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Ivy (luvbug) In January I read:

Indulgence in Death by J. D. Robb Pages: 373

Sweet Narcissus by M. K. Lorens Pages: 262

The Footprints on the ceiling by Clayton Rawson Pages: 256

100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson Pages: 289

First Kill All The Lawyers by Sarah Shankman Pages: 220

The Case of the Mythical Monkeys by Erle Stanley Gardner Pages: 229

Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils by Rob MacGregor Pages: 275

Tall, Dead, and Handsome by Annie Griffin I did not finish this on but did read 30 pages before I was so bored out of my mind I couldn't go any farther.

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger by Kevin Bolger Pages: 215

Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell Pages: 313

The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry Another one that I didn't finish but did read 72 pages before I put it down.

Aftermath, Inc. by Gil Reavill Only read 57 pages before I put this one down and did not finish.

February:

Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson Pages: 296

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the
Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart Read 34 pages before I put it down because it was boring me to death.

Then Hang All the Liars by Alice Storey Pages: 224

Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett Pages: 326

Bury the Bishop by Kate Gallison Read 23 pages before putting this one down.

Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews Pages: 296

Better Read Than Dead by Victoria Laurie Pages: 296

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson Read 125 pages then put this one down and did not finish it...not one of his better books.

March:

Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert Pages: 264

The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen Pages 359

A Fountain Filled With Blood by Julia Spencer-
Fleming Read 55 pages...could not follow the plot or the story.

Missing in Death by J. D. Robb This was and audio book so have no idea how many pages to count.

Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts Pages: 373

Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts Pages: 346

Face the Fire by Nora Roberts Pages: 358

Aftermath by Tracy Brown Read 101 pages then had to put it down...I felt like I was reading a soap opera instead of a mystery.

Grave Apparel by Ellen Byerrum Pages: 290

Those In Peril by Wilbur Smith Read 101 pages.

Mystery of the Tolling Bell by Carolyn Keene Pages: 181


Ivy (luvbug) The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass

This is book 5 of the Body Farm series. In this one Dr. Brocktcon has to find out who is selling body parts on the black market. I found myself turning pages as fast as I could read them. Very well written and interesting.


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Ivy (luvbug) Treachery in Death (In Death, #32) by J.D. Robb Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb

This is book 39 of the In Death Series. Peabody overhears an argument between two fellow officers that sets the tone for the rest of the book. As Peabody and Eve look into the actions of the two officers they find that it is worse then anyone could have anticipated.

I think this is one of the best books in this series.

Finished: 4/8/2011
Pages: 375


Ivy (luvbug) Murder on Marble Row (Gaslight Mysteries) by Victoria Thompson Murder on Marble Row by Victoria Thompson

This is book 6 of the Gaslight Mystery series. I think that I am now all caught up with this series. I really like it and enjoy seeing the relationship between Sarah and Detective Malloy develop.

This one starts with a man being blown up with a bomb and then goes from there. It is a defendant page turner as you try to figure out who blew him up and why. There are all kinds of twists and turns along the way.

Finished: 4/14/2011
Pages: 310


Ivy (luvbug) The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott

This is book one of the Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase series. Wasn't sure what to expect when this book was recommended to me. I found that it was very well written, lots of action going on most of the time, and that it kept me looking forward to the next page. Nina is an archaeologist that has always wanted to find Atlantis. When the opportunity comes her way she takes it and goes on a hunt for one of the biggest legends in history. If you like a good Indiana Jones type book you will enjoy this one. I am looking forward to finding and reading the next book in this series.

Finished: 4/23/2011
Pages: 514


Ivy (luvbug) Pretty in Ink (Tattoo Shop Mystery #2) by Karen E. OlsonPretty in Ink by Karen E. Olson

This is book 2 of the Tattoo Shop Mystery series. I was hooked when I read the first book in this series and find that this one is as good if not better then the first.

This one has drag queens, dead bodies, bombs and so much more...Brett really gets herself involved in a pickle and getting out is all you would want in a cozy mystery.

Finished: 4/29/2011
Pages: 299


Ivy (luvbug) Married to the Mop (Charlotte LaRue Mystery, #5) by Barbara Colley Married to the Mop by Barbara Colley

This is book 5 of the Charlotte LaRue Mystery series.

In this one Charlotte ends up cleaning for the mob and getting involved in a murder. How she figures out who really killed him is very interesting and how she gets out of a very tight spot is for sure different.

Finished: 5/6/2011
Pages: 265


Ivy (luvbug) How to Host a Killer Party (Party Planning Mystery, #1) by Penny Warner How to Host a Killer Party by Penny Warner

This is book one of the Party Planning Mystery series. You get to meet Presley Parker who was fired from her job at the university because of down sizing and is now trying to get her business as a party planner off the ground. She ends up trying to figure out who killed not one person but two before the Detective in charge of the cases puts her in jail for both murders.

It was fun getting to know her and the way she attacks an investigation. And the way she has to learn to trust the one guy that she is not sure if he really believe she is innocent or if he has a hidden agenda...

Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Finished: 5/17/2011
Pages: 298


Ivy (luvbug) The Treacherous Teddy (A Bear Collector's Mystery, #5) by John J. LambThe Treacherous Teddy by John J. Lamb

This is book 5 in the Bear Collector's Mystery series. As with others in this series they are all well written and a joy to read. I found myself wanting to help out with the investigation. The action just kept on coming and I never knew for sure who was going to get involved at any given time. I look forward to the next book in this series.

Finished: 5/25/2011
Pages: 301


Ivy (luvbug) The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael RobertsonThe Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson

This is book 2 of the series and having not read the first book in the series I was not sure what to expect. I found it to be slow in spots and boring in others. It did not seem to come together at all. It took forever for anything to happen and when it did it was still not exciting enough to make me want to find the first book to read it to see what I had missed. There was more about the relationship between a couple of the main characters love life then there was about the mystery.

Finished: 6/2/2011
Pages: 274


Ivy (luvbug) Dying to Be Murdered (Jennifer Marsh Mysteries) by Judy FitzwaterDying to Be Murdered by Judy Fitzwater

I really liked this book. I kept me turning the pages and wondering what would happen next. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Jennifer and how she figures out a crime. She kept me guessing until the end about who the killer was. Am looking forward to finding the rest of the books in this series to read.

Finished: 6/5/2011
Pages: 225


Ivy (luvbug) Dead By Midnight by Beverly BartonDead By Midnight by Beverly Barton

I picked up this book thinking it was the first book in a trilogy but as I read it I found that it would have been better if I had read other books by this author that have the same characters in it. I found that this is a the first book of a trilogy that is in the middle of a series of books with the same characters and found that there was a lot of references to previous books.

Having said that I still enjoyed reading this book...it was well written and really kept me reading the next page. It did leave me with a cliff hanger so now I am off to see if I can find the next book to see if I can figure out who the other killer is.

Finished: 6/18/2011
Pages: 442


Ivy (luvbug) The Lies That Bind  Catching a Killer Takes a Lot of Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery) by Kate Carlisle The Lies That Bind: Catching a Killer Takes a Lot of Spine by Kate Carlisle

This is book 3 in Bibliophile Mystery series. It was well written, set in San Francisco, two dead bodies and a killer that just doesn't fit the bill until it is all pointed out to you who they are...will be looking for other books in this series.

Finished: 6/25/2011
Pages: 275


Ivy (luvbug) If Walls Could Talk (A Haunted Home Repair Mystery, #1) by Juliet BlackwellIf Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

This is book 1 of the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. It was okay but I found that it was slow and seemed to take for ever for anything to even move along. The explanation for Mel being able to see the ghost was very lame and I don't think was ever really explained very well. And why was she solving the death of someone that she didn't like in the first place but less someone that didn't like her either. I kept waiting for something to happen for most of the book...to much explaining about home renovation and not enough mystery or the solving of the crime...boring in spots. Don't think that I will be looking for the next book in the series.

Finished: 7/3/2011
Pages: 316


Ivy (luvbug) Killing Her Softly (Griffin Powell, #5) by Beverly BartonKilling Her Softly by Beverly Barton

This is book 1 in the Griffin Powell series. It is very good and kept me turning pages. There was always something going on and kept me wondering how they were going to figure out who the killer was. Just about the time I thought I knew who the killer was another clue was dropped and I had to change my mind.

I am now looking for the next book in the series. I am for sure hooked on this author.

Finished: 7/6/2011
Pages: 404


Ivy (luvbug) Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs

This is book 3 of the Cackleberry Club Mystery series. This book was okay but at the same time was boring in parts. It seemed like Suzanne spent more time having parties for her business or her love life then she did trying to solve the mystery. And then about the time I thought she was finally going to get down to business and try to figure out who the killer was the killer confessed. It was not a good way to end this book...all of a sudden he was there. Struck me as anti climatic ending.

Finished: 7/13/2011
Pages: 302 not including pages with recipes.


Ivy (luvbug) Close Enough To Kill (Griffin Powell, #6) by Beverly Barton Close Enough To Kill by Beverly Barton

This is book 2 of the Griffin Powell series. This one has a serial killer who thinks that each of his victims are his lovers...he courts them as a secret admirer before letting them know who he is.

This book is very well written and kept me turning the pages and wanting to see how the police would figure out who the killer was and how they captured him. My only negative things is that although it is part of the Griffin Powell series you do not hear about Griffin until the book is over half done and then only very briefly. Other then that it was very good and I ended up staying up late (11:00pm) a couple of nights reading because I couldn't put it down.

Finished: 7/28/2011
Pages: 438


Ivy (luvbug) 10th Anniversary (Womens Murder Club 10) by James Patterson10th Anniversary by James Patterson

This is Book 10 in the Women's Murder Club series. I have really enjoyed reading this series for the most part. This one has Lindsey chasing after three different bad guys for three different reasons.

For the most part I enjoyed reading this book but it jumped around a bit more then usual because of the three different story lines going at one time.

Finished: 8/3/2011
Pages: 395


Ivy (luvbug) The Dying Game (Griffin Powell, #7) by Beverly BartonThe Dying Game by Beverly Barton

This is another book in the Griffin Powell series. This one involves Griffin for then the ones in the past and really lets you get to know him better. We find that he is searching for a serial killer that killed his friends wife four years ago. The search is intense and exciting...you are kept on your toes the whole way through the book. I was constantly wondering who the killer was and how he was getting away with so many murders.

Finished: 8/8/2011
Pages: 440


Ivy (luvbug) Unraveled (A Knitting Mystery, #9) by Maggie SeftonUnraveled by Maggie Sefton

This is book 9 of the Knitting Mystery series. I was surprised by who the killer was but had figured out that the person wasn't who they thought it was. I know that is confusing but if you read the book you will understand. It was very well written and kept my attention enough to want to finish it but not so much that I had any trouble putting it down at the end of the day.

Finished: 8/18/2011
Pages: 292


Ivy (luvbug) Cold Hearted (Griffin Powell, #9) by Beverly BartonCold Hearted by Beverly Barton

This is another Giffin Powell book. It is not as good as previous books in this series but still kept me reading. Killer not who I thought it would be.

Finished: 9/1/2011
Pages: 403


Ivy (luvbug) The Apprentice (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #2) by Tess GerritsenThe Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

Book 2, Rizzoli and Isles series. I have to say that I have watched the program on TV and read two of the books in this series. I find that I like both for different reasons but like the books more then the TV series. The books are more in depth and can go places the TV series can't begin to go.

You have to have read the first book in order to follow what is happening in this one...this one picks up where the first one ended...you get to know a bit more about Rizzoli and what makes her tick and you get introduced to Dr. Isles. Isles isn't in this one much but enough to understand how her and Rizzoli met. You get to know why Rizzoli thinks that she needs to show no emotion and why she thinks she has to be as good if not better then her male counterparts. You also get to find out more about the Surgeon and why he thinks he needs to manipulate women and why he needs to kill. I don't especially like the way it ended but can live with it in the long run.

Finished: 9/9/2011
Pages: 366


Ivy (luvbug) The Help by Kathryn StockettThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

I picked up this book to see what all the hype was about. I wondered if it would be as good as the advertisement said it would be.

I found that it was very well written, kept me turning the pages, and made me think as I read it. I had trouble putting it down most nights and just had to keep reading it. I laughed out loud, I cried, and I wondered how we could have been so cruel to another race of people. I also found that I had to think about the way I was treating other people, no matter what race they were.

I wanted to slap Hilly for the way she treated her maid and the other people of color and the way she tried to run everything like she was the President of the USA. And I laughed with Minny on several occasions...she was a woman that spoke her mind.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wonders what it was like being a person of color in the southern United States in the 1960s.

Finished: 9/14/2011
Pages: 522


Ivy (luvbug) The Neighbor (Detective D.D. Warren, #3) by Lisa GardnerThe Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

Book 3 of the Detective D. D. Warren series. Found it slow, and boring in spots. Seemed to take forever to even get started. I had no problem putting it down to do other things. Not sure if I want to read any others in this series.


Ivy (luvbug) New York to Dallas (In Death, #33) by J.D. RobbNew York to Dallas by J.D. Robb

This is book 33 of the In Death Series. This one pits Eve against an old nemisis from her past as a rookie cop. You get to know more about her past and her relationship with the others in her life. My concern at this point is that since we now know so much about her and the secondary characters in these books that there will not be very much farther to go unless more characters are introduced.

That being said, this book was really good...kept me wanting to keep reading and kept the action coming all of the time. Stayed up late a couple of nights just to see what was going to happen next.

Finished: 10/2/2011
Pages: 402


Ivy (luvbug) The Keepsake (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #7) by Tess GerritsenThe Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen

This is another Rizzoli and Isles book. This one pits Jane and Maura against a serial killer that has been killing for years. The twists and turns kept me reading and wondering who the killer really was. And why he was going after her in the first place. Very good book, well written...I think that I like the books better then the TV series although both are very good.

Finished: 10/14/2011
Pages: 418


Ivy (luvbug) The Silent Girl (Rizzoli and Isles Series #9) by Tess GerritsenThe Silent Girlby Tess Gerritsen

Another Rizzolie and Isles book. This one takes you to places you never would have thought to go. It has a lot of twists and turns and will question your beliefs in the supernatural. Very good ending...I was surprised to find out how some of the characters where related.

Finished: 10/19/2011
Pages: 315


Ivy (luvbug) Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John GrishamTheodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

This is book one of the Theodore Boone series. I picked this one up because I have read other books by this author and really liked them. I also picked it up because my granddaughter wanted it and I wanted to make sure it was age appropriate before giving it to her.

I found that this book was a very good way to introduce a child to the mystery genre. Theo is a kid in sixth grade who has parents who are both lawyers. He wants to be a lawyer and give a little free advice. Theo gets involved in a murder case in his little town and works to get the bad buy convicted of the murder. When things gets to a point he is having trouble figuring out what to do he goes to his uncle (who is also a lawyer) for advice on what to do next.

Very good book. Loved it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to read a good mystery or to introduce a teen to this genre. There is no language, or questionable situations. The only thing I did not care for was the way it ended...it seemed to just end abruptly.

Finished: 10/23/2011
Pages: 263


Ivy (luvbug) A Deadly Row (A Mystery By The Numbers, #1) by Casey MayesA Deadly Row by Casey Mayes

Mystery by the Numbers, Book 1. This kind of a new to me author...I have read his books that he writes under other names (Tim Mayers) but not under this name. He is a good writer and I enjoyed this book very much. The action kept coming and so did the clues. I figured out some of it before Savannah did and other parts where a surprise to me.

Savannah is a retired math teacher that now makes math logic puzzles. Zach, her husband, is a retired Cheif of Police. Zach now does consulting for the police. He gets called in on a double murder in his home town (Charlotte) and Savannah goes with him to help. Between helping Zach solve the murders she takes a few side trips and mends some bridges with her family and almost gets killed before the book is finished.

All though this is the first book of the series it kept referring back to thinks that had happen in the past and left me wondering if it was really the first book. I could not find a reference to a previous book in the series so guess that this is just the way he decided to write it.

I will be looking for the next book in this series.

Finished: 11/01/2011
Pages: 291


Ivy (luvbug) Avenging Angels (Beaufort & Company Mystery, #3) by Mary StantonAvenging Angels by Mary Stanton

Book 3 of the Beaufort & Company series. I have been reading this series from the start and have really enjoyed them. These really do need to be read in order or else you get confused about the characters. I find that I learn a little bit more about the main characters in each book. In this one I found out that Brianna's mother also was a lawyer for the dead.

This book is very well written, the characters are interesting and the story just keeps on getting more interesting all of the time. The twists and turns keep you wanting to find out how Brianna is going to get out of the fix she finds herself in this time.

Finished: 11/10/2011
Pages: 293


Ivy (luvbug) One Grave Too Many (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation, #1) by Beverly ConnorOne Grave Too Many by Beverly Connor

I have read several books in this series and always wondered how Diane Fallon got into solving crimes...now I know. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me ingaged and wanting to read the next page. I found out things about the main characters that I didn't know before and discovered that I like the direction that the author has gone in this book and the others in the series that I have read. Diane Fallon is good at what she does and the way that she goes about figuring out who the killer is was very fascinating.

Diane returns to Georgia after a year long hiatus while grieving for her dead daughter. She is hired to head up the River Trail Museum and get it up and running. She is asked by an old friend to help identify a bone that was found by his friend, the friend thinks it may belong to his run away daughter or her boyfriend. When the friend and his family turn up dead, murdered, Diane gets even more involved in trying to find out who the bones belong to and figuring out who the killer is and why he killed him.

There is a lot going on all through the book but it is all connected in such a way that you want to keep reading and finding out how it will all fit together in the end. I liked the multiple plots and twists and the way the author brought them all together to make for a very interesting and engaging book.

Finished: 11/14/2011
Pages: 383


Ivy (luvbug) Angel's Verdict (Beaufort & Company Mystery, #4) by Mary StantonAngel's Verdict by Mary Stanton

Beaufort & Company, #4. I love this series...the idea of a lawyer for the dead is really an interesting concept and then to give her a temporal client that is also looking for the truth to the same mystery but from a different angle makes the story even better.

I learn a bit more about Bree and her heritage and some back story to go along with it. I also found that she is more involved with the dead then she was in the past.

Very well written, kept me turning the pages wanting to know what would happen next. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

Finished: 11/20/2011
Pages: 286


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