One of the benefits of the Flu-That-Won’t-Go-Away is that it means plenty of time to read– especially old favorites. This week, I’ve read:
— Angela Thirkell, Wild Strawberries
For those who haven’t discovered Thirkell, think Nancy Mitford crossed with P.G. Wodehouse. She has a wonderful eye for the frailties of human nature, but displays them with affection.
— Nancy Mitford, Love in a Cold Climate
In my twenties, I preferred Mitford’s broader, more slapstick satire, like Highland Fling and Pigeon Pie, but I’ve come to a tardy appreciation of Love in a Cold Climate, which pokes fun more subtly.
— Mary Stewart, Wildfire at Midnight
A remote Skye fishing lodge… a series of shocking murders… and, of course, your choice of brooding heroes. Classic Mary Stewart fun.
— Anne de Courcy, The Viceroy’s Daughters
The lives of the three Curzon daughters as they careen through the 20’s and 30’s.
— M.M. Kaye, Death in the Andamans
Possibly my favorite of the M.M. Kaye “Death in…” books (my wonderfully garish 80’s copy is beginning to lose pages), a murder mystery set in the Andaman Islands in the late 30’s.
What have you been reading?