- A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin, which I finished yesterday. This is historical fiction set during and after the Wars of the Roses. It’s very good – more about it later.
- Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin – crime fiction, the sixth Inspector Rebus book.
- Can Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey – this is a fascinating book of letters written by a group of women over a period of fifty years. Their letters are part of the Mass Observation archive, forming a record of everyday life during the last century.
- Billy by Pamela Stephenson – a biography of Billy Connolly, written by his wife.
On 1 December I began Emily’s TBR Challenge – reading books I already owned from before then. So it was lucky for me that we went shopping in Milton Keynes last Sunday – 29 November and I bought three books to add to to the little pile I have with me until we can unpack our books, which won’t be for a while yet. The shopping centre was absolutely solid with people last Sunday, which makes me feel very claustrophobic and just want to go home, but I managed to buy these:
- Black and Blue by Ian Rankin – another Inspector Rebus book. D is ahead of me in reading these and this is the next one he’ll be reading.
- Portobello by Ruth Rendell – a thriller (not an Inspector Wexford).
- Drood by Dan Simmons – I’ve been wondering whether to read this after reading about it on the blogs. As it’s so long it should keep me going for quite a while. A novel of 19th century England, this is a fictionalised account of Charles Dickens’ last five years as narrated by Wilkie Collins. I haven’t read Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, so I hope that won’t matter.
Today I’ll be reading Mortal Causes and maybe start Drood.