Archive for May, 2018

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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 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!

Wednesday, 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