Happy Friday! With the hot, bright July weather in New York this week, I went back to some old summer favorites.
Do you have those sorts of seasonal books? For some reason, whenever the weather gets particularly sultry, I find myself going back to Barbara Michaels’/Elizabeth Peters’ gothics: to her Ammie Come Home trilogy, to her Houses of Stone, to Be Buried in the Rain, but, in particular, to Devil May Care, a mystery set at the rambling Virginia estate of the heroine’s extremely eccentric aunt as ghostly apparitions begin to pop up. Clearly the product of human agency– or are they?
Another favorite for hot summer days? Anything by Angela Thirkell, who wrote gentle satires of the English countryside in the 1930s and 40s. One of my summer go tos, which I revisited this week, is August Folly, in which hijinks and love affairs ensue around the production of a Greek play in a barn with a leaky basin. It’s a little bit Wodehouse, a little bit Nancy Mitford, a little bit Cold Comfort Farm, and entirely Thirkell– down to a sulky donkey named Modestine.
What have you been reading this week?