Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

I’ve spent another week immersed in the late 18th/early 19th century with the Manhattan Well Murder– but I did sneak away from 1800 New York to 1960s England with the latest in Elly Griffiths’s Brighton Mysteries, The Midnight Hour, in which an aging theatre impressario is murdered with rat poison and the police and the brand new Holmes and Collins detective agency are both on the case.

After that, I started Elizabeth Daly’s 1940s Maine and New York set Henry Gamadge series, which was recommended to me by the same friend who tipped me off about Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver books.  Something about the tone and setting reminds me a great deal of Mary Roberts Rinehart– it’s a window into that same world.

After that… I’m not sure what to read next.  Another Gamadge?  Something entirely different?  All recommendations welcome!

What have you been reading this week?


  1. DJL on February 4, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Mary Lancaster’s Crime & Passion series has been light and entertaining (1850s England, investigation and romance mix). Just finished #2, Letters to a Lover, about a noblewoman who is experiencing memory gaps and is contacted by a blackmailer claiming to have some love letters she cannot recall writing!

  2. Ann Stebbins on February 4, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Reading the first of Elly Griffiths’s Brighton Mysteries The Zig Zag Girl. Love her Ruth Galloway series if you haven’t read those already.

  3. Sheila on February 4, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    I finally finished Go Tell the Bees I am Gone. I can’t aye I thought it was very good, someone please get her a stern editor!, but I hope to around to finish up the series. Right now I am reading some non-fiction, Mary Roach’s Fuzz, which is about how animals who dare on human goals are dealt with. Really good so far.

    1, but I hope to still be around to finish up the series.

  4. Jeanine on February 4, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Have you read ‘Ellis Peter’s Inspector Felse series? His wife Bunty is lovely (and gets her own book) as done his son Dominic. I like it better than the Brother Cadfael series.

    I’m trying to settle down to something — right now I’m on a Melissa Scott kick, rereading some her Astreiant books.

  5. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on February 4, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    I really felt like the Brighton Mysteries took a steep decline with the time jump. Last weekend I spent time devouring Noir comics by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips before picking up Sarah MacLean’s ‘The Season’ which just might have something to do with what I’m doing on my blog next month. Next up is some more Noir comics, Joe Hill did one about an ex-cop stand-up comedian who gets accused of murder and more MacLean, ‘Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake.’

  6. Joan on February 6, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve read all 11 of the Mr. Potter mystery series by Rae Foley in the last 2 weeks. I really enjoyed them (except for one which I skimmed through). They were written in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

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