Summer Reading List

TheDevilishMontague-low-res Pat here. Devilish Montague, my latest Regency romance, will be coming out in a few weeks and I’ll have to plug it hither and yon then, but self promo is tedious. Since I’m scheduled to blog both Bookviewcafe and Wordwenches today, I thought I’d gift our readers (and myself) with a summer reading list. I’ve gathered the list from among the wordwenches and BVC members, but we’re remaining anonymous because there are so many good books and we can only recommend so many. As it is, I’ll have to cut all the suggestions in half and do more later. Below is an eclectic mixture of recommendations from my reading buddies…

Anything by Terry Pratchett. He writes fantasy, but if you don't like fantasy, don't be put off. It's down-to-earth, witty, funny fantasy. It's really hard to pick one, but women will probably enjoy Witches Abroad, and most men seem to really like Pyramids. But really, anything. http://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/

Jo Beverley’s An Unlikely Countess, historical romance  set in 1765, tells the story of the impoverished daughter of a scholar who becomes entangled with an equally impoverished ex-soldier, but fate makes him an earl, and life becomes very complicated indeed.

The Attenbury EmeraldsJill Paton Walsh's third novel based on Dorothy Sayers' beloved Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.  It's a powerful and entertaining story where the mystery exists mostly as a structure for the family, social, and romantic relationships and an elegiac look at post WWII England.
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Hunting and Gathering, by Anna Gavalda. French and a little quirky, about four people, pretty much adrift in the world, damaged by life and barely surviving — but before you screw up your nose and say, 'not for me,' it's not at all grim. It's the kind of book that makes you smile, and the ending leaves you feeling all warm and 47780 fuzzy. The French title is "Ensemble, C'est Tout" which means  "Together is Everything" and that's what the book is about — people needing people, forming families by chance and though random acts of kindness. And it's a romance.

Vienna Waltz by Teresa Grant (the new pen name of Tracy Grant), an historical murder mystery set at the Congress of Vienna, and is a fabulous mix of political intrigue, complex psychological layering rich historical detail and scintillating dialogue.

For delicious urban-fantasy-done right: Desdaemona by Ben Macallan (BVC’s own Chaz) and Katherine Kerr's Water To Burn (an August release).

Immortal by Pati Nagle, a contemporary elves and vampire romance in both print and digital, and a darker paranormal/fantasy romance by Pati Nagle, Heart of the Exiled in ebook.

Thistle Down by Irene Radford, a light and fluffy paranormal romance masquerading as urban fantasy.  Pixies in the park. Good for YA.  Thistle

Vampire Chef #1: A Taste of the Nightlife by Sarah Zettel comes out July 5.  Humorous, paranormal, mystery with vampires.  And food!

Trey Shiels, The Dread Hammer, "An enthralling, darkly comic fairytale of love, war, murder, marriage, and fate."

Martha Well's The Cloud Road. Epic fantasy/adventure with a PW starred review

Sherwood Smith, The Trouble With Kings, a romantic fantasy from Samhain

Madeline Robins: Althea, an old-fashioned "sweet" Regency, which will be followed in July by My Dear Jenny (also Regency, also sweet), ebooks from bookviewcafe. Also, her Sarah Tolerance books: Point of Honour and Petty Treason, a fusion of Regency, noir, and swashbuckler set in a slightly-alternate England in ebook format

The Iron Druid trilogy by Kevin Hearne, a new urban fantasy author with a light, intelligent touch.  The first two books, HOUNDED and HEXED are out, and HAMMERED will be along in a few weeks.
 
Evil GSilk_enius by Patricia Rice–mystery, romance, and a wickedly colorful cast of eccentric characters in this e-book only story.
 
  SILK & SHADOWS, & SILK AND SECRETS by Mary Jo Putney–these are e-book editions of the exotic Silk Trilogy.  The third, VEILS OF SILK, should be out soon.  I loved reading these books, and it's great that they're available again.

Katherine Kerr, License to Ensorcell , a Nola O'Grady urban fantasy,

Among Others, by Jo Walton, a wonderful combination of fantasy, coming-of-age, and modern historical (girl with magic in her extended and peculiar family, growing up in the 70s in Wales).

Tim Powers, On Stranger Tides–"Whether or not the Pirates of the Caribbean film satisfied, try the original novel by Tim Powers. Almost nothing of Powers magnificent yarn was taken for the film, so you won't feel as if you're reading anything tied to a movie.  Adventure, romance, pirates, and supernatural wonders abound.  Highly recommended."

Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion and its sequels—fantasy

And as the weather gets hot, nothing is more cooling than to read works about British explorers freezing to death: The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge, a Booker finalist.

Speak to Our Desires by Brenda Clough, mystery/thriller set in the Summer of Love in the 60’s, for those looking for e-fiction.

We, Robots  by Sue Lange, a humorous fantasy novella about a young girl who is given a robot nanny. The story is told from the viewpoint of the robot and explores what effect  technology has had on  the meaning of life
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Vonda McIntyre, The Moon and the Sun: Nebula Award winner.  Set in the court of Louis XIV, a secret history revealing what happens when the king's natural philosopher, Yves de la Croix, captures a sea  monster — a mermaid — or is it something more? 

Ashley Gardner's Gabriel Lacey regency mysteries. They're not "light" exactly, but very engaging—rather perfect for long summer evenings when a bit of London fog is just the thing. Book One is The Hanover Square Affair.

Maya Bohnhoff: Taco Del and the Fabled Tree of Mystery is a good summer eBook read and The Meri (in print fantasy) and Star Wars: Patterns of Force (in print SF)

Kelley Armstrong's Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic, urban fantasy 

K.E. Kimbriel’s Nuala SF novels contain romance, but are easier to find in e-book and usually cheaper.

Jennifer Stevenson’s completely light, romantic comedy about blue-collar men and the women who pursue them: 
King of Hearts and Fools Paradise

Andrea Penrose, Sweet Revenge, Regency mystery  (Deception with a dash of murder is a recipe for disaster…)

Cara Elliott, To Surrender To A Rogue, a historical romance RITA finalist (Lady Alessandra della Giamatti arrives in Bath to excavate newly discovered Roman ruins-only to find herself caught in a web of evil intrigue . . .)



Susan King, The Black Thorne's Rose, medieval historical romance, now on Kindle and Nook

Susan Fraser King, Queen Hereafter, Scots historical fiction about saintly Queen Margaret

 

Wow, and that was just the start of the suggestions I've collected! Please, add more below if you like. Give a little bit about them so readers know if they're the kind of book they like to read. There are so many amazing books out there, it's so very hard to choose among them. Hope we've given you some choices!

105 thoughts on “Summer Reading List”

  1. Great list, Pat. It looks like I’ll have a few new authors to try this summer.
    I’d also suggest anything written by Teresa Medeiros for those who like their historicals both poignant and funny, and for those who like Irish history, the Irish Century series by Morgan Llywelyn.
    And, in the shameless self-promotion vein, might I recommend my own books, “In Sunshine or in Shadow” and “Coming Home?” Both take place in post-Famine Ireland, and both (I hope!) personify the healing power of love.
    I’m really looking forward to reading “The Devilish Montague!”

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  2. Great list, Pat. It looks like I’ll have a few new authors to try this summer.
    I’d also suggest anything written by Teresa Medeiros for those who like their historicals both poignant and funny, and for those who like Irish history, the Irish Century series by Morgan Llywelyn.
    And, in the shameless self-promotion vein, might I recommend my own books, “In Sunshine or in Shadow” and “Coming Home?” Both take place in post-Famine Ireland, and both (I hope!) personify the healing power of love.
    I’m really looking forward to reading “The Devilish Montague!”

    Reply
  3. Great list, Pat. It looks like I’ll have a few new authors to try this summer.
    I’d also suggest anything written by Teresa Medeiros for those who like their historicals both poignant and funny, and for those who like Irish history, the Irish Century series by Morgan Llywelyn.
    And, in the shameless self-promotion vein, might I recommend my own books, “In Sunshine or in Shadow” and “Coming Home?” Both take place in post-Famine Ireland, and both (I hope!) personify the healing power of love.
    I’m really looking forward to reading “The Devilish Montague!”

    Reply
  4. Great list, Pat. It looks like I’ll have a few new authors to try this summer.
    I’d also suggest anything written by Teresa Medeiros for those who like their historicals both poignant and funny, and for those who like Irish history, the Irish Century series by Morgan Llywelyn.
    And, in the shameless self-promotion vein, might I recommend my own books, “In Sunshine or in Shadow” and “Coming Home?” Both take place in post-Famine Ireland, and both (I hope!) personify the healing power of love.
    I’m really looking forward to reading “The Devilish Montague!”

    Reply
  5. Great list, Pat. It looks like I’ll have a few new authors to try this summer.
    I’d also suggest anything written by Teresa Medeiros for those who like their historicals both poignant and funny, and for those who like Irish history, the Irish Century series by Morgan Llywelyn.
    And, in the shameless self-promotion vein, might I recommend my own books, “In Sunshine or in Shadow” and “Coming Home?” Both take place in post-Famine Ireland, and both (I hope!) personify the healing power of love.
    I’m really looking forward to reading “The Devilish Montague!”

    Reply
  6. What I love about reading is odd coincidences and connections. The latest Marie Claire has a recommendation for Tarte organic lipstick made from the Achiote tree which was much mentioned in recipes in Sweet Revenge. And then the Washington Post had a long review of the new book Nom de Plume: A (secret) History of pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru. which follows along nicely with the post last week. Oh how lovely to have an excess of reading materials at hand.

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  7. What I love about reading is odd coincidences and connections. The latest Marie Claire has a recommendation for Tarte organic lipstick made from the Achiote tree which was much mentioned in recipes in Sweet Revenge. And then the Washington Post had a long review of the new book Nom de Plume: A (secret) History of pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru. which follows along nicely with the post last week. Oh how lovely to have an excess of reading materials at hand.

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  8. What I love about reading is odd coincidences and connections. The latest Marie Claire has a recommendation for Tarte organic lipstick made from the Achiote tree which was much mentioned in recipes in Sweet Revenge. And then the Washington Post had a long review of the new book Nom de Plume: A (secret) History of pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru. which follows along nicely with the post last week. Oh how lovely to have an excess of reading materials at hand.

    Reply
  9. What I love about reading is odd coincidences and connections. The latest Marie Claire has a recommendation for Tarte organic lipstick made from the Achiote tree which was much mentioned in recipes in Sweet Revenge. And then the Washington Post had a long review of the new book Nom de Plume: A (secret) History of pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru. which follows along nicely with the post last week. Oh how lovely to have an excess of reading materials at hand.

    Reply
  10. What I love about reading is odd coincidences and connections. The latest Marie Claire has a recommendation for Tarte organic lipstick made from the Achiote tree which was much mentioned in recipes in Sweet Revenge. And then the Washington Post had a long review of the new book Nom de Plume: A (secret) History of pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru. which follows along nicely with the post last week. Oh how lovely to have an excess of reading materials at hand.

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  11. “The Iron Duke” by Meljean Brook is incredible–my favorite book of the year. It’s steampunk romance–alternate history Victorian setting with steam powered machines, airships, corsets, nano particles, monsters, pirates… The love story is powerful and complex with a hero and heroine who are unforgettable.
    And rhank you for all the great reading suggestions–my TBR pile just got bigger!

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  12. “The Iron Duke” by Meljean Brook is incredible–my favorite book of the year. It’s steampunk romance–alternate history Victorian setting with steam powered machines, airships, corsets, nano particles, monsters, pirates… The love story is powerful and complex with a hero and heroine who are unforgettable.
    And rhank you for all the great reading suggestions–my TBR pile just got bigger!

    Reply
  13. “The Iron Duke” by Meljean Brook is incredible–my favorite book of the year. It’s steampunk romance–alternate history Victorian setting with steam powered machines, airships, corsets, nano particles, monsters, pirates… The love story is powerful and complex with a hero and heroine who are unforgettable.
    And rhank you for all the great reading suggestions–my TBR pile just got bigger!

    Reply
  14. “The Iron Duke” by Meljean Brook is incredible–my favorite book of the year. It’s steampunk romance–alternate history Victorian setting with steam powered machines, airships, corsets, nano particles, monsters, pirates… The love story is powerful and complex with a hero and heroine who are unforgettable.
    And rhank you for all the great reading suggestions–my TBR pile just got bigger!

    Reply
  15. “The Iron Duke” by Meljean Brook is incredible–my favorite book of the year. It’s steampunk romance–alternate history Victorian setting with steam powered machines, airships, corsets, nano particles, monsters, pirates… The love story is powerful and complex with a hero and heroine who are unforgettable.
    And rhank you for all the great reading suggestions–my TBR pile just got bigger!

    Reply
  16. Wench readers really are in sync with wench tastes, I see! Or at least this one’s taste. I’ve read most of the suggestions–Teresa is an old friend of mine so I snatch up her books as soon as they come out. And yes, by all means, Cynthia, mention your great books! I’d love to see more steampunk do well, especially since I have one simmering on the back burners of my mind. “G”
    And Lyn, I blame the collective unconscious for those coincidences. It’s something in the ether.

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  17. Wench readers really are in sync with wench tastes, I see! Or at least this one’s taste. I’ve read most of the suggestions–Teresa is an old friend of mine so I snatch up her books as soon as they come out. And yes, by all means, Cynthia, mention your great books! I’d love to see more steampunk do well, especially since I have one simmering on the back burners of my mind. “G”
    And Lyn, I blame the collective unconscious for those coincidences. It’s something in the ether.

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  18. Wench readers really are in sync with wench tastes, I see! Or at least this one’s taste. I’ve read most of the suggestions–Teresa is an old friend of mine so I snatch up her books as soon as they come out. And yes, by all means, Cynthia, mention your great books! I’d love to see more steampunk do well, especially since I have one simmering on the back burners of my mind. “G”
    And Lyn, I blame the collective unconscious for those coincidences. It’s something in the ether.

    Reply
  19. Wench readers really are in sync with wench tastes, I see! Or at least this one’s taste. I’ve read most of the suggestions–Teresa is an old friend of mine so I snatch up her books as soon as they come out. And yes, by all means, Cynthia, mention your great books! I’d love to see more steampunk do well, especially since I have one simmering on the back burners of my mind. “G”
    And Lyn, I blame the collective unconscious for those coincidences. It’s something in the ether.

    Reply
  20. Wench readers really are in sync with wench tastes, I see! Or at least this one’s taste. I’ve read most of the suggestions–Teresa is an old friend of mine so I snatch up her books as soon as they come out. And yes, by all means, Cynthia, mention your great books! I’d love to see more steampunk do well, especially since I have one simmering on the back burners of my mind. “G”
    And Lyn, I blame the collective unconscious for those coincidences. It’s something in the ether.

    Reply
  21. A great list, Pat, one that combines books I’ve already read and loved, book I look forward to reading, and books that are new and tempting.
    I just finished a review of Heartbreak Creek, the first book in Kaki Warner’s new Runaway Brides series. It’s the story of a Southern belle who leaves Reconstruction Louisiana to become a mailorder bride in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. It’s headed for my best of 2011 list.
    I also reread my favorite of Candice Hern’s trad Regencies, Miss Lacey’s Last Fling, newly available as an ebook. Twenty-six-year-old Rosalind Lacey believes she is dying and breaks free of family responsibilities for a stay in London with her scandalous aunt and a chance to check items off her bucket list.
    One I haven’t read yet but am eagerly anticipating beginning tonight is Diane Farr’s YA paranormal, Wicked Cool. I love Farr’s Regencies, and I’ve heard great things about this one: a coming of age story featuring Zara Norland, a teen with supernatural powers.

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  22. A great list, Pat, one that combines books I’ve already read and loved, book I look forward to reading, and books that are new and tempting.
    I just finished a review of Heartbreak Creek, the first book in Kaki Warner’s new Runaway Brides series. It’s the story of a Southern belle who leaves Reconstruction Louisiana to become a mailorder bride in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. It’s headed for my best of 2011 list.
    I also reread my favorite of Candice Hern’s trad Regencies, Miss Lacey’s Last Fling, newly available as an ebook. Twenty-six-year-old Rosalind Lacey believes she is dying and breaks free of family responsibilities for a stay in London with her scandalous aunt and a chance to check items off her bucket list.
    One I haven’t read yet but am eagerly anticipating beginning tonight is Diane Farr’s YA paranormal, Wicked Cool. I love Farr’s Regencies, and I’ve heard great things about this one: a coming of age story featuring Zara Norland, a teen with supernatural powers.

    Reply
  23. A great list, Pat, one that combines books I’ve already read and loved, book I look forward to reading, and books that are new and tempting.
    I just finished a review of Heartbreak Creek, the first book in Kaki Warner’s new Runaway Brides series. It’s the story of a Southern belle who leaves Reconstruction Louisiana to become a mailorder bride in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. It’s headed for my best of 2011 list.
    I also reread my favorite of Candice Hern’s trad Regencies, Miss Lacey’s Last Fling, newly available as an ebook. Twenty-six-year-old Rosalind Lacey believes she is dying and breaks free of family responsibilities for a stay in London with her scandalous aunt and a chance to check items off her bucket list.
    One I haven’t read yet but am eagerly anticipating beginning tonight is Diane Farr’s YA paranormal, Wicked Cool. I love Farr’s Regencies, and I’ve heard great things about this one: a coming of age story featuring Zara Norland, a teen with supernatural powers.

    Reply
  24. A great list, Pat, one that combines books I’ve already read and loved, book I look forward to reading, and books that are new and tempting.
    I just finished a review of Heartbreak Creek, the first book in Kaki Warner’s new Runaway Brides series. It’s the story of a Southern belle who leaves Reconstruction Louisiana to become a mailorder bride in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. It’s headed for my best of 2011 list.
    I also reread my favorite of Candice Hern’s trad Regencies, Miss Lacey’s Last Fling, newly available as an ebook. Twenty-six-year-old Rosalind Lacey believes she is dying and breaks free of family responsibilities for a stay in London with her scandalous aunt and a chance to check items off her bucket list.
    One I haven’t read yet but am eagerly anticipating beginning tonight is Diane Farr’s YA paranormal, Wicked Cool. I love Farr’s Regencies, and I’ve heard great things about this one: a coming of age story featuring Zara Norland, a teen with supernatural powers.

    Reply
  25. A great list, Pat, one that combines books I’ve already read and loved, book I look forward to reading, and books that are new and tempting.
    I just finished a review of Heartbreak Creek, the first book in Kaki Warner’s new Runaway Brides series. It’s the story of a Southern belle who leaves Reconstruction Louisiana to become a mailorder bride in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. It’s headed for my best of 2011 list.
    I also reread my favorite of Candice Hern’s trad Regencies, Miss Lacey’s Last Fling, newly available as an ebook. Twenty-six-year-old Rosalind Lacey believes she is dying and breaks free of family responsibilities for a stay in London with her scandalous aunt and a chance to check items off her bucket list.
    One I haven’t read yet but am eagerly anticipating beginning tonight is Diane Farr’s YA paranormal, Wicked Cool. I love Farr’s Regencies, and I’ve heard great things about this one: a coming of age story featuring Zara Norland, a teen with supernatural powers.

    Reply
  26. Fantastic, Janga. Now my reading list is growing out the door. An American historical, ultra cool! I’m just releasing my American backlist and hoping we turn the tide from England just a little bit. I don’t have time for re-reading but that was one of Candice’s fun books. Not sure about the YA but I’m willing to take a chance on Diane!

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  27. Fantastic, Janga. Now my reading list is growing out the door. An American historical, ultra cool! I’m just releasing my American backlist and hoping we turn the tide from England just a little bit. I don’t have time for re-reading but that was one of Candice’s fun books. Not sure about the YA but I’m willing to take a chance on Diane!

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  28. Fantastic, Janga. Now my reading list is growing out the door. An American historical, ultra cool! I’m just releasing my American backlist and hoping we turn the tide from England just a little bit. I don’t have time for re-reading but that was one of Candice’s fun books. Not sure about the YA but I’m willing to take a chance on Diane!

    Reply
  29. Fantastic, Janga. Now my reading list is growing out the door. An American historical, ultra cool! I’m just releasing my American backlist and hoping we turn the tide from England just a little bit. I don’t have time for re-reading but that was one of Candice’s fun books. Not sure about the YA but I’m willing to take a chance on Diane!

    Reply
  30. Fantastic, Janga. Now my reading list is growing out the door. An American historical, ultra cool! I’m just releasing my American backlist and hoping we turn the tide from England just a little bit. I don’t have time for re-reading but that was one of Candice’s fun books. Not sure about the YA but I’m willing to take a chance on Diane!

    Reply
  31. Great list. I just read Emily March’s books Eternity Springs series and I really enjoyed it. Also any book by Kaki Warner they are westerns but I love her writing. She has a new one coming out in July Heartbreak Creek,its a runaway bride series and its really good.

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  32. Great list. I just read Emily March’s books Eternity Springs series and I really enjoyed it. Also any book by Kaki Warner they are westerns but I love her writing. She has a new one coming out in July Heartbreak Creek,its a runaway bride series and its really good.

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  33. Great list. I just read Emily March’s books Eternity Springs series and I really enjoyed it. Also any book by Kaki Warner they are westerns but I love her writing. She has a new one coming out in July Heartbreak Creek,its a runaway bride series and its really good.

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  34. Great list. I just read Emily March’s books Eternity Springs series and I really enjoyed it. Also any book by Kaki Warner they are westerns but I love her writing. She has a new one coming out in July Heartbreak Creek,its a runaway bride series and its really good.

    Reply
  35. Great list. I just read Emily March’s books Eternity Springs series and I really enjoyed it. Also any book by Kaki Warner they are westerns but I love her writing. She has a new one coming out in July Heartbreak Creek,its a runaway bride series and its really good.

    Reply
  36. Kaki Warner has quite a following on here, cool. I asked MJP to stop by to tell us when all the Silk books will be released. She’s on two tight deadlines and probably hasn’t had time to work through the scans yet.
    Anne suggested Hunting and Gathering. I need to get a copy of that, too. And I’ll tell Madeline that you’ve reviewed her. She’ll be thrilled!

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  37. Kaki Warner has quite a following on here, cool. I asked MJP to stop by to tell us when all the Silk books will be released. She’s on two tight deadlines and probably hasn’t had time to work through the scans yet.
    Anne suggested Hunting and Gathering. I need to get a copy of that, too. And I’ll tell Madeline that you’ve reviewed her. She’ll be thrilled!

    Reply
  38. Kaki Warner has quite a following on here, cool. I asked MJP to stop by to tell us when all the Silk books will be released. She’s on two tight deadlines and probably hasn’t had time to work through the scans yet.
    Anne suggested Hunting and Gathering. I need to get a copy of that, too. And I’ll tell Madeline that you’ve reviewed her. She’ll be thrilled!

    Reply
  39. Kaki Warner has quite a following on here, cool. I asked MJP to stop by to tell us when all the Silk books will be released. She’s on two tight deadlines and probably hasn’t had time to work through the scans yet.
    Anne suggested Hunting and Gathering. I need to get a copy of that, too. And I’ll tell Madeline that you’ve reviewed her. She’ll be thrilled!

    Reply
  40. Kaki Warner has quite a following on here, cool. I asked MJP to stop by to tell us when all the Silk books will be released. She’s on two tight deadlines and probably hasn’t had time to work through the scans yet.
    Anne suggested Hunting and Gathering. I need to get a copy of that, too. And I’ll tell Madeline that you’ve reviewed her. She’ll be thrilled!

    Reply
  41. Susan–
    SILK AND SECRETS was uploaded to Kindle just last week, so you’re in luck! The third Silk book, VEILS OF SILK, will be coming but not till later in the summer ’cause I’m busy finishing a Lost Lord. *G*
    Mary Jo

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  42. Susan–
    SILK AND SECRETS was uploaded to Kindle just last week, so you’re in luck! The third Silk book, VEILS OF SILK, will be coming but not till later in the summer ’cause I’m busy finishing a Lost Lord. *G*
    Mary Jo

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  43. Susan–
    SILK AND SECRETS was uploaded to Kindle just last week, so you’re in luck! The third Silk book, VEILS OF SILK, will be coming but not till later in the summer ’cause I’m busy finishing a Lost Lord. *G*
    Mary Jo

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  44. Susan–
    SILK AND SECRETS was uploaded to Kindle just last week, so you’re in luck! The third Silk book, VEILS OF SILK, will be coming but not till later in the summer ’cause I’m busy finishing a Lost Lord. *G*
    Mary Jo

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  45. Susan–
    SILK AND SECRETS was uploaded to Kindle just last week, so you’re in luck! The third Silk book, VEILS OF SILK, will be coming but not till later in the summer ’cause I’m busy finishing a Lost Lord. *G*
    Mary Jo

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  46. A great list Pat. I will have to contemplate which I will try and then order one or two and see how they go. Unfortunately I have never seen many of the authors on the rather thin book shelves here. Maybe I will be able to ‘lean’ on the library to get some as well.

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  47. A great list Pat. I will have to contemplate which I will try and then order one or two and see how they go. Unfortunately I have never seen many of the authors on the rather thin book shelves here. Maybe I will be able to ‘lean’ on the library to get some as well.

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  48. A great list Pat. I will have to contemplate which I will try and then order one or two and see how they go. Unfortunately I have never seen many of the authors on the rather thin book shelves here. Maybe I will be able to ‘lean’ on the library to get some as well.

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  49. A great list Pat. I will have to contemplate which I will try and then order one or two and see how they go. Unfortunately I have never seen many of the authors on the rather thin book shelves here. Maybe I will be able to ‘lean’ on the library to get some as well.

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  50. A great list Pat. I will have to contemplate which I will try and then order one or two and see how they go. Unfortunately I have never seen many of the authors on the rather thin book shelves here. Maybe I will be able to ‘lean’ on the library to get some as well.

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  51. Jenny, this is where I find my Nook so useful. After all the years of book deprivation, to have every title I want available at my fingertips is downright thrilling. I can frequently borrow them digitally from my library but it’s usually a wait, and I’m not a patient person. But we can’t read the whole list at once, so after I order the ebooks, I’m making up a list for the reserve file at the library. I love having stacks of books handy!

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  52. Jenny, this is where I find my Nook so useful. After all the years of book deprivation, to have every title I want available at my fingertips is downright thrilling. I can frequently borrow them digitally from my library but it’s usually a wait, and I’m not a patient person. But we can’t read the whole list at once, so after I order the ebooks, I’m making up a list for the reserve file at the library. I love having stacks of books handy!

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  53. Jenny, this is where I find my Nook so useful. After all the years of book deprivation, to have every title I want available at my fingertips is downright thrilling. I can frequently borrow them digitally from my library but it’s usually a wait, and I’m not a patient person. But we can’t read the whole list at once, so after I order the ebooks, I’m making up a list for the reserve file at the library. I love having stacks of books handy!

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  54. Jenny, this is where I find my Nook so useful. After all the years of book deprivation, to have every title I want available at my fingertips is downright thrilling. I can frequently borrow them digitally from my library but it’s usually a wait, and I’m not a patient person. But we can’t read the whole list at once, so after I order the ebooks, I’m making up a list for the reserve file at the library. I love having stacks of books handy!

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  55. Jenny, this is where I find my Nook so useful. After all the years of book deprivation, to have every title I want available at my fingertips is downright thrilling. I can frequently borrow them digitally from my library but it’s usually a wait, and I’m not a patient person. But we can’t read the whole list at once, so after I order the ebooks, I’m making up a list for the reserve file at the library. I love having stacks of books handy!

    Reply
  56. Oh, wow, what a great list. I wish I could read faster. But my TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger. And I already have THE DEVILISH MONTAGUE on pre-order.
    Since you don’t mind BSP, my latest Regency comedy novella, GIFTS GONE ASTRAY, comes out next Wednesday. Governess stories are passe. Here’s one about the tutor. And there’s a book… *G*

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  57. Oh, wow, what a great list. I wish I could read faster. But my TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger. And I already have THE DEVILISH MONTAGUE on pre-order.
    Since you don’t mind BSP, my latest Regency comedy novella, GIFTS GONE ASTRAY, comes out next Wednesday. Governess stories are passe. Here’s one about the tutor. And there’s a book… *G*

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  58. Oh, wow, what a great list. I wish I could read faster. But my TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger. And I already have THE DEVILISH MONTAGUE on pre-order.
    Since you don’t mind BSP, my latest Regency comedy novella, GIFTS GONE ASTRAY, comes out next Wednesday. Governess stories are passe. Here’s one about the tutor. And there’s a book… *G*

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  59. Oh, wow, what a great list. I wish I could read faster. But my TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger. And I already have THE DEVILISH MONTAGUE on pre-order.
    Since you don’t mind BSP, my latest Regency comedy novella, GIFTS GONE ASTRAY, comes out next Wednesday. Governess stories are passe. Here’s one about the tutor. And there’s a book… *G*

    Reply
  60. Oh, wow, what a great list. I wish I could read faster. But my TBR pile keeps getting bigger and bigger. And I already have THE DEVILISH MONTAGUE on pre-order.
    Since you don’t mind BSP, my latest Regency comedy novella, GIFTS GONE ASTRAY, comes out next Wednesday. Governess stories are passe. Here’s one about the tutor. And there’s a book… *G*

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  61. From a Cara Elliott post this spring about what she was reading:
    “I’ve been reading historical mystery lately, and just discovered a very interesting new-to-me series by a writer named Imogen Robertson set in Georgian England. Instruments of Darkness features an intriguing cast of characters (a naval captain’s wife who is managing a small estate, along with her two young children and teenage sister, and a reclusive anatomist who turn into a sleuthing team) several puzzling murders, and a dark mystery involving the local lord of the manor, a wounded veteran of the British raid on Concord. The writing style is beautiful-very descriptive, with great characterization. I’m definitely going to be looking for the second book.”
    Based on her recommendation I got Instruments of Darkness from the library and loved it so much I went straight to B&N to buy my own copy (in hardback!). I ordered the next two books in the series online. I finished the second in the wee small hours just this morning and will pick up the third the minute I get home from work tonight. The books are intense, the characterizations vivid, the mysteries compelling, and the Georgian setting well done — I can’t say enough good things about this series other than to selfishly hope everyone buys them so that the series continues. In tone they remind me a bit of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St Cyr books, which I consider high praise.

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  62. From a Cara Elliott post this spring about what she was reading:
    “I’ve been reading historical mystery lately, and just discovered a very interesting new-to-me series by a writer named Imogen Robertson set in Georgian England. Instruments of Darkness features an intriguing cast of characters (a naval captain’s wife who is managing a small estate, along with her two young children and teenage sister, and a reclusive anatomist who turn into a sleuthing team) several puzzling murders, and a dark mystery involving the local lord of the manor, a wounded veteran of the British raid on Concord. The writing style is beautiful-very descriptive, with great characterization. I’m definitely going to be looking for the second book.”
    Based on her recommendation I got Instruments of Darkness from the library and loved it so much I went straight to B&N to buy my own copy (in hardback!). I ordered the next two books in the series online. I finished the second in the wee small hours just this morning and will pick up the third the minute I get home from work tonight. The books are intense, the characterizations vivid, the mysteries compelling, and the Georgian setting well done — I can’t say enough good things about this series other than to selfishly hope everyone buys them so that the series continues. In tone they remind me a bit of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St Cyr books, which I consider high praise.

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  63. From a Cara Elliott post this spring about what she was reading:
    “I’ve been reading historical mystery lately, and just discovered a very interesting new-to-me series by a writer named Imogen Robertson set in Georgian England. Instruments of Darkness features an intriguing cast of characters (a naval captain’s wife who is managing a small estate, along with her two young children and teenage sister, and a reclusive anatomist who turn into a sleuthing team) several puzzling murders, and a dark mystery involving the local lord of the manor, a wounded veteran of the British raid on Concord. The writing style is beautiful-very descriptive, with great characterization. I’m definitely going to be looking for the second book.”
    Based on her recommendation I got Instruments of Darkness from the library and loved it so much I went straight to B&N to buy my own copy (in hardback!). I ordered the next two books in the series online. I finished the second in the wee small hours just this morning and will pick up the third the minute I get home from work tonight. The books are intense, the characterizations vivid, the mysteries compelling, and the Georgian setting well done — I can’t say enough good things about this series other than to selfishly hope everyone buys them so that the series continues. In tone they remind me a bit of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St Cyr books, which I consider high praise.

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  64. From a Cara Elliott post this spring about what she was reading:
    “I’ve been reading historical mystery lately, and just discovered a very interesting new-to-me series by a writer named Imogen Robertson set in Georgian England. Instruments of Darkness features an intriguing cast of characters (a naval captain’s wife who is managing a small estate, along with her two young children and teenage sister, and a reclusive anatomist who turn into a sleuthing team) several puzzling murders, and a dark mystery involving the local lord of the manor, a wounded veteran of the British raid on Concord. The writing style is beautiful-very descriptive, with great characterization. I’m definitely going to be looking for the second book.”
    Based on her recommendation I got Instruments of Darkness from the library and loved it so much I went straight to B&N to buy my own copy (in hardback!). I ordered the next two books in the series online. I finished the second in the wee small hours just this morning and will pick up the third the minute I get home from work tonight. The books are intense, the characterizations vivid, the mysteries compelling, and the Georgian setting well done — I can’t say enough good things about this series other than to selfishly hope everyone buys them so that the series continues. In tone they remind me a bit of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St Cyr books, which I consider high praise.

    Reply
  65. From a Cara Elliott post this spring about what she was reading:
    “I’ve been reading historical mystery lately, and just discovered a very interesting new-to-me series by a writer named Imogen Robertson set in Georgian England. Instruments of Darkness features an intriguing cast of characters (a naval captain’s wife who is managing a small estate, along with her two young children and teenage sister, and a reclusive anatomist who turn into a sleuthing team) several puzzling murders, and a dark mystery involving the local lord of the manor, a wounded veteran of the British raid on Concord. The writing style is beautiful-very descriptive, with great characterization. I’m definitely going to be looking for the second book.”
    Based on her recommendation I got Instruments of Darkness from the library and loved it so much I went straight to B&N to buy my own copy (in hardback!). I ordered the next two books in the series online. I finished the second in the wee small hours just this morning and will pick up the third the minute I get home from work tonight. The books are intense, the characterizations vivid, the mysteries compelling, and the Georgian setting well done — I can’t say enough good things about this series other than to selfishly hope everyone buys them so that the series continues. In tone they remind me a bit of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St Cyr books, which I consider high praise.

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  66. Susan, I found INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS a little too dark for my taste, but I did like the letter the second son wrote home to his father about the American attitude toward titled aristocracy. The British author certainly got that right!

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  67. Susan, I found INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS a little too dark for my taste, but I did like the letter the second son wrote home to his father about the American attitude toward titled aristocracy. The British author certainly got that right!

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  68. Susan, I found INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS a little too dark for my taste, but I did like the letter the second son wrote home to his father about the American attitude toward titled aristocracy. The British author certainly got that right!

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  69. Susan, I found INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS a little too dark for my taste, but I did like the letter the second son wrote home to his father about the American attitude toward titled aristocracy. The British author certainly got that right!

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  70. Susan, I found INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS a little too dark for my taste, but I did like the letter the second son wrote home to his father about the American attitude toward titled aristocracy. The British author certainly got that right!

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  71. I’m loving that we get to share favorites this way. We can’t all enjoy the same kind of book, but we can always find samples online or in the library to see if a book is our cuppa tea, and we can be assured this list has been assembled by people who know good books!

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  72. I’m loving that we get to share favorites this way. We can’t all enjoy the same kind of book, but we can always find samples online or in the library to see if a book is our cuppa tea, and we can be assured this list has been assembled by people who know good books!

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  73. I’m loving that we get to share favorites this way. We can’t all enjoy the same kind of book, but we can always find samples online or in the library to see if a book is our cuppa tea, and we can be assured this list has been assembled by people who know good books!

    Reply
  74. I’m loving that we get to share favorites this way. We can’t all enjoy the same kind of book, but we can always find samples online or in the library to see if a book is our cuppa tea, and we can be assured this list has been assembled by people who know good books!

    Reply
  75. I’m loving that we get to share favorites this way. We can’t all enjoy the same kind of book, but we can always find samples online or in the library to see if a book is our cuppa tea, and we can be assured this list has been assembled by people who know good books!

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  76. @Linda, yes, the Imogen Robertson books are dark. They are mysteries, however, not romances, so I accept that as coming with the territory. As noted above, I also like C.S. Harris’s Regency-set mysteries, so I suppose I’ve become used to it. In the first few Sebastian St. Cyr books, it was unhealthy to be young, beautiful, and pregnant (and not for the usual reasons), and the victims of some of the later books will also break your heart. Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed them very much, and there is also hope and love to balance the dark.

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  77. @Linda, yes, the Imogen Robertson books are dark. They are mysteries, however, not romances, so I accept that as coming with the territory. As noted above, I also like C.S. Harris’s Regency-set mysteries, so I suppose I’ve become used to it. In the first few Sebastian St. Cyr books, it was unhealthy to be young, beautiful, and pregnant (and not for the usual reasons), and the victims of some of the later books will also break your heart. Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed them very much, and there is also hope and love to balance the dark.

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  78. @Linda, yes, the Imogen Robertson books are dark. They are mysteries, however, not romances, so I accept that as coming with the territory. As noted above, I also like C.S. Harris’s Regency-set mysteries, so I suppose I’ve become used to it. In the first few Sebastian St. Cyr books, it was unhealthy to be young, beautiful, and pregnant (and not for the usual reasons), and the victims of some of the later books will also break your heart. Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed them very much, and there is also hope and love to balance the dark.

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  79. @Linda, yes, the Imogen Robertson books are dark. They are mysteries, however, not romances, so I accept that as coming with the territory. As noted above, I also like C.S. Harris’s Regency-set mysteries, so I suppose I’ve become used to it. In the first few Sebastian St. Cyr books, it was unhealthy to be young, beautiful, and pregnant (and not for the usual reasons), and the victims of some of the later books will also break your heart. Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed them very much, and there is also hope and love to balance the dark.

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  80. @Linda, yes, the Imogen Robertson books are dark. They are mysteries, however, not romances, so I accept that as coming with the territory. As noted above, I also like C.S. Harris’s Regency-set mysteries, so I suppose I’ve become used to it. In the first few Sebastian St. Cyr books, it was unhealthy to be young, beautiful, and pregnant (and not for the usual reasons), and the victims of some of the later books will also break your heart. Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed them very much, and there is also hope and love to balance the dark.

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  81. I have already downloaded many of your suggestions onto my Kobo! Thank you.
    I have so many tiles on the list that I figured the rest must also fit my style. I love the e readers because my TBR pile is always with me.
    I also uploaded the next Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum book. They are always released in June and make great light summer reading.

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  82. I have already downloaded many of your suggestions onto my Kobo! Thank you.
    I have so many tiles on the list that I figured the rest must also fit my style. I love the e readers because my TBR pile is always with me.
    I also uploaded the next Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum book. They are always released in June and make great light summer reading.

    Reply
  83. I have already downloaded many of your suggestions onto my Kobo! Thank you.
    I have so many tiles on the list that I figured the rest must also fit my style. I love the e readers because my TBR pile is always with me.
    I also uploaded the next Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum book. They are always released in June and make great light summer reading.

    Reply
  84. I have already downloaded many of your suggestions onto my Kobo! Thank you.
    I have so many tiles on the list that I figured the rest must also fit my style. I love the e readers because my TBR pile is always with me.
    I also uploaded the next Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum book. They are always released in June and make great light summer reading.

    Reply
  85. I have already downloaded many of your suggestions onto my Kobo! Thank you.
    I have so many tiles on the list that I figured the rest must also fit my style. I love the e readers because my TBR pile is always with me.
    I also uploaded the next Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum book. They are always released in June and make great light summer reading.

    Reply

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