Happy October, my darlings! I'm looking forward to diving into some seasonably appropriate autumnal books this month, if I can get out of the reading slump that plagued me through September (and before that, really). I did a little rereading in audiobook on my walks in September, but I mostly started and stopped reading books that I really do want to read and hope I can get back into at some future point. I only read a few new to me books:
The King of Faerie by AJ Lancaster: I've been meaning to read this last book in the Stariel quartet for ages! And it was so good, so I wish I'd done it sooner. This books wrapped both the romance and the quartet-long plot up in a very satisfying way (and there is another book coming about a supporting character, which I am very pleased about). I did see a plot reveal coming early on, but it didn't ruin anything for me. If you enjoy quasi-historical, slightly steampunkish fantasy romance with fae, give these books a try. Meanwhile, I will be waiting impatiently for Marcus's story in a A Rake of His Own.
This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber: I borrowed this first book in the Verity Kent mystery series in audiobook from my local library. These books are set just post World War I. While her husband went to war (and died there), Verity Kent spent the time working for the secret service, something she wasn't allowed to tell anyone. But now she is receiving anonymous notes from someone who knows about her war work and says her husband was a traitor. They lead her to a house party on an isolated island, where people begin to turn up dead. I enjoyed the story (though I'd had a twist accidentally spoiled for me before I started) and the narration. I'm sure I'll continue with the series.
Wicked Autumn by GM Malliet: This another first book in a mystery series that I borrowed in audio from the library. Wicked Autumn begins the Max Tudor series, in which an ex-MI5 agent turned village vicar gets sucked into solving crimes. I was intrigued by the premise and enjoyed the English village mystery vibe, though for some reason this book felt like it should be historical but it's contemporary. I do wish there had been a little more autumnal atmosphere in the book—I'm in that mood! From the title, I was expecting it, but other than the murder happening at the Harvest Fair and a little description, it was missing that fall atmosphere.
What have you read lately?