Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

It’s been a bit of a rough week with all the plagiarism drama, which continues.  My solace (in addition to all the lovely messages and support– thank you so much to everyone who reached out!) was Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age, which I’d been saving either as a reward for chapters written or for a time of need.

Four assassins for a top secret organization go on a cruise in honor of their retirement– and discover that someone means to retire them.  Permanently.

If The Rook and The Thursday Murder Club had a love child, Killers of a Certain Age would be that book.  I’ve told Deanna that I think it’s the book she was always meant to write and it’s spoiled me for all other books this week, because it was just SO good.

Of course, nothing could top that, so I’ve gone back to the oldies but goodies pile for some vintage Helen MacInnes, Above Suspicion, published in 1941, in which an Oxford don and his wife undertake a secret mission in Nazi Germany.  It’s just what I needed right now: good old fashioned well-crafted writing and sensible characters.  It’s a curl up in a warm chair with a cup of Earl Grey sort of book.

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. if you’re looking for a weekend read, Band of Sisters is currently reduced to $1.99 across all e-platforms!  You can find it on Kindle, Nook, or wherever else e-books are sold.


  1. Joa on October 21, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    I have started reading Murder At The Serpentine Bridge by Andrea Penrose and so far so good. I do enjoy this series. Last week I did a reread of Rebecca as I always find it slightly creepy and perfect for this time of year!

  2. Leigh Rankin on October 21, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    It just tickles me how much alike our reading tastes are! I bet I have a few MacInnes books on my bookshelves! I’ve not read her in YEARS!

  3. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on October 21, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve finished off all of Lockwood and Co and want more! Seriously, an older Lucy telling us all about what happened to end The Problem now that they know how it was created? I NEED IT! Then I read some Archie Horror comics, because, Halloween. And then my reading was derailed because I got an arc of the new Truly Devious Maureen Johnson book which I just finished and now I’m off to read the new Chequey Book, The Blitz!

    • Lauren Willig on October 25, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      I am so insanely jealous that you have both the new Truly Devious AND the new Rook book!

      • Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on October 25, 2022 at 7:47 pm

        Mwahahahahaha evil laugh! Though Blitz is now out in the world so it too can be yours, Truly Devious though not until December!

  4. Julie on October 22, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I read and loved the Helen MacInnes books years ago! Was pleased to see they were back in print as of a couple of years ago. I don’t remember the specific titles (regrettably, they all sound the same to me) but my favorite ones were the ones featuring Bob Renwick.

    I’ve been rereading Middlemarch lately. Her plots can be a bit unwieldy, but nobody does character emotions and relationships like George Eliot.

  5. Alex on October 23, 2022 at 2:24 am

    If you like Helen MacInnes – I highly recommend ‘Message from Absalom’ – great romantic thriller!

    • Julie on October 23, 2022 at 10:24 pm

      Ooh, I’ve never of that title. Off to look it up!

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