In which there are things to read

So I peeked at the DABWAHA rankings and 19 of you think A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS is going to go all the way. To which I say, BLESS YOUR HEARTS. No, really. It’s lovely that you think so well of the book, and I thank you. Voting opens on Thursday, so we’ll just have to wait to see if it makes it out of the first round!

Today I have a couple of fun things for you. First, if you haven’t checked out DuJour magazine, GOODNESS, are you in for a treat! I love pottering around places on the web that offer gorgeous editorial and lush, aspirational features, and DuJour fits beautifully into that category. Nancy Bilyeau, author of THE CHALICE–have you read it? Fab!–put together a piece on the Best New Historical Fiction. And CITY OF JASMINE is one of the featured titles! It’s also in VERY good company. So pootle over there to find all kinds of lovely things for your to-be-read list.

Next is a Q&A I did with the divine Melissa Lenhardt! She’s an all-around superb person who asked great questions and is offering a giveaway of a signed copy of CITY OF JASMINE. I was lucky enough to meet Melissa in person when I signed in Houston and she snagged a book for her giveaway. She also asked me one of my favorite questions EVER–we talked movies! Go see what my faves are–any of yours on the list?

Huge thanks to Nancy and Melissa for all their enthusiasm for CITY OF JASMINE!


5 thoughts on “In which there are things to read”

  1. Nancy C. says:

    I feel my never having read any Agatha Christie is my dirty little secret.
    I always mean to and never get around.
    Any suggestions for what to read first?

  2. Thanks for the plug and RT, as well as for the interview! I have to say, your answer to the TCM question is my favorite, may the writing Gods strike me dead for the blasphemy of favoring movies over books in this instance. I absolutely love Hitchcock. In fact, my blog name (Swamp of Boredom) is from Rear Window, which is probably my fav Hitchcock movie, though picking a favorite is like choosing between your kids. You love them all for different reasons. Well, except for Jamaica Inn. And, most of his silents. And Topaz. Other than that, there’s hardly a stinker in the bunch!

    As far as Rebecca goes, I saw the movie before I read the book. I was probably about 14, too. I watched it with my mother and kept asking questions about what was going on. She refused to spoil it for me so when the twist came, I was “OMG no way!” One of the best movie watching experiences of my life. When I read the book years later, yeah, it was still great.

    Thanks again for doing the Q&A!

    Melissa

  3. Roberta says:

    I just finished City of Jasmine and I loved it. I was very sad when Elizabeth Peters passed last August because I knew I would miss her Amelia Peabody and Vicki Bliss mysteries, but no worries City of Jasmine took me on an adventure that equaled Peters’ best. Thank you for a very good read!
    And Melissa, the BBC is giving Jamaica Inn another go… alas, one of my favorite books with so many wonderful passages and nobody has done it up right yet. Let’s hope the new one works!

  4. Nancy, I’d start with DEATH ON THE NILE. It’s classic Christie! Roberta, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the book–and thanks for the comparison to Elizabeth Peters. I was a huge fan of hers, so that means a great deal! Melissa, I LOVE Rear Window! I saw it in a theatre for the first time during a Hitchcock retrospective and it was amazing that 150 jaded moviegoers could still jump out of their seats from pure suspense. I always keep a handful of his movies in my DVR queue so I can pull them up whenever I want. I’ve actually got Rebecca on right now!

  5. Roberta – Great news about Jamaica Inn! I haven’t read the book but it’s at the top of my “Reading Hitchcock” list, a project to read Hitchcock’s source material I started last year. I can’t wait to see what the BBC does to it.

    Deanna – I always seem to have a Hitchcock on my DVR, too. I have Foreign Correspondent on it at the moment. Need to watch it. Love the windmill scene. So incredibly tense. And, of course, the iconic umbrella scene. Then, there’s the unintentionally hilarious shot of the dummy falling out of the window. It’s one of my favorites, if not top five (a hard list to crack) at least top eight or ten.

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