Weekly Reading Round-Up

I tend to write best when I’m reading something I can read a lot of, preferably a mystery series.  But I’ve re-read my favorites so many times… so I went to the best book guru I know, Barbara Peters of The Poisoned Pen.  (If Barbara recommends it, you read it.)

Thanks to Barbara, I just happily finished the first in Martin Walker’s French-set crime series, Bruno, Chief of Police, and am about to move on to book II, The Dark Vineyard.  I’ve described them to my husband as French Longmire, the lone police chief in a small town who knows everyone and has to deal with annoying interference from overlapping jurisdictions.  They’re charming and immersive and they’re just what I need right now as I finish up book tour and get going on my–eep– twenty-first book.

Speaking of book tour, if you’re in Houston, the amazing Katherine Howe and I will be at Murder by the Book on Monday night, talking The Summer Country and The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs.  If you’d like a personalized copy (with palm tree bookmark!) just call the folks at Murder by the Book prior to the event at 713-524-8597.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Kristen A. on June 28, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I read A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian, a regency romance featuring radicals and illegal erotica and is pretty much my catnip. Then I read Goodnight Stranger by Miciah Bay Gault, a sort of a modern gothic suspense. Now I’m midway through Kelley Armstrong’s latest thriller, Wherever She Goes.

  2. Tara on June 28, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I am halfway through Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. AMAZING! I’m so excited to have three more books to read this quartet, the fourth one is not yet out. This is the beauty of coming to a series late…you can read one after the other.

    • Lauren Willig on June 30, 2019 at 10:12 am

      I hadn’t heard of these! Are they mysteries?

      • Tara on July 1, 2019 at 5:11 am

        They are set in a world made of of different groups of ppl: Tribesmen, Barbarians, Martials, and Scholars, so I would say it’s a fantasy set up; however, the world is based on the Roman Empire with an eastern twist. There are jinns, ghuls, and some other dark spirits and shadows that infiltrate the world, including the main villain: Lord Nightbringer. The Martials rule; they are the Empire. The Scholars are the Resistance.

        To me, it’s Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter combined. In short, incredible. There is definitely a mystery aspect, however, because you never quite know what’s going on or who’s who.

  3. Angie on June 28, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Montauk by Nicola Harrison. Most excellent read.

  4. Dorsey Martin on June 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I read Bruno also and plan on reading more of the series. 🙂 Currently, I’m reading We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

  5. Sarah H on June 28, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    I just finished The Summer Country – it was fantastic! I loved it!

    • Lauren Willig on June 30, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Yay! That makes me so happy– thank you, Sarah!

  6. Bonnie Havrda on June 28, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Circling the Sun. Just started reading and already love it

    • Lauren Willig on June 30, 2019 at 10:13 am

      She was such a fascinating character! Her memoirs were one of the sources I used when I was researching “The Ashford Affair”.

  7. DJL on June 29, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren was lite, fun summer fare.

  8. Therese on July 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I always love seeing what everyone is reading! I cannot believe I am about to say this but I just finished reading “A Discovery Of Witches” for the 2nd time in the span of a week. I never read fantasy or whatever the equivalent is for this series but I loved the adaptation to TV and the book was even better. I am starting the 2nd in the trilogy tonight “Shadow of Night”.

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