Happy Friday, all!
This week was a bonanza of new books as I caught up on some of my stack of new releases, starting with Megan Miranda’s latest, The Last to Vanish, a small town in the Appalachians with a reputation for mysterious disappearances. Is it coincidence? Natural causes? Or is there something sinister going on in Cutter’s Passage?
From Tennessee, I moved on to Norfolk with the latest (I’ve lost track of the number) Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway book, The Locked Room, which takes place just as lockdown hits in March 2020. There was something very poignant about revisiting those early days of the pandemic with Ruth, Nelson, and the gang, with all the uncertainty, the fear, the sudden plunge into Zoom and homeschooling, all those things we take for granted now but were so new and strange then.
After that, I scuttled back to one of my favorite comfort reads authors, Patricia Wentworth, with one of her stand alones, Nothing Venture, in which the autocratic heir to an estate makes a hasty marriage with the secretary at his law office because his uncle’s will predicates his inheritance on being married by a certain date, and his fiancee dumps him two days before (coincidence? or a plot?). Although I do love a good marriage of convenience, it contains some of my least favorite Wentworth tropes, but it was still a fun palette cleanser.
What have you been reading this week?