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Finding a hot summer read is a breeze

By Danielle Komis Palmer
dkomis@decaturdaily.com · 340-2447

Now that summer has finally rolled around, it’s time to hit the beach, or at least the lawn chair in your backyard.

For those relaxing times in the sun, there’s nothing like a nice, light book to keep you entertained without stressing you out.

Emily Love of the William Bradford Huie Library in Hartselle and Tina Seebourg of Decatur Public Library recommended some top “beach reads” keep your days in the sun easy and breezy. Enjoy!

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES.

By Marne Davis Kellogg.
St. Martin’s Press, 336 pages, $24.95, hardcover.

A sumptuous “Kick Keswick” mystery is the latest in a series, but can easily stand alone. She’s a reformed jewel thief with an expensive taste in food (especially white truffles) and clothes — and a Scotland Yard detective for her husband.

GODS IN ALABAMA.

By Joshilyn Jackson.
Warner Books, 320 pages, $12.95, paperback.

Jackson’s debut novel about a small-town Southern girl who goes off to college in Chicago, hoping to escape her demons. “Very funny and very Southern,” Love said.

MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH.

By Ariana Franklin.
Penguin Group, 384 pages, $25.95, hardcover.

In 1170s Cambridge, England, it’s strange enough to be a forensic pathologist for the day, but to be a woman in that role can cost you your life.

CLAIRE EVERETT SERIES

(Leave it to Claire, Claire Knows Best, I Love Claire)

By Tracey Bateman.
FaithWords, all $12.99, paperback.

In three inspirational books, Claire Everett, single mom and Christian novelist, tries to keep her life and children together, with humor and faith — and note the fun classic-TV-inspired titles!

STRIKE FORCE.

By Dale Brown.
HarperCollins, 410 pages, $25.95, hardcover.

Iran, Russia and U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Patrick McLanahan are the main features in the plot of this thriller, which Publisher’s Weekly says “provides plenty of fast action and exotic hardware.”

LOOKING FOR PEYTON PLACE.

By Barbara Delinsky.
Scribner, 560 pages, $9.99, paperback.

A novel about a novelist who goes back home to take care of a sick relative and becomes involved in the politics of her hometown.

LUCIA, LUCIA.

By Adrianna Trigiani.
Random House Publishing Group, 336 pages, $7.50, paperback.

This is a sweet story, by one of Love’s favorite authors, that begins in Greenwich Village in the 1950s.

A THOUSAND TOMORROWS.

By Karen Kingsbury.
Center Street, 256 pages, $12.95, paperback.

A favorite read by many Hartselle patrons. This book is about two rodeo stars and the illnesses they must confront.

Upcoming releases

THE TIN ROOF BLOW DOWN.

By James Lee Burke.
Simon & Schuster, $26, 352 pages, hardcover.

In stores July 17

Dave Robicheaux returns in another Louisiana-based detective novel, involving murders post-Katrina. To paraphrase Booklist: “a kind of perfect storm” of fiction and nonfiction.

DROP DEAD BEAUTIFUL.

By Jackie Collins.
St. Martin’s Press, $24.95, 512 pages, hardcover.

In stores June 26

The 25th novel by Jackie Collins brings back Lucky Santangelo, protecting her family in Las Vegas from a bitter enemy.

LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN.

By Janet Evanovich.
St. Martin’s Press, $27.95, 320 pages, hardcover.

In stores June 19

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum returns in her 13th adventure, sure to be a summer blockbuster, Seebourg said.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.

By J.K. Rowling.
Scholastic Inc., $34.99, 784 pages, hardcover.

In stores July 21

The seventh and final book in the phenomenally popular Harry Potter series will be welcomed by millions of fans, and participants of release parties, such as the one being held by Decatur Public Library, starting July 20 at 10 p.m. through midnight on July 21, when the book can become available for pre-purchase pickup! Advance tickets required. Call 353-2993 for more information.

Get a clue: Free concert

Need to keep your children reading this summer? They can “Get a Clue” to the summer reading program at Decatur Public Library if you bring them to the free kickoff concert at 6 p.m. June 8 at the library. A teen pop-rock band called “The Nobility” will perform. This group was featured in the children’s book titled “Inside a Rock Band.” For more about the summer reading program and events, check www.decatur.lib.al.us.

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