Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Two Novellas for Pool Side Reading.

A little late, this week but here are two books that are easy beach or pool side reads. Both of them fairly short. Not awe inspiring but fun reads if you are an armchair traveler.

One takes you to the Cote d’Azur of France and the other to the mountains of Colorado. Enjoy

A Rocky Road by Glen Ebisch

After the death of her father, Susan Cantwell hopes to make a new life for herself away from her demanding brothers in New Jersey. Leaving her job as a schoolteacher in the east, she takes a job as a guide with a tour company in Denver, Colorado. She likes the thought of the freedom living in the Wild West hopefully will give her.

However, when one of her guests dies in a mysterious fall down a hotel staircase on the second night of the tour, she wonders if she has taken on more than she bargained for. Especially when the one young handsome passenger on the tour turns out to be a private detective, the company has hired to look out for fraudulent passengers.

Rather a nice little mystery plus a hint of romance all against the gorgeous background of Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain Park. I always like a book that takes me travelling and this one provides a nice tour through the wonders of Colorado. This is a few pages too long to be considered a novella but it is definitely an easy summer read.

Cliff Palace-Colorado-Mesa Verde NP

By Tobi 87 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 

The Corsican Caper by Peter Mayle

Although this short novel is written in Peter Mayle's light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek style and chock full of good food and excellent wines, there's really not much to this book. At around 160 pages, it really is a novella.  

A wealthy Russian named Vronsky, who modus operandi is generally to have those who stand in the way of what he wants put out of business. In other words, killed. He never is caught because he's always far away when these murders happen. He is now determined that he must have for himself an impressive Riviera mansion owned by a Monsieur Francis Reboul, who refuses to sell. Enter Mayle’s master sleuth, Sam Levitt, who just happens to be vacationing on the Riviera. (Who wouldn’t if they could?)  

Even though it's a mystery, there's very little in the way of suspense or cliff hanging moments. Just enough of a plot to whet your appetite for a substantial meal. A little disappointing compared to his other books.

Cannes port rotonde

Cannes Harbor by Guy Lebègue (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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