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EBMRG - 4 February 2003 Meeting Recap

The East Bay Mystery Reading Group -

4 February 2003 Meeting Recap

MURPHY'S LAW - Bowen, Rhys - (Amateur Sleuth) - Good

"Molly is on the run from England for killing a man trying to protect her virtue. She meets a woman who is unable to travel to America with her children and rejoin her husband. Molly assumes her identity and all goes well until a man alludes to knowing her secret and making her life…

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Mini-Reviews - February 2003

Alexander, Bruce - Watery Grave - VG

When preserving an image is more important than justice



Block, Lawrence - SmallTown - G+

More graphic sex than normal, quick tie-up and…

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Added by LJ Roberts on February 2, 2003 at 10:00am — No Comments

EBMRG - 7 January 2003

East Bay Mystery Readers' Group -

7 January 2003 Meeting Recap

Books discussed were:

CLOSING TIME - Jim Fusilli

From the publisher: "It's after midnight and a novice private investigator discovers the battered body of a livery cabdriver in downtown Manhattan's meat-packing district. Two days later, he witnesses a bloody explosion at a gala opening at a SoHo art gallery." "Unrelated incidents? Not…

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Mini-Reviews - January 2003

Alexander, Bruce - Murder in Grub Street - VG

James Fielding/Jeramy Procter-mental illness, religious fanatics



Bowen, Rhys - Murphy's Law - G

Immigrant to Boston, Molly Murphy, probably won't read more.…



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Added by LJ Roberts on January 22, 2003 at 10:00am — No Comments

2002 - LJ's Top Reads

LJ's Top Reads of 2002

Banks, T.F. - The Thief Taker

Barton, Dan - Dead Crowd

Burke, Jan - Nine

Connelly, Michael - City of Bones

DuBois, Brenden - Killer Waves

Ford, G.M. - Black River

Gerritesen, Tess - The Apprentice

Grafton, Sue - Q is for Quarry

Harvey, John - East Meat

Hoag, Tami - Dark Horse

Katzenbach, John - The Analyst

King, Laurie R. - Folly

Moorcraft, Paul - The Anchoress of Shere

O'Connelll, Carol - Crime…

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Mini-Reviews - December 2002

Burke, Jan - Nine - VG+

Stand alone - very well done-would like more of these characters



Dymmoch, Michael Allen - Death of the Blue Mountain Cat - G

Straight cop, gay psych-2nd in series-charac VG, plot OK…



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Mini-Reviews - November 2002

Abbott, Jeff - Black Jack Point - G

No honor among thieves



Banks, T.F. - Thief Taker, The - VG

Early Bow St. Runners-Vict. England-would read more!…



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Mini-Reviews - October 2002

Birmingham, Ruth - Cold Trail - G+

Woman's hunting lodge, Sunny Childs PI, liked more than expected



Brett, Simon - Death on…

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Mini-Reviews - September 2002

Dobyns, Stephen - Saratoga Summer - G
PI in horse racing world-fun characters


Russell, Alan - Exposure - G+
Paparazzi gets caught in political intrigue, Diana-type death

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Mini-Reviews - August 2002

Corbett, David - Devil's Red Head, The - Sold/Good

Well written but all about drug dealers



Ehrman, Kit - At Risk - Ok

ARC-not Dick Francis, character good but writer needs to find own voice…



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Mini-Reviews - July 2002

Barton, Dan - Dead Crowd - VG

This is one tough comedian - he's getting even better



Booth, Stephen - Blood on the Tongue - Ok

Ben Cooper & Diane Fry - Mystery links back to WWII…



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Mini-Reviews - June 2002

Clement, Peter - Mutant - Sold

Couldn't get through it



Coben, Harlan - Gone For Good - Ok

Standalone, somewhat plodding, not as compelling as his others…



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Mini-Reivews - May 2002

Baker, Lise S. - Losers' Club - Ok

Woman PI, should have cut out secondary story line



Harvey, John - Cold Light - G

British Pol Procedrual, well done…



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Mini-Reviews - March 2002

Aubert, Rosemary - The Ferryman Will Be There - G

Ellis Porter, character more interesting than plot



Barton, Dan - Heckler - VG

Don't mess with this comedian, even better than 1st book…



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Mini-Reviews - February 2002

Andrews, Robert - A Murder of Honor - VG

DC police procedural, honest cops, well written, dimensional characters



Cannell, Stephen J. - The Viking Funeral - G+

Had problems with style at start, but improved, good…

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Mini-Reviews - January 2002

Buchanan, Edna - Ice Maiden - G

Solving a cold case, very good right until the end



Cannell, Stephen J. - The Tin Collectors - VG

Cop shots another cop beating wife, IAD goes after him above normal…



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2001 - LJ' Top Reads

LJ's Top Reads of 2001

Burke, Jan - Bones

Burke, Jan - Flight

Butcher, Jim - Storm Front

Cobin, Harlan - Tell No One

Connolly, John - Dark Hollow

Connolly, John - The Killing Kind

D'Amato, Barbara - Help Me, Please

Evanovich, Janet - Seven-Up

Ford, G.M. - Fury

Gerritsen, Tess - the Surgeon

Hoag, Tami - Dust to Dust

Krueger, William Kent - Purgatory Ridge

Lehane, Dennis - Mystic River

Muller, Marcia - Point Deception

Robb,…

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Added by LJ Roberts on December 31, 2001 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Mini-Reviews - December 2001

Block, Lawrence - Hope to Die - Ok

A very tame Matt Scudder, not the usual edginess



Bowen, Rhys - Evans Can Wait - G-Enjoyable series…



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Mini-Reviews - September 2001

Box, C.J. - Open Season - G

Game warden and his daughter



Connolly, John - Dark Hollow - Ex

2001 TOP 10 - Calib Kyle, brutal, horrific, fabulous writing style…



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Mini-Reviews - August 2001

Block, Lawrence - The Burglar in the Library - G

Good humor, and then there were none plot



Jance, J.A. - Devil's Claw - Ok/S

Johanna Brady - neighbor dead, young girl, mother just out of jail…



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Added by LJ Roberts on August 22, 2001 at 5:00am — No Comments

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