Summer is the perfect time to catch up with books by our favorite authors. My idea of a real vacation is to stay home, pretend I’m at the beach, and read what’s new from the hottest writers.
Like a lot of fans, I eagerly await the arrival of every new Alexander McCall Smith novel. THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION is the thirteenth and latest in the beloved No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. Botswana’s best sleuth, Precious Ramotswe, is beset with challenges. Her good friend, who runs the local orphanage, has been removed from her position. Her husband’s best apprentice is in trouble with the law, and his lawyer is definitely not top drawer. A house being built by Grace Makutsi, esteemed colleague, is not going well because of a shady builder. And Precious is having disturbing dreams about a tall man who waits for her beneath an acacia tree.
Anne Perry also has a popular series, which revolves around Victorian couple Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. DORCHESTER TERRACE once again features the rich and powerful of English society, and also the fin de siècle Austro-Hungarian Empire. Pitt, a lowly policeman who has risen quickly- some say too quickly- to the rank of Head of Britain’s Special Branch, is faced with a complicated mystery. He hears rumors of a plot to blow up a train; one of the passengers on board is a minor Austrian royal. At the same time, an old Italian woman, who is a former spy, struggles to cope with her encroaching dementia. And what secrets are hidden behind the beautiful façade of a young Croatian woman who’s married to a powerful British man?
Barbara Taylor Bradford always embellishes her novels with family secrets and intrigue. LETTER FROM A STRANGER involves a mystery that takes us from the streets of Berlin in World War II to exotic Istanbul. Film maker Justine Nolan has always adored her grandmother Gabriele, largely because her mother was cold and unaffectionate. But when she finds and reads a letter that contains a shocking revelation, her whole life is turned upside down. While unraveling the story behind the missive, Justine comes in contact with an enigmatic man she meets in Turkey. Can old wounds be healed so that a new life can begin?
Carol Higgins Clark comes by her writing talent naturally, as evidenced by the books she’s written with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark. GYPPED is a Regan Reilly mystery, and features the mix of quirky characters we’ve come to expect. Clark employs a light touch in her novels, weaving mystery together with her signature humor. Here, she must discover who’s trying to kill her friend Zelda, an L.A. life coach who recently inherited eight million dollars. Could it be Norman, Zelda’s neighbor and personal assistant? Or Zelda’s new stepmother, Bobby Jo? What about Zelda’s financial advisor, Rich? What’s really going on behind closed doors?
With an author like James Patterson (here writing with David Ellis), and a killer title like GUILTY WIVES, how can you go wrong? You can’t, so just jump on board and go for a wild ride with four friends who decide to take the ultimate decadent vacation. Abbie Elliot is delighted to take a private helicopter ride with her chums to licentious Monte Carlo. The women cut loose with plenty of fun in the sun, champagne, and intoxicating nightlife. All well and good until the morning they find themselves waking up on a yacht, surrounded by police. Oh no, what a pickle! When they’re thrown into prison for murder, the good times come to a screeching halt.
Why try to resist? After a long, gloomy winter (OK, it was a great, warm winter), we deserve a sunny break, and these great books are just the ticket to get us in the mood for the summer fun soon to come.
Michall Jeffers is an accomplished Cultural Journalist and an avowed bibliophile. She writes extensively, both in print and online. Her eponymous cable TV show is syndicated throughout the tri-state area, and features celebrity interviews, reviews, and commentary. Michall is a voting member of National Book Critics Circle. www.michalljeffers.com