Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

There’s been so much going on this week that’s it all a bit of a blur– working on my new book! Pinkorama! one kid home from school sick! the joy of the New York Library Lunch with marvelous author friends! two kids home from school sick! more Pinkorama! sick kids getting me sick! what was that book I was meant to be writing again?– but in the midst of it, two fun reads stand out, both rather snarky mysteries (and mysteries I’d never read before written by living authors!):

The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell: the American version of the Great British Bake Off has been run for years by “America’s grandmother”, the grande dame of baking, at her family’s ancestral New England estate, but with the filming of the latest season of the show comes a new co-host, long-buried secrets, and… murder.  Really such fun.  I read it in one night.

Murder on the Christmas Express by Alexandra Benedict: on a train to the Highlands for the birth of her first grandchild, a newly retired British police office finds herself confronting both a murderer and her own past.  It’s the perfect locked train mystery!  (It’s a closed room mystery within a closed circle mystery, so it hits two classic mystery tropes at the same time.)

What have you been reading this week?

When you have the chance, don’t miss this year’s peeptastic Pinkoramae, which I’ve been posting here on the News page all week!  They’re truly tours de peep.  The sixth and last will be up tomorrow, followed by the Pinkorama round up, and then voting.


  1. Sheila Churchill on April 28, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    I hope everyone gets well at the same time SOON!

  2. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on April 28, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    I’m waiting until Christmas to read the new Alexandra Benedict, I read her first last year and it was quite fun. Just picked up the second book in H.G. Parry’s Shadow Histories, AKA Regency Magic, and Napoleon being one of the main characters this book vs. Robespierre in the first has really got my attention. After this I’m finally starting the Rivers of London series. Oh, I also read the first issue of John Allison’s The Great British Bump Off, comic GBBO, and it’s spot on. Can’t wait for the second issue. Feel better soon!

  3. Lori Kramer on April 30, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Good to read your reviews! I saw The Golden Spoon and thought it looked interesting!

  4. MDel on May 2, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    Reading Murders at Fleat House…so sad that Lucinda Riley won’t get a chance to make it a series 🙁

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