This was a week of very old research books and brand new fiction books for me: that wonderful, decaying, tobacco-y smell from crumbling books on Belle Epoque Paris and the luxurious feel of thick paper and smooth covers on new trade paperbacks.
I won’t go into the research side of things, but on the fiction end, I read:
— Tana French’s latest Dublin Murder Squad mystery novel, The Secret Place, set in an all girls’ boarding school where a murder occurred the year before. The entire action of the story takes place over the course of one day (in the detective’s viewpoint), layered with the past year in the viewpoint of the four girls being questioned. French’s novels are always beautifully crafted and this one is no exception.
— A YA Regency paranormal called Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix. Think Mairelon the Magician, an alternate Regency where the ton dabbles with magic, admirals are weather mages, and a young lady on the brink of her debut must disguise herself as a dandy in order to recover an ensorcelled family emerald. So many thanks to Rosalind Casey of the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio for passing this one along to me! (And for all the other book recs that you’ll probably see popping up here on Fridays for weeks to come.)
What have you been reading this week?