My apologies for the lateness of this posting, but it has been one really hectic week, and another one is starting tomorrow.
A few items that I need to bring up: first, if you check this thread and notice that no one has posted yet in a given day, feel free to give it a bump so newcomers have a chance to stumble across our little club.
Second, we need a topic for next week. I'm open as to how to pick it.
Third, I will be at a science fiction convention next weekend, so I won't be able to start a new thread unless it's started on Friday (early afternoon) or sometime on Monday. Sunday night is probably out -- besides being Palm Sunday, I usually only average about 6 hours sleep for the weekend (the whole thing, not per night).
Now let us discuss -- whodunit!
Is this a new group?
Just finished INTELLECTUAL MORONS by Flynn.
Highly reccomended, but he is against the war, be warned about that chapter
Also finished WAR STORIES part 2, Ollie North, stories from the Pacific, great read.
The butler did it.
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The Dark Place
A very good anthropological murder mystery. Some nice historical (anthropological) accuracy.
No, the butler did not do it. Hint, murder weapon: atl-atl.
Q: are Sherlock Holmes stories mysteries? The reader can't really solve them. Information is held back. This is not that case with Christie books. The clues are there if you can put them together.
Has anyone read this "mystery novel"?
Analyzing The Anthrax Attacks
by Edward G. Lake
A comprehensive, detailed analysis of all the publicly available information about the anthrax attacks of 2001.
The book presents known facts, analyzes those facts and presents conclusions as to what the facts mean.
Errors by the FBI, the CDC, by other government organizations and by the media are examined. Conspiracy theories are debunked. Facts are laid out for examination.
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My favorite "new" mysteries are Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books. I had the misfortune of starting with THE NINE TAILORS, which really didn't suit me, but then started at the beginning of the series with WHOSE BODY? and was rewarded by getting totally sucked into the series! I love Lord Peter (who, I suspect, is a remote ancestor of Miles Vorkosigan, if I may mention a SF hero -- of sorts), and it was such fun to see Sayers develop his character throughout the series. I also love Harriet Vane, whom Sayers introduces as his romantic foil late in the series. Just too, too much for for an anglophile like me! (And Sayers is good about giving you all the clues you need.)
Colleen Coble has 3 books with Bree Nicholls and her Search and Rescue dog, Samson. (very similar to Virgina Lanier's Bloodhound series.)
Dee Henderson has an excellent series on the O'Malley's.
It centers in Washington DC, and the main characters all work in the Capital. Although the setting is political, it's not really. It's premise is a game that certain Congressional aides, and politicians play regarding bills that are about to be passed. They basically "bet" on the outcome of a bill, or if a bill will get to the floor for a vote, and because they are all Washington insiders they try and manipulate the process to their advantage. The twist is that no one knows who else is playing, because the players all have confidentiality.
After a murder of one of the players, a race ensues all centered on a abandoned gold mine in South Dakota.
Although not my favorite book of all time, it is certainly entertaining, and an easy read, I recommend it for a lazy weekend read.
Mysteries are one of my favorites. I recommend books by these writers:
John D. MacDonald (Travis McGee & everything else)
Ruth Rendell (who also writes as Barbara Vine)
James Lee Burke
Shirley Jackson (The Haunting of Hill House & We Have Always Lived in the Castle)
One of my favorite books in this genre is "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt. If you've missed this one along the way, treat yourself. :)
Also, classed as a psychological thriller, Andrew Klavan's Animal Hour.