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Friday, March 16th, 2018

Where on earth has this week gone? Between the Barbados book and final proofs (!!) for the next Three Ws’ book (more on that soon!), I’ve been reading the second DI Manon Bradshaw novel, Persons Unknown, in fits and starts.

But I have a lovely, large care package of books that was just sent to me by one of my very favorite people (hi, Vicki!), so I’ll hopefully have lots more to share soon. And now back to that Barbados book….

What have you been reading this week?

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Friday, March 9th, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone! This week, Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and I were hard at work plotting the third Three Ws novel (and maybe a bit of outlet shopping). But I did have a couple of lovely, long flights for reading time.

This week, I discovered a new to me author, Susie Steiner, and her Manon Bradshaw series, starting with Missing, Presumed, about a missing Cambridge grad student. For fellow fans of British procedurals, it’s a bit like reading Scott and Bailey or DCI Banks.

Right now, I’m reveling in Susan Elia MacNeal’s upcoming Maggie Hope book, The Prisoner in the Castle. More about that soon! But think Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None plus remote Scottish castle plus Maddie Hope. (Equals “why do I have to put this down to write my own book?”)

What have you been reading this week?

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Friday, March 2nd, 2018

With a Nor’easter howling outside the window, it would be a perfect day to hunker down with a book or two (if only there weren’t, well, life to attend to– hello, umbrella and boots!).

This week, I finally read Kate Moretti’s The Blackbird Season, set in a dying Pennsylvania mill town and the scandal that explodes when a teacher is accused of sleeping with a student. But did he? And where is that student now?

Right now, I’m reading another Sarah Addison Allen book, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, in which a teenager goes back to her mother’s hometown and discovers all sorts of secrets (and also cake). Now that I’ve discovered these, I’m trying to pace myself and space them out, when what I really want to do is gobble them up one right after the other.

Weather permitting (cross fingers, knock on wood), I’ll be hopping on a plane at dawn tomorrow to join Beatriz Williams and Karen White in our latest bat cave to plot the third Three Ws book! So there will (hopefully) be lots of lovely airplane reading time. What should I load on my kindle, folks?

What have you been reading this week?

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

It’s been a multi-book work week for me: bouncing into book clubs to talk about The English Wife, copyedits for the next Three Ws book (title and cover reveal coming soon!), and, of course, working on the Barbados Book.

What with all that, there wasn’t nearly as much time to read as I would have liked– especially since I finally started reading Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells and all I want to do is curl up with it with a cup of tea and read and read and read.

What have you been reading this week?

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Friday, February 16th, 2018

How did I ever get through the 80s without reading Jackie Collins? I read the rest of the glamour epic squad: Judith Krantz, Danielle Steele, Sidney Sheldon, et al, but somehow missed Jackie Collins. I finally remedied that over a couple of long plane rides with Lovers and Gamblers, about a rock star and a rising actress and the cast of thousands that surrounds them. It made me realize how much I miss those sweeping, over the top sagas that were, where you feel like you’ve lived years in eight hundred pages– then realize for the characters it’s only been six months. But in those six months, careers are made and broken, kingdoms rise and fall, and goodness only knows what else.

For something completely different, I’ve moved on to the latest in Elly Griffiths’s Ruth Galloway series, The Chalk Pit, British mystery involving murdered rough sleepers and a set of mysterious bones (because with Ruth Galloway, there are always bones).

After this, I think I might finally, finally read Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells, which has been on my to read list for years now.

What have you been reading this week?

p.s. if you’re in the Chicago area, come join me for the last stop on The English Wife Tour on Saturday! I’ll be at 57th Street Books in Hyde Park at 3:00 with Charles Finch, author of the Charles Lennox mysteries. Hope to see you there!

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Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Do you ever have those weeks where you can’t remember by the end just what you were reading? This was one of those for me. I started and put down a few books that just didn’t quite work for me and finally settled on a re-read of Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Corner, about an unemployed librarian who loads up a van with books and moves to the Highlands to start a mobile bookshop. Because, books. And the Highlands.

But now it may be time for me to venture out and try something new….

What have you been reading this week?

Also, I’m back off on book tour! I’ll be speaking in Connecticut this weekend, in Georgia (with Deanna Raybourn) next week, and in Chicago (with Charles Finch) on Presidents’ Day weekend– so if you’re in any of those places, check the Have Author Will Travel panel for details!

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Friday, January 26th, 2018

When you’re dealing with cranky small people with flu, only comfort re-reads will do.

This week, I resorted to Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook, which passed the test of being just as amusing on a second read. A sci fi/mystery combo, the book follows a woman, highly placed in a top secret paranormal organization, who comes to without her memory and a series of letters from her old self to her new self, apprising her of her duties and warning her that she’s being targeted by a traitor. All I can say is that the writing is brilliantly, tongue-in-cheek, snort-your-honey-and-lemon-tea funny, and if you like the humor of the Pink books, you’ll probably enjoy this.

Also on the list of the week’s comfort reads: Georgette Heyer’s The Quiet Gentleman, in which the earl returns home and is promptly faced with both a very commonsensical heroine and a series of murder attempts. (If you’re going to be targeted by a murderer, it’s good to have a commonsensical heroine about.) It lacks the madcap humor of some of Heyer’s other novels, but there’s something very soothing about the mix of mystery, romance, and Heyer wit.

Right now, I’m just starting Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe, about a struggling actress in New York in 1995. It’s a love letter to a New York I remember well (my senior year of high school!), a New York of hair in scrunchies and tokens for the subway and Caller ID being a new and novel thing. It’s also making me want to binge watch Gilmore Girls. If only I didn’t have a book to write…. Must. Resist. Gilmores.

What have you been reading this week?

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Hello from book tour!

One of the best parts of book tour is the long flights. Not because of the airplane coffee or those little cookies in wrappers. No. It’s having five or six uninterrupted hours to read.

As I zigzagged back and forth across the country this week, I read:

— Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, about a family from Cameroon seeking a new life in New York right before the financial crisis, with all the ups and downs that entails. The dialect and the details of immigrant life were fascinating, and the way the story played out in the end was not at all what I had expected;

— Kristan Higgins’s Now That You Mention It. This was my book tour treat to myself. You can never go wrong with a Kristan Higgins novel, and her latest, set on a small island off the coast of Maine, about a doctor returning home to the town she’d fled long ago, was no exception;

— Tana French’s In the Woods. My original copy of this book was purchased from a book vending machine (best idea ever) at Heathrow an insanely long time ago, but I’d loaned it out and never got it back so…. I did wish I didn’t know who dunnit, but the writing and character development was just as beautifully done a second time around.

And now I’m in a book drought! What should I read next? All suggestions welcome….

What have you been reading this week?

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Friday, January 12th, 2018

It’s been a very seasonal week for me. I finished up a re-read of Trisha Ashley’s A Winter’s Tale, skipped spring, and went straight on to Jamie Brenner’s The Forever Summer, a multi-stranded narrative set in a B&B in Cape Cod about finding family and oneself. Because sometimes you just need a little summer in the middle of winter….

forever summer

But mostly I’ve been running around signing copies of The English Wife!

I’m so grateful to everyone who came out for the launch of The English Wife at the Corner Bookstore in New York this past week, and to the lovely people at all the New York Barnes & Nobles.

Corner Bookstore window Union Square B&N

You can find me tomorrow (Saturday) in Georgia at FoxTale Book Shoppe with Karen White; on Sunday in Scottsdale at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore with Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn; and on Wednesday in Houston at Murder by the Book with Tasha and Deanna (Charlie’s Angels are together again!).

If you would like a signed copy, but can’t make it to any of the tour stops, the good folks at FoxTale, the Poisoned Pen, or Murder by the Book would be more than happy to oblige. If you contact them before my appearance, they’ll have me sign your book while I’m there and then ship it out to you, whether you’re the next county away or in Timbuktu.

If you already have/ have ordered a copy, but would like it signed, just email me at with “Bookplate” in the header, and I will be more than happy to pop a signed bookplate in the mail to you.

And now back to our regularly scheduled Weekly Reading Round-Up….

What have you been reading this week?

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Friday, December 29th, 2017

There’s something about the week between Christmas and the New Year, when the world goes calm and still, that invites curling up with a blanket, a steaming cup of something caffeinated, and a pile of books. There are so many books I associate with this particular week of the year, although the one that leaps to mind first is Dorothy Sayers’s The Nine Tailors.

This week, I continued my Jenny Colgan binge with Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe . (These books are perfect for being up at two a.m. with baby. They almost make me not mind being awake. Almost.)

I took a break from books about baked goods with Hercule Poirot’s Christmas. Is it horrible to admit that I like Agatha Christie better on the screen than on the page? Her writing is very spare and very cinematic, with quick breaks between viewpoints. I love her stories for the story of them, but when it comes to style, I much prefer Dorothy Sayers.

After my little excursion into crime, I returned to my Colgan marathon with Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe (self-explanatory). This one has the added bonus of being partly set in my own New York, and being very recognizably my own New York (which isn’t always the case in books).

Now, with the new year approaching, it’s just about time for me to really knuckle down on my new book. Which means finding a series to read while I work. I’m thinking of giving the Dresden Files a go. Any thoughts?

What have you been reading this week? And are there any books you particularly associate with this time of year?