When you’ve run out of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody books

If you're like me, you've read every novel in Elizabeth Peters' beyond-delightful Amelia Peabody mystery series about eight times over.

The wit! The adventure! The exotic locations, archaeological mysteries, and prolific corpses!

Egyptologist Barbara Mertz (who wrote under the name Elizabeth Peters) was kind enough to give us nineteen (and a bit) Amelia adventures before heading off to kibbutz with Osiris and company herself.

So what's a voracious reader to do, once she's reached the end of the list?

Great summer reading series to get hooked on

It's summer! Time to pour a cocktail, kick off your shoes, and let the lawn turn into environmentally-responsible jungle. And what better way to while away those hours in the hammock than by diving into a purely entertaining read?

Diving into a whole pile of them, of course!

The following are my utterly arbitrary picks for series you should absolutely get hooked on this summer. Each one is smart without turning stodgy, and never lets literary pretensions get in the way of quick pacing, page-turning tension, and brilliant wit.

So skip that 18th reading of A Song of Ice and Fire and try one. I guarantee you'll devour the rest faster than a melting cone of rum raisin.

How to read The Smoke Hunter for free

This post is inspired by a real story I heard from another published author today (whose name I shall not mention).

A reader once sent her an email with a bill from a computer repair company. She was looking for the author to pay the cost for damage to her machine received after she downloaded a pirated copy of the author's book from a dodgy website... and of course, picked up a virus as a bonus.

Now: first off, I'm going to admit to all of you that I am far from an absolutist on pirating. I know it's wrong. I don't like doing it. But did I once use Popcorn Time to watch Game of Thrones?