Happy Friday, all!
I started out the week with an oldie but goodie, Helen MacInnes’s The Venetian Affair, a Cold War thriller in which ordinary people find themselves swept up in startling conspiracies with repercussions for the fate of the free world. This might possibly be my favorite MacInnes yet.
I’m on double deadline right now with both my own book and the Team W book, so after a rather tough and exhausting few months, it seemed like a good time to revert to comfort reads, in this case chain-reading Charlotte MacLeod’s Janet and Madoc Rhys mysteries set in 1970s Canada, the first in a small town where an elderly woman is poisoned with a bottle of deliberately badly canned snap beans and the second at a Christmas house party at a faux baronial house out in the middle of nowhere where the seemingly light-hearted pranks might just be anything but.
Feeling like I really ought to try something new, I skimmed this month’s Reese’s Book Club pick, The House in the Pines, but I think I have hit my personal limit on thrillers involving substance-abusing unreliable narrators who must return to their hometown to track down the killer of the best friend who was murdered in the summer before college.
What have you been reading this week?