Hey, everyone, it’s time for November’s Hey, Whatcha Reading? This month, I asked my friend (and Friend to the Blog) Emily Edwards of the podcast Fuckbois of Literature what she’s been reading.
1. What book(s) are you currently reading?
For the show, I’m knee-deep in a few: Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL (to which the Muppets were *alarmingly* faithful), and two books by Bret Easton Ellis. I do not like them. For fun, I’m reading A BEAUTIFUL POISON (2017, Lake Union Publishing) by Lydia Kang.
2. How far along in the book are you?
About 20% through CHRISTMAS CAROL and 50% through A BEAUTIFUL POISON. The first works at a really nice clip, the second is very slow to set up and there are a lot of details the author has chosen to get into before she really delves into the mystery.
3. What is the book about?
Since most people have heard of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, I’ll go with the poison one. A bisexual, chemistry-obsessed heiress named Allene throws an engagement party at her father’s home in post-Gilded Age NYC during which the local gossip is definitely murdered. Her two best friends/ lifelong crushes (a male mortuary assistant and a female disgraced housemaid who is now a Radium Girl working in a Brooklyn watch factory) join her in her investigations to find out who did the gossip in and why. There is a *lot* going on.
4. What drew you to reading this book?
I really love historical mysteries and was looking for one that was a great twist on a classic, closed-estate murder mystery. This fit a lot of the tickmarks, with a bunch of new updates to the old tropes. Most of the time, these sorts of books take place in the country and I was drawn to the fact that it was urban, in a time period I know a little bit about. Also, the cover is gorgeous.
5. Who would you recommend this book to?
Oooh, that’s a good question. It’s got a lot of elements of historical romance, as well, so I think anyone who likes a great historical drama would be up for it, as well as anyone who rips through cozy mysteries as quickly as I do.