Do you ever find you go through reading cycles? This week has been heavy on the mystery novels for me:
— Bad Girl, Michele Jaffe.
I love Michele’s Renaissance-set historical romances, but this book, a contemporary crime thriller, is my absolute favorite. I’ve read it at least five times, and it never gets old for me, even though I very clearly know by now who dunnit.
— Behold, Here’s Poison, Georgette Heyer.
We all know that Georgette Heyer was the mother of the modern Regency romance genre, but did you know that she also wrote Golden Age whodunnits? Just like the Regencies, they have her classic wit and zany side characters.
— The Laughter of Dead Kings, Elizabeth Peters.
Elizabeth Peters is, hands down, my favorite mystery novelist. I’d been waiting a very long time for this last novel in my favorite series by my favorite author. For those who haven’t read the Vicky Bliss novels before, start with Borrower of the Night and work your way up. My absolute favorite is still The Night Train to Memphis. Ah, Schmidt.
— The Count, Helena Dela.
A mystery/romance with a supernatural twist and a very Elizabeth Peters-esque feel to the prose. Another old favorite of mine.
— The Dubious Miss Dalrymple, Kasey Michaels.
Following the mystery/Regency theme, this is a light, Regency-set romance with a bit of a mystery to it. For those new to Kasey Michaels, I’d recommend her Maggie series (modern mysteries with a Regency twist) or her wickedly funny Regency, The Butler Did It.
What have you been reading this week?