I’ve been very dull this week and reverted to reading mid-century mysteries again: Mary Roberts Rinehart’s The Door, which ranks low on my list of Rineharts for a variety of reasons, and Patricia Wentworth’s Dark Threat (I prefer the older title, Pilgrim’s Rest), which is number 9 or 10 in the Miss Silver mystery series, and a good read up until you get to the end.  A friend had warned me, “the guy doesn’t get the girl AND the villain gets away!”  I didn’t quite believe her.  I should have believed her.  One has to wonder if the author was just feeling generally annoyed that week….  Or if we’re going to see that particular villain come back in some particular way.  Or both.

At any rate, I may have to go and re-read my old Elsie Lee novels to console myself.  The villain never gets away in an Elsie Lee.

What have you been reading this week?  And what should I read next?

7 Comments

  1. DJL on July 24, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Mimi Matthews’ newest release, Fair as a Star, was excellent (as always, with her books). Mid-Victorian-era romance, very well done.

  2. Kristen A. on July 24, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    I read Gilded Cage by Vic Jemes and Universal Harvester by John Darnielle.

  3. Elizabeth AKA Miss Eliza on July 24, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    I read The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, and I didn’t think it would ALL be about a Ponzi Scheme… it was. It was epic in how boring and just blah it was. Now I’m reading The Luminaries, 1866 New Zealand gold rush and loving it so far. A nice big doorstop book to dig into that has no Ponzi Scheme!

  4. Robin Agnew on July 25, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Isn’t that the one with the butler defenestration? I thought them not getting together at the end was kind of an interesting change though I felt bad fr Frank. Not a bad Wentworth. Not The Chinese Shawl or Wicked Uncle, but not bad….

    • Lauren Willig on July 25, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Yes! It is the butler defenestration! And agreed about it not being a bad Wentworth….

  5. Julie on July 25, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I indulged in comfort reading today, two books by Loula Grace Erdman. It’s a shame her books are out of print, because she wrote some excellent historical fiction in the 50s and 60s.
    However, the books I was reading were her first ones, which were geared to teen girls: newly minted teacher accepts a job in a tiny rural town in the American West, and ends the school year by finding romance:)

  6. Car on July 27, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    The Sun Sister, another great book by Lucinda Riley.

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