Emerald Coast by Anita Hughes. Published by St. Martins

It was supposed to be a business trip, a stop in Sardinia to celebrate the opening of her newest interior design store, but when Lily Bristol arrives at the resort she’s booked at, she discovers her ex-husband in staying in the same suite. Originally, Oliver was supposed to go along with Lily to try to resuscitate their dying marriage. Now, he’s showed up at the resort with a pretty young thing on his arm. Determined to show her ex she doesn’t care, she sets out to find a boy toy to distract her and enlists her private butler, Enzo, to help find a suitable guy. Of course, readers can probably figure out who Lily winds up cavorting with and the idea of asking someone else to find you a lover is bizarre, to say the least. but somehow this story managed to charm me anyway. Maybe it was the setting, or the snappy dialogue, but I really liked this beach worthy read

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Look Behind You by Iris Johansen. Published by St. Martins

Blind for the first twenty years of her life, Kendra Michaels was given the gift of sight with a groundbreaking surgery and now works as a contractor for the FBI, using all her finely tuned senses to help solve crimes. Now, she’s been asked to track down a serial killer who leaves behind objects that were souvenirs¬† from other unsolved homicides with each victim. Working alongside some of the best profilers in the business, Kendra attempts to uncover a sadistic killer. I was really glad when Johansen started a series that didn’t feature Eve Duncan. I love this author, but really feel that her earlier series has played itself out. Kendra is a fresh and intriguing protagonist who brings excitement back to Johansen’s books

Be My Killer by Richard Parker. Published by Bookouture

Online crime has skyrocketed, often leaving police in the dark when it comes to solving the crime. After an online gag goes viral, a series of murders follows. When documentary maker Hazel Salter’s old friend Meredith is one of the victims, Hazel is determined to find out what really happened to her. The police may be at a loss, but Hazel isn’t. She intends to solve the crime and film the whole thing. She’ll be a hero and she’ll be famous. If she doesn’t end up dead first

The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig. Published by Little, Brown UK

Have you been there? No longer in love with your spouse, but unable to divorce because of financial reasons? It’s more common than people think and in this story, Quentin and Lottie Bredin, who both lost their jobs, can’t afford to live in London anymore and must find a place for themselves and their three children to live. Quentin is a rotter and Lottie has come to hate him, but needs must, and they find a bargain priced house to rent in Devon. It’s not the greatest house, but more disturbing than its physical condition are the rumors surrounding it. This is a story that defies genre typing, all I can say is that once you start it, you’ll be compelled to finish

Catch Me if You Cannes by Lisa Dickenson. Published by Little, Brown UK

When her best friend Byrony, a columnist for a gossip rag, gets a chance to cover the celebrity goings on at the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to tag along. But far from having a glitzy, glamorous vacation, they end up booked into a seedy rat trap of a hotel. Byrony’s office hasn’t given her nearly enough money, but that doesn’t stop the girls from grabbing at the brass ring. Telling whoppers about who they are and why they are at Cannes, the girls end up in plenty of predictable scrapes that are guaranteed to bring a smile or a snort of laughter from even the most grumpy reader

Zero Sum by Barry Eisler. Published by Thomas & Mercer

Eisler returns to his popular Rain series with a trip back in time to a younger, but not necessarily more innocent John Rain. Back in Tokyo in 1982 after doing some shady work as a mercenary in the Philippines. The city is now run by a half Russian, half Japanese psycho who gives Rain the option of killing a government official or being killed himself. To get to the official, Rain works his way into the man’s wife, Maria’s life, but that puts him on the wrong side of the Russian mob. Surrounded by people who want him dead and a woman he has come to care for, Rain will have to choose what matters most – his life, or his honor. Eisler is the kind of author that appeals to people who love to read just as much as he does to people who “don’t see the point in reading”. His writing captures readers and non-readers alike

Arrowood by Mick Finlay. Published by Harlequin

Who knew Sherlock Holmes was such a snob? London, 1895 is a bad time and place to be poor and defenseless. There aren’t enough coppers and crime bosses are running the city. People in the more affluent areas of the city turn to Sherlock Holmes for help. But in the borough of Southwark,residents turn to Arrowood, a man who makes no effort to hide his hatred of Holmes. Arrowood like his alcohol and his detecting and psychiatric learning may be self-taught, but he knows a think or two about this downtrodden section of London. Holmes may have Watson, but Arrowood has Barnett and the two of them are tracking down a vicious killer and notorious gang lord. There is nothing light-hearted in Finlay’s book; it’s as dark and murky as a London alleyway, but a hell of a lot more fun