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Re: what are you reading?

I also read mysteries, as well as sci-fi, and recently it's been more
magazines since I can pick them up and put them down.  Ellis Peters is a
favorite author, tying mysteries, medieval studies, and gardening all
together.  I just picked up my first Rita mae Brown book (Sneaky Pie Brown
is the co-author, and I'll bet provided all the animal commentary) - I
haven't finished it yet but it's fun.

I still consider myself an avid reader but it seems more and more time has
gotten consumed by work and the books are just not getting read.  I try to
treat myself to one day of just reading sometime around the holidays -
looking forward to it.  If I felt I could promise I'd read them, I'd take
you up on the circulating books, but I'd better pass for now.

I am quite intrigued by all the comments on the books-on-tape.  I looked for
some last year, but didn't find anything I really wanted, and they seemed
very expensive ($25-30 and up).  Maybe I looked in the wrong places - any
good sources?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?

> I readily admit that I am an obsessive mystery reader.  I have been an
> obsessive reader all my life - can't even remember learning to read.  I
make no
> apologies for reading two or three mysteries a week - as an indexer I read
> nonfiction books each year than many people read in a decade, and on
> subject happens to come along.  But for quite a few years now, my
> reading has been a pile of periodicals, including three or four garden
> magazines, and endless mysteries.  Sometimes I have to look at the date to
be sure I
> haven't already read the book.  If it has been published within the past
> months I can be pretty sure I haven't already read it.  For many years I
had a
> circle of friends who were also mystery readers, and passed shopping bags
> them from one to another - four or five people in the circle.  However in
> past couple of years the group has collapsed - some died, some moved away.
If an
> yone out there is interested, I could probably send a boxful to be passed
> around.
>   The animal-lovers in this group might enjoy Rita Mae Brown's books with
> animals as active participants.  There is one series with Sneaky Pie Brown
> cat) that is pretty good, but in the past couple of years she has
> another series that I find quite interesting.  "Outfoxed" is one, and more
> recently "Hotspur."  These are set in Southern fox-hunting country, and
the social
> picture is quite significant.
>   Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey series is amusing, but I like it
> This series features supercats that solve the mysteries and give the clues
> the police by telephone so that their talking ability will not be
> Just too gimicky for my taste.
> Auralie

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