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message 1: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Let us know what you are reading and what you think about it.


message 2: by Susan (new)

Susan | 72 comments I just started Rhys Bowen's newest Molly Murphy mystery, TIme of Fog and Fire. I won it in a Goodreads giveaway.


message 3: by Susan (new)

Susan | 72 comments I just finished the newest Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen. Lauren, please let me know if I do not post it correctly on the participant thread. This will help for future entries.


message 4: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Susan wrote: "I just finished the newest Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen. Lauren, please let me know if I do not post it correctly on the participant thread. This will help for future entries."

Looks good, Susan. Can you just add the date that you finished?
Thanks.


message 5: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 1089 comments I'm reading Funeral in Blue in the Monk series by Anne Perry. I love this series and all the characters. In this one Hester's brother Charles has reappeared. It is set in early Victorian London.


message 6: by Benjamin L (new)

Benjamin L | 50 comments Just finished (and enjoyed) Crocodile on the Sandbank. For the sake of our reading challenge, it takes place in the 1880s almost entirely in Egypt. The main characters are British, so, I *could* file it under Victorian England, I suppose, but almost none of the story takes place in England, so I could go to 19th C. Europe, but, again, it's mostly taking place in Egypt. Hmmm..... Thoughts?


message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
For me, it's Victorian England because the main characters are English even though the book is set in Egypt.


message 8: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Benjamin, just a reminder to post dates read in your original post so that the books you read can count toward the challenge.


message 9: by Nick (new)

Nick | 66 comments Late entrant to the challenge! :) I'd like to aim for History with Honours, but i'm working on another challenge as well in the Dragons and Jetpacks group, so i'll just see how far I can get.

I read a few earlier in the year, so it's not a complete standing start, I have the early 20th century finished up with a handful of Phryne Fisher novels.

I've never read anything from some of these settings, so i'm looking forward to trying something new!


message 10: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Welcome to the challenge, Nick. I will add you to the readerboard.


message 11: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Nick, please add read dates to your books so that they can count toward the challenge. Thanks.


message 12: by Veronica (new)

Veronica  (readingonthefly) | 691 comments Nick wrote: "Late entrant to the challenge! :) I'd like to aim for History with Honours, but i'm working on another challenge as well in the Dragons and Jetpacks group, so i'll just see how far I can get.

I re..."


Hi Nick! I'm in the D&J group too. It's nice to see you here. Diverse reading is always a good thing. :-)


message 13: by Nick (new)

Nick | 66 comments Lauren - Thanks for the welcome. I've added the dates for what i've read this year (Historical mystery-wise) to the participant post.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


Veronica - Hey Veronica! :) Yes, after I joined D&J, I went looking for a group that catered to my other favourite genre and found this one. I love this challenge idea actually, I didn't even realise there were historical mysteries set in Japan, i'd never come across them before. Very much looking forward to that.

Any suggestions for books for some of the less common settings? Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt i've got covered, and I haven't finished Cadfael so that is medieval taken care of... Anne Perry will be good for victorian, but i'm not sure about the others yet.


message 14: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Cline | 65 comments The Jane Austen series by Stephanie Barron is good, as is the Catherine LeVendeur series (medieval France) by Sharon Newman.


message 15: by Veronica (new)

Veronica  (readingonthefly) | 691 comments Nick wrote: "Any suggestions for books for some of the less common settings? Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt i've got covered, and I haven't finished Cadfael so that is medieval taken care of... Anne Perry will be good for victorian, but i'm not sure about the others yet."

I'm afraid I've always had a tendency to gravitate towards mysteries set in the Victorian, regency, or early 20th century periods myself. This group has been a good resource for finding other time periods to investigate though.


message 16: by Denise (last edited Mar 17, 2016 07:24AM) (new)

Denise | 52 comments Nick wrote: "Lauren - Thanks for the welcome. I've added the dates for what i've read this year (Historical mystery-wise) to the participant post.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/......"


One resource is stopyourekillingme.com - on the left side is a listing of indices look for "Historical Index" and it gives series under each era, thats how I found my Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt. I'm enjoying Lindsey Davis' Ancient Roman series and have heard Steven Saylor's Gordianus series is quite good. Have fun!


message 17: by Nick (new)

Nick | 66 comments I will give that another look, though I think the time periods are a bit wider than the challenge periods though so will take a bit of digging I think.

I've read all of the Gordianus books so far except the latest (the third prequel novel). They're quite entertaining ;)


message 18: by Viji (new)

Viji | 213 comments I would like to know under which category books by Charles Todd and Rosemary Rowe could be placed. Thanks.


message 19: by Viji (last edited Mar 17, 2016 08:51PM) (new)

Viji | 213 comments Denise wrote: "Nick wrote: "Lauren - Thanks for the welcome. I've added the dates for what i've read this year (Historical mystery-wise) to the participant post.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/......"


Oh! Thanks, Denise, for this link. Just now I posted a query about the categories. The link is great.

But it does not classify the authors in the categories as I find in the challenge page and I still have my query. Thanks.


message 20: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Viji wrote: "I would like to know under which category books by Charles Todd and Rosemary Rowe could be placed. Thanks."

Charles Todd's series are early 20th century because they take place during and after WWI

Rosemary Rowe's books belong to the Roman Empire category.


message 21: by Nick (new)

Nick | 66 comments How "early" must a book be set to qualify as "Early Japan" setting? Pre-shogun? The closest i've been able to find is the Akitada Mysteries by I. J. Parker, which are set in the 11th century, which I think would have the story occuring in the Heian period. Is that early enough to be Early Japan?

If not, does anyone have any suggestions for books which do fit? Preferably kindle-available?


message 22: by Viji (new)

Viji | 213 comments Lauren wrote: "Viji wrote: "I would like to know under which category books by Charles Todd and Rosemary Rowe could be placed. Thanks."

Charles Todd's series are early 20th century because they take place during..."


Thanks, Lauren


message 23: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Nick wrote: "How "early" must a book be set to qualify as "Early Japan" setting? Pre-shogun? The closest i've been able to find is the Akitada Mysteries by I. J. Parker, which are set in the 11th century, which..."

That is early enough. If you think the book meets the criteria then it is fine. The purpose is to broaden our reading horizons and not drive ourselves crazy trying to figure out if a book fits :0)


message 24: by Viji (new)

Viji | 213 comments To which Era One for Sorrow (John the Eunuch, #1) by Mary Reed will fit into?
Thanks.


message 25: by Viji (new)

Viji | 213 comments Also would like to know where The Legatus Mystery (Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain, #5) by Rosemary Rowe will go into. It is mentioned as Roman Britain.
Thanks.


message 26: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
@Viji - Both would go in the Roman Empire category.


message 27: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Cline | 65 comments I've been jumping around the eras (Tudor -> medieval -> Regency) and find it a bit disorienting, so I've decided to complete each series (and era) before going on to the next one. Anyone else have that problem?


message 28: by Veronica (new)

Veronica  (readingonthefly) | 691 comments Vicki wrote: "I've been jumping around the eras (Tudor -> medieval -> Regency) and find it a bit disorienting, so I've decided to complete each series (and era) before going on to the next one. Anyone else have ..."

I agree, Vicki. If I'm mixing up too many time periods I find there is usually a bit of a transition phase while I get acclimated to different speech patterns and mannerisms.


message 29: by Viji (new)

Viji | 213 comments Lauren wrote: "@Viji - Both would go in the Roman Empire category."

Thanks, Lauren


message 30: by Lindy-Lane (new)

Lindy-Lane (moonbacklit) | 21 comments would juvie & young adult mystery fiction work for this challenge?

also, how do i post a link back to my original post when i post updates?


message 31: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) | 1664 comments Mod
Lindy-Lane wrote: "would juvie & young adult mystery fiction work for this challenge?

also, how do i post a link back to my original post when i post updates?"


Yes, YA would work. Any book that fits into any of the time periods will work.

Here are the steps for linking back to your original post:
1. Go to the original post (which you update whenever you finish a book)
2. Right click on the time stamp at he top of the post on the right hand side (in the same line as your name)
3. Copy the link
4. Paste the link into your new post.


message 32: by Lindy-Lane (new)

Lindy-Lane (moonbacklit) | 21 comments Lauren wrote: "Lindy-Lane wrote: "would juvie & young adult mystery fiction work for this challenge?

also, how do i post a link back to my original post when i post updates?"

Yes, YA would work. Any book that f..."


good to know. thanks!


message 33: by Nick (new)

Nick | 66 comments Veronica wrote: "Vicki wrote: "I've been jumping around the eras (Tudor -> medieval -> Regency) and find it a bit disorienting, so I've decided to complete each series (and era) before going on to the next one. Any..."

I don't generally find that to be a problem at all... I'm wondering - do either of you read Sci-Fi/Fantasy? Perhaps a lifetime of reading about places that don't exist have accustomed me to adjusting to differences in setting? ;)


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