I spent a lot of time on various forms of transportation this week, which afforded lots of time to read. These are the books I brought along with me:
— Sarah MacLean, A Rogue by Any Other Name.
This is the first in Sarah’s Rule of Scoundrels series (fallen noblemen running a gaming club), and I think this heroine was my favorite so far by far. For those who liked Callie in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, you’re going to love Penelope. She’s just so… normal. Normal and noble, all at the same time.
— Deborah Crombie, A Share in Death.
This is the first of the Duncan Kincaid novels (for once, I actually started a series in the right place!) and I will absolutely be reading the others. It reminded me both of Elizabeth George’s Lynley books and one of my favorite British TV series, Midsomer Murders (as someone I know likes to point out, the county of Midsomer has a death rate worse than New York in the ’70s).
— Velda Johnston, Masquerade in Venice .
Then it was back to the roommate care package for more books featuring women in too much eye-shadow fleeing from an unspecified menace against a muddy backdrop: yes, you guessed it, old fashioned Gothics. This was Gothic genus nineteenth centuryius, in which our American heroine leaves Connecticut to stay with her Venetian great-aunt and is embroiled in drama– and danger! There’s even a pet monkey. Not as cool as a hedgehog, but still.
— Velda Johnston, The Mourning Trees.
More roommate care package, this time gothic genus mid-twentieth centuryus, featuring a woman in a belted trenchcoat on the cover (just so we know that there will be suspense!). It reminds me a lot of my old Phyllis A. Whitney novels from a similar time period– but, of the two roommate care package offerings, I preferred genus nineteenth centuryus, above. (See “pet monkey”.)
There were also some research books, but we don’t need to go into those just now.
What have you been reading?