Happy Friday, all!
I’ve been deep in reviewing my research for the Manhattan Well Murder Book this week, so it’s been mostly trial transcripts and biographies of Hamilton and Burr for me, but I did snatch a break from the late 18th/early 19th century with Camilla Sten’s latest thriller, The Resting Place, in which a young woman with face blindness inherits a house in the Swedish countryside she didn’t know her grandmother owned. You know I can never resist a “house” book…. This one had strong echoes of Ruth Ware, so if you liked One by One, you’ll love this one.
Continuing my Thirkellathon, I picked up an Angela Thirkell I’d never read before, the first of her World War II novels, Cheerfulness Breaks In. And… I realized maybe I had been right in only reading her 1930s books. There were some utter gems (I love it when she mocks the publishing world), but it was a bit of a reunion special, with old characters from all her old books popping up, no particular plot, and a nasty whiff of anti-Semitism. I’ll go back to her old books with love and might even venture to try some of her other war books someday, but this one goes back on the shelf and stays there.
Right now, I have both a new T. Kingfisher AND the new Riley Sager waiting for me. Riches!
Oh, and in case you missed it, you can get not one, but two of my books for cheap right now! My Barbados book, The Summer Country, is currently $1.99 on both Kindle and Nook. The latest Team W book, The Lost Summers of Newport, is reduced to $3.99 on Kindle from now until Sunday. Get ’em while they’re cheap!
What have you been reading this week?