Happy Friday, all!
My reading roll continued this week with Steph Dray’s The Women of Chateau Lafayette, set around three women who all lived in the home of the legendary Revolutionary War hero in three different eras: Lafayette’s wife in the 18th century; New York socialite, artist, and humanitarian Beatrice Chanler in World War I; and orphan Marthe in World War II. All three rise to the circumstances in spite of– or perhaps because of– their times, showing just what a determined woman can accomplish.
Moving from history to thriller, I picked up Riley Sager’s Lock Every Door, a novel of psychological suspense in which a penniless young woman takes a job as a house sitter at a legendary Upper West Side apartment building and learns that something quite terrible may lurk beneath the luxurious facade. It’s a beautiful homage to the “Manhattan apartment building” species of psychological thriller, with its own incredibly convincing twist.
After that, I was tempted to plunge right into another Riley Sager (two more I haven’t read yet! riches!) but I can only take so many three a.m. reading nights in a row, so I’ve retreated to the old and comfortable with Charlotte MacLeod’s The Convivial Codfish, which is who-even-remembers-which-number in her Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn mystery series, set in the Boston that once was several decades ago.
I’m also working on my autumn puzzle and mourning the canned pumpkin shortage which is currently depriving me of my regularly scheduled pumpkin muffins and forcing me to bake brownies instead.
What have you been reading this week?