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9 Seaside Mysteries to Read this Summer

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Who doesn’t like a good summer mystery?

GCPL has you covered with all the oceanfront stories with shady suspects and dark secrets. Here are nine seaside mysteries to read this summer:

1. Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell

One lucky woman’s dream vacation turns into a nightmare after stumbling upon a hotel maid’s corpse.

2. Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunter

Two good friends’ relationship turns sour after one turns up missing and the other is accused of murdering their husband.

3. Conviction by Denise Mina

A true crime podcast fan uncovers a real-life mystery surrounding a sunken yacht and a murder victim she knows too well.

4. Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

Everything’s going well for a Florida innkeeper until one of her wealthy guests ends up dead in her suites.

5. Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill

A crime reporter juggles with her family life and her crumbling career. She finally gets her big break after finding a severed head in a Thailand beach.

6. I Found You by Lisa Jewell

A single mom helps a John Doe retrace his past while a London wife struggles to find her husband. The police claim he never existed.

7. The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello

A forensics geologist investigates a movie producer’s suicide during an Alaskan cruise.

8. North of Boston by Elizabeth Elo

A freighter knocks a woman and her fisherman buddy into the icy Atlantic Ocean. The woman survives, her friend not so much. Now she ponders if the incident was indeed an accident or attempted murder.

9. Storm Rising by Sara Driscoll

An FBI agent and her trusty Labrador unleash a string of dark events after saving a teenager hiding in Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.

Dying for more mysteries? Check out our Adult Mystery collection for more satisfying reads!

The Right Way to Remove a Tick

School is over and the weather is set for kids and adults to spend a lot more time outside this season. Unfortunately, that also means it is tick season. It’s tough to say how dire any given tick season will be, but if you find a tick on yourself or someone else, don’t panic! Consumer Reports says to use these steps for removing a tick:

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  • Once you have a firm grasp, pull upward with steady, even force. Don’t twist or jerk the tick because you might cause its mouth to break off and remain in the skin.
  • If you do accidentally break the tick in half, try removing the mouth with the tweezers. If you can’t, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  • You can dispose of the tick in one of several ways: submerse it in alcohol, place it in a sealed bag or container, wrap it tightly in tape, or flush it down the toilet. (Never handle a tick with your bare fingers; pathogens called spirochetes can pass from the tick to you through even tiny breaks in your skin.)
  • Once the tick is disposed of, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
  • Check the bite area for several weeks after removal. If you develop a rash there (or have a fever at any point in that time frame), see a doctor about getting tested for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

For more information on what to do and what not to do when dealing with ticks feel free to read an article on this topic from Consumer Reports by clicking HERE.