Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hot Reads for Cold Days

Seriously, is it spring yet?

Tired of the winter weather? Seems like we've got a bit more to get through. In the meantime, lose yourself in one of these books set in hot, sunny, beachy, anything-but-winter climes.

And Then You Die by Michael Dibdin: sent to a Tuscan resort to recuperate after his previous case, an Italian detective’s beach side retreat is interrupted by deaths and conspiracy.

The Beach by Alex Garland: a map depicting a mysterious island paradise is given to a young backpacker, setting off this adventure in south-Asia.

Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg: a young girl’s coming of age on a Texas army base during a hot, hot summer.

Echo Burning by Lee Child: the sweltering heat of a Texas town waiting for a storm to break the weather is the setting for this tightly plotted thriller.

How Stella Got her Groove Back by Terry McMillan: a Jamaica vacation helps an overworked divorcee find her passion again.

McNally’s Secret by Lawrence Sanders: the first in the continuing series featuring Palm Beach, Florida PI Archy McNally

The Penguin Book of Summer Stories edited by Alberto Manguel: dip into this collection of summertime tales from around the world.

Have a favourite summer read? Tell us in the comments below....


  1. Sun, Sand, Sex - what more can you ask for. This collection of stories by authors Linda Lael Miller, Jennifer Apodaca, Shelly Laurenston is the perfect beach read or escape fiction for these cold winter nights. As the book cover states " sit back, relax and don't worry about tan lines, because in this scorching collection, swimsuits are definately optional..."

  2. My favourite tropical novel is Cuba andthe Night, by Pico Iyer.

    It effectively transports the reader to Havanna, capturing the sights, sounds and rhythms of Cuba.