I once gave a new college graduate what I thought was a great gift: a month's stay at an inn on Cape Cod and a laundry basket stocked with beach towels, flip-flops, suntan lotion, sunglasses and mystery novels. The kid came back tanned and fit, but exhausted from cycling up and down the Cape in search of livelier scenes than the stodgy inn where I had stuck him. The books were returned unopened.I'm off to add a few of her recommendations to my wish list of summer reading: Shamus in the Green Room by Susan Kandel; Framed by Tonino Benacquista; and They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated and Forgotten Mystery Novels by Jim Huang
Thinking back on it, I'm still convinced that a stretch of time on a quiet beach with a stack of mysteries is the perfect gift. My only mistake was not giving it to myself. Making up for that now, I've rented a place on the Cape and am packing my own laundry basket of books.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
My Perfect Vacation
I just discovered the perfect vacation thanks to Marilyn Stasio at the New York Times Review of Books. Here's what she had to say in a recent article on the summer's line-up of new mystery novels.