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.
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.
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.
A wealthy widow looking for a new home gets more than she bargained for.
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 man among the artists’ colony of the French Riviera, with the aid of an eccentric new friend.
Hercule Poirot must investigate a boatload of suspects when murder unexpectedly joins a cruise down the Nile.
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.
A young woman’s efforts to help her friend lead to a dead body in her apartment and a frantic flight to Mexico.
The gardening club’s trip to Natchez, Mississippi, is more eventful than expected, as a romance between star-crossed lovers ends in murder.
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.
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.
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.
After a wealthy widower marries a younger bride, strange things start happening at the family’s isolated lakefront mansion.
A mail-order bride brings danger into the life of her new husband, as sinister events seem to follow them wherever they go.
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).
Hijinks ensue when Jane and Dagobert Brown meet murder on a New Mexico ranch.
Mrs. Marrable is protective of her property…with very good reason, as lethal secrets flourish even in the desert.
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…