Royal Summons by Elizabeth Cadell – American Ellen Berg travels to her mother’s childhood home in England where she has to come to terms with the imperious aunt who drove her mother away.
The Long Way Home by Robin Pilcher * – Claire has made a new life for herself in New York but when she learns her stepfather is ill, she returns to Scotland and the memories of the unhappily blended family situation that caused her to leave. Note, Robin is no Rosamunde, although has tried to cash in on his mother's name. My review.
A Stranger in the Mirror by Sidney Sheldon – Sheldon may have been one of the most successful television and fiction writers of the 20th century but this has to be one of the worst books I have ever read – about two Hollywood stars who take diabolical pleasure in making everyone around them miserable.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – I enjoy this subgenre of suspense in which someone finds out in the first chapter that a character close to her is not who she thought he was. My review.Death in Provence by Serena Kent – Penelope buys her dream home in Provence and then finds a dead body in the swimming pool. This book is a pleasant but not very suspenseful mystery wrapped in wish-fulfillment about living in France. I don’t think I would want to live somewhere I didn’t know a soul. Kent turns out to be a husband-wife team of Deborah Lawrenson and Robert Rees.
All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny – Armand and Marie-Reine are visiting Paris where Annie is about to have a baby when a mystery breaks out. It is interesting to see how Armand operates outside Quebec and I started this right before I went to France so was thinking about it while in Paris. Another Penny gem.
Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart – This book was the inspiration for my trip to Nimes and Provence. I have read it so many times I practically know it by heart.
Last Girl Ghosted by Lisa Unger – Very readable but forgettable suspense. I worked briefly with Lisa years ago at Berkley so enjoy checking out her books from time to time.
Down Under by Patricia Wentworth – This is the fourth in the Benbow Smith series. My review.A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham – Chloe has spent half her life coping with the fact that her father is a serial killer. When she tries to get married and move on with her life, the murders begin again. Review to come.
Eden Falls by Jane Sanderson * – Set in England and Jamaica, this is a historical novel about several intersecting families (nobility and not) from a Yorkshire town. My review.
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker – This much-awaited romance, first in her Palace Insiders series, features two rival chefs who detest each other. Until . . .
How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams – Naya’s friends think she is too uptight so they persuade her to create a risqué to-do list. My review.
Another Lady: A Biography of Constance Savery by Eric Schonblom – This book is a labor of love written by a fan of the English children’s author whose best-known books are Enemy Brothers and The Reb and the Redcoats.
* from my 20 Books of Summer list – still plugging away!