From the French countryside to a land just this side of Faerie to a mid-century British market town, I’ve been all over the place this week. Reading-wise, at least.
There’s something very soothing about the familiarity of a mystery series, and Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police series is particularly good at recreating a familiar world in each book, in which justice is always served in the end, and a lot of good food is cooked. This time, I finished up book– six, I think?– in the series, The Resistance Man, in which a modern murder is linked to the hijacking of a train of Vichy money back in the last days of World War II.
From there, I plunged into the magical world of Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Thorns, in which armed librarians combat books gone rogue– and sometimes sorcerers gone rogue. For anyone else who grew up loving Robin McKinley’s Hero and the Crown, I strongly recommend Rogerson’s Enchantment of Thorns, in which a heroine raised in a library finds herself the last bulwark against a sorcerous plot.
And now I’ve gone back to an old favorite with Josephine Tey’s Franchise Affair— which is really the literary equivalent of pouring a nice cup of tea and curling up with a woolly blanket. In this book, two women are accused of having kidnapped a young girl and it’s up to a lawyer from a small market town, who never expected to experience anything more dramatic than getting the wrong biscuits with his tea, to unravel the girl’s story and discover what truly happened at the house known as the Franchise.
Oh, and in exciting news, Team W member Beatriz Williams’s The Wicked Redhead (the sequel to her Prohibition drama, The Wicked City) is out this week! Wicked Redhead is an Indie Next pick, which is not a designation granted lightly– so run and check it out!
What have you been reading this week?