Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mysteries for Your Beach Reads by Christine Duncan

I am nowhere near any beach that I could loll around. Nor am I expecting to be. But I am still reading in my sparse time off and I thought I'd share some of that with you.

The first book I want to share with you is from Jenny Bentley's Do-It-Yourself Mystery series. Number three in the line-up is named Plaster and Poison and it has just come out. I'm a big fan of the series as I have spent more time than I want to think about doing home repairs and I like the series heroine, Avery Baker.

In this book, Avery and her live-in love decide to help out their friend by renovating an old carriage house for her. Avery has her doubts as she has never done anything more than cosmetic repairs before but the renovation seems to be going along fine and on schedule until she finds a body in the house. Which of course, is when all the fun begins.

Bentley writes cozy so you don't have to worry about graphic violence or language. I definitely recommend this book.

Another book I just read this summer is JD Robb's Fantasy in Death JD Robb is, of course, noted romance author, Nora Roberts and I've found some mystery fanatics who are down on this series, but frankly I love it. It is rare that I've been able to guess the ending unless of course, the author made it plain and the character of Eve with her jaundiced view of the world is interesting. I have more than once wanted to say some of the things that come out of that character's mouth, but my mama raised me better, (or I'm chicken--take your pick.) But a word of warning to those who dislike graphic language. This book may not be for you.

Anyway, it's a fun series. This book deals with the death of a computer gaming manufacturer and although I guessed this particular ending well in advance, I didn't put the book down because I was still enjoying it so much.

So what are you reading this summer? Come on, share!

Christine Duncan is the author of the Kaye Berreano mystery series. Book two of the series, Safe House is now available.


Terry Odell said...

Retirement means summer reading is no different from any other reading. I'm into Laura Griffin's backlist after reading Untraceable. I'm also caught up in Harlan Coben's "Caught". For lighter reading, I'm going through Cleo Coyle's coffee cozies. I'm also waiting for Janet Evanovich and Lee Child's newest from the library.

Christine Duncan said...

Ooh, Cleo Coyle, I forgot about her. Thanks, Terry.

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