Weekly Reading Round-Up
October 27th, 2017

This week, my amazing college roommate sent a care package to me. There was Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible for my daughter (who gave it the bedtime reading two thumbs up) and Elsie Lee’s Wingarden for me.

One of the things I love about Lee’s books is what perfect time capsules they are: little snapshots of the 1960s and early 70s, like watching an Audrey Hepburn movie. Elsie Lee’s novels tend to be set in exotic places, but this one took place in Virginia, around the machinations of a white supremecist group and the heroine who unwittingly puts a spoke in their plans when she inherits her grandmother’s house. I remember reading this ten years ago and thinking how dated it felt. Sadly, it feels a little less dated right now– but still an excellent read.

I moved from the 1960s South to one of my favorite vacation spots, 1920s London, via Dorothy Sayers’s Unnatural Death, one of her earlier Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. I’d meant to move on from here to some Halloween reading, but there’s something terribly addictive about Lord Peter Wimsey. So it may be Whose Body? next, with The Haunting of Hill House pushed off until next week.

I’d love to find something Halloween-y I haven’t read yet, but, what with one thing and another, haven’t really had time to bob for books. So if you have any recommendations, I’m all ears!

What have you been reading this week?

23 Responses to “Weekly Reading Round-Up”

  1. Miss Eliza says:

    ADORED La Belle Sauvage. It’s Philip Pullman doing spycraft and it’s AWESOME! Just started The Bloody Chamber, and I can already see how it heavily influenced Crimson Peak.

  2. Sheila says:

    The India Fan, by Victoria Holt, not her best, but still good reading.

    The Cinderella Pact by Strohmeyer, a great chick lit romp.

    Phyllis Whitney’s Star Flight

  3. Lauren H says:

    After the scary vampires of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, I decided to move onto sexy vampires, so Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (Kresley Cole) it is.
    Also working on A Twist in Time, Julie McElwain’s second book in her 21st century FBI profiler stick in 1815 England series (I believe Kendra Donovan is the actual name of the series).
    Lastly, I’m working on Simone St. James’s upcoming The Broken Girls. So far I am loving it. It’s split between 1950 and 2014 in rural Vermont, centered around an abandoned girls boarding school with a malevolent past.

    • Lauren says:

      Lauren, I loved BROKEN GIRLS, too! Simone took pity on me and sent it to me last Halloween when I was going through St. James novel withdrawal symptoms….

      • Lauren H says:

        It is my first by Simone St. James but it will definitely not be my last. I think discovering a new (to me) author to love is one of the best feelings in the world.

  4. Susan Gormam says:

    I read and loved Kieran Kramer’s Christmas at Two Love Lane.
    Set in Charleston SC , it had lots of southern charm and appealing characters.

    Work has been busy and a bit stressful and holiday stories get me in the spirit! And there were corgis …so I was pleased! :)

  5. Freya says:

    I have nothing exciting to report about my own reading, but I can’t resist saying that I LOVE Lord Peter Wimsey. And Unnatural Death — such a brilliant, perfect time-capsule of its era. I so love the Barbara Pym-esque women in Vera’s and Mary’s set, the sinister “adventure-let” in South Audley Street, the thrilling way it all starts with a conversation in a restaurant — everything about it.

    I’ve been wondering for ages whether Miss Katherine Climpson is any relation to the Miss Climpson who runs the Select Seminary for Young Ladies in Bath. Dare one inquire . . . ?

    • Lauren says:

      Yes! I’ve stolen two names from Sayers: Miss Climpson for my headmistress and Paul Delagardie for Emma’s first husband in “Garden Intrigue”. Of course, neither of them have anything in common with the characters whose names I stole. But it’s a nudge nudge wink wink thing.

  6. Freya says:

    Re Halloween recommendations: I recently read Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand and loved it.

  7. DJL says:

    Dived into Francine Matthews’ Death on Nantucket (first Merry Folger mystery) and am enjoying VERY much.
    Also, LOVE Lord Peter Wimsey!

  8. Betty Strohecker says:

    I read two fabulous books – the latest Tasha Alexander, Death in St. Petersburg, and the first in the Anna Lee Huber Lady Darby series, The Anatomist’s Wife.

  9. Tara says:

    If you’re looking for a different kind of mystery try Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death series. It centers around a young woman who’s a surgeon/forensic scientist/detective under the reign of King Henry II of England.

    She’s compelling, and the time period and the historical characters are described beautifully.

  10. Carla says:

    I just started A Murder of Magpies… your recommendation :)

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