A novel method of travel—July 3, 2009
Several years ago, I had the rare experience to read Dan Brown’s thriller “Angel & Demons” on a plane bound for Rome. The experience made touring the sights of the city and the book all that more meaningful because of Brown’s descriptions of the Roman churches and squares. Whether you will be traveling to far flung destinations or staying close to home this summer, try traveling with a novel.
Margaret Coel brings the Denver area alive to her readers in “Blood Memory.” Catherine McLeod is an investigative journalist for a leading Denver paper, so she is used to having people get mad at her. But when an attempt is made on her life, the police are baffled as to who is behind the attack.
Estes Park and other Colorado locations also play a prominent part in “The Tobermory Manuscript” by James Work. A missing manuscript may hold the clue to solving a century old murder mystery in Estes Park and two college professors try to unravel the past and document what really happened to James Nugent.
If your dream vacation involves water, you might want to journey to the Hawaiian Islands in “Honolulu” by Alan Brennert. Even though the story is set in the early 20th century, this tale of a Korean “picture bride” and the life she creates in Honolulu still evokes the spirit of the tropics. A totally different setting is brought to light in “Dune Road” by Jane Green. Set on the “Gold Coast” of Connecticut, this is a story of starting over, finding family of your own choosing and learning to live your own life. If you prefer comedy and mystery rolled into one, try “Killer Cruise” by Laura Levine. Jaine thinks she has landed the perfect job as a lecturer for a cruise line until her free trip to the Mexican Riviera turns into a comedy of errors with a cast of quirky characters all stuck together on a luxury liner.
Whether you are traveling in person or vicariously, we can help you find a novel that is a perfect fit at the Hastings Public Library.