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?