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Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

This week, I started with Carol Goodman’s River Road, a psychological thriller about a hit and run in an upstate New York university town, and all the secrets that come out in its wake.

River Road was an emotionally fraught read, so, after that, I moved on to something a bit less gut-wrenching: Josephine Tey’s Miss Pym Disposes, in which a visiting lecturer finds herself embroiled in the student politics at a phys ed college in England. There’s always something wonderful astringent about Tey’s prose.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, June 16th, 2017

I’ve had an excellent run of new books this week, across a rather broad genre spectrum, from historical fiction, to women’s fiction, to ghost story/psychological thriller. Here’s this week’s haul:

— Jennifer Ryan’s The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, about a group of women in an English village during World War II, and the various dramas that beset their community as they all grow and find their own strengths and commonalities;

— Kristan Higgins’s On Second Thought, set in a small town in New York, in which a death in the family turns two sisters’ lives upside down, but ultimately brings them both closer together;

— Carol Goodman’s The Widow’s House, a chills down the spine “is it a ghost? is it gaslighting? is the protagonist going mad?” story in which old secrets and, possibly, ghosts begin to come out when two writers relocate from Brooklyn to a tumbledown mansion in upstate New York.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Every now and then, it’s nice to revisit old books as a sort of literary palette cleanser, in this case, some of my less read books by favorite authors. This week, I dipped into Georgette Heyer’s The Unknown Ajax (which was so much better than I remembered it being!) and The Toll-Gate, and then stopped by 1920s London with Lord Peter Wimsey for a spot of Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.

The real find this week, though, was an advance copy of a book coming out in September: The Way to London by Alix Rickloff, in which a spoiled twenty-something child of privilege finds herself on the run through blitzed Britain with a London street urchin and a strangely attractive mechanic. (Once I’m done with it, I’ll put it up for grabs here on the website, since it’s too good not to share.)

In the meantime, I know what I’m going to be reading tomorrow! The manuscript of the second Three W’s book, aka The Lusitania Book, aka Someday Our Title Will Come.

Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and I will be meeting up in our latest top secret bat cave to give the book a good going over– and plot the next one! We’ll be sharing important updates from our retreat (like what we’re drinking, and who brought the most luggage– cough cough, Karen, cough cough) on our Willig, White, and Williams Facebook page.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, May 19th, 2017

After a couple of books which I did not like at all (no names named), I took refuge in an old favorite: Georgette Heyer’s The Nonesuch. Her prose and her characterizations are both such a joy.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, May 12th, 2017

This week, most of my reading was for a contest, which makes for a rather dull round-up, since I’m not allowed to talk about any of it. But… I am in desperate need of post-contest-reading recommendations.

What have you been reading this week? And what have you read recently that you’ve loved?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The beginning of the week was dark and grim, which, of course, called for dark and grim reading: psychological thrillers with murky covers. I started with Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls, a murder mystery written backwards (which shouldn’t work, but somehow does), moved on to Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me, in which a murder unsettles an already highly strung community of high school gymnasts and their ambitious parents, and finished up with Val McDermid’s Trick of the Dark, in which a disgraced psychiatrist/expert witness discovers the answer to a series of murders.

After that much death and desolation, it was time for something completely different, so I toddled off to the used bookstore in the basement of my favorite library and came up with Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery, which is just an absolute joy: with the failure of her business and her relationship, a thirty-something with a passion for baking moves to a tiny town in Cornwall, makes some unexpected friends, and brings joy to the town along with fresh bread. Absolutely recommended for anyone who enjoys Trisha Ashley or Doc Martin. Warning: it will make you crave fresh bread.

What have you been reading this week?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, April 21st, 2017

It’s been a mystery/suspense/thriller week for me, starting with Megan Miranda’s The Perfect Stranger, a psychological thriller set in Western Pennsylvania, where a journalist takes refuge as a schoolteacher after being disgraced and discredited back in Boston. But where has her roommate gone? And why has someone attacked a woman with (almost) her face? So many thanks to whomever it was on the Great Thoughts Great Readers page who recommended this book! I read it in a night, and immediately went to hunt down the author’s first book, All the Missing Girls.

For a change of tone, I moved on to the latest in Donna Andrews’s Murder with [Insert Bird Here] series, Die Like an Eagle, in which the usual hijinks and murder ensue in the small Virginia county of Caerphilly, this time on the baseball field.

I’ve been meaning to read Val McDermid for ages (does anyone else remember the British tv series, Wire in the Blood?), so I pounced on The Skeleton Road, which surprised me by being less Jackson Brodie and more international intrigue, tracing a dead body found on a roof in Edinburgh back to the siege of Dubrovnik and Balkan war crimes of the 1990s.

So, basically, it’s been a run of reading win, albeit all in very different ways. Which raises the question… what to read next?

What have you been reading this week?



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?



Weekly Reading Round-Up

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?