A little late with my Mailbox Monday post! But I just had to write this up, since I had such a nice round-up of reads come to the house this past week:
First up, in children’s fiction: The Penderwicks and The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, both by Jeanne Birdsall. I have been wanting to read The Penderwicks for some time now, so it was lovely to have both of these arrive. I’m definitely looking forward to these!
I recently finished and reviewed The Wright 3, by Blue Balliett, so The Calder Game has come at a good time, as Petra, Calder and Tommy are still very much in my mind. The earlier books in Balliett’s art-related mystery series for children are wonderful, and I’m sure this one won’t disappoint.
Moving on to the mysteries, first up is The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, by Alexander McCall Smith. I’ve followed Isabel Dalhousie’s adventures since The Sunday Philosophy Club; I fell in love with her right from the start, and my main criticism of the series is that Smith tends to portray her as “older”, but she’s only in her 40s (with a new baby!) and I’ve never seen her as being “older”.
For a little bit of light mystery, there’s Withering Heights, by Dorothy Cannell. While this is the 12th book in the series, it’s my first Ellie Haskell read. It sounds like a fun and sassy kind of mystery.
Next comes another light mystery, with a paranormal touch: Death Perception, by Victoria Laurie. This is my first foray into the “Psychic Eye” mystery series. It definitely looks like it will be a fun read.
Finally, and still in the mystery category, there’s White Corridor, by Christopher Fowler, a Peculiar Crimes Unit book. I had previously read The Water Room, and enjoyed it very much. Fowler’s main characters are wonderfully quirky and the mystery was very absorbing, so I’m very much looking forward to getting reaquainted with Arthur Bryant and John May.
It looks like I have a wonderful reading week ahead of me. Reviews of each of these books will be forthcoming. Right now, I’m deep in The Riddles of Epsilon, by Christine Morton-Shaw; it is wonderfully creepy and mysterious, and should be the next review to be posted here.