The Best 19 Books to Read This August
A memoir that serves up the troubled family history behind an iconic American dessert; crime fiction force Laura Lippman's roundup of her favorite new thrillers; 10 titles to pick up now, including two comedies set in Russia; and more.
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A Double Life
A nanny is found brutally murdered, and the
mother of a young girl and boy is beaten nearly
to death. The prime suspect is the father, a British aristocrat, who vanishes, leaving his
kids to grapple with his legacy of violence.
That's the setup of Edgar winner Berry's
thrilling second novel, which takes its central premise from a 1970s scandal involving the 7th Earl of Lucan,
who disappeared after supposedly killing the family babysitter,
believing the victim to have been his wife. In Berry's hands,
Lucan-like crimes are a jumping-off point for the fictional story
of Claire, the accused's now-34-year-old daughter, who sets
out to learn once and for all what really happened and why.
— Laura Lippman