Happy Friday, all!
This is a week I’m very happy to see the end of– let’s just say it involved a lot of taking temperatures, administering pediatric Tylenol and Motrin, bathing fevered brows, and wiping noses.
I tried to escape to a remote Scottish island with Mary Stewart, but I was reminded that there was a reason I never re-read The Stormy Petrel: it just doesn’t hold together the way her others do. Of course, a bad Mary Stewart is still a good deal better than a good many other authors– her voice is beautiful even if the story doesn’t hold up– but this one has always felt as though there’s no there there. The mystery isn’t much of a mystery, and the romance is a foregone conclusion from the get go. Any other Mary Stewart fans out there with opinions on this? Is it just me, or is this one not as good as her others?
After that, I bounced hard off a recent thriller, and decided it was time to resort to the ultimate comfort reads: Dorothy Sayers’s Harriet Vane books. So I’m very happily re-reading Strong Poison with the prospect of Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon yet to come (when I’m not taking temperatures and wiping fevered brows and all that).
What have you been reading this week?