My Halloween treat this year was re-reading Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, which was, impossibly, even better on a second read. I never thought I’d love anything as much as Simone St. James’s 1920s ghost stories (Because, 1920s. And ghost stories. Enough said.), but this modern/1950s dual timeline story is even better. It comes out in March, so snatch it up when it appears!
I felt like I gave Halloween short shrift this year (usually I do more theme reading), so I followed that up with a suggestion from the comments here and read Donna Andrews’s Lord of the Wings, a Halloween entry in her Meg Langslow series set in murder-beset Caerphilly, VA. That place is beginning to rival Midsomer County or Cabot Cove for body count! I lost track of the series a while ago (if you haven’t read it yet, the first one, Murder with Peacocks, is excellent and still snort-out-loud funny), but Meg’s world is easy to hop in and out of, even when you’ve missed, oh, ten books or so along the way.
Right now, I’ve succumbed to one of my periodic Mary Stewart urges and am re-reading one of my all time favorite books, Nine Coaches Waiting, which is and will always be the perfect Gothic novel.
After that… something new, I think. But I’m not sure what yet.
What have you been reading this week?