Wow, I read a lot in June! * denotes a "new-to-me" book.
63. Killer Dolphin, by Ngaio Marsh. One of my favorites, another theatre story.
64. Only Beloved* by Mary Balogh. The wrap-up of the Survivor's Club series, in which two thoroughly nice people get a happy-ever-after amid a heavily-telegraphed reconciliation and despite a very predictable threat/complication.
65. Clutch of Constables, by Ngaio Marsh. Uniquely Troy-focused, as, between shows, she takes an impulsive river cruise with what turns out to be an art-forgery gang.
66. Tied Up in Tinsel, by Ngaio Marsh. In which Troy is again on her own for much of the story, and painting a portrait in a country house.
"[Troy] was now fairly certain within herself that she would be showing great strength of character if she were to refuse any more champagne. She looked severely at her glass and found it was full. This struck her as being exquisitely funny but she decided not to interfere with it."
67. Temptations of a Wallflower* by Eva Leigh. One of the Wicked Quills series, in which a duke's unmarried daughter secretly writes salacious novels.
68. A Cookbook Conspiracy, by Kate Carlisle. Re-reading this "Bibliophile" mystery before passing it on. I want more book stuff in this series, and less of every secondary character adoring the protagonist. She's not that special, yo.
69. Black as He's Painted, by Ngaio Marsh. Definitely a favorite, featuring a beguiling cat, Troy painting, a charming protagonist-other-than-Alleyn, and an unusual foreign-affairs plot.
70. Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime* by Joanne Drayton. A thorough biography that makes good use of primary sources, including interviews, and finds Marsh life events to relate to the mysteries. Marsh destroyed the bulk of her own records and was reticent to the point of obscurity in her own memoir, so a biographer has a difficult task.
71. Last Ditch, by Ngaio Marsh. In which the Alleyns' son Ricky is the protagonist. Set on a Channel Island, which gives it some freshness.
72. Grave Mistake, by Ngaio Marsh. A familiar rural-England milieu for this one, lent interest by a character quite close to Ngaio herself.
73. Photo Finish, by Ngaio Marsh. In which Troy and Alleyn are in New Zealand; she to paint a portrait and he to investigate a paparazzo, at the portrait subject's request. Essentially a locked-room mystery and given tension by an island location cut off by a storm.
74. Light Thickens, by Ngaio Marsh. The final novel, set in the theatre during a production of "MacBeth." Lots of great backstage stuff.
75. Black Beech and Honeydew, by Ngaio Marsh. I re-read the memoir to go, along with the bulk of the novels, to a mystery bookshop. It's a frustrating memoir: it's about things Marsh did that were important to her, but tells us very little about her personally, and specifically leaves her personal relationships mostly in the dark. Witty and enjoyable, but still.
76. Bride of the Rat God* by Barbara Hambly. A highly readable, ripping yarn about a 1923 silent-film star pursued by an ancient Chinese demon. The 1920s Hollywood details (including a location shoot) and bits about the Los Angeles of the time were lots of fun. Also a built-in romance for the protagonist, the film star's sister-in-law.
77. Collecting Himself: James Thurber on Writing and Writers, Humor and Himself* Michael Rosen, ed. Finally knocked off this early Kindle purchase. Really engaging once I got into it.
78. Star Struck Dead, by Sheila York. The movie-biz part of "Rat God" sent me back to this even though SSD is set in the 50s.
79. A Good Knife's Work, by Sheila York. And the sequel, set in New York and centering on a radio show. I would call these "sunny noir," complete with some romance.
80. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged* by Ayisha Malik. This was probably pitched as "If Bridget Jones were a Muslim." Thoroughly entertaining.
81. The Unleashing* by Shelly Laurenston. A very strange yet compulsively readable ultra-violent fantasy romance based on Norse myth.
82. Unlaced* by Kristina Cook. A Regency romance featuring a gentry girl who wants to be a veterinarian, and a Marquess with some serious anger issues. This was a redemption story arc, but when the hero needs to be redeemed and the heroine does most of the suffering, I have a problem.
The Marsh collection is now out of the house, along with several other things I added to the donation just because I was hauling stuff. Haven't done a re-count on the library index, but I suspect I am now under 800 books.