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The Week In Books: November 5 – November 11

Check it out!  Reading more like normal – even though it was election week.  Thank you very much library.  Don’t expect this to last though – I’ve got more visitors arriving this week, so sightseeing will be back to full speed.  I’ve only got a few weeks left here now too.

Read:

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian

Now That You Mention It by Kristin Higgins

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came by MC Beaton

A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

Started:

So Much Blood by Simon Brett

When A Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

The Forgotten Room by Lauren Willig, Karen White and Beatriz Williams

Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen

One book bought and a few more library books borrowed…

Bonus picture:

Jasmine Guillory talking to Petra Mayer at Politics and Prose at the Wharf on Thursday.

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Book of the Week: Cast, In Order of Disappearance

Back to semi-normal service this week, in that there is a BotW post, albeit a shorter one because I spent the week working and then gadding about Washingotn with my sister.  However after she and her boyfriend left on Saturday evening I consoled myself with books and this was one of them.

Cast, In Order of Disappearance is the first novel in the Charles Paris series by Simon Brett. Set in 1974, Charles is a middle-aged actor, with a drink problem and a career problem.  But when he meets up with a previous paramour (from a seaside run in panto) he ends up getting entangled in blackmail, the murder of a theatre impresario and all sorts of other shenanigans.  It’s all set against the backdrop of petrol shortages, electricity rationing and the winter of discontent which makes for a slightly different take on the murder mystery.  Charles is very much in the mold of the classic amateur sleuth, and even as he’s being terrible (drinking, womanising etc) he’s still strangely likeable and very readable.

This is the first book in a seventeen-book series – which I came across because the radio adaptations popped up in my recommendations on audible.  I’ve been listening to some of them – which are great fun as they have Bill Nighy as Charles (he’s predictably brilliant) but they have been considerably updated.  I really liked both of them – and although the original version is probably my favourite, it does require a level of knowledge about Britain in the 1970s which may not work for modern audiences.  Anyway, I’m already stockpiling more of these to read, so you may well here more of them anon.

Yes, this is short, but it’s been a busy week – and it’s about to get even busier.  As this posts, I should be gearing up for a midterms overnight shift.  Anyone who’s known me for any length of time knows that I love elections – so it’s a big night for me and requires proper preparation.  Hence the short post.  Sorry, not sorry.

You can get Cast, In Order of Disappearance on Kindle or Kobo, but the paperbacks are out of print.  But the radio plays are available on audible and Kobo.

Happy Reading!

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The Week In Books: October 29 – November 4

Another week with not a huge amount of reading done – but I had a fabulous time with my sister and her boyfriend while they were here.  I’m all on my lonesome again now, but it’s midterm elections on Tuesday so reading time may not be huge this week…

Read:

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

True Blood 1 by Alan Ball

Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken 0 by David Tipton

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

Cast, In Order of Disappearance by Simon Brett

Started:

Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen

Turbo Twenty-three by Janet Evanovich

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

The Forgotten Room by Lauren Willig, Karen White and Beatriz Williams

Little Sis left on Saturday – I consoled myself with a trip to the library and a massive pile of library books.  Which is an improvement on my usual method of cheering myself up by buying a stack of books…

This week’s bonus picture: Washington Wizards trying (and failing) to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder

Basketball game

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Not a Book of the Week post…

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Week in Books post, I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a BotW to recommend today, and I don’t. I just didn’t read enough last week to have something to recommend that’s not a repeat or clashing with a post I’ve already got planned. I was totally wiped out after a busy week at work and that trip to Texas. I fell asleep on the sofa one night at 9.30. And the last time that happened was back when I worked breakfast shifts!

Anyway, you did get a bonus post last week for Halloween reads, so go back and read that if you haven’t already, and I’ll attempt to resume normal service next week. Although my sister and her boyfriend are here this week, so I’m going to be busy again…

Bonus picture: the US Supreme Court on Sunday!

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The Week In Books: October 22 – October 28

I feel like I spent the first half of the week recovering from Texas and the second half preparing for my little sister and her boyfriend to arrive. And that’s before all the news that happened this week. Which was a lot. So not as much reading done as I wanted, and I have no idea if there’ll be a Book of the Week post tomorrow. Sorry.

Read:

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

Sorrow on Sunday by Ann Purser

A Picture of Murder by TE Kinsey

Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris

Started:

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

The Forgotten Room by Lauren Willig, Karen White and Beatriz Williams

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

No books bought, but a big stack borrowed from the library…

Bonus picture: my favorite specimen at the Botanic Gardens. It’s like a muppet and a plant had a baby.

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Book of the Week: Skin Tight

Not a lot of reading done last week – I started the week in New York and ended it on a plane back to Washington from Dallas and there wasn’t a lot of reading time other than the travelling. But luckily, I had an easy choice for my BotW pick thanks to my new local library and Carl Hiaasen’s Skin Tight.

One well-loved library copy of Skin Tight

After a Mick Stranahan stabs his unexpected guest (who came armed) using a taxidermied fish, he starts to try to figure out who it is who wants him dead. Unfortunately the intruder died so quickly he couldn’t answer any questions. And there are plenty of suspects. As an investigator at the State Attorney’s Office there were plenty of people who had a grudge against him even before he nailed a crooked judge and got fired. But then the list just keeps growing and soon it becomes clear that if Stranahan wants to enjoy his retirement, he’s going to have to figure out what’s going on before he ends up dead.

If that sounds a bit mad, that’s because it is. It’s a dark and satirical screwball comedy where every character has at least one serious character flaw, but very few of them realise it. I’ve spoken a lot about my search for more books to scratch my Steph Plum-esque itch and this definitely did that. Stranahan is much less likeable than Steph and a lot further from the straight and narrow than she is, but this is the same sort of madcap adventure you get with her.

My only real problem with Skin Tight is that it was published nearly 30 years ago and that’s making it hard to get more books by Hiaasen, although not impossible as my to-read pile will already show. It does mean though that the bad news is that Skin Tight isn’t available on Kindle or Kobo at the moment – and it may well be out of print in the US as well as the UK.  It is available on audiobook from Kobo, but if you want an actual book you’re going to have to buy it secondhand (Amazon and Abebooks have plenty of copies at various price points) or do what I did and get it from your library.

Happy Reading!

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The Week In Books: October 15 – October 21

I had a very busy and exciting week – starting in New York and culminating in a couple of days in Dallas. Thus not much reading done. But je ne regrette rien.

Read:

To Obama by Jeanne Marie Laskas

Skin Tight by Carl Hiassen

Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron

Miss Seeton Flies High by Hamilton Crane

Started:

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

Still reading:

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Fear by Bob Woodward

I *may* have bought a book in New York.  But what happens in New York stays in New York right?

Bonus picture: the view from the grassy knoll on Sunday afternoon.

View of Dealy Plaza from the Grassy Knoll