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Chapter 25 - Best Beach Ever

We are into the full swing of summer down here. The weather is bright and sunny. The beach is beautiful, the water warm and inviting. What could be more relaxing than sitting on the beach with a good read?

If you are a beach reader, like me, there are plenty of good books to keep you occupied. Sometimes I like to read light, easy books that I don't have to keep my mind on. Other times I prefer to get into a suspense or spy thriller that may otherwise seem too dark and scary. Then, there is always the big book which may seem too daunting unless you have a couple of hours to put away a few hundred pages. Whatever your preference, here are a few books to satisfy any of these urges.

Camino Island by John Grisham - This was last summer's release by Grisham and is now out in paperback which makes for easier transport in your beach bag! The story is about the theft of original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from the Princeton library and a very unscrupulous bookseller. I was fully engaged at page one.

You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz - Grace is living a wonderful life, she is a marriage therapist with a new book coming out soon, You Should Have Known. It chastises women whose spouses cheat. With her wonderful pediatric oncologist husband and great son, she is on top of the world. But before the book is published, her life falls apart: a violent death, a missing husband, and, surprising revelations.

The Hunt for Atlantis by Andy McDermott - I like McDermott better than Clive Cussler because his characters include smart women as well as men. This book, the first in the Nina Wilde/Eddie Chase series, is a cross between Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. Commissioned to hunt for Atlantis, archaeologist Nina Wilde finds that many people are conspiring to prevent her from completing her mission.

A fun read and many in the series!

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner - This is the ninth D.D. Warren novel by Gardner but you definitely don't have to read them in order. D.D. is called to a crime scene in a home where a family of five lives. Four of the five have been murdered and the last, a sixteen year old girl is missing. This book reintroduces Flora Dane, a character in book seven and takes the reader a a wild ride to find the killer.

The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman - After her mother's death Brett Bohlinger expected to take over as head of her mother's organic cosmetic company. Instead she finds that she will receive her inheritance only after she has completed her list of childhood desires. The list is one she made up as a teen and which her mother had kept over the years. If you have ever stopped as an adult and thought about your childhood dreams, this book is for you.

What books are on your summer reading list?

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