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The Fever
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The Fever, The Corsical Caper, Save the Date

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“Save the Date,” a novel by Mary Kay Andrews
It wouldn’t be summer without a new novel from best-selling author Mary Kay Andrews. “Save the Date” is a vintage Andrews rom com, a colorful bouquet of a book that’s filled with her trademark wry wit, good humor. Cara Kryzik, owner of Bloom, a budding flower shop in Savannah, is besieged with problems. Her father, the Colonel, is calling in his loan. She’s scored the wedding of the season, but the bride looks ready to call the whole thing off. The new florist in town has lured her assistant away– and is about to become her landlord. To make matters worse, her dog has been stolen by sexy Jack Finnerty. Will the dog napper manage to steal Cara’s heart as well? Looking for a breezy beach book? Make a date with “Save the Date.”

“The Corsican Caper,” a novel by Peter Mayle
Cracking open “The Corsican Caper,” Peter Mayle’s new novel, is the next best thing to being there. Set in Marseilles, Provence and Corsica, this novel marks the return of master sleuth Sam Levitt and his partner Elena Morales who are enjoying an “extended vacation” at the seaside estate of their billionaire friend Francis Reboul. No sooner has the couple arrived than sleazy Russian tycoon Oleg Vronsky escalates his campaign to force Reboul to sell his villa. Sam will save the day – and Reboul’s neck – from the deadly effects of Vronsky’s “Russian diplomacy.” Of course, Sam and Elena need sustenance: as always, Mayle treats readers to mouth-watering descriptions of sun-soaked Provencal meals, like this one consisting of a summer lamb stew, a world-class wine, local cheeses and strawberries in cream and yogurt with a dab of balsamic vinegar. Bon appetit!

“The Fever,” a novel by Megan Abbott
Edgar-winner Megan Abbott returns to the fertile territory of adolescence she so memorably mined in her hit “Dare Me.” Taking her inspiration from the news of an outbreak of mass hysteria in upstate New York, “The Fever” begins when one of Deenie Nash’s best friends has a sudden and inexplicable seizure in class. As other teen-aged girls succumb, the small town of Dryden is thrown into a panic. Are the girls reacting to the HPV vaccine? Is their something toxic in the local lake? Are the subsequent victims faking it? Concerned parents are burdened by a helpless sense of responsibility:

“It’s what we put in the ground,” she said. “And in the walls. The lake, the air. And the vaccines we give them. The food, the water, the things we say, the things we do. All of it, straight into their sturdy little bodies. Because even if it isn’t any of these things, it could be. Because all we do from the minute they’re born is put them at risk.”

“The Fever” is at once an infectious page-turner and a clinical dissection of the power of secrets, guilt, and newly awakened desire.

“Save the Date,” “The Corsican Caper,” and “The Fever,” are available on amazon.com and at your favorite New York bookstores.