Scan those bookshelves! We have a Find That Book request for a very specific sort of beach read….
The parameters (in more detail below): no dystopias, no thrillers with nasty people, no deeply depressing content; yes mysteries, historical fiction, or the lighter sort of thriller (I’m thinking romantic suspense?)
We’re going on a beach vacation for the holidays. We have not been on a beach vacation in 15 years. I plan to spend a good part of that time with my butt in a beach chair reading a good book. But it has to be a physical book. I have plenty of unread books on my phone but I don’t want another reason to pick up my phone and end up scrolling aimlessly on vacation when I could be doing that at home. But I’m also super picky, especially about physical books, because shelf space. My laundry list below:
1. I need something light: no pandemics, no terminally ill children, no dystopia, no running from totalitarian regimes. Happy ending absolutely required (or at minimum, satisfying ending).
2. But not too light. A lot of the beach read chick lit type books kind of annoy me because it’s too fluffy and superficial. Some use of critical thinking is welcome.
3. I have basically already read everything by Lauren and Beatriz Williams. Anything I haven’t read exists as an e-book on my phone.
4. I tend to read historical fiction, mysteries, and semi-thrillers. Not looking for “Gone Girl” type brain scramble.
5. Not a huge fan of YA, but really enjoyed the Inheritance Games trilogy.
6. I am also open to suggestions if you ABSOLUTELY LOVED something recently and it falls outside my criteria.
Here it goes. I’d recommend:
— Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious series: like Inheritance Games, it’s YA with a snarky narrator, set around a series of mysteries and puzzles. Absolutely absorbing (and snarktastic).
— Andrea Penrose’s Sloane and Wrexford series: Regency mysteries about an artist and a scientist who team up to solve crimes, starting with Murder on Black Swan Lane.
— Kate Ross’s Julian Kestrel books: if you haven’t read these already, you should have. Utterly brilliant Regency-set mysteries and the standard by which all other Regency-set mysteries should be judged. There are only four. Cherish them. (Although physical book might be harder here, since they might be out of print.)
— A.J. Pearce’s Dear Mrs. Bird: it may be set during the Blitz, but this historical novel still manages to be strangely upbeat with the sort of humor reminiscent of the early Pink books.
— Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age: sexagenarian secret agent assassins think they’re on a retirement cruise until their own agency tries to kill them. Which really wasn’t very bright. But the book is terribly bright and so much fun.
— Robert Thorogood’s The Marlow Murder Club: very differnt women in a small British town band together to solve a murder– very much like reading an episode of Midsomer Murders, in the best possible way. (I would, of course, recommend the Thursday Murder Club books, but I’m assuming you’ve read them already….)
Okay, folks! What am I missing?