La Serenissima & Dordogne Mystery Read Along

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La Serenissima & Dordogne Mystery Read Along

des. 31, 2020, 6:34 pm

This is a group that reads series mysteries. We started years ago with the works of Tony Hillerman, Craig Johnson, and then moved on to Camilla Lackberg and Donna Leon. Since we have "caught up" with Lackberg we are moving on to a different author. We will alternate authors every month and will read 6 titles by each author this year.

This year (2021) we are going to read and compare and contrast the books of Martin Walker, a British author, who lives in the Dordogne region of France, with those of Donna Leon, an American ex-patriot who lives in Venice and writes about La Serenissima.

There are a total of 11 Benoît "Bruno" Courrèges novels and 4 short stories that have been published. Bruno is an unconventional detective. He is a passionate food lover and is a former soldier who was wounded in the Balkan Wars of the 1990's. The books are set in the Perigord region of France and is located in the northern part of the Aquitaine. The Perigord has been renamed and rolled into the administrative department of the Dordogne. This will be a new series for this group.

The other author we will be reading is Donna Leon who writes the Guido Brunetti series. In total there are 29 currently published Guido Brunetti novels with novel number 30 coming out in 2021. We will be starting with novel 22 in the series.

des. 31, 2020, 6:37 pm

Here is the reading schedule for 2021.

January 2021 - Golden Egg by Donna Leon
February 2021 - Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker
March 2021 - By It's Cover by Donna Leon
April 2021 - Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker
May 2021 - Falling in Love by Donna Leon
June 2021 - Black Diamond by Martin Walker
July 2021 - Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon
August 2021 - Crowded Grave by Martin Walker
September 2021 - Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
October 2021 - Devil's Cave by Martin Walker
November 2021 - Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon
December 2021 - Bruno and the Carol Singers by Martin Walker - a Christmas short story.

We may not be able to find the short story, but I will work on this for our group and see if we can find copies of it to end our year.

Editat: des. 31, 2020, 7:13 pm

Will add this one to the group wiki!

des. 31, 2020, 7:07 pm

>3 drneutron:
This is the correct one. I think I figured out how to get the "other" one off of the Group thread list, so maybe folks will get here.

des. 31, 2020, 7:13 pm

I haven't read a Donna Leon in a couple of years but I'd love to get started with the Bruno books.

Editat: des. 31, 2020, 7:15 pm

>5 lindapanzo:
Welcome aboard. Glad to see you here. I created unneeded confusion and for that I apologize.

des. 31, 2020, 7:21 pm

I think the other one should be the correct one. This is in the 2020 group.

gen. 1, 2021, 11:03 am

>7 cbl_tn:
I linked this one to the 2020 group in order to take advantage of the tag-along linkage. That is where the trouble started. I thought I could do the link after the thread was created, but you can't, so I inadvertently created a second one. That is what you get for trying to do something fancy - it didn't work as planned. I checked with the 75'ers administrator and he says there is no way to delete a thread after one is created. He says you just flag it as "Ignore" and start using the correct one. Essentially you let the other one wither on the vine and it will slowly fade away.

However, one thing I didn't notice was that by linking this thread to the 2020 Group thread it is calling it 2020 instead of 2021. I can go in and edit the links so I can redirect to the 2021 Group. I can take care of that if that is the consensus of the group.

What say all of you?

Editat: gen. 1, 2021, 11:34 am

I believe all threads belong to a parent group, and this thread appears to belong to the 75 Books Challenge for 2020 group. I think we need to use the thread in the 75 Books Challenge for 2021 group since the 75 Books Challenge for 2020 group "retired" yesterday.

ETA: I also believe that the thread continuation feature continues the thread within the same parent group. If you're changing groups (as from the 75 Books Challenge for 2020 to the 75 Books Challenge for 2021) then the continuation feature won't work.

gen. 1, 2021, 11:38 am

I investigated further and Lindapanzo (on the other thread) is correct. This one is connected to the 2020 Group instead of the 2021 group, so this one is the one that should be defunct since it is tagged onto the 2020 group.

The way the continue the topic link works does not allow me to continue the thread from the previous year to the new year. Each year a new base thread has to be linked to the current year group. I started working on updating the other link this morning, and that is the one we will use for the coming year 2021.

I am so sorry for this confusing mess. I feel like a real techno-rube. I thought it would be easy to set up and it demands a bit more thought than I thought. 😩 A new day, a new year, and a bit of thinking and checking with the LT Gods have brought a bit of clarity to the situation - at least on my end of things.

I will leave this thread alone for a couple of weeks and redirect people who show up here by mistake and gradually it will wither on the vine and fade away.