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    recommending Stop, You're Killing Me! From a quick browse there I see that not only did Louise Penny win this year's Agatha for best novel, she also won last year's Agatha for best novel--which means I guess I should read something of hers!

    I'm currently reading Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, and I see that he won last year's Agatha for best first novel for The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

    •  Louise Penny's first novel in the series, (11+ / 0-)

      Still Life is on sale in e-book format for $2.99 at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  Both sites provide free software to read the e-books on your computer or smart phone.

      It's an inexpensive way to sample an award winning author.  (And one of the reasons I love my kindle.)

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 05:38:53 PM PST

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    •  She's been on a roll for years! I'll (5+ / 0-)

      have to break down and read her!

      How do you like that Flavia book? I almost took it home from the library Saturday, but left it for later.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 06:40:47 PM PST

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      •  I like Flavia (4+ / 0-)

        I'm nearly finished with the second one in the series, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.

        With the first, I think I felt that to some extent the mystery took a back seat to the characters, but I like that in a book. In the second, there's much more focus on the mystery, and the people involved in that, and somewhat less emphasis on Flavia's family.

        It's an interesting time period, England 1950, and it's always interesting to see things through the eyes of a (precocious) child,.

        I think Bradley does a pretty good job balancing Flavia's precocity in chemistry and detection with the normal little girl stuff; in the second book she's baffled as to what exactly happens when people have affairs, and tries to get their butler/general handyman to explain it to her.

        •  Thanks! Appreciate your description. (2+ / 0-)
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          Zoskie, Susan from 29

          Btw, I agree about characters.....it's kind of equal to the mystery or even more important, to love the characters and enjoy returning to their lives.

          I tend to not like "historical" novels which I took this to be. But, heh, the 50's, I recall those! So it can't be historical!!!!!

          "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

          by Gorette on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 08:59:16 AM PST

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          •  I can't tell you how relieved I was to read that (2+ / 0-)
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            Zoskie, Gorette

            the Left Coast Crime Awards gave the Bruce Alexander Memorial Mystery Award for mysteries set "pre-1950."  It feels like I almost made the cut-off and only 5 months of my life is "historical."

            I agree with you both on the characters.  It is hard to care about a mystery that happens in the lives of people you don't care much for.

            "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

            by Susan Grigsby on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 12:50:15 PM PST

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          •  Yeah, it doesn't seem at all historical (2+ / 0-)
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            Susan from 29, Gorette

            About the only thing to really distinguish it from a contemporary setting is that everyone, kids included, remembers WWII.

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