Weekly Reading Round-Up

I really should be writing a short story right now. (More on that later.) But I couldn’t resist celebrating turning in the final Pink book with a little binge of leisure reading. Among others:

— M.J. Rose’s The Witch of Painted Sorrows, an incredibly compelling novel of family secrets, dangerous passions, and witchcraft set in Belle Epoque France;

— Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning, the first book in her new Veronica Speedwell series (coming to a bookstore near you on September 1!), which just made me so ridiculously happy: if Amelia Peabody and Lady Julia had a literary love child, it would be Veronica Speedwell;

— Catherine Bailey’s Black Diamonds, a nonfiction account of the unraveling of the Fitzwilliam family fortunes;

— Laura Resnick’s Abracadaver, the seventh book in her Esther Diamond series (my favorite is still #4, Vamparazzi);

— and The Girl on the Train, which is basically a UK Gone Girl.

Two of my favorite people (hi, Claudia and Vicki!) have both sent care packages, so I have a big pile of books waiting for me– not to mention the research books for Stand Alone #4 (more on that soon).

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Make Kay on April 3, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    ” if Amelia Peabody and Lady Julia had a literary love child, it would be Veronica Speedwell;”

    Oh my god!! Two of my very favorite characters! I cannot wait for this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lynne on April 3, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      I’m with you!! Can hardly wait based on that description alone.

  2. Pat Dupuy on April 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I’m going to have to check out some of the books you mentioned. I just read Tracy Grant’s novella London Interlude. Currently in The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane. Before that it was Eloisa James and Four Nights With the Duke and Ilona Andrews’ Burn for Me. Hadn’t read Ilona before and I enjoyed the book a lot. Love those smart mouth women! Now I have errands to run, a cake to bake, and taxes to stare at! Happy Easter!

  3. Christina on April 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    How to Be a Heroine, or What I Learned from Reading too Much – Samantha Ellis. The book idea came about when Ellis and her bff were on the moors visiting home that may have inspired Wuthering Heights and were arguing over whether it would be better to be Cathy or Jane Eyre. I was hooked. Great book.

    The Good Girl Mary Kubica – Debut thriller advertised as for fans of Gone Girl. Not nearly as brilliant as Flynn but a good read and I didn’t figure it out until shortly before the reveal.

    Raven Heights Manor – Sharol Louise. Somewhat of a by the numbers Gothic.

    Love Once Once & Tender Rebel – Johanna Lindsey. I read these many years ago but the 3rd book in the Malory series, Gentle Rogue, is the Old School Romance Club (FB group) book of the month and one must not start in the middle.

    I’m also about 1/3 through Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman and The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley.

    • Lauren on April 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Christina, I’m just reading the Ellis book right now! Loving it.

      • Christina on April 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

        I think it is my favorite read so far this year.

    • SuzanneH on April 3, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      I am definitely going to have to read that one. What a fabulous title!

  4. Kristen A. on April 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I read Love May Fail by Matthew Quick and am now reading Dead Wake by Erik Larson.

  5. Miss Eliza on April 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Well, after finally finishing The Orchid Affair for moderating this month’s Pink Re-read, I’ve been re-reading Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede’s Sorcery and Cecelia books. Just finished the second one, The Grand Tour, last night and it was far better then I remember (being a big fan of the first).

  6. Céline on April 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    This week, I read the last installment in Sarah McLean’s Rules of scoundrel series… the story everyone has been waiting for some time now! 🙂 It was ok!! I felt like I didn’t like the whole series as much as the first one (Nine rules etc.), but she is a talented writer nonetheless! And I read Courtney Milan’s novella, the one that introduces the Brother Sinister series, The Duchess Affair. Absolutely loved it!
    I am now reading a contemporary romance from a friend and (still) unknown author, Elizabeth Lynx, Rules of Payne. An office romance, quirky, funny and sexy! 🙂

  7. Pam on April 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I always read a Barbara Pym book at this time of year (she feels very Lenten to me for some reason), so I am reading Jane and Prudence.

    SO JEALOUS that you’ve got A Curious Beginning!

  8. Lynne on April 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I’m knee deep (with Suzanne) in Who Buries the Dead, C H Harris’ latest in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. Absolutely recommended!

    • Christina on April 4, 2015 at 9:14 am

      I’m waiting for the library to get this one. I love the Sebastian St. Cyr books.

      • Lynne on April 4, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        Christina, I had to wait as well…darn near went nuts for about 3 weeks. But you will love it! As Suzanne says below it’s delightfully creepy and filled with the usual array of nasty characters.

  9. Betty S. on April 4, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve finally gotten to Tracy Grant’s books, and am so glad. Read His Spanish Bride and am now into Vienna Waltz. Am also rereading Orchid Affair – check out the reread on Bubblebath Reader with Miss Eliza moderating.

  10. SuzanneH on April 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    As Lynne says above we are reading the latest Sebastian St Cyr together. It is really fun dissecting a few chapters every night via email. It is really gripping and so delightfully creepy. In between the no. of chapters we set every few days I am reading some old volumes of Mary’s Higgins Clark’s short stories that I haven’t read for about 20 years. I had forgotten most of them so it is almost like reading them for the 1st time again. She has a new volume of them coming out late this month and I am counting the days! I have also finished my re-reading of the Pink books and think I enjoyed them even more the 2nd time around. I am going to go into mourning after the last one.

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