Weekly Reading Round-Up

It’s very rare that I’m more interested in our own century than others, but this week was one of those exceptions.

When I wasn’t compulsively refreshing the New York Times home page, I did pop back a hundred years to spend some soothing time in the mid-century Britain of Patricia Wentworth.

The Dower House Mystery, a stand alone, started out well (a supposedly haunted house and a woman paid two hundred pounds to live there for six months?  Yes, please!), but it devolved a bit.  (Characters from a previous stand alone I hadn’t read popped in midway and entirely changed the plot.)  It was still a good distraction, but it was one of those books that made me think more about the book I wanted it to be than the book it actually was.

I’m currently reading the penultimate Miss Silver mystery, The Alington Inheritance.  And after that… it may be time to leave 1950s Britain and tackle some of the interesting books on my TBR pile instead of hiding behind all the dead bodies in the vicarage.  Or I could go re-read Miss Marple and The Murder at the Vicarage.  It could go either way, really.

What have you been reading this week?

Oh, and in other news, I have two book give aways to mention!

— If you’re a Book Club Girl member, you can download The Summer Country for free today!  Book Club Girl is a totally free book group– and they give away a different e-book every Friday.  So if you’re not already a member, check it out.  This isn’t a contest or a sweepstakes, so everyone who wants one gets one.

— There are 76 (actual physical paper) advance copies of Band of Sisters up for grabs on Goodreads right now!  Just head over to Goodreads to enter.

Happy weekend and happy reading!


  1. Lilyane on January 8, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    “The Alington Inheritance” is book #31 out of #32 – one could drown in this series. I haven’t read this, but will try although I prefer books from the 1800’s, sometimes 1900’s up until the first World War (all of yours, of course, are exempt from these parameters). Earlier this week I read Caitlin Williams’ “The Events at Branxbourne” – so good that I’ve decided to read everything else she’s written. Happy weekend to you.

  2. Betty Strohecker on January 8, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    I’m reading A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber.

    • DJL on January 8, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      Love the Lady Darby series!

  3. DJL on January 8, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Reading “Stranger at the Dower House,” first in new Strangers series by Mary Kingswood. All her books are very even, solid Regency romances with mysteries thrown in. Good times.

    For a touch of nostalgia re-read “The Midwife’s Apprentice” by Karen Cushman and may have to go back to revisit some others in her YA catalogue (I also recall “Catherine, called Birdy” being marvelous), solid historical /Middle Ages England books. Short but oh-so-good.

  4. Rachel Adrianna on January 8, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Listened to Camino Winds by John Grisham and Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Both initially intrigued me because of their plot descriptions but ended up being underwhelming.

    Looking forward to Band of Sisters, which os something I KNOW I’ll enjoy 🙂

  5. Alex on January 8, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Wanting to start “Through a Glass Darkly”…but have been hemming and hawing (I don’t think I spelled that right 🙂 ) due to not having a happy ending…Is the romance and the historical detail worth it?
    Finished Ella March Chase’s “Three Maids for a Crown” – excellent Tudor fiction!!!

  6. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on January 10, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    “The Portable Dorothy Parker” the expanded edition, meaning an extra 300+ pages. It’s for book club, my pick though, and I just marvel at what a good writer she was. Depressing, men suck, and suicide an ever present thought, but genius!

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