It’s September! Sure, the forecasted high temperature today is 104F and our lows haven’t been lower than 88F in several days, but I can feel autumn in the air! Okay, not really. That’s just the AC kicking in, but I’m good with delusions. There is college football, fall frisbee league, and a whole queue of creepy, mysterious books to read. Autumn can’t be too far away.
This Week I’m Reading:
The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Caleb Carr
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland by a telegram from Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, a royal advisor. Rushed northward on a royal train—and nearly murdered themselves en route—the pair are soon joined by Mycroft, and learn of the brutal killings of two of the Queen’s servants, a renowned architect and his foreman, both of whom had been working on the renovation of the famous and forbidding Royal Palace of Holyrood, in Edinburgh. Mycroft has enlisted his brother to help solve the murders that may be key elements of a much more elaborate and pernicious plot on the Queen’s life. But the circumstances of the two victims’ deaths also call to Holmes’ mind the terrible murder—in Holyrood—of “The Italian Secretary,” David Rizzio. Only Rizzio, a music teacher and confidante of Mary, Queen of Scots, was murdered three centuries ago. Holmes proceeds to alarm Watson with the announcement that the Italian Secretary’s vengeful spirit may have taken the lives of the two men as punishment for disturbing the scene of his assassination. Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Caleb Carr’s brilliant new offering takes the Conan Doyle tradition to remarkable new heights with this spellbinding tale. (Goodreads)
I’m in a Holmes mood. Honestly, I haven’t read too many pastiches. Hoping this won’t disappoint.
Short Story of the Week:
I’m also reading some classic Holmes and I’ll be raiding The Chiaroscuro‘s archives for the next month or two for some good scares.
A poem, a section of Poetic Edda. I think I’m going to put A Clash of Kings aside until the Tor read-along catches up.
What I Read Last Week:
Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh, review will be posted Friday. Gave up on Koontz’s 77 Shadow Street, more on that tomorrow in my R.I.P. VII update.