July Release Spotlight Two: Utopia Avenue

The summer reading season is in full swing, and my TBR seems to keep getting longer and longer. I’m not a fast reader naturally, but if something grabs my attention, I’m squirreling myself away to get any spare moment of reading time I can find. Our dog likes to sunbathe, but it’s actually been in the 90s here in the mountains, so I haven’t been able to do a lot of outdoor reading except in the evenings. Even after doing a Summer Reading Preview series, I still keep adding books to my list. I’m going to need a good hiding place.

This week’s spotlight is on a book I previewed last month:

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Publication Date: July 14th

Mitchell’s novel follows the meteoric rise and fall of fictional psychedelic 60s British band Utopia Avenue. The book has drawn some comparisons to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six and has been named one of the most anticipated books of the year by a host of media outlets. It’s definitely on my TBR for the month (I’m squeezing it in after I gave up on Rodham…for now).

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Is this the next hit on your TBR? What other books are you reading this summer? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Happy reading!

–Amy

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July Reading Challenge: Six Books of Summer

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It doesn’t get really hot in the mountains of Colorado, where I live, but the sun does start to beat down during July. It’s the time of year that I divide between the necessary (work, cleaning, writing) and reading (the focus of my life whenever I can steal a moment). My husband is refurbishing our deck in August, so I’m going to try to spend as much time out there as possible in July (accompanied by some kind of fruity drink-ok, I’m not great with mixology, so it’s probably just lemonade or iced tea). Our new dog loves to sunbathe, so that should be an hour or so of quiet, sunshiny reading time most afternoons.

Starting July 1st, I’m holding my first reading challenge on the blog ever. It’s summer reading time, so I’m focusing on books with summer themes or that came out this summer. So the challenge is to read six summer books in July.

My Choices:

  1. Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld – Not a summer themed book, but came out at the beginning of summer and my library hold just came through so it’s a must read. The fictionalized story of what Hillary Clinton’s life would have been like if she had never married Bill. Released May 19th.
  2. Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews (got this on NetGalley) – A reporter returns to her hometown in Florida and must look after her grandmother, help save the family newspaper, and unravel a political mystery (and maybe find love? who knows). Released May 5th.
  3. One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak — One of my favorite romance authors. The story of a woman who discovers through a commercial DNA test that she has two sisters. The sisters meet at the woman’s family lake house in Lake Tahoe and discover things in common and may even find love on the way. Released April 7th.
  4. Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter (my church book club pick) — A Christian novel that is a story of family secrets, forgiveness, and romance. Released May 21st.
  5. Nacho Average Murder by Maddie Day (got from NetGalley)– Robbie Jordan returns to California for her high school reunion and has to unravel her late mother’s death, that was apparently not from natural causes. The seventh book in the Country Store mystery series. Release date is today (June 30th).
  6. Peachy Scream by Anna Gerard (got from NetGalley) — A Georgia B&B owner turns to amateur theater to find the killer of a Shakespearean actor. Release date August 11th.

Six books may be a lot to read in July, but many summer books are short, light reads that will keep you engrossed in a summer paradise while you’re social distancing and probably getting mask tan lines.

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So what’s your Summer Six? Are you planning to read them all in July or spreading them out for the rest of summer? Let me know what your Summer Six is in the comments. Happy reading!

–Amy

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Reading Roundup 6.16.20

I’ve been trying to diversify my reading list, both racially and genre-wise and I think this set of reads is a good start. This was a pretty good month for books, and each one was a hit in its own way.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

This was a fascinating tale of the love story between Joy Davidson and C.S. Lewis. Told from the point of view of Joy, it follows the disintegration of her first marriage and her friendship that grows into love, with “Jack” (C.S. Lewis). Davidson was a writer and began writing Lewis in the later stages of her marriage, curious about Christianity.

The book was clearly well researched and is a good assumption of what Joy’s point of view would have been during those times. There is an accompanying podcast that includes an interview with one of her sons, who curates her collection of papers at Wheaton College.

This was at times hard to read, and Joy isn’t always the most lovable character, but it tells of a great love between two outstanding writers. Rating: A

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

This romp follows the assistants to America’s favorite (fictional) home renovation couple Melissa and Rusty Tripp as they set off on a book tour that is leading up to the premiere of their new HGTV show. The Tripps are pushing their new book on marriage, but the public doesn’t know that they can’t stand each other. Melissa is a control freak and Rusty plays the goofy sidekick to her supposedly sensible approach. As the tension mounts, sparks start to fly between assistants Carey and James.

This book was stressful to read, but at the same time engrossing. It’s like watching a train wreck and not being able to look away. The story is compelling and it’s easy to get invested in all the characters. The ending was a complete surprise, but fit well with the rest of the book. Rating: A- (only because it was a bit stressful to read).

Cozy Case Files, A Cozy Mystery Sampler, Volume 9

What a fun compilation, I enjoyed all the previews and will be picking some of them up. I especially enjoyed Nothing Bundt Trouble, The Secretof the Bones, The Art of Deception, and A Royal Affair. I will also definitely choose the next volume of this series. It’s a great way to find some good reads,

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free review copy.

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker takes a stand in this book for standing in your truth. A former speaker in the Evangelical Christian sphere, Hatmaker shares her journey to what she calls the freedom to be who she is. Hatmaker recently called for the complete inclusion of the LGBTQ community in the Christian community and was ostracized for her stance, losing much of her career. This book is the result of what she learned from the struggle to find her truth and what others need to know to honor their own truth. This is not a memoir or a self-help book, but more the result of self-discovery and research into social psychology. Rating: B+

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown

I listened to this book on audio and I’m glad I did. I think it added to the experience of the memoir to hear the author’s own voice. Brown shares the intimate details of her experience with being disabled and coming to an acceptance of herself. She takes the reader (listener) on a journey with her through the ups and downs of being a black, disabled woman journalist. Her writing style is earnest and enjoyable, though your heart breaks during some of the really tough parts. Rating: A

This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche

This work of Christian fiction tells the story of how geography teacher Keira Knudsen finds a home. After turning down a proposal from her longtime boyfriend and principal of the school, Keira dons her alternative identity of travel blogger Kat Wanderfull and takes a trip. She is offered the travel opportunity of a lifetime. Meanwhile, her first love Robbie faces a challenge when the mother of his daughter reappears and wants custody. Keira and Robbie form a partnership to get them each what they want. But secrets threaten to tear their growing relationship apart.

I loved the unique angle of this story. Kat isn’t just a damsel in need of a man and Robbie’s not just the ruggedly handsome man she left behind. They each have depth that carries the story forward. The ending is satisfying and not totally predictable. Each faces realistic obstacles that can be truly heart wrenching. The plot kept me reading and interested until the very end. Definitely one I’d recommend.

Thank you to Celebrate Lit and NetGalley for the review copy.

I’ve got several books I’m reading this month: The Prayer Box, Hello, Summer, One Perfect Summer, Deadly Sweet Tooth, Nacho Average Murder, The Chiffon Trenches

Happy Reading!

–Amy

Summer Reading Preview Bonus Post: Backlist and New Read Goals

**Various issues led to this not being posted when intended. Here it is now.**

I love all the new books that come out in the summer, but I also love going back to books I have on my TBR shelf (or electronic device). I have a Trello page that outlines my reading goals for each month. I’m constantly tweaking it to include a mix of new books I’ve already got, backlist and series favs, and upcoming titles. Today I want to share some of my book goals involving backlist books and new books that came out earlier this year.

Backlist

Joanne Fluke Hannah Swensen Series

Cookie Shop owner Hannah Swensen seems to keep finding dead bodies in her small Minnesota town.  Drawn to both a sexy detective and a safe but alluring family friend, romantic tension is somewhat tame but definitely there.  I’ve read through about the fifth book, then read the three most recent. I need to get caught up. Start at the beginning with the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

Leslie Meier Lucy Stone Books

Wife, mother, and part-time reporter Lucy Stone runs into adventure and murder in a small Maine town. Another where I’ve read both ends of the series and need to connect the middle. All of the books are holiday or special milestone related, so start at the beginning with Mistletoe Murder, or choose the book with the nearest holiday. Some of the details will be out of order, but the mysteries are the same.

Murder Likes It Hot (Downward Dog Mystery) by Tracy Weber

I received a review copy of this sixth book in the series. I need to go back and read the first five. It follows a married yoga instructor  who deals with infertility, running a business, and murder.

Picnic In Provence by Elizabeth Bard

This one has been on my TBR for a long time. It’s a memoir with recipes. I think it would be a perfect summer read. I love anything set in Provence.

Fly Away (Firefly Lane #2) by Kristin Hannah

This is the sequel to Firefly Lane, which I loved.  I would love to follow what happens next with the characters.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Got this in a Christmas Book Secret Santa. It’d be interesting to see how the comedian got her start. I like to have at least one memoir going at all times.

New (Potential) Favs

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

  Edward is sole survivor of a plane crash.

Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Chloe is trying to get her life back on track after nearly dying. Will she find love along the way?

Startup by Doree Shafrir

Follows the lives of people surrounding a startup tech company. Complications and humor ensue. I got introduced to this book after listening to the author’s podcast with Kate Spencer, Forever 35.

Things In Jars by Jess Kidd

A mystery with a supernatural twist.

Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez 

This follows a woman getting her life on track after losing her fiancé.

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler

Conflicts and racial tensions ensue between black family who are long time residents of a neighborhood and their white neighbors who are part of the gentrification of the area. A budding relationship between the families’ teen children complicates matters.

I got this book as a review copy from the publisher.

Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette

This is the first in a new cozy series set around an ice cream shop owner who discovers a murder while trying to get the struggling business back to it’s former glory. You know how I love a good cozy.

What’s lurking on your TBR that you’d like to move to the top of the pile? I’m a huge book collector, and am always buying, or borrowing from the library, different books I’ve heard about, even though I’ve got plenty already that could take me through at least two years of intense reading. Still, the siren song of the new, the call of series’ I’ve started but never finished, and all those Book of the Month Club selections that keep piling up, give me a little zing every time I think about another reading option. Time to adjust the Trello reading schedule!

Happy reading!

–Amy

Summer Reading Preview–Christian Fiction

**Due to various issues, this did not post when originally intended. Sorry for any inconvenience**

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 focused on mysteries and thrillers, while Tuesday covered Beach Reads. Wednesday was all about Contemporary Fiction and today focuses on Christian Fiction.

Here are some Christian Fiction books I’m looking forward to this summer:

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay

Pub Date: Available Now

Alyssa Harrison is broke and under FBI investigation when she returns to her hometown to regroup. Jeremy Mitchell owns a failing coffee shop and asks for Alyssa’s help. Will romance bloom? Full of quirky characters. Love the premise and will put this high on my TBR.

 If I Were You by Lynn Austin

Pub Date: June 8

A British widowed war bride finds herself moving to America to be with her in-laws only to find that another woman has be impersonating her for the past four years. Secrets and complicated history are sorted out. Great for historical fiction fans.

The Summer House

Pub Date: June 2

An unlikely friendship forms when a woman takes a hairstylist position at a retirement community.  Lily and Rose’s husbands have both left them and they find strength together. This looks like a great story of redemption, and I love those.

Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

Pub Date: July 7th

Part of the Blue Ridge Romance Series, Brady is fighting with his son’s grandparents for custody, and finds a solution in an impending marriage with friend Hope. But when Hope is offered a job out of town, she has a tough choice to make.

Piecing It All Together by Leslie Gould

Pub Date: August 4th

No Christian fiction roundup is complete without an Amish themed book.  A woman jilted by her fiancé returns to her Amish grandmother’s farm in Indiana and finds herself caught up in the search for a missing Amish girl.  Stakes are raised when her childhood friend becomes a suspect. The first in a series and high on my TBR.

Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman

Pub Date: August 4th

This thriller pits and FBI agent and an ICE agent against a terror cell in the United States. Add in the tension that one believes the other is responsible for her former partner’s death. The second in a series, a must read for me (after I go back and read the first book, of course). I love a good mystery/thriller (my favorite genre) so this book should be a slam dunk.

What Christian Fiction are you looking forward to? Do any of these books appeal? What books should have been included on the list that didn’t make it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Happy reading!

–Amy

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: Beach Reads

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. Publication dates are accurate as of this writing.

Yesterday’s focus was mysteries and thrillers. Today’s books are all Beach Reads– mostly aimed at women and sporting frothy covers– that I think would be a fun escape from our current troubles. Some of them are steamy, some not (I try to let you know when I have enough information). I’ll be sitting in a comfy chair on my deck, cocktail by my side, pretending that my mountain home is really in Nantucket.

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Beach Read by Emily Henry

Pub date: Out now

When a romance writer who no longer believes in romance crosses paths in a beach town with a literary writer stuck in a rut, they decide to each take on a summer project in each other’s genres. Steamy scenes ensue. I picked this one up early from Book of the Month and its high on my list.

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Pub. Date: Out now

Jennifer Weiner is back again with a tale of plus-sized influencer Daphne who gets invited to be a part of her frenemy’s Drue’s society wedding. It’s a story about friendship, resilience, and learning to be who you really are. I’ve already got my copy, how about you?

One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak

Pub date: Out now

A woman discovers through a 23andMe DNA test that she has two half sisters. The women meet in Lake Tahoe and spend the summer unpacking the emotional baggage they each brought with them. I attended the online launch party for this book and ordered an autographed copy from the author, so this one’s bound to be a fav of mine.

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

Pub date: June 16

From the queen of summer beach reads, Hilderbrand brings us a story of 28 summers spent between a woman and the man who became husband to the 2020 frontrunner for the first female President of the United States. Based on the movie Same Time Next Year.

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

Pub date: June 23

A chance meeting leads to a whirlwind romance between a woman and a hotshot junior senator. When the go public, the scrutiny threatens their budding romance. This is Jasmine Guillory, so count on some open door scenes. Tried to get an early copy, but couldn’t manage it, so the wait until June 23rd will be a long one.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Pub date: June 30

The newest from the author of the Crazy Rich Asians series, this is definitely and open door book. A young woman finds herself falling in love with a man she thinks she can’t stand and that her WASP family thinks is wrong for her. And she already has a fiancé. It starts in Capri and winds up in the Hamptons; perfect for a glittering summertime read.

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Pub date: July 14

I’m a big fan of Katherine Center book, so this one’s third down on my TBR (after Becoming Mrs. Lewis for book club, and The Honey-Don’t List, which I have to return to the library in two weeks.) The story centers on the lives of a school librarian, Sam, and a new school principal, Duncan. Sam and Duncan knew each other at a previous school, but she was invisible to him. She’s made a new life for herself. As they each find their way, will the come together or drift apart. Supposed to have Center’s usual snappy dialogue. She has had some semi-open door scenes in past books, so this may be the same.

A Star is Bored by Byron Lane

Pub Date: July 28

A man finds himself becoming the assistant to a huge female Hollywood star and adventures ensure. The author spent time as Carrie Fisher’s assistant, so some of the book is likely to show this influence. Not set on a beach, but a fun, glittery Hollywood read.

Where do I start? I’ve got so many choices just with these books that it threatens to totally upend my TBR. Which books intrigue you? Which authors should have made the list? Let me know in the comments.

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