A weekend when the temperature dropped to ninety– after sundown– put me in mind of all those books set during sweltering summers.
The ones that pop first to mind for me are mostly Barbara Michaels novels: Be Buried in the Rain, set in a remote and crumbling plantation house in the heat of a Virginia summer, where the lack of an air conditioner is practically a second character; Shattered Silk, in a Georgetown town house in the summer heat of D.C.; and Houses of Stone, also a Virginia summer.
In the realm of YA, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s The Splendor Falls takes place in an old house down South over the summer, while you can practically see the heat haze on the tarmac in her Highway to Hell, when the heroine’s car breaks down in a haunted Texas town on a road trip.
I remember being at a book talk once where Lee Child described the Texas summer heat in one of his Jack Reacher novels, Echo Burning, as a character in the book.
What are your favorite summer heat wave novels? Or do you prefer to read about the cool when the weather gets hot?