I’ve been wallowing in 1970s gothics all this week.
My college roommate, the best of all possible roommates in the best of all possible worlds, sent me one of her wonderful book care packages of findings gleaned from used bookstores. When I came across a pile of crackling paperbacks, all by someone named Isabelle Holland, with a sticky on them that said, “These, I want back”, I knew that those had to be the cream of the crop.
In the best 1970s gothic style, the covers all feature alarmed women standing at the edge of a cliff or by an ominous house. Nearly all involve a Return to the Old Family Mansion Where a Dreadful Thing Happened. Almost all feature independent-minded 70s heroines clad in miniskirts and boots giving up their publishing jobs (they all work in publishing) to hare off to the aforesaid Hated Family Homestead.
They’re great fun.
So far, I’ve read Tower Abbey (naturally, I picked that one up first– how could one resist both “tower” and “abbey”? I’m sure Miss Gwen would have used that for her own title if only she had thought of it first), Trelawny (my favorite so far), Kilgaren, and The De Maury Papers. There are still four left, but I may take a break from brooding heroes and delve into some of the other books in the package, which included a fine collection of Laurie King’s other (aka non-Mary Russell) mystery series.
What have you been reading?