Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy Friday, all! (And thank goodness for it!)
This week, I went back to the London of gaslight and fog with Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty, set right after the events at the Reichenbach Falls. He does point out a number of quite fascinating inconsistencies in Watson’s account….
It also made me strangely homesick for a series I loved as a child and haven’t read since then: the Andrew Tillet, Sara Wiggins & Inspector Wyatt series, about two teenagers who wind up working with Holmes and solving all manner of mysteries. I learned so much from those books– including the proper pronunciation of “marchioness”!
What have you been reading this week?
Getting ready to start The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell. After reading her book, the Lost Carousel of Provence, I have high hopes for her other books.
The book club’s choice for this month is “All the Light We Cannot See.” Our meeting is Sunday, so I’m racing to finish. I’ve also been picking my way through Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series (currently on book 2, “Changeless.”) Finally, doing a re-read of “Pet Sematary” due to new movie info coming out.
The Clockmaker’s DaUGHTER BY kATE Morton, great, The lighthousekeeper’s Daughter, by Hazel Gaynor, also great, and The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz, not so great. Somebody please get him an editor.
Just finished The Glass Ocean. Terrific! And before that Consumed by JR Ward. Enjoyed that very much.
This week I *finally* finished Lavie Tidhar’s Unholy Land, which was a scifi/alternate historical based on the IRL proposed Jewish homeland near present-day Kenya that was proposed by the British in the early 1900s. I also read an Agent Carter graphic novel which was basically Peggy, Howard Stark, et al. having adventures in the 1950s (and Howard being an ass, per usual). I’ve kinda gotten out of the habit of reading fake epic historical fantasy (I guess George R.R. Martin had sorta done me in), but I hoovered up Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames in one day – it was just a really fun adventure with an old mercenary band getting back to together to save one of their member’s mercenary daughter caught in a seemingly hopeless siege. A bit too pat, but I didn’t care. XD I also appreciated the added humor (I <3 Moog and Kit). Finally, I just started Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer (aka the supposed first of Biden and Obama team up to solve a murder mystery series), which I mainly picked up because of the cover, which is rightfully a bit ridic.
There was more than one book in the Robert Newman series!?! Going to Amazon right now! I found the first one years ago on my brother’s bookshelf and snagged it, seriously didn’t know there was more.
Reading Robin LaFever’s first His Fair Assassins book, Grave Mercy, and loving it all over again, assassin nuns!
I have that trilogy in my TBR stack. If you love lady assassins, you should try Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series.
I’ve recently finished THE GOVERNESS by Elsie Lee and am now reading some books by Mabel Esther Allan a writer from my youth. A FORMIDABLE ENEMY, MYSTERY IN ROME and SUMMER AT SEA they are all light mystery/light romance.
Finished The Winter of the Witch, which was great!
I’m just wrapping up 2 books – 0ne highly recommended and one, moderately so. “The Bride of Ivy Hill”, third in Julie Klassen’s Ivy Hill trilogy, is light and a bit predictable but a nicely written tale of the interesting people and their lives in an English village circa 1820. Klassen particularly captures the circumstances that women must face in an era where they held very few rights. More substantial and highly recommended is Anna Lee Huber’s “This Side of Murder”. I have followed Huber’s Lady Darby series and loved it, so decided to try this title, the beginning of a new series set right after WWI. Well worth it – Huber has a wonderful knack for suspense and engaging characters!
I finished THE SEVEN DAYS OF US which was so full of angsty emotions that it stressed me out and went straight to ON THE WAY TO THE WEDDING by Julia Quinn, the 8th book about the Bridgerton family. All 8 now have 2nd epilogues if anyone is rereading those. Next I think is the Crawdad bestseller
The Golden Tresses of the Dead – the latest Flavia de Luce by Alan Bradley. Always amusing.
The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen. Very good. War book set in UK and Italy. Goes back and forth between dad at war and daughter years later trying to find her long lost brother.
Thanks for the recommendation, Carla – I just started it and it seems pretty interesting so far.