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1LA12Hernandez
Editado: Dez 29, 2013, 1:44 pm

I read 105 books in 2013 so I'm trying again for 100 in 2014. I am planning to read mostly mysteries this year should be interesting.



2LA12Hernandez
Editado: Mar 25, 2014, 12:18 am

1. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe Read 12-18-2013
2. Prisoner's Base by Rex Stout Read 12-20-2013
3. The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Read 12-20-2013
4. They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie Read 12-27-2013
5. The Red Box by Rex Stout Read 12-27-2013
6. Skating on Thin Ice by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain Read 12-29-2013
7. Chocolate Chip Cookies Murder by Joanne Fluke Read 12-29-2013
8. Lady Go Die! by Mickey Spillane Read 12-30-2013
9. Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown Read 1-1-2014
10. A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle Read 1-03-2014
11. The Cat Who could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun Read 1-05-2014
12. Heat Wave by Richard Castle Read 1-09-2014
13. Rizzoli and Isles: Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
Read 1-10-2014
14. Naked Heat by Richard Castle
Read 1-14-2014
15. Silks by Dick Francis Read 1-15-2014
16. Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs Read 1-15-2014
17. Getting Old can Kill You by Rita Lakin
Read 1-20-2014
18. Heat Rises by Richard Castle Read 1-23-2014
19. Refusal by Dick & Felix Francis Read 1-24-2014
20. Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke Read 1-25-2014
21. Hand in the Glove by Rex Stout Read 1-29-2014
22. Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke Read 1-30-2014
23. Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming Read 2-3-2014
24. A Raging Storm by Richard Castle Read 2-1-2014
25. Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke 2-2-2014
26. Suicide Season by Rex Burns 2-7-2014
27. The Goliath Bone by Mickey Spillane Read 2-10-2014
28. The Innocence of Father Brown Read 2-11-2014
29. Encore for Murder by Mickey Spillane Read 1-11-2014
30. The Little Death by Mickey Spillane Read 2-12-2014
31. Never Cross a Vampire by Stuart M Kaminsky Read 2-26-2014
32. A Slice of Murder by Chris Cavender Read 2-26-2014
33. The Broken Vase by Rex Stout Read 2-28-2014
34. At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie Read 3-10-2014
35. Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse by Lee Goldberg Read 3-24-2014

3LA12Hernandez
Editado: Dez 29, 2013, 1:18 pm

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Not at all what I expected from Poe. Was a straightforward telling of the adventures Arthur goes through after stowing away the ship Grampus. And it is some adventure.

4LA12Hernandez
Dez 29, 2013, 1:24 pm

Prisoner's Base by Rex Stout
Nero decides he will not shelter Priscilla Eads is his bronwstone for a week and sends her home. But Archie finds out she was murdered shortly after he put her in a cab for home. Feeling guilty he "hires" Nero to solve her murder and when Priscilla's maid is also murdered Nero decides to put his mind to the problem.

5LA12Hernandez
Dez 29, 2013, 1:28 pm

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Mycroft fears that 3 pages of the plans for the Bruce-Partington submarine have been sold to an enemy agent and he wants Sherlack to find them. In order to recover them he first has to solve the murder of Cogdon West found on the train tracks with no ticket and little blood.

6LA12Hernandez
Dez 29, 2013, 1:31 pm

They came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie
Veronica needs to get to Baghdad so she can be with Edward whom she just met and loves. But once there she finds things are not what they seem and she's right in the middle of it.

7LA12Hernandez
Dez 29, 2013, 1:35 pm

The Red Box by Rex Stout
Llewellyn Frost wants Nero to solve the murder of Molly Lauck or so he thinks. When Nero catches his cousin, Helen, in a lie, Lew sudduenly decides to fire Nero. But then the murder of Mr. McNair makes Helen hire Nero to solve both murders no matter who is involved.

8wookiebender
Editado: Dez 30, 2013, 11:02 pm

Welcome back! Good to see you've already started, too!

9LA12Hernandez
Dez 31, 2013, 10:50 pm

Thank you.

10mabith
Editado: Jan 2, 2014, 8:22 pm

If you love the Rex Stout be careful! I burned through all his Nero Wolfe books so quickly and slightly regret it (though I'll happily re-read them).

Looks like a great start for the year!

11LA12Hernandez
Jan 2, 2014, 7:51 pm

>10 mabith:
I know what you mean. I am reading several different authors so I don't read through any one to quickly.

12LA12Hernandez
Jan 2, 2014, 7:57 pm

Skating on Thin Ice by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
Eldridge wants to upgrade and reopen the Cabot Cove Ice Arena but someone else wants it to close. Can Jessica Fletcher find out who's behind the death of the russian figure skater, and Olympic hopeful, Alexi and keep the arena open so she can get back into ice skating.

13LA12Hernandez
Jan 2, 2014, 8:09 pm

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah loves her life, well the part about owning the Cookie Jar and being the main cookie baker was good. The Tuesday dinners with her mom and her constantly trying to fix her up she could do without. But she finds herself not only in the middle of her brother-in-law, Bill's, murder case but the two new men in town, Norman the dentist and Bill's new boss Mike.

14LA12Hernandez
Jan 2, 2014, 8:14 pm

Lady Go Die! by Mickey Spillane
Mike and Velda just want a nice vacation in Sidon. But when Mike comes upon Dekkert and his police goons beating up on Poochie any attempt at a vacation goes down the drain. Soon Mike is looking into the death of Sharron Weasley, millionaire playgirl.

15LA12Hernandez
Jan 2, 2014, 8:34 pm

Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown
Mary Minor Haristeen winds up in the middle of a divorce and a murder mystery. And when her cat, Mrs. Murphy, and her corgi, Tee Tucker, are found in the store of the murdered woman not only are the police interested in her the killer is also.

16rainpebble
Jan 3, 2014, 2:19 pm

Happy New Year Lynda & good luck with your 2014 reading challenges. I look forward to following you. You are certainly off to a good start!

17judylou
Jan 5, 2014, 11:00 pm

You have certainly started well! Good reading!

18LA12Hernandez
Jan 11, 2014, 11:03 pm

A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
Derrick Storm rises from the dead to take on a Kidnapping that turns out to be more than meets the eye. As Storm gets caught up in a web of lies and deceit the spider just may be a friend.

This reminds me of Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton.

19rainpebble
Jan 13, 2014, 12:14 pm

Linda, I am enjoying your blurbs about the books you are reading. And I love that you seemingly read for relaxation. I find myself reading a book on a particular subject matter & soon I am bogged down by attempting to find so many others of like manner. I need to just cozy down with some good old fashioned reads & stop trying to 'impress myself'............lol!~!
I just may grab some 'recks' off your thread this year.
Cheers,

20LA12Hernandez
Jan 15, 2014, 4:02 pm

When I first started these challenges in 2009 I wanted to broaden my reading spectrum. I read all the classic books I should have read and some genres I never read. But this year I decided to read what I truly enjoy Mysteries.

21rainpebble
Jan 15, 2014, 4:14 pm

Good for you Lynda. One year I shall do that. I get caught up too easily in challenges but this year I have limited myself to 3. The Great War Theme Read, Orange January/July and Anthony Powell's Dance to the Music of Time which I am finding rather difficult to get into.

22LA12Hernandez
Jan 15, 2014, 4:14 pm

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lillan Jackson Braun
Qwillian is the new art reporter for the Daily Fluxion and after three deaths Qwill learns there is more to art then paint and canvas. And when his landlord turns up dead not only does Qwill inherit a mystery but he also ends up with a Siamese he calls KoKo.

23rainpebble
Jan 15, 2014, 4:21 pm

>22 LA12Hernandez::
Lynda, Jen on her thread: "Jen gives it another try!" is also reading the Braun The Cat Who Could series. They sound very cosy/cozy to me. I may give a couple of them a try before the Winter is out.

24LA12Hernandez
Jan 15, 2014, 4:40 pm

Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Jameson Rook is doing a magazine article on the 20th. But he soon switches focus to Nikki Heat, much to her chagrin. Rook turns Heat into a celebrity cop and when Matthew Starr is thrown from the window of his 6th story apartment that proves to be as much a hindrance as her building attraction to Rook.

25LA12Hernandez
Jan 15, 2014, 4:50 pm

Rizzoli and Isles: Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Three teens with one thing in common, someone wants them dead. Rizzoli knows there has to be a connection between the three and Isles knows they are is danger and must be protected, but neither is sure the boarding school, Evensong, is safe.

Though I loved the plot idea, the story was slow and at places boring. Don't think I'll read another this year.

26LA12Hernandez
Jan 15, 2014, 5:41 pm

Naked Heat by Richard Castle

Cassidy Towne loved to use her gossip column to create and destroy the reputations and lives of people. So there were plenty of suspects for Nikki Heat to consider when Towne turns up dead and her body is stolen on the way to the morgue. Since Jameson Rook was doing an article on Towne he is pegged as the recipient of her new book that someone is willing to kill for it.

27LA12Hernandez
Jan 15, 2014, 9:24 pm

Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

Theodosia Browning is the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. So why is she playing detective on the Harold Barron murder? And can she prove her part-time employee Bethany had nothing to do with his poisoning.

Not as good as the Hannah Swensen series but along those same lines.

28mabith
Jan 15, 2014, 9:30 pm

27 - That series has the best titles... When I worked at a bookstore my sister and I were always randomly bringing them into conversation. It's too bad they're not quite as good at the titles though.

29wookiebender
Jan 15, 2014, 9:45 pm

Lovely idea to concentrate on what you *want* to read - I had fun with that last year, reading lots of sci-fi and fantasy and taking a break from the "serious" stuff.

I did read one of the Richard Castle books (the first one) a couple of years back, it was a lot of fun, a nice adjunct to the "Castle" TV series. On YouTube you should be able to find a video of the two leads from the TV show reading out the sex scene from Heat Wave from SD ComicCon. Well worth a watch. (I'm at work, and can't get to YouTube to find the URL, sorry.)

30LA12Hernandez
Jan 16, 2014, 9:15 am

> 29 Thanks wookie I will look that up.

31LA12Hernandez
Jan 26, 2014, 12:20 am

Getting Old can Kill You by Rita Lakin
Fifty years ago Joyce stole Arlene's husband thus putting an end to their friendship. Now Joyce shows up at the same complex to play long lost friend trying to make amends. But not only does Arlene refuse to forgive, she threatens Joyce with a knife in front of several people. Now she is the only suspect when Joyce turns up poisoned with Arlene's medication. Can Glady's minus the Associate's save Arlene and can the associates get their PI licence and start their own agency.

Wasn't a great book but I like the premise of the series. Think I will read a couple more before I make up my mind.

32LA12Hernandez
Jan 26, 2014, 12:25 am

Heat Rises by Richard Castle
Nikki Heat can't understand why Montrose is throwing up barriers in her Father Graf case. She knows the Huddleston, Barclay, Graf's murder are connected and when Montrose is also murdered she is not only convinced of it she is determined to prove it even though she has lost her badge and gun and possible her job.

33LA12Hernandez
Jan 26, 2014, 12:34 am

Refusal by Dick and Felix Francis

Sid Halley is enjoying his retirement from investigating. He has a beautiful wife and darling daughter and no desire to lose them to his old occupation. So when Sir Richard asks him to look into what he is sure is cheating, Sid refuses. But when the Irish man threatens his family, Sid has no choice but to beat him.

This is a lot like Death of a Citizen by Donald Hamilton where a man has to go back to his old life, against his will, in order to save his family.

34LA12Hernandez
Jan 26, 2014, 12:46 am

Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke

Hannah barely misses getting into a multi car accident on her way to deliver cinnamon rolls. When she sees a bus upside down in a ditch she and her sister Michelle go to see if they can help. The driver was the only casualty and other than cuts and bruises Buddy's wrist is the only serious injury. But it wasn't his injury that killed him it was the scissors he was stabbed with. Can Hannah find the murder and save Norman from a truly loveless marriage?

35LA12Hernandez
Fev 9, 2014, 11:37 pm

Hand in the Glove by Rex Stout

Theodolinda, known as Dol, wants to open her own detective agency. But Mr Storrs puts an end to that, well sorta. He wants Dol to discredit, George Leo Ranth, the leader of the League of the Occidental Sakti, and thus keep his wife from giving him money. Unfortunately Mr. Storrs ends up dead before Dos has a chance to get started on the case. Now Dol wants to solve this murder before the police and prove herself.

36LA12Hernandez
Fev 9, 2014, 11:44 pm

Cream Puff Murder By Joanne Fluke

Ronnie Wards likes handsome men, young, old, married or not. At least she likes to flirt with them, and if that upsets the women that's even better. She especially likes the men who work at the police station and when she ends up dead several of the members can't work on the case. So of course they have lots of advice to give Hannah on how to proceed with the investigation.

37LA12Hernandez
Fev 9, 2014, 11:54 pm

Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Mr. Big is smuggling gold but how? And from where? So James Bond, working with the CIA and FBI to put a stop to Mr. Big. Bond catches up with Mr. Big in Bermuda, where he keeps alive the legend of Baron Samedi, a voodoo zombie, and thus keeps the citizens in line.

The movie had a lot more action but the book was still better.

38LA12Hernandez
Fev 10, 2014, 12:06 am

A Raging Storm by Richard Castle

What most people don't know is that the Communist party and the Russian Government were two different things. Moneys held by the party did not belong to the government and when the USSR fell the party hid it's money, billions of dollars of gold, and Petrov knows where it is. Now Jebidiah wants Storm to find the gold.

So far this is a great series and I look forward to the next book.

39LA12Hernandez
Fev 10, 2014, 12:12 am

Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke

Is Shawna Lee really going to force Hannah Swenson out of business and steal Mike to boot? Seems that the reason Shawna came home was to run Hannah out of town and get Mike all to herself. So when she ends up dead Hannah looks like a good suspect, except she was at her business partners wedding at the time of the murder, but Mike wasn't.

40LA12Hernandez
Fev 10, 2014, 12:40 am

Suicide Season by Rex Burns

Devlin Kirk's job is to prove or disprove that an employee stole plans and sold them to a rival company. But before he could prove anything one way or another the target commits suicide, at least it looks like suicide but something doesn't add up and Dev can't put his finger on it. Now he finds he has not one but three clients for the same case and no answers.

41judylou
Fev 20, 2014, 10:25 pm

There is a lot to be said for reading only what you want, not what you feel you must. I was just lamenting with a friend yesterday that I never browse shelves for books anymore, finding weird and wonderful titles. I only read now from lists and recommendations.

42LA12Hernandez
Fev 21, 2014, 12:56 am

I spent five years broading my reading. Trying to read different genres. But this year it is time to go back to my true love, mysteries.

43wookiebender
Fev 21, 2014, 8:29 am

And I've enjoying returning to my sci-fi and fantasy roots over the past year or so. Reading should be fun!

44LA12Hernandez
Mar 1, 2014, 12:06 am

Well looks like life has caught up with me and I'm behind on my book blurbs. Will get to them as soon as I get a chance.