In a lighter vein, I hope that you folks have discovered that Tor books has a great new sign-up, in preparation for the future launch of its new fansite/website where they are posting free e-books of current listed novels by writers whom I enjoy (although I was not invited to be on the selection list).
John Scalzi explains it well here and today's novel is an alternative world novel by Jo Walton. It appears (just downloaded it, haven't read it yet) to be a mystery in the style of Josephine Tey in a world where the Third Reich was only contained at certain borders. the protagonist is an actress in London in what appears to be the late 40's or early 50's. I will look forward to reading it. Earlier books have been from Scalzi, Lackey and Wilson.