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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Name In Books...

Yesterday, one of my favorite bloggers had a fun post on her blog, Cleopatra Loves Books.  I've also seen this on a few other blogs and thought I would play along.  Cleo lives on the Isle of Jersey and she has some of the best crime novel reviews.  I'm constantly getting ideas from her.  Anyway, I've linked to her post above and encourage you to take a look at it.

OK, here is Kay's take on 'My Name In Books'.  I tweaked things a bit, as I usually do, and have listed books that are the 1st book in some mystery series that I've enjoyed.  I've used the library circulation 'rules' that I was accustomed to, i.e. if a book starts with the word 'A' or 'The', that is ignored and the second word is used to alphabetize.  Got it?  Here we go:


kay's reading life



Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton
Kelly Flynn, an accountant, set in Colorado, all about knitting and murders - 13 books in series



Agatha is a hoot - a businesswoman who is a little tough - wants to solve murders - wants to get her man - literally - 26 books in series



The Yard by Alex Grecian
Scotland Yard Murder Squad - set up after the Jack the Ripper failure - Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith - 4 books in series



Still Life by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Three Pines, a village in Quebec, maybe the best mystery series I've ever read - 11 books in series



The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman
Loved this first book where we meet Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker - it's been a while since I read one - 23rd book coming out in October



Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
Concerns Rosato and Associates - a law firm with all women lawyers - Mary DiNunzio is the main character here - 14th book coming out in October



And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander
Historical series set in Victorian England with Lady Emily Ashton - after her husband dies, she meets a charming gentleman, Colin Hargreaves, an early day 'Bond' - 10th book coming out in October



Death On Demand by Carolyn Hart
Set in Broward's Rock, South Carolina and with a mystery bookstore, Death On Demand, this stars Annie and Max Darling and is a charming series with endless book trivia - 25 books in series



Set in beautiful Trafalgar, British Columbia, another Canadian series - Constable Molly Smith and Detective Sergeant John Winters solve crimes in a gorgeous area - 8th book out in February, 2016



Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton
Lacey Flint, a detective constable in London - very interesting character - gripping books - this one is about Jack the Ripper - 4 books in series



A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
One of the best detecting duos in existence - Inspector Thomas Lynley (also Lord Asherton) and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers - loved the series for many, many years - am behind on reading it - also loved the TV adaptation - 19th book out in October



The Lost by Claire 
Paula Maguire, a forensic psychologist, returns home to Ireland to work - enjoyed this first book - 3rd book to be published in November



In The Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Clare Fergusson, an Episcopal priest, and Russ Van Alstyne, police chief in Millers Kill, New York - interesting mingling of police work and morality - Clare was once a helicopter pilot in the military - 8 books in series



Fool's Puzzle by Earlene Fowler
Albenia 'Benni' Harper, quilter and director of folk art museum, and Gabe Ortiz, police chief of San Celina, California - each title is a quilt pattern - sadly, this series is at an end - 15 books in series



Edge Of Evil by J. A. Jance
Ali Reynolds is a newscaster that was fired because she was too old - moves home to Sedona, Arizona and starts a blog, among other things, like finding bodies or solving crimes - 10 books in series

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So there you have it.  My name in books.  Hope you might find a series that appeals to you.  In my opinion, they are all worthwhile.

38 comments:

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    1. I had a good time with it, Kathy. :-)

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  2. Aarrrgh! I could end up adding about 100 books to the TBR from this post alone!! Great choice and variety here though - I love the idea of the series where all the titles are quilt patterns. I've always wanted to try quilting - one of the few sewing crafts I haven't had a go at...

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    1. It's a good series that I miss. I got to see the author at an event a few years ago. Enjoyed that a lot.

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  3. Oh, this is fun!! Maybe I'll give it try... no mysteries though ;-)

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    1. Yes, mysteries for me, but not necessarily for everyone.

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  4. Fun!!!!

    And great tiny reviews!!!

    Happy Autumn Equinox Eve!

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa

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    1. Thanks, Tessa. Yep, fall will be here, not that it feels like it in my part of the world. We're still in the 90's.

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  5. Love your list, Kay. So many great series! Agatha Raisin is one of my favorites--she's laugh out loud funny!

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    1. I know. Agatha Raisin is quite unique. LOL

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  6. What a neat idea, and a great way to find some new books! I may try it.

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    1. You should try this, Vicki. I'd be interested.

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  7. What a fun idea! I had missed Cleo's post, so am glad for the link. I may have to give this a try. :-) You chose some fun ones, I see. I don't think I've read any of the ones you list specifically, although I have read books by several of the authors you mention. The Ali Reynold's series is already at 10 books? Wow! J.A. Jance is such a prolific author.

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    1. Cleo listed some good ones. Jance is a prolific author. She has 3 or maybe even 4 series now.

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  8. That's fun and I enjoyed reading your list, Kay! Of course I need to add some of them onto my list. :)

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    1. Thanks, Melody. Yes, add to your list. LOL

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  9. What a fun meme. I may need to try and do this too. I've read quite a few from your list but have gotten some ideas of other books I need to try. One I'd really like to read is The Yard. Also thanks for linking Cleopatra's Loves Books.

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    1. Yes, Cleo has a great blog and she listed some very interesting books.

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  10. Some of my favorites on this list!

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  11. Congrats! It's not easy to do...and I see several books I've enjoyed on your list, too.

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    1. I had a good time with it, Yvonne!

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  13. This is awesome! I may have to borrow this though I think I might stick with just my name!

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    1. Yes, your blog title is longer. I'd just do your name. Long enough.

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  14. Fun post! It would take some time to put this together. Great list of books from some authors I like! Just what I need is more books I want to read. Lol.

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    1. I know. That's exactly what we all need - a longer TBR right? LOL

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  15. Oh Kay I'm so glad you decided to do this too and you've chosen some fantastic choices, particularly the Claire McGowan and Sharon Bolton and some series that I haven't visited yet! I like your tweak very inspirational.

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    1. Thanks, Cleo. And I'm so glad you decided to do this and give me the inspiration!

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  16. So fun! I've only read two so lots of good ideas here :)

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