Weekly Reading Round-Up

Between Pink XI and baby, I’ve been a little slow on the reading front this week. (Sally Fitzhugh’s pet stoat was giving me some trouble.) Here’s what I’ve been reading in between diapering and stoat-wrangling:

— Jane O’Connor, Almost True Confessions: Closet Sleuth Spills All.

A very fun murder mystery set around editorial circles and Upper East Siders in Manhattan, as our copyeditor heroine stumbles across a dead body– and then a few more.

— Georgette Heyer, The Talisman Ring.

Why have I waited so long to re-read this one? Heyer’s comic touch is, as always, impeccable, especially when it comes to the interactions between the hero and his (prospective) betrothed, Eustacie. Eustacie is a romantic. The hero is… not. (Don’t worry; there’s a much more sensible heroine in there for him.)

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Sue G on October 4, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Read Sarah Jio’s The Last Camellia earlier this week.
    Have started the Arc of Starry Night by Debbie Macomber and am proof reading a short story for a friend.
    My husband is picking up Jessica Brockmole’s Letters from Skye from the library this afternoon. Looking forward to reading it over the weekend.

  2. Christina on October 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I finished The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters. The plot was a bit weak but it reminded me of the romances I read as a teenager. I have a couple more Elizabeth Peters out from the library to try. I also finished up the 3rd Harry Potter which I had been reading with my 8 yo before he lost interest. My other read this week was The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. I liked it much better than The Shadowy Horses.

  3. Ashley on October 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’ve been reading “Katerine” (finally) and Victoria Holt’s “The India Fan.” I’m realizing how many Heyers I need to put on my TBR list!

  4. Céline on October 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’m in a Christmas mood (yeah, I know, too early… 🙂 ) so I’ve started reading Christmas romances : Mrs Miracle by Debbie Macomber (very cute, I’m looking forward to watching the movie) and 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, also by Debbie Macomber (just started).
    Before that I had read Lover Unbound…

  5. Donna Taylor on October 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

    The Passion of the Purple Plumeria!

  6. jeffrey on October 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Oh Lauren and all of you readers who recommended Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart: THANK YOU! That had to be the best mystery/suspense/romance I’ve ever read. Why on earth has such a story never been made into a movie? The author’s dazzling word pictures and her ability to manipulate the mind’s eye were incomparable.

  7. Ally P on October 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I just finished re-reading My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart. I love her novels that take place in or around Greece – the way she describes the landscape, the people, and the ancient history paint such a vivid picture of the country. It makes for such an enjoyable read.

    The other book I’m reading is Oliver Pötzsch’s The Ludwig Conspiracies. I loved The Hangman’s Daughter and its follow-ups, but this is not doing it for me. It’s too much of a male’s escapist fantasy that it has me rolling my eyes. I’m more inclined towards the feminine escapist fantasies! 🙂

    • Kristy on October 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      I reread Mary Stewart’s Greek novels on a regular basis – especially Moonspinners, My Brother Michael, This Rough Magic. My favorite is still probably Airs Above the Ground. Bucket list item: visit little Austrian towns like Vanessa March. I have them in audio format too, and absolutely nothing beats them for a long driving trip. The word pictures are so vivid. Also love Touch Not the Cat.

  8. Elizabeth Lefebvre on October 4, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Finished a Doctor Who book (quite fun with the 3rd), now I’m reading a Steampunk Book, The Iron Wyrm Affair, to early for a verdict.

  9. Lara on October 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I finished Anthem for Doomed Youth by Carola Dunn. Liked it like I like all the Daisies.

    I’m in the beginning throes of Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – great writing but it’s a little slow going. I just have to hunker down!

    Second book on the go is the latest Jennifer Ashley, The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie. Though nothing compares to the first in the series, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

  10. Pam on October 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I indulged in some mindless comfort with Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell. It’s been a tough week and her breezy, cozy British village soap was all my poor brain could handle. The literary equivalent of a comfy pair of sweats–perfect.

  11. Am7 on October 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Had to google Stoat again.

    Since last time I read
    Heirs and Graces the new Lady Georgie book. I liked but not as much as the Christmas one, which was the best one ever in my opinion.
    I also read On the Steamy Side by Louisa Edwards, which was ok.

  12. Suzanne on October 5, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I’ve been re-reading the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon from start to finish. Pure pleasure!

  13. Vanessa on October 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I’m in the Halloween mood so I’ve taken up with The Small Hand and Dolly by Susan Hill, she’s the one who wrote The Woman In Black so I’m sure I’ll be spooked!

  14. Michelle Springer on October 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Even though it’s been a crazy busy week (our library just celebrated its 110th Anniversary), I still was able to read Shadows of the Workhouse. Now I need to complete the series with Farewell to the East End, but while I’m waiting for that, I have the second Maggie Hope Mystery, Princess Elizabeth’s Spy.

  15. Kristen A. on October 6, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I read The Passion of the Purple Plumeria and Romancing Lady Stone by Delilah Marvelle, and then started The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles.

  16. Marie Scearce on October 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Been reading books on my TBR list, finished The Warrior-Nicole Jordan yesterday and started The Christmas Knight-Michele Sinclair, Sinclair’s Seducing a Highlander, the latest in her McTiernay’s series.

  17. Marie Scearce on October 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Been reading books on my TBR list, finished The Warrior-Nicole Jordan yesterday and started The Christmas Knight-Michele Sinclair, next is Sinclair’s Seducing a Highlander, the latest in her McTiernay’s series.

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