Challenge blog for series lovers

I decided to start this blog to share my passion for reading with others especially my love of series. There are very few guidelines for this challenge:

1 - No books lists or sign ups; cross over books and challenges are welcome, actually encouraged
2 - If not based on the main character central characters must play a prominent part throughout the series
3 - All genres welcome ~ YA, historical, western, paranormal, mystery, police procedural, adventure, etc.
4 - Re-reading a series is fine too
5 - No trilogies please; only ongoing series

Feel free to stop by any time and let us know what series you're reading, find a new series, or the next book in the series.

If you blog leave a comment with a link to your review. If you don't blog, don't worry. Just leave a comment with the book title, # in the series and your thoughts.

This blog is an evolving work. I have ideas I'd like to incorporate I just have to figure out how.

Monday, May 12, 2008

What series books are you currently reading?

We're off and reading...

If you blog leave a short comment and link to your posted blog review of any series books you've read or are currently reading. If you don't blog, just leave a comment with the book title, author, # in the series and your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by To Be Continued...

Up Next...

Alpine for You, A Passport to Peril Mystery #1
Maddy Hunter

Just finished...

Some Like It Hot Buttered, Double Feature Mystery #1
Jeffrey Cohen

I'll admit it didn't look good that Anthony had been expecting a very large infusion of cash at the exact moment a large shipment of pirated DVDs was found in the basement at Comedy Tonight. And it didn't look good that Anthony had the very substance that killed Ansella in his possession at the time he disappeared, which was almost immediately after the murder. ~ Some Like It Hot Buttered, page 142 ~

Death by popcorn was the cause. Poisoned popcorn. To the chagrin of the local police, Elliot takes to his bike to start his own investigation. A growing attraction to a beautiful detective, the discovery of a DVD pirating operation, and one missing employee later, Elliot's still waiting for the punch line. But this one might knock his theater - and Elliot - out for good...

The was a new-to-me author and the 1st book in the new Double Feature cozy mystery series. I enjoyed this book. The characters are likable, just your normal, average everyday type people. And who of us doesn't envy Elliott doing what he wants with his life even though it's not going quite as he planned. I mean he probably hadn't counted on the dead body in his theater. The clues are cleverly hidden and I didn't figure out whodunit until Elliott did. Book 2 is due out later this year so I'll be visiting with Elliott again.

P.S. If you're a fan of comedy, especially older black and white movie versions you should check out this series as Elliott is a serious fan and makes references throughout the book to actors, quotes and movies.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Just finished...

Southern Fried, Southern Fried/Avery Andrews #1
Cathy Pickens

He nodded. "Since early this morning, when they served that search warrant you seemed so anxious for them to get. Seems they showed up with chips on their shoulders and suspicious minds. I've always found you gotta be very careful about suspicious minds, Avery. People have a way of seeing what they think they'll see." ~ Southern Fried, page 160

Attorney Avery Andrews left her BMW behind in Columbia, South Carolina, along with her job at a high-powered law firm. She's come back home to Dacus where the vehicle of choice is a pickup truck with a dog chained in the back. Avery wants time to rethink her career and her life. What she gets is a bossy great aunt drumming up clients and dragging her to social teas. That's how Avery ends up hired by a local factory to help with a messy environmental problem. But she's at Luna Lake because an old high-school classmate is trying to get her attention with a half-baked stunt, when divers find a car containing a corpse. Now, the discovery of the dead body sweeps Avery into a red-hot case ... and into the sizzling secrets of small-town life, where some people get away with murder.

I was looking forward to reading Southern Fried after reading an excerpt from Hush My Mouth, the 4th book in the series, provided by Read It First. Unfortunately this 1st book was a disappointing start to a popular series. If you pay even the smallest bit of attention to the story line you'll easily unravel the clues to a murder and an arson fire. Also, I found Avery's character flat and one dimensional. She didn't show the personality and sense of humor that came through in the excerpt. If this had been my only exposure to this series I'd stop but I know it gets better so on to Done Gone Wrong.

Up Next...

Some Like It Hot Buttered by Jeffrey Cohen

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Just finished...

Predatory Game, GhostWalkers #6
Christine Feehan

She flashed a sassy grin at him. She hadn't helped him pack for the picnic because she'd been trying to come to terms with the fact that Jess was more than a Navy SEAL; he was part of a GhostWalker team. It explained everything, especially why she could so easily be in his company. She had never been able tolerate being around people for very long until she was with Jess. He was definitely an anchor and he drew energy away her. She should have known. Well, on some level she had known; she just hadn't wanted to bring it out in the open and examine it. ~ Predatory Game, page 85 ~

Saber Wynter is running from her past when she meets Jess Calhoun an ex-Navy SEAL who is physically and emotionally compromised by his own mysterious and violent history as a GhostWalker. What Jess senses in Saber is a kindred spirit, a lost soul desperate for sanctuary. He offers her a home, a job, and a haven where she can safely reveal the secrets that shadow her. But danger follows her, too. Now, the riddles of both their pasts are about to collide, shattering the promise of their future with the ultimate betrayal.

This is book 6 in the GhostWalker series by Christine Feehan. While overall I enjoyed this book it took longer for my interest to be caught, almost a 1/3 of way through. I think it's because I know what to expect now that I'm 6 books in. Much more time is spent on the relationship between Jess and Sabre than developing the actual story. Plot lines are starting to run the same course throughout this series without much deviation from book to book. When this series was new to me I didn't know what to expect and therefore I read with more anticipation. While I don't usually read books that have supernatural and/or paranormal aspects as a major feature for the most part this series is plausible and I enjoy the powers and abilities these characters have been given.

** Major sexual content in this series **

No release date information for book #7.

Up Next...

Southern Fried
by Cathy Pickens
1st in the Avery Andrews series

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cozies and the lighter side mystery series

Alt, Madelyn
Bewitching mystery series
The Trouble with Magic - book 1/3

Cohen, Jeffrey
A Double Feature mystery series
Some Like It Hot Buttered - book 1 (new series)

Damsgaard, Shirley
Ophelia & Abbey mystery series
Charmed to Death- book 2/5

Harris, Rosemary
Dirt-y Business mystery series
Pushing Up Daisies - book 1 (new series)

Johnston, Linda O.
Pet Sitter mystery series
Nothing to Fear but Ferrets - book 2/5

Pickens, Cathy
Southern Fried/Avery Andrews series
Southern Fried - book 1/5

Sweeney, Leann
Yellow Rose mystery series
Pick Your Poison - book 1/5

Fantasy/Paranormal series

Brooks, Terry
Magic Kingdom of Landover series
Witches' Brew - book 5/5

Feehan, Christine
GhostWalker series
Predatory Game - book 6/6

Patterson, James
Maximum Ride series
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports - book 3/4

Rowling, J.K,
Harry Potter series
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows - book 7/7

Legal/Police Procedural/Psychological series

Ablow, Keith
Frank Clevenger series
The Architect - book 6/6

Connelly, Michael
Harry Bosch series
The Overlook - book 13/14
Up next: The Brass Verdict/'08

Cornwell, Patricia
Kay Scarpetta series
Black Notice - book 10/DNF

Deaver, Jeffery
Lincoln Rhyme series
Cold Moon - book 7/8
Up next: The broken Window/'08

Fairstein, Linda
Alex Cooper series
The Kills - book 6/DNF

Garwood, Julie
Buchanan - Renard series
Murder List - book 4/6

Gerritsen, Tess
Jane Rizzoli/Maura Isles
The Mephisto Club - book 6/6

Hooper, Kay
Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series
Touching Evil - book 4/4

Patterson, James
Women's Murder Club series
The 5th Horseman - book 5/7

Robb, J.D.
In Death series
Strangers in Death - book 26/27
Up next: Salvation in Death/'08

Siegel, Sheldon
Mike Daley series
The Confession - book 5/6
Up Next: Judgement Day/'08

White, Stephen
Dr. Alan Gregory series
Dry Ice - book 15/DNF

Historical series

Carroll, Susan
Cheney Sisters of Faire Isle series
The Huntress - book 4/5
Up next: Twilight of a Queen/'08

Harper, Karen
Elizabeth I mystery series
The Twylight Tower - book 3/9

Jakes, John
The American Bicentennial Series/Kent Family Chronicles
The Americans - book 8/8

Raybourn, Deanna
Julia Grey series
Silent in the Sanctuary - book 2/2 (new series)

Thompson, Victoria
Gaslight mystery series
Murder on Astor Place - book 1/10

Willig, Lauren
The Pink Carnation series
The Deception of the Emerald Ring - book 3/4


Flynn, Vince
Mitch Rapp series
Protect & Defend - book 8

Wishlist series...

Someday when I've run out of books... (LOL)

Amazon - US
Albert, Susan Wittig - China Bayles mysteries
Clement, Blaize - Dixie Hemingway mysteries
Donati, Sara - Into the Wilderness series
Fforde, Jasper - Thursday Next mysteries
Gardner, Ashley - Mysteries of Regency England
Harris, C.S. - Captain Lacey mysteries
Hunter, Erin - Warrior series (cats, YA)
Morris, Gilbert - Jacques & Cleo cat mysteries
Stevens, Rosemary - Beau Brummell mysteries

Amazon - UK
Gregory, Susanna - Matthew Bartholomew chronicles
Gregory, Susanna - Thomas Chaloner chronicles
Grace, C.L. - Katherine Swinbrooke medieval mysteries
Knight, Bernard - Crowner John mysteries
Martson, Edward - Elizabethan Theater mysteries
Martson, Edward - Christopher Redmayne series
Rickman, Phil - Merrily Watkins mysteries
Sansom, C.J. - Shardlake series