It’s been a week of re-reads for me, including some that go way back.
In the less way back category, I went on a Susan Elizabeth Phillips kick. There’s something about her contemporary romances that spells “summer reading” for me. Maybe because so many of them take place during the summer? This time around, I re-read Ain’t She Sweet?, in which an aging, down on her luck former beauty queen returns to her hostile home town in the hope of finding a priceless painting, and Dream a Little Dream, in which the widow of a disgraced televangelist, down on her luck and down to her last nine dollars, returns with her five year old son to their old home town in the hopes of finding her dead husband’s missing fortune.
Looking at the two books together, there are some similarities in theme here. I’ve read both at least half a dozen times, but they still make me cry.
Going way, way back, I also rediscovered the Three Investigators series (or, at least, books one and two, The Secret of Terror Castle and The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot). Did anyone else read these when you were little? Written in the 1960s and introduced by Alfred Hitchcock (who puts in cameo appearances throughout the books), the conceit is that three local California boys have founded a detective agency devoted to solving riddles and conundrums. I was pleased to find that the books have held up surprisingly well….
What have you been reading this week?