Happy Friday, all! It’s been a stay-up-too-late reading week for me with two wonderful upcoming books that I gobbled up to the extreme detriment of my sleep schedule and ability to function. So, when these books come out, don’t say you weren’t warned….
First up was Marie Benedict’s The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. It’s no secret to anyone who follows me here that I might just have a wee bit of a Golden Age mystery obsession. (ALL the Poirots! But only the David Suchet Poirots. Not the new ones. Just saying.) I’ve also always been fascinated by Agatha Christie’s missing days, the two weeks when the author went missing, inspiring a major manhunt that included Dorothy L. Sayers and Arthur Conan Doyle (no, seriously!). The author herself claimed temporary amnesia, so no one really knows what actually happened, where she went, or why she disappeared in the first place. Marie Benedict takes those missing days and spins a novel that’s part biographical fiction, part Golden Age mystery, and part domestic thriller– and all I can say is, when you read it, you’ll feel like this finally cracks the case. (And then go watch all your Miss Marples.)
After that I was afflicted by Sue Meissner’s The Nature of Fragile Things, about a mail order bride, a young Irish woman, who travels to San Francisco to marry a man she’s never met– and finds everything she thought she knew unraveling in the wake of the 1906 earthquake. All I can say is, I am too old for three in the morning reading (that is for people whose toddlers don’t wake them before six), but I just couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know. It was like every Phyllis A. Whitney gothic I used to love combined with every Susan Meissner book I already love. I wish I could think of more to say about it, but after those two hours of sleep I’m going to need more Nespresso before my brain starts working again. (I blame you, Sue!)
What have you been reading this week?