Archive for March, 2017

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 31st, 2017

This week, I’ve been on a binge of Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway series, about a forensic archaeologist who finds herself drawn into police investigations. (Many thanks to my best friend for the recommendation! And to my husband for making a large pile of the books magically appear.) It’s a little bit like reading a DCI Banks episode.

Up next on the TBR pile is Kate Morton’s The Lake House, which I am ashamed to admit I haven’t read yet.

What have you been reading this week?

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 24th, 2017

It’s a funny thing. When I get down to the writing stage of a new book, I need new books to read. Not old comfort reads, but brand-new-to-me books, preferably a series, if one can be had. Laurie King’s Kate Martinelli mysteries got me through the end of That Summer, Laura Resnick’s Esther Diamond novels saw me through The Other Daughter, and Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London made The Lure of the Moonflower possible. I have all sorts of theories about this, none of them terribly useful, especially when I’m desperately in need of a new series– because that new book isn’t just going to write itself. (Although, sometimes, it would be nice if it would, like those elves and the shoemaker. Or do elves only do shoes?)

On the recommendation of my best friend, I’m giving Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway mysteries mysteries a go, although I seem to have started at the end of the series by accident, with The Ghost Fields.

I also finally, finally read Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard, in which one of the Princess Elizabeth’s ladies in waiting is exiled by Queen Mary to a remote castle where the border between the mortal realm and faerie may be thinner than in other places. How did I never read this book as a teenager? It’s making me feel rather nostalgic for both Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin (Tam Lin reimagined in the 1970s, over four years in a small liberal arts college) and Patricia C. Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red (an Elizabethan-set retelling of the classic fairy tale).

What have you been reading this week? And do you have any good series to recommend?


Sunday, March 19th, 2017

The winner of the advance copy of Jennifer Robson’s Goodnight from London is…

…Karen Townsend!

Congrats, Karen! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll pop your book in the mail to you. Congrats, and happy reading!

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Friday, March 17th, 2017

This week, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of Jennifer Robson’s latest, Goodnight from London.

goodnight from londonUnlike her earlier books, this one moves forward to World War II, when an American journalist takes a job with a paper in London, covering the Blitz (and living through it). In the best sort of way, this book reminded me of Rilla of Ingleside: the war seen from the home front, stretching on longer than anyone thought it could– although with rather more bombing and fewer war babies in soup tureens. And, of course, World War II rather than World War I.

And now for the best part! Would you like to read Goodnight from London now, rather than waiting for the May release? I have one ARC up for grabs. For a chance to win, just comment below!

The winner will be announced on Sunday…. Good luck!

What have you been reading this week?

THE ENGLISH WIFE: Official Release Date!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

This just in: The English Wife, aka the next stand alone novel, aka the Gilded Age Book, has an official release date!

You can find The English Wife on shelves on January 9, 2018.

Just to give you a glimpse, here are the final proofs (plus tea and biscuits):

English Wife proofs

Cover, excerpts, buy links, and all that other fun stuff coming up soon!

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Friday, March 10th, 2017

So many thanks to Carly for mentioning The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope in the Facebook comments on last week’s Weekly Reading Round-Up!

Where has this book been all my life?

Short answer: on my bookshelf. A friend gave it to me years ago, but it languished with the other “I’ll get to this someday” books. So I’m so grateful to Carly for reminding me of it and making me finally go read it. It’s… How to describe? It’s very Pink Carnation-y, in that there’s a modern heroine solving a mystery involving a lost set of papers and a dashing marauder during the American Revolution. We get the historical story told in the first person by the actors themselves, with wonderful deadpan humor and a couple of interwoven romances. Highly, highly recommended.

And now I’m in that book mourning period that you enter into when you’ve just finished something very, very good and aren’t quite sure what to read next.

Fortunately, I saw Jennifer Robson the other day, and she was kind enough to give me an ARC of Goodnight from London, her upcoming World War II novel. So I don’t think my book slump will last long!

What have you been reading this week?

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

First off, so many thanks to everyone who came out to the Boston Public Library on Tuesday night! It is always a joy to talk books in such great company.

The other great thing about heading out to Boston? Reading time on the train. (I wasn’t meant to be reading. I was meant to be writing. But… these things happen.)

The two highlights of my recent reading spree are:

— Karen White’s The Night the Lights Went Out. And I’m not just saying this because Karen knows where all of my skeletons are buried. (And, if she went after them, would undoubtedly do so in a coordinated outfit while using a Kate Spade shovel.) I loved this book for both its send-up of the modern insanity of private school parenting and for its poignant look into a Georgia childhood during the Depression. The two halves of the book, modern affluence and past struggle, provided the perfect contrast– and set up an excellent mystery.

— Tana French’s The Trespasser. I first stumbled on Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad books via a book dispensing machine– I kid you not– at Heathrow Airport lo these many years ago. The book was In the Woods, the first of French’s psychological– and highly engaging– police procedurals, and I was hooked. Each book focuses on a different detective, each with his or her own personal issues and slant. Each contains a highly twisty mystery told in lyrical prose. I have only one complaint: why has no one made these into a tv mini-series yet?

What have you been reading this week?