TO THE EDITOR: The persuasion of words is the premise of Max Barry’s dazzling new novel, “Lexicon,” which is scary, addictive and a riveting thrill ride.
Debut novelist Antonio Hill delivers a cleverly compelling summer read with “The Summer of Dead Toys.” The atmospheric mystery is set in Barcelona, where a string of strange deaths occur, keeping Inspector Hector Salgado on the move, trying to piece together the puzzle to these baffling cases.
“Proxy” is a young-adult, science-fiction page-turner, written by first-time author Alex London. High-tech and trendy, the book addresses the repercussions of being a proxy and repaying back a past debt. Knox and Syd, the novel’s main protagonists, learn life’s hard truths about survival and the deadly consequences they face when trying to flee from their responsibilities.
In his well-plotted and evocative “Stoker’s Manuscript,” debut author Royce Prouty delivers a tour de force supernatural thriller, hard to put down. It is difficult to believe it’s Prouty’s first novel. Steeped in history rich with gore and blood-soaked chills, die-hard fans of Dracula will devour the novel in one sitting.
On a lighter note, Mary Daheim’s newest Bed-and-Breakfast mystery, “Gone with the Win,” pits Judith McMonigle Flynn and her cousin, Renie, up against a cold case they wish had stayed buried. When a suspicious guest turns up at Judith’s inn with news that a killer from the past is still at large, all hell breaks loose. Daheim’s latest B&B adventure will satisfy loyal series fans and new readers alike.
These are just a few of my favorite authors. I encourage you to find books you like and adopt a regular reading habit. Books are a fun escape. Make reading a priority in your life.