Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

Confession: I have been on a ridiculous Patricia Wentworth-a-thon.  The one exception has been Chris Bohjalian’s The Lioness, part thriller, part historical fiction, about a 1960s safari for a Hollywood starlet and her husband gone very, very wrong.

Otherwise, it’s been all Patricia Wentworth, all the time, at the rate of roughly one per night.

I binge-read Wentworth’s Miss Silver mysteries, which I loved (with some exceptions– any series has its duds) in the early days of the pandemic.  Having run out of Miss Silver, I decided to give Wentworth’s stand alones a go, with Nothing Venture, Hole and Corner, Hue and Cry, Will o’ the Wisp, and Touch and Go.  I find them incredibly annoying (anyone else remember the days of talking about TSTL heroines in Romancelandia?), with their improbable coincidences, impulsive heroines, deeply incompetent villains, and sudden savior heroes, but I can’t seem to stop reading them.  I think it’s because I adore her voice, even if I’m cringing most of the way through.

I may need to take a break and read something else….

What have you been reading this week?


  1. DJL on August 19, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Still reading Dan Jones’ history The Plantagenets, good bite-size portraits of medieval kings & queens of England.

  2. Joan on August 19, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Like you Lauren I am reading lots of Patricia Wentworth novels. In her stand alones she does have a couple of REALLY evil female villains!.

  3. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on August 19, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Finishing up Andrea Penrose’s Lady Arianna Mystery series, and not wanting to reach the last book (last book for the moment that is.)

  4. Jeanne Behnke on August 22, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    I read The Woman In The Library by Sulari Gentill & The Maid by Nita Prose. Both so good I kinda binge read them. Now I’m speeding through Gather The Bones by Alison Stuart. Another winner. I love when I get such a string of good reading!

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