Happy Friday, all! It’s been zigzagging between April showers and August weather in New York, but I’ve been happily frolicking in medieval Wales with Brother Cadfael in the first Cadfael book, A Morbid Taste for Bones.
The last time I picked up an Ellis Peters book was a good twenty years ago (it may even have been before college, so we’re talking early 90s here, and lots of plaid flannel), and I’d forgotten just how good they are. I’d fallen into the trap of thinking of the books merely as the prompt for the tv series, which I loved back in the day. And by back in the day, we’re talking whenever it aired on Mystery in the States. I’ll admit, I can’t read them without picturing Derek Jacobi, but otherwise the books totally stand on their own and paint a brilliant, vivid world. I may be reading these for a while….
I also popped back into Catherine Aird’s 1970s Calleshire Chronicles with Book 6, Some Die Eloquent, in which a girls’ school science teacher supposedly dies of natural causes– but an unexplained sum of money in her bank account leads the police to start asking questions. I’ve found that these are pleasant, mildly whimsical police procedurals that make a good placeholder while I’m trying to figure out what to read next.
(I had not realized until I had posted the pictures, but my reading choices for this week appear to be very… blue.)
What have you been reading this week?
Oh, by the way, apologies to anyone who tried to sign up for Team W’s Moms, Manuscripts, and Mimosas and discovered that all the free tickets were sold out and there were only admission with book purchase tickets left. That was a mistake. All the tickets are meant to be free tickets. Of course, we’d be delighted if you’d buy lots of books from Warwick’s as a thank you for hosting the event (they don’t even have to be our books!), but that’s purely optional. The link should be fixed and back up and running later today.
In other news, the 2021 Pinkorama is still open for entries! If you’re feeling inspired this weekend, get out your Peeps and craft your favorite scene from any of my (or Team W’s) books! I’ll start posting the Pinkoramae on Wednesday. All instructions and disclaimers to be found here.
Have a wonderful weekend!