Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth

This is the first in the Miss Silver series of mysteries, but it’s not the first that I’ve read. I accidentally read #14 or #17 or something like that several years back, but it was so good that I decided to go ahead and (eventually) read the entire series. It’s a long-running series, starting in

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Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly (1985)

This was the #WizardBBC pick back in March! I’ve read other Barbara Hambly books, but only her urban fantasy historical mysteries with vampires; this one’s about a pseudo-medieval community plagued by dragons and an evil sorceress, and the three people who defeat them. First up is a witch named Jenny! She’s wants to be powerful

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The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein (1993)

When I started reading The Winter Prince, I was prepared to be emotionally devastated because I’d read Memory’s review which mentioned the possibility. But I didn’t know HOW emotionally devastated I’d actually be– approximately somewhere on the same level after I read The Queen of Attolia. I’m also not entirely sure how to review it!

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The Case Is Closed by Patricia Wentworth

I love it when mysteries don’t follow the typical story arc of introduction-murder-clue gathering-solution. It’s more interesting when they do something different, like in The Case Is Closed which starts after the solution’s already happened and the murderer’s been in jail for over a year. We’re introduced to the murderer’s wife, who has been living

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The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly

Things that the world needs: more fantasy books with computers in them. The only one I can think of right now is High Wizardry, where the protagonist uses an Apple II[1. I think it’s an Apple II, anyway.] to cast spells. Why isn’t there more? Think of all the amazing things you could do with

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Dark Threat by Patricia Wentworth

Dark Threat, in tone and plot (and types of characters), reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel. It’s got a little old lady who solves a murder mystery set in a country estate with a limited cast! There’s a somewhat ineffective police detective, disbelieving clients, and mysterious servants. Instead of being a Miss Marple, however,

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The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy

This was an impulse purchase! I think I read the summary and thought “oh, that sounds good” and went for it. Good decision, past me. There’s a certain subset of pre-1990s sfnal that I enjoy; idk what it’s called but it’s basically a bunch of authors having conversations about feminism and women and society, wrapped

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