Happy Friday, all!
I apologize for a very long Reading Round Up hiatus! What was meant to be just a week or two away from my website turned into… the whole summer. In that time, I was finishing up the Manhattan Well Murder book (now with my editor!) and huddling with Beatriz and Karen over edits for Team W book #5 (now in copyedits!). Neither has a title yet– that will be the next order of operations– but you’ll be seeing Team W book #5 on the shelves roughly a year from now, in autumn 2024, and the Manhattan Well Murder book in January 2025.
Right now, I’m deep in research for the next project… on which more soon! But I can tell you it involves another real life late 18th century American trial and the true love story of one of my favorite founding fathers, which could have come right out of a romance novel– but actually happened.
Anyway, on to the Reading Round-Up! I’m months behind, so I can tell you that this summer I read through Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone trilogy, as well as the recent blockbuster Fourth Wing, both of which involve magical educations and dark conspiracies.
Right now, I’m mostly buried under research books, but when I’m not digging into the background of the next book, I’ve gone back to some old friends, like Dorothy Cannell’s Ellie Haskell books, and Elizabeth Peters’s mystery novels.
I was thrilled to discover that after all these years Jennifer Crusie and Bob Meyer had two new books out– and a third coming next week! It’s a classic Crusie mix of small town and big personalities. (Also, if you haven’t ever read Agnes and the Hitman, do. It’s sheer madcap joy.)
What have you been reading this week? (Or this summer!)