Hello from the road! One of the best things about book tour is all those hours on airplanes– perfect reading time!
This week, I dove into Diane Biller’s Harnessed Lightning, in which a disgraced Gilded Age divorcee returns to New York, buys a haunted house upstate, and winds up enlisting the aid of a scatterbrained (but very good-looking) inventor to get to the bottom of the mystery. Think Joanna Shupe meets Simone St. James meets Julia Quinn (with comic side characters). Harnessed Lightning comes out in 2019.
Switching moods, next up was Lyndsay Faye’s 1920s-set The Paragon Hotel, in which a young woman mixed up with the mafia flees New York with a gunshot wound and winds up in Portland, where she’s taken in (somewhat reluctantly) at Portland’s only African-American hotel, as race relations teeter from bad to worse and a young boy from the hotel goes missing. If you liked Boardwalk Empire, you’ll love this dip into Prohibition-era life. The Paragon Hotel also comes out in 2019.
Moving from the not-yet-out to the out-for-a-very-long-time, a friend has been telling me for ages that I have to read Mary Roberts Rinehart, the American Agatha Christie, so I’ve just started The Circular Stair— and I have two more ARCs in my bag for my next long flight!
What have you been reading this week?