What to Read

Late spring's fiction covers a vast terrain, with novels set in lovely London, the English countryside, corrupt New York and Midwestern Ohio.

Published May 6, 2005 2:47PM (EDT)

Spring has definitely arrived, and summer's on the way. It might be a little early to start packing your beach bag, but it's the perfect time to grab a book and spend one of May's sunnier afternoons in the park or on your patio, soaking up a great story along with the rays. Or, if you're stuck with a weekend filled with spring rain, what could be better than staying in bed with a good book?

We recommended a handful of novels for your early spring reading, and here are a few more to carry you into the warmer months. Laura Miller suggests a novel that visits our favorite sleuth on Baker Street; Andrew O'Hehir raves about a strange tale of a secretive boarding school in the English countryside; Hillary Frey speaks up for a tangled New York story involving a confused fashion model and a middle-aged doctor; and Rebecca Traister puts in a vote for an ambitious first novel about a big, crazy Midwestern family.

It's a mix, but we like it that way. There's something for everyone in this spring bouquet.

Our first pick: A lovely work of literary fiction offers a look at a beloved detective in his later years, as he struggles to hold on to his very identity

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