Suspense, Get Your Heart Pumping: from cozies to thrillers
Nothing is better to read on a hot Texas summer day then a suspense novel. And suspense ranges from "cozy mysteries" like Agatha Christie's classics to fast-paced and intense thrillers from John Grisham. Here are a few to consider this summer. We've got romantic suspense to straight psychological thrillers. And even a little something for children. To kick it off let's go with a mixture of humor and intrigue...
If you love the Stephanie Plum books, then Lola Cruz is right up your alley. Mixing humor with a mystery to solve, Melissa Bourbon Ramirez's BARE-NAKED LOLA is perfect to take with you on a summer vacation. Lola's a private investigator and her new case takes her from cheerleading on the sidelines of Sacramento's professional basketball to a nudist resort.
Meet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she's now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola. She's also reunited with the gorgeous Jack Callaghan, her high school crush whom she shamelessly tailed years ago and photographed doing the horizontal salsa with some other lucky girl.
Putting a little psychic ability into a mystery is one way to mix romance with suspense. In ILLICIT INTUITIONS, Nikki Duncan gives the reader what she wants: sizzling attraction and a mystery important to solve before it destroys her. The third book in the Sensory Ops series about members of a secret FBI Specialized Crimes Unit, it's proving to be another winner. Available for your e-readers now so perfect to slip in your bag or pocket.
Here's a book that has book clubs buzzing, no not a take on Shades of Grey but what happens when a wife who is the perfect wife disappears on her fifth anniversary? Is her golden boy husband the murderer? It's got all the other couples in town on edge when it's revealed this marriage was far from perfect. GONE GIRL seems torn from news headlines and is a perfect psychological thriller for this summer.
Going from the Missouri perfection to what surely everyone suspects is an ideal world, the Amish community. Linda Castillo takes us on another case with chief of Police Kate Burkholder as she uncovers a murder that can rock the Amish. It's a rumspringa gone terribly deadly. Castillo knows her Ohio Amish community, living there for a few years before returning to Texas.
Taking a step back to Regency England, WHEN MAIDENS MOURN is a historical mystery. When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate. It's a double-hitter: a solid mystery and some history!
In the next installment of the action-packed series The Joshua Files, Josh thinks that he has solved the puzzle of time travel-but now he faces an even bigger dilemma. Should he use it to go back in time and save his father?
A little continental reading, the internationally acclaimed New York Times best selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and THE ANGEL'S GAME must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.