Currently reading: The Hills Have Spies by Mercedes Lackey. Can’t remember any of this but I know I’ve read it before.
Next up: There are two more Alpennia books on the reread pile. Or I might continue with the Family Spies books if I can’t get enough of Mercedes Lackey. Or I may look for an Agatha Christie I don’t know completely by heart. (It’s a pity that I do know Cat Among the Pigeons by heart, because that’s really the one I want right now.) Also I have a handful of new boarding-school books.
September 22: Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey. #3 of the Herald Spy trilogy. In which there are nunneries. Very comfortable book until now: only small bits of plottiness until at least 30%, no Large Overarching Thing. — A Large Overarching Thing after all! Which makes it turn into Gaudy Night in Valdemar. Not that I mind. The villain (and his sidekick) did it.
September 19: Closer to the Heart, the second Herald Spy book. In which they get married, not once but twice! (There seems to be plot, too, and reviewers are divided on whether or not it’s okay plot, but I read books for the characters anyway) Back to an annoying amount of eye dialect, but at least after all those earlier books I can read it without having to sound it out. — Eek, forgot all about the horrible scene in which Amily, who has Animal Mindspeech, can hear the mind of a man who is probably meant to be nonspeaking autistic because he “thinks like an animal”. She’s perfectly friendly and respectful and treats him like the human being he is! It’s just the explanation that makes me cringe. And now, also, Kirball. In the middle of a weapons-smuggle investigation. Really, Mercedes Lackey, do you have to cram everything into one book? (And isn’t it a bit … weak … to have Mags kidnapped AGAIN?)