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    dan_e’s books

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    Dan_e: Web-developer, bass player, music lover, reader. Not necessarily in that order all of the time ;) You can find him here:

    Books read:

    1. Victoria Thompson – Murder at St. Mark’s Place
      2nd in the series, looking forward to the rest, might be nice to read these as well as the Jane Austen mysteries this year.
    2. Susan Wittig Albert – Thyme of Death
      1st in the series, had to laugh when she mentioned things being a bit too Nancy Drew :p
    3. Madelyn Alt – Where There’s a Witch
      I keep reading this series out of order, number 5 I believe this is. But even then they’re good reads, Maggie even says no to her mom this time – about time too :)
    4. Thomas Pynchon – Slow Learner
      5 of his earliest published stories, it shows too. But especially the latter two show where he’d be going as an author.
    5. Madelyn Alt – No Rest for the Wiccan
      Ouch, Maggie’s back to her old ways, letting mom boss her around like she’s still 5 – and listening… Then again, what other explanation can one give for helping out a sister that annoys the crap out of you. Not the best in the series, and that’s putting it mildly ;)
    6. Earlene Fowler – Irish Chain
      Cozy little murder mystery, well two murders really, but who’s counting. Kind of liked Benni, even if I didn’t read the first book in the series first, less sympathy for the other people in the story. The loose ends get tied up, but I’d liked to have read some more about how some of the sidestories developed. Might go and read another one in the series, not in a hurry though.
    7. Louise Penny – Still Life
      The first inspector Gamache novel it says. Well.. That it is :) It’s also a nice mystery set in a small village in Quebec which leads to a small discussion of what it is to be english living in the french province. I liked learning a bit about that as well as the mystery. Especially the art of the murder victim – too bad it wasn’t a book with pictures ;) Then again, maybe imagination makes the art even better.
    8. Madelyn Alt – A Witch in Time
      Seriously, two thirds of the book gone and we’re still in the bloody hospital? I thought I was reading a mystery novel instead of ‘when my sister had twins’. Mom and Mel and Jane and Margo are their usual obnoxious selves, Maggie manages to choose for herself about once and that’s about it for this round. A sort of mystery is tacked on to the end as an afterthought and the solution is just as well thought out. If you like the series, skip this one.
    9. Louise Penny – A Fatal Grace
      Second in the series. I was quite surprised to find Three Pines as the setting for this book as well, so more than just the police characters reappeared. Makes for a nice change
    10. Jennifer Estep – Spider’s Bite
      First in the Elemental Assassin series. Finished it very quickly and immediately followed it with the next two books and the short stories available on her website. So, yes, definitely recommended.
    11. Jennifer Estep – Web of Lies
      Second in the series. Went by even quicker than the first one ;)
    12. Jennifer Estep – Venom
      Things coming to a head in this one
    13. Peter de Zwaan – Kelly’s 30.000
      I used to be able to read De Zwaan’s books without annoying myself from time to time. In this book things got of to a bad start when I started trying to translate sentences looking if they’d sound better in english. The story is more or less what I expect from one of his books, having read 4 or 5 of his thrillers, but I couldn’t get into it because of the language.
    14. Michele Scott – Murder Uncorked
      Wine lovers mystery. Luckily for me not too many pages devoted to the finer nuances of wine tasting, but more to a decent murder plot, even if the ending felt somewhat rushed.
    15. Victoria Thompson – Murder on Gramercy ParkNext in the gaslight mysteries. Sarah and Malloy keep getting closer, even if they still won’t acknowledge the fact. It’s getting harder for the author to come up with plausible reasons for the two to investigate a murder together. The mystery itself was on par with the others before it, no complaints there.
    16. Michele Scott – Murder by the Glass
      Wine lovers mystery. Number two. Nikki still can’t choose between the two guys.. Wouldn’t be so bad if they all weren’t signaliling and misunderstanding eachother throughout the book, detracting from the mystery itself.
    17. Lieneke Dijkzeul – Een Bezem in het Fietsenrek
      Dutch children’s book, about a witch who finds a mailorder catalog and her subsequent search for happiness. Some nice social commentary there ;) Very humorous read, and it has cats too ;)
    18. Michele Scott – Silenced by Syrah
      Wine lovers mystery. Number three. More stupid moments of not being able to choose. Too bad, because the rest of the book is quite good, again
    19. Michele Scott – A Vintage Murder
      Wine lovers mystery. Number four. Well, she finally made the choice. Can we now get on with life? Apparently not.. Did she make the right choice is the new meme.. Storywise I’m not as convinced by this book either, too many stretches of the imagination required.
    20. Robin Paige – Death at Rottingdean
      Got this one because it’s Susan Wittig Albert and husband Bill writing. Wasn’t disappointed. Good story, well researched as far as I can tell and interesting characters. Don’t know why I started at number 5 though :p
    21. Anthony Read – The Case of the Stolen Sparklers (Baker Street Boys #5)
      The last one; wasn’t available last year, but now it is. Just like the others this is a nicely paced story featuring the Baker Street Irregulars, Moriarty and Holmes, who doesn’t have to solve anything of course. Good fun.
    22. Bies van Ede – De Behekste Bibliotheek
      A children’s book Marion told me to read. I’d read other books by the author – some on the shelves at hme as well, so I knew I’d like it.
    23. E.L. Konigsburg – Het Wonderlijke Archief van Mevrouw Fitzalan (From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler)
      Another children’s book Marion told me to read, and I’m glad I did. Wonderful :)
    24. Robin Paige – Death at Bishop’s Keep
      The first one, explaining how an american woman came to be lady of the manor in Victorian Britain. Well plotted and well written, like the other books I’ve read by the author(s).
    25. Christine Feehan – Ruthless Game
      The last in the series at the moment, better than the previous one which wasn’t really part of the series somehow. This one takes off where Street Game left off, so it’s not really part of the first part of the series, but things get a bit more established.
    26. Robin Paige – Death at Gallows Green
      Second in the series. The villain really stood out in this one as well as the supposed death of the child being a red herring, but I nonetheless enjoyed it a lot.
    27. Laura Childs – Death by Darjeeling
    28. Robin Paige – Death at Daisy’s Folly
    29. Robin Paige – Death at Devil’s Bridge
    30. Robin Paige – Death at Whitechapel
    31. Lorraine Bartlett – A Crafty Killing
    32. Kader Abdolah – De Kraai
    33. Caitlin R. Kiernan – The Red Tree
    34. Willy van der Heide – Avonture in die Stille Suidsee (South African translation by Leon Rousseau)
    35. Joyce & Jim Lavene – Deadly Daggers
    36. Madelyn Alt – A Charmed Death
    37. Jonathan L. Howard – Johannes Cabal the Detective
    38. Stephanie Barron – Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
    39. Stephanie Barron – Jane and the Man of the Cloth
    40. Jasper Fforde – The Fourth Bear
    41. Jasper Fforde – The Big Over Easy
    42. Jennifer Estep – Tangled Threads
    43. Michele Scott – Corked by Cabernet
    44. Stephanie Barron – Jane and the Wandering Eye
    45. Michele Scott – A Toast to Murder
    46. Carolyn G. Hart – Death on Demand
    47. Jonathan Coe – The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
    48. Charlaine Harris – Dead over Heels (Aurora Teagarden #5)
    49. Kate Summerscale – The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
    50. Charlaine Harris – A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden #6)
    51. Lorna Barrett – Sentenced to Death
    52. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games
    53. Charlaine Harris – Last Scene Alive (Aurora Teagarden #7)
    54. Laurell K. Hamilton – Flirt
    55. Charlaine Harris – Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden #8)
    56. Suzanne Collins – Catching Fire
    57. Suzanne Collins – Mockingjay
    58. Debbie Macomber – 8 Sandpiper Way
    59. Jodi Picoult – Salem Falls
    60. Laurell K. Hamilton – Skin Trade
    61. Gail Carriger – Heartless
    62. Sheila Connolly – Let’s Play Dead
    63. Nancy Springer – The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes #2)
    64. Juliet Blackwell – Hexes and Hemlines
    65. Nicole Peeler – Tempest Rising
    66. Fabrice Bourland – The Baker Street Phantom
    67. Nancy Springer – The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes #1)
    68. Nancy Springer – The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets (Enola Holmes #3)
    69. Nancy Springer – The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes #4)
    70. Jenna Burtenshaw – Wintercraft
    71. Jenna Burtenshaw – Blackwatch
    72. Jeannie Holmes – Blood Law
    73. Jeannie Holmes – Blood Secrets
    74. Sheila Connolly – Bitter Harvest
    75. Robin Paige – Death at Epsom Downs
    76. Nancy Springer – The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes #5)
    77. Nancy Springer – The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye (Enola Holmes #6)
    78. Robin Paige – Death at Dartmoor
    79. Jenn McKinlay – Books can be Deceiving
    80. Robin Paige – Death at Glamis Castle
    81. Robin Paige – Death in Hyde Park
    82. Robin Paige – Death at Blenheim Palace
    83. Robin Paige – Death on the Lizard

    Reading:

    1. Stephanie Barron – Jane and the Genius of the Place
    Progress:
    100+
    85%
    Jane Austen Mysteries
    3/10
    Gaslight Mysteries
    2/10
    Robin Paige Mysteries
    12/10