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THE LAST SUMMER OF THE CAMPERDOWNS, by Elizabeth
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THE LAST SUMMER OF THE CAMPERDOWNS, by Elizabeth Kelly. Summer brings a hundred new novels set at the seashore, with requisite beach-towel-and-beach-umbrella covers. But Elizabeth Kelly’s latest (follow-up to “Apologize, Apologize”) offers a quirkier variation: Set on Cape Cod in 1972, its 12-year-old narrator sports the improbable name of Riddle James Camperdown and witnesses a crime. (Liveright, June 3)(Credit: Handout)

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12 summer novels worth reading

Ready, set, read: Your summer book binge starts now. There are only 13 weeks until Labor Day, and there are lots of great novels to be devoured -- mysteries, spy thrillers, family sagas and historical fiction. Here are 12 picks to get you started. -- TOM BEER