Staycations are all the rage in the U.S. right now, with the high prices of gas and food. I'm finding it easy to stay home this summer. Do you want to know where I spent my "staycation" this week? I was able to travel all over the country, with a stack of mysteries, and one romance.
I started the week in Dorset, Connecticut. Des Mitry is the island trooper there. In David Handler's The Sour Cherry Surprise, she discovers that Sour Cherry Lane isn't as quiet as she thought. Her former boyfriend, Mitch Berger, made a movie entrance when events took a turn for the worse.
It wasn't a difficult trip from Connecticut to New Jersey. I was able to visit the
only all-comedy movie theater in the state in It Happened One Knife by Jeffrey Cohen. Elliot Freed brought back a legendary comedy team. It's too bad their return led to murder.
I was supposed to attend a wedding in Seattle, but a family curse forced the
cancellation. Even so, there was a nice non-honeymoon trip, and a budding romance in Everything But a Bride by Holly Jacobs.
Did you know there's an alternate Manhattan? I was able to join private detective
John Justin Mallory as he slipped into that alternate world in Mike Resnick's Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable for Tonight. Mallory is an interesting person to accompany when he meets up with elves, elephant taxi cabs and a unicorn hunter.
I've been spending quite a bit of time on the east coast, so I made a trip to the Jersey Shore, where it isn't all beaches and beer for Danny Boyle and John Ceepak. They're police officers in Sea Haven, New Jersey, a resort town. Hell Hole, the latest Ceepak mystery by Chris Grabenstein finds Ceepak and Boyle looking into the death of a veteran returned from the Iraq War. They're not getting a great deal of help from his buddies, and it looks like some of their own local citizens might know more than they want to tell. Despite the dark storyline, it's always fun to join Ceepak and Boyle as they investigate, to the tune of Springsteen songs.
It order to flit back and forth between the two books I'm reading right now, I need to do a little time travel. With Denise Hamilton's The Last Embrace, I'm back in Hollywood in 1949, for the investigation into the death of a young woman who went there, hoping to become a star. And, back in my home state of Ohio, it's time for a class reunion
in Cleveland with Milan Jacovich, the private investigator in Les Roberts' King of the Holly-Hop.
The nicest part of this staycation? There are no security lines, no lost luggage, and no crying babies. I can lay on the couch, surrounded by cats, and piles of books. I'm already planning my next couple trips. I think I'm going to New York City to visit with NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, in Alafair Burke's Angel's Tip. And, then for a change of pace, I'm heading to Atlanta to meet up with the Jelly Jar Sisterhood in How Dolly Parton Saved My Life by Charlotte Connors.
Do you have any plans for a staycation this summer?