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dorking around with old books for work and reading new(ish) books for fun with strong opinions but an inconsistent rating system | you can find me most places as wynkenhimself including as | she/her

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started reading Marry Me by Midnight by Felicia Grossman (Once upon the East End, #1)

Felicia Grossman: Marry Me by Midnight (2023, Grand Central Publishing) No rating

London, 1832: Isabelle Lira may be in distress, but she's no damsel. Since her father’s …

Not entirely sure it was wise to choose a romance that has a lot to do with the precariousness of being Jewish in 1832 London and the desperate hopes that they will finally be granted emancipation—lots of anxieties around today’s world pulling me out of a relaxing read, oops

Barbara Pym: A Glass of Blessings (1980) 5 stars

Barbara Pym’s early novel takes us into 1950s England, as seen through the funny, engaging, …

Tender and funny

5 stars

My chronological reading of Pym continues to pay off. I loved this one. Less mockery and cringe, more wistful and generous. Despite Wilmet being the center (or maybe because) it really feels like a study of men and the roles open for them.

Nathan Thrall: Day in the Life of Abed Salama (2023, Holt & Company, Henry) 5 stars

Immersive and gripping, an intimate story of a deadly accident outside Jerusalem that unravels a …

hard and important

5 stars

just one tragedy after another, and Thrall does an excellent job of exploring the many stories that he interweaves into Salama's search for his son, and connecting micro actions with the macro circumstances and decisions that created the conditions for this.

reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club, #1)

Richard Osman: The Thursday Murder Club (Paperback, 2020, Penguin Books, Limited) 4 stars


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet …

everything I wanted

5 stars

People kept telling me this series was great and I kept procrastinating, but I'm here to tell you that wow this book was everything I didn't know I needed. It's not only old-folks-solving-murders, it's old folks who are vibrant and believe in community who create lives for themselves that are so rich that they bring in others who also need them in their lives, and together they solve murders old and new. I don't know how to explain it, but it's wonderful.

Cathy Yardley: Role Playing (EBook, 2023, Montlake) 4 stars

Maggie is an unapologetically grumpy forty-eight-year-old hermit. But when her college-aged son makes her a …


3 stars

I maybe shouldn’t read books about moms facing empty nests because it’s too real, but I liked the rapport between the two leads and the happy ending of romance and peace with who you are

Cathy Yardley: Role Playing (EBook, 2023, Montlake) 4 stars

Maggie is an unapologetically grumpy forty-eight-year-old hermit. But when her college-aged son makes her a …

and some fluff during breaks from the not-fluff; the scene setting of the 50-ish single mom adjusting to her only kid going off to college maybe is hitting a bit too real!

Tana French: The Hunter: a Novel (2024, Viking) 5 stars

It’s a blazing summer when two men arrive in a small village in the West …

don't expect it to be a procedural and you'll love it

5 stars

I'm a big Tana French fan, and I especially love these last two, in which she really seems to be working through the moral implications of police procedurals when police violence is so omnipresent. Cal's less isolated here and that's only making his life more difficult when it comes time for him to sort out what justice means, and that's what makes this book work.