Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Mysteries

Summer is my favorite time of year to catch up on reading, and although I love the fun, summer beach books that come out, there are also some great mysteries out right now.

Harlan Coben's latest book, Six Years, came out this spring, but it took forever for me to get a copy from the library.  It is a quick read, like Coben's books normally are and I managed to read it in nearly one day.

Jake watches the love of his life, Natalie, marry another  man, yet promises her that he will not try to ever contact her again. Now, six years later, Jake finds that Natalie has been widowed. After trying to find Natalie and discovering that nothing is as it seems, he becomes even more concerned for Natalie.  With people watching Jake and making attempts at his life, who can he trust?

Coben is a master at creating mysteries that are fast paced and suspenseful. I loved this latest from Coben.

Jussi Adler Olsen is also back with another Department Q mystery, A Conspiracy of Faith.  I love this Swedish series more with every installment.

In this third book, Carl Morck is once again attempting to solve the cold cases that have been dumped on his department. When a note in a bottle is discovered years after it has been written, Morck is investigating the disappearance of two brothers along with the disappearance of more children that have gone unreported by their parents because of their religious beliefs and threats from the kidnapper.

I'm excited that there is already a fourth Department Q novel being published in December.  

Linda Castillo's newest Kate Burkholder mystery transports us once again to the small Amish community that Kate was once a member of.  A tragic car accident, killing a father and two of his children is investigated, and soon it becomes obvious that this horrible accident was no accident at all. As Kate tries to find who would want this happy family killed, she has a personal stake in this case as well - the widow is Kate's best friend from childhood.  

This is another satisfying installment in Castillo's Amish mystery series.

One thing I enjoyed about all these mysteries was the suspense the author's created.  I was instantly intrigued by the mystery and didn't want to stop reading until it had been resolved. There's nothing like staying up late at night reading a good mystery, and since I don't have to worry about getting up early for work during the summer, this is the perfect time to catch up on some of these books.

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