Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth

This is the first in the Miss Silver series of mysteries, but it’s not the first that I’ve read. I accidentally read #14 or #17 or something like that several years back, but it was so good that I decided to go ahead and (eventually) read the entire series. It’s a long-running series, starting in the late 1920s and ending in the early 1960s some 30+ books later. Miss Silver is a former school teacher Read More …

Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly (1985)

This was the #WizardBBC pick back in March! I’ve read other Barbara Hambly books, but only her urban fantasy historical mysteries with vampires; this one’s about a pseudo-medieval community plagued by dragons and an evil sorceress, and the three people who defeat them. First up is a witch named Jenny! She’s wants to be powerful but isn’t sure she wants to actually dedicate her entire life ONLY to study– something you’re supposed to do if Read More …

The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein (1993)

When I started reading The Winter Prince, I was prepared to be emotionally devastated because I’d read Memory’s review which mentioned the possibility. But I didn’t know HOW emotionally devastated I’d actually be– approximately somewhere on the same level after I read The Queen of Attolia. I’m also not entirely sure how to review it! There’s so much stuff to unpack! Not just my own emotional turmoil during and after the book, but also everything Read More …

The Case Is Closed by Patricia Wentworth

I love it when mysteries don’t follow the typical story arc of introduction-murder-clue gathering-solution. It’s more interesting when they do something different, like in The Case Is Closed which starts after the solution’s already happened and the murderer’s been in jail for over a year. We’re introduced to the murderer’s wife, who has been living a half-life since her husband (Geoffrey Grey) was put into jail, and his wife’s cousin, Hilary, who is a plucky Read More …

The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly

Things that the world needs: more fantasy books with computers in them. The only one I can think of right now is High Wizardry, where the protagonist uses an Apple II1 to cast spells. Why isn’t there more? Think of all the amazing things you could do with a computer and magic at your disposal! How strange that instead of taking advantage of all the great stuff technology lets us do, most fantasy books either Read More …

Dark Threat by Patricia Wentworth

Dark Threat, in tone and plot (and types of characters), reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel. It’s got a little old lady who solves a murder mystery set in a country estate with a limited cast! There’s a somewhat ineffective police detective, disbelieving clients, and mysterious servants. Instead of being a Miss Marple, however, Miss Silver is more of a Miss Climpson kind of character. She’s not anybody’s aunt. She’s not fussy or intrusive. Read More …

The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy

This was an impulse purchase! I think I read the summary and thought “oh, that sounds good” and went for it. Good decision, past me. There’s a certain subset of pre-1990s sfnal that I enjoy; idk what it’s called but it’s basically a bunch of authors having conversations about feminism and women and society, wrapped up in a cocoon of time travel and/or ghosts and/or dystopias. Woman on the Edge of Time. The Handmaid’s Tale. Read More …

REVIEW: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers

Okay, so, I’m not entirely sure if this is a reread or not. It seems VERY FAMILIAR, the plot and the characters and everything, but I can’t find it listed in any of my “books read” lists. Maybe I started it and didn’t finish it? ANYWAY, whether I’ve read it before or not: I very much enjoyed Unnatural Death. It’s an early Lord Peter mystery, so it’s lighter and less twisty than the later books. Read More …

REVIEW: Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

After the relative gloom of Gaudy Night, I was super happy that Busman’s Honeymoon returned to the more usual kind of Lord Peter mystery as seen earlier in the series. Peter and Harriet are on their honeymoon, and they’re gooey with love for each other. It’s adorable. But it’s not all mush! The mystery is pretty good, full of red herrings and a relatively simple solution for all the time and effort spent trying to Read More …