On the road for her book tour, UCF Professor and Author Susan Hubbard shares her top 5 summertime escapist must-reads.

In the Woods by Tana French

This dark Irish mystery begs to be read aloud. It’s a triumph of style over plot, although the plot is fine, too.

The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter

Baxter’s new novel, written in the spirit of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley series (also highly recommended), concerns identity theft among academics in exotic Buffalo, N.Y.

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

A coming-of-age story set in the Hamptons, Sag Harbor has provoked a good deal of discussion on what “post-blackness” means.

Exit Music by Ian Rankin

If you haven’t yet met John Rebus, Rankin’s antihero cop, don’t read this; instead, pick up Knots and Crosses, the first book in the Rebus series.

Corned Beef and Caviar by Marjorie Hillis

This nonfiction book was written in 1937, but its tips for living well on next to nothing are, sadly, just as timely in 2009. Clear tomato bouillon and finger rolls, here we come!