Part Three – Recommended Summer Reads

As promised, here are some more titles that Reference Librarian Cathy R. recommends putting on your list of books to read this summer.  Look for a final installment next week.  In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on these, or any other reads that you would recommend.

Enjoy!

rebeccaRebecca, by Daphne du Maurier – classic suspense

Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place.  Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise.  She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs. de Winter finds Max a changed man.  And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity. (From www.goodreads.com)

still life 1Still Life, by Louise Penny – an exceptionally well-written literary mystery

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal.  Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods.  The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.  Still Life introduces an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with integrity and quiet courage.  (From the CCPL catalog)

tower zooThe Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise, by Julia Stuart – quirky, humorous fiction

Balthazar Jones has lived in the Tower of London with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years.  That’s right, he is a Beefeater (they really do live there).  It’s no easy job living and working in the tourist attraction in present-day London.  When Balthazar is tasked with setting up an elaborate menagerie within the Tower walls to house the many exotic animals gifted to the Queen, life at the Tower gets all the more interest­ing.  Penguins escape, giraffes are stolen, and the Komodo dragon sends innocent people running for their lives.  Balthazar is in charge and things are not exactly running smoothly. Then Hebe decides to leave him and his beloved tortoise “runs” away.   The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise is a magical, wholly origi­nal novel whose irresistible characters will stay with you long after you turn the stunning last page.  (From www.goodreads.com)

–AP

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