I won’t lie, I’ve still been having my Patricia Wentworth Genteel-British-Murders-of-the-Midcentury-athon (wouldn’t that make a wonderful German compound noun?), but I’ve finally branched out to some other books that have been on my TBR forever and kicking myself for having waited so long.

Thank you to everyone here who has (repeatedly) recommended Jodi Taylor’s St. Mary’s series to me.  I finally, finally read the first book, One Damned Thing After Another, and, oh my goodness, why did I not read this years ago?  It’s a pitch-perfect, snarkily brilliant rollercoaster of an adventure novel about time traveling historians, with ALL THE THINGS. You’ve got betrayal, you’ve got love, you’ve got mysterious deus ex machinas, you’ve got the Peterloo Massacre, you’ve got dinosaurs.  I’m pretty sure the kitchen sink is in there, too, and it’s fabulous.  It’s also clever and tricky and keeps you guessing and, best of all, it’s a whole series.  Basically, Eloise from the Pink books wishes she could be a St. Mary’s historian, but is worried there might not be coffee in the Jurassic.

Switching gears entirely, I’ve just plucked another book off the TBR, Sarah Bird’s Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, based on the remarkable true story of a formerly enslaved woman who becomes the first woman to serve in the U.S. military.  This is another one where the voice grabs you right away, and you feel like you’re sitting right there, hearing the story from the source.

What have you been reading this week?

9 Comments

  1. Diane on June 12, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Again, my TBR pile has just grown substantially. Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. DJL on June 12, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Finished Mary Kingswood’s Sisters of Woodside series with final installment, titled Woodside. Was a great wrap up, characters from all the previous books show up, and some mysteries weaved through all five books finally are solved.
    Fortunately, as don’t want to go into Kingswood withdrawal, the next book in her Silver Linings series (also set in Regency, romance with mystery combined), The Orphan, releases tomorrow!
    Also the 10th (!) in the Sherri Cobb South John Pickett series, Brother, Can you Spare a Crime?, was released today and is waiting on my Kindle 🙂
    For something completely different, earlier this week whipped through The Princess and the Fangirl, part of Ashely Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, this time taking as its base the fairy tale The Prince and the Pauper. *TONS* of fun for those fandom-inclined!

  3. Kristen A. on June 12, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I read What Happens at Night by Peter Cameron, a psychological suspense ARC that I’m looking forward to the rest of the world getting to see. I think that Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (what if Hillary had never married Bill?) might have been at the beginning of this week, too.

  4. Pat Dupuy on June 12, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I just finished Karen White’s The Beach Trees. That brought back a lot of memories of when I lived in New Orleans! Prior to that I read The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe, Desolate Shores and Fan Mail by Daryl Wood Gerber, A Match Made for Murder by Iona Whishaw, and On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe.

  5. Dianna on June 12, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I was one of those who recommends Jodi Taylor books… after I read the first one had to immediately go through and read all 10….(more to come) and her other two totally different two book each series. She never disappoints. Just finished Jude Deveraux’s “A Forgotten Murder” her 3 rd in her new mystery series a departure from her romance novels.

  6. Therese on June 12, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Somehow I’ve found myself in the fantasy genre reading Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. They’re like historical romance but in urban fantasy – easy, fun romances. 🙂 I’m also reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. It’s heavy but really good. I made my husband read in January after I followed along on Twitter to a read along and am ashamed to say that I didn’t pick it up till now. Highly recommend. Sarah Bird’s Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen sounds like a really good read – adding to my TBR.

  7. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on June 12, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Needed some Gothic in my life so am starting Laura Purcell’s The Poison Thread… is Ruth a murderer or is her needle and thread?

    • Rachel Adrianna on June 16, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      Ooh, I loved that book!

  8. Maria carla Delfino on June 19, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Reading Queenie Malone Paradise Hotel, a mother-daughter relationship book. Really good

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