Happy Friday, all!
My kids have gotten me sick– again– so hello from the fever haze!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I dug into my old Jo Beverley collection and re-read her Forbidden Magic, which contains some of my favorite tropes (we all have our favorite tropes): the heroine of good family fallen on hard times, struggling to support her younger siblings, who makes a marriage of convenience with a dashing but unpredictable nobleman, who, of course, turns out to be exactly the man for her. There’s also a magic statue, an evil dowager, and a full complement of comic side characters.
Back to mid-century mysteries, I continued my Charlotte Armstrong-athon with The Unsuspected, a very Hitchcockian story of a young woman’s murder and the relatives determined to find the truth, and A Dram of Poison, which was less a murder mystery and more an examination of human character. One thing I will say about Armstrong: she’s unpredictable. You don’t quite know what you’re going to get when you pick up one of her books. A spy thriller? A murder mystery? A slice of life? Results may vary.
Right now, I’ve dipped into one of my old favorite Bill Bryson books, Notes from a Small Island, which I first discovered on a Waterstone’s 3 for 2 table when I was a grad student living in London a very long time ago. But I’m yearning for some fiction to read and have no idea what I want– not even the genre. All recommendations accepted!
What have you been reading this week?