Happy Friday, all!
Can you believe it’s the last day of September already? With October right around the corner, I’ve started in on some of my Halloween reading, beginning with Simone St. James’s Lost Among the Living. With favorite authors, it’s always such a challenge to find one you haven’t re-read recently– ahem, Silence for the Dead and Broken Girls, I’m looking at you– and I was so happy to fall back on Lost Among the Living, since it’s been at least three years since my last re-read. Part mystery, part ghost story, the widow of a lost-in-action-presumed-dead World War I pilot takes a position as paid companion to her husband’s aunt, but soon finds that all is not well at the family stately pile– and her husband might not be what he seems.
After that, it was the first in a really quite charming cozy mystery series, Simon Brett’s A Nice Class of Corpse, a tongue-in-cheek mystery set at a hotel for the genteel elderly in a down at the heels seaside town, in which murder spoils the little daily snobberies, and newcomer Mrs. Pargeter must use her unique talents to unravel the crime. If Miss Marple went to live at Fawlty Towers, you’d get a scenario somewhat like this….
Keeping with the mystery theme, I finally, finally read one of the books everyone’s been talking about, Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library, a book within a book in which an Australian author is working on a novel in which a scream is heard at the Boston Public Library and a woman’s body found hours later. Is it one of the people at the table who dunnit? Meanwhile, the emails from the very insistent Boston-based aspiring writer reading draft chapters of the novel become stranger and stranger…. Just how closely are truth and fiction intertwined?
What have you been reading this week?
Also, apologies!! Due to a variety of circumstances too boring to go into, I’m running a little behind on All The Things. So:
— A new Find That Book! was supposed to be up this week… but, All The Things. So expect it next Wednesday! (And it’s one of my very favorite book topics!)
— I’m starting to mail out the cards and notepads to people who preordered Two Wars from FoxTale Book Shoppe! If you ordered yours already, expect it in roughly a week. And if you haven’t yet, the pre-order offer is absolutely still open!
— Am I forgetting anything? Let me know!