Merry, merry, all! It’s been a Goldilocks sort of reading week for me– one book was too arch and one too bland, until I gave up and went back to Lord Peter Wimsey, who is always just right.
All I wanted was a Golden Age Christmas-themed murder mystery I hadn’t read yet. (Is that so much to ask?) You know the sort of thing, Persian carpets and wood paneling and a slightly dubious butler and the master of the house face down in the Christmas pudding.
I tried C.H.B. Kitchin’s Crime at Christmas and couldn’t get into it, then moved to Francis Duncan’s Murder for Christmas, which began in promising fashion, but persisted in trying to tell me what the characters were like instead of accomplishing all that with movement and dialogue.
So I gave up my dreams of Persian carpets and plum pudding and a new-to-me author and went back to the master, Dorothy L. Sayers, and her The Nine Tailors, which, despite not actually being set at Christmas, always feels randomly Christmas-y to me.
So if anyone knows of any good Poirot-esque mysteries I might not have read yet, let me know….
What have you been reading this week?