Happy Friday, all!
This week, I read Susanna Kearsley’s latest, The Vanished Days, which felt both like a departure for her (no modern frame story, no paranormal element) but also an entirely logical next step (a beautiful and nuanced deep dive into late 17th/early 18th century Scottish history). It’s the story of Adam, who’s been sent to investigate the claim of a woman seeking restitution after the failed Darien expedition. If she can prove she was married to one of the fallen members of the expedition, she gets the payout. But can she? And was she? And it’s the story of Lily, the woman he’s investigating. It’s a wonderful exploration of the way high matters of state trickle down to upend the lives of normal people and intrigues touch even the ordinary, especially in so small and fraught a world as that of 17th century Scotland.
Other than that, I’ve mostly been clutching my comfort reads. I started Steven Rowley’s The Guncle, which is just as marvelous as everyone says, but put it aside for when I can truly enjoy it, and, instead, went back to core comfort reading: Charlotte MacLeod’s The Plain Old Man, which is who-even-remembers-which-number in the Sarah Kelling mystery series in which skullduggery dogs a Gilbert and Sullivan production, and the fourth in Jonathan Stroud’s ridiculously addictive Lockwood & Co. series, The Creeping Shadow, in which psychic agents battle ghosts in an alternate England beset by paranormal problems, or, as they call it, The Problem.
This weekend, of course, I’ll be reading The Orchid Affair, for our rescheduled Read Along meeting this coming Wednesday, October 13th!
What have you been reading this week?
p.s. if you’re in the New Jersey area, head over to Morristown tomorrow for my one and only in person pandemic appearance for Band of Sisters! I’ll be chatting historical fiction with Sadeqa Johnson in the tent at 3:30, and signing books in the signing tent immediately after. You can find details at https://morristownbooks.org/. It’s a great time to stock up on personalized books as holiday gifts!