This batch of book babies features two mysteries. I wonder what mystery books do on their birthdays? Maybe they try to deduce the cake’s recipe by scent alone. Or play Clue. Or wait anxiously for Nancy Drew to RSVP to their party invites.
Lunch-Box Dream by Tony Abbott (7/19/11)
I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction, but after reading The Help, I’ve been really interested in the Jim Crow era South. In this book, set in 1965, a young white boy embarks on a family road trip to Civil War battle sites. When an auto accident forces the family to take the bus home, he witnesses racism first hand and questions his ingrained beliefs. This seems like a solid, non-preachy issues book; one that shows rather than tells.
Pearl by Jo Knowles (7/19/11)
A contemporary mystery is hard to come by these days, especially one that isn’t paranormal. Pearl seems promising; it’s about two friends, Bean and Henry, trying to figure out what the deal is with their bizarre moms. Henry’s never leaves the house, and Bean’s never comes home, except to complain about Bean’s grandfather, Gus. When Gus dies, a mysterious can of worms is opened up. Add in a romance between Bean and Henry, and I think this has all the makings of a mystery I want to read this summer.
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker (7/19/11)
I love a book about the perennial good girl coming to life, and Small Town Sinners seems like exactly that. Walker writes about Lacey Anne Byer, a small town church girl dying for her “movie moment.” When she gets the opportunity to star in her evangelical community’s haunted house of sin, she thinks she’ll finally come out of her shell. I’m so excited to read about how things don’t go according to plan!
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (7/19/11)
A detective novel set in 1940’s New York – if this book doesn’t appeal to you, I don’t think we’re friends. It has a spunky heroine, old-fashioned New York scenes (the main character lives in my neighborhood!), and a close-to-home mystery. Sherlock Holmes might want to watch his back…
Clean by Amy Reed (7/19/11)
The thing about rehab books is that they can be really depressing and a total drag to read, or they can strike that perfect dark humor chord and be absolutely fascinating. I have high hopes that Clean is going to be the latter type. It incorporates various narrators as well as therapy session transcripts, so I think that’ll move the book along without bogging readers down in one character’s tragic past.