Happy Friday! I have so many piles of new books, but I’ve been having such fun revisiting old ones. Interviewing Marie Benedict at the Strand about The Mystery of Mrs. Christie inspired me to revisit the early Miss Marples.  I hadn’t realized what a long time it had been since I read them– or how…

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It’s very rare that I’m more interested in our own century than others, but this week was one of those exceptions. When I wasn’t compulsively refreshing the New York Times home page, I did pop back a hundred years to spend some soothing time in the mid-century Britain of Patricia Wentworth. The Dower House Mystery,…

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Happy New Year!  Here’s wishing everyone a joyful, healthy, happy, book-filled 2021  I’m so looking forward to sharing the journey of the coming year with all of you– and piles of books, of course. Over the past couple of weeks, while I’ve been largely off-line with my family, I’ve discovered a new to me 1970s…

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I have not quite wrapped my head around the fact that we’re just one week away from Christmas– although the snow we had in New York this week certainly set the scene properly! With the snow falling, it seemed like a good time for some comfort reads: Mary Stewart’s Touch Not the Cat, involving telepathy…

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There are times when you just need to go back to an old favorite book, and this was one of them. This week, I cozied up with Trisha Ashley’s Twelve Days of Christmas, in which a house-sitting chef winds up snowed in at a Lancashire manor house presiding over a large house party.  (There is…

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I’m a little late with the round-up today because there isn’t much to round up. I could blame it on working on the latest Team W chapter (did I mention that Team W is hard at work on our latest collaboration?), or on the kids going on bedtime strike, but it’s really less any of…

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Is it embarrassing to admit that I don’t remember what I’ve been reading this week? I know I read one of Margery Allingham’s Campion books, Dancers in Mourning, in which Campion is drawn into the tangled lives of a theatrical troupe, but beyond that it’s all rather a blur of Thanksgiving prep. Right now, I’ve…

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Happy Friday, all! Right now in New York, the seasons seem as discombobulated as I am.  It went from a bitter cold that made me think I ought to start my annual holiday reading soon back to October Halloween-reading weather.  So I’m not really sure what time of year it is, whether it’s actually going…

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It’s been a crazy rollercoaster of a week, hasn’t it?  In between refreshing news sites, I’ve been reading Jenny Colgan’s 500 Hundred Miles from You, in which a London nurse suffering from a traumatic experience changes places with a counterpart in the Highlands and finds hope and healing there (and the usual amount of laugh out…

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Happy Halloween! In honor of the impending spook-fest, I’ve been in full-on Gothic mode this week.  The weather has been cooperating by raining relentlessly. I started with Patricia Wentworth’s The Benevent Treasure, which I was assured by a friend was the most Gothic of the Miss Silver novels (ingenue heroine, left penniless by the death…

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