Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers That Feel Like Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

The topic this week is Book Covers That Feel Like Summer. They are mainly beach scenes, covering books from different genres, love stories, crime fiction and two nonfiction books.

The Colour of Murder by Julian Symonds – a murder mystery with a focus on the psychological aspects of crime. John Wilkins is accused of a murder on the beach at Brighton.

The Lady of Sorrows by Anne Zouroudi – the 4th in the Mysteries of the  Greek Detective series featuring Hermes Diaktoros. Each one features one of the Seven Deadly Sins.Hermes is a detective with a difference. Just who he is and who he works for is never explained.

Dreaming of Florence by T A Williams – a love story about taking chances, overcoming challenges, developing new relationships, finding happiness, and falling in love.

The Last Summer by Karen Swan – a love story set on St Kilda, a remote Scottish island in the 1930s. Effie falls for the heir to the Earl of Dumfries, but their summer affair seems doomed, when the islanders are evacuated to the mainland.

The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow England 1911 by Juliet Nicolson, nonfiction looking at life in Britain during the one of the hottest years of the twentieth century, during the summer of George V’s Coronation year, 1911.

All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison – a novel set in 1933 in Suffolk, about rural England between the wars, before mechanisation.

Extra Virgin by Annie Hawes – a memoir about life, love, the locals – and of course lunch – in Liguria, where she bought a small stone house deep among the olive groves of Liguria in the Italian hills.

Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud – Set in 1914 on the Suffolk coast just as war with Germany is declared, this is a story of an unlikely friendship between a mysterious artist the locals call Mr Mac (Charles Rennie Macintosh) and Thomas the crippled son of the village publican.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan,  set on the Dorset coast where a newly married couple struggle to suppress their fears of their wedding night to come.

Maigret’s Holiday by George Simenon – a murder mystery set in the seaside town of Les Sables d’Olonne, where Maigret and his wife are on holiday.

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers That Feel Like Summer

  1. I always think detective fiction is the way to go for summer reads. It keeps me in a thinking mood, and assuming there is a solution (there usually is!), all’s well. So, picking up the mysteries from here for my own summer escape, thanks!


  2. You made some great choices here, Margaret! I do love those covers. I must get back to the Hermes Diaktoros series; I haven’t read them lately. And I think it’s always a good time to read a Maigret story. I must read The Colour of Murder, too! Lots to choose from here!


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