Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 9 titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.
If you’ve been known to drop everything to watch a CSI marathon, then this is the ideal summer read for you. Crime fiction veteran Val McDermid knows her way around a fictional murder (she’s written 29 novels to prove it), but in this nonfiction read, she takes readers on a journey through the development of forensic science and how it changed the way we look at crime scenes.
Scandinavian history is infused with Swedish mythology in Stefan Spjut’s latest thriller, the first to be available in English. In 1978, few believe a distraught mother who claims her son was taken by a giant, but when another little boy is kidnapped in 2004, a woman named Susso Myren is convinced that the stallo are responsible. The stallo are creatures of Swedish folklore that can control human thoughts and transform into animals. Even though she’s an amateur, Susso can’t help but relentlessly track each lead she comes across, even as it puts her own life in danger.
Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy returns in the fourth installment of David Mark’s thrilling series. Still recovering from an attack that sent his wife and daughter into hiding, McAvoy is given a simple assignment when he returns to the force: review a solved case from 50 years ago to determine if there’s enough evidence to try a killer who was once declared too mentally unstable to stand trial. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but McAvoy begins to turn up new information that leads him to believe they may be about to lock away an innocent man.
Philippe d’Orleans is the regent of France and, now that he’s had a taste of power, he’s reluctant to pass it along once the 11-year-old Louis the XV comes of age. In an attempt to put the odds in his favor, he arranges a marriage between Louis and the 3-year-old infanta of Spain, Mariana Victoria. With years before the two can marry, let alone consummate the union, Philippe’s chances of staying on the throne and Louis dying without a heir have increased. To sweeten the deal for the Spanish, he even sends his own daughter, 12-year-old Louise Elisabeth to marry Don Luis, the heir to the Spanish throne. If you’re looking for a historical novel to take on vacation, this would be a great pick.
They say that reality is stranger than fiction, and the latest biography from David E. Hoffman proves that it’s true. If you often find yourself captivated by thrilling stories of espionage, then you’ll devour this true story of a Russian spy who provided the CIA with information about the Soviet Union. Adolf Tolkachev was estimated to have saved the Pentagon nearly $2 billion in research and development, and this read provides you with all of the unbelievable details of this dangerous mission.
Taking advantage of the tourism industry on their island, Savvas and Aphroditi Papacostas seek to update their small hotel and turn it into a high-rise with an adjacent nightclub. But political tensions are high in the summer of 1972 on the island of Cyprus, and all of their dreams are shattered when Turkish troops invade. The couple is forced to flee, while Markos (Aphroditi’s lover) is left behind in the occupied city. How will the conflict affect the lives of those who stayed, and those who fled? You’ll have to read this to find out.
Stevie developed an eating disorder shortly after her mother abandoned their family, and after her brother dies, it’s worse than ever. With her restrictive diet growing out of control, her father decides to send her to a treatment facility. Harboring the guilt of her brother’s death—she believes she’s responsible—Stevie begins to crack under the stress and focuses on figuring out a way to end it all. But as she grows closer to her roommate and therapist, she sees that it may not be too late for her to choose to save herself. That is, if she can face the difficult road to recovery.
Calpurnia Tate is a young scientist-in-training. Her passion for the natural world around her is front and center in this sequel to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Living in the early 1900s, Calpurnia is no stranger to being treated like a second-class citizen, but she won’t let anyone (or their preconceived notions of her) get in her way when it comes to following her passion for animals. After the Galveston hurricane brings an injured veterinarian to her doorstep, Calpurnia finally has the chance to prove herself and learn more about the creatures she loves. This read is ideal for animal lovers and budding feminists.
Googly eyes and humorous rhymes make this book a joy for young readers. On this trip around the globe, baby animals are shown to come in all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and numbers. The diversity is celebrated and yet some things remain the same: All babies are in the process of learning, which means a lot of silliness.