Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman


SUNBURN by Laura Lippman has a very summery cover. Very! Makes me feel the sizzle and heat of the burn.  But it’s the novel’s premise that drew me in and convinced me to read it. I can’t ignore a young mother walking away and leaving her family on the beach. Actually leaving as in I’m out of here leaving!

This fine psychological suspense novel takes place in my old stomping grounds. Most of the story lives in a very small out of- the -way town in Delaware. Lippman has named the town Belleville. I have checked and can’t find a town with that name. And I sure don’t remember that name. However, I grew up in Seaford, Delaware and I know small back-water towns. Towns on the way to the Eastern Shore beaches. Laura Lippman has nailed the atmosphere of these towns like nobody’s business. You have to have lived there to “get” it. And I have.

Adam and Polly meet at a local tavern in the small town of Belleville, Delaware. Polly is set on heading west. Adam says he’s also passing through. 

Yet he stays and he stays-drawn to this mysterious redhead whose quiet stillness both unnerves and excites him.  Over the course of a punishing summer, Polly and Adam abandon themselves to a steamy, inexorable affair.  Still, each holds something back from the other-dangerous, even lethal, secrets. 

” In an unpromising town near the Maryland shore two souls begin a cat and mouse game that will lead to betrayal and murder. One is playing a long game. But which one?”

I don’t read a lot of mysteries. This is more of a psychological thriller. But it is also a murder mystery. Lippman has raised the bar for other mystery writers with SUNBURN.  I truly didn’t know what to expect. And what I got was more not knowing. The characters are complex. The story is compelling. People have already been murdered when the novel begins.   But why, and how?

I know those little no-nothing towns. One diner, a gas station, and a bar. Maybe two old coots at that bar.  Nobody stops unless they have to. So why would a young woman want to live there and start over???

For those of you who want a great mystery for the beach, toss this  novel into your beach bag. You won’t be sorry.

Laura Lippman


Laura Lippman

has written a slew of books.  She’s been nominated for more than fifty awards for crime fiction and won more than twenty.  Now a perennial New York times bestselling author, she lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her family.

My review copy was sent compliments of William Morrow Books, an imprint or Harper Collins. I loved the book!


I Have A Winner!

Karen White

The Night The LIght’s Went Out

Congratulations go out to Diane! Diane, you are my winner this morning. I will contact you by email to get your mailing address.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to enter my giveaway. A special thanks to Berkley for providing the winner’s book.

Cheers everyone, and happy reading!

Giveaway! The Night The Lights Went Out by Karen White

Karen White

The Night The LIght’s Went Out

Guess what’s available now in trade paperback! Yes, THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, by Karen White. Just in time for beach and vacation reading.

In THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, recently divorced Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to Sweet Apple, Georgia. But her new beginning isn’t helped by an anonymous local blog that reveals for the whole town the scandalous affair that caused her marriage to fail. And Merilee’s new landlord, the proud, irascible, Atlanta born-and-bred 93-year-old Sugar Prescott, certainly isn’t helping. 

Karen White is the author of over twenty books including TWO New York Time hardcover bestsellers in 2017 alone.


Karen White

Coming in June, Karen’s next novel will arrive on the scene. Filled with dark family secrets, it’s time line is 1950’s. I’m looking forward to reading DREAMS OF FALLING.

I have one copy of THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT for giveaway. Please leave a comment below to enter. Only U.S. addresses, please. And, no P.O. boxes, as per usual. I shall choose one winner on Monday, April 16th. Good luck to you all.

My giveaway is sponsored by Berkley, a division of Penguin Random House. Thanks, guys! #berkley

Maurice’s Summer Reading List

Meg W.

The Female Persuasion

If this one isn’t on your TR list you will need to immediately put it at the top! THE FEMALE PERSUASION is already getting a lot of well-deserved attention. It’s bound to become a classic.


Sarah Winman

Tin Man

by Sarah Winman is out next month. Little novel with big heart.

Anna Quindlen

Alternate Side

THE ALTERNATE SIDE by Anna Quindlin. NYC, marriage, new beginnings.

Luis Alberto Urrea

The House of Broken Angels

THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS by Luis Alberto Urrea.  Heartfelt and witty. Urrea knows his stuff.


Paula McClain

Love and Ruin

by Paula McClain. Hemingway’s third wife, Key West, Cuba. Yes, it’s well-worth the read. Martha Gelhorn rocks.

Jenna Blum

The Lost Family

THE LOST FAMILY by Jenna Blum will be out in June. Yes, she’s the author of THOSE WHO SAVE US.


Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones is a quick read that everyone is talking about.

Judy Blundell

High Season

THE HIGH SEASON by Judy Blundell is available next month. Grab a copy and run with it!

NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA by Chanel Cleeton should be on everyone’s list. The cover itself is enough to draw you in. But it’s the wonderful story that will keep you reading. And it’s in paper.

Chanel Cleeton

Next Year In Havana

THE OVERSTORY by Richard Powers is a tome of a novel. Only for those very literary readers. Reimagining our place in the living world. Powerful!

Richard Powers

The Overstory

This is but a smattering of the books I’m suggesting for summer. Some, as you can see, are literary. Some are less. All are well-written.

The Critic’s Choice Summer Reading List will be available soon. Maybe later this week. I will keep you posted. We are working feverishly to get it to you in a timely manner as always.

Lemonade Winner!

Amy Willoughby-Berle

The Lemonade Year

This cover makes me smile every time I see it. I have my winner! Donna Hughes, you’ve won a copy of THE LEMONADE YEAR by Amy Willoughby-Burle. I’ll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Congrats!

Thank you all for taking the time to enter this giveaway. You’ve made it quite a success. And thanks go out to Shadow Mountain Publishing for supplying the giveaway copy. Thanks guys.


Simon Lelic

The New Neighbors

I have a winner. Ti, you’ve won a copy of THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic. Congrats!

Thanks go out to Berkley for providing my giveaway copy. A great book just in time for summer.