For some slightly different beach reading this summer, may I suggest the company of Henry Gamadge: rare book expert, occasional spy, and amateur sleuth in 1940s New York. Daly writes cozy mysteries in the vein of Agatha Christie, but the texture of mid-century American urban life is so dense that it sometimes feels like reading about an alien planet. It makes for a meta-mystery that's kind of addicting, and Gamadge is such a good guy in a sea of incompetence, pettiness, and prejudice that it's a delight to hang out with him.
Picked by Jessica in Fort Greene
About the Author
Elizabeth Daly was the author of sixteen novels in the Henry Gamadge series set in New York of the 1940s. She was awarded an Edgar for her body of work, and is said to have been Agatha Christie's favorite writer.