• Andrea Camilleri's The Dance of the Seagull is another europe-noir novel that i think you will enjoy. hint: the seagull has nothing whatsoever to do with the book except to frame it, which, from a writerly point of view, has some importance.
this is an inspector montalbano. if you do not like sicilian, middle aged, food-loving sleuths, you won't like this book. if you do like this detective, and he is appealing, you will enjoy his latest escapade, even though he seems to forget that he has a girlfriend, that old rogue.
the book is well translated by stephen satarelli, who adds a few explanatory notes in the back. it is 272 pages, published by penguin, and costs $15.
• J.A. Jance's Deadly Stakes, on the other hand, takes place in the u.s.. of a. the problem i had with the novel is of my own making. i'm sue many of you have had the same problem. i hope so! i associate jance with the .p. beaumont series,which takes place in seattle and in arizona, so when this book starts out in az, there i am waiting for beaumont to come along and solve all problems. instead we have ali reynolds. who knew? jance has a series about her, too. it took me a while to sort out this family based drama. if you don't make my error, i think you'll enjoy watching ali solve a couple of murders and keep a family together.
the book is 290 pages, published by simon and schuster. the hardback sells for $25.00.
• oozing in wealth, stone barrington brings more evil-doers to justice in Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods.this is the kind of plot i would have thought ridiculous a few years ago. we have an efficient terrorist group blowing up buildings in london and n.y. they are led by an attractive muslim woman, who is somewhat westernized. the problem about sneering is that today much of what is fictionalized in collateral damage could really happen.
the novel is 308 pages, published by g.p. putnam's sons with a rice tag of $26.99.
not one of the three books briefly reviewed above is a marvel, but all three make good summer reading.