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Sandi (sandin954) | 1200 comments Had a decent month, no real great reads though.

Good Reads

Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith
Best of the month. Audio read by Frank Muller. Arkady Renko is working on the slime line on a fishing boat when one of the crew is found dead.

The Death Wish/Net of Cobwebs (Stark House Mystery Classics) by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Two quick suspense tales for the price of one. Not really dated at all. Can see why Raymond Chandler considered her the top suspense writer of her time.

Reliquary (Pendergast, #2) by Douglas Preston
Fast paced thriller. Audio read by Dick Hill.

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
Not as good as some of his previous books but still some funny bits.

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Debut mystery set in India. Enjoyed the characters and look at the different regions of India.

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) by Jim Butcher
Second book in the series. A better plot but I agree with Cheryl that the narration of James Marsters is the main attraction.

Sing Me Back Home Love, Death, and Country Music by Dana Jennings
The author uses tales from his family to look at famous country music song types from what he deems as its classic period.

Hospital Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon
The author spent a year at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and then wrote this book about how a big city hospital is run.

OK Reads

A Savage Place (Spenser Book 8) by Robert B. Parker
Audio narrated by Michael Prichard. My least favorite Spencer so far. Spencer goes to Hollywood to work as a bodyguard for a TV newswoman who is a know it all pain.

Occupational Hazards A Novel by Jonathan Segura
Supposed noir about a journalist covering the mean streets of Omaha. Another drug/drink filled narrative with a slimy but angst ridden lead character that all it had going for it was that it was short.

Nightmare in Manhattan
Winner of the 1951 Best First Edgar, tale of kidnapping suspense that spend too much time detailing the New York City train station where the exchange was to be made.


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OMalleycat | 1448 comments Sandi,
I hadn't heard of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding or Tarquin Hall, but they're both on my list now!

Jan O'Cat


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Barry (barrypz) | 2998 comments I felt that M Cruz Smith went into a bit of a slump after Gorky Park, but his last few were pretty good.
Barry


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Melodie (melodieco) | 3604 comments FOOL MOON is far superior to STORM FRONT even on paper, let alone when James Marsters is reading it to you! I spent some time at Maimonides Hospital in 1998 when they had a strike there. It was a god-awful place then, hopefully not so bad in the book you read.


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Ann (annrumsey) | 14417 comments Sandi:
I would say a month with three audios read by Frank Muller, Dick Hill and James Marsters would be a great audio month! I loved listening to the first few Jim Butcher books on audio, Jim Marsters is great!! ... and then darn it, they decided to skip ahead and put the later books on audio before continuing in order. I bought several pb's to catch myself up and haven't done it yet and now I am terribly behind. I should have just read out of order anyway. (my usual habit, but if I sart in order I do try to sort of read in order.)

Sandi wrote: "Had a decent month, no real great reads though.Good Reads Polar Star
Best of the month. Audio read by Frank Muller. Arkady Renko is working on the slime line on a fishi... Fool Moon Second book in the series. A better plot but I agree with Cheryl that the narration of James Marsters is the main attraction. "





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