Good Minds Suggest: Mary Kay Andrews's Favorite Books to Devour in a Weekend

May, 2016
Mary Kay Andrews

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A lot can happen in a couple of days—especially if you're a character in a Mary Kay Andrews book. The author of quintessential beach reads like Summer Rental and Hissy Fit embraces those chance encounters and serendipitous adventures that can change a life forever. Her new book, The Weekenders, takes readers to Belle Isle, a picture-perfect oasis ripe for rest, relaxation…and a surprising revelation or two. Here Riley expects to enjoy an idyllic trip with family. What she gets instead is a sizzling mystery that makes her question both her husband and her new island friends.

Andrews tells Goodreads, "Summer's on the horizon, and like most voracious readers, I'm looking forward to long, lazy weekends with a good book in hand. Thrillers and mysteries immediately come to mind. I can race through them in the space of a single weekend or—let's be honest here—one long, sleepless night." She recommends five of her favorite quick reads for the next time you take a break.

The English Spy by Daniel Silva
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"Daniel Silva's art restorer/international man of intrigue Gabriel Allon always has me turning the pages, wondering what comes next. His latest, The English Spy, was no exception, as Allon tracks a former IRA bomb maker responsible for the murder of a beloved ex-royal princess. International terrorists of every stripe are no match for Allon, even as he awaits the birth of his first child."


The Crossing by Michael Connelly
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"My husband and I always fight over who'll be the first to read the new Michael Connelly novel. The Crossing was doubly enjoyable because it featured both hard-bitten LAPD detective Harry Bosch and his half-brother, Lincoln lawyer rogue defense attorney Mickey Haller. The sort-of siblings forge an uneasy alliance when they team up to defend Haller's client, a former gangbanger guilty of being in the wrong place with the wrong person, but not murder. This time around Bosch has crossed over to the dark side, pitting himself against the guys in blue—the dirtiest of dirty cops."


Still Life by Louise Penny
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"I'm not sure why it took me so long to discover the gorgeously written mysteries of Louise Penny, but once I encountered her series protagonist, Montreal police chief inspector Armand Gamache, I was ready to pack up and move to the magical, though murderous, village of Twin Pines. Do as I didn't, and start with the first in the series, Still Life. And if you love audiobooks, you'll simply adore the way British-born actor Ralph Cosham brings Gamache alive."


Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen
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"Thrillers and mysteries aren't the only category to book up my weekends. Give me an idyllic setting, characters I can root for, and a compelling plot, and I'll cancel all my other plans. A sweltering summer day is the perfect time to take yourself to the fictional, although vividly rendered, Little Lost Island, Maine, the setting for Brenda Bowen's Enchanted August. Two harried Brooklyn moms spot a bulletin board notice with an enticing offer to rent a historic cottage on a remote island in Maine, and they sign up two strangers to share the rental, a decision that will change all their lives in ways none of them can imagine. Lobster, blueberries, fresh corn, and, yes, the promise of romance are all on the menu."


A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
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"Elisabeth Egan's winsome debut novel, A Window Opens, features a suburban mom of three struggling to have it all—challenging career, family time, and financial security. Alice Pearce's life is upended when her lawyer husband loses his job and an impossibly enticing (and lucrative) new job opportunity presents itself. As soon as Alice leaves a career as a part-time magazine book editor to join a promising start-up literary venture, she finds that corporate life is not what she'd imagined. Women on both sides of the mommy wars will recognize Alice's dilemma and cheer her on."





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message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura Beyer the sad thing about a book from a favorite author is that I devour it too quickly and then it is done, especially a great book by Mary Kay Andrews


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