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Old 08-20-2011, 11:27 AM   #16
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I'd like to nominate A kiss before dying by Ira Levin. Amazon carries it for the kindle.
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“Here is not merely an extraordinary first but an extraordinary suspense novel by the highest professional standards; and you have an evening of incomparable excitement ahead of you. Levin combines great talent for pure novel writing with strict whodunit tricks as dazzling as anything ever brought off by Ellery Queen or Agatha Christie.” —Anthony Boucher, The New York Times
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“The book is a succession of quite legitimate surprises, the suspense is admirably sustained, the detail is thorough and convincing, and the writing is considerably above the level usually associated with fictional crime and passion. A pleasure to recommend.” —The New Yorker
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A modern classic, this novel set a*new standard in the art of mystery and suspense in its exploration of the criminal mind

A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews and an Edgar Award, it also set a new standard in the art of psychological suspense. It tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not even murder—to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams, plans. He also has charm, good looks, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she’s pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures. But, then, he looks like the kind of guy who could get away with murder.
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Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, Rosemary’s Baby, Son of Rosemary, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Sliver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). Levin was also the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards. His website is iralevin.org.

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I'll nominate yet another book that's sure to please... Let's have a round of applause for...The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer. Reading the description may make you want to read it now instead of waiting for it to win.

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In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming...

So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

Eight years later, Boyle is spotted, alive and well, in Malaysia. In that moment, Wes has the chance to undo the worst day of his life. Trying to figure out what really happened takes Wes back to a decade old presidential crossword puzzle, mysterious facts buried in Masonic history, and a two-hundred-year-old code invented by Thomas Jefferson.

But what Wes doesn't realize is that The Book of Fate holds everyone's secrets. Especially the ones worth dying for. The Book of Fate. What does it say about you?
Please let's get this book nominated so we can have at least one good book for sure. Last month was a real bummer.

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Old 08-20-2011, 11:29 AM   #18
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The first ever Agatha Christie book, the first Hercule Poirot, still a classic and it is on Gutenberg.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/863
We've already done that one. Sorry.
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:28 PM   #19
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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The first ever Agatha Christie book, the first Hercule Poirot, still a classic and it is on Gutenberg.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/863
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you may want to nominate another book as it was selected already in 09

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57053
Do you still wish to nominate it, banjomike? There's nothing in the rules as far as I know (please correct me if I'm wrong on this) that prohibits it.

EDIT: Never mind. Just saw your response.

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Old 08-20-2011, 12:47 PM   #20
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I would second "The Book of Fate" by Brad Meltzer
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Old 08-20-2011, 12:58 PM   #21
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I would like to nominate a book i keep seeing on the shelf. It is on my TBR list.

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:05 PM   #22
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I'll second No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I watched the too-short series and absolutely loved it.

ETA - In case anyone missed it in the description, the story is set in Botswana, Africa, and the story is about a Botswana woman who decides to open a little detective agency for the locals.

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Old 08-20-2011, 01:17 PM   #23
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Do you still wish to nominate it, banjomike? There's nothing in the rules as far as I know (please correct me if I'm wrong on this) that prohibits it.

EDIT: Never mind. Just saw your response.
We did previously disallow books that had won the vote in previous months. But, rules were made to be changed/broken.

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Old 08-20-2011, 01:36 PM   #24
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We did previously disallow books that had won the vote in previous months. But, rules were made to be changed/broken.
I haven't been active with the Book Club lately (and probably won't for the rest of this year), but I'm always willing to add my two-cents..

I think a policy of disallowing books that have been read in the previous year should continue, but older books should be allowed. While the bookclub is a good way to introduce folks to new material, we are always getting new members and we shouldn't limit their interest.
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We did previously disallow books that had won the vote in previous months. But, rules were made to be changed/broken.

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Thanks, BOb. Did we agree on a time limit on that, or was it ruled that a winning book could never be nominated a second time?
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I nominate The murder on the orient express by Agatha Christie

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Old 08-20-2011, 01:54 PM   #27
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Thanks, BOb. Did we agree on a time limit on that, or was it ruled that a winning book could never be nominated a second time?
We've never really had formal by-laws. The thinking was, we have a discussion thread on the book, so why repeat it?

Also, there are so many books in the world that a repeat does seem necessary. But, you are welcome to put your personality on things oh grand poobah!

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I'll second No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I watched the too-short series and absolutely loved it.

ETA - In case anyone missed it in the description, the story is set in Botswana, Africa, and the story is about a Botswana woman who decides to open a little detective agency for the locals.

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I will 3rd No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
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I would like to nominate a book i keep seeing on the shelf. It is on my TBR list.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
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We still need spoilers for Moving is Murder by Sara Rosett, True Detective by Max Allan Colins, and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
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