I had a lot of fun doing 20 Books of Summer last year, so I’m excited to tackle it again for 2019. There’s nothing better than spending a lazy summer day with a pile of books, taking vicarious vacations around the world. Here are some of the literary destinations I’ll be visiting this summer.
Till Death Do Us Part by John Dickson Carr
A village fête turns violent when a shot rings out in the fortune-teller’s tent. Is Lesley an innocent victim, or a brazen killer?
The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton
High Eldersham looks like a sleepy, picture-perfect English village. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Uncle Paul by Celia Fremlin
A family’s seaside holiday is shadowed by the return of one sister’s former husband, fifteen years after her testimony sent him to prison for murder.
Die in the Dark by Anthony Gilbert
A wealthy widow looking for a new home gets more than she bargained for.
The House above the River by Josephine Bell
A group of holidaymakers are forced to take shelter in a French chateau that may prove more deadly than the fog outside.
The Crime Coast by Elizabeth Gill
A young Englishman hunts for a missing murder suspect among the artists’ colony of the French Riviera, with the aid of an eccentric new friend.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot must investigate a boatload of suspects when murder unexpectedly joins a cruise down the Nile.
Vultures in the Sky by Todd Downing
It’s death in the tunnel when a passenger dies mysteriously on the train to Mexico City. Customs agent Hugh Rennert must solve the crime before the killer strikes again.
Wings of Fear by Mignon G. Eberhart
A young woman’s efforts to help her friend lead to a dead body in her apartment and a frantic flight to Mexico.
Murder with Southern Hospitality by Leslie Ford
The gardening club’s trip to Natchez, Mississippi, is more eventful than expected, as a romance between star-crossed lovers ends in murder.
The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree by Stuart Palmer
On a trip to Catalina, irascible spinster Hildegarde Withers finds there’s no holiday from murder when one of her fellow airplane passengers dies in mid-air.
Cat of Many Tails by Ellery Queen
If the heat doesn’t kill you, the Cat might, as Ellery and his father stalk a serial killer through the dark streets of New York City.
The Chinese Chop by Juanita Sheridan
Chinese-American sleuth Lily Wu solves a baffling murder in postwar Greenwich Village.
The Swimming Pool by Mary Roberts Rinehart
An upper-crust family doesn’t have much patience for the antics of their drama-queen sister—until a corpse turns up in the swimming pool of their country house.
The Chuckling Fingers by Mabel Seeley
After a wealthy widower marries a younger bride, strange things start happening at the family’s isolated lakefront mansion.
Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich
A mail-order bride brings danger into the life of her new husband, as sinister events seem to follow them wherever they go.
The House without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers
Charlie Chan is on the case as the murder of a longtime resident rocks 1920s Honolulu (as well as the victim’s very proper Bostonian family).
Murder Begins at Home by Delano Ames
Hijinks ensue when Jane and Dagobert Brown meet murder on a New Mexico ranch.
The Forbidden Garden by Ursula Curtiss
Mrs. Marrable is protective of her property…with very good reason, as lethal secrets flourish even in the desert.
The Blackbirder by Dorothy B. Hughes
A French refugee travels to Santa Fe to evade a murder and help her cousin escape from a Nazi prison camp. Then things get really complicated…