I’m currently re-reading the Rivers of London series by Aaronovitch because I mistakenly thought the next one was out in August. Nope, November. I’m still enjoying them after multiple re-reads, so it’s about time I started taking them apart to see why. There are minor things that annoy me, but mostly they’re really solid stories about a great world full of great characters. Can’t ask for much more than that.
So what have you been reading?
I’m still in Golden Age Mystery mode, more so since Amazon Prime put some of Christiana Brand’s books on sale for $1.99 for Prime Day. I started with the third Inspector Cockerill novel, one I hadn’t read and was amazed all over again by her characterization. Then I went back and got the first one and then the second, which is Green for Danger, one of the best mysteries I’ve ever read, about a military hospital during the Blitz. One of the reasons it’s so superb is that Brand wrote it during the Blitz, next to the military hospital where her husband worked, typing in her hard hat. It’s considered by mystery experts to be a classic, but everything she wrote is marvelous. I’ve got four more to go, and Amazon put some Catherine Aird on sale, too, so I’m good for the rest of the week.
What did you find to read this week?
I’ve been reading old mysteries–Allingham, Christie, Francis, etc.–and taking many naps. I did try one new book and really didn’t like it (name withheld to protect living author) because I wanted to slap the protagonist, always a bad sign. New mantra: Please let me never write a slappable protagonist. Of course, some people will find damn near anybody slappable. Sigh.
So what did you read this week? Any unslappable protagonists?
This month it’s comfort reads for me all the way. What are you reading?