Dive into summer with a good book

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

There’s something about summer that makes us want to dive into a new book series.

Maybe it’s comfort in knowing that if we enjoy spending time with a cast of characters we’ll be able to find them in the next book in the series, or perhaps it’s knowing that our choice of what to read next will be easy! Either way, we wanted to share some series with you that have been popular at the County of Prince Edward Public Library.

Iona Whishaw joined us for the Author’s Festival in April. Since then, her Lane Winslow series has been popular with County mystery readers. Starting with A Killer In King’s Cove, set in 1946 and featuring Winslow who is an ex-intelligence officer now settled in British Columbia – but of course, nothing is simple (or else it wouldn’t be a page-turning mystery!) As the title indicates, there’s a killer in King’s Cove, and Winslow has to get to the bottom of it.

Eva Gates, perhaps better known as Vicki Delany, has kept readers clamouring for more in the Lighthouse Library mysteries, starting with By Book or By Crook. Who could resist a series that starts with a librarian, a missing first edition Jane Austen novel and a murdered library board member?

MC Beaton has long been a favourite with her Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth novels. The latest Hamish MacBeth title Death of a Green-Eyed Monster, finds Hamish enamoured with new Constable Dorothy McIver. He proposes marriage – but before the happy couple can ride off into the sunset together, there’s a murder to solve! The Rose Code by Kate Quinn has been a hit. Though not a series, Quinn’s historical fiction titles have been well-received.

Set in the 1940s, The Rose Code finds three women, Osla, Mab and Beth working to crack German military codes compounded by their own personal challenges. Will war, loss, and secrecy tear these friends apart?

A highly anticipated book to be released this summer is The Madness of Crowds, which is number 17 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny, You’ll be transported to midwinter as The Madness of Crowds finds Gamache on a family holiday enjoying skiing and hot chocolate – but that doesn’t last long before he finds himself embroiled in controversy around a guest speaker at a local university where opinions become facts and debates become arguments. Being a Louise Penny book, you won’t be surprised when it all results in a murder for Gamache to solve. This book will be published in August, and you can place your request now to be on the list when it arrives.

You can find all of these – and many more books perfect for summer reading – at any branch of the County of Prince Edward Public Library. You can request online at peclibrary.org or drop in to browse in person. Curbside pickup continues to be available! Find the hours at your local branch online at peclibrary.org/locations or call (613) 476-5962.

-Liz Zylstra