Between the Poisoned Pen Conference and RWA, I have been surrounded by an embarrass de books. Here’s a sampling:
— Laurie R. King, A Letter of Mary.
I had the great honor of being on a panel with Laurie King at the Poisoned Pen Conference last week. I’d read Beekeeper’s Apprentice back in my teens, but somehow missed the rest of the series– so I’m making up for lost time. King’s Mary Russell is one of the few one can actually imagine making a suitable mate for the enigmatic Mr. Holmes.
— Laurie R. King, O, Jerusalem.
Another Holmes and Russell mystery, this time in the exotic East.
— Elizabeth Peters, The Curse of the Pharaohs.
Reading Laurie King’s books made me homesick for Elizabeth Peters, so I switched over to Amelia Peabody. So good. Nobody wields a parasol like Peabody (although Miss Gwen might take umbrage at that).
— Elizabeth Peters, The Mummy Case.
Two words: young Ramses. This may still be my favorite of the Peabody books. (With some stiff competition from Crocodile on the Sandbank.)
— Beth Kendrick, The Bake-Off.
I met Beth at RWA this week and we swapped books– and I’m so glad we did. Her narrative voice grabbed me from the very first page. (I get very picky about narrative voice.) I loved this tale of two sisters finding common ground over a bake-off. It’s also made me dust off my Tate’s Bakeshop Cookbook. I sense blueberry muffins in my future.
— Elsie Lee, Barrow Sinister.
Once the madness of RWA was over, I escaped to meet up with my college roommate, who gifted me with one of my favorite guilty pleasures: 70’s era Elsie Lee novels (for the covers, think overly made up heroine in underwire nightdress fleeing from a clifftop castle). My favorite is still Mansion of Golden Windows, which I found at a school book fair back in 1989.
What have you been reading?