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Nancy H | 838 comments I'm in.


message 2: by Nancy H (last edited Nov 17, 2018 10:28AM) (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments Alabama - Sex, Lies, & Lipstick (10/13/18)
Alaska - Manhunt (2/21/18)
Arizona - Booked 4 Murder (10/1/18)
Arkansas - Deader Homes and Gardens (9/11/18)
California - Afterglow (1/6/18)
Colorado - Blue Corn Murders (4/26/18)
Connecticut - Curses, Boiled Again (3/17/18)
Delaware - Fat Girl (9/9/18)
Florida - Gone (6/9/18)
Georgia - Leave it to Cleavage (1/26/18)
Hawaii - Aloha Rose (2/9/18)
Idaho - Idaho (2/27/18)
Illinois - Newlywed Dead (4/18/18)
Indiana - Turtles All the Way Down (1/29/18)
Iowa - Double Trouble in Iowa (7/23/18)
Kansas - The Gamble (11/6/18)
Kentucky - A Ghostly Mortality (4/1/18)
Louisiana - Rebel without a Cake (2/24/18)
Maine - Town in a Wild Moose Chase (5/9/18)
Maryland - Madeleines and Murder (11/1/18)
Massachusetts - Red Delicious Death (8/13/18)
Michigan - South of Superior (9/19/18)
Minnesota - Snow Way Out (3/4/18)
Mississippi - Rock-a-bye Bones (1/3/18)
Missouri - Missouri - An Uplifting Murder (8/28/18)
Montana - Crime Rib (5/28/18)
Nebraska - Life in a Casket (8/27/18)
Nevada - Shadow Dance (8/20/18)
New Hampshire - Sentenced to Death (7/7/18)
New Jersey - Hard Core Twenty-four (1/2/18)
New Mexico - Appaloosa (4/2/18)
New York - Blackwater Spirits (1/22/18)
North Carolina - Ain't He Precious? (2/28/18)
North Dakota - See Also Murder (10/9/18)
Ohio - Six Feet Under (5/4/18)
Oklahoma - Ghost on the Case (3/1/18)
Oregon - On Thin Icing (6/12/18)
Pennsylvania - Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes - Karen Rose Smith (2/23/18)
Rhode Island - The Traveling Tea Shop - Belinda Jones (2/12/18)
South Carolina - Pekoe Most Poison - Laura Childs (4/8/18)
South Dakota - Meanwhile back in Deadwood (9/26/18)
Tennessee - Before We Were Yours (1/16/18)
Texas - Between Heaven and Texas (3/5/18)
Utah - Comic Sans Murder (8/30/18)
Vermont - All I Ever Wanted (4/23/18)
Virginia - The Diva Digs Up the Dirt (1/31/18)
Washington - Don't Call Me Cupcake (6/1/18)
West Virginian - Chickens in the Road (11/1/18)
Wisconsin - Love, Luck, and Lemon Pie (1/27/18)
Wyoming - The Spider's Web (6/29/18)

Washington, D.C. - Killer Hair (11/17/18)


message 3: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 1. New Jersey - Hard-core Twenty-four by Janet Evanovich (1/2/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 2. Mississippi - Rock-a-bye Bones by Carolyn Haines (1/3/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 3. California - Afterglow by Catherine Coulter (1/6/18) - An older but funny and quick romance


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Nancy H | 838 comments 4. Tennessee - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (1/16/18) - A tragic story, but one that needs to be told about the huge scandal with the Memphis Tennessee Children's Home and the children they stole, kidnapped, or took from decent families so they could sell them into adoption.


message 7: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3182 comments That last book sounds brutal, Nancy. Poor children and poor parents! When did this take place?


message 8: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments Rosemarie wrote: "That last book sounds brutal, Nancy. Poor children and poor parents! When did this take place?"

It was during the Great Depression, so in the 1930's, but unfortunately it continued until 1950. Even then, the woman who gained millions from it basically got away with it, and was not brought to justice before she died. To make matters worse and to try to cover it up, the state of Tennessee sealed all the adoption records so that children could not find their real parents and parents could never find out what happened to their children. There were thousands of children that were involved and many more people whose lives were irreparably changed with that whole tragedy. The family in this book was fictionalized but based on what truly happened in real life to thousands of other kids. It is indeed horrifying.


message 9: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3182 comments Thank you for the information, Nancy. What an evil person she was!


message 10: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 5. New York - Blackwater Spirits by Miriam Grace Monfredo (1/22/18) - excellent historical mystery!


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Nancy H | 838 comments 6. Georgia - Leave It to Cleavage by Wendy Wax (1/26/18) - A funny (in some ways) romance


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Nancy H | 838 comments 7. Wisconsin - Love, Luck, and Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert (1/27/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 8. Indiana - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (1/29/18) This is another excellent novel about teenagers and their issues, and incorporating a sort of mystery as well.


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Nancy H | 838 comments 9. Virginia - The Diva Digs Up the Dirt by Krista Davis (1/31/18) - A good entry in the 'Diva' mystery series.


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Nancy H | 838 comments 10. Hawaii - Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter (2/9/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 11. Rhode Island - The Traveling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones (2/13/18) - This book takes place in several New England states, but since the first one they visit is Rhode Island, important events happen there that change the direction of the plot, and they end up there again near the end, where more important things happen, I am counting this one for Rhode Island. It is definitely a good read!


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Nancy H | 838 comments 12. Alaska - Manhunt by Janet Evanovich (2/21/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 13. Pennsylvania - Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes by Karen Rose Smith (2/23/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 14. Rebel without a Cake by Jackyn Brady (2/24/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 15. Idaho - Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (2/27/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 16. North Carolina - Ain't He Precious? by Juliette Poe (2/28/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 17. Oklahoma - Ghost on the Case by Carolyn Hart (3/1/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 18. Minnesota - Snow Way Out by Christine Husom (3/4/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 18, Texas - Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick (3/5/18) - This is a WONDERFUL book!


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Nancy H | 838 comments 19. Texas - Between Heaven and Texas (3/5/18) - This is a WONDERFUL book!


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Nancy H | 838 comments 20. Connecticut - Curses, Boiled Again (3/17/18) - by Shari Randall - a good cozy mystery


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Nancy H | 838 comments 21. Kentucky - A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes (4/1/18)

22. New Mexico - Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker (4/2/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 23. South Carolina - Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs (4/8/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 24. Illinois - Newlywed Dead by Nancy Parra (4/18/18)
25. Vermont - All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins (4/23/18)
26. Colorado - The Blue Corn Murders by Nancy Pickard (4/26/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 27. Ohio - Six Feet Under by D.B. Borton (5/4/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 28. Maine - Town in a Wild Moose Chase by B.B. Haywood (5/9/28)


message 32: by Nancy H (last edited Jun 05, 2018 01:46PM) (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 29. Montana - Crime Rib by Leslie Budewitz (5/28/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 30. Washington - Don't Call Me Cupcake by Tara Sheets (6/1/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 31. Florida - Gone by Randy Wayne White (6/9/18) - excellent story!

32. Oregon - On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander (6/12/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 33. Wyoming - The Spider's Web by Margaret Coel (6/29/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 34. Iowa - Double Trouble in Iowa - Wendy Byrne (7/23/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 35. Massachusetts - Red Delicious Death by Sheila Connolly (8/13/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 35. New Hampshire - Sentenced to Death - Lorna Barrett (7/7/18)
36. Massachusetts - Red Delicious Death (8/13/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 37. Nevada - Shadow Dance by Susan Andersen (8/20/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 38. Nebraska - Life in a Casket by Preston Shires (8/27/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 39. Missouri - An Uplifting Murder by Elaine Viets (8/28/18)


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Nancy H | 838 comments 40. Utah - Comic Sans Murder by Paige Shelton (8/30/18) - excellent series!


message 43: by Nancy H (last edited Oct 01, 2018 06:16PM) (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 41. Delaware - Fat Girl by K.L. Montgomery - This was a really good story! (9/9/18)


message 44: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 42. Arkansas - Deader Homes and Gardens by Joan Hess (9/11/18) - a good mystery series


message 45: by Nancy H (last edited Oct 01, 2018 06:16PM) (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 43. Michigan - South of Superior by Ellen Airgood (9/19/18) - This is the BEST book I have read in a long time! It was absolutely wonderful and I will probably read it again, even though I rarely re-read books.


message 46: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie | 3182 comments That is good to hear, Nancy. I plan on reading that book soon.


message 47: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments Rosemarie wrote: "That is good to hear, Nancy. I plan on reading that book soon."

You will LOVE it! I never expected the story to be what it was, and if it hadn't been for this challenge, I never would have picked it up. I am so grateful that I found it! I love that it just presents life as it is, and the characters have the right attitude (most of them) and it is just an awesome book, in my opinion.


message 48: by Nancy H (last edited Oct 01, 2018 06:15PM) (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 44. South Dakota - Meanwhile back in Deadwood by Ann Charles (9/26/18) - A good mystery series but a bit heavy on the paranormal stuff for me.


message 49: by Nancy H (last edited Oct 01, 2018 06:16PM) (new)

Nancy H | 838 comments 45. Arizona - Booked 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton (10/1/18) - A really good start to a new mystery series!


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Nancy H | 838 comments 46. North Dakota - See Also Murder by Larry D. Sweazy (10/9/18) - This is a really good mystery!


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