Three Charms for Murder, the 5th Henri Davenforth book by Honor Raconteur, was quite … charming.
I continue to read Agatha Christies and to be shocked by the casual anti-semitism and consistent use of the n-word, especially when completely unnecessary (for example, in the name of a dessert said by a character we’re supposed to *like*). They censor the word “bastard” as “b—-” in the editions I’m reading. Why don’t they do the same for n—-? At least the anti-semitism improves once she hits the 1940s. The complaints about estate taxes are also crazy… I can’t tell if Christie wants us to think these lazy aristocrats should have to work or not. I leave feeling like, yeah, it’s probably best to just leave your money to charity instead of your relatives if you don’t want to end up as a corpse, and it’s best to get a job instead of relying on the largesse of said relatives, because they can change their wills at any time! There’s a lot to be said for having control of one’s own monetary situation.
DC1 picked Children of Blood and Bone as hir “choose your own coming of age novel from this list” and zie LOVED IT. (Zie narrowed it down from the list to only fantasy/science fiction novels, and I vetoed the Martian as that was hir “choose your own novel” last year, also I don’t really see how it is coming of age?) Zie has to answer questions like, “Is this book realistic” and DC1 answers things like, “No, magic isn’t real,” which I think might not end up earning hir full credit, but we won’t know for weeks because the English teacher is a really slow grader. Zie immediately asked for the second book and my MIL sent it as a Christmas present, so I took hir off the library waitlist for it.
DC2 is at 2017 for Newbery books and zie has really enjoyed almost all of them (with maybe 2 or 3 exceptions). (Did I mention I’ve been requesting the Newbery Award and Honor books from the library starting with the most recent year?) Several of them have made it onto hir Christmas wishlist so zie has hir own copy.
Turns out Alexis Hall of Boyfriend Material has written a number of books across different genres. Looking for Group is a sweet YA romance with lots of MOOC gaming in-jokes. Dialogue is very good. (Not as good as Boyfriend Material, but definitely worth the library checkout.) Except if I’m being completely honest, I skipped large chunks and the 2nd hero wasn’t very interesting– he’s one of the tropes I find more annoying– the shy quiet beautiful (usually girl) who takes time to smell the flowers and appreciate the beauty of just being and really has no other personality characteristics. A pixie dreamboy without the manic part. I would not want to spend much time with him myself. The other friends were great though– the book maybe would have been better without so much time alone with the two heroes.
Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews was great!
I read a couple more Joan Smith regencies– note that these are not at all accurate, so if you’re bothered by historical inaccuracies, do not read them. A Christmas Gambol was pretty bad. Escapade was entertaining though neither hero nor heroine is all that likable, but it’s got the benefit of being somewhat funny.
The latest Shinigami Detective, aka Case Files of Henri Davenforth, Three Charms for Murder, by Honor Raconteur was a lot of fun. If you liked the first four books you will also like this one.
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron was ok. I probably would have liked it better if I’d read the earlier books and also if the Jane Austen character weren’t based on a real person who did not get married and was to die in very few years. (There’s the start of a love interest in this one… which is just kind of depressing. I want my romances to have predictably happy endings!)
What holiday reading do you have lined up?