Currently Reading (Feb. 14, 2014)

Busman's HoneymoonBusman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers (mystery)

Married at last, Lord Peter and Harriet find their honeymoon interrupted by a killer…

It took several near-death experiences for Lord Peter Wimsey to convince Harriet Vane to be his wife, but she has finally relented. When the dapper detective marries Britain’s most popular mystery author—just a few short years after rescuing her from the hangman’s noose—the press could not be more excited. But Lord Peter and his bride have no interest in spending their wedding night surrounded by reporters. They sneak out of their own reception to begin their honeymoon early, out of sight of the world. Unfortunately, for some couples, calamity is inescapable.

On their first morning together, the newlyweds discover the house’s caretaker bludgeoned to death in the manor’s basement. If they thought finding a few minutes alone was difficult, they’re up against even steeper odds. In a house full of suspects, identifying the killer won’t be easy.

I just finished this last night! Writing the review is going to be HARD. There’s so much stuff to unpick! I feel like I should be writing some in-depth research paper or something to give the book its due. (Spoiler: I won’t.)

Deeds of the Disturber Amelia Peabody
The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peter (historical fiction/mystery)

Can fear kill? There are those who believe so but Amelia Peabody is skeptical. A respected Egyptologist and amateur sleuth, Amelia has foiled felonious schemes from Victoria’s England to the Middle East. And she doubts that it was a Nineteenth-Dynasty mummy’s curse that caused the death of a night watchman in the British Museum. The corpse was found sprawled in the mummy’s shadow, a look of terror frozen on the guard’s face. What or who killed the unfortunate man is a mystery that seems too intriguingly delicious for Amelia to pass up, especially now that she, her dashing archaeologist husband, Emerson, and their precocious son, Ramses, are back on Britain’s shores. But a contemporary curse can be as lethal as one centuries old and the foggy London thoroughfares can be as treacherous as the narrow, twisting alleyways of Cairo after dark when a perpetrator of evil deeds sets his murderous sights on his relentless pursuer… Amelia Peabody!

Half a chapter in and yay! Amelia and Emerson and Ramses! The last time I read an Amelia Peabody book, I had a slight problem with Amelia. She meddles, and sometimes she meddles in ways that make me very annoyed with her. It always works out, of course, but she can be like a steamroller sometimes. I’m hoping it’s been long enough since that last book that I’ll be okay with her steamroller-ness now.
the black moth sourcebooks
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…

Continuing onward for the Black Moth readalong, I’m reading another 8 chapters. omg, so much (melo)drama! Jack got shot in the arm and fell in love! TRACY WAS TERRIBLE.

What are you reading this weekend?

2 Comments

  1. Busman’s Honeymoon does nothing for me, so I’ll be interested to hear what you thought about it. (Elizabeth Peters ruined it for me by making fun of it in one of her Vicky Bliss books. She made fun of it only the tiniest, tiniest bit. I am sure she did not intend to ruin it.)

    • I didn’t actually like it all that much as a Lord Peter mystery, but as a continuation of the Peter/Harriet romance it was pretty satisfying. I think I liked it more for what DLS was trying to do re:the conventions of a detective novel– like the end, when Peter breaks down over worrying about the murderer.

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