Newsletter - What I'm Reading by Sian

Monday Jun 02 2014
by Sian

I’m afraid that I must confess my reading over the last few months has entailed historical romance, urban fantasy, and series that are now largely out of print. That said, a quick scan of the lists for the summer reveal some things to look forward to.

I loved David Morrell’s Murder as a Fine Art last summer and now it’s available in trade paperback. It’s a fantastic combination of a historical setting, based on some truth, with a strong female character. Famed essayist and opium user Thomas de Quincey and his daughter find themselves helping to solve a string of horrific crimes.

Speaking of historical settings with strong female characters, Tasha Alexander’s ‘Lady Emily’ series never disappoints and Behind the Shattered Glass is no exception. If you love Downton Abbey, Gosford Park, or Upstairs Downstairs, you’ll love this newest addition to the series. The trade paper edition will be released at the end of July.

If there’s anyone who should have her hand on the pulse of international espionage, it’s Stella Rimington. Her Liz Carlyle has an Arab Spring on her hands now in Close Call. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Finally, the book I have most been looking forward to in 2014 is coming in July: Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life, the conclusion to her All Souls Trilogy. I re-read a handful of books every year and this series is on the list (as well as Sarah Caudwell and Nancy Mitford). Well-researched, well-written, and a delight in every word. I may need to fly home that weekend to pick up my copy. And speaking of, I’d better start my re-read of A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night now.

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