November 1st Note: In this months newsletter I linked to the wrong mailbag! Click here for the correct mailbag.

This months topic was what was the last book you read, book you’re currently reading and book you’re going to read next.

Katrina: I am currently reading Written in my own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. Previously I read An Echo in the Bone, #7 in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Next I have quite a few but think The Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean by Lindsay Littleson will be next, followed by the newest Jonathan Stroud Lockwood Files and oh, so many more before I start Gabaldon’s Lord John series.

Ramona: Discovered your website a few months ago, enjoying the information and monthly newsletter.

Last Book: Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King Currently Reading: The Reluctant Matador by Mark Pryor Next To Read: The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield – I was motivated by your rarely visited series pages.

Karen: Last Book Read: Memory Man by David Baldacci Reading Now: The Last Mile by David Baldacci Next To Read: Crashing Through by Robert Kurson

Pam: Boy, this month has really gone by in the blink of an eye! I had planned to answer this month’s questions right away but somehow the time got away from me.

Last book: The Guests on South Battery by Karen White – Historic mansions in Charleston with some mystery and paranormal) This is the fifth in the series, and I was totally addicted after reading #1. Hoping #6 isn’t too far behind.

Currently reading: Lost Light by Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch series #9. I’m working my way through the series and since mystery is my favorite genre, enjoying it. I’m a Michael Connelly fan.

Next to read: The Narrows by Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch series #10.

Rob: Last book: Ballistic by Mark Greaney Currently reading: Dead Eye by Mark Greaney Next to read: Back Blast by Mark Greaney

I just love the Gray Man

Heather: The Zailer and Waterhouse series by Sophie Hannah are very good books. I’m one of those readers who looked them up on Lol You never expect the outcome of the ending. I’m always pleasantly surprised. Since, the books are originally published in England, the US books have a different titles. This makes your website a god send, so I don’t buy the same book with a different name. As I buy a lot of used books online both titles can be available. So, thank you so much for including them on your website.
And the last book I read was 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Now reading The Known Dead. The second book in the Carl Houseman series by Donald Harstad. And since October is approaching I always read a scary tale. Usually by Stephen King. I haven’t decided which one, yet.
Btw, I do recommend the Carl Houseman series by Donald Harstad. Yes, I’ve only read the first two, but they’re a solid read.

Nancy G: Last book: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (for one book club)

Current book: Not Just Good, but Beautiful. by Pope Francis and Others. (for another book club)

Next book: Charlie Bone and The Red Knight. (for myself!)

Jerry: I just completed reading, for the second time, two of Tom (Hinshelwood) Wood’s ‘Victor the Assassin’ books. This character is spectacular – an assassin with morals. His first book, which apparently has 3 titles, ‘The Hunter’, ‘The Killer’, and ‘Code Name Tesseract’ is a can’t wait to turn the page continual thriller from the get go. You have to be careful with this novel though because one of those names is printed in German and I can’t remember which one. Wood’s assassin is right there with Vince Flynn’s ‘Mitch Rapp’, Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’, Brad Taylor’s ‘Pike Logan’, and Mark Greaney’s ‘The Gray Man’ in providing an exciting read.

Judy D: I just finished the new Karin Slaughter book, The Good Daughter, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She is one of my favorite authors and I love her Will Trent series. This was a great stand alone book that I would heartily recommend.

I just discovered the Orphan X series also and can’t wait for more. Love the main character and the intrigue with his past life.

Janet: I finished “15th Affair” by James Patterson. After the drama of that I started “High Stakes” by Fern Michaels. I am almost finished, and now that I have taken a brain break with some light easy ready I will move on to one of the books listed below. Depending on my mood I will choose either one that has more action or drama. But since I am not there yet I have no idea what will be next. My tentative listing includes the following.

“No Man’s Land” by David Baldacci

“Night School” by Lee Child

“The Devil’s Triangle” Catherine Coulter

“The Whistler” by John Grisham

“Missing a Private Novel” or “Bullseye” by James Patterson

“Below the Belt” by Stuart Woods

Or I may pick from some of the more fluffier stuff I have on hand if I need more fluff to lighten my day and make me smile and laugh. Who knows what the future will hold?

Thank you for the newsletter and website. I make serial readers so happy.

Teresa: I agree about Orphan X. I also found the book really tasty. I also got the short story and sequel as soon as I could from the library. Now…am planning to read Kill Clause after The Most Beautiful . I just finished Monster Hunter Memoirs by Larry Correia and John Ringo. I’ve read a few of Ringo’s militaristic SF but not Correia. This is one book of a series and I found that I really liked this book. I’m planning on reading more. I mean you can’t go wrong with a book that features New Orleans, monsters, and monster hunters playing among the crypts. Currently reading Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs. My first Tea Shop cozy mystery. Pretty good. Next, I plan to read The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia. Heard good things but I’ll see.

Steven: Last book read- Twelve Days

current- The Dying Detective

Next-Enemy of the State

John: My last book: The Burning Edge by Rick Mofina. This is book 4 in the Jack Gannon series. Very intense. Couldn’t put it down. Book I’m reading now: Beyond The Ice Limit by Preston & Child. This is the 4th book in the Gideon Crew series. Crew is a tragic and fascinating character. My next book: The Fix by David Baldacci. This is book 3 of the Amos Decker series that started with Memory Man. This has quickly become one of my absolute favorite characters. Can’t wait for book 4 to be released.

Patricia: The last book I read was The Light Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol. She weaves a fascinating story which would probably be more appreciated by female readers. I am currently reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, and my next book will be Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker.

Steve: Hi,

For this month’s Newsletter question:

I just finished “The Kill Artist” by Daniel Silva. Excited to start the Gabriel Allon series!!

Currently reading “The Vault” by Boyd Morrison. Liked his “The Ark” book.

Next read will be Vince Flynn’s “Separation Of Power” (the 3rd Mitch Rapp book). Dying to get deeper into the Mitch Rapp series!!! Probably won’t make it to “American Assassin” by the time the movie comes out, as I want to read these in the order they were written as opposed to chronologically…..

Thank you & LOVE!!!!

kjames: Last Book:Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear Current Book: The Thirst by Jo Nesbo Next Book: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Kathleen: Last Read: Snake Agent by Liz Williams. DI Chen of Singapore Three’s police department handles supernatural investigations. Lots of fun. Reading Now: American Gothic by Gene Smith. Just started. History of the Booth family of actors: Junius Brutus, Edwin, and John Wilkes. Reading Next: Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger. If it’s any good, I’ll check out the next book of the series, A Pain in the Tuchis.

Loretta: I just finished, G-Man by Stephen Hunter—I’m a big fan of Bob Lee Swagger. Prior to that, Playing Hurt by John Saunders which was surprising and a real eye opener.

I am now reading Eric Clapton Autobiography which is for our book club review this month. (Wild, Drugs, escapades galore)

My next book will be Craig Johnson’s An Obvious Fact and then The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton.

Patricia: The last book I read was The Light Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol. She weaves a fascinating story which would probably be more appreciated by female readers. I am currently reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, and my next book will be Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker.

AJ: Last book: Thief’s Mark by Carla Neggers (Sharpe and Donovan series) Current book: Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters, with Joan Hess Next book: Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills (been waiting for this one).

Max: Hi Graeme, By pure coincidence, the last two novels I read shared a circus theme. One was “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. This is a strange and original story that features a magical circus and some very interesting and appealing characters. I enjoyed this book, and actually longed for more after I finished.

Just before that I read “Life Expectancy” by Dean Koontz, which features — among other goofy things — a psychotic circus clown. Crazy weird, but engaging.

Tom: Hello…last read book was Easy Pickings by Richard Wheeler. Currently reading The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry and next will be Return to Red River by Johnny Boggs. Take care.

Sharon: To answer this month’s question:

I’ve come to really enjoy this newsletter. I’ve gotten great series ideas to read or have been reminded of ones I started and didn’t finish or had a new book added. I love it!

I just finished reading Book 10 in the Prey Series by John Sanford Certain Prey. I’m currently reading, John Lescroart’s The 13th Juror: Dismas Hardy Series. My next book will be Sanford’s Book 11 Easy Prey. I go back and forth between a couple of series until I finish.

Vicki: Recently read: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Book Store by Matthew Sullivan

Debut novel – is not a thriller but one of those quiet psychological mysteries that continue to twist around on themselves. Lydia’s life was a mess before she found the body of the man who hung himself in the Bright Ideas Book Store. But after she tried to learn his history, horrors from her own past keep resurfacing.

This is an unexpected book that I’m glad I read. It never “grabs” like a thriller, but it doesn’t let go, either.

Currently reading: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

A tragic novel that is a compelling reread. Cain and Abel in the early 1900’s.

Plan to read: The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker

Non-fiction about the the study of violence throughout history. Despite all the news we see, human kind’s violence has declined throughout history.

Sue: Good morning, In answering the monthly question, I am currently reading, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley and really enjoying it. I just read The Mountain Between us by Charles Martin, which I think was one of my favorite books. Right up on my top 5 lists with Gone Girls and Room It is a must read, I have had a few people read it and they also loved it. On the subject of not viewed series, my husband is now reading the Dexter series, he said it is very twisted but he is enjoying it. Thanks for the site, I use it a lot and the newsletters, I really look forward to it every month.

Tarana: Last book I read – Killers of the Flower Moon – how did I not know about the Osage Reign of Terror? Gripping story of unsolved murders that brought the FBI into its prominence

Just finished on a flight from Barcelona last night (counts as current?) – Glass Houses by Louise Penny – #13 about Inspector Gamache – and maybe the best one yet!! Good story – intense ending!!

Planning to read – The Address by Fiona Davis Who knows? Recommended by a friend –

Taryn: Hello. Hope all is well with you. The last book I read was “Camino Island” by John Grisham. He is an excellent story teller & I love stories where I actually root for the “bad guys”. Now reading “1776” by David McCullough. After several months of reading modern, historical or “pop” fiction, I want to read a few non-fiction books just to re-boot myself into the “real” world. Love your newsletter. Have a great day.

Susan: Hi, In answer to Septembers question, wanted to offer a little background. Since retiring I received a Kindle and have been exploring new authors and a genre I never heard of before…the cozy mystery. My new favorite author is Diana Xarissa and have read most of her books. I’ve enjoyed many adventures with Aunt Bessie, The Markham Sisters and Fenella Woods on the Isle of Man. Anyway, some cozies are better than others, but they offer an escape from the “real” world. Would rather spend the day reading then 15 minutes on the phone anytime.

The last book I read was – Dead Reckoning & Murderous Intent (Red Pine Falls Mysteries #4). I’m all caught up on that series now.

The book I’m currently reading is – Killer Jam (A Dewberry Farm Mystery, #1). Just started this series and am enjoying it.

The next book I’m planning to read is – Fatal Frost (A Dewberry Farm Mystery, #2). When I finish this one I will read Deadly Brew (A Dewberry Farm Mystery, #3) I will be all caught up with the series then.

Anyway thanks for the newsletter and the site to help people like us reading our favorite author’s books in order.

Rhea: I loved Behind Closed Doors!

The last book I read was “Shattered” by Allison Brennan. It’s an amazing book where she brings together the main characters of her two series, Lucy Kincaid and Maxine Revere. It was incredible. I never read a book so slowly because I didn’t want it to end. Allison Brennan is my favorite author and since there are no new Lucy books out until January, I’m trying one of her other series which is very different – the 7 Deadly Sins series. But I guess demon hunters aren’t THAT much different than FBI agents, right? 🙂

What will I read next? I have a list of books I need to get to – Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, Erica Spindler, Lisa Gardner, James Patterson, etc. I never decide what I’ll read next until the moment of decision comes so I can end up surprised by my choice.

Ila: Last Book: Running with the Demon (Word & Void #1) by Terry Brooks 1977 Currently Reading:A Knight of the Word (Word & Void, #2) by Terry Brooks 1978 (about 10 pages left)

Next To Read: Angel Fire East (Word & Void #3) by Terry Brooks 1979

These 3 books can each be read as stand alone novels, however in order to enjoy the complete story of the magic, the Knight of the Word John Ross and the evil, Demon of the Void, I recommend reading each one in order.

These books are the prequel to the Shannara series. These books are set in modern times and include the young Nest Freemark, Pick, a sylvan and keeper of the park, Wraith and other less magical people.

You do not need to be a fantasy fan to enjoy these books. I found there is, thus far a lot more talk of magic, than use of it.

I am a fan of The Original Shannara Series, The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishstones of Shannara, and consider them some of the finest fantasy ever written.

My next read hopefully, will be:

which I saw recommended on Goodreads. Sounds like a fun read.

Rita: Dear Graeme. I am ever so grateful for your news letter as a very senior citizen I love to read your feedback about all the different novels you have read, I don’t always have time to spend looking around the library as I have a transport problem. I have a note book with about 71 different authors that have appealed to me off your list, Living in a small town the library is quite small so very often have to go on a waiting list. I have just read James Patterson’s The Black Book and am presently reading The Store by him also and my next book hopefully will be the Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz. I love reading the feedback from your winners. I would like to join a bookclub in my town but transport always seems to be a problem for me that is why I look forward to your recommendations.

Ray: Hi Graeme,

I look forward to your wonderful newsletter on the first of every month, so needless to say that I’ll never be able to forgive you for being three days late. (ONLY KIDDING!!!) Hope you’re feeling better!!

I thought it was interesting that you brought up Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin”.

My wife and I were watching TV last night and the previews of “American Assassin” came on.

I said I want to see that movie, not associating it with Flynn’s book which I had read quite a while back. I really like Michael Keaton’s work!!

I’ve read a lot of Kyle Mills books and I’m sure he’ll do a creditable job with Flynn’s.

I’ve read a couple of Gregg Hurwitz books and now have “Orphan X” on my “To Read” list. Thank you.

I have not read anything by Paris or Lapena, but will give them a shot. Thank You.

I just finished “Spy Games” and “Night Heron” by Adam Brookes. Very good books.

I am now reading “The Switch” by Joseph Finder and “The Accident” by Chris Pavone.

I just about didn’t even start “The Switch”. I read the fly leaf and said to myself, DUH!! How dumb can one be?? I’ve read other books by Finder and have liked all of them, so I decided to go ahead with it. If one can ignore the dumb premise it’s an interesting book thus far. The jury’s

still out on “The Accident”, but so far it’s okay.

My next books will be “Typhoon” by Charles Cumming, whose books I like a lot

and “Orphan X” by Kyle Mills.

I’m always looking forward to the next book by Jason Mathews, Michael Connelly,

Daniel Silva, Gayle Lynds, Charles Cumming, Alex Berenson, Stella Rimington, and Tana French.

Take care of yourself, Graeme, and have a wonderful month!

Paula: Just read House of Spies, now reading Black Widow. Next is The Room of White Fire.

Sheila: I just finished a good book called “The Language of Flowers” , by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The story is about a young woman who spends her entire life in foster homes. Foster homes are desperately needed and I don’t think we give that much thought to what happens to these kids. But I hope that most are better than the ones she endured. The book made me angry and sad that some children suffer so much at the hands of people who are supposed to care. The book does end well thankfully, but we know not all these children’s storeies do and truth can be crueler than fiction. I do recommended this book and have to friends and family.

Also just finished The Witches of Cambridge, by Menna Van Praag. First book I have read by this author bit will not be the last. I suggested this book to my daughter, who after reading a portion of the book was texting me begging me to tell her what happens to the characters. she said ” I can’t read it fast enough. When she finished it in an airport she wanted to find another by her asap.

Just started Second Sight by Amanda Quick. I like her books. So off I go to read.

Thanks for your monthly news.

Pat: I’m currently listening to One A Crooked Man by David Mc Callum also read by him. Yes, The Man From UNCLE and Ducky from NCIS David McNabb Callum. The story is interesting but pretty graphic both language and brutality. We’d of thought such a sweet man could be so brutal.

The last book I tried to read was The Camel Club by David Balducci. Simply could not finish it. Too many story lines Hong at the same time. Sorry of formula. Several times I knew what was going to happen before it did. Finally have up on it.

Next on my list is The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry.

Panda: Last book I read: Neverhome by Laird Hunt If you read this book be patient. The beginning is rather a slow starter but it becomes compelling and a page turner.

A book I revisited: The Host by Stephenie Meyer I had no trouble being immersed in the whole story for the second time. I personally believe this book is better than the Twilight series and wish there were more from this author.

Thank you for your newsletter.

Pam: Hi, Graeme, I just finished Blood in her Veins by Faith Hunter (short story collection set in Jane Yellowrock world) this afternoon and then a couple of hours later finished Linda Fairstein’s Deadfall.

> I started Seanan McGuire’s fourth Incryptid book Pocket Apocalypse this afternoon as I was driving to the dog groomer’s (I couldn’t read either of the above mentioned books on the road.) Then after finishing Deadfall, I picked up Ace Atkins’s The Fallen since it too is a library book and must be returned soon. Oh, and after finishing Johnathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin series (which I was sad to see finish) I found Patient Zero, the first in his Joe Ledger series so that got a few minutes of my time in there as well.

> Yes, it might seem strange, but I read several books at the same time. People ask why? and sometimes how?, but it’s just something that I’ve done for years. There are way too many books and way too little time.

Being retired is great for having extra time to read and I’m really grateful for my Kindles that let me “read” while on the road.

Thanks for the great recommendations.

Jim: Currently reading ‘The Play of Death’ by Oliver Potzsch. This is the latest of The Hangman’s Daughter books. You already have it on your site. Have enjoyed each one.

Kenicia: Last Book: The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters/Joan Hess

Current Book: MacArthur’s Spies by Peter Eisner

Next Book: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Lynn: what was the last book you read? The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller #1) by Michael Connelly It was good. I had seen the movie, so I thought I would read my first Connelly book. I’m glad I did. I enjoyed it.

What are you currently reading? The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva Book 10 in the Gabriel Allon series. I just love this series! It is well written and the stories are gripping. I enjoy reading the afterword where he gives the details of what is and isn’t true in the “historical” event.

And what are you planning on reading next? Camino Island by John Grisham I really like Grisham. I even like how he changes types of stories on occasion. I even liked The Painted House, I might be the only one. I do like his lawyer novels the best.

moorepk: So, Graeme, while I’m somewhat new to your newsletter, I’ve been an avid follower of your website for years and an insatiable appetite for books. I typically have four books going all at the same time: an audible in my car, a book by my bedside, another audible next to my sewing chair, and a Kindle book (or two) for my lunch hour. I read A LOT!!! I have a 30 page spreadsheet that I maintain that keeps up with each series and what the next book is in that series. So as you can see, your website is hugely important to me. Although it wouldn’t be a catastrophe if I read a book out of order, I do prefer to read them chronologically.

I picked up the latest in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series on Friday night, and I couldn’t put it down. Finished it in two days. Wow!

p.s. I, too, recently read Orphan X and The Nowhere Man (also Buy a Bullet) – oh wow, LOVED THEM!!! I actually thought of the Jonathan Quinn series when I was reading Orphan X. To be honest, The Nowhere Man got a little weird midway through, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as Orphan X, but it was still a great read. Look forward to the next one. Currently reading Private Sector (Brian Haig), The Leopard (Jo Nesbo), Three Shirt Deal (Stephen Cannell), and Skin Gods (Richard Montanari). And I’m on the reserve list at the library for Enemy of the State – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mitch Rapp!!!

Thanks for doing such an awesome job with this website and providing a one-stop location for all the information I need. Keep up the good work!

lklatimer: Last book read: Charlatans, by Robin Cook I cannot put down his books, love medical mysteries. However, this one was lacking the medical suspense that I usually find in his books. It was still very good, just not medical mystery enough to suit me. Book reading now: Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner. This is # 7 in her FBI profiler series that I love. Next book to read: I might try the Orphan X series or just a random Stand Alone from my book shelf. I have so many books on my shelves that I never know what will be next. I love reading the Newsletter each month and always find some new books to add to my lists. This month am added Shari Lapena books. Thank you so much for giving us such good picks.

Bev: Love the newsletter. The wait (short at that) was worth it. Your camping trip sounded great.

Thanks for the recommendations! I always need new ones. I’m especially grateful for the list you shared of your top five. I’m waiting on the fourth book in the Myron Bolitar series to come available. I like the little humorous comments Myron makes. Myron and Win make an interesting pair. I am enjoying this series a lot!

Currently starting Agatha Raisin, The Witch of Wyckhadden Next will be The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (’cause it’s checked out on Open Library) Just finished The Fix by David Baldacci’s

Joseph: Hi Graeme,

I hope you and your Kindle did not get too wrinkled in the bath.

Last book read: Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard. Bio of young Winston Churchill during the Boer War. Interesting and readable.

Current book: Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle. Completing my reading of her Bibliophile series. Alternative fun for Evanovich fans.

Current book: The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen. Uneven writing but fascinating account of her investigation into the JFK assassination.

Next book: Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse. Rereading this and catching up on others of his books I never read.

(I’m always reading more than one book at a time. BTW, I read Orphan X when it came out and loved it, but did not know it was a series.)

Brenda: Last book: The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker Currently reading: The Late Show by Michael Connelly Next book: Spook Street by Mick Herron

Jackee: I am so enjoying your newsletters – I am a new subscriber and my friends call me a “heavy” reader.

Last Book: Drums of Autumn – 4th in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I am still surprised at myself for liking this series and will probably finish all 8 books eventually.

Currently Reading: Without Fear or Favor by Robert K. Tanenbaum. Ongoing books involving Butch Karp. I have enjoyed every book up until now but am having a hard time with this one. Hopefully the last 2/3rds of the book will hold my interest better than the first 1/3.

Next: Undecided unless the local library will have one of my “hold” books ready for me. Or I could do No. 5 in the Outlander series. There are always books to read!

This was fun and I hope is what you intended.

Glenda: Enjoyed your Sept newsletter. I am going to look for Orphan X based on your review.

I finished reading yesterday “One Thousand White Women”. Loved it!

I am now reading Missing You by Harlan Coben.

Thank you for taking your time to do the newsletter.

Joe: Last Book: The Fixer by T.E. Woods 6 out of 10 stars

Currently Reading: Tier One by Andrew & Wilson

Next To Read: Old Earth by Gary Grossman

Dwayne: Last book was Desert Drop by Rex Kusler – number 3 in the Las Vegas mystery series. Currently reading Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson – most recent Inspector Banks novel Next up will most likely be The Western Star by Craig Johnson – pending Longmire release.

The Kusler books are a nice filler between my favorite series. They are light hearted police procedurals.

The Inspector Banks series is a good modern British cosy that may someday inspire me to visit Great Britain rather than just pass through London Heathrow.

The Longmire series is much better than the TV series although it wasn’t bad during the first two seasons.

I just finished three great books. I read Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger which was great. This latest in the series with Cork O’Conner is not set in Minnesota where it usually is but in Arizona. The book is terrific with the new setting and just as good as the previous episodes in this series. I also read The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. I have read several books by this author but had resisted reading this series of books featuring characters Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes as I do not like time travel books. I thought this would be in that genre but was not. It is a fictionalization of Sherlock Holmes taking on an apprentice. It was a good introduction to a new series that I will be reading in the future. I also finished Cold Hearted River by Keith McCafferty who is a Montana author who uses Montana settings for his novels featuring private investigator Sean Strahan. I especially enjoy this series as it is settings that I am familiar with as I also live in Montana. I am almost finished with Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning. This is one book that I read quickly as I want to know what is going to happen, but then am disappointed in the end that I am finished with it as I know I will have to wait a while for the next in the series. This author is terrific. Her books are not only great mysteries but also great character studies. I am reading through her series in order and appreciate your site in helping to keep them in order. I always look forward to your recommendations and use the site quite often when starting a new author or series as I find it is usually so much more meaningful to do so.

Anita: I do not know if this is the place to respond to Last Book you read and what the next is but: Y by Sue Grafton is the last book I read – from library, not Kindle, I am frugal. My next book is the new Louise Penny, ready to pick up but it’s Labor Day.One of my very favorite authors. GRRR. I like a new (to me) author, Martin Walker.

Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, I guess we are not on the same train. I did not finish Girl on the Train, took it back and I wanted to take that character and shake her until her brain fell into the right place.

Keep your emails coming, enjoy them and I know I will never run out of books. Anita Minard

Craig: Book last read: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (I really like her Weather Warden series, and this series about the Great Library was really good). Book I’m currently readin: Time of Torment by John Connolly (I’m trying to get caught up inthe Chralie Parker series). Book I’m going to read next: so many on my list to read, but probably either Paper and Fire (#2 in Great Library series) or Queen of Swords by R. S. Belcher (newest in the Golgotha series).

And if you haven’t read the earlier Hurwitz books, you should read them. I’ve liked all of his stuff, and really enjoyed the Orphan X books.

Barb: I am currently involved in a cozy mystery series by Tamar Myers. It is her Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery series. I am currently reading #14 Grape Expectations. I have purchased all 20 in this series so I can pass them on to my friends who don’t have internet. The one before this was Assault and Pepper. #15 is Hell Hath No Curry. The main character is Magdalena Yoder and she is a riot while solving murders. You can’t help laughing out loud at some of the things she says and does. Very good light reading.

Cheryl: Last Book: The Break Down by B.A. Paris

Currently Reading: City of the Lost by Kelly Armstrong

Next To Read: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Pat: Last book read glass houses Louise penny

Liz: Last book read: Beartown by Fredrik Backman Now reading: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver Next book to read: whatever becomes available online from the library or Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald which is on my Kindle.

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8 Responses to “Reader Mailbag: Last Read, Currently Reading, Next To Read II”

  1. MaryAnn Jurchan: 6 years ago

    Just joined thank you I’m a bookaholic and always looking for a new author Love Louise Penny just discovered Lilliana Hart. I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Jayne Ann Krentz etal or Anne Cleeves. I appreciate all the comments from you and other readers


  2. Nicky: 6 years ago

    Can’t afford to buy, so all books are from the library. Presently reading through Agatha Christie for the first time, though I have watched many of her stories on TV. I’m amazed at her great writing skills, and some of her insights could be applied to the present day! Also going through P.D. James and enjoying her intelligent narrative. I would like to recommend Louise Penny’s series on Armand Gamache, set in Quebec. Best to start at the beginning to
    understand the sequence.


  3. sefcug: 7 years ago

    I get my books from various sources.

    Recently published print books I get from the library mostly. Also, when I find a new author I like, I come here and find their older works and get them from the library.

    eBooks in Kindle format are from Amazon Prime Reading and Kindle First. Recommendations from Goodreads,,, and

    I also have a backup of paperbacks, mostly westerns, picked up at garage sales and thrift stores.

    i have already read 143 books to date, and I try to vary the genre as much as I can.


    • Graeme: 7 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂 Nice to vary the genre too. You never know if you’ll like a specific genre until you try and it keeps things fresh.


  4. Linda Latimer: 7 years ago

    Where do I get my books? I have a few authors that I get their hardback from Amazon as soon as they come out: Robin Cook, Mitch Rapp series and Mary Higgins Clark. Others I wait until I find them on Thrift Books or at our local Book Shoppe. Our local Book Shoppe carries second hand books and has a large inventory. I also have credit there, so I get half off half price. Can’t beat that. I used to work at the library and always got the first pick of my favorites, but don’t do that anymore. I also check out our local Goodwill store and sometimes find very good buys there. Wherever there’s a book, that’s where I will be. Love Order of Books newsletter and have got many new author books that way.


    • Graeme: 7 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂 That’s great about the half off half price deal. And yeah the goodwill stores etc are always fun to browse. Not sure if yours does it but ours has a deal where the more books you buy the cheaper they get. ie: buy one book its $4.99 buy three books they’re $3.99 etc. Always used to get me buying more then necessary!


  5. Phoenix Hocking: 7 years ago

    Where I get my books: mostly, these days, I get my books from the library. There are a few authors that I will buy as soon as the newest book comes out: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, Jan Karon’s Mitford series. There are some that can’t get at the library, and I may buy those for my Kindle. I might buy a book at a thrift store, but I rarely buy a new book from a brick-and-mortar store. This has nothing to do with no wanting a “real” book, but with finances. I love the feel and smell of a brand-new book, but I can’t always afford to buy them.


    • Graeme: 7 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback. Great to hear how many people utilize the library!


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