Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday!  I’ve been squinting my way through some terrible handwriting from one of the members of the Smith College Relief Unit (I suppose writing on a transatlantic liner while worrying about torpedoes is some excuse for sloppy penmanship?), but when I can sneak away from the sources for my next book, I’ve been resting my eyes with a couple of new– and very different– books.

First up was Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek, in which layer upon layer of secrets seep out during a murder trial after the explosion of a therapeutic oxygen tank.  Was it premeditated murder?  Who really lit that cigarette under the oxygen tank?  And is anyone really innocent in this?  It reminded me a little of Katie Moretti’s The Blackbird Season and a little of Jean Kwok’s Chasing Sylvie Lee.

After that, I needed something a little lighter, so I moved on to Lilly Bartlett’s The Happy Home for Ladies, in which the cook for a retirement home for ladies is in the midst of dealing with the death of her mother and her own romantic confusion when everyone’s life at the all-women retirement home is turned upside down by the owner insisting on admitting men.  It’s very much Trisha Ashley crossed with The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Deanna on August 23, 2019 at 11:17 am

    I’m reading Where the Crawdads Sing. It’s anazing.

    • Rachel Adrianna on August 23, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      My book club is reading it for our September meeting! I’ve heard such good things and can’t wait to start it 🙂

  2. Rachel Adrianna on August 23, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I FINALLY picked up a Jasmine Guillory novel and it. was. phenemenal. I completely raced through The Proposal and The Wedding Date (I read them out of order, but it was fine) and can’t wait for the next two!

  3. Kristen Allen-Vogel on August 23, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I’m reading The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor, which is a strange note on which to end a mystery series since it’s not really much of a mystery novel, but which is still enjoyable as a chance to say goodbye to the characters.

  4. JOAN on August 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I finally finished the last of the Vicky Bliss series by Elizabeth Peters and really LOVED it! Don’t know how I missed it for all these years (the first one was written in 1970’s. Next I’ll be reading The Dead Sea Cipher. It’s another Elizabeth Peter’s mystery published in 1970.

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