Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

I’ve been deep in revisions for the Manhattan Well Murder book (coming your way, hopefully with title, in January 2025!) so mostly I’ve been reading my own manuscript.  Repeatedly.  But for sanity’s sake, I did carve out some time to read other peoples’ books, starting with Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody, a mystery (and sort of ghost story) set at a crumbling hotel upstate during a convention for student musicians.  I loved Racculia’s Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, which felt like The Westing Game for grown ups, and this had the same exuberant charm.

After that, it was back to an old friend, Georgette Heyer’s Talisman Ring, which may possibly be my very favorite Heyer (there’s tough competition for that title).  When Eustacie de Vauban tries to run away from an arranged marriage and runs straight into her falsely-accused-of-murder cousin turned free trader, Ludovic Lavenham, Miss Sarah Thane and Sir Tristram Shield have to step in to save the impulsive pair– and discover who framed Ludo in the first place.  Hijinks and banter ensue.

What have you been reading this week?



  1. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on October 20, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    The new Covid shot knocked me on my ass, which is good, because immunity now spiking in my body, so I’ve been in a chair all week reading The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. They’re just the right level of interesting but not too confusing that my brain can handle at the moment.

    • Amber @thebookstoregal on October 21, 2023 at 3:40 am

      I finished Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angelina Boulley (fantastic) and started Hester by Laurie Albanese (also great, so far). I’m also reading an advanced readers copy of The Purest Bond by Jen Golbeck since I’m flying to Florida to go to the book release party in a few weeks.

  2. Joan LaHaie on October 20, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    I’ve been reading Susan Kiernan-Lewis’s Claire Baskerville mysteries which I absolutely LOVE! They are set in Paris with a heroine of a certain age (64) which is very relateable to me.

  3. Alex on October 21, 2023 at 12:08 am

    Reading “Hour of the Witch” and “Mrs. Poe” – perfect for fall!

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