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?