Weekly Reading Round-Up

I’ve been on a mystery kick this week. I started with Carol Goodman’s The Seduction of Water, in which a writing professor goes back to the Catskills hotel where she grew up to solve the mystery of her mother’s death decades before, and then moved on to the first of Francine Matthews’s Merry Folger mysteries, Death in the Off-Season, in which the Nantucket police chief’s detective daughter must prove herself as a detective by solving the murder of the black sheep brother of a prominent local family.

I’d go right into the second Merry Folger mystery, Death in Rough Water, but I’m trying to pace myself and make the series last, so, instead, I’m switching genres entirely and moving on to Amy Poeppel’s satire of the New York private school process, Small Admissions.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Dianna on July 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Kate Parker’s Victorian Bookshop Mystery series…

  2. Pat Dupuy on July 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Just finished Cocoa Beach (wow!) and Lost and Found Sisters. Next up is Lies That Bind by Stella Cameron.

  3. Angela on July 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I’m re-reading The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey as I mourn the end of my UK holiday.

    • Susan Willis on July 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      ? Daughter of Time!!!!

      • Lynne on July 15, 2017 at 12:20 am

        Absolutely! Or anything else by Josephine Tey!

  4. Betty Strohecker on July 14, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Tea With Jane Austen – delightful and informative.

    Now reading After the War – Jennifer Robson.

  5. DJL on July 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie was the big find for me this week–classic Christie, Poirot is the detective, setting is a highly reputable girls boarding school for the well to do–seriously, how did I miss one? One of her best. Saw Beatriz Williams at local bookstore last night and picked up Cocoa Beach, so that will be next!

  6. Francine Mathews on July 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Merry Folger thanks you for the shout-out, Lauren.
    I’m on the Edgars committee for Best Novel, so I’ve been deep-diving among mysteries myself for the past several months. Picked up the new Dennis Lehane yesterday and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. It’s called SINCE WE FELL, offers a female protagonist, and it is absolutely compulsive.

  7. Francine Mathews on July 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Oh, and forgot to say — reading a chapter of A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN each night before bed.

  8. Christine on July 14, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    The People we Hate at the Wedding. Enjoying the book but finding almost all the characters to be pretty unlikeable.

    • Lori on July 18, 2017 at 3:09 am

      I deleted it from my kindle after the first couple of chapters for the same reason!

  9. Ellen Sheffer on July 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Re-reading Catherine Aird. And Stuart Palmer. Sometimes there’s nothing like comfort food.

  10. Miss Eliza on July 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Currently finishing my Jane Austen re-read with Persuasion.

  11. Cathy on July 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Rereading Sarah Graves home repair mysteries for fun and Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache mysteries. If you haven’t read Louise Penny, you’re missing out.

  12. Jackie M. on July 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    This week, for me, has been The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry – very intriguing 1893 English setting – I’ve really liked it so far – it seems to have all the best parts of Victorian novels and then some!

    • Tara on July 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

      You should try the mysteries by Ariana Franklin. They take place in Medieval England, and they are incredible with a fierce heroine/doctor.

  13. Karlene B. on July 14, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I’m reading Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose.

  14. Lynne on July 15, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Just finished The Distant Hours by Kate Morton – very, very good. And since I’m on a Kate Morton roll, I started The Secret Keeper. Her books are the best!

  15. Tara on July 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

    The school year is coming up. I am an English teacher, so I recently just re-read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I am now re-reading Twelfth Night. I absolutely adore Shakespeare 🙂

  16. Lori on July 18, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Sidney Chambers and The Persistence if Love (Grantchester) by James Runcie

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