What I read
Margery Sharp, Britannia Mews (1946). I find Sharp's work interesting enough that I look out for it to acquire in a haphazard way, but I find it sufficiently uneven that I'm hesitant to go out and deliberately expand my collection. This is sort of midwayish - it's not for me one of her really amazing books, but it doesn't plumb the depths of the one about the dog-photographer (looking it up, this was Something Light).
Colin Cotterill, The Coroner's Lunch (2004), first in a series which someone or other recommended to me ages ago. Quite good, would read another, think the comparisons with McCall Smith are entirely about setting it in a culture which can be presumed strange to the intended readership, as it comes over a good deal less twee (though that was really something that developed as that series continued). I think I have another one in the series around somewhere but there has been a great deal of reshuffling of book piles with recent domestic upheavals.
Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1938), or, the one in which the Spanish Civil War contributes a plot point... Also, perhaps too many people pretending to be someone they're not? Feel that one instance per book should be enough.
On the go
As it turns out that my e-reader is an ex-reader and has joined the heavenly library, and I am still waiting for the replacement I ordered, The Corner That Held Them is still on the go.
Kate O'Brien, That Lady (1948) - this is the historical novel about the Princess d'Eboli and Philip II of Spain, and I am slightly bogging down in the mid-sections as people endlessly discuss various intrigues going on involving Philip II's advisors and powerful families in the kingdom and how they impact on our heroine. Prefer her more contemporary, or at least, more recent history in Ireland, works. Daresay I shall persist because I do have some desire to know what happens, it's just moving very slowly.
Jane Smiley, Secret Horse (2010, aka A Good Horse) because I had some interest in reading at least one of Smiley's YA books about geegees, and I found this one in a charity shop.
The new Barbara Hambly is on order.