Believe it or not, Memorial Day (and the unofficial start of summer) is almost here. As we get ready to pack our bags and head to the beach, we’ve rounded up the best beach reads of the year. Whether you are looking for a tantalizing mystery or a bit of pop culture with a side of history, there’s something for you on this list.
A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee
Abir Mukherjee’s latest novel transports readers to 1920s Calcutta. It’s there that we follow Captain Sam Wyndham and his trusted righthand man Sergeant Banerjee as they accompany Crown Prince Adhir Singh Sai of the tiny kingdom of Sambalpore to his hotel after a meeting. When they are forced to take a detour, tragedy strikes when the prince is fatally shot by an assassin. Over the course of the subsequent investigation, the former Scotland Yard officer Wyndham and his sergeant get caught up into the inner workings of the Sambalpore, a kingdom they soon learn is filled with potential suspects.
Get your copy of ‘A Necessary Evil’ here.
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
Bowen Knight has a problem. While he has recently returned from the dead, a chip that was implanted into his brain could fail at any moment and destroy his mind in the process. If that weren’t enough, Bowen also crosses paths with scientist-turned-chef Kaia Luna, a woman with secrets of her own.
You can pre-order ‘Ocean’s Light’ here.
Across The Universe: The Beatles in India by Ajoy Bose
It’s been 50 years since the Fab Four took their legendary spiritual journey to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The February 1968 trip was the culmination of the band’s years-long fascination with India, classical Indian music and Eastern spirituality. Bose’s compelling new book features stories of events like the band’s trip to Connaught Place in Delhi to buy Indian instruments and a famous cast of characters that include Ravi Shankar and the Maharishi.
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The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
Set in the fictional Pakistani city of Zamara, Aslam’s main character Nargis feels helpless as her world crumbles around her. Rule of law no longer exists in Zamara and instead its citizens must deal with corruption, mob violence and intolerance. After Nargis’s husband is shot and killed, she begins to fear that a military officer will reveal her long-hidden secrets. The prospect of this happening is especially frightening after someone begins loudly proclaiming people’s secrets from the minaret of a local mosque.
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A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Set to be released on June 12, A Place for Us is the first release with Sarah Jessica Parker’s new SJP for Hogarth imprint. Fatima Farheen Mirza’s new novel introduces readers to a bustling Indian-American Muslim family on the eve of a wedding. Like many South Asian parents, Rafiq and Layla are very worried about the unconventional choices their children have made in life. Their eldest daughter Hadia is getting ready for a love marriage and her sister Huda has announced her intention to do the same. But perhaps most worrying of all is the return of their long-estranged son as he gets ready to attend his sister’s nuptuals.
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The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
Like A Necessary Evil, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a mystery set in 1920s India. But this time, readers get a glimpse inside the secretive world of widows who live in purdah. Lawyer Perveen Mistry is Bombay’s first female lawyer and her interest is piqued when she is asked to execute the will of Omar Farid. a wealthy Muslim mill owner who left three widows behind. As she goes about her task, Perveen is confused when all of the widows insist on leaving their inheritance to charity. As she wonders what they would live on, she begins investigating whether the women are being manipulated into giving away what is rightfully theirs.
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