Bev's Book Beat-July 2024

“A perfect summer day is

when the sun is shining, 

the wind is blowing,

the birds are singing,

the lawnmower is broken,"

and you can relax and read

a good book.”

James Dent… (excerpt for that last part, 

I added that.)


July. The middle of summer, full of lazy days filled with sun, beach, pool, friends, fun. Doesn’t get much better. Enjoy them. While I may dislike summer I know many do, I also know it doesn’t last long. (Just feels like it) 


Mark your calendars:


Literary Cafe is July 12th at 10am

Book Discussion is July 25th at 4pm.

The book is The Tournament by Matthew Reilly.

Books are ready to be picked


***The July Summer Reading Challenge, ***Murder! In the Library, Begins July 2nd. ***

Sign up begins at 10 am.


Keep a Lookout For:


The Wrong Hands by Mark Billingham

The Burning by Linda Castillo

What We Hide by Colleen Coble

Things Don't Break on Their Own by Sarah Easter Collins

Flashpoint by Catherine Coulter

The Best Lies by David Ellis

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Shadow by Brian Freeman

The Gilded Crown by Marianne Gordon

The Bright Sword by Lev Grossman

Black Bird Oracle by Deborah Harkness

Zero Option by Peter Kirsanow

A Refiner's Fire by Donna Leon

Desperation Reef by T. Jefferson mParker

Hard to Kill by James Patterson

Confessions of the Dead by James Patterson

Briar Club by Kate Quinn

Storm Child by Michael Robotham

Slow Dance by Rainbow Rowell

History of Sound by Ben Shatuck

A Death in Cornwell by Daniel Silva

Conditions of Unconditional Love by Alexander McCall Smith

Shadow of Doubt by Brad Thor


Of course I'm looking forward to Daniel Silver's new one, A Death in Cornwell. It's always nice to catch up with Gabriel Allon. MGM Television has acquired the rights to this series. No casting has been done yet. I'm curious who it will be. I'm glad it's going to be a series and not a movie.

I like Kate Quinn, I will check out her newest book, The Briar Club.

The Wrong Hands by Mark Billingham is the second in his Detective Miller series. The first being

The Last Dance. I liked the first one so I will definitely read this one. I feel England has one of the best atmospheres for gritty crime thrillers.

If you haven't tried Mark Billingham you should. Never hurts to try a different author.

Those books, along with the book discussion, should take care of the next few weeks of summer!



        The Comfort of Ghosts (Maisie Dobbs Book 18) By Jacqueline Winspear 

        I’m sad to see the Maisie Dobbs series come to an end. Set in post-WWI, Maisie starts her own private              investigation agency. As the series unfolds you find out more about Maisie’s life and how WWI impacted            her life. Historical mystery at its best. Looking to start a new series? This is one of my favorites and I                highly recommend it. 


        Coming Up at the Library:


American Girl Celebratory Tea Party and Author Talk*

Sat., Aug. 17th @ 11 a.m.


Calling all adult American Girl doll fans! Join us for a tea party and author talk celebrating the dolls you loved, shared clothing with, shared with friends at fanciful tea parties and in historical locales. We will be having a conversation with Mary Mahoney, co-author of Dolls of Our Lives:  Why We Can't Quit American Girl and co-host of the popular podcast, Dolls of Our Lives, in which we will explore American Girl fandom and nostalgia.  Book sale and signing to follow.


 As part of the festivities, please send us pictures of you and your doll and stories of childhood play with your dolls, siblings and friends. At your earliest convenience, please submit pics and/or stories to We plan to display these stories and photos at our tea party as we enjoy assorted pastries and sweet treats.  


During the tea service, attendees can purchase raffle tickets for a silent auction that will include a grand prize of a gift certificate for an American Girl Doll, a gift certificate for a Target “Our Generation” doll, a gift certificate for “tea for two” at Special Effects in Greenport, and more!

   *This program is designed with adults in mind.



      July 18th at 4pm, Kara Thomas will be here to discuss her book, Lost to Dune Road.

      Anyone who plans to attend and would like to pick up a copy of her book, I have a few to give away.                Please stop by and see me. 


     August 22nd is Book, Dinner and a Movie. We are doing Farewell,My Lovely by Raymond Chandler. 

     More information will be coming soon.


    August 29th at 4pm Richard Olsen-Harbich will be here to discuss his book, Sun, SeaSoilWine               (Winemaking on the North Fork) Mr. Olsen-Harbich will have books for purchase. 


   You can contact me if you’d like more information about the above programs. 


   Have a wonderful July! 

   Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July. 

   Stay cool.


 “I like to travel in the summer,

  that’s why I read.”

 Oh the places reading takes you! 


Happy Reading!


Bev @Mattituck-Laurel Library

631-298-4134 X 104

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