Weekly Reading Round-Up

It’s been a week of books set in England. The other things that these books have in common? They’re good misty day, cup of tea reads. But other than that, they fall into two very different categories:

— Elizabeth George’s Lynley mysteries. I went through a huge Lynley phase back in law school. I’d first discovered the books during my research year in England (at a train station W.H. Smith) but really got going on them when I came back to the States. They were the perfect antidote to Torts. But it had been a while, so this week I re-read the first book, A Great Deliverance, and one rather later in the series, In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner. They made me homesick for the London of ten years ago– but, having read them when they were closer to contemporary, I was also struck by how dated they felt in some ways. (I imagine people feel the same way about Eloise?)

— Simone St. James’s ghost stories. It’s October, which means… time for ghost stories! And no one does it better than Simone St. James. This time, I re-read her two earliest novels, The Haunting of Maddy Clare and An Inquiry Into Love and Death.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Angie on October 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I’m reading The Night Circus, which I started earlier this week after finishing Phillip and Elizabeth, about the Duke and Her Majesty.

    • Miss Eliza on October 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      The Night Circus is one of my favorite books ever!

  2. Laura on October 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Loved the Night Circus! I hope they make a movie. I’m currently reading Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas. It is a pretty good, but reminds me a bit of Graceling (at least the main characters seem a bit similar)

    • Angie on October 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Laura, I keep thinking as I read it how cinematic the writing is.

  3. Ella on October 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Been on a Julie Garwood kick. The Secret and The Prize now hunting for more. Then Susan Wiggs Summer by the Sea.
    Loved them all, fun and sweet.

  4. Christina on October 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I read Simone St. James this week too! But I read Silence for the Dead. I’ve loved all her books and am sad I have to wait until April of next year for the next book. I’m also almost finished with Following Atticus with Tom Ryan. I read Following Atticus updates on Facebook and his blog and really enjoy the writing and stories on there so I had high expectations for the book. I’ve been a bit disappointed. The book is kind of rambling and disjointed and could have used better editing.

  5. Miss Eliza on October 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I finished the newest Flavia De Luce book (out in January) and if you read book six, you know book seven is a big change, and I gotta say, Alan Bradley did a great job of reinventing the series but staying true to the characters.

    Then, because I had to get on the bandwagon, I read ‘Gone Girl’ and I gotta say, I really hated it. Unlikable characters and just meh. It’s like a more extreme version of the Turner/Douglas movie War of the Roses…

    And now I’m happily re-reading ‘The Masque of the Black Tulip’ so wonderful to read about nice people and romance vs. hate and spite.

    • AngieC on October 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      I am so jealous of you getting to read Flavia’s new adventure – and so very glad it is good.

    • mel burns on October 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Gone Girl was a miserable read!

      • Miss Eliza on October 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

        I know! Why do so many people like it?

  6. Am7 on October 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I read The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines. Miller Haines writes fabulous World War II mysteries, and this one was young adult.

  7. SuzanneH on October 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I re-read Tracy Grant’s Dark Angel. It is an excellent romance/adventure with a good insight into the Peninsular War. I am now about half way through Deanna Raybourn’s Night Of A Thousand Stars and absolutely loving it!

  8. Lynne on October 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Like Suzanne, I’m into Night of a Thousand Stars and loving it. Also almost done with Tracy Grant’s Beneath a Silent Moon, which is getting on-the-edge-of-my-seat exciting.
    And Lauren – Elizabeth George’s books are some of the very best detective novels -just excellent!

  9. Sheila on October 11, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with Eloise, she even has a cell phone!

    I read two interconnected books by Karen Charlton, Catching the Eagle and Seeking Our Eagle. The first is a fictionalized retelling a of a notorious miscarriage of justice involving her husband’s ancestor. Excellent reading. The second is her account of how this fabulous story fell into her lap while doing her husband’s genealogy, amusing and very interesting.

    I also reread Masque of the Black
    Tulip. I am especially enjoying the development of secondary characters like Charlotte and Penelope.

    I used to love Elizabeth George, but couldn’t get over what happened to Helen(sry if a spoiler)

  10. mel burns on October 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Reading Pink II for the read-a-long. I also read Deborah Crombie’s latest To Dwell in Darkness. MEH and another cliff-hanger….I’m done with the series.

    Reading Robin McKinley…..magic!

  11. Alice on October 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I read “Bewitching” by Jill Barnett. The first time I have ever read anything by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the magical element and the sweet character of the heroine. My only negative comment would be that I hated how much of a jerk the hero was a times. Still, we eventually got our happy ending and I did enjoy the journey it took to get there. Halfway through “Prelude for a Lord” by Camille Elliott. Another first time author for me and another pleasant surprise. It’s kind of a different story line with the heroine being a violin player. I didn’t realize that back in the 1800s, the violin was considered too indelicate for a woman to play. What !?! All of this makes for a very interesting story and I very much enjoy how her characters are drawn out.

  12. Paige on October 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I’m re-reading The Masque of the Black Tulip with everyone at The Bubblebath Reader, and am enjoying every moment.

    I just binge watched Desperate Romantics. I learned about it on the That Summer Facebook read along. It was so entertaining and interesting, particularly in light of That Summer.

    • Miss Eliza on October 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Oh, I love Desperate Romantics, it’s so wonderfully odd, in that it’s like the PreRaphaelites as done by the producers of Entourage!

  13. Betty S. on October 12, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I read my first Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare and absolutely loved it! I’m so glad she was recommended on this site. I was going to start The Woman in Black, which I think was also recommended here, but maybe I should go to An Inquiry Into Love and Death – I don’t know. Just got back from a weekend trip, so I have to decide.

    Am also rereading Black Tulip – a real joy!

  14. Pam on October 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I’ve been meaning to check out the Lynley books at some point. I finally finished The Moon-Spinners (Mary Stewart), which was just wonderful and made me homesick for my poor grad student mini-breaks in Italy when I’d go to some out of the way hotel, though I never encountered any murder or intrigue… Now I am finally reading That Summer, when not reading midterm exams!

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