Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

I’ve been jumping down all sorts of research rabbit holes this week, from Sophia Schliemann’s role in excavating Tory to exactly where various trains of Rough Riders were on the evening of June 2, 1898 (the answer is on the one rail line leading to Tampa– but where exactly on that line?  That’s the question) and the activities of the Vassar College Relief Unit (which unlike the previous two is not for the new book, but for a talk I’m giving tomorrow to the Vassar Club of the Hudson Valley), so I’m having a strangely hard time remembering what I read that wasn’t research related.  I know there was something earlier in the week, but it clearly didn’t stick with me.

The one that did stick is the book I’m reading right now, Anthony Horowitz’s The Moonflower Murders, the sequel to The Magpie Murders, in which our intrepid editor heroine returns from managing a hotel in Greece to wade into another murder investigation with the dubious help of her now-dead author’s books, into which he wove secrets and clues.

Like Magpie Murders, this is a book within a book.  As a longtime Agatha Christie fan, I so enjoy Horowitz’s Poirot knock-off character, Atticus Pund, and his really very convincing Christie read-alike novel that sits at the center of the modern story.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Gayle Mills on April 16, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    I am reading Kate Quinn’s The Rose Code. It is kind of timely because Prince Phillip is one of the characters. It takes place in England during WWII. It’s good.

  2. Betty Strohecker on April 16, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Reading The Dark Heart of Florence by Tasha Alexander.

  3. Sheila on April 16, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I really enjoyed both of these books. There are clues throughout. It is interesting how he flipped the sequence of the “book within a book” in the second one.

  4. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on April 16, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    I have the Horowitz series on my TBR pile. My very large TBR pile… still in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, just about to finish the first duology (Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom) and move onto the second duology which won’t be a re-read (King of Scars/Rule of Wolves) and am SO excited to see where the story goes.

  5. Joan on April 16, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    I’m reading the 4th Wrexford and Sloane historical mystery Murder At The Queen’s Landing by Andrea Penrose.

  6. Jeanine C on April 17, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Reading A Desolation called Peace, which is beyond wonderful and probably going to be re-read as soon as I finish. Unless the latest Murderbot story interrupts that timeline…. the Horowitz books are in my TBR and I’ve started An Unkindness of Ravens for when I want a change of pace. I’m a bit burned out on historical just now, not sure why.

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