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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

New Books - Small batch before bed. :)

IN PROGRESS - Elentarri is blazing through these as well.  ;-)

 

More will be coming tomorrow, but a small, miscellaneous batch.

 

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New Books - HarperAudio May releases

DONE!  Elentarri knocked this list off in about 35 minutes - Woot!

 

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6 weeks later...

It's been about 6 weeks since I've kicked off this book adding project, and doing some quick math, and rounding down because I haven't kept exact records, I thought my BL friends might be interested in knowing that,

 

together, we've added over 2500 new books.

 

That's a lot of new books; I hope all the fantabulous people who've chipped in and made that 2500 books feel like a few dozen, are as surprised and pleased as I am.  And I hope y'all know how much I appreciate the fact that I'm part of the kind of community where so many are ready and willing to work together.

 

Here's to the next 2500; may they feel as painless as the first.  ;-)



Books Added - Mixed bag 2 of 2

DONE!  Moonlight Reader graciously gave up her lunch hour to tackle this list and has knocked them all off.  Thanks Moonlight!

 

This is a big'n so I've broken it up over two posts:

 

 

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Books Added - Mixed bag 1 of 2

DONE.  Thanks to Midu Reads for knocking off the first 7 batches; and thanks to  BrokenTune for completing Batch #8.

 

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New Berkely/NAL books added

DONE - Another list done and dusted thanks to BrokenTune.  :)

 

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New Penguin HC books added

DONE - BrokenTune has polished this list off.  Thanks BT!

 

There have been a few questions concerning how to do this, by people wishing to help out so, as briefly as possible:

1.  Follow the link to the publisher's cover; drag/download that image to your desktop

2. Copy the ISBN and enter it into the search box to find the book in BookLikes and go to the book page;

3.  Under the green box where the cover should be, click "Add Cover";

4. When the dialog box pops up, select the image you downloaded from your desktop, click "Choose"

The page should reload with the new cover image.  Done and dusted.

 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 304 pages.

Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

Yes, life is the opposite of rare and precious. It’s everywhere; it’s wet and sticky; it has all the restraint of a toddler left too long at day care without a juice box. And life, in all its infinite and tender intergalactic variety, would have gravely disappointed poor gentle-eyed Enrico Fermi had he lived only a little longer, for it is deeply, profoundly, execrably stupid.

 

 

I was expecting funny, and I was expecting space and all the sci-fi vibes, but I was not expecting the deeply philosophical, edgy writing that has more than a tint of Terry Pratchett-like anger lurking around the edges, giving the tone of the writing a definite red hue.  

 

But in the end, all wars are more or less the same. If you dig down through the layers of caramel corn and peanuts and choking, burning death, you’ll find the prize at the bottom and the prize is a question and the question is this: Which of us are people and which of us are meat?

 

Of course we are people, don’t be ridiculous. But thee? We just can’t be sure.

On Enrico Fermi’s small, watery planet, it could be generally agreed upon, for example, that a chicken was not people, but a physicist was. Ditto for sheep, pigs, mosquitoes, brine shrimp, squirrels, seagulls, and so on and so forth on the one hand, and plumbers, housewives, musicians, congressional aides, and lighting designers on the other. This was a fairly easy call (for the physicists, anyway), as brine shrimp were not overly talkative, squirrels failed to make significant headway in the fields of technology and mathematics, and seagulls were clearly unburdened by reason, feeling, or remorse. Dolphins, gorillas, and pharmaceutical sales representatives were considered borderline cases. In the final tally, Homo sapiens sapiens made the cut, and no one else could get served in the higher-end sentience establishments. Except that certain members of the clade felt that a human with very curly hair or an outsize nose or too many gods or not enough or who enjoyed somewhat spicier food or was female or just happened to occupy a particularly nice bit of shady grass by a river was no different at all than a wild pig, even if she had one head and two arms and two legs and no wings and was a prize-winning mathematician who very, very rarely rolled around in mud. Therefore, it was perfectly all right to use, ignore, or even slaughter those sorts like any other meat.

No one weeps for meat, after all.

 

I was also not expecting the prolific number of run-on sentences.

 

But so far it's all working and it's working brilliantly.  So far, I really, really like Catherynne M. Valente.

 

Plus, who wouldn't love a purple flamingo showing up in their flat?



MbD's Snakes and Ladders Poll Results...

Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente

Surprise!  Not.  I was pretty sure this was going to be the solid winner when I added it to the poll last night, and as I've been eyeing it on the TBR for a few weeks now, the timing will never be better for me to give it a try.  As anyone knows who reads any of my comments/posts, I'm not a fan of anything space related in either fiction or non-fiction.  It's just not my jam.  But several of my BL friends have read this one and their status updates at the time made me think the humor would easily over-shadow the space setting, promoting me to add it to the TBR pile. 

 

Time to find out if Earth survives.

 

Quick pie chart of the results for the stats lovers out there:



MbD's Snakes and Ladders: Vote on the book for my final square!

Rooted in Deceit - Wendy Tyson Uncorking a Lie - Nadine Nettmann Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente Murder a la Mocha - Sandra Balzo
Help me choose my final Snakes and Ladders Read:
Rooted in Deceit by Wendy Tyson

 

Uncorking a Lie by Nadine Nettmann

 

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

 

Murder à la Mocha by Sandra Balzo

 

 
Created with Poll Maker

 

Rooted in Deceit by Wendy TysonIt’s no summer vacation for environmental-lawyer-turned-farmer Megan Sawyer when a high-end yoga retreat opens in the next town over. But when up-and-coming artist and her ex-best friend Thana Moore is strangled in the back of her car, Megan is once again thrust into solving the latest mystery in Winsome.

Megan has no interest in the new retreat, but then the detectives on the case discover her father’s wife Sylvia had an explosive argument with Thana hours earlier, and the murder weapon is a scarf that looks suspiciously like Sylvia’s. Worse, Maria, the wife of Washington Acres Cafe’s superior-yet-grumpy cook, Alvaro, was fired after being suspected of destroying one of Thana’s paintings. Would Maria kill her out of revenge? Despite her attitude, would Sylvia truly be guilty of murder?

Megan must dive into her past to find Thana’s killer, even if she doesn’t like what she may find out about herself. If she doesn’t uncover the truth in time, will this idyllic Winsome summer turn into a nightmare.

 

Uncorking a Lie by Nadine NettmannIt was the kind of invitation sommelier Katie Stillwell had only dreamed about: a dinner party at the Sonoma mansion of famed wine collector Paul Rafferty to celebrate a rare bottle. Everyone enjoys drinking the $19,000 wine, but Katie realizes it's not the vintage listed on the label.

 

When she confides in Mr. Rafferty, he asks her to investigate, and she soon discovers the deception goes beyond money—it includes an accidental death that might just be murder. As Katie falls deeper into the world of counterfeit wine, she learns everything is at stake...even her life.

 

Space Opera by Catherynne M. ValenteA century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented–something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix–part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Species far and wide compete in feats of song, dance and/or whatever facsimile of these can be performed by various creatures who may or may not possess, in the traditional sense, feet, mouths, larynxes, or faces. And if a new species should wish to be counted among the high and the mighty, if a new planet has produced some savage group of animals, machines, or algae that claim to be, against all odds, sentient? Well, then they will have to compete. And if they fail? Sudden extermination for their entire species.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny–they must sing.

Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock.

 

Murder a la Mocha by Sandra Balzo Uncommon Grounds coffeehouse owner Maggy Thorsen is full of good intentions when she attempts to return Mocha, a lost chihuahua who jumped out in front of her car, to her owners. But a trip to the Satterwite's house and meeting their dog-sitter give Maggy a bad feeling... and leads to an even worse discovery. Can she solve another deadly puzzle?

 



MbD's Snakes and Ladders Update #5

Finally, I read a book at something approaching my normal speed!  I realise life has been busy and I've head my head in geeky programming stuff, but the biblionut that lives in my head has been appalled at how long it's been taking me to finish my reads lately.

 

Game play update:

 

With the completion of Death Comes to Bathby Catherine Lloyd, I've completed my book for space 96. From your favorite genre.  

 
This allows me to roll two dice, which gets me a 10 and lands me on space 100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

Now to find 4 books and setup the voting poll, which I'll do in a separate post, as it will take some time to figure it all out.

 

 

 

For my marker, I feel the snakes call for the one and only,
Rikki Tikki Tavi

 

 

 


Spaces:

1. Author is a woman - To Catch a Witch (2 dice; '7')

2. Genre: mystery

3. Set in the twentieth century

4. Published in 2019

5. Published in 2018

6. Title has a color word in it

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D. - A Brush with Death / Ali Carter  (2 dice, '7') 

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H.

9. Author's last name begins with the letters H, I, J, or K

10. Author's last name begins with the letters L, M, N or O

11. Author's last name begins with the letters P, Q, R, or S

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

13. Author is a man

14. Author is dead  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Book 1)  (2 dice, '6')

15. Genre: romance

16. Genre: fantasy

17. Genre: horror

18. Set in a school

19. Set in the UK

20. Set in a country that is not your country of residence The Secret Life of Anna Blanc (ladder, no roll, straight to #70)

21. Set in Europe

22. Set in Asia

23. Set in Australia/Oceania

24. Set in Africa

25. Snake - go back to 5

26. Part of a series that is more than 5 books long

27. Set during WWI or WWII

28. Written between 1900 and 1999

29. Someone travels by plane

30. Someone travels by train

31. Road trip

32. Genre: thriller

33. Set in North America

34. Snake - go back to 1

35. Has been adapted as a movie

36. Set in Central or South America

37. Has won an award

38. Newest release by a favorite author

39. A reread

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry

41. Characters involved in politics

42. Characters involved in sports/sports industry

43. Characters involved in the law

44. Characters involved in cooking/baking

43. Characters involved in medicine

44. Characters involved in science/technology

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years

47. Snake - go back to 19

48. A book you acquired in February, 2019.

49. Recommended by a friend

50. Has a domestic animal on the cover

51. Has a wild animal on the cover

52. Has a tree or flower on the cover

53. Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover

54. Is more than 400 pages long

55. Is more than 500 pages long

56. Was published more than 100 years ago

57. Was published more than 50 years ago

58. Was published more than 25 years ago

59. Was published more than 10 years ago

60. Was published last year

61. Cover is more than 50% red

62. Cover is more than 50% green

63. Cover is more than 50% blue

64. Cover is more than 50% yellow

65. Snake - go back to 52

66. Part of a series that is more than 10 books long

67. Set in a city with a population of greater than 5 million people (link)

68. Something related to weddings on the cover

69. Something related to travel on the cover

70. Something related to fall/autumn on the cover Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery: Eleven spooky stories for young people (2 dice, '6')

71. Involves the beach/ocean/lake 

72. Involves the mountains/forests 

73. Categorized as YA

74. Categorized as Middle Grade

75. Set in a fantasy world  Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (2 dice, '7')

76. Set in a world with magic

77. Has a "food" word in the title

78. Set in a small town (fictional or real)

79. Main character is a woman

80. Main character is a man

81. Ghost story

82. Genre: urban fantasy  Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers  (2 dice, '7')

83. Genre: cozy mystery

84. Genre: police procedural

85. Written by an author who has published more than 10 books

86. Author's debut book

87. Snake - go back to 57

88. Comic/graphic novel

89. Published between 2000 and 2017 Agnes and the Hitman (2 dice, '7')

90. A new-to-you author

91. Snake - go back to 61

92. Reread of a childhood favorite

93. Author's first/last initial same as yours (real or BL handle)

94. Non-fiction

95. Memoir

96. From your favorite genre Death Comes to Bath, (2 dice, '10')

97. Title starts with any of the letters in SNAKE

98. Title starts with any of the letters in LADDERS

99. Snake - go back to 69

100. Let BL pick it for you: post 4 choices and read the one that gets the most votes!

 

RULES OF THE GAME:

 

Everyone starts on 1. There are two alternative ways to move forward.

 

1. Read a book that fits the description on the space number as listed below and you can roll two dice to move forward more quickly.

 

2. However, if you can't find a book to fit the square, don't worry about it. You can read any book, and roll one dice on random.org.  This is to ensure that if a reader cannot find a book to fill the square, no one gets bogged down and can't move on.

 

All books must be at least 200 pages long. Short stories count, so long as you read enough of them from a collection to equal 200 pages. 

 

You do not need to hit space 100 with an exact roll. In order to win, you must complete space 100 as written.

 

ADDITIONS TO THE RULES

See comments to the post for further explanations or to ask questions

 

When you start on square 1, you need to read a book before you can roll. If your book fills the square, you get to roll two dice. If your book doesn't not fit the square, roll one dice only.

 

With respect to the ladder squares: You must read a book in order to climb the ladder. Once you finish the book for the ladder square, climb the ladder to the ending square. If you read a book that fits the ending square, roll two dice to move on, otherwise, roll one dice.

 

For audiobook substitutions, either check the print book to determine if it is more than 200 pages long, or any audiobook that is a minimum of 5 hours & 30 minutes qualifies.



Death Comes to Bath (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #6)

Death Comes to Bath - Catherine Lloyd

This has been a reliable series from the start.  Death Comes to Bath is not the strongest in the series in terms of mystery plotting or main character development, but the atmosphere, setting and secondary character development balance the scales.

 

After a serious setback in Sir Robert Kurland's post-war recovery, Lady (Lucy) Kurland packs up and drags him to Bath for 3 months for the restorative water cure, dragging her sister along in the hopes that she will find a suitable man to marry.  Sir Robert makes fast friends with their cantankerous neighbour and when he ends up dead, Robert and Lucy take it upon themselves to discover who, in one of the most disastrous families that ever was, might have committed the crime.

 

The outrageous dysfunction of the murdered man's family almost lends an air of frivolity to the story, but not really.  The plotting of the murder itself was semi-predictable; the murderer wasn't a shocking revelation, though it wasn't at all telegraphed. A few extra points go to the author for the plot twist that I only cottoned on to a few pages before it was revealed to the characters.  

 

The character development between Lucy and Robert was sadly predictable, although also historically accurate, so no fault goes to the author.  What was far more interesting to me is the continued exploration of Lucy's sister Anna's reluctance to marry because she doesn't want kids.  Historically accurate or not, I find her small story line compelling and it filled the gaps nicely for me when the story threatened to become stale.  (It's possible I mixed metaphors there?)

 

MT and I spent an all-too-short overnighter in Bath a few years ago, and all it's done is whet my appetite for the city.  The area of Bath this story covers is small, and almost cliched with its mentions of the Pump Room, but I still ate it up with a spoon.  

 

Death Comes to Bath is a light and charming way to spend a few hours, and I will happily anticipate a 7th adventure.



Books added - Mixed batch 2 of 2

DONE - Virtual cookies to Lillelara, who knocked this list off.   Virtual cookies for ALL the volunteers to took some time this weekend to add covers.  You all rock. :)

 

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Books added - Mixed batch 1 of 2

DONE - Thanks to BrokenTune for giving all of these new books their covers!

 

One last big one for the day:  a mixed bunch including Smithsonian, Razorbill, and Crown. Something for everyone!

 

I've been remembering to weed out the ISBNs that are already in the system, so the batches are a little uneven, but on average, 10 each.

 

 

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DONE - Giant thanks to Lillelara for ripping her way through this list!  :)

 

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New Books Added (8 batches)

DONE - Thanks to Emerjas and Leah's Bookish Obsession for knocking these off! 

 

First batch is a half-batch and the books are a mix of Doubleday, Quirk, SoHo, aaannnndd  Ballentine and Del Rey.

 

For those who'd like to add covers but haven't yet done it, inside each spoiler tag below is the ISBN and the URL to the publisher's cover image for 10 new books.  Click the link to go to the image and drag it to your desktop (or wherever you store your files), and then copy the ISBN to use in BL search box to find the book here on BL. Click "Add cover" under the big green image box, and choose the image from your computer.  Done.  :)

 

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