After starting and putting down a small stack of underwhelming books this past week, I have decided to deliberately to only re-read for the rest of the week and over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Taking along a beloved favorite would prevent (the horror!) being stuck at a long soccer practice or at the pool all day with a dud. Once I made this decision, I cheerfully picked up a stack a wonderful, thrilling, books to take along (or, in one case downloaded onto my phone to listen to) on my end-of-summer adventures.
The Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear
I am a huge fan of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series by Winspear and this most recent book was one of her absolute best: moving, thrilling, rich in historical facts, and gorgeously highlighting the novel’s beloved heroine’s strength and intelligence. Follow Maisie Dobbs undercover into Hitler’s pre-war Munich for a glimpse into the Third Reich before it started World War II. This time around I am listening to the (amazing! talented!) narrator Orlaugh Cassidy read Journey to Munich and finding it even more engaging than the first reading. I highly recommend both the series and all books narrated by Orlaugh Cassidy. https://ivejustfinishedreading.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/1159/
The Cuckoo’s Calling and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
I am well aware that I am constantly talking about this series of three murder mysteries by Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym for JK Rowling) but for good reason. They are all wonderfully written thrillers that are solved by the fantastic private investigative duo of Comoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. Not to be missed…and best enjoyed in order: The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first in the series; followed by Silkworm, and then Career of Evil. http://wp.me/p6N6mT-1l, http://wp.me/p6N6mT-B
Takedown Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovitch
As silly and ridiculous as this book is (it is the 22nd book in the Stephanie Plum series), I find that not only it is 100% readable but it lends itself perfectly to re-reading on a hot summer day relaxing poolside. Follow bounty hunter Plum and her hopeless associates as they track down a prankster whose tricks have turned deadly. The novel’s lack of seriousness makes it exceptionally easy to put down while you go for and swim. http://wp.me/p6N6mT-3x
The Fever by Meghan Abbot
I read and thoroughly enjoyed this novel when it came out in 2014 and came across it at the library and picked it back up for a re-read. The story centers on a small town that is suddenly thrown into chaos when a group of girls become sick with a bizarre and terrifying illness. A full blog post is in the works…stay tuned.