Skip to main content

Make Mine Double Trouble

Pamela James

How often do you buy a good mystery for yourself and then think your friend must have a copy to read? I do this often especially at gift buying time for birthdays. The problem is I put the book up and forget who I purchased the book for and then I just think I have an extra copy.
Is book gift buying challenging for you when you try to buy a book for others? I know it can be for me because a couple of my closest friends collect book and like me they are not exactly organized on their book buying. It helps when they have a wish list listed somewhere.
Do you have a wishlist so your friends and family know what books you would like to have? Do you keep your wishlist updated?
Tell us about some of your favorite authors whose books you HAVE TO HAVE the minute they are released for eithe pre order or on the book shelves?
Some of mine are Carolyn Hart, Sarah Strothmeyer, Mary Daheim, Nancy Atherton, Lorraine Bartlett, JB Stanley, Lisa Scottoline, Jeff Cohen, Brenda Joyce, Laura Levine and Selma Eichler.
I have to admit to loving anything by Rex Stout but of course his death sorta book a damper on new books. LOL
I also loved Patricia Sprinkle's Books but she quit writing the series that I dearly loved.
How many of your favorite author write more than one series or have quit writing your favorite series?

Until next week here's wishing you great book buys and even greater library trips!



  1. I keep an amazon wishlist - well several actually - but one is just for mysteries. And I love it when my friends do too. But then of course, the key is keeping those lists updated....


  2. J.D. Robb, Tess Geritsen, Alafair Burke and Janet Evanovich are some of my auto-buys that on day of sale, I'm there when B&N opens their door. These are the only hard covers that I'll buy without a second thought.

    For paperbacks there's Lorraine Bartlett (Lorna Barrett, L.L. Bartlett), Heather Webber, Terri Thayer, Jennifer Stanley, Leann Sweeney to name a few. If I really like them, I also get the e-book version for my virtual bookcase.

    I keep a list of books in my Excel database and if someone wants to buy me a book, I'll give them a sample.

    I have a couple of authors that write more than one series where their first series has been cancelled.

  3. I do not do auto-buys, do however keep my wish lists updated and have at least 5 of them but all the books are not categorized so every genre is lumped together. Since live in an area with no bookstore to speak of most of my purchases are online. When do go buy off the shelf it is usually a MMPB purchase and most of my HBs are my Mystery Thrillers and get those at the Half Price Book stores that get to every 6 months or so..

    Book buying for my friends is easy, don't buy them books because none of them read! However, when my Dad was alive he read every book that I gave him...

    jackie ^_^

  4. In general I'm not much of a series girl, so not many, but I'm reading more and more of them, particularly cozies, so I'm sure my list of authors who write multiple series will expand!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Upside Down Post

Upside Down Post:

Yurn your frown upside down into a smile as this post is for those who do not enjoy the family gatherings at Christmas. You know who you are and why but today I thought it would be fun to have a little fun.

This is a "Would you rather" reply when someone asks what you would rather do get through the holidays than spend it with family?

1. I'd rather drop a house on my sister.

2. Have a root canal

3. Eat fruitcake even the store bought kind.

4. Have my neighbor tell me about her colon in great detail

5. Dust

6. Watch my cat chase and kill a mouse

7. Hear the neighbor's dogs barking all night long.

8. Shovel snow

9. Open my prezzies and discover everyone sent me clothes two sizes too small. What is family for but to get the sizes wrong even after they call and ask.

10. I'd rather read a good murder mystery set at Christmas this would make it a killer holiday for me.

Okay you all come up with your own funny list and I can't wait to see what you have. Oh one…

An Interview with Frances Brody

MM: Frances, give us the back story on how and when you became an author?
I started by telling stories. I’d walk home from school with a friend and spin some tale that would last till the parting of our ways at the corner shop. In my twenties, I wrote stories that were published in magazines and broadcast on BBC Radio. I then wrote radio and theatre plays and scripts for television. My first novel was based on stories told to me by my mother.
MM: Tell us about what you are currently writing and what has been released?
I’m editing the eighth Kate Shackleton novel, Death at the Seaside. My setting is Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. Whitby is where Bram Stoker has Count Dracula land in the Russian ship Demeter in the shape of a black dog. Dracula doesn’t appear in my story. But if he did, Kate Shackleton and her trusty assistants, Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, would deal with him.My latest release in the US is Kate Shackleton #5, Murder on a Summer’s Day. In the UK, it’s #7, A Death in the…

Review - Yellow as Legal Pads by Fran Stewart

Biscuit and Bob are on their honeymoon when Bob tries to help someone dying with resuscitation efforts that leave him poisoned and in ICU.

The story time hops a lot and introduces a lot of characters and isn't really your typical amateur sleuth asking questions all over town.

It is a series of pieces out of the life of the Holvers family and events that led to the current situation she and Bob are in.

It is interesting and complex at times but satisfying as the pieces come together.

I saw several reviews where the number of characters and time hopping frustrated readers and I admit, I had to pause a few times to make sure I was in tune to everything going on, but I thought it was fun a non-traditional which was a bit refreshing.