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?