Happy Friday, all!
You all know how much I love Golden Age mysteries. My Sayers and Tey are falling apart at the seams; Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver kept me company through the first year of the pandemic. But for some reason, I just can’t get into Dame Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn mysteries. Periodically, I go back and read the next few in the series to see if they’ll grow on me– because I feel like I should love them.
This week, I read my way in dribs and drabs through Overture to Death, in which an amateur theatrical production in an archetypal English village leads to– you guessed it– murder, and Death at the Bar, in which a barrister is ingeniously poisoned during a game of darts at a pub in a small English seaside town. Overture to Death mostly held my attention, but Death at the Bar was such a slog that I’m now off Alleyn again until the next time I decide to give it a try just in case.
I’ve decided to clear my palette with Alexis Hall’s sequel to Boyfriend Material, Husband Material, which I’ve been saving as a book slump breaker.
What have you been reading this week?