Weekly Reading Round Up

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?


  1. Julie on July 15, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Planning to read the new book by Geraldine Brooks, Horse. Hope it’s as good as the buzz surrounding it!
    On your recommendation, I checked out The Hacienda by Isabel Canas from the library last time I went–looking forward:)
    Out of nostalgia, I ordered some of Loula Grace Erdman’s books (old and out of print, but not too hard to track down) from ebay and have been rereading them the past couple of weeks, quite enjoyably. I still have one of my favorites left to go, The Edge of Time. I will see how it holds up–it’s been years since I read it!

  2. DJL on July 15, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Finished The Spy Wore Red and picked up the next one by same author, Aline, Countess of Romanones. The Spy Went Dancing recounts further of her adventures as a spy, this time involving (peripherally) the Duke & Duchess of Windsor. Very good!

  3. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on July 15, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    You will LOVE the Riley Sager book, such a good creepy vibe! I’ve just been in Andrea Penrose/Lady Arianna land and plan to stay there for awhile.

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