I’m still working on that required reading list for a romance workshop I’m taking in September. Unfortunately I can’t talk about any of the books here but I’ll mention them after the workshop. I also read a lot of other stuff last month. Here are a few that really stood out.

A Puzzle For Fools, Patrick Quentin, copyright 1936. Patrick Quentin died in 1987 after writing more than 30 mystery novels. A Puzzle for Fools is set in a mental institution where a Broadway director is drying out after a serious drinking binge. Someone is messing with the patients, someone is murdered, and the game’s afoot. Fast paced read.

The Wedding, Julie Garwood, copyright  1997  One of my all time favorite romances. I reread this book once a year. Young English bride on her way to marry a Scottish Highlander is captured and married off to another. Filled with wonderful scenes, a good plot and a romance to root for.

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, copyright 2018. Scalzi is a popular science fiction writer. This is the first work of his that I’ve read and I have to admit that I almost put it down. Lots of F-bombs, a whole lot of characters with difficult to pronounce names, but I persevered and much to my surprise I enjoyed the experience. I learned after I read the book that this is the second book of a trilogy. I always try to read series in order so I messed up there, but I liked this enough to seek out the first book, The Collapsing Empire. Fast-paced political intrigue, The Consuming Fire is entertaining and thought-provoking in a way I hadn’t expected.

Ransom, by Julie Garwood, copyright 1999. Another of Julie’s Highland series, a Scottish Highlander/English bride romance with deception and intrigue. Innocent young English woman who stands up for herself meets I-always-get-my-way Scottish laird who is captivated by her beauty and feistiness.

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh, copyright 2019. Ms. Balogh is the queen of regency romance. her characters are always well drawn and complex, her plots plausible and there’s always a satisfying happy ever after. This book does not disappoint.

Sleeping In the Ground by Peter Robinson, copyright 2017. Another Inspector Banks novel that starts with a nasty mass murder and goes from there. Mr. Robinson is adept at tying in Inspector Banks’s emotional/mental state with the story and he does so here as well with a deft hand. 

Image of Gadwall Drake with Reflection by Gunsmith Photo, copyright 2019