Weekly Reading Round-Up

When I’m working on a book– and I’m working on the next Team W book right now!– I find it very hard to read anything in a similar style.  But I also can’t write if I’m not reading.  (Reading is like air and water to me.  If I’m not in the middle of reading a book, or about to finish a book but already have the next lined up, I get extremely cranky.)

The solution: mysteries.

I’ve already re-read all my Dorothy Sayers, so I’ve moved on to Margery Allingham’s Campion series.  This week was Sweet Danger (who doesn’t love a mythical kingdom with a medieval crown and a riddle?) followed by Traitor’s Purse.  I’m just moving on to The Tiger in the Smoke, which I have somehow never read, but have been told by many is the best of the lot.

After this I may need some contemporary women’s fiction (Katherine Center, I’m looking at you!), but for the moment I’m wallowing in the foggy streets of mid-century London.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Becky on January 18, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Just discovered Jessica Fellowes’ Mitford Murders series, so good!!

    • Lori on January 19, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      I’ve been wondering about those. Anything with Mitford, of course!

  2. CAROL HOLDSTOCK on January 18, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Songs of Love & War by Santa Montefiore, the first in a series of three books

    • Céline on January 18, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Oh, how is it??? It’s been in my wishlist for what seems like forever, and I’m still pondering over whether to buy it or not!!!

  3. CAROL HOLDSTOCK on January 18, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Songs of Love & War by Santa Montefiore, the first in a series of three books.

  4. Jessica Sturm on January 18, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I’m starting book one of the Sweeney sisters series by Ashley Fairley (Her Sister’s Shoes).

  5. Céline on January 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I’m still (re-re-re-re-re)reading The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (how did I ever manage to forget about the Pulchritudinous Princess of the Azure Toes ??? It shows that it was high time I re-read it again!!!)
    After that, I have Shadow of the moon, by M.M. Kaye, grabbed at the library per your recommendation, so it’s my next reading!!

    • Lori on January 19, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      I read all those books by M. M. Kaye so many years ago. They were lovely

  6. Liz D. on January 18, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I loved How to Walk Away, my first by Katherine Center!

    I just started Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris. The main character is maddeningly obtuse at this point but I’m hoping that changes 🙂

  7. DJL on January 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Read Grace Draven’s novella The Undying King, which was good (romantic fantasy, a girl with a curse though impossible to break meeting a centuries old mage-king with a curse of his own that might be the key to lifting hers). Next will be #5 for Saxon Chronicles Bernard Cornwell!

  8. Sheila Churchill on January 18, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Hazel Gaynor’e The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was as wonderful as all her other books., and I caught up on Karen White’s Tradd Street series with The Guetes on South Battery.

  9. Anne on January 18, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    I just finished Sandra Dallas,s book The Last Midwife. I have read and enjoyed many of her books😊

  10. JOAN on January 18, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I was in the mood for an old fashioned gothic novel so I read Monks’ Court by Katherine Wigmore Eyre and found it sub par. Next I’m reading Barbara Michael’s The Crying Child.

  11. Rachel Adrianna on January 18, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (one of her best, in my opinion!), The Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas, and MASH by Richard Hooker (the original Hawkeye of the novel is not nearly as wonderful as Alan Alda’s incarnation).

  12. Denise H on January 18, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    I finished The Other Daughter last night, which is what brought me to your website! Hard to put down and extremely enjoyable, thanks for a great read. Also just read Ben Aaronovitch’s Lies Sleeping. Both set in London, just slightly different takes on the same city!

  13. Laura on January 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. I absolutely loved Princess in Theory and have been looking forward to reading this one!

  14. Tara on January 18, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I’m reading Bertrice Small’s fourth book in her one sci-fi/fantasy series called The Sorceress of Belmair. It’s wonderful so far! There’s a dragon in a faraway kingdom who acts and talks more like a high lady of a court, and she alone can choose the next king of Belmair.

  15. Jane on January 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Recently discovered Fiona Valpy (thank you Kindle Unlimited reading suggestions) Thoroughly enjoying all of her books. Great character development and thoughtful story lines.

  16. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on January 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Finished devouring The Summer Country, and now I can not WAIT for everyone else to read it when it comes out. I’m telling you, film deals! Starring Emma Stone of course… Then I finally finished N0S4A2 by Joe Hill, not as scary as I was hoping for, more meh… so to redeem Joe Hill I’m re-reading his Locke and Key graphic novel series about a large Gothic house with keys with mystical properties, SO fabulous. I also started re-reading the first book in Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassins series to prep for her new book in February. Who doesn’t love assassin nuns who are the handmaidens of death?

    • Céline on January 21, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      LUCKY YOU!!!!!!!!

  17. Lori on January 18, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Just completed The Gown by Jennifer Robson. It was okay. I find bespoke and couture fascinating so would have liked more detail and character development

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