Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

I madly binged the rest of Jodie Taylor’s Elizabeth Cage series, Dark Light and Long Shadows, about a woman leading a quiet life who suddenly finds herself plunged into danger, government machinations, and odd supernatural happenings.

I wasn’t quite ready to leave that world yet, so I moved on to the first in her Frogmorton Farm series, The Nothing Girl, which didn’t have the drama or adventure, but did have a heroine of the Valency Stirling Blue Castle variety who had been squished by her family but finally makes a break by marrying a childhood friend in a marriage of convenience, which, of course, turns out to be more than a marriage of convenience.  There’s also an invisible, talking, golden horse.  Because.

After that, I tried a book that’s been on my TBR for a few weeks now: Isabel Canas’s The Hacienda, a wonderfully creepy work of Gothic suspense in the old school Barbara Michaels/ Simone St. James/ vengeful ghost tradition set in Mexico in the 1820s.  It did a brilliant job of creating a world and an atmosphere without over-explaining.  The word “immersive” tends to be overused, but this book absolutely was.

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. In other news, my next stand alone, Two Wars and a Wedding, is now available for pre-order!  You can learn more here.


  1. Sheila Churchill on June 24, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    I loved The Nothing Girl. I think the Frogmorton stories would be great for your daughter when she is a little older

  2. DJL on June 24, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    For something completely different, read the book Jaws by Peter Benchley (inspiration for the movie) and was a suspenseful way to kill a few hours.
    Now re-reading the 3rd in Mimi Matthews Parish Orphans of Devon series, A Convenient Fiction, a fav from that series.

  3. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on June 24, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Oh, ‘The Hacienda’ is on my TBR pile because Johnnie Cakes told me it’s ‘Rebecca’ if the house got angry. I’ve been rereading the first in Andrea Penrose’s Lady Arianna Regency Mystery series, ‘Sweet Revenge’ and can’t wait to finish it and binge the rest of the series. I honestly didn’t know until a few months ago that she continued the series in ebook form!

  4. Jeanine on July 11, 2022 at 10:33 am

    I’m starting a new fantasy series by Jen Williams and rereading the Joe Sandilands mysteries by Barbara Cleverly. The plot of the one I just finished is far-fetched but I enjoy the characters and world building. Thinking I’ll also resume Nicola Upson’s series featuring Josephine Tey, one of my favorite authors.

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