This week was a combo of the old and the new for me: re-reads of old favorites and a new mystery novel from one of my auto-buy authors. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:
— Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love.
Nancy Mitford’s classic novel of a young woman’s debut and romantic missteps in the 1920s and 30s, combining her signature social satire, thinly veiled family portraits, and deep insight into human nature.
— Nancy Mitford, Love in a Cold Climate.
This book covers the same time period, roughly, as The Pursuit of Love, as told by the same narrator, but covers a different set of events. The two novels often get lumped into one– partly, I think, because the title of the second novel is so much catchier. (For those who like their BBC costume dramas, there’s an excellent adaptation– under the title Love in a Cold Climate— that manages to very effectively roll the two books together.)
— Tana French, Broken Harbor.
Leaving Mitfordiana and the drawing rooms of 1930s London well behind…. If there’s such a thing as a lyrical police procedural, Tana French’s four books are it. All set in Dublin and its environs, around the workings of the same police department, each features a different protagonist, dealing with his (or her) own personal issues as he struggles to resolve a confusing criminal puzzle. They’re all beautifully written and they keep you guessing all the way. (If you haven’t read Tana French before, start with In the Woods and read your way through from there– although each can be read as a stand alone.)
Since Broken Harbor is a hard act to follow, I’m not entirely sure what to read next.
What have you been reading this week?