As I’ve been pounding away at the new stand alone novel (70,000 words down, 50,000 left to go!), I’ve been dipping into old comfort reads, first a Mary Stewart fest, and now some Lord Peter Wimsey.
– Mary Stewart, My Brother Michael.
While Nine Coaches Waiting will always be my favorite Mary Stewart (followed closely by Thornyhold), My Brother Michael has a special place in my heart because it was my very first Mary Stewart, discovered in the school library back when I was in Middle School, in a nondescript hardcover edition without a dust jacket. I’d run out of Victoria Holts for the moment, and decided to take a chance on something new– and there it was, an exotic Greek setting, intrigue, mystery, snappy dialogue, an enigmatic hero.
– Mary Stewart, This Rough Magic.
More classic Mary Stewart– now with dolphins! And an adorable aging actor, and his somewhat less adorable, but intriguingly brooding, son.
– Dorothy Sayers, Murder Must Advertise.
I tend to re-read the Lord Peter and Harriet Vane books a lot (especially Gaudy Night and Busman’s Honeymoon), but the non-Harriet books get neglected. Foolish me. I’d forgotten just how whimsically brilliant Lord Peter can be, and the send up of the ad industry in this novel is particularly entertaining.
What have you been reading?
As a side note, huge congrats to Sarah MacLean, whose One Good Earl Deserves a Lover made its debut yesterday!