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Caroline

I didn't know June was crime month. Funny, you know I had intended on dedicating June to children's books and crime but now I'm reading Dos Passos, so the theme went out of the window already.
It will be interesting to hear what you discover.

Stefanie

The book gods are telling you something so a month of crime it has to be. You can't go against the books gods, never, ever, make them angry! :)

Gina

I love mysteries too, lately I have only been able to stomach the 'cozies' though. For some reason the crime novels have really been bothering me! I have a bunch on my TBR pile that are going to be relegated back to the shelf until further notice.
On my list for this week is No Fond Return of Love (just finished Excellent Women and loved it!) and The View from Penthouse B.

Anonymous

I love mysteries as well. I'm also planning on going on vacation in a little more than a week and am sitting down trying to figure out which books to take with me. I got an e-reader for Christmas this year and this might be the first time that I take it with me but I'm still planning on taking one or two paper books with me as a back-up in case the e-reader goes kaput. I'm also trying to figure out how to download e-books onto the reader from my library, maybe that will be my task for this coming weekend. I'm paying attention to the books that you've mentioned above and may look into bringing/downloading a few of them.

Judith

Danielle,
It would be so much fun to be treated to a tour of your mystery and crime novels! I'd be on the edge of my seat for that tour. Please do consider it.

Judith

Danielle

I'm not entirely sure if June being International Crime month is a marketing thing between several mystery/crime-oriented publishers, or if they are just capitalizing on it but it certainly put me in the mood! I seem to rarely stick to plans these days--my reading this month was just decided a day or so ago, so I know the feeling. I have started reading a Laurie King mystery set in San Francisco which I think is going to be good. I have a few other ideas about books I want to read, but need to finish a couple of books first (hopefully this will be a good reading weekend!).

Danielle

Yes, I'd hate to know what problems I'd stir up by ignoring them--I know what trouble the gods can make! Edith Hamilton certainly opened my eyes to that... I hate that I've missed the Slaves book--but I am looking forward to hearing what everyone else thought and it may just prompt me to read it later this summer. Mysteries just seem like good June reading and with work and everything, I think that may be all I can actually concentrate on.

Danielle

I go in phases where I will only read cozies or will be in the mood for something grittier and will need a good crime novel. This month I expect I'll be mixing them all up. I'm reading a great Agatha Christie cozy but also have a thriller-ish book started as well as a couple of police procedurals. It's best, it seems, to wait until you are in the mood for a certain kind of book--you will likely appreciate it much more later. I loved Excellent Women when I read it several years ago, too. I am nearly finished with Crampton Hodnet (tomorrow will finish I think). I'm torn between wanting to pick up another and just throwing myself into my mystery pile. I have enjoyed reading about the various Pym novels everyone else has been reading,however! Enjoy No Fond Return of Love--will have to check that one out.

Danielle

I hope you find some good books to take with you on vacation! You might be able to find some freebie Agatha Christie novels--I love her work. I've also just started the Laurie King mystery set in San Francisco which promises to be good. I have downloaded some ebooks from the public library on to my Nook--it's been a while, but I recall that it wasn't too difficult. The only thing that is a little jarring is that once it has expired you just don't get access anymore. No fudging it and taking back a book late! :) I'm like you--I might take my Nook with me places but I always have a paper book on me as well. I wonder if it is too soon to think about what I'll take on my own vacation in October...? :)

Danielle

I have almost all my mysteries (save for hardcovers and a pile by my bedside) in plastic bins. It is not the best solution but as so many of them are mass market size it is the best way to keep them all together. I have nearly ten bins now of books! I will probably share them a bit later this month! I love sorting through them as I always pull out a stack I think I will read--of course they don't all get read and then I just have to shift them all about and find space for them once again. :)

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

I am very tempted by _Alex_, as I feel that I haven't read anything dark for ages. In fact, I haven't had a good wallow in crime for a while. I really should... (BTW, full marks for "line up"!)

iliana

I can get on board with all mysteries all month :)

I saw that issue of The New Yorker yesterday and didn't get it and now I'm wishing I had. I'm just not in the mood for short stories right now.

Enjoy your mysteries - I'm more than halfway through the latest Maisie Dobbs book - so good!

Danielle

If you are in the mood for something a little gritty, I can highly recommend "Alex". It is not actually published yet in the US--I lucked out and received a review copy, but it might well have already been published in the UK/Europe so perhaps, too in Australia. It is really gripping. You should see my bedside pile of reading "possibilities" for this month. By the way it includes a couple books by Dorothy Hughes, who I came by thanks to your most excellent suggestions. I am happy, too, to learn that the Feminist Press has a whole line of noir/pulp novels by women--so cool! I am going to wallow away this month and think I an going to enjoy it very much! :)

Danielle

I love mysteries--strangely, though, I've not read many of them at all this year. All of a sudden, though, I had this overwhelming urge to just binge on them, so here I am now with a stack of mysteries, thrillers and crime novels all in progress. The New Yorker was a nice surprise (I've been subscribing so it appeared in my mailbox at just the right moment). I am always up for a short story, though I seem to more often reach for novels than stories (I do hope to read all the short stories in this issue, though). And I really liked that last Maisie novel--so many changes...I am working on a post about it this weekend. I'm very, very curious to see where Jacqueline Winspear takes the series now!

Betty

I'm a huge fan of Christie as well and thanks for the tip about possible freebies of her books. I also like the Laurie King books, and have read most of them. I believe I read the King book that was set in San Francisco and really liked it. In a previous discussion I said how much I like the Miss Melville books and I'm thinking that I may take one of those books with me. I have only downloaded a few free books on to the reader but seldom use it as I have an abundance of paper books available to me. And like you, and other commenters, I still prefer holding actual books. Having said that, I thought my holiday would be a perfect excuse to use the darn thing. I'm re-visiting Santa Monica, and like you, I'm planning to re-read a number of Raymond Chandler books as I like to drive around and explore the streets and neighbourhoods he describes in his books.

Betty

Danielle

Hi Betty--Raymond Chandler is definitely an author I want to read! I thought I had read a book or two by him, but I was mixing him up with Dashiell Hammett. I have such an abundance of mysteries it is hard deciding which to read. I keep adding books to my mystery pile--I could keep it going all summer long! I will have to add the first Miss Melville book to the pile--I was so excited about it when I got it and still am, but just need an opportunity to add it to the current reads pile. I have been reading a couple of books on my Nook, but only at the gym--it is convenient for exercising, but I still drag along my paper book as well.... Did you know that Laurie King has a new mystery coming out later this year--set in Paris, but a new storyline--not a Mary Russell novel! I am slowly working my way through the Russell/Holmes books and was going to start the next one, but I think I will stick with the Kate Martinelli mystery I started last week. And I will be getting the new Laurie King later on, too! Have fun in Santa Monica! :)

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

I managed to get 'Alex' on my kindle, and I am totally gripped - such an amazing twist, can't wait to see how it all ends. Excellent recommendation, thank you! I've decided to read all thriller books this week as a contrast to all-Pyms last week. I've also ordered Hughes' The Expendable Man, to add some noir to my day.

litlove

Ooh lovely, I'm such a fan of crime fiction. I love Peter Lovesey in particular, and Agatha Christie too. The latest Lee Child is out in paperback over here, and Mr Litlove and I practically inhaled it as soon as I brought it home (though in all honesty, the earlier books are the best). Looking forward to the reviews!

Kathy

I can't think of a better way to spend June! I already have several Patricia Wentworth and Georgette Heyer mysteries on hand for some nice, light reading. I've been reading mostly vintage mysteries, but it might be time for me to dip into my TBR list for a more modern one. I'll have to sift through your posts for some ideas!

betty

Danielle: I'm sure I'll have fun in Santa Monica just as I'm sure that you'll have a good time in San Francisco. I didn't know that Laurie King had a new novel, so I'll be on the lookout for it. I love both Hammet and Chandler and yes, they're sort of easy to mix-up as they write about similar characters and both are set in California, although at either end of the state. When I visit Santa Monica, I go to a second-hand bookstore called "Angel City Books & Records" and always have a great time scouting around for authors I don't usually see anywhere else. It was there that I discovered one of my new favourite authors, Joan Coggin. I found the first of her 4 books in the Lady Lupin series. The books are hard to explain; the lead, Lady Lupin, comes across as a bit of on airhead, but she's not really. She's a young aristocrat who falls in love with and marries a curate. After finding and reading my find, "Who Killed the Curate" (not her husband), I tracked down the other 3 books from the Rue Morgue Publishing Company and bought them all. If you're looking for something unusual in a mystery story, I would recommend reading Ms. Coggin's books. If you do read one of the books/all of them, please let me know what you think of them.

Betty

Danielle

Isn't it a great read?! I've only just finished the first part (that's what happens when you *literally* binge on a bunch of books at once...), but I can see it is an edge of your seater. I will admit to being a little disconcerted by the violence--what a thought that someone might do this to another human being, but Lemaitre has me so curious about the why of it all that I don't want to put it down. I'm glad you are enjoying it, too! It is quite an alternative to Pym, isn't it?! I have The Expendable Man, but I have sitting by my bed In a Lonely Place...oh where to start with her books? My crime/mystery list is so big that I am not sure which one I will pick up next! Anyway, she's a great find--so we seem to be even when it comes to reading suggestions! :)

Danielle

I like Peter Diamond--he's such a likable character and I have stocked up on the Peter Lovesey mysteries now. And I love Agatha Christie--I think I need to read another one after this--maybe one of her standalones--isn't it great that she wrote so many books? I have yet to read Lee Child--must give him a go as I expect I would like him very much. And I (secretly...okay maybe not so secretly) love books you can literally inhale. The writing about part of my reading will come eventually-I seem to be slow on that aspect of things lately, but I will certainly get around to talking about them all.

Danielle

I don't get a summer vacation from work (though I am taking a long weekend over the Fourth of July), so this is my little splurge--getting away from it all. I love vintage crime and can totally see why you would have a stockpile of dependable authors. I have several more Miss Silver books to look forward to. Strangely...though I love Georgette Heyer I have not yet read any of the mysteries she wrote. I really must rectify that!

Danielle

I really want to read Chandler, and more of Hammett--as well as the authors who were influenced by them later--Ross MacDonald (or did he write at about the same time...?), Jim Thompson--all those noir writers. This project (though I always have a mystery on the go all the time) could morph into something larger! :) Thanks for the suggestion of Joan Coggin--she sounds right up my alley and my library even had the first Lady Lupin book--I hope to pick it up tomorrow! I'll let you know what I think!

Buried In Print

I've been thinking of re-reading that Laurie King mystery so that I can continue on with the series (I think I'm set to read the third, but it's been years); I quite enjoy her writing. I was also pawing the "next" Gamache mystery in the library the other day, wondering when you would get to the fourth; I will happily wait, and am pleased you are enjoying Still Life so much.

betty

Danielle: if you're up for another recommendation, and you haven't come across the author Edmund Crispin, I would say run and read his Gervase Fen books. The books were written in the late 40s early 50s. Fen is an Oxford professor who teaches English literature, and, of course, an amateur detective. He's slightly reminiscent of Peter Wimsey, always a good thing in my opinion! The first book in the series is titled "The Case of the Gilded Fly" and takes place at a theatre company residing at Oxford University. When the not-so-nice leading lady is murdered, Fen gets involved in solving the crime. A good friend of mine introduced me to the author/series and I've really enjoyed reading the books. I received 6 of the books as a gift and managed to find another 4 books in second-hand stores. If you decide to look into the Fen books, I know that you'll find them a treat to read.

Danielle

I have so many mysteries now started I never know which one to pick up and continue on with--you know my reading habits--I am such a grazer. It was my intention to finish Alex--the French crime novel this weekend, though now I am not sure I will do it by the end of the weekend. I did start the Laurie King--in honor of San Francisco (!) thinking I would just dip into it but not be tempted enough to continue on, but I have pretty much been picking it up every day and taking it with me on errands (as it very conveniently fits in my purse). That said, I am determined to finish the Gamache before the end of the month as it will be my last book read for the Canadian reading challenge (and I have the second book all ready to go). Like 'Q' I always enjoy reading it when I pick it up, but I need more reading time.... Laurie King, I have decided now is just dependably good--I like her writing--no wavering, if you know what I mean.

Danielle

Okay--now I see what your other comment was in reference to--his first book is already in my shopping cart so I will hopefully get a chance to read it soon. I love mysteries from that era--and it looks like Felony and Mayhem has been reissuing the books. They do sound a treat! Have you read any of Elizabeth Daly's books? If not, I think you would like her. The books are set (well, at least the first one which is the only one I've read so far) in 1940s NYC. The sleuth, is Henry Gamadge who is an antiquarian book dealer. I keep meaning to get back to those as well.

betty

I think some of my Fen books are Felony and Mayhem reissues, the others are Penguin books(second-hand).

No, I haven't read any of Ms. Daly's books, but I will now. I love books from that time period, and one that is set in NYC, well that's even better! I'm writing down the details and will look for it at the library or maybe that will be one of the titles that I search for at a second-hand bookstore. Thanks for letting me know about this author.

Danielle

Okay--I see now you do know F&M--they are great at reissuing mystery authors--I have loads of their books, and I have Swan Song (another library sale find I think) that F&M put out. I think my copy of The Moving Toyshop is a UK Vintage edition. I think you'll like the Daly books. I need to continue on--read the first one earlier this year. I tend to read lots of British authors, so the NYC setting really is very appealing!

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