I am reading David Rosenfelt's PLAY DEAD. I was initially attracted by the golden retriever on the cover, and the idea that a golden plays a role in the plot. But I'm drawn forward by the funny writing and the clever plot.
Niccolo Amaniti's "I'm not afraid" AND Boris Akunin's "Azazel". Both great so far. That "Thirteenth tale" I was reading - amazing book. Written in a bit different way. I can't explain why. I just know that usually I can always put down the book and go study or go to sleep because I have to get up next morning. It wasn't the case with this book and I can't explain why. It's like magic :)
Loved Jacqueline Winspear's AN INCOMPLETE REVENGE. I would say that of the series, it's second only to her multi-award-winning MAISIE DOBBS for heart, and the atmosphere is at least as powerful as MAISIE. I couldn't put it down.
Now to get back to NO DEVIL, NO REDEEMER -- which is riveting. I'm having a good reading streak!
I'm currently reading two books,
Copper River by William Kent Krueger, and
Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellman. Both are excellent, so far.
Incidently, I just finished Razzmatazz, an early Sandra Scoppettone mystery written under the name Jack Early.
Guess we've come pretty far. No one would suggest today that a woman write under a man's name just to gain legitimacy as a writer.
Yesterday I committed the horrible error of going to work without my book: UNDER VESUVIUS, the latest in the SPQR series by John Maddox Roberts. I have been greatly enjoying my read-through of this whole series during lunches and bus rides. The voice of hero Decius combines guileless frankness, subcutaneous satire, and a growing character worthy of respect. Author Roberts gives the impression that he is speaking to us from right there in the ancient Late Roman Republic. In UNDER VESUVIUS, a luxury community setting is used to consider Rome's relations with the rich and foreign.
But as I was saying, I was deprived of that yesterday. Fortunately our lunchroom has a donation library. Does anybody remember Patricia Wentworth, author of classic whodunits in the '50s? I picked up THE LISTENING EYE, and read late last evening to finish it. A deaf woman eavesdrops on a murder/burglary plot, causing our detective Miss Silver to become involved with the guests of a wealthy art patron. Wentworth tells a very likeable story.
Enough playing hookey, I have some speeches to write.