Summer Reading Preview: Literary Reads

Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook Summer Reading Preview! Throughout the week, you’ll find a look at some of the books coming out this summer that I’m interested in reading. **I have not read these books, unless otherwise indicated.** These are simply upcoming books that I’m drawn to and think you might like. Publication dates are accurate as of this writing.

Monday’s focus was on mysteries and thrillers. Yesterday covered beach reads. Today we tackle literary fiction. I have a pretty loose definition of literary fiction, so you may not agree that all of these fit in that category. Still, they’re all highly anticipated books, by many critics and by me!

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Pub Date: May 26th

A group in the English village of Chawton gets together to fight a developer wanting to raze Jane Austen’s final home shortly after the 2nd World War. I’m a Janeite, so this book grabbed my attention. It has also appeared on many other summer reading lists.

Recipe for Persuasion: A Novel by Sonali Dev

Pub date: May 26th

Another Jane Austen offshoot (yay!), this one is a twist on Persuasion featuring a struggling chef and the man who once ghosted her who is now a soccer star. They are paired together on a reality cooking show and the audience becomes obsessed with their chemistry.   The push-pull of their story is sure to engage Austen fans (like this one!)

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennet

Pub Date: June 2

The story of the divergent lives of twin sisters over from the 1950s to the 1990s. This one deals with family relationships and racial issues. It has been well-recommended on many lists.

The Daughters Of Erietown by Connie Schultz

Pub Date: June 9

This story focuses on  a couple in 1957 that finds themselves pregnant, changing all their plans for college and a different life.   A knock at the door threatens their new forming family.  The book shows the evolution of women’s lives over the second half of the 20th century. I predict it will be the sleeper hit of the summer.

Last Train To Key West by Chanel Cleeton

Pub date: June 16

It’s 1935 and three women’s lives are forever changed by an approaching hurricane.  Separate from other Cleeton novels, this still has a storyline the focuses on Cuban-American issues. I listened to the first on audio, read the second. Looking forward to this stand alone.

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs

Pub Date: July 7

A woman inherits a bookshop from her mother after she’s suffered a personal tragedy and must take over care of her cantankerous, medically failing father.  Her grandfather owns the building and won’t sell, so she’s forced into a journey that will take her from sorrow to unexpected discoveries and truths.

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Pub Date: July 14th

The story of a fictional British 60s psychedelic era band reminiscent of Daisy Jones and the Six, but completely different. Expect all the hedonism of the 60s rock-and-roll scene. Should be fun.

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

Pub Date: July 21st

A great tale for book lovers follows a three generations of a family: one that lived in the New York Public Library in 1913, daughter Laura’s rebellion against women’s roles, and granddaughter Sadie Donavan in 1993 who gets a position as a curator for the NYPL.  Add in the theft of rare manuscripts, and the story ramps to new levels. High on my TBR. 

This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger

Pub date: Sept 3rd 

Four kids escape a school in 1932 and embark on a Huckleberry Finn-esque adventure down the Mississippi River. I studied Huck Finn in depth in grad school, so I’m interested to see if there are any parallels. Another one that’s making all the summer reading lists.

This group of book provides an interesting mix to choose from. I’m not sure where I’ll start. Tomorrow is the last day of our preview, which focuses on upcoming Christian fiction. We’ll finish off the week Friday with a bonus post on some of the backlist books on my TBR, along with my First Picks from the summer preview.

So what did I leave off today’s list? Are you looking forward to any of these picks? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

–Amy

Summer Reading Preview – Mysteries and Thrillers

Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook Summer Reading Preview! Over the next five days, you’ll find a look at some of the books coming out this summer that I’m interested in reading. **I have not read these books, unless otherwise indicated.** These are simply upcoming books that I’m drawn to and think you might like.

A word about content warnings: I don’t include content warnings with the exception of pretty gruesome murders or the steaminess level of romantic scenes. I don’t guarantee that I catch everything, so beware. When it comes to cozies, the category itself is tame and accessible.

Today’s preview covers mysteries (especially cozies) and thrillers. This is my favorite category (because I’m a prospective mystery writer) so let’s get started!

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Cozy Corner (Where puns rule the day)

Furmidable Foes by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

(29th book in Mrs. Murphy series) Pub date: May 19

“Harry” Harristeen is back on the case, this time hunting for a killer with a knack for deadly plants. She and her feline companions Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with Tee Tucker the corgi and Pirate the puppy must stop a killer at St. Luke’s Lutheran before they strike again. To start at the beginning, check out Wish You Were Here. This is a much anticipated release.

The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle

(14th in the Bibliophile Mystery Series) Pub date: June 2

Brooklyn Wainright is set to do rare book proposals at Dharma’s first ever Book Festival. A member of the committee is murdered and the funds for the festival have vanished. She and her husband Derek are on the case to find the killer before they end up at their own funerals. New to the series? Start off with book one, Homicide in Hardcover. Anxious to continue this series.

Booked For Death by Victoria Gilbert

(First in the new Book Lover’s B&B series!) Pub date: June 9

A rare book dealer turns up dead in the carriage house of a Beaufort, North Carolina B&B. The victim’s daughter accuses owner Charlotte Reed, who inherited the place from her Aunt Isabella. The dealer has voiced suspicions about Isabella’s past, and Charlotte must get to the bottom things before she ends up in jail–or the killer’s next victim. This looks like a fun new series.

Tea and Treachery by Vicki Delany

(First in the Tea by the Sea series!) Pub date: July 28

Cape Cod tea shop owner Lily Roberts must help her grandmother out of a jam after a local real estate developer is murdered. I’ve got an advanced copy of this (thanks NetGalley!) and it’s high on my list.

Paw and Order by V.M. Burns

(4th in the Dog Club mysteries) Pub date: Aug 11

Dog-loving amateur sleuth Lilly Echosby takes in a foster poodle from eccentric billionaire Archibald Lowry, who is murdered at her friend’s fundraising event. A series of attempted dog-nappings, puts Lilly and her friend’s dog training class on the scent of a killer. Start at the beginning with In the Dog House. I just got a new dog, so I’m really into dog mysteries.

Killer Kung Pao by Vivien Chien

(6th in the Noodle Shop Mysteries series) Pub date: August 25

I’m still on the first book, Death by Dumpling, but I intend to move through the series to get to this one by the time it comes out. Lana Lee is busy updating her family’s Chinese restaurant when (grumpy) nearby tea shop owner June Yi rear-ends mahjong player Mildred Mao. Mildred threatens to sue and ends up dead. June’s twin asks Lana to clear her sister. Can’t wait to read this!

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Summer House by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

Pub date: June 8

Seven grisly murders happen in a dilapidated crash pad shake up a small seaside town. Suspects include a group of Army Rangers, so the military sends Major Jeremiah Cook and his elite team to help out the sheriff. Secrets are uncovered in this twisty thriller. Haven’t read Patterson before, but he’s supposed to be a master at this, so I thought I’d give it a try.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Pub date: June 2

I tried to get my hands on an advanced copy of this one, but didn’t manage it. This book seems to on everyone’s summer TBR and has great reviews. Nothing ruins a perfectly planned wedding like guests, and the bridal party, and a murder. This twisty mystery is my top go-to for the summer!

Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb

Pub date: September 8

Call this a late-Labor Day pick to end the summer with. This is the 51st(!) book in the Lt. Eve Dallas series as she delves into her husband’s dangerous past. Not much in the way of plot summary out there, but it is highly anticipated. I’m starting at the beginning with Naked in Death, but know there are lots of fans out there looking for the latest book in this series, so I wanted to include it.

Publication dates for all books are correct as of this writing, but the publishing world is spinning because of COVID-19. This is by no means an exhaustive list of what’s coming out this summer for mysteries. So, tell me in the comments, what did I miss? What are you most looking forward to reading?

You’ll find me deciphering the latest cozy or thriller in my lawn chair on my deck. That’s my summer book nook.

— Amy