Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy Friday, all! With rain and mist and that creeping October chill, it’s been time to break out the sweaters and the whodunnits. After all, there’s nothing like a cup of tea and a murder– or perhaps the odd ghost– to make a rainy autumn day complete.
I started out in the surprisingly dangerous English countryside with Caroline Graham’s A Place of Safety, the sixth of her Inspector Barnaby books. And if you’re thinking this sounds familiar… yes. Yes, it is that Inspector Barnaby. It is eerily like reading a Midsomer Murders episode. Perhaps because it actually is a Midsomer Murders episode.
Moving back to the source, I picked up Agatha Christie’s After the Funeral, one of her later (post World War II) Poirot books, in which the old detective no longer enjoys the renown he once did– but the little grey cells are still working away.
Right now, I’m going full-on Halloween with Tess Gerritsen’s The Shape of Night, in which a woman fleeing from her past takes a lease on an old Maine sea captain’s mansion that’s mysteriously become vacant– possibly because the ghost of the old sea captain hasn’t quite vacated the premises?
What have you been reading this week?
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I just saw the trailer for “Doctor Sleep,” so I decided to re-read “The Shining.” It’s still one of my favorite King novels, even after all these years (first read it when I was 9!) I just finished “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare, trying to catch up on the Shadowhunter books before the next series starts. Finally, I’m also continuing my Dresden Files re-read, finishing up “Dead Beat” and moving onto “Proven Guilty,” which is in my top 5 of the series.
“The German House” by Annette Hess– forthcoming historical fiction about a German woman’s experience as a translator during the trials of SS officers. 5 stars!
“White Bird” by RJ Palacio– juvenile graphic novel by the author of “Wonder”. A girl is kept safe from Nazis by a classmate she had never been friends with… AMAZING story of the power of kindness and courage.
“The Love Gap” by Jenna Birch– nonfiction about smart women and singleness. Eye opening!
“The Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott– historical fiction about a spy ring who smuggled the banned novel “Doctor Zhivago” out of Russia.
I just started A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie. Before that, A Lady’s Past by AS Fenichel; Fatal Traditions by Ann Charles; and It’s Always Been You by Jessica Scott.
I just finished Nobody’s Sweetheart Now by Maggie Robinson. It’s a mystery set in 1924 England where the heroine is a widow of six months whose late and unlamented husband turns up ( only seen by her). I enjoyed and have just ordered number 2 in series.