Five Books for Summer Sleuthing

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Grab a beach chair or find a sunny spot on the deck! Mysteries, crimes, capers, cover-ups and international intrigue for summer sleuths


THE SILKWORM by J.K. Rowling Under the Pseudonym of Robert Galbraith

The second in J.K. Rowling’s new series featuring ex-military man turned detective Cormoran Strike and his steadfast assistant, Robin Ellacott, The Silkworm follows the now-famous private investigator as he searches for missing novelist, Owen Quine. What starts as a case of a difficult author (and even more difficult husband) going astray, quickly becomes a race against time for a ruthless killer.

PLAGUE by CC Humphreys

In London, 1665, plague is not the only indiscriminate killer. A ruthless serial murderer seeks God’s vengeance for the excesses of Charles II and the throngs of liberated Londoners who follow him to the brothels, cockpits and theatres, where for the first time women are permitted to perform beside men. Written by Toronto-born author, actor and trained swordsman, CC Humphreys, the historical crime thriller is a page-turning portrait of the battles and intrigues of 17th century London.


THE HEIST by Daniel Silva

In the latest edition of Daniel Silva’s best-selling spy novels, we once again follow the masterful art restorer, occasional MOSSAD agent and reluctant assassin, Gabriel Allon. In The Heist, a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio has gone missing and who better to take on this case of high stakes international intrigue. From the author of The English Girl comes a great summer read, dock or beach side.



THE MADMEN OF BENGHAZI by Gerard de Villiers

This racy, ripped-from-the headlines espionage thriller comes from French author Gérard de Villiers (1918–2013), who spent decades cultivating high level connections in international intelligence. (These connections helped him to anticipate geopolitical events before they occurred; in 1980, for example, he wrote a book about militant Islamists who assassinate then Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, a year before it actually happened.) The first of Villiers’ books to be translated in English, The Madmen of Benghazi is set in volatile post-Qaddafi Libya, and features Malko Linge, an Austrian aristocrat and notorious womanizer, who also freelances for the CIA.


ABROAD by Katie Crouch

From the best-selling author of Girls in Trucks, comes this modern take on the time honoured tour abroad ala Henry James — but minus the chaperone. The fictionalized true crime story is essentially the Amanda Knox story re-imagined, but told from the point of view of her flat mate, a fellow exchange student who is brutally murdered. The story, fueled by copious amounts of drugs and sex, shows the perils faced by young women as they seek acceptance and love, as well as the complexities of female friendship. If your daughter or granddaughter is planning a year abroad, you may want to revisit the idea of hiring a chaperone.