Weekend Reads: 5 Books with Buzz

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Not so guilty pleasures, from a sexy, sun-drenched adventure in southern France to complications of life and l’amour for women of a certain age.


FEAR OF DYING by Erica Jong

Four decades after Erica Jong changed forever the way women look at love, sex and marriage, Fear of Dying delves into the next act, redefining aging – and, of course, complications of l’amour for women of a certain age.

DEPRAVED HEART by Patricia Cornwell

An old nemesis poses a new threat. While investigating the mysterious death of the daughter of a Hollywood mogul, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives an anonymous link to a surveillance video from years past which threatens to destroy not just her career, but everyone she loves. The latest in a series featuring the smart and sexy medical examiner, Depraved Heart will keep you hooked until the end.


Pour a glass of rosé and settle in for the latest sun-drenched romp in the Provençal Caper series. This time bon vivant sleuth Sam Evert and his partner in love and crime Elena Morales jet off to the Riviera to crack a series of jewelry heists. Along the way, of course, there’s always time for plenty of food and drink Provençal-style.


The setting: Europe, 1938. A beautiful half-British, half-German actress – and full-fledged spy – becomes entangled in a dangerous scheme of deception and espionage. Her mission is no less than to befriend Hitler’s lover Eva Braun and glean insider information about the Führer’s plans.

THE GAP OF TIME by Jeanette Winterson

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale gets a modern spin as the story moves from London after the 2008 financial crisis to a fictional American city called New Bohemia. Like the play, The Gap of Time is at its heart, a cautionary tale about the destructive and all-consuming power of jealousy. The book is the first of a new series that will translate Shakespeare’s plays into prose, marking the 400th anniversary of the famous author’s death next year.