Wicked Good Summer Reads

Here’s what the Wickeds are reading as we get into beach season. What are you reading?

Liz: I have a whole list going! Next up is Edith’s ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part. Also in the pile is maplemayhemAlafair Burke’s All Day and a Night, and of course Jessie’s Maple Mayhem upon its release date!

Edith: Thanks, Liz! I’m just finishing Tempa Pagel‘s They Danced by the Light of the Moon, a mystery set in northeastern Massachusetts (where she and I both live) and southern New Hamphire, and in 1901 and the present (she’ll be guest posting here at the end of the month). And it’s beach_plumfabulous.

Next up is Holly Robinson‘s Beach Plum Island, also a kind of mystery. She’s a local author, too. Lots  and lots of talent up here north of Boston.




Jessie: I can’t recommend 18293427The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin enough. If I could have possibly found a large enough chunk of time it would have been a one sitting read for me.


And for a very summery read I am going to dive into Sea Glass Summer by Dorothy Cannell

Know the NightBarb: Right now I’m reading a not-quite-yet  published cozy for a blurb and dozens of crime short stories for Level Best Books next anthology. The book anxiously awaiting me on my nightstand is Maria Mutch’s memoir, Know the Night: A Story of Survival in the Small Hours about the two years Maria’s son, who is autistic and has Down Syndrome, couldn’t sleep, and how staying up all night with him affected Maria and her family. Drawing on her son’s love of jazz and her own affinity with explorer Richard Byrd who stayed alone through the long polar night, this book is both elegiac and emotional. I can’t wait to get to it.

Sherry: There are stacks of books all over my house — it’s getting a little desperate here — some are beginning to teeter. Next up for me is Buried in the Bog and Scandal in Skiberdeen. I’ve heard such great things about this series by Sheila Connolly so I can’t wait to dig in. I’m also anxiously awaiting the release of The Black Hour on July 8th by Lori Rader Day.

Craig JohnsonJulie: Aside from my Wicked Cozy Sistahs books, I am going to be reading the Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Craig is going to be the Guest of Honor at the New England Crime Bake this year, and I have the honor of doing an interview with him on Saturday afternoon. I am a fan of the TV series, and looking forward to reading the books. You will all be hearing more about this as we get closer to November. A Crime Bake note: Barb, Edith, and I are all on the committee. All six of us will be there. It is a great conference, already more that 50% sold out. So if you are interested, do not delay.

So, dear readers, what is on your summer reading list?

17 Thoughts

  1. Among the books I hope to get to this summer are:
    The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal
    Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero
    Drizzled with Death by Jessie Crockett
    A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan
    Scene of the Climb by Kate Dyer-Seeley
    To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames
    Death on Eat Street by JJ Cook
    Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen
    The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott
    The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

    And maybe some Trixie Belden, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Mrs. Pollifax rereads. I’d better get reading.

  2. Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James
    The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
    Murder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson
    Kiss and Tell by Fern Michaels
    True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager

    To name just a few.

    1. Thanks for adding yours, Violet. I’ve heard of most of those authors but haven’t gotten around to reading them myself. Yet!

  3. I don’t have tv so hadn’t ever heard of the Longmire series until I read a book review of one of his books. Since I’m also from Wyoming, I decided to read it. I read the first in the series, The Cold Dish, and just loved it. So my nightstand now includes his second in the series, Death Without Company. I also have several memoirs, as well as a nonfiction book called Blogging for Creatives by Robin Houghton I want to get through in hopes of starting my own blog soon.

    This is the first time I have commented on Wicked Cozies but I am a faithful reader and enjoy it very much. Thanks, Ladies of the Northeast!

  4. So many new cozies, so little time! I hope to read more of the Longmire books–I started with the one set in Philadelphia (right, Walt in Philadelphia–he’s there for his daughter), and then backtracked to the first one. Even my husband enjoyed it, and he’s not much of a fiction reader. Can’t wait to meet the man at Crime Bake!

  5. Now that I can hold a book open long enough to read more than a paragraph at a time, I’ve started a new reading ritual for myself—a book in each room. No matter where I go I have a book waiting. I have Edith’s ‘TIL DIRT DO US PART by the bed. DOING IT AT THE DIXIE DEW by Ruth Moose in the living room. THE CHRISTIE CURSE by Victoria Abbott in the bath. Sheila’s SCANDAL IN SKIBBEREEN in my secret patio spot. DEAD WATER by Ann Cleeves in the kitchen. And THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS by Deborah Crombie in my little reading nook. xoox

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