Your Summer Reading List

I want to hear what you’re reading (or planning to read) this summer! Let’s get a good list going in the comments section.

I just finished The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. I have never heard anyone mention this one before, and I would highly recommend it. A great mystery, great characters with real lives, an autistic brother treated with respect and humanity, and of course, the dying murderer who may not actually be guilty. (Okay, this one might not look like the best summer reading book with all of the snow, but maybe if you live in Australia…)

The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

If you haven’t been following the Auntie Clem’s Bakery series, now is a great time to start. Gluten-Free Murder is on for $0.99 for a little longer, and books 5 and 6 will be coming out in the next couple of months.

Gluten-Free Murder, by P.D. Workman

Gluten-Free Murder

Erin Price moves to Eagle Falls, a place where everyone knows everyone as well as everyone else’s business, taking over the store left to her by her aunt to start up a gluten-free bakery. The grand opening is marred by just one thing, the death of her business rival, Angela Plaint. It appears that Angela was poisoned by one of Erin’s cupcakes, making her a prime suspect.

Equipped with cupcakes, her desire for the truth, and new bakery assistant Vicky’s help, Erin goes head-to-head against Detective Terry Piper to solve the murder. Rumors of treasure hunting, drug dealing, and a missing boy swirl around Eagle Falls as Erin tries to sort the clues from the red herrings and find the killer before the killer can take care of her.

Reading lists

I looked through a number of summer reading lists, and these two in particular interested me. Some intriguing new reads!

10 Books To Add To Your Summer 2018 Reading List, That You Won’t Regret

The Ultimate Summer 2018 Reading List

If you are looking for reads on some tough topics, you can always check out my Reading Lists page.

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