Book It! Thrilling Local Novels

It’s the time of year that makes me want to hole up with a good book. Lucky for you, your neighbors have been hard at work writing some of the quick, entertaining reads for you.

live to tell

I don’t know why people only put together summer reading lists — it’s this time of year, when the weather report is dismal for as far as the eye can see — that makes me want to hole up with a good book. Lucky for you, your neighbors have been hard at work writing some of the quick, entertaining, summer-type reads for you. Let’s take a look at a few new and upcoming titles:

Live to Tell by Wendy Corsi Staub
This thriller takes place in the suburbs of NYC (cough, Westchester, cough). Hopefully, you’ll only be able to relate to the superficial aspects of the story, since the rest of it involves a missing husband in a mystery that kicks off a trilogy of suspenseful novels. (The other two titles? Scared to Death and Hell to Pay. Sounds ominous.)

hand of fate

Hand of Fate by Lis Wiehl with April Henry
Wiehl is a Westchester trial lawyer who, according to her bio, has never lost a case — and probably found tons of inspiration in the courtroom. Her thriller, set in Portland, involves the murder of an outspoken radio talk show host and a journalist trying to crack the case.

And we don’t want to leave out the little ones! They may not be in the mood for grisly mysteries, they like to read, too. Some might be interested in this upcoming title:

little diva

Little Diva by LaChanze and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Mount Vernon’s LaChanze won the Tony for her performance in The Color Purple, so she might have run across a few divas in her day. Her charming children’s book is about a young girl, Nena, who’s training to be a Broadway star — just like her mom.

What’s on your reading list? Anything from local scribes? Share your favorite tomes in the comments below.
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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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