Summer to me doesn’t mean beach reads. It means old school Gothics, particularly the mysteries of Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. I don’t know if it’s because so many of the books are set during sultry Southern summers (like Houses of Stone, Be Buried in the Rain, and Shattered Silk); if it’s because the books must have been on a summer release schedule when I was in my teens (I can remember, on muggy hot summer days, coming home from the library with the new Barbara Michaels clasped triumphantly in my arms); or if it’s because they made such good summer vacation reading.
Either way, when the thermometer goes way up and the weather is sizzling hot (to borrow a phrase from Mr. Cole Porter), it’s time for Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. This week? Shattered Silk and Devil May Care, both favorite summer reads.
I’ve also started Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania and am absolutely thrilled by the minute detail and dry humor.
What have you been reading this week?