Weekly Reading Round-Up

It’s been a varied reading week for me, ranging from Regency mystery (C.S. Harris’s Why Kings Confess) to contemporary small town romance (Jill Shalvis’s Always on My Mind) to vintage Gothic (Evil at Queen’s Priory). Of these, I enjoyed the first two and was a little underwhelmed by the Gothic, which wasn’t quite up to Elsie Lee standard (although it did keep me guessing as to the villain).

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Elizabeth Lefebvre on May 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Tenant of Wildfell Hall and loving every minute of it!

    • Alice on May 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      I love that book! And a really progressive plot considering when it was written. Masterpiece Theater made an excellent film adaption about 15 years ago with Tara Fitzgerald. Definitely worth watching!

      • Suzanne on May 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm

        I agree Alice. It was absolutely gripping.

  2. Elaine Smith on May 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    A first novel by an interesting young American writer, Elliott Holt: You Are One of Them. Take a trip to post-Cold War Russia. A promising debut.

  3. Céline on May 23, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I’m reading a certain book called Traitor’s Kiss by a certain lady called Mary Blayney, in wich I have been told that a certain Richard Selwick was making an appearance… Haven’t seen him yet, but I’m barely halfway through the book! 🙂
    Except from that, I’ve been reading the Chicago Stars series (book 2 was a success, but not book 3), and Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series, which has hooked me right from the 1st page (and I’m about to borrow the 4th installment in the series)…

    All the while waiting for That Summer, of course!!!

  4. Yvette R on May 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve been on a M.M. Kaye jag. My mother came across her mysteries in the library, and was reading them in chronological order, and recommended them to me, but I had already read them long ago. Still … I couldn’t remember who the murderer was in most of them, so I decided to listen to my audio book versions of them again. There were six of them and they were written in the fifties (published from 1953 to 1960). They all had their names changed in the 1980s, and can be found as “Death in …”: Kashmir, Berlin, Cyprus, Kenya, Zanzibar, and the Andamans. She writes so well about these places, that it is like a glimpse into the world of 50 to 60 years ago. Fun!

    • Suzanne on May 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      I have read them so many times I have lost count. They are fantastic, atmospheric, suspenseful and so witty. Every time I go to Penang I take Death In The Andamans, sit on the beach and read and think the Andamans are just “over there.”

    • Elizabeth Lefebvre on May 24, 2014 at 3:05 am

      I still have to get the rest, but I read and loved Death in Kenya last year.

    • Betty S. on May 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      I hear about so many interesting books on this site – will have to check these out since I lived in Cyprus for two years when my husband had duty with the American Embassy. I have ordered three already. Is there a specific order that is best to read them?

  5. AngelB on May 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Finished reading “A Sweet Life” boxed set that was created as a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute via Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research.

    A nice mixture of serious and funny (Rachel Van Dyken killed me because she wrote of my hometown and I way related to the flying birds in the rec center).

    Now I have got to get back to my re-reading of the Pink series (with a break for That Summer in 2 weeks) so I’m re-caught up for Manzanilla.

    • Sue Gorman on May 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

      I read most of the books in this set, too.
      Great reading for a great cause.

  6. Am7 on May 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I read Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie and loved it!

  7. Kristen Allen-Vogel on May 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I started a couple of books that failed the 50 page test before reading an ARC of That Summer. Now I’m reading an ARC of The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey.

  8. Pat D on May 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I’m currently in the third Hawkwood regency adventure, Rapscallion. I read Blood from a Stone by Dolores Gordon Smith; her Jack Haldean series set in the 1920s. For light reading, A Vickie Hill Exclusive by Hannah Dennison. Also The Scandal in Kissing an Heir: At the Kingsborough Ball by Sophie Barnes. Also fun. And I’ve been browsing back through Eloisa James’ Three Weeks With Lady X. Mainly to read the laugh out loud letters between our two protagonists.

  9. Suzanne on May 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I am about a third of the way into Imogen Roberton’s Theft Of Life. It is really gripping so far.

    • Pat D on May 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Is that a Crowther/Weston book? And is it an ARC or is it available now?

      • Suzanne on May 24, 2014 at 10:36 pm

        It is the 5th Crowther/Westerman book. It is available in paperback and kindle in the UK and Australia but not the US. It is a strange one because when I get into Amazon’s US site I can see it both in paperback and kindle, with a redirection button on the kindle copy’s page to their Aus website. But Lynne can’t see that in the US. She can only see the paperback as an import from the UK. I hope this helps.

        • Pat D on May 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

          Thank you for the info. Maybe I’ll check Alibris to see if a copy has popped up.

  10. Christine on May 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I read The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian and it was fantastic.

  11. Dianne on May 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Everyday I walk my dogs and listen to an audio book. I read MM Kaye years ago and to my delight just discovered that Trade Wind (29 wonderful hours long) is available on Audible. I foresee some very well exercised dogs.

  12. Gina on May 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Just finished Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman – loved it.

    Has anyone read anything by Julianne Donaldson? Her books have these crazy high ratings on amazon and I’m intrigued.

    • Alice on May 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      I read both Edenbrooke and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. All of her books are well worth your time. I think they are very well-written and have entertaining plots. Edenbrooke is much more lighthearted than Blackmoore which is a little bit darker and a more intense character study. But I love them both.

  13. Sue Gorman on May 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I am reading The Captive by Grace Burrowes.
    Great characters, a complex villain, very hard to put down.
    Listening to LW’s Ashford Affair in the car and the weekend traffic snarl did not bother me this week!

  14. jeffrey on May 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I’m about half-way through the second in a trilogy entitled ‘Pendleton Petticoats’ by Shanna Hatfield. The first, Aundy, takes place in Pendleton Oregon at the turn of the last century. It is described as a ‘sweet western romance.’ A faith-based story, I enjoyed it thoroughly and am now reading Caterina, the second and have the third, Ilse, lined up behind that. The author lived in Pendleton and the story is full of admirable heroes, heroines and a multitude of colorful side characters. Shanna’s historical details concerning Pendleton and Eastern Oregon are excellent, lending authenticity to her stories.

  15. Liz on May 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I finally started The Passion of the Purple Plumeria–loving returning to the world of the Pink Carnation! I also read City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn, which sucked me in with a great story, setting and characters. I didn’t finish Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal, which was so disappointing because I loved her first one. However, Maggie became too much of a thoughtless know-it-all and I didn’t love the new romantic interest.

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