Summer is the perfect time to spend some time vacationing or just relaxing. Sit in the sun, lie on a chaise poolside, rest by the ocean or a lake, or under the shade of a tree, sip a cool drink, and read a book.
Mysteries remain one of the most popular genres for summer reading. The current issue of AARP Magazine features a wonderful article entitled “Murder, She Wrote.” It discusses the most popular women mystery writers. None are young. Each has a popular mystery series. Who are these most popular women writers of murder mystery fiction?
Janet Evanovich (latest book WICKED CHARMS),
Tess, Gerritsen DIE AGAIN,
Louise Penny THE NATURE OF THE BEAST,
Sue Grafton X IS FOR…,
Sara Paretsky BRUSH BACK,
and the Queen of Suspense herself—Mary Higgins Clark, THE MELODY LINGERS ON
Lots of good summer reading on this list. But what about some of the excellent women authors that write for small independent presses and provide us with quality mystery series but don’t get as much publicity because they are not with the big publishers?
I have read two of these writers so far this summer and intend to read many more. I recommend Patricia Gligor’s Malone series, her latest novel MIXED MESSAGES being a perfect summer read. Check it out on Amazon. Nancy J. Cohen writes thehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J6PCKVW
hairdresser (Bad Hair Day Mysteries) series. I recently read BODY
WAVE--another enjoyable summer read to check out on Amazon. I also recommend
the 4th in my Kim Reynolds librarian sleuth series THE BAD WIFE. Marla Shore
If you’re in the mood for the latest in Southern gothic romantic mystery, I can recommend two--Susan Coryell’s BENEATH THE STONES and my own just released novel DARK MOON RISING. Both can also be checked out on Amazon.
As a reader and/or writer are there any books you would like to recommend for summer reading?