It’s been a week of the new and the old. I began with Ruth Ware’s latest, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, a modern Gothic featuring a mysterious heritage, an appropriately waifish and desperate heroine, mistaken parentage, and, of course, a House.
After that, I changed tone and time period and plunged back into the 16th century for intrigue and skullduggery in Scotland with Francis Crawford of Lymond (Lymond!) in Dorothy Dunnett’s The Game of Kings. I did my undergrad thesis on just this moment in Scottish history so going back to 1540s Scotland always feels like coming home. And has anyone else noticed that Lymond, in his speech patterns, is a close cousin of Lord Peter Wimsey?
In other news, I’ve been chugging away on the Barbados Book (coming to you May 2019!) and picking up useful bits of information such as the initial publication date of the medical journal The Lancet (1827, in case you were wondering), and the composition of a doll given as a gift in the early 19th century (wax or wood or papier mache but not porcelain).
What have you been reading this week?