Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy September, everyone! I’ve got my pumpkin spice creamer, my fuzzy blanket, my puzzle with autumn foliage ready to go– and some fall reads lined up, thanks to all the wonderful recommendations by folks over on my Facebook author page.
I ended August with Hid From Our Eyes, Julia Spencer-Fleming’s long awaited seventh book in her Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne series, set up in the Adirondacks. It’s been seven years since I read the last one (I read it nursing my first baby!), but her writing is so vivid that it was incredibly easy to fall back into that familiar world and pick up with her characters again as though there hadn’t been all those years in between.
I’d be lying if I said I was off my Patricia Wentworth mysteries– in between new reads, I squeezed in one I’d somehow missed from early in the series: She Came Back, in which an heiress thought lost in German occupied France suddenly shows up in England three years later, just as her husband is about to marry again. But is she really the same woman? Only Miss Silver can determine the truth! Because Miss Silver.
And now I’m engaging in an orgy of new books, courtesy of a wonderful recommendation thread over on my Facebook author page. I started with Tracy Wilcox’s Mrs. Morris and the Ghost, in which a young widow buys a haunted B&B in Salem and finds herself solving a recent murder; then moved on to The 7 and 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, which really is like Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day; and now I’m dithering between Erin Hart’s The Haunted Ground and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood (if you have any thoughts on which I should read first, please chime in!).
What have you been reading this week?
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Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, a YA novel by Joyce Carol Oates, set against the backdrop of school shooting hysteria–one of the main characters makes an off the cuff comment, meant as a joke, which is reported to school officials, and the resultant reactions of said officials, the suburb the school is in, and fellow students makes for interesting reading.
Also read Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton, which honestly is an Anthony Trollope novel, just with the characters as dragons. It honestly *really* works.
And it made me want to pick up one of my very favorite Trollope books for a re-read, Can You Forgive Her?, which is always enjoyable.
I DNF’ed a few things this week but I did read The Blind by A. F. Brady.
Erin Hart! I read that series years ago and it is good! Right now I’m revisiting Darcie Wilde’s Useful Woman Regency mystery series. And I have Evie Dunmore’s latest to read.
LOVED Evelyn Hardcastle! I’m reading The Master and Margarita for book club and am unenthused by it… perhaps an Elizabeth Peters binge for the holiday weekend is in order…