I’ve been happily living in the post-World War II era all this week with more mystery novels by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Patricia Wentworth.
This week, it was Mary Roberts Rinehart’s ominously titled The Swimming Pool, in which the descendant of a once wealthy New York family, now eking out a living writing novels at their old country estate, has to contend with a dead body in the pool– and a family scandal that goes back to the year of the Great Crash.
Then I moved back across the Pond to investigate with Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver in Miss Silver Comes to Stay, in which a broken engagement long, long ago (villages have long memories, don’t you know) might just have something to do with the bludgeoning of the returned heir to the local great house. Currently, I’m in the middle of Mr. Brading’s Collection, which is shaping up to be a locked room sort of mystery, if I don’t miss my guess. These books are the most Miss Marpliest things ever and I’m adoring them. (Although Mr. Brading is feeling a little more Poirot than Miss Marple right now, which is also good.)
One of these days I will actually read some of the new books on my pile! But I’m loving living in this England that never was too much to leave just yet. It feels like binge-watching all the old PBS Miss Marples.
In other news, if you haven’t seen it yet, the Pinkorama entries are going up! I’ve posted the first one today, and we’ll have a fresh one every day for the next week. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can tell you that they’re all gorgeous! But watch out for annoyed sheep and flying stoats….
In other happy reading news, the wonderful Beatriz Williams has been posting weekly installments of a free serial novel on her website! It’s called The Library Passage and you can find it here.
What have you been reading this week?