Weekly Reading Round-Up
June 15th, 2018

This week, I finally got around to reading Greer Hendricks’s and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us, a dark, domestic, psychological thriller about the unraveling of a woman’s life and marriage. I gobbled it up over the course of two short-ish train rides. (There’s really nothing like train and airplane reading.)

For a total change of tone, I’ve now moved on to an old favorite, Georgette Heyer’s Arabella, in which a vicar’s daughter pretends to be a great heiress.
Hijinks, misunderstandings, and true love ensue.

What have you been reading this week?


Weekly Reading Round-Up
June 8th, 2018

It’s been a week of the new and the old. I began with Ruth Ware’s latest, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, a modern Gothic featuring a mysterious heritage, an appropriately waifish and desperate heroine, mistaken parentage, and, of course, a House.

After that, I changed tone and time period and plunged back into the 16th century for intrigue and skullduggery in Scotland with Francis Crawford of Lymond (Lymond!) in Dorothy Dunnett’s The Game of Kings. I did my undergrad thesis on just this moment in Scottish history so going back to 1540s Scotland always feels like coming home. And has anyone else noticed that Lymond, in his speech patterns, is a close cousin of Lord Peter Wimsey?

In other news, I’ve been chugging away on the Barbados Book (coming to you May 2019!) and picking up useful bits of information such as the initial publication date of the medical journal The Lancet (1827, in case you were wondering), and the composition of a doll given as a gift in the early 19th century (wax or wood or papier mache but not porcelain).

What have you been reading this week?


New York Panel & Signing– Wednesday, June 6th!
June 5th, 2018

Come join me, Helen Phillips, Amanda Stauffer, and moderator Dana Schuster for a panel about writing and publishing fiction! We’ll talk about how we got started and the vagaries of the writing life– and anything else you’d like us to discuss, really.

The event is ticketed, but the ticket price includes a $15 gift card to Shakespeare and Co.

Hope to see you there! Click here to reserve your spot.

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What: Panel & Signing
When: Wednesday, June 6, 6:30pm
Where: Shakespeare & Co (69th & Lex)


Weekly Reading Round-Up
May 25th, 2018

It’s been a week of dark and atmospheric books, starting with Wendy Webb’s The End of Temperance Dare, a ghost story set at a tuberculosis sanatorium turned writers’s retreat, with all the attendant eeriness you can imagine. Highly recommended for a dark and stormy afternoon, preferably with tea.

From there, I moved on to a Ruth Ware binge, starting with The Woman in Cabin 10, a novel of psychological suspense set on the high seas, in which an inebriated and edgy journalist thinks she sees a body go overboard– but has she really? And who was the woman in Cabin 10, which everyone tells her in empty?

I’m currently in the middle of another Ruth Ware, The Lying Game, and loving it. There’s something about the clarity of the first person voice in her books that makes me think of Mary Stewart. And, without spoilers, I can say that there’s also something reassuring about knowing that no matter how dark the narrative gets, it usually turns out well in the end. I do like that in a book.

What have you been reading this week?


Weekly Reading Round-Up
May 18th, 2018

It’s back to winter here in New York! (Um, spring? Where did you go?) On cold and drippy days, what could be better than a classic mystery?

I revisited Agatha Christie’s The A. B. C. Murders and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Dying Detective. Now I’m trying to decide whether to move on to something new or keep up the trend with some vintage Charlotte MacLeod.

What have you been reading this week?


Weekly Reading Round-Up
May 11th, 2018

Do you ever have those weeks when you pick up books and put them down again? I’m sure they’re very good books, and books I might like at another time, but they just weren’t holding my attention– so I gave up on them and picked up Joan Aiken Hodge’s Marry In Haste.

I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it– I’d read a bit of Hodge back in my teens and found her books problematic, darker than the Heyer and Holt I preferred– but this time it was absolutely the right book at the right time. A marriage of convenience, Napoleonic spies, English agents, Portugal in 1807 (and we all know what happened in Portugal in 1807! Or, at least, if you read my The Lure of the Moonflower, you do), so I’m absolutely loving it, and delighted to have broken my blah reading streak.

What have you been reading this week?


Events, Events, Events
May 9th, 2018

Even though I’m technically not on tour right now, I’ll be popping up around town to talk books and sign things. You can find me:

— on May 31 at 10:30, at Book Expo America, signing ARCs of The Glass Ocean with the lovely Beatriz Williams. (Open to Book Expo attendees.)

— on June 6, at 6:30, at Shakespeare & Co, engaging in a discussion about fiction publishing with Amanda Stauffer (Match Made in Manhattan), Helen Phillips (The Beautiful Bureaucrat), and Dana Schuster (New York Post). (Ticketed event; click here to purchase ticket. Ticket price includes a $15 gift card to Shakespeare & Co.)

— on August 8, at Mysterious Bookshop with the wonderful M.J. Rose. (Free event.)

And stay tuned for The Glass Ocean Tour, coming to you in September! I’ll have more to say about that very, very soon….

And now back to writing the Barbados Book!


Weekly Reading Round-Up
May 4th, 2018

First: how is it Friday already? Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. But it feels more like Tuesday, somehow. This week is a bit of a blur.

Which may be why I can’t quite remember what I read this week. I know there were books… but I have no idea what they were.

The one stand-out? Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, psychological suspense about a hen party gone horribly, horribly wrong. It was one of those “oooh, now I must find her backlist!” books.

What have you been reading this week?


Give THE ENGLISH WIFE for Mother’s Day
May 2nd, 2018

Admittedly, the mother in The English Wife falls under the category of “thank you for not being like this….” So what better way to show your appreciation for your own mother on Mother’s Day?

I’ll be signing books for Books & Greetings in New Jersey this Saturday, so if you’d like to order a personalized copy and have it sent to you, just contact the good folks at Books & Greetings at 201-784-2665 before Saturday.

I’m also happy to send a signed bookplate which you can paste in. Just email me at willig@post.harvard.edu with Bookplate in the header and I’ll pop that in the mail to you ASAP.

Happy almost Mother’s Day!


New Jersey, Saturday 5/5– with refreshments!
May 2nd, 2018

Come celebrate the fifth of May with books and Starbucks, thanks to Closter Public Library and their brand new author series! I’ll be speaking about The English Wife— and whatever else you like!

If you’ve been stuck for a Mother’s Day gift, the folks from Books & Greetings will have copies of The English Wife on hand to be signed and personalized.

See you on Saturday!

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What: Talk & Signing
When: May 5, 2:00
Where: Closter Public Library, 280 High Street