It’s been a busy week, but I did work in some reading. I finished Watson’s Choice by Gladys Mitchell as mentioned in the last Current Reading post (over on Broken Bullhorn), and liked it though I thought the ending somewhat pale. Next for me is The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley.
I just finished A Necessary End by Peter Robinson. I liked the books by Robinson I’ve read in the past, but this one was a bit plodding through the first three quarters, and only picked up in the last 40 pages or so. I think 100 pages in the middle could have been cut with no harm done, but I’m not an editor, am I?
I’m also reading short stories from several collections, including, just this week, Agatha Christie’s The Tuesday Club Murders (also as The Thirteen Problems). It’s easy to forget how good, and enjoyable, these Miss Marple stories are.
Other short story collections I’m dipping into are Detective Duos edited by Bill Pronzini, Realms 2, a Clarkesworld collection and I’m almost finished with the Saint collection mentioned previously. I’m not sure I’ll finish The Book of Locked Room Murders which I’ve barely touched. Also as previously told, I have a ton of library books popping up.
Barbara has also been busy, taking a knitting class and working on two quilts. She is almost finished with Mark Billingham’s Death Message. Next up is The Skeleton Road, a stand-alone novel by Val McDermid, one of her favorite authors.
What are you reading?