Looking for a beach read? | On the bookshelf

There’s something especially satisfying about finding the perfect vacation book. Remember to apply your sunblock before you settle in.

There’s something especially satisfying about finding the perfect vacation book. Remember to apply your sunblock before you settle in.

“The Late, Lamented Molly Marx,” by Sally Koslow (hardcover, Ballantine Books, 2009, 306 pages, $25). Thirty-five-year-old Molly Marx spends her time in the afterlife keeping tabs on her friends and family. As she watches them attempt to determine whether her death was a murder, suicide or accident, she reflects on the years and days before her demise.

“Hush,” by Kate White (hardcover, HarperCollins, 2010, 341 pages, $24.99). To not jeopardize her case for child custody, Lake Warren is forced to lie to the police after having just been intimate with the flirtatious Dr. Keaton, who has been murdered. Wanting to protect herself from being charged with the crime, she begins her own search for the truth — not realizing that she is dangerously close to dark secrets, both about Keaton and the advanced fertility clinic they’ve been working for.

“I’ve Got Your Number,” by Sophie Kinsella (hardcover, 2012, 433 pages, $26). After she loses her engagement ring and her phone is stolen during a hotel fire drill, Poppy Wyatt, discovering an abandoned phone in a trash can, crashes into the life of the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, when she uses his phone to make her wedding preparations.

“Star Island,” by Carl Hiaasen (hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, 337 pages, $26.95). Pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is Cherry’s “undercover stunt double.” But, one night, Ann-as-Cherry is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo. Now the challenge for Cherry’s handlers is to rescue Ann while keeping her existence secret from the public — and from Cherry herself.

“True Blue,” by David Baldacci (hardcover, Grand Central Publishing, 2009, 456 pages, $27.99). Mason ‘Mace’ Perry had been a cop on the D.C. police force working gang narcotics until she was kidnapped, framed for a crime she didn’t commit, and then lost her job, her career and her freedom. Having served two years in prison, she is free and determined to find those responsible for setting her up. Then she meets attorney Roy Kingman after he discovers a body at his law firm. Their investigation quickly turns into something complex, diabolical — and possibly lethal.

Books provided by the Stark County District Library. www.starklibrary.org