Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I've Got A Little List!

Hank Phillippi Ryan: Summertime! And soon…the summer reading lists will be out! But hey, why wait for the Times or the News or People--when we have the Reds? What are you reading--right now? (Come on, be honest.) and what're you reading next?

I'll admit it--I'm reading Dan Brown's Inferno. And okay, fine, it's a page turner. Irresistible! I'm also reading Joe Hill's NOS4ATU. Which is creepy as pie and just as delicious.  And Bruce DaSilva's new PROVIDENCE RAG. He's good! Sort of if Spenser was a reporterand lived in Rhode Island.

 Next is Jon McGoran's DRIFT. Or maybe ...Susan Elia MacNeal’s HIS MAJESTY"S HOPE.(She’s so terrific. I am hooked on her books!) And Catriona McPherson has a new one, AS SHE  LEFT IT. Sigh. And I SHOULD be writing!

 How about you?

LUCY BURDETTE:  I'm reading a romance by Nancy Herkness called TAKE ME HOME. It's about a woman who goes home to West Virginia from NYC and finds both a "whisper horse" (a horse who will listen to your troubles) and a romance with a sexy vet. It's light summer reading that seriously sizzles....

 And next up, KNEADING TO DIE, by our friend Liz Mugavero. And after that, Erica Baumeister's THE LOST ART OF MIXING. But really, seriously, need to be finishing MURDER WITH GANACHE...

HANK : Oh, me, too. (and Lucy, I cannot wait to read it!) LOVE Liz Mugavero!   Ah, I’m at 50,000 words—hurray! Of a book that has no title, boo. Soon, I’ll be coming to you to ask  for advice. How can you write a book that has no title? Well, I secretly  have one. (Is it: The Last to Lie? One False Move? No Good Deed? As Good As True? What do you think?)

Rhys is en route from London, Julia has a big deadline, Ro is doing something glamorous,  and Hallie’s writing, too, I know…and she’s just back from vacation.

HALLIE EPHRON:     My TBR pile is topped by Jess Walter's "Beautiful Ruins" -- I'm a huge fan since he blew me away with Edgar winner "Citizen Vince." Like Roberta I'm behind on my
deadline so reading for pleasure is on the back burner--temporarily at least. 

JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING:  Hallie, I'm so happy to be (temporarily) able to read for pleasure! I'm still recovering from the Best Novel Edgars, and as such, I've been reading a lot of romance, womens fiction, etc. I just finished the latest Nora Roberts stand-alone, WHISKEY BEACH. Always a good read. When you're in a Nora mood, nothing else will suffice. 

I'm also backtracking to read Lee Child's THE AFFAIR; after I bought it in 2011, Ross grabbed it off my pile and read it and for some reason, I never got back to it. I want to catch up before NEVER GO BACK lands at the beginning of September. A couple of summer books I'm REALLY looking forward to laying hands on: William Kent Kruger's TAMARACK COUNTY and Paul Doiron's MASSACRE POND. Both faves of mine in the "Rugged men sleuthing in places that can kill you" genre. Seriously, I may have to hit up their editors for Advance Readers Copies.

DEBORAH CROMBIE: Whew, Julia, now I feel a bit better (grovel, grovel) about admitting the fact that until now I had never read a Lee Childs' novel. Not a deliberate oversight--I've had two in my TBR pile for donkey's years-- just too many books... Anyway, I'm reading the very first Jack Reacher, KILLING FLOOR, while alternating hitting myself on the head for not having read ALL of them sooner.  Halfway through, I could write a dissertation on Reacher as the iconic hero in literature, but suffice to say it's a cracking good story.
Also part way through the 75th anniversary edition of THE HOBBIT (a birthday gift from a friend,) which I hadn't reread in years. And THE HOBBIT: THE CHRONICLES, a gift from my publisher--a fabulous coffee table book on the art and design in the film. Then a good bit more non-fiction: THE POSSIBILITY DOGS by Susannah Charleson (out yesterday!), THE TRAIN IN THE NIGHT by Nick Coleman (a book about music and hearing loss,) and THE MURDER ROOM, by Michael Capuzzo. Then more fiction; a galley of MIDNIGHT by Kevin Egan, who will be my guest on JR in July. And somewhere there is a new Jo Bannister novel, if only I could find it... I think we will all be buried in books...

(Oh, and I LOVE William Kent Krueger, so the new one is going on the pile, too.)

RHYS BOWEN:  I'm on a plane as you read this, finishing up Deb's No Mark Upon Her, which I had had on my Kindle for a year and never had time to read. I was interviewed by a woman who belongs to Leander Club so that was fun. And I'm no longer sure what lurks in the TBR pile at home. I know I have to blurb Hannah Dennison's new one, and definitely want to read Catriona's (she'll be our guest next week) and the latest Kate Morton is waiting for me and I confess, I'll have to read Dan Brown as I was just in Istanbul.
LUCY BURDETTE:  Could I just say that I was on the Edgar committee that chose CITIZEN VINCE as best novel that year? I was very proud of that one!

HANK: See, Lucy/Roberta? You know your stuff!  It’s very gratifying to be on that committee—ours picked Mo Hayder’s GONE. A fabulous book! I smile every time I see it in a bookstore.

So how about you, Readers? Tell us your then, now, next! We’d love to hear what you’re reading! There are SO many wonderful books!

(And yes, indeed! One lucky commenter wins the ARC of THE WRONG GIRL!) Yesterday's winner: Katie Baer! Email me h ryan at whdh dot com with your address!


  1. I’m in a bit of a muddle, impatiently waiting for Julia’s “Through The Evil Days” and Hank’s “The Wrong Girl” so I’ve re-read all of Julia’s books . . . in order, of course :) . . . and re-read “The Other Woman” as well. I must say they're all just as wonderful as they were the first time I read them . . . . Now I’m finishing the Lisa Jackson/Nancy Bush thriller, “Something Wicked.” Currently on my eReader: the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett novel, “A Story of God and All of Us,” based on their miniseries. On my coffee table: an often-revisited treasure from Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl: “Voices From The Moon” in which the Apollo astronauts describe their lunar experiences, complete with amazing photographs. Next up on the top of my teetering tower of to-be-read: Lisa Scottoline’s “Don’t Go” . . . .

  2. Well, I just finished Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (her debut!) and Lucy's Topped Chef - both awesome reads. I'm now in the middle of Catriona McPherson's Dandy Gilvert and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains and am wondering how I didn't know about this fabulous author until now. Next up: my Barking Rain buddy Jim Jackson's Bad Policy. So many books, so little time...

  3. I recently finished Catriona's As She Left It. I have an interview with her on my blog tomorrow and a review of the book on Friday. Needless to say, I loved it.

    Currently reading Alison Gaylin's YA debut, Reality Ends Here. For any fans of reality tv, this one is a sure bet.

    Next up is either the new Stephen King, Joyland, or Ann Cleeves' Dead Water or The Silent Wife by an author who's name I can't remember off the top of my head. Tragic story of her passing recently in The Guardian. Hearing great things about the book, but sad that she will not see it.

  4. I'm making a little list, like Hank. I decided to do a shocking thing this month: not allow myself to buy books.

    See, each month on books I spend ... well, enough that I don't want to figure out a total. So I thought I'd challenge myself in June to not buy books, but to read from my TBR piles (physical and Kindle) and reread some series I love but haven't read for years.

    Honestly? I feel like an addict jonesing for a bookstore fix. But I'm holding strong!

    So I'm reading Nancy Pickard's Scent of Rain and Lightning now, and I have a bunch of Denise Hamilton to catch up on, and this year's Edgar winners. But I'm making a list of who/what I'm buying on July 1!!

  5. I just finished an advance copy of Her Ladyship's Curse, the first book in Lynn Viehl's new steampunk series, Disenchanted and Co. It's set in a steampunk version of the US that didn't win the war for Independence. I loved the book and I'm already itching to read the second in the series which doesn't come out until October. I've just started Buried, by Kendrea Elliot.

  6. Hallie,
    Beautiful Ruins was terrific. I didn't know about Citizen Vince, but now will have to put it on my list.

    I am reading Thunderstruck by ERic Larson for pleasure - sort of. It's early 19th century so I figure that counts in keeping me in the past.

    But am not loving the Marconi-radio history part as much as I liked the architecture in Devil in the White City.

    Next up: Hen Frigates by Joan Druett, who I've read about five books by. (Yes all about whaling)
    And then, as my reward, I get to read Hallie's
    There was an Old Woman.

  7. Darlene, that sounds GREAT. Love that idea!

  8. I've got a slew of poetry and literary ARCs and manuscripts sitting waiting to be read for reviews and blurbs. Two postal bins of book manuscripts and a huge box of published books to read and judge for two national contests. And I'm writing up a storm on the third Skeet Bannion novel with a rapidly approaching deadline.

    But I'm sneaking pages of Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS in honor of the anniversary edition just out and his new novel coming out in about a week. Love me some Neil Gaiman as a guilty treat.

    Once I polish off all these deadlines, I've got Joe Hill's NOS4ATU, Catriona McPherson's new book, Red Lucy's TOPPED CHEF, Edith Maxwell's newest, Carolyn Haines' SMARTY BONES, and tons of others in my TBR pile. But I want the new Stephen King JOYLAND as soon as it comes out, and I was so busy last year that I didn't get the new CJ Cherryh FOREIGNER book--love that series and that writer!--so I plan to pick it up and immerse myself in the world of the atevi for about a day. And I heard that Patricia Briggs has a new urban fantasy out...

    I guess I'm all over the map with books, but I can't read anything until I've judged these contests and finished my own book. Well, except for a little snuck-in Neil Gaiman, but it's Neil Gaiman!

  9. I have an ARC copy of Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman. I love her books and almost anything Southern Lit related. What books have amazed me the most have been Robert Goolricks ~ A Reliable Wife, Heading Out to Wonderful and his powerful and deeply sad biography, The End of the World As We Know it. Get your tissues!

  10. My pile is always such a mess. Right now, I'm reading CHANGE OF HEART, by Jenna Bennett.

    I'll be picking up IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER soon because it's our July book club pick and I want to read it.

    I've got two of the DIY mysteries (#2 and #3) on my shelf, waiting patiently - along with some Christmas-themed novellas that I just haven't gotten around to yet.

    I'm sure new books will totally interrupt my plans. Oh, and Hank - No Good Deed. Definitely!

  11. Oh, Mary Sutton, you are too wonderful..crossing fingers, let's just say. xooo

    Katie Baer, are you here today? You won THE WRONG GIRL! Be sure to email me at h ryan at whdh dot com!

    Has anyone read The Dinner? Will you tell me off list what they're talking bout? I'm too impatient to read it..

  12. I'm reading "Don't Go" by Lisa Scottoline. Rita Moreno's memoir is waiting for me at the library so it should be my next read.

    I got an ARC of Marcus Sakey's next book, Brilliance, at Malice Domestic and really want to read it but haven't had a chance yet - library books, other books I got at Malice and one that I won from a blog kept jumping ahead of it.

    Lots of favourite authors have books coming out this summer - Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs, Faye Kellerman - and I'm looking forward to those. And then, in September, there's a new book by this person named Hank Phillippi Ryan. I've heard she's pretty good. What do other people think? ;-)

  13. Oh gosh - I have been on a real lucky roll with my reading lately! I have gobbled up some books that are going to end up on my favorites of the year list, for sure - and here it is only June!

    Starting with an ARC of Louis Penny's HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN. wow. just - wow.

    Katheen Tesarro's THE PERFUME COLLECTOR, Suzanne Palmieri's THE WITCH OF LITTLE ITALY, an ARC of Carolina Leavitt's IS THIS TOMORROW and last night I finished Beth Hoffman's exquisite LOOKING FOR ME. I loved it so much I'm reading it again. right now.

    Next up is Craig Johnson's A SERPENT'S TOOTH.

    and, like Linda - I am waiting for Neil Gaiman's new one to show up. wish it would hurry!

    Elaine - I hear that book by that Ryan woman is pretty darn good. I've loved her previous books, that's for sure.

  14. Hank, I'm with Mary Sutton: No Good Deed!

    OK, so I too am going to read INFERNO. Can't help myself because I love all that symbology stuff. I've just added about 20 others to my list based on this blog post!

    Is Leslie Budewitz's debut out yet? (I've gotta check that.) Plus, I'm interested in another debut author, Susan Spann--a new mystery series.

    Right now I'm reading a Sebastien St. Cyr mystery by C.S. Harris. Has anyone read her? My first time. I'm enjoying WHAT DARKNESS BRINGS.

  15. I'm reading OSCAR AND LUCINDA and also Bruce McBain's historical mystery THE BULL SLAYER. Our New England MWA is honoring all members published in the last year on Wednesday at the annual party. Hope all of you sent in your jpgs.


  16. Aww, you guys. Thank you. Pretend I'm not here, just go on...xoo

    Inferno. Can we talk? I mean--I have to admit, the guy knows what he's doing in writing a page-turner. From time to time you think--wait. Huh? And then you just have to read more.

    And I learned things, too...I wonder how long it'll take for some entrepreneur to come ip with the Inferno Tour of Florence! And sadly, it'd be fun!

  17. Just finished the 3rd in The BLACK STILETTO series, STARS AND STRIPES by Raymond Benson, and loved it.

    Currently reading INFERNO, and NOS4ATU is next in the TBR stack!

  18. Just finished Busted by Karin Slaughter - now starting the Storyteller - just anxiously awaiting The Wrong Girl!!

  19. I've been blessed with great treasures lately. I just finished reading Sam Cabot's upcoming BLOOD OF THE LAMB, a para-normal thriller that is a great adventure and also thought provoking. And it is set in the beauty that is present day Rome. I won't give anything away other than to say that Sam is really made up of the writing team of S.J. Rozan and Carlos Dews. It will be out at the begining of August.

    I am currently throughly absorbed by Lyndsay Faye's follow-up to THE GODS OF GOTHAM called SEVEN FOR A SECRET. What a great book it is and a sequel that adds beautifully to the first book while covering new ground. It will be out in September.

    Now if only I had the new Hank Phillippi Ryan book "on deck"!

    --Marjorie of Connecticut

  20. Currently reading The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross, the next up will be If You Were Here by Alafair Burke then Stoen by Allison Brennan.

    Loved both Inferno and NOS4A2.

    Jen K

  21. Having come to the end (so far) of the Mary Russell series, I jogged over to Laurie King's _The Art of Detection_.
    My library book club is discussing Karen White's _The House on Tradd Street_ and I'm intrigued enough to continue further with the series.
    Friends recommended _The Night Circus_ and Pratchett's _Witches Abroad_.
    Next up will be Linda Rodriguez' _Every Broken Trust_ and eagerly awaiting Hank Phillippi Ryan's _The Wrong Girl_
    Oh, and my librarians, who call my reading selections "eclectic" are holding Ink flamingos for me.

  22. I've been into non-fiction. I just finished The Third Chapter by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot- on the Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 years after 50. I am now reading, Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News. Any recommendations for my next dip into fiction? Thanks!

  23. Finished The City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte and The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski. The TBR pile is quite large...The Worlds Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne, There was An Old Woman,Beatrix Potter-A Life In Nature.
    Also read the arc DEATH ANGEL by my pal Linda Fairstein-wonderful as all her books are!
    If I could only add THe WRONG GIRL to my TBR pile ...;)

  24. Oops... That last comment was by me,Jackie, your ever crazy twitter fan jjbooks13 :)

  25. I just finished MURDER AT LONGBOURN by Tracy Kiely and have started (YA novel)DIRTY LITTLE SECRET by Jennifer Echols.

  26. So far this month I have read "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn and Hank's "On the House" (a Kindle short with an awesome dog).

    Last month I read "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, "The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks, "Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise" by Joyce Magnin, and "Keeping Faith" by Jodi Picoult.

    On the horizon is Hank's "Prime Time", "The Vacant Forge" by Darrin Drader, and hopefully some light chick lit which is always perfect for summertime.

  27. Thank you, Becky! (And yes, Cooper IS an awesome dog in On the House!) xoxoo

    Oh, LInda Fairstein has a new one? Whoa.I didn't know!

    And because I am interviewing her at a conference soon, I'm being sent the new Sue Grafton! Whoo hoo.

  28. I am in a non-fiction mode right now -- "Whole: rethinking the science of nutrition" by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and when that is too deep (I can only read one chapter at a time!) ... I am re-reading Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich -- it has been a hard spring and a visit with an old friend is needed!!

  29. Just finished Brock Clarke's "Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England", for book club tomorrow night.

    In the middle of "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel. This was for my other book club, but one member griped about it so much they stopped reading it and switched to something less challenging. It really is a challenge due to the way Mantel writes. The reader needs to pay attention in order to figure out which "he" is referred to.

    I'm also supposed to be reading Michael Connelly's first Harry Bosch, but have not started it. That's for my online book club. Eek.

  30. Currently reading Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. On deck is Justifiableby Wes Sarginson & Dianna Love

  31. Hoping to get Meg Gardiner's "Shadow Tracer" after finishing Lori Armstrong's later "Merciless."

    And just picked up an early Elvis Cole and Joe Pike, "Chasing Darkness" before getting around to Crais' latest, "Suspect."

    On the "lighter" side: Darynda Jones' "Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet" (her Fifth one is out as well); Lucy Arlington's "Every Trick in the Book"; and "Chance of a Ghost" by E.J. Cooperman.

    The second in the Lewis triology by Peter May: "Lewis Man" promises to be just as character and plot-driven as the first.

    Summer will be over before I get through the TBR pile and at that point it'll be the TBR room of piles--- always a good thing!

  32. Gee, it would be easier for me to mention the books I am NOT reading!

    A very, very partial list of books I recently finished reading: Edith Maxwells's A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die; several of the books by authors published by Henery Press (I am working my way through their books!); a hysterically funny mystery by German author Jutta Profijt (other books of hers are on my TBR pile); and too many more to list!

    Currently reading (again, a partial list!): some of James Howe's books for kids (from the Bunnicula series and one of his YA mysteries); one of the later Anne of Green Gables books (Rilla of Ingleside) that I never got around to when I was a kid; Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble by Ann Ross; and more!

    To Be Read: in addition to Jutta Profijt's books, I plan to read (ASAP) Every Broken Trust by Linda Rodriguez, Roberta/Lucy's Topped Chef, and I will be re-reading Prime Time by someone who has been speaking up here on and off lately:-) and more, of course!

    Impatiently awaiting new books by the Reds!

    Just a note: does anyone else get asked "how can you keep all those books straight in your head?" when people find out you're reading more than one book at a time? I get that a lot. It's not difficult for me. What about the rest of you?

  33. I frequently read more than one book at a time and never have a problem keeping them straight - even when they are in the same genre.

  34. I think I said yesterday that I just finished "The Sound of Broken Glass" by JRW, Deborah Crombie -- it is quite wonderful, and my heart was about to break along with the glass!

    Next up is Jacqueline WInspear's "Losing Everything Most Loved" -- I have read every book in the Maisie Dobbs series. She is a very special character with whom I am in love.

    I am also reading "Exit" by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. On Saturday I am speaking at my 45th college reunion, and my focus is on -- all of life is TRANSITION (as my class is retiring from professional work, etc.)

  35. I'm not a big fan of southern fiction, but I'm a huge fan of Beth Hoffman. So I just started her newly released novel LOOKING FOR ME. I have that in hardback, but I always read an ebook at the same time. On my Kindle, I'm reading A SUNLESS SEA by Anne Perry, who will be a guest of honor at Killer Nashville this year. Looking forward to reading WRONG GIRL!

  36. Thanks, Denise Ann! You made my day!

    But how could I have forgotten the two Dandy Gilver books that just arrived from the UK. I started with The Proper Treatment of Bloodstains, which I loved so much I decided I wanted to read the series from the beginning. First two on Kindle, no problem. Then discovered the next two were not available except from the UK! Also want to read Catriona's new stand alone but had better restrain my book buying if I want to eat...

  37. How could I have forgotten about the new Alafair Burke, If You Were Here. Another great stand-alone from this author.

    TFJ - Happy to hear that others are reading Darynda Jones series. I love those books for a light, fun read.

  38. Patricia Cornwell's the Bone Bed

  39. Just this morning, about 3AM, I finished a Middle Grade mystery, The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher. While the time has much to do with my recent round of insomnia, this was an excellent way to spent the night. I really enjoyed it.

    Up next is The Texas Twist which stars a con man and is written by John Vorhaus. It's the third in the series, and these books are always wild rides.

    After that, I will finally read Kris Neri's latest, Revenge on Route 66, which rumor has it features a character names Mark Baker.

  40. I'm trying to catch up on some old cozy series that I have gotten behind on! I recently finished reading Hair of the Dog by Laurien Berenson. Now I'm reading Double Cross by Barbara Taylor McCafferty and Beverly Taylor Herald. Soon to follow will be something newer, I think--probably Iced Chiffon by Duffy Brown, although that will change if Widow's Tears by Susan Wittig Albert comes in to the library for me before I start that one.

  41. These are such wonderful suggestions! Yes. love Alafair Burke, have you read Angel's Tip? Terrific.

    And of course the fabulous LIsa Scottoline can do no wrong. An LIsa Unger has a new one!

  42. I'm currently reading Train Your Dog Positively by Victoria Stilwell, and A Wandering Heart by Thomas Kinkade & Katherine Spencer. Next on my list is Daddy's Gone A-Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark.

  43. "Iced Chiffon" is a fun read! Duffy Brown grew up right around the corner from my husband, too.

    Deb, "The Sound of Broken Glass" is so good, quite possibly your best in that series.

  44. I'm currently reading The Time Between by Karen White. I just finished yesterday (again) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. And, oh, my TBR list. It may fall on my head and kill me one day, but there's Candace Calvert's Rescue Team, and Bombshell by Catherine Coulter, and The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and JT Ellison, Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers, of course, there'll be The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan, and by all means, the rest of the Harry Potter series. Because, I have Harry Fest every Summer!! :)

  45. Just finished the new Martin Walker, "THE DEVIL'S CAVE," and cannot recommend these books highly enough. The series starts with BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE, then THE DARK VINEYARD, BLACK DIAMOND (truffles -- who knew?) and THE CROWDED GRAVE. Set in the Dordogne region of France, the village and agricultural setting resonates with anyone who has lived in small town America, yet these people seem to have better preserved their local economy than we have. Walker is editor-in-chief emeritus at United Press International, so the writing is first rate and the international intrigues more than plausible. The descriptions of the cooking and the food are amazing, of course. Oh, and Bruno? Not the Inspector Clouseau you're looking for... he's not just brilliant, but it turns out when Walker finally describes him, he's pretty darned buff, too. And he loves his dog.

    SMARTY BONES by Carolyn Haines is cued up after I finish WHIMSEY, then A COLD WHITE SUN by Vicki Delaney.

  46. Just finished Fatal Descent by Beth Groundwater and moving on to Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, Smarty Bones by Carolyn Haines, Taxes and Hot Pink Leg Warmers by Diane Kelly, You’re the One by Robin Kaye. I really need to find more time to read all the wonderful books in my TBR pile this working a full time job thing keeps getting in my way.

  47. hi hank,
    just finished "There Was An Old Woman" and loved it. now reading Seating Arrangements and The Sweet Smell of Murder, a Mavis Davis Mystery by Susan P. Baker -- and "Murder at the PTA," and....
    I'm sure there's more!
    waiting to read The Wrong Girl.
    Sandy Gardner

  48. booky65-- there's another Karin Slaughter book that I haven't yet seen? Busted? I'm waiting for Unseen, which comes out in July. Thought I'd read all the ones there were so far.
    ps Hank, also recently read City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte. Loved the time travel and, especially, Beethoven...

  49. I LOVE time travel, Sandra!

    Kristi, I met Martin Walker--who I bet looks just like Bruno! at The Virginia Festival of the book. He's a real charmer, and so thrilled with the success off his books. ANd he had to leave the festival early , because their were naming the airport near where he lives after Bruno! Can you imagine! Apparently the books have done wonders for tourism in the Dordogne!

  50. I have to admit that as my eyes aren't what they used to be, I am forced to do some of my reading with my ears, via audiobooks. (Yes, I really miss curling up with a good book but, hey, now I can also "read" while ironing or sitting in traffic.)
    I've just finished Craig Johnson's wonderful Longmire series. Deborah Crombie, Elly Griffiths, and Kate Atkinson are fairly recent favorite discoveries for me and I've just torn through all their books. Dont you love "discovering" a fantastic writer whos already published several books? It's like finding all the chocolate eggs at Easter...let me at 'em!
    Thanks to this blog I now have a huge TBR list to follow right behind Louise Penny's soon to be published How The Light Gets In....can't wait for that one.
    For now, there's a hardback calling my name: Peter May's The Chessmen, the final chapter of a superb trilogy. Come on, eyes, do your thing!

  51. In comparison to what most people are ready, this is so totally boring, but I'm reading a book called "The Mythic Guide to Characters." It's sort of a soup-to-nuts on character development.

  52. I am reading Susan Elia Macneal's Princess Elizabeth's Spy. I read her first one, Mr Churchill's Secretary, and I am enjoying continuing with the characters and find her depiction of the WW II era quite interesting!
    Also recently loved South of Superior by Ellen Airgood. An excellent debut novel imho.

  53. Reading Vince Zandri's MURDER BY MOONLIGHT now. Not sure who's next there are so many books on the TBR pile. Could be LJ Sellers, CJ Lyons, Allison Brennan, Karin Slaughter or Hank Phillippi Ryan. (I just love surrounding myself with so many smart, gorgeous women.)

  54. Oh, Michael, you are such a scamp! (YOu all should know Michael's terrific NIGHT BLIND is up for a Thrillerfest Award!)

  55. Marianne in MaineJune 5, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Right now I'm reading Deb's THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS. I just finished re-reading the entire Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Next up are PRIME TIME by Hank, DEAD MAN'S SWITCH by Tammy Kaehler (we share an interest in car racing), FALSE MERMAID by Erin Hart, THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton, and A DUTY TO THE DEAD by Charles Todd. The Gabaldon books are so long it's going to take me a while to catch up on the other books I should have read. And I'm waiting patiently for the new Red books.

  56. Gosh, is everybody's hands as cramped as mine is from writing down all these books??

    I just finished A Fault in Our Stars ***** and The One I left Behind (jennifer McMahon)
    Next up:
    Flora (Gail Godwin)
    The Good Cop (Brad Parks)
    Lost (SJ Bolton)
    If you were Here (Alafair Burke)

    Can't wait for:
    the Lewis Man (Peter May) !!!
    Through the Evil Days (JSF)

    Bummed that there will be no new Reginald Hill...think I will try to reread the whole Dalziel and Pascoe series this summer.

  57. Tilia Klebenov JacobsJune 5, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    I just finished "Snow Treasure," a kids' book about how a group of Norwegian schoolchildren smuggled their country's gold past the Nazis during the Occupation by putting it on their sleds and sledding past the German troops. Now my son is reading it. I'm also revisiting "Anne of Avonlea" and "All Creatures Great and Small." I'm also about halfway through William Boyd's "Waiting for Sunrise," a WWI spy story with an overlay of early psychoanalysis. And yet some people think I have ADD.

  58. Hank wrote: "Kristi, I met Martin Walker--who I bet looks just like Bruno! ... ANd he had to leave the festival early , because their were naming the airport near where he lives after Bruno! Can you imagine! Apparently the books have done wonders for tourism in the Dordogne!"

    Hank, that is such heartwarming news! Good for Walker, good for Bruno and good for the Dordogne! I don't suppose Walker is one of the tourist attractions? She said, almost totally jokingly...

  59. You guys are too sweet! Thank you! I am also looking at a deadline and haven't been able to read but Edith Maxwell's A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die is at the top, along with Lucy's Topped Chef and The Other Woman - I'm so behind!
    Donna Russell - funny story about Victoria Stillwell - she picked one of my dogs as her top 3 for a calendar contest through Red Rover. He's the December dog :)

  60. Lora--please tell us about Fault--I was at an event with the author at BEA--well, he was on tape, but he was quite amazing and incredibly funny.. I would tell you what he said, but we don;t use such language on Jungle Reds!

    Oh, yes, Kristi--I bet he absolutely IS.

  61. Can I just say--you are are amazing. i love thinking about you all, across the country, reading and happy and telling all of us about's fabulous. Love that you're here. Thank you.

  62. Kristi, you just sold me on Martin Walker! Have got to read those!!!!

  63. Currently reading "Murder at the Castle" by Jeanne M. Dams

    have these books on my phone to read

    Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide, Emily Brightwell's latest

    Murder at Twin HIlls, by Arthur S. Creek (new author to me)

    2 Lord Harrington books by Lynn Florkiewicz (also new author to me)

    A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet

    Remix, by Lexi Revellian (new author to me)

    2 books by Stella Stafford (new author)

    Corridors of Death, Ruth D Edwards

    A Tricky Lie, Ella J Fraser

    And a bunch more, too many to list

    recently finished:

    Cold Moon Dead, J.M. Griffin

    Cambridge Blue, by Alison Bruce

    Corpse of St. James, Jeanne M. Dams

    Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
    Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night
    Both by James Runcie

    I LOVEEEE ENGLISH MYSTERIES AND WOULD LOVE SUGGESTIONS, I can do suspense, but Thrillers are a bit too creepy for me


  64. I have a freshly signed copy of Alafair Burke's IF YOU WERE HERE to read as soon as I finish DEATH AND THE MAIDEN by Frank Tallis.

    I'm saving John le Carre's newest for a special time to savor it--A DELICATE TRUTH. His novels don't come around every year so this will be a very special treat for me.

    I'm looking forward to Hank's THE WRONG GIRL too!!!

  65. Mar - If you haven't read Frances Brody, look in to her books and give them a shot. You won't be disappointed.

    Also, I just loved the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves. Such a unique location over in the UK.

  66. And the winner is: Jen K! Email me at h ryan at whdh dot com and I will send it to you!

  67. Thanks God. I was waiting too much to find out :)