What makes for a great summer beach read? That depends on what you are looking for from your summer reading experience. Are you searching for escape, adventure, laughter… relaxation?
I like a book to transport me to another place and time and I like to do that through literary fiction. Alan Bradley’s A Red Herring without Mustard fits the bill. Set in the English countryside circa 1950, it’s the third installment in the “Flavia de Luce” series.
I can’t describe it any better than Borders does: “Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.” In one word, Flavia is a delight!
This book could stand alone but I would recommend starting with the first in the series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. How a middle-aged man who has never lived in England could write this series is a marvel!
What’s your idea of a great summer beach read? We’d love your recom-mendations — this is the time of year when people are always asking us for good vacation books!
Posted by MSL Adult Services Librarian Cindy Waters