Weekly Reading Round-Up
Happy Friday, all!
First of all, why did it take me so very long to read The Murder of Mr. Wickham? (Never mind: I know exactly why. I’m always scared reading books where beloved characters are presented by someone other than the original author.) Billed as Jane Austen meets Clue, the idea was sheer brilliance: a house party thrown by the Knightleys, attended by Marianne and Colonel Brandon, Catherine Tilney’s daughter, the Darcys and their eldest son, Captain and Mrs. Wentworth, and Fanny and Edmund at which Mr. Wickham is (deservedly, I think we can all agree) murdered. The book lived up to the concept and the source material. It was a truly charming visit with so many old friends– and it helped that it centered on two new characters, Juliet Tilney and Jonathan Darcy.
I also had the fun of reading Jane Healey’s upcoming Goodnight from Paris (no cover yet, I’m afraid!), based on the true story of an American movie star in Paris at the start of World War II who found herself drawn into resistance work, smuggling American airmen out of Nazi-occupied France, as well as Lauren Belfer’s Ashton Hall, about an American who visits an ailing relative in the English stately home where he rents an apartment, finding herself drawn deep into the Elizabethan history of the house when her son discovers the body of a woman walled up in a secret room.
After so many new books, it was time for visiting with an old one: Agatha Christie’s The 4:50 from Paddington, in which one of Miss Marple’s chums sees a murder committed in a passing train. Of course, Miss Marple is on the case. I read all the Marples and Poirots in my teens, but then put them aside for a long time in favor of Sayers, Allingham, and Tey– so it’s such fun rediscovering them after all this time and realizing that they’re much better than I’d remembered.
What have you been reading this week?
Had the pleasure of reading an ARC of the next in Mary Kingswood’s Mercer House series, A Spring Dance, and it was (as usual with Kingswood) a delight! Regency romance, centered as she puts it in “drawing room rather than bedroom” with well drawn characters and great historical detail.
Agree that The Murder of Mr. Wickham was great! I’ve found that Claudia Gray never fails to deliver (her Constellation trilogy was fabulous and her stand-alone Star Wars entry Lost Stars is still one of my favorite entries in the Star Wars universe).
Finished the newest Cormoran Strike, and yes, it was 1000 pages of “Why do people hate me” followed by a cop out ending. For palate cleansing and also because I am totally loopy from getting my flu shot I’ve been holding onto the latest Maureen Johnson Truly Devious book, ‘The Box in the Woods’ for a rainy day. I am almost done and the next book in the series can not come soon enough. The rest of the weekend will probably be spent reading this months book club book, something by Philip K. Dick.