Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!!  I hope everyone has been having a very merry (and healthy) holiday!

On my twelfth day of Covid (and fourteenth day of Covid house arrest– not that I’m counting or anything), I decided it was really time to break out some of the books I’ve been saving for a time of need and finally treated myself to the latest of Francine Mathews’s Merry Folger mysteries, Death on a Winter Stroll.  In this installment of the Nantucket-based mystery series, the estranged ex-wife of the husband of the Secretary of State is found murdered on Stroll weekend, leaving police chief Merry Folger to negotiate tricky politics as well as another murder involving Hollywood types on the estate next door.  Who doesn’t love a good festive murder?

I tried to revisit some of my usual comfort reads, from Georgette Heyer’s Envious Cascia to Charlottle MacLeod’s Janet and Madoc Rhys mysteries, but I found myself doing a lot of picking up and putting down.  I did manage to make it through a re-read of Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and one of the lesser Patricia Wentworth stand alone novels, Run, but there may have been a fair amount of skimming involved.  Apparently Covid brain and Golden Age mysteries don’t go together.  Or maybe it’s Covid brain and re-reads that don’t go together.

What have you been reading this week?

I want to wish everyone a very happy last two days of 2022 and all the best for 2023!  May the coming year bring everyone health, happiness, and lots of good books!


  1. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on December 30, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    I finished devouring ‘A Wallflower Christmas’ by Lisa Kleypas, just right to get me in the holiday mood. Then I moved onto ‘An English Murder’ by Cyril Hare, Golden Age and marvelously anti-Nazis without any problematic antisemitism that is in a lot of Golden Age mysteries. Now I’m reading ‘The Christmas Murder Game’ by Alexandria Benedict, which is hard to categorize, family comes together to solve riddle to find out who will inherent a big old pile in Yorkshire. Bodies are now piling up higher than the snowdrifts and car batteries have disappeared. It took awhile to get into but now I’m irritated at anything that is taking me away from it. I’m thinking of reading ‘Murder for Christmas’ by Francis Duncan, because more dead bodies at Christmas under a tree!

    Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

  2. Joan on December 30, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    I’m reading the Lady Baldstone’s Christmas Chronicles of which there are 4 books and I’m almost finished with book 3. I find this series by Stephanie Laurens delightful!

  3. Alex on January 2, 2023 at 1:45 am

    I hope you feel better soon Lauren!
    What where your favorite reads of 2022?

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