Happy Friday, all!
It’s winter again here in New York– with snow and sleet the other day– so I’ve retreated to the equivalent of a warm blanket with vintage cozy mysteries, finishing the last few books in Elizabeth Daly’s 1940s Henry Gamadge series. I’ve heard the term “American Agatha Christie” uttered many times about many authors, but in this case it really feels true. These are, as contradictory as it may sound, New York City country house mysteries. Just trade in the traditional British manor house and the village vicarage for the New York City brownstone and the corner drugstore….
Since I’ve run out of Gamadges, I went back to one of my favorite comfort read authors, Charlotte MacLeod, to try one of her stand alones, The Fat Lady’s Ghost, which has both the advantage and disadvantage of being very much a period piece. On the one hand, the picture of Boston in the 1960s is rather charming. On the other, I had a hard time with the heroine coming to the realization that it would be a far, far better thing to put aside her silly artistic ambitions and support the man in her life. One can’t blame a book for being a product of its own time, but… it smacked a bit too much of Milton’s “he for God only, she for God in him”. Just me?
Meanwhile, I have a growing pile of both new books I’ve been wanting to read and ARCs I really must read– if I can pry myself away from my cozy mystery cocoon!
What have you been reading this week?