As New York swelters in the late summer heat, I’ve gone back to my Barbara Michaels shelf— because no one writes sweltering summers like Barbara Michaels.
I started with a re-read of Witch, in which a middle-aged divorcee with grown children buys a cottage in the Virginia woods and discovers evil lurks in the bucolic small town, then moved on to Be Buried in the Rain, with its wonderfully snarky first person narrator, a med student come back to the decaying family plantation to care for her bed-ridden, much despised grandmother, but finds herself dealing with random skeletons both literal and figurative. Right now I’m finishing up Vanish With the Rose (a lawyer masquerades as a landscape designer at a Virginia estate to try to discover what’s become of her missing younger brother), which was never my favorite Michaels, but has held up decently.
I have enough Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters to keep going indefinitely, but I’m going to pause to read Megan Miranda’s latest, The Last House Guest (which does sort of fit the Michaels oeuvre, no?).
What have you been reading this week?
p.s. Speaking of things to read…. The last Team W effort, The Glass Ocean, is currently up for grabs in paperback on Goodreads! Just head over to the Goodreads contest page before August 11th to enter.