TSS – Currently Reading: Fowler, Springer & Berry

Time for The Sunday Salon again! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Ten Second Staircase, by Christopher Fowler. I finished Full Dark House, the first book in the Bryant and May Peculiar Crimes Unit series, a few days ago (review coming soon), and I loved it so much I picked up the next Peculiar Crimes Unit book in my TBR, Ten Second Staircase, right away. I’m right at the beginning, and so far, so good.

The Charlemagne Pursuit, by Steve Berry. This is the first book by Steve Berry that I’ve picked up – it stars ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, and I’m finding Malone likeable enough to want to pick up the earlier books featuring him. I’m about midway through this book, and it’s a fun and exciting read – except that I’m finding the motivation for one part of the plot to be kind of weak. (More on that when I finish the book and write the review.) Despite this, though, I’ve been enjoying this book a lot.

The Case of the Missing Marquess, by Nancy Springer. I’m still reading this one – haven’t had a chance to pick it up again since the last time I was reading it last week. I have two other books in this series in my TBR pile, so I’m hoping this one is as interesting as the first chapters indicate.

And in audiobooks: last night I was feeling a bit under the weather, and even the thought of picking up a book to read was enough to make me feel kind of dizzy. So I took to my bed (I’ve always wanted to say something like that!) and started listening to an audiobook of PD James’ Skull Beneath the Skin. I’m not sure if the version I’ve linked to is the actual version I’m listening to. Mine isn’t so much an audiobook as an audio production – lots of lovely British actors saying the lines; it feels like listening to an old-time radio show.

So that’s what I’m currently reading. What books are enticing you these days?

7 thoughts on “TSS – Currently Reading: Fowler, Springer & Berry

  1. Ms. Bookish Post author

    Kathy, I have Drood on my to-read list, too – good to hear you’re loving it so far.

    Kristie, I’ll give the first track another listen – it mentions the publisher, I’m sure (it’s been on my iPod for a while and I can’t remember where I put the CDs!)

  2. Maggie

    I read the first book in the Steve Berry series awhile back and liked it, but haven’t got around to reading the rest of them yet. Sounds like I might have to get caught up on them.

    Right now I’m reading a lovely YA novel, Elijah’s Coin by Steve O’Brien. It’s the story of an angry young man and what he does to change his life. It’s a great read with a “pay it forward” style message and I’m really enjoying it.

  3. Ms. Bookish Post author

    S. Krishna, I’ve read more of the Charlemagne Pursuit and it’s definitely good. I also like the fact that there’s hardly any profanity, yet the action is intense and exciting. Goes to show you don’t need to have the profanity to get a thriller novel moving!

    Maggie, I’ll have to keep an eye out for Elijah’s Coin – I like the “pay it forward” aspect of it.

  4. Dave at Read Street

    That’s a dizzying list. I’m reading The Man in the White Sharkskin suit for my book club, and in the on-deck circle is James McBride’s Song Yet Sung. For a quick diversion before bed, there’s Disquiet Please, a new collection of comic pieces from the New Yorker. They are hilarious.


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