This has been a week of all new books for me:
— Donna Andrews, Stork Raving Mad.
I’ve lost track of which one this is in Donna Andrews’s Meg Langslow mystery series– eleven or twelve, I think? It has the same strong first person voice and madcap sensibility as her others, as Meg Langslow, eight months pregnant with twins, fields a house full of drama students, an obscure Spanish playwright, interfering university administrators, and, of course, murder. If you haven’t read these yet, start with Murder with Peacocks, the first in the series, and still my favorite. (My runner-up would be We’ll Always Have Parrots, set at a Xena-like soap opera fan convention.)
— Robin McKinley, Chalice.
I’ve gotten very behind in my Robin McKinley reading (although I tend to re-read her early books rather a lot). In this one, which came out a few years ago, a beekeeper finds herself elevated to the rank of “Chalice”, second in the government circle in her demesne, and must, untrained, cope with the challenges of an unusual master and a scheming overlord.
— Rosemary Clement-Moore, Spirit and Dust.
A new Rosemary Clement-Moore book is always cause for rejoicing. She writes paranormal YA mysteries, with a first person voice that reminds me of my favorite old Elizabeth Peters book– clever and wry. In this one, an underage psychic investigator finds herself on the hunt for a mob boss’s daughter and a missing Egyptian artifact. (The Egyptian artifact bit made me want to go re-read Crocodile on the Sandbank.) If you haven’t read Rosemary Clement-Moore yet, you might want to start with her Maggie Quinn series, the first two of which are now conveniently packaged together in one book called Brimstone.
What have you been reading this week?