Happy Friday– and happy December!
As we launch into the festive season, I treated myself to the most recent book in Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series, The Last Devil to Die, which was just as wonderful and warm-hearted and twisty as the previous installments, but at times made me very weepy. (If you’ve read it, you’ll know why.) It’s rare feat to keep a series going in which the characters continue to develop and the story doesn’t collapse under its own accumulated weight, but these books do it.
After that, it was really hard to think of anything to read that would live up to it, other than going back and reading the earlier books in the series, so I went back to Ngaio Marsh’s Alleyn books, which I’ve been zigzagging through, out of order, whenever I can’t think of anything else to read. This time it was Died in the Wool, a New Zealand-set installment, in which Alleyn, over on government business in World War II, winds up solving the year old murder of a politician murdered and hidden in a wool press. What made this one unusual was that the first half of the book was all different characters’ testimony in retrospect– which made me think of Josephine Tey and The Daughter of Time. (So, of course, now I need to read some Tey! Should I go with Franchise Affair or Miss Pym Disposes?)
What have you been reading this week?