Tuesday, May 18, 2021


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1. What are you currently reading? Where We Belong by Emily Giffin. Marion is a 30-something TV producer, successful in her career and happy (enough) in her relationship with her lover, a network executive. Her New York life is moving along smoothly, until her Midwestern past unexpectedly comes roaring out of nowhere and suddenly her life isn't so smooth anymore.

I picked up this book (published in 2012) nearly a decade ago but never finished it. I don't recall why. I'm enjoying it now. It's perfectly serviceable chick-lit.

2. What did you recently finish reading? Murder at Archly Manor by Sara Rosett. This was a lot of fun. I loved the way Rosett recreated the 1920s. In those days, when a bob was a statement, you could tell a lot about a girl by her hair. Our heroine, Olive Belgrave, comes from a society family but she has no money, so she bounces back and forth between the upper crust and the working class, which creates a nice tension. Also, Olive is very believable as a sleuth. She has no training in this, and she sometimes makes mistakes. I liked that.
But the mystery itself was a little weak. Too many characters! Some were suspects, some were there for atmosphere. Not all were necessary. The book would have been more interesting if there had been some winnowing.

Still, I look forward to picking up another in series for further adventures with Olive.
3. What will read next? A biography.