Fiction Short Take: 300 Days of Sun – Deborah Lawrenson

My bad, I missed the on sale of this and it’s in stores now. If it’s not on your display table, you might want to grab it off the shelves and give it a shot. Our marketing folks sent me a copy this week and it’s got a lush, irresistible cover that says “summer reading.”

Lawrenson’s debut, The Lantern, led more than a few reviewers to recall Daphne DuMaurier with the WSJ noting that this new novel delivers another “escapist mix of mystery, romance and murder.” The plot involves a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past where two women—four decades apart—work to uncover dark secrets haunting the inhabitants. As a Harper colleague wrote: “beautiful setting, romantic suspense, a storyline that shifts between present-day and WWII era – and orphans!”

Nice advance reviews, too.

“A deeply satisfying novel, a rich story with a strong feeling for time and place and the expert pacing of the best thrillers. Readers will appreciate Lawrenson’s ability to combine stunning atmosphere with a fascinating historical backstory.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Merges past and present, doubling identities and events to dazzling… effect. Set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern Portugal, the novel’s shadowy deeds seem only more dangerous in this sunny clime…. Sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in exotic locales.”
— Library Journal

300 Days of Sun (9780062390165) by Deborah Lawrenson. $15.99 trade paper original. 4/12/16 on sale.

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