What’s your holiday reading?  What sort of book do you like for the beach?  Raunchy ? Romantic and escapist? Murder and mystery? Funny? Or something a bit more highbrow and cultured?

We asked around our friends and customers for some recommendations.  They’ve given us romantic family sagas, cyber-sex, scifi-mystery mashup, crime thrillers and easy reads.  Try them and let us know what you think.

The Raunchy

Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1) and Fast Connection (Cyberlove#2) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Louise says: “First two in a series, they’re pretty good.” 

From the blurb of Fast Connection: “Nicky has just left the military. All eight years in the military had changed Dominic. He is not the same Dominic, now being more mature and responsible. Forced by circumstance he moves in his parents’ basement and works at his father’s bagel shop. He spends his days trying to figure out what to do with his life, what career to pursue next. He also tries to figure out how to deal with his bisexuality.”

The Romantic

The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende

Bea says: “I like something not too deathly serious, but with a meat to it.  Would have been perfect for the beach, had I actually been to the beach.”

From the blurb: Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life. Irina Bazili, a care worker struggling to reconcile her own troubled past, meets the older woman and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

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The Mystery SiFi Mashup


Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Janet says: “The rivers of London series is funny, a bit dark, and sifi’y”

From the blurb: “My name is Peter Grant…. One night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable…”

The Thriller

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of A Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Cal says: “Lovely easy to read book.  Perfect holiday reading.”

From the blurb: “Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . . Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.”

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Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond

Nina says: “If you want something light and funny try Lucy Diamond”

From the blurb: “A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two – who could ask for more? But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband’s recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down.”

The Detective

The Complaints by Ian Rankin

Barbara says: “I love everything Ian Rankin writes.  This one’s a real page turner.”

From the blurb: “There’s a cop called Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. Problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when murder intervenes.”

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