Weekly Reading Round-Up

In a world gone mad, thank goodness for books.

In between fighting my way through the last third of the Smith book and compulsively reading every single article about the current world health situation, I’ve been hiding in the classic mystery novels of Mary Roberts Rinehart, most recently The Great Mistake, in which pithy first person narrator Miss Pat Abbott finds her job as social secretary to a wealthy widow proving far more harrowing than expected when a murdered man is found by the pool, and The Yellow Room, in which we see the homefront side of World War II, as a summer colony in Maine is rocked by murder and scandal.

I also discovered– and I wish I remembered where!– the absolutely charming Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, which is basically The Westing Game for adults, set in modern Boston, in which an eccentric billionaire sets up a treasure hunt at his death.  But what’s the real prize of the game– and the real purpose?

What have you been reading this week?



  1. Betty Strohecker on March 13, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Reading Return to Tradd Street, #4 in Karen White’s Tradd Street series, which I am loving. Since I have visited Charleston several times, it’s fun to remember so many places mentioned in the books.

  2. Carey Tynan on March 14, 2020 at 5:50 am

    The Last Passenger by Charles Finch. I love this mystery series set in the 1850s. Also Listening to Deanna Raybourn’s A Murderous Relation while doing needlework.

  3. Kristen A. on March 14, 2020 at 11:26 am

    I finished reading The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman which, for a book that was promoted as being about 18th century female boxers, contained way less female boxing than I would have expected. Then I read Sword of Shadows by Jeri Westerson, the latest of the Crispin Guest Medieval Noir series.

  4. Angie on March 15, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Just started reading “The Deep” by Alma Katsu, about the supernatural events surrounding the Titanic and its sister ship, the Britannic.

  5. Joan on March 15, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    I’m reading some comfort reads from the 70’s and 80’s by Alice Chetwynd Ley. She wrote regency and georgian historicals that remind me of Georgette Heyer. They are very light and fun reads.

  6. Car on March 16, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Im reading some Alexander McCall Smith while enjoying the beautiful snowfall and keeping to a schedule (a lovely one that has been circulating around and we love… happy to share) so as to not lose our minds. Enjoying some unexpected family time and thinking it might be a great time for my daughter and I to work on our pinkorama:)))

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