Happy Friday, all!
It’s been a wonderful grab bag of books this week, with some very old and some very new, but all new to me, starting with Ruth Ware’s latest, The It Girl, about a woman whose roommate at Oxford was murdered during– and who comes to doubt what she thought she knew about the case. I can never resist a university-set novel! (This made me want to go and re-read Gaudy Night. Because.)
From there it was way back to the first of Ellis Peter’s Inspector Felse novels, Fallen into the Pit. Cadfael has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but, somehow, Felse slipped past me, so it felt like finding forgotten chocolate at the back of the cupboard to discover that there was a whole other series to read. This one is set in the immediate aftermath of World War II, when the boys have come home from war, and everything’s supposed to be back to normal– but isn’t. But you have to go on as though it’s normal even though the world’s shifted around you and no-one has time to process and adjust. It reminded me a great deal of some of the later Foyles, that bewildered postwar world.
Confession: I attempted to go back to the Kellings, but bounced hard off The Resurrection Man and The Odd Job Man. I’m not sure if this is because The Palace Guard is my least favorite book in the series (I’m not sure why, but it is) and these both draw on that world. Or maybe I was just in the wrong mood.
Instead, I went back to Patricia Wentworth, with one of her better stand alones, Touch and Go, about a young woman working as a governess/companion who finds herself plunged into a plot directed at her charge (rather like Nine Coaches Waiting, but with a snarky teenage girl as the murderee rather than a little French boy).
Right now, I’m finishing off the week with the last of Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s Inheritance Games books, The Final Gambit— and then it’s on to one new book and one ARC waiting for me!
What have you been reading this week?