Weekly Reading Round-Up– and Random News!

It’s been rather a week around here, so there’s not much new to report on the reading front, other than that I finished the latest in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, False Value, which was the first book other than mid-century mysteries to hold my attention in quite some time.

If you haven’t read the series yet, the first book, Midnight Riot, is one of today’s e-book Daily Deals!  So if you like London, police procedurals, magic, and snarky first person narrators, I would advise snapping it up fast.  I am considering a re-read of the whole series, because I think I might need a break from 1950s English village murders.  (I never thought I’d say that, but twenty Patricia Wentworth books later, I may have reached my English village murder saturation point for the moment!)

In other news, if you haven’t voted yet, today is the last day to cast your vote for your favorite Pinkorama of 2020!  I’ll be picking one voter at random to receive a vintage Pink Carnation mug– for tea and reading, of course!  I’ll be announcing all the winners on Monday.  This year’s entries are truly impressive and peeptastic!

Last but not least, I’m thrilled to announce that there are twenty-five shiny new paperback copies of The Summer Country up for grabs on Goodreads right now!  So if you’re looking for something to kickstart your summer reading, head on over to Goodreads for a chance to enter!

On a vaguely related note, I’m going to be celebrating the June 9th paperback publication of The Summer Country with a series of Zoom events!  I’ll be Zooming with Cary Memorial Library on June 23rd and Warren Newport Public Library on June 25th, among others.  Head over to the Events page to register (events are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so registration is required).  Signed books will be available through the wonderful Split Rock Books of Cold Spring, NY.

And I think that’s it for the moment….

What have you been reading this week?



  1. DJL on May 22, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Finished ‘The Companion,’ #3 of the Sisters of Woodside mysteries/Regency romances by Mary Kingswood. Another entertaining entry; now reading #4, The Seamstress.

  2. Pat Dupuy on May 22, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    I read a week or so ago A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby by Vanessa Riley. The character of the duke, Busick Strathmore, has really stuck in my mind. He suffered major injuries in the Peninsular Wars, but approaches his recovery in a very precise and orderly manner. In fact he approaches everything as if drills and practices are the solutions. What I loved about him is his constant good humor even as he is covering up his infirmities. And his “drilling” his new ward, a baby just a few months old, in how to crawl is hysterical! I just finished Heiress for Hire by Madeline Hunter. I love the world she created and the mystery that will creep through the series of at least three books.

  3. Joan on May 22, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Just finished Death At Brighton Pavilion by Ashley Gardner. It is the last (so far) of the 14 books in the Captain Lacey series set in regency London. My next read is Wingarden by Elsie Lee from 1970. It’s one of her modern gothic mystery/romances.

  4. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on May 22, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    The new Hunger Games prequel is totally absorbing all my attention and any free time I have.

    • Car on May 23, 2020 at 10:30 am

      I’ve been wondering, since I read Hunger Games so long ago, if I would be lost with this new book. Do you find that at all?

      • Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on May 23, 2020 at 6:54 pm

        I’ve found I’m right back in it (and I haven’t read the original in YEARS.) Plus seeing as it’s a prequel, it’s a different time and Panem is SO different. It’s interesting. But also making me want to re-read the original series.

        • Julie on May 23, 2020 at 11:21 pm

          Yes, I read the new book today and immediately dived into the first of the original trilogy, after not having read it in several years! Plus, I feel a strong need to rewatch the movies, lol.
          It is very well done, imo.

          • Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on May 24, 2020 at 6:49 pm

            You know I’ve NEVER finished the movies, I loved them, but for some reason never saw the last one!

  5. Betty Strohecker on May 22, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Just finished Brideshead Revisited for a book club challenge. Before that I read The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis, first in a new series in which the Bronte sisters are detectives. Next up is The Tavistock Plot by Tracy Grant.

  6. Car on May 23, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Just finished “A Different View” by Rosamunde Pilcher. I’ve been drawn to everything UK and cozy of late, but I didn’t love this book as much as her other ones.

  7. Angie on May 25, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Lady Be Good by Amber Brock. So strongly evocative of the period (1950s) that I know it will become one of my favorites. I hope she releases another soon. Next up will be a re-read of Lock Every Door by Riley Sager in anticipation of his new book.

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