August 2013 
No. 7

Summer Isn't Over Yet!
Eight Great Beach Reads You Might Have Missed 

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Ah, August. Chilly nights and back to school sales scream an end to summer, but don't let them fool you! It's not over yet, which luckily means there's more time for summer reading. Squeeze in one final trip to the sun and sand and crack open one of these great beach reads. Don't worry if you can't get away - they'll be just as enjoyable in a plastic chair in your backyard. 



Our line of Carolyn Hart Classics brings back some books you may have missed the first time around, each complete with a new introduction from the author. Our two summer classics both explore romantic suspense amid the chaos of a world at war. In Brave Hearts, available August 13, a woman caught in a loveless marriage discovers love again in the midst of desolation. From the London Blitz to the fall of the Philippines, Brave Hearts explores the desperation of love when every day may be the last day, resulting in choices that would have been unthinkable in a world at peace.

"The gifts that have made Carolyn Hart famous are on display in this story of intrigue, romance, and gritty danger," says Ed Gorman, author of the Sam McCain Mysteries. "Brave Hearts is one of her most compelling novels. A true thriller."


Two American sisters risk their lives to save a downed British airman in Escape from Paris, showcasing the courage of ordinary people confronting the evil of the Gestapo in Occupied Paris in 1940.


I Love a Mystery says, "The tension in this book never lets up.... It's a fascinating read into a crucial, exciting time in history."


In Terry Shames' debut A Killing at Cotton Hill, the chief of police of Jarrett Creek, Texas, doubles as the town drunk. So when Dora Lee Parjeter is murdered, her old friend and former police chief Samuel Craddock steps in. He discovers that a lot of people may have had it in for Dora Lee--the conniving rascals on the farm next door, her estranged daughter, and her live-in grandson. And then there's that stranger Dora Lee claimed was spying on her. As Craddock digs to find the identity of the killer, the human foibles of the small-town residents-their pettiness and generosity, their secret vices and true virtues-are also revealed.

"An amazing read," says RT Book Reviews. "The poetic, literary quality of the writing draws you into a small town and its interesting, secret-carrying residents." 

Former FBI profiler Hugo Marston is back in Mark Pryor's second mystery-cum-thriller, The Crypt Thief, this time investigating a killer and twisted grave robber before he becomes the target. Taking place about six months after the events of The Bookseller, many favorite characters are back and the action and suspense never let up. Haunting imagery sets the stage in this second novel, says RT Book Reviews, "and the City of Light becomes a backdrop for Marston's adventures. The clever antagonist leads him on a merry chase that will keep [you] entertained throughout."


Cowboy boot-wearing Hugo Marston made his debut in The Bookseller. When he witnesses his friend Max--an elderly Paris bookstall owner--abducted at gunpoint, Hugo launches a search that reveals Max's dark past.  Soon, more booksellers are found dead while street gangs erupt in violent turf wars. Can Hugo connect the two and solve the puzzle before he becomes a target himself? With "enough intrigue to satisfy every reader," says RT Book Review, this is "a fantastic debut!"


What happens to your career as an attorney when your boss suddenly commits suicide and you develop stage fright in the courtroom?  In Robert Rotstein's debut Corrupt Practices life gets pretty grim for Parker Stern.


But when a powerful cultlike church charges his former colleague with embezzling millions, Parker may be the only one who can help.  To represent his friend and client he must unearth the church's gruesome secrets and overcome his own long-buried past. "Not since Grisham's 'magic' with The Firm has a novel been this fast-paced, offering thrills and twists and plot changes galore... We're talking pure adrenaline!" says Suspense Magazine.


Detective Sean Duffy is back in I Hear the Sirens in the Street , book two of Irish crime novelist Adrian McKinty's highly praised Troubles Trilogy (which was just shortlisted for best fiction in Australia's Ned Kelly Awards). Duffy, shaken after the trauma he experienced in The Cold Cold Ground, now investigates a brutal crime--a torso found in a suitcase. Before long, Detective Duffy is caught in a tangle of romantic instincts, gross professional misconduct, and powerful men he should know better than to mess with.


Booklist calls this a "pitch-perfect," adding, "This is crime fiction at its best: a police procedural with dialogue that's crisp and occasionally lighthearted; blistering action that's often lethal; McKinty's mordant Belfastian wit; and a protagonist readers won't want to leave behind when the trilogy ends."


Life is never easy when you're an outcast, but to be an albino of mixed race working in a mob-run speakeasy in Prohibition-Era Hell's Kitchen, life is can also be very dangerous. In John Florio's Sugar Pop Moon Jersey Leo, known as "Snowball" on the streets, accidentally buys counterfeit moonshine ("sugar pop moon") with his boss's money, forcing him to go undercover to track down the bootlegger who took him in.


As Jersey delves into the origins of the mysterious sugar pop moon, stunning secrets about his past come to light, changing his life forever.


In a starred review, Library Journal says "Don't miss this absolutely riveting, gritty debut coming-of-age tale." 

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Lisa Michalski  

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