I have totally lost track of the days! I thought yesterday was the 3rd and today definitely feels like the 6th or later. Ugh.
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (mystery).
Though never quick-witted, Agatha Dawson had an iron constitution and a will to fight that never abated in her old age. Even after three operations failed to rid her of her cancer, she refused to give in. But as her body began to weaken, she accused lawyers, nurses, and doctors of trying to kill her and snatch her fortune. The town physician, an expert in cancer, gives her six months to live. Three days later, she is dead. Though the autopsy reveals nothing surprising, the doctor suspects that Agatha’s niece had some hand in the old woman’s death. When Lord Peter Wimsey, the dashing gentleman detective, looks into the matter, he finds that death stalks all those who might testify. How can he continue his investigation when every question marks another innocent for murder?
I think this is the next-to-last full Lord Peter book I’ve yet to read. The other one’s Busman’s Honeymoon; after that I only have a few short stories left. Which is sad! BUT I can always go back and reread the series and in fact I am going to do just that. I originally read them out of order; now that I own ALL THE BOOKS I can finally read them in chronological order. Huzzah!
The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer (historical fiction/romance).
A disgraced lord, a notorious highwayman
Jack Carstares, the disgraced Earl of Wyndam, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his honor for that of his brother when he was accused of cheating at cards. Now Jack is back, roaming his beloved South Country in the disguise of a highwayman.
And the beauty who would steal his heart
Not long after Jack’s return, he encounters his old adversary, the libertine Duke of Andover, attempting the abduction of the beautiful Diana Beauleigh. At the point of Jack’s sword, the duke is vanquished, but foiled once, the “Black Moth” has no intention of failing again…
Okay, so, technically I have yet to start this. But I’m going to! For the readalong, y’know. (Is anyone else doing the readalong with me? A readasolo is somehow less appealing…)
Dragonsbane by Baraba Hambly (fantasy).
When the Black Dragon seized the Deep of Ylferdun, young Gareth braved the far Winterlands to find John Aversin, Dragonsbane — the only living man ever to slay a dragon. In return for the promise of the King to send help to the Winterlands, Aversin agreed to attempt the nearly impossible feat again.
With them, to guard them on the haunted trip south, went Jenny Waynest, a half-taught sorceress and mother of Aversin’s sons.
But at the decadent Court, nothing was as expected. Rebellion threatened the land. Zyerne, a sorceress of seemingly unlimited power, held the King under an evil spell, and he refused to see them. Meantime, the dragon fed well on the knights who had challenged him.
In the end, Aversin, Jenny, and Gareth had to steal away at night to challenge Morkeleb, largest and wisest of dragons.
But that was only the beginning of the perils they must face.
I bought this back in November during the Great Book-Buying Spree, and I’m totally going to read it sooner rather than later because, as it turns out, it’s on the 25+ Club list! (I’ll write more about the 25+ club later.) Also, dragons.
What are you reading this week?