Summer is a Mystery!


Photo of Mystery in Montreal by Christina Matheson.Hard Boiled Wonderland

Need a little inspiration for your next vacation – or just looking to get away from it all without leaving home? Either way, this list of hard boiled mysteries will thrill you into packing your bags! Read City of Bones by Michael Connolly to nose out clues in LA. Try Exit Music by Ian Rankin for car chases in Edinburgh, and Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett to solve a murder in Thailand. You’ll sit on the edge of your seat in Cape Town with Mixed Blood by Roger Smith.

Mysteries for Family Road Trips

If you’ve got a family car trip coming up, check out the audiobook mysteries listed in the Booklist blog post Summertime and the Listening is Easy, which are good for kids and adults. The list includes The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case by Alexander McCall Smith (available on CD and eAudiobook) and The Diviners by Libba Bray, among others.

Cozy Mysteries

If you like cozy mysteries (or puns), you’ll enjoy giggling at – and reading books from – this list: Stick a Fork in It: 10 Cozy Titles of Questionable Taste. Never Say Pie by Carol Culver might be my favorite, but The Long Quiche Goodbye is a close second.

Cozy mysteries lack the graphic violence and anti-heroes of the hardboiled mystery genre, and are ultimately lighthearted – perfect summer reading that literally encapsulates our Summer Reading Program theme: Reading Is So Delicious!

Summer Reading Program

Whatever you read, participate in our Summer Reading Program. Adults, teens and children are eligible to win prizes!

Photo credit: Christina Matheson


Author Bio:

Nicole Pasini has worked on library programs and collections for teens, children, and adults and she is currently the Branch Manager at the Woodside and Portola Valley Libraries. She *always* says pie!

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