Okay, Wickeds we haven’t talked about what we are reading in a long time. This is perfect reading weather, so what are you reading and why did you pick the book?
Edith: Right now, having finished an ARC of Catriona McPherson’s Quiet Neighbors (LOVED it) and Gigi Pandian’s The Masquerading Magician (also LOVED it), I’m reading G.M. Malliet’s new book, The Haunted Season. I scored the copy at the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association, but I would have read it, anyway. I love the series. And now I can picture Grantchester as Max Tudor. ;^)
Jessie: I just finished Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. It was a great read and I just loved the cover!
Yesterday I started The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher. So far it has been really a great read.
Liz: I just finished Every Dead Thing by John Connolly. I’m a huge Connolly fan, and this one didn’t disappoint. I think it hit a world record for number of deaths, though! Next up – more Liane Moriarty. I absolutely loved Big Little Lies and now I want to read everything else she’s written. I think The Husband’s Secret is next!
Sherry: I just finished What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan. It’s great and Hank’s books just keep getting better and better! I also just read Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger — what beautiful writing. He’s going to be the guest of honor at Crime Bake this year so I wanted to read him before then. Now I’m reading the nonfiction book Story: Subsance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screen Writing by Robert McKee. It’s giving me a lot to think about.
Barb: I have been reading The Words in My Hand, by Guinevere Glasfurd. It’s an amazing book about Helena Jans, a housemaid in 1600s Holland who became the lover of Rene Descartes and the mother of at least one child by him. The work is historical fiction, much of the record has been lost, though it does honor the facts that are known. One of the most intriguing questions–Descartes and Jans carried on a correspondence for years, but why was a housemaid in 1600s Holland literate in the first place? The book is only available in the United Kingdom, Germany and a few other countries so far, but I hope it comes out here because it is beautifully, beautifully written. It has been tearing it up in the UK, including being named January Book of the Month in the Times of London. The author, who lives in Cambridge, England, is a work friend of mine from a business totally unrelated to fiction writing, but I do remember when neither of us was published, walking around Manhattan wondering if it would ever happen.
Readers: What are you reading? How did you decide to read it?