• By Fran Metcalf
  • From: news.com.au
  • December 01, 2012 4:03PM

SUMMER has officially arrived and so has the annual stockpile of newly published books, just in time to line Christmas stockings as well as the inside of beach bags.

Amongst the most popular this summer is crime fiction with three bestselling authors releasing their new titles simultaneously: The Racketeer by John Grisham, The Black Box by Michael Connelly andStanding in One Man's Grave by Ian Rankin.

The women's fiction market will be firing too with Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper vying for top selling spot against Di Morrissey's The Golden Land, Paullina Simons's Children of Liberty and Nora Roberts's The Perfect Hope.

Whether buying Christmas gifts for others or looking for summer reading for yourself, here's some top titles to suit everyone in the family these holidays.

The Perfect HopeBook 3 of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Nora Roberts, Hachette, $29.99
Ever since they began renovating the old inn, the Montgomery brothers have been the talk of the town. In this final book of the series, love and lust get strapped to the tool belt but can opposites really attract?

Flinders: the man who mapped Australia, Rob Mundle, Hachette, $49.99
A biography of a man - Matthew Flinders - who braved treacherous seas, appalling living conditions, deaths of crewmen and shipwrecks to chart our coastline, written by a competitive yachtsman and bestselling author.

Australian War Memorial: Treasures from a Century of Collecting, Nola Anderson, Pier 9, $89.99
A pocket watch frozen in time from the landing at Gallipoli, the uniform of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan - this tome is a history of war and a tribute to all those who have fought.

These Wonderful Rumours, May Smith, Hachette, $29.99
A girl from Derby keeps a diary about life on the home front after all the young men have gone away to fight in World War Two. It wasn't all tears and tissues.

Child (primary)
Liar and Spy, Rebecca Stead, Penguin, $16.99
Middle schoolers Georges and Safer are navigating friends and foes at school but when they start spying on a neighbour, they learn the truth of friendship and getting to know yourself.

The Diviners, Libba Bray, Allen & Unwin, $24.99
A psychic story set in 1920s New York, young Evie is hanging out with glamour girls at parties when a wave of murders places her and her uncle in the middle of things.

Jack of Diamonds, Bryce Courtenay, Penguin, $45
A sweeping saga from the king of storytelling: Toronto-born Jack Spayd rises from the slums to become a jazz musician in a life journey of love, corruption and music.

Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver, Allen & Unwin, $32.99
Orange Prize-winning author writes a story of a young woman struggling to escape her life but rather than love, she finds a much deeper passion.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/books/the-perfect-books-for-summer/story-fn9412vp-1226528019317#ixzz2EMBgUj4m

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