday spirit. A lovely little Christmas romance story.

34msf59
nov. 22, 2015, 6:33pm

The Pack is looking good, Linda. They need this win. Of course they also need to lose Thanksgiving night. Grins...

35lindapanzo
nov. 25, 2015, 7:27pm

>34 msf59: Hoping the Packers clobber them. Looks like it might be a bad weather game. They're wondering if conditions will be too bad for Bart Starr to go on the field for the ceremony for Brett Favre.

36lindapanzo
nov. 25, 2015, 7:30pm

Just finished Book 100. Yay!!

Book #99
A Dickens of a Murder by Joyce and Jim Lavene--finished on 11/22/15

Nice first installment of a new bookshop cozy mystery series. Good potential. Features the ghosts of famous authors.

Book #100
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny--finished on 11/25/15

Yet another masterpiece from Louise Penny. This newest installment in the Gamache series does not disappoint. Yes, it had a different feel from the others but, by the nature of the topic, I think it needed to. Outstanding.

37msf59
nov. 26, 2015, 8:03am

Happy Thanksgiving, Linda! Have a great time with the family today! And enjoy your time off.

Most of the snow, down here, is gone. I am pleased. Go Bears!!

38lindapanzo
nov. 28, 2015, 2:19pm

Book #101
Friar Tuck and the Christmas Devil by Steven A. McKay--finished on 11/26/15

A lovely little story about Friar Tuck and thefts in a small medieval town.

Book #102
Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs--finished on 11/28/15

Websleuthing. Religious zealots. This terrific mystery, the latest installment in the long-running Temperance Brennan series, ties these together nicely. Besides offering great characters and a well-plotted mystery, there's a lot of great information in this book on a heretofore unknown subject to me, websleuthing. Apparently, websleuths go online and try to solve missing person cases.

Very interesting, fast-paced mystery. Highly recommended.

39thornton37814
nov. 30, 2015, 8:11pm

>36 lindapanzo: Book Bullet on the Lavene. I thought I was probably the only one who wasn't caught up on the Penny books. I discovered thought that I never caught last year's installment when it was checked in and forgot that I hadn't read it, until I started looking. I suspect it may be January before I manage to read it though. I have about 12 books that I need to read in December already.

40lindapanzo
Editat: nov. 30, 2015, 8:44pm

>39 thornton37814: Just finished, but haven't yet commented, on a J.J. Cook book, another name for the Lavene husband and wife writing duo. A food truck mystery. Death on Eat Street. I like their series but note that the wife, Joyce, passed away last month. I hope he's got plenty in the pipeline and can carry on.

While I still like the Louise Penny books, I'm not reading the newest one immediately.

41lindapanzo
nov. 30, 2015, 8:29pm

During my long Thanksgiving break, I've finished four books thus far. Also got quite a bit of Christmas shopping done.

A bit of sad news though. My 36-year old cousin had a stroke on Sat and is partially paralyzed. This came as a complete shock.

42lindapanzo
nov. 30, 2015, 8:42pm

Book #103
Death on Eat Street by J. J. Cook--finished on 11/29/15

This first book in the Biscuit Bowl Food Truck series was a lot of fun. A whole bunch of colorful characters. It's set in Mobile, AL but it looks like future books might move around the South.

Eager to read the next books. I think #2 and #3 are already out.

43msf59
nov. 30, 2015, 8:47pm

Sorry to hear about your cousin, Linda!

Hooray for reading 4 books!

44lindapanzo
Editat: nov. 30, 2015, 10:33pm

>43 msf59: Plus this evening, my prime reading time is 10 to midnight each night, as well as some time tomorrow and, of course, tomorrow evening. Maybe I'll finish another.

For my 2015 category challenge, 11 books to go.

Today's shopping also included ordering books for my Mark's Christmas Swap swapee. Always fun to rummage through someone else's wishlist.

45msf59
nov. 30, 2015, 9:03pm

I have to start doing my Swapee homework too! It is always fun picking books out.

46lindapanzo
nov. 30, 2015, 9:17pm

>45 msf59: I think I've had your name as my swapee 3 or 4 times before.

I signed up for Santa Thing again this year so I'll be picking those out next week, too.

47msf59
nov. 30, 2015, 9:35pm

I remember the first time. Stares off dreamily...

48lindapanzo
nov. 30, 2015, 9:39pm

>47 msf59: I think that was where I first met you. I think I was stalking your thread. LOL.

Watching an interesting special on WTTW about the South Side. I'm a North Sider and don't know much about the South Side so this is pretty interesting. All I know about the South Side is what my father has told me--he grew up on the South Side.

49msf59
nov. 30, 2015, 10:16pm

I hear Psycho music playing somewhere...

LOL!

50tymfos
nov. 30, 2015, 10:25pm

So sorry to read of your cousin's stroke. So young for that!

51lindapanzo
des. 1, 2015, 2:54pm

>49 msf59: Heh-heh

>50 tymfos: Thanks, Terri. She seems to be doing as well as can be expected. She'll need a caretaker and lots of physical and speech therapy.

One last day off. Reading, of course.

52lindapanzo
des. 1, 2015, 2:56pm

Book #104

Cast Iron Conviction by Jessica Beck--finished on 12/1/15

This is the second in the Cast Iron Cooking cozy mystery series. Pretty good mystery. A convicted murderer who was just released on a technicality comes back to his small town to try to figure out who actually committed the murder 10 years earlier.

Before too long, there's another murder and the twins who own the cast iron restaurant and general store are out to solve it.

53lindapanzo
des. 3, 2015, 5:16pm

Book #105

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans--finished on 12/2/15

A love story for the holidays. A wealthy young lawyer in Salt Lake City offers a young woman he met at the building's food court (but doesn't know) a two-month contract to join him for lunch and accompany him to his firm's holiday events. Strictly a platonic relationship and ending at midnight on Christmas Eve. Their relationship develops from there.

A nice light "feel good" story for the holidays.

54lindapanzo
des. 8, 2015, 4:45pm

Just got my Santee for Santa Thing and, for once, it's someone whose interests are right up my wheelhouse. No one with a taste in obscure authors/gentres I've never heard of.

55thornton37814
des. 8, 2015, 9:40pm

>54 lindapanzo: I don't think I'll have any problems with mine either.

56lindapanzo
des. 11, 2015, 8:53pm

Book #106
Mystery in White by Jefferson Farjeon - finished on 12/5/15

A Christmastime mystery from the 1930's "Golden Age." Passengers on a train are caught in a blizzard and a small group manage to escape to an unlocked house.

It had a great premise but it was a slow, plodding mystery. Not one of the better ones I've read lately.

Book #107
A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender--finished on 12/8/15

This is a solid, first in the series cozy. The sleuth owns a pizza parlor and discovers a dead body when making a pizza delivery.

I intend to read further in this series.

Book #108
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany--finished on 12/10/15

I absolutely loved this first in the series in the Year Round Christmas cozy series in the upstate New York town of Rudolph, NY, also known as Christmas Town.

A colorful cast of characters and an interesting plot. I am eager to read more in this series. Probably my favorite first book in a series this year. My cozy mystery friends, Cheli etc, would probably like this one.

57thornton37814
Editat: des. 12, 2015, 3:53pm

>56 lindapanzo: The Vicki Delany book is duly noted. I wonder if it will be on the shelf at the public library when I get there next week.

ETA: I guess not. It was only available at Wake County which is the Raleigh library. I'm not living there yet. I did, however, "recommend" it for the ebook collection sponsored by the state.

58msf59
des. 13, 2015, 9:43am

Happy Sunday, Linda! I saw that you are going into the city to see a play, today! Enjoy and keep dry.

Have you read The Cuckoo's Calling? If not, this might be your cuppa. I know you like a good mystery.

How about that Jason Heyward? Sweet, right?

59tymfos
des. 14, 2015, 11:27am

>56 lindapanzo: I picked up one of those pizza mysteries for a dime at the library sale. Glad to see you like the start of the series!

60lindapanzo
des. 14, 2015, 2:04pm

>57 thornton37814: Lori, I became aware because, on FB, she was bemoaning how her other series didn't have a contract beyond the third book.

>58 msf59: I was downtown for The Merry Widow opera. One of my favorites. It's in English!!

I am excited by Jason Heyward coming to the Cubs. They've had a string of big-name announcements. Ben Zobrist. John Lackey. All should be great for the Cubs.

>59 tymfos: Terri, I've had this pizza parlor mystery and the next one, I think, sitting around for forever. I'm glad I finally got to it.

61lindapanzo
des. 14, 2015, 2:06pm

Book #109

Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke--finished on 12/13/15

I've read the first 20 something books in the series but got increasingly fed up with Hannah's dithering between the cop and the dentist. Well, for those who've gotten fed up, there is definite action on the romance side of things. In fact, the next one is a wedding themed mystery.

That said, nearly all of this book focuses on the lives of the recurring characters. Yes, there's a murder but it's totally secondary.

Not one of the better mysteries I've read lately but I am intrigued enough to put the next one on reserve at the library.

62xymon81
des. 14, 2015, 4:04pm

>60 lindapanzo: We angered a lot of Cards fans by that Heyward deal, I read a report that we have the most robust offense now in the league with so much power and youth up and down the lineup and most still under 25.

63thornton37814
des. 14, 2015, 4:53pm

>60 lindapanzo: I guess she isn't going the way of some authors who have an established series by self-publishing.

64lindapanzo
des. 14, 2015, 5:17pm

>63 thornton37814: She writes under the name of Eva Gates for her other series.

65lindapanzo
des. 18, 2015, 12:17pm

One last day at work. Not back until Dec. 28th. Woo-hoo.

I'm juggling a number of books right now, including the 21st Stephanie Plum book. I got really, really tired of this series and didn't read this one when it first came out but, for me, staying away for a time is making much more appreciative of what I always liked about this series.

I'm also reading Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow for Mark's American Authors Challenge. Really liking this one but it's a library book. I automatically grab my Kindle when I leave for work but, many times, forget to grab the library book.

I've started a couple of others but haven't decided whether to continue with them, at this point.

66xymon81
des. 18, 2015, 1:23pm

Happy force Friday!!

67lindapanzo
des. 18, 2015, 1:45pm

>66 xymon81: Thanks. I'm not a big Star Wars fan, though I saw the original back in 1977 or whenever it came out.

If I go to the movies during my time off, it'll probably be to see Tina Fey/Amy Poehler movie. I'm looking forward to that one. Maybe The Chipmunks movie too. Perhaps, someday Star Wars.

68lindapanzo
des. 19, 2015, 3:59pm

Book #110

One Hundred Semesters by William M. Chace--finished on 12/17/15

I really enjoyed this memoir by a man who's spent 50 years (100 semesters) in academia, as an undergrad at Haverford College (class of 1961), as a grad student at Berkeley, as a one-year teaching assignment as an instructor at a historically black college in Alabama, as a long-time English professor at Stanford (and then a dean there), and finally, as the president of Wesleyan University and then president of Emory University. He's seen it all, in academia, dating back to the 1950s and I found his stories fascinating.

Book #111

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich--finished on 12/19/15

I took some time away from the Stephanie Plum series. I'd gotten seriously tired of it. After some time away, I recently came back to it and loved it in all its goofiness.

69msf59
des. 20, 2015, 8:27am

Happy Sunday, Linda! Glad you are enjoying Ragtime. You would also like World's Fair.

Hope you are enjoying your time off.

70connie53
des. 20, 2015, 12:52pm

>68 lindapanzo: Janet Evanovich is a writer I love in small doses!

Happy Holidays, Linda.

71lindapanzo
des. 20, 2015, 1:38pm

Book #112

Vanilla Vices by Jessica Beck--finished on 12/20/15

The 22nd book in the donut shop cozy series. Not very memorable but a pleasant evening's reading.

72thornton37814
des. 20, 2015, 9:07pm

>71 lindapanzo: I had no idea that series was up to 22. The series page was only showing 9 books. Then I noticed that the series had been entered differently (with an A and singular instead of plural) for the later ones so I adjusted them so they'd all show as one series. I had no idea I was so far behind. I have number 3 sitting out to read soon.

73lindapanzo
des. 23, 2015, 2:06pm

>72 thornton37814: The author is publishing several per year now that they're shorter.

74lindapanzo
Editat: des. 23, 2015, 2:23pm

For Santa Thing this year, I opted for Kindle books and they're in. Just need to figure out what to do and I will report back after I've downloaded them. Hurray for Santa Thing.

Okay, that was easy. I got some great books from Santa Thing.

The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II--this one was tops on my list.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II is another good WW2-related book that I'm eager to read.

Anne Tyler's A Spool of Blue Thread will be perfect for the American Author Challenge in January.

A boxed set of two Dorie Lennox Small Town mysteries by Lise McClendon. I've never heard of these books but they look good. Sweet and Lowdown and also One O'clock Jump, as well as a short story.

Last, but not least, a Kindle single about the aftermath of WW2, Unforgettable World War II.

75lindapanzo
des. 23, 2015, 2:33pm

Book #113

The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay--finished on 12/23/15

Another one of those British Library Crime Classics books from the Golden Age of Mysteries, this one from the mid 1930s. This was a complicated mystery with a lot of clues and a dysfunctional family set on Christmas Day.

Quite enjoyable.

76tymfos
des. 23, 2015, 6:25pm

Wishing you a peacerful Christmas, Linda!

77msf59
des. 23, 2015, 6:38pm



^Have a great holiday, my friend. Nice Santa Thing picks! I have heard good things about The Girls of Atomic City. And, you are correct, A Spool of Blue Thread will be a perfect kick-off to the AACIII.

78ronincats
des. 23, 2015, 6:43pm



For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!

79lindapanzo
des. 23, 2015, 6:54pm

Thanks for the holiday wishes!! It was nearly 60 today and pouring rain...not a typical Chicago day before Christmas Eve.

80lindapanzo
des. 24, 2015, 1:11am

Book #114

Cast Iron Cover-Up by Jessica Beck--finished on 12/23/15

The newest entry in the cast iron cooking cozy mystery series. Not bad, plus this one has the advantage of bringing into the small town a group of five college students looking for treasure.

81lindapanzo
des. 24, 2015, 1:19am

After finishing my 2015 challenge-completing book, the Jessica Beck book, I decided to open my Christmas Swap books. It IS Christmas Eve, which is when I promised to open the packages.

I got 3 packages from the Book Depository--3 paperbacks.

--Sophie Hannah's book, in the Hercule Poirot style, The Monogram Murders.
--Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, Never Let Me Go
--Richard Matheson's novel Somewhere in Time

A great haul of books.

Alas, no indication as to who my Christmas Swap Santa is, though these were paid for in New Zealand dollars.

82lindapanzo
des. 24, 2015, 1:08pm

Now that I've finished my 2015 category challenge, I thought this would be a great time to pick my top 5 books of the year, along with two near misses.

1. When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
3. Gold in the Water by P.H. Mullen
4. Dead Wake by Erik Larson
5. The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Two near misses include: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown and Doc by Mary Doria Russell.

83PaulCranswick
des. 24, 2015, 3:05pm



Have a lovely holiday, Linda

84lindapanzo
des. 27, 2015, 11:47am

>83 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. Hope you had a terrific holiday.

With Christmas festivities over, I got back to reading on Saturday and, in fact, stayed up til the wee hours to finish book #115.

Book #115

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow--finished on 12/27/15

I absolutely loved this early 20th century novel which wove together a fictional family in New Rochelle, NY with actual historical people. Beautifully written.

I am definitely planning to read more from this author and soon, too.

85jnwelch
des. 28, 2015, 2:35pm

Happy Holidays, Linda!

Glad you had such a good time with {Ragtime. Hope you've been having a most excellent holiday break.

86OldDan
des. 28, 2015, 5:02pm

Hi, Linda. I haven't posted on your thread before, but I am a lurker. Yesterday my son called and then Bull Riding came on TV, and of course, that took precedence over the Packer game. When I checked the score after the bull riding-----Holy Smokes! What happened to the Packers?

87lindapanzo
des. 28, 2015, 5:05pm

>85 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. Worked from home due to all the ice and sleet. It was painful to be outside just now, getting bombarded with ice pellets.

>86 OldDan: Hi, welcome. That offensive line is killing them. I lost track after Aaron Rodgers was sacked 8 times.

88jnwelch
des. 28, 2015, 5:13pm

>87 lindapanzo: Arggh. That's what Debbi said - she got bombarded with ice pellets. I got in early enough to only have rain, but I'm about to go out into it now to head home. Probably could use a suit of armor.

89thornton37814
des. 28, 2015, 9:41pm

Looks like Santa did a great job picking for you.

90msf59
des. 28, 2015, 9:46pm

Hi, Linda! I am sure glad this day is almost over. Ugh! It was a rough one. I think I would have rather had the snow, than the sleet/ice/snow mix. It was tricky walking.
I liked your best of list. Hope to draw up mine, soon.

91lindapanzo
Editat: des. 28, 2015, 9:52pm

I worked from home today but need to go in tomorrow. They keep extending the winter storm warning. The precipitation won't give up and the temperature just won't go up.

Lori, I got quite a good book haul from Santa Thing and the LT Christmas Swap.

Can't believe it...my niece turned 15 today. It seems like just yesterday that we were heading down to see her when she was an hour or two old.

92lindapanzo
des. 29, 2015, 9:54pm

Forgot to mention, I asked for only one ER book this month and I got it. Death at the Ballpark by Robert Gorman. Not a mystery but a look at game-related fatalities.

Mark, I'm not playing TC again until they get rid of the Christmas edition. It keeps freezing up my phone.

93msf59
des. 29, 2015, 10:19pm

The Christmas edition of TC, didn't come up on my cell, only on my iPad. Whew! Only playing Amber at the moment.

Little better walking today. Looks like more winter-like temps for the rest of the week.

94lindapanzo
des. 29, 2015, 10:21pm

>93 msf59: I don't mind winterlike temps. Don't like sub-zero temps though.

Believe it or not, I am NOT watching the Blackhawks tonight. I love watching Kennedy Center Honors. Never miss it.

95msf59
des. 29, 2015, 10:25pm

I don't mind the cold as much either. I can dress warm. It is the pesty snow and ice that make it unpleasant.

96lindapanzo
des. 31, 2015, 12:27pm

Book #116

Angel With Two Faces by Nicola Upson--finished on 12/30/15

Last but not least, for 2015, I finished one last book last night, the second Josephine Tey as sleuth mystery.

I loved the first one in this series and, in this one, liked the recurring characters, Josephine, Archie, and his family. However, I had a strong sense of revulsion towards just about all the other characters in this book, which really soured me on the book.

It's well written, as usual, but very off-putting for a cozy. Nonetheless, I intend to continue with this series and hope that the next books are more like the first one.