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message 1: by Bill, Co-Moderator (last edited Nov 11, 2012 07:43PM) (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
The winners of this months Poll are
Death de la Fenice by Donna Leon and
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

The moderators will open the discussion threads on the 15th or thereabouts. Enjoy your reads and discussions. Congrats to both choices.

General rules for Group Reads

1) If your nomination wins - you will be the discussion moderator.

2) One (1) nomination only per person. Neither self-nominations by authors nor nominations by their respective publishers or publicist will be accepted.

3) Do not cheat or manipulate results. It is not acceptable to create fake accounts to nominate books or vote in polls and it is not acceptable to invite people to the site for the sole purpose of nominating a book or voting for a book in a poll. It is not acceptable to ask for votes or influence the poll in any way. If the moderators feel that a group read poll has been manipulated, the book in question will be disqualified. If the moderators feel that the user(s) are fake accounts, these will be reported to Goodreads for further review.

4) Please do not repeat an author we have read in the last year. Check the bookshelves to see the authors we've read in the past year. http://www.goodreads.com/group/booksh...

5) For your nomination please include Title, Author and Link (Use the "add book/author" link at the top of the comment box).

Since we are an international group, please check to make sure the book is readily available in more than one format. the last thing we want is to nominate a book that no one can get.

Finally, a word about series - the joy or bane of a mystery reader's life! Please consider whether the book you are nominating would be best read by someone who has read all the previous books in the series or can be enjoyed by someone new to the series too.

Nominations will run from 29 Oct to 5 Nov. The poll will run from 6 - 12 Nov. Good luck with your nominations.


message 2: by Jonetta (last edited Oct 29, 2012 07:36AM) (new)

Jonetta (Ejaygirl) I nominate Death at La Fenice by Donna Leone. Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1) by Donna Leon

Description
There is little violent crime in Venice, a serenely beautiful floating city of mystery and magic, history and decay. But the evil that does occasionally rear its head is the jurisdiction of Guido Brunetti, the suave, urbane vice-commissario of police and a genius at detection. Now all of his admirable abilities must come into play in the deadly affair of Maestro Helmut Wellauer, a world-renowned conductor who died painfully from cyanide poisoning during an intermission at La Fenice.

But as the investigation unfolds, a chilling picture slowly begins to take shape--a detailed portrait of revenge painted with vivid strokes of hatred and shocking depravity. And the dilemma for Guido Brunetti will not be finding a murder suspect, but rather narrowing the choices down to one. . . .


message 3: by Liliana (new)

Liliana (Liljana) | 1 comments I enjoy Donna Leon as well. We can choose a book of hers.


message 4: by Robin (new)

Robin Lamont | 15 comments I nominate Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes- unique in style - insidious suspense - thought provoking.


message 5: by David (last edited Oct 29, 2012 07:39AM) (new)

David Gooch | 35 comments I nominate Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

This book was The Crime Writers' Association New Blood Dagger (2011)and Galaxy National Book Award for Crime & Thriller of the Year (2011)

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.


message 6: by Suzzette (last edited Oct 29, 2012 07:34AM) (new)

Suzzette | 6 comments I nominate The Spy Lover by Kiana Davenport, The Spy Lover by Kiana Davenport.

It looks like a great read - brings in a little civil war history, which is perfect timing for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Thrust into the savagery of the Civil War, a Chinese immigrant serving in the Union Army, a nurse doubling as a spy for the North, and a one-armed Confederate cavalryman find their lives inextricably entwined.

Fleeing drought and famine in China, Johnny Tom arrives in America with dreams of becoming a citizen. Having survived vigilantes hunting “yellow dogs” and slave auction- blocks, Johnny is kidnapped from his Mississippi village by Confederate soldiers, taken from his wife and daughter, and forced to fight for the South. Eventually defecting to the Union side, he is promised American citizenship in exchange for his loyal services. But first Johnny must survive the butchery of battles and the cruelties inflicted on non-white soldiers.

Desperate to find Johnny, his daughter, Era, is enlisted as a spy. She agrees to work as a nurse at Confederate camps while scouting for the North. Amidst the unspeakable carnage of wounded soldiers, she finds solace in Warren Petticomb, a cavalryman who lost an arm at Shiloh. As devastation mounts in both armies, Era must choose where her loyalties lie—with her beloved father in the North, or with the man who passionately sustains her in the South.

A novel of extraordinary scope that will stand as a defining work on the Chinese immigrant experience, The Spy Lover is a paean to the transcendence of love and the resilience of the human spirit.


message 7: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Woodfin (stephenwoodfin) | 7 comments I nominate Project Moses by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert B. Lowe. It is the first book in a series. The second book will be out shortly.Project Moses


message 8: by Ed (new)

Ed (Oct1647) I nominate "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille.


message 9: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Woodfin (stephenwoodfin) | 7 comments I nominate Project Moses by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert B. Lowe. Project Moses


message 10: by Jeanie (new)

Jeanie (Birdyseeds) | 382 comments Ed wrote: "I nominate "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille."
I'll second this one. I've just recently been introduced to Demille's "John Corey". This series is addictive and exciting!


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message 12: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
Ed wrote: "I nominate "The Panther" by Nelson DeMille."

Ed - just wondering if this can be read as a standalone as it is number 6 in the series. If so, no problems. :0)


message 13: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
Tad wrote: "I'll nominate Say You're Sorry Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham by Michael Robotham."

Same question as I asked Ed about The Panther. For people who might be new to Michael Robotham, can Say You're Sorry be read as a standalone without missing anything key about the characters? It's number six in the series.


message 14: by Russell (new)

Russell Atkinson | 90 comments I nominate The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths. I just started it, but I am really enjoying the descriptions of the Norfolk coastal marshes and the spooky environment there.


message 15: by Heidi (new)

Heidi I nominate The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham. This book is a true story, and my copy had a few pictures in the middle. It makes you wonder how honest the justice system really is.


message 16: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
I'll nominate one as well, Detective Inspector Huss, by Scandanavian author, Helene Tursten.

"Inspector Irene Huss, stationed in Göteborg, is called through the rain-drenched wintry streets to the scene of an apparent suicide. The dead man landed on the sidewalk in front of his luxurious duplex apartment. He was a wealthy financier connected, through an old-boys’ network, with the first families of Sweden. But the "Society Suicide" turns out to have been a carefully plotted murder. As more murders ensue, she tangles with street gang members, skinheads, immigrants and neo-Nazis—a cross-section of Sweden’s disaffected—in order to catch the killer."


message 17: by Tad (new)

Tad (tottman) | 135 comments Bill wrote: "...can Say You're Sorry Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham be read as a standalone ..."

It's the 5th with the Joe O'Loughlin character, but each is a separate story and operates as a stand alone. Any info you need on the characters is provided within the story.


message 18: by Jim (new)

Jim Crocker | 167 comments I nominate Mission to Paris


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 10 comments I would like to nominate Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen, #12) by Joanne Fluke by Jonanne Fluke


message 20: by Mary (new)

Mary Simonsen (MaryTS) David wrote: "I nominate Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson

This book was The Crime Writers' Association New Blood Dagger (2011)and Galaxy National Book Award for Crime ..."



This sounds very good.


message 21: by Autumn (new)

Autumn (autumnmemory80) | 363 comments I would also like to nominate Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten!


message 22: by Izzy (new)

Izzy Holmes | 28 comments I would also like to nominate into the darkest corner as I have this on my table ready to read Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes


message 23: by Jane (new)

Jane | 1 comments I nominate " Trust your Eyes, by Linwood Barclay


message 24: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
Tad wrote: " Bill wrote: "...can Say You're Sorry Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham be read as a standalone ..."

It's the 5th with the Joe O'Loughlin character, but each is a separate story and operates ..."


Thanks, Tad.. Much appreciated.. :0)


message 25: by Michael (new)

Michael Kelberer (mkelberer) | 1 comments I recommend Gone by Mo Hayder (won the 2012 Edgar)
Gone


message 26: by Jan C (new)

Jan C (woeisme) | 30389 comments Russell wrote: "I nominate The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths. I just started it, but I am really enjoying the descriptions of the Norfolk coastal marshes and the spooky environment there."

I found this very interesting when I read it recently.


message 27: by Gary (new)

Gary | 38 comments Jane wrote: "I nominate " Trust your Eyes, by Linwood Barclay"

Good choice, I have this on my soon to read list already


message 28: by Gary (new)

Gary | 38 comments Michael wrote: "I recommend Gone by Mo Hayder (won the 2012 Edgar)
Gone"


Absolutley fantastic book. I read it earlier this year.


message 29: by R.M.F (new)

R.M.F Brown | 239 comments As long as the novel isn't set in Sweden or Denmark, I'll be happy. For that reason I'll support Donna Leone and sunny Venice.


message 30: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Andrus I nominate "blackout" by Tom Barber, the third instalment in the "Sam Archer" series of thrillers


message 31: by Maggie (new)

Maggie | 10 comments Robin wrote: "I nominate Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes- unique in style - insidious suspense - thought provoking."

Brilliant book - my favourite book of 2011. Better than Before I Go To Sleep - which is also good.


message 32: by Britney (new)

Britney (tarheels) | 125 comments I want to nominate The Dead Saint by Marilyn Brown Oden


message 33: by Paulette (last edited Oct 30, 2012 09:46AM) (new)

Paulette I would like to nominate "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr. The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology-- amassing a psychological profile of the man they're looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before, and will kill again before the hunt is over.


message 34: by Jannene (new)

Jannene | 771 comments Paulette wrote: "I would like to nominate "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr.The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore i..."


We actually read that last November/December. Since we have read that author and book, I think you'll have to pick a new book.


message 35: by Mike (new)

Mike Tosto | 1 comments I nominate The Last Degree by Dina Rae
It's an apocalyptic thriller, one of my favorite books.
The Last Degree


message 36: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
Jannene wrote: "Paulette wrote: "I would like to nominate "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr.The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John..."


Thanks, Jannene. Quite right, we have read within the past year.


message 37: by Paulette (new)

Paulette Jannene wrote: "Paulette wrote: "I would like to nominate "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr.The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John..."


Ok, I'll have to think on it.


message 38: by Darvin (new)

Darvin Babiuk (Dosho) I nominate Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt.


message 39: by Paulette (new)

Paulette I would like to nominate "Caught" by Harlan Coben. I checked the group list and I don't see it on there.


17-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate-and nationally televised-sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined.

Caught by Harlan Coben


message 40: by L. J. (new)

L. J. Martin (ljmartin) | 2 comments I would like to nominate Quiet Ops co-written by Myself (L. J. Martin) and Bob Burton


message 41: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
Thanks for the nomination, L.J., but as per our rules for Group reads (check out the first post, para 2, we don't accept self - nominations or nominations by publishers, etc. Sorry again and continued good luck with your book. If you want to promote it, please feel free to use the Author's Corner.


message 42: by Tom (new)

Tom (Vincentmcc) | 3 comments Gary wrote: "Michael wrote: "I recommend Gone by Mo Hayder (won the 2012 Edgar)
Gone"

Absolutley fantastic book. I read it earlier this year."


Thanks for the recommendation.


message 44: by Mary (new)

Mary Gilligan-Nolan | 85 comments Jan C wrote: "Russell wrote: "I nominate The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths. I just started it, but I am really enjoying the descriptions of the Norfolk coastal marshes and the spooky environment there."

I f..."
I second that one, it is a great book.


message 45: by Advait (last edited Nov 03, 2012 02:42AM) (new)

Advait Petiwale (advaitp) | 2 comments I wish to nominate Meltwater by Michael Ridpath.
Meltwater by Michael Ridpath


message 46: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
Advait wrote: "I wish to nominate Meltwater by Michael Ridpath.
Meltwater by Michael Ridpath"


Advait - can you read this one without reading the first two books in the series? Is it good on its own?


message 47: by Advait (new)

Advait Petiwale (advaitp) | 2 comments Bill wrote: "Advait wrote: "I wish to nominate Meltwater by Michael Ridpath.
Meltwater by Michael Ridpath"

Advait - can you read this one without reading the first two books in the series? Is it good on its ..."

Bill- Sir, I have read the previous two of Ridpath's Fire and Ice books, i.e. Where The Shadows Lie and 66 North. Frankly, I have yet to begin with this, but I read its first chapter on Mr. Ridpath's official website, and I felt it intriguing. I am currently reading The Cobra by Forsyth, and I will begin Meltwater as soon as I finish it.
Yes, anyone can read this book, it is good on its own. But only the parts regarding the protagonist's family background can leave the reader confused.


message 48: by Carter (new)

Carter Vance (Carter_Vance) | 8 comments I nominate Rex Randall and the Jericho Secret,by Vince Carter. Rex Randall and the Jericho Secret by Vince CarterRex Randall and the Jericho Secret

Rex as the lead and his 5 female partners get involved in some kick-ass action in the process of discovering the Jericho Secret.


message 49: by Tad (new)

Tad (tottman) | 135 comments Carter wrote: I nominate Rex Randall and the Jericho Secret,by Vince Carter

2) One (1) nomination only per person. Neither self-nominations by authors nor nominations by their respective publishers or publicist will be accepted.

Nominations under sock puppets or other pen names don't count.


message 50: by Bill, Co-Moderator (new)

Bill | 3822 comments Mod
Advait wrote: "Bill wrote: "Advait wrote: "I wish to nominate Meltwater by Michael Ridpath.
Meltwater by Michael Ridpath"

Advait - can you read this one without reading the first two books in the series? Is it..."


Thanks Advait. I'll include in the poll.


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