Weekly Reading Round-Up

This week, I’ve been trying to read through some of the book pile as I tackle my The Other Daughter revisions. I’ve been blessed with a couple of good friends who send me book care packages (hi, Vicki and Claudia!), so this week’s haul is mostly from them.

— Isabelle Holland, Counterpoint. Thanks to the care packages, I went on a huge Isabelle Holland kick two summers ago, when I was writing Purple Plumeria, but I somehow missed this one. Her books are 1970s set Gothics, a little Elsie Lee, a little Katherine Neville. This isn’t one of my favorites, but it did still provide a fascinating look back to the New York of forty years ago.

— Linda Howard, Kill and Tell. Confession: I’ve never read any Linda Howard before. This one involves a New Orleans cop and an Ohio nurse who are drawn together when her absentee father is murdered on Bourbon Street.

— Wendy Webb, The Vanishing. This is such a house book. Woman who needs to disappear finds refuge in a mansion in the wilds of Minnesota. But will the shades of the house’s past be too much for her?

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christina on November 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the first time. I”m glad I read it but I didn’t love it. I also read Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas and Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard. The Gerard book is first in her Black Ops Inc series. I anticipate a series binge on these.

  2. Am7 on November 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I read Destiny’s Surrender by Beverly Jenkins, book 2 in the Destiny series. It was great!

  3. Kam on November 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I discovered Linda Howard this year too and really enjoyed “After the Night” and “Open Season”. I’m currently reading “Fallen Angel” which is sweet regency romance by another new author for me, Charlotte Louise Dolan. Next up are the new Agatha Raisin and Sarah Maclean’s “The Season”.

  4. Ella on November 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Been reading Lisa Kleypas lately and loving it! Started about three of her series and would love to finish one of them.
    But I will be going to KissCon this Sunday here in Seattle and will get to meet and gain my first Julia Quinn novel! So very excited!
    And this book list continues to grow…

    • Betty S. on November 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      I’ve read three of Lisa’s series and enjoyed them all – Wallflower, Bow Street Runner, and her modern series starting with Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. Have to get back to her one of these days.

  5. Miss Eliza on November 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve been reading George Mann odds and ends, a Doctor Who novel, what have you. Right now I’ve started his Steampunk 1920s New York series about “The Ghost” which is part Great Gatsby part Batman so far.

  6. Betty S. on November 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I finished All the Queen’s Players by Jane Feather and it was superb. It begins with the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and then goes back about 9 months to see how events unfolded. It’s mainly about the Walsingham family – Sir Francis who was Elizabeth’s Master Secretary and Spymaster, believed to have started the first governmental spy service, his young cousin Thomas and a fictional sister to Thomas. Real events portrayed with a lot of evidence to back them up, including Christopher Marlowe who was believed in real life to be part of Walsingham’s spy ring.

    Then went on to Deanna Raybourn’s Julia Grey novellas, Twelfth Night and Bonfire Night. Am about to finish up the reread of Deception of the Emerald Ring. Beth is doing a fine job of leading the discussion over at the Bubblebath Reader.

  7. Gina on November 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Just started my second try with House of Leaves, and it seems to be sticking this time. I can’t read it when I’m home alone at night, though… It’s messing with my head.

    I also just picked up some Jane Austen nonfiction – Among the Janeites, and I’m looking forward to that!

  8. Angela on November 30, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I am reading The Woman Before Wallis: Prince Edward, the Parisian Courtesan, and the Perfect Murder by Andrew Rose, about everybody’s favorite ne’er-do-well Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII/Duke of Windsor) and his excruciating poor judgment in women.

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