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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #13 - Mystery Series

I have so many books I'll never get around to them! Here are a few of the mystery series that I would really like to start, but haven't gotten around to yet!

1. The Bubbles Yablonsky Series by Sarah Strohmeyer - She may be a hairdresser with the body of a Barbie doll and a fatal weakness for hot pants, but Bubbles Yablonsky is not just another dumb blonde. She's determined to turn her taste for gossip into a talent for journalism, and she knows a secret about the death of Laura Buchman that could be her Big Break. Plus, she gets to work with photographer Steve Stiletto - a dead ringer for Mel Gibson, and exactly the kind of mysterious, dangerous man her mother warned her against. But Bubbles soon discovers that while brazen bravado gets results, some people will do anything to keep her quiet...

2. The Archaeological Mystery Series by Lyn Hamilton - The murder of a renowned expert in Mayan history lures Lara into the jungles surrounding Merida, Mexico. For in this lush paradise are the temples of the Mayan gods--and the camps of modern-day rebels fighting to save their Mayan heritage. As the body count escalates, Lara must uncover the secrets of the Mayan underworld known as Xibalba--and the journey into the very heart of darkness.

3. The Joe Grey Series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy - "It's me, your cat. I had to split. I witnessed a crime and someone is following me. Trust me. When I get this sorted out, I'll be home. I am still your cat, and I guess I miss you .." Joe Grey jumped down to the floor without hanging up the phone. He was trapped in an unfolding nightmare. First he found he could understand human speech (who would have guessed they had so little to say?). Then he found he could talk (useful for scaring dogs) and even read. He got worried when he found himself feeling human emotions like guilt and sympathy. He even caught himself planning his day! All that, Joe Grey could have handled. If only he hadn't found himself in the alley behind Jolly's Deli the night Beckwhite was murdered...

4. The Mrs. Murphy Series by Rita Mae Brown - Crediting her cat Sneaky Pie as coauthor, Brown ( Rubyfruit Jungle ) sets the thoroughly likable heroine of this mystery, Mary Minor Haristeen, in an admirable position to figure out who is murdering, in ghastly fashion, various pillars of her community. Harry, with constant companions Mrs. Murphy, a cat, and Welsh corgi Tucker, is postmistress of Crozet, Va. Postcards are sent to a wealthy contractor shortly before parts of his body are found in a cement mixer and then to a storeowner whose corpse, tied to a railroad track, is cut in three parts by the express. The cards alert Harry and friends to a plot that will take more lives before they discover the treasure that inspires the violence. Brown's lively characterization brings merchants and first-family Virginians alive with affection and verve. Even the snippets of conversation contributed by Crozet's four-legged inhabitants are credible rather than cloying. Harry's in-process divorce of the town vet gives Brown opportunity to wax wise on issues of human relationships, feminism and the pitfalls of greed. A charming adventure, with teeth.

5. The Mrs. Jeffries Series by Emily Brightwell - While Inspector Witherspoon receives accolades for his Scotland Yard successes, his housekeeper, Mrs. Jeffries, does the lion's share of the detective work.

6. The Psychic Eye Mysteries by Victoria Laurie - Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients-or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

7. The Ghost Hunter Mysteries by Victoria Laurie - M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers...

8. The Pepper Martin Mystery Series by Casey Daniels - She sees dead people. Beautiful, smart, and chic, Pepper Martin never had to work a day in her life -- until her surgeon daddy was convicted of fraud, her wealthy fiancé took a powder, and the family fortune ran bone dry. Suddenly desperate, the inexperienced ex-rich girl was forced to take the only job she could get: as a tour guide in a cemetery. But a grave situation took a turn for the worse when a head-on collision with a headstone left her with an unwanted ability to communicate with the disgruntled deceased . . . and now Pepper has a whacked Mafia don demanding that she hunt down his killers -- and threatening to haunt her until she does.

9. The Medieval West Country Series by Michael Jecks - When a spate of burnings occur in a quiet Devon village, Bailiff Simon Puttock is grateful for the help of the astute yet strangely reticent Sir Baldwin, who has recently come to live nearby. Are the deaths linked, and will the murderer strike again?

10. The Amerotke Series by Paul Doherty (wow he's written a lot more than I realized and they ALL look good! *drool*)- When Pharaoh Tuthmosis II falls dead before the sun god, Amun-Ra, his widow and the Chief Judge must find a killer covering his tracks with the hot desert sands of ancient Egypt.

11. The Sir Charles Sheridan Series by Robin Paige - Kate Adrleigh is everything the Victorian English gentlewoman is not--outspoken, free-thinking, American...and a writer of the frowned upon "penny-dreadfuls." Soon after her arrival in Essex, England, a body is unearthed in a nearby archeological dig--and Kate has the chance to not only research her latest story...but to begin her first case with amateur detective Sir Charles Sheridan.

12. The Chintz 'n China Series by Yasmine Galenorn - Emerald O'Brien is the owner of the Chintz 'n China Tea Room where guests are served the perfect blend of tea and tarot reading. She never set out to be a detective, but once word gets out that she can communicate with the dead, there's no turning back... When the ghost of Susan Mitchell asks for Emerald's help in convicting her own murderer, Emerald can't refuse. Along with her friends-an ex-supermodel and a cop-and her new love interest, Emerald must search for clues to put the killer behind bars-and this tortured soul to rest.

13. The Bewitching Mystery Series by Madelyn Alt - Antiques-shop clerk Maggie O'Neill was a little weirded out when she discovered her new boss Felicity was a witch. But when Felicity becomes the suspect in a local murder, Maggie must enlist Felicity's wiccan friends for help--and discover her own spellbinding talent.

I actually have a lot more than 13 series that I haven't gotten to yet, but I figured I'd stop here and save those for a future post! So many books, so little time! If you've already read some of these, let me know what you thought, or give me some more suggestions if they're in a similar vein! I might have heard of it, or I might not have. I'm pretty sure that I'll like them all, they sound right up my alley, paranormal, cats, history, archaeology, humor, I just need more reading time! If only I could figure out how to get paid to read whatever I wanted! But then I'd probably feel pressured and wouldn't enjoy it as much! ;)

Happy Thursday Thirteen!



  1. Yipes. You have a LOT of Susan Addicting to work on...

    (I'm all about books too this week. Again.)

  2. Hmmmmm I might need to check out some of these.

  3. Wow - thats' a lot of new series obsessions for me to get into!

  4. Wow, looks like you have a lot of reading ahead of you. Great list of books. Happy TT!

  5. Anonymous8:18 PM

    You are so much better read than I am. I haven't heard of any of these series before.

  6. That's quite a reading list!

  7. I've read the first books of #3 and #4 and they've made me swear off of books where cats solve mysteries.

  8. Anonymous11:24 PM

    Great list! So many books and so little time. Happy TT.

  9. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Boy these look so fun! Good for you for even attempting all of these books! :)

    Happy TT!

  10. What a great list! Happy TT=)

  11. Anonymous3:46 PM

    Have you read Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity series?

    Also, now I have to go find some of those for myself.

    Happy TT!

  12. Susan and Susan (heehee) I seem to be really good at finding things for other people to become obssessed with, just ask DragonGoddess! ;) (cross stitching, Bookcrossing...)

    celticlibrarian - I have actually started the Aunt Dimity series and have gotten through 1 and 2 so far, I do like them!

    I'm weird, I just can't read a series straight through, I must skip around authors and genres or I get burned out on a particular one. Thus the reason why it takes me SOOOOO long to get through a series!

  13. I'm the same way about not being able to read a series straight through. Plus I like to have a least a the first two books of the series to start it. I hate reading books out of order.

    I've read Bubbles Unbound and liked it for a fun, light read. Read the Trouble with Magic too. It was okay but not some much paranormal as I thought it would be. More New Age-y. (If that makes any sense.)

    Have the first of the Pepper Martin mysteries and the first two of the Psychic Eye mysteries in the TBR piles. Wanting to try the Ghost Hunter and the Chintz 'n China series.


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