Author Guest Post: Jill Piscitello (A Sour Note)

Posted August 14, 2023 by Jen in Author Guest Post Tags:

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Author Jill Piscitello recently released her cozy mystery, A Sour Note, which takes place in a beach town. To celebrate her new book, Jill is sharing her favorite summer reads:

17 Summer Reads

I’m a mood reader. As a result, my summer reading list spans multiple genres. Many of the books below were read this summer, but I also included a few favorites from years past. We still have a few weeks left of summer. Here’s to hoping this list comes in handy for anyone still looking for a poolside or beach read.

  1. A Hundred Summers, Beatriz Williams

Lily Dane returns to Seaview, Rhode Island still haunted by a prior heartbreak. When old friends surface, she is swept into the chaos of secrets, emotion, and love lost. A page-turner.

  1. Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins

This prequel to The Hunger Games does not disappoint as we learn the backstory of Coriolanus Snow.

  1. Bergdorf Blondes, Plum Sykes

This book is pure fun as readers follow Moi and the Park Avenue socialites around New York and on their excursions. 

  1. Bridgerton, Julia Quinn

This entertaining series follows the highs and lows of romance for each sibling in the Bridgerton clan as reported by Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers.

  1. Confessions of a Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella

This series is pure, lighthearted entertainment. London’s Becky Bloomwood has a shopping habit she can’t afford. While dodging bills, she manages to turn her life around.

  1. Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan

Easily one of my favorite series for the beach. New Yorker Rachel Chu heads to Singapore with her boyfriend for a summer she won’t forget. A world filled with palaces and private planes doesn’t welcome her with open arms.

  1. Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Readers will be entertained by this coming-of-age story and cast of distinctive characters that make up a band sharing their insights on the trajectory of their success.

  1. Goodnight Nobody, Jennifer Weiner

This is one of many Jennifer Weiner books that can be added to any favorite reading list. I chose Goodnight Nobody because it’s a mystery. Kate Klein is bored—until she decides to find out who murdered a fellow mom. 

  1. Jewels of the Sun, Nora Roberts

The first in The Gallaghers trilogy was my first introduction to the supremely talented Nora Roberts. Jude Murray leaves America for Ireland’s Faerie Hill Cottage to study Irish folklore and finds love while learning about the local legends.

  1. Little Bitty Lies, Mary Kay Andrews

An abandoned Atlanta housewife finds herself broke and trying to find answers for her daughter.  One little lie spins wildly out of control.

  1. Murder at the Mayfair Hotel, by C. J. Archer

It’s Christmas Eve in 1899, and Cleopatra Fox moves into her uncle’s luxury hotel. When a guest is poisoned, she realizes no one can be trusted and determines to find the killer before the New Year’s Eve ball.

  1. Off Season, Anne Rivers Siddons

This tale of love and lost is one of many Anne Rivers Siddons books that could be included on this list. When Lily loses her beloved husband, she reflects on her past, and secrets are exposed.

  1. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

This wildly popular television show was a book series first. It’s 1945 when Claire Randall is transported to 1743 Scotland and finds herself torn between two great loves.  

  1. The Bookstore Sisters, Alice Hoffman

A letter draws Isabel back to her childhood home, a sister who no longer speaks to her, and the bankrupt family bookstore.

  1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A true classic. Nick Carraway is intrigued by the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. 

  1. The Rumor, Elin Hildebrand

Best friends, Madeline King and Grace Pancik have perfect marriages and beautiful children. But rumor has it that author Madeline has writer’s block, and that Grace is getting a little too close with her landscape architect.

  1. Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann

Anne, Neely, and Jennifer are looking for success in New York but find when you’re at the top, there’s only one other direction to go.

Thanks, Jill, for stopping by today. And for everyone else, here’s a look at Jill’s newest title, A Sour Note.

About the Book:

book cover of A Sour Note by Jill PiscitelloA Sour Note
 Jill Piscitello
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: June 26, 2023
Series: A Music Box Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery

On the heels of a public, broken engagement, Maeve Cleary returns to her childhood home in Hampton Beach, NH. When a dead body turns up behind her mother’s music school, three old friends land on the suspect list. Licking her wounds soon takes a back seat to outrunning the paparazzi who spin into a frenzy, casting her in a cloud of suspicion. Maeve juggles her high school sweetheart, a cousin with a touch of clairvoyance, a no-nonsense detective, and an apologetic, two-timing ex-fiancé. Will the negative publicity impact business at the Music Box— the very place she’d hoped to make a fresh start?

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About the Author:

author head shot of Jill PiscitelloJill Piscitello is a teacher, author, and an avid fan of multiple literary genres. Although she divides her reading hours among several books at a time, a lighthearted story offering an escape from the real world can always be found on her nightstand. 

A native of New England, Jill lives with her family and three well-loved cats. When not planning lessons or reading and writing, she can be found spending time with her family, trying out new restaurants, traveling, and going on light hikes. 

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