Happy Friday, all! It’s been a whirlwind week in the double deadline vortex: working on both the Team W book and my own current book. But it was also a week of some highly satisfying light reading.
After finishing a particularly grim thriller last weekend, I felt in need of some happy comfort reads, so I went back to my Charlotte MacLeod collection for two mysteries that feature Emma Kelling, one of my favorite characters in the Kellingverse (she’s the grande dame of a Gilbert & Sullivan troupe, so, clearly, my people): The Plain Old Man and The Gladstone Bag, in which, respectively, a production of The Sorcerer is marred by (you guessed it) murder, and a priceless diamond necklace is secreted in a bag of old stage jewelry and murder and mayhem ensue. There’s nothing like a bit of light murder with a side of G&S to soothe the nerves.
I may possibly have worked a bit of The Gondoliers into the WIP. Just possibly….
I took a break from mysteries to indulge in an ARC of Julia Kelly’s upcoming book, The Last Dance of the Debutante, about the 1958 Season, the last official season in London in which debutantes were presented to the Queen.
After that, I was feeling sufficiently restored to try another thriller on the Buzzy Releases pile– and bounced off it hard. Very hard. So it was back to the comforting world of mid-century Britain with Catherine Aird’s His Burial Too, which has a rather bizarre premise, a variant of the locked room mystery in which a man is found crushed under a piece of statuary in a locked church tower, but I thought was one of the better of her 1960s mystery series, the Calleshire Chronicles.
What have you been reading this week?