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A Mysterious Reading List ★

Updated on September 24, 2014

Good Book Discussions can happen at the Beach

One of my favorite places to read a good mystery novel is under an umbrella at the beach.
One of my favorite places to read a good mystery novel is under an umbrella at the beach. | Source

Good Reads Any Time of the Year!

On your way to the beach or the mountains and you are looking for a good read. Or are you just looking for a new favorite author?

My husband used to get angry at me because I spent so much time reading fiction. Can you imagine that? He thought if one needed to read a book, it should be to LEARN something. I frequently told him I did learn from the books I chose to read. One learns about different parts of the country or world from the setting of the books. If an author is worth his salt, he or she can make you feel like you are inside the action of the book just using words. Amazing!

Look no further for a few books that will take you away, because you have landed on the right page for you. I have some excellent suggestions based on the fact that I actually read the books below and liked them a heck of a lot. The books listed here are not on the best seller list for this year (but, they were in the last decade) so you should be able to find them at the local library. These good reads should also be readily available at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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Literature is the ultimate virtual experience-a truly mind-expanding trip to other times and places.

Choose Swan Peak on Kindle! - James Lee Burke should be on everyone's "Vacation" Reading List.

James Lee Burke is, in my opinion, one of the best living authors in the USA.

Swan Peak is the best Dave Robicheaux novel yet!

Why? It is superbly written. Even if you have not read the earlier novels in this series, you will be captivated by the characterizations. The way the novel ends is perfect! One knows it had to end in violence, but how it gets there is the surprising element.

This novel is set in Montana a break from the Louisiana that is the familiar setting for Dave. Burke loves Montana as much as New Iberia Parrish and it shows.

What is the theme? Frankly, it doesn't really matter, but if you have to have one, here is my guess: You cannot escape your life. It will just happen.

James Lee Burke is one of my very favorite American Authors:

Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Probably one of the BEST books I have ever read! Since this is not a "new" or just published book, you can most likely buy it for less. Download it now!

The Last Good Kiss--A Wonderful Read - by James Crumley

I was absolutely delighted to find this author! Crumley is not "new" on the scene; Kiss was published in 1978.

James Crumley died on September 17, 2008. Read this tribute to a fine, fine author.

In a book group and need a study guide? Click The Last Good Kiss Summary & Study Guide | by James Crumley

The Last Good Kiss
The Last Good Kiss
Read a review for The Last Kiss by right clicking here. You will be glad you did!
Stacks of books for reading
Stacks of books for reading

If it is MY opinion on a book, I will tell you. If a review is written by someone else, I give them the credit!

Visitors get a chance to share their favorite books now:

Now is your chance to share your favorite reads. Thanks in advance for helping us all find a new author or book to put on our nightstand.


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