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6 Sizzling Reads Unsolved murders, doomed romances, high-society scandals! These red-hot reads will satisfy your appetite for poolside lit.

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1. Gold
By Chris Cleave
Doubleday Canada
Elite cyclists, Zoe and Kate, have been frenemies since they first met. While betrayal and rivalry sometimes plagued their relationship, they consoled each other through losses and their friendship triumphed. The athletes are put to the ultimate emotional and physical test when they're forced to compete against each other for a spot on the team for the London 2012 Games, their last shot at an Olympic gold.

2. The Uninvited Guests
By Sadie Jones
Knopf Canada
Suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal? This page-turner, set in an English manor house, offers a satisfying hit of posh Edwardian drama. The story recounts an unexpectedly eventful day in the life of the eccentric, dysfunctional and unforgettable Torrington family. One reviewer refers to this tragicomedy of errors as "something written by a wicked Jane Austen." Could it get any better?!

3. Inside
By Alix Ohlin
House of Anansi Press
Don't judge this book by its snow-globe cover: This is one sizzlin' hot read. It's not a page-turner of The Hunger Games ilk, but the compelling characters, interwoven narratives and Ohlin's meditative prose suck you in. And before you know it, you're on the last page. Follow the novel's vivid characters from Montreal to New York City, Hollywood, Rwanda and the Arctic in their quests to help others--and themselves.

3 book covers: Gold, Uninvited Guests, Inside

4. Beautiful Ruins
By Jess Walter
This novel from the award-wining author of The Secret Lives of Poets is lauded as his funniest, most romantic read yet. The story begins in 1962 on the Italian coast where a young man falls for an American actress, whom he later discovers is dying. The story resumes in present-day Hollywood when an elderly Italian man appears at a movie studio, searching for the woman who stole his heart decades earlier.

5. And Laughter Fell from the Sky
By Jyotsna Sreenivasan
Meet Rasika, a beautiful Indian-American woman who, despite financial independence, lives at home to play the role of dutiful daughter. As her 26th birthday approaches, she agrees to an arranged marriage with the brooding Abhay, while keeping her trysts with other men under wraps. The novel explores the difficult task of embracing your identity while juggling cultural expectations.

6. The Boy Who Stole the Leopard's Spots
By Tamar Myers
Set in the Belgian Congo of the 1950s, this spine-tingling mystery features murder, mayhem, superstitions, snakes and secrets! After an unsolved disappearance ignites a series of unfortunate happenings in the beautiful town of Belle Vue, a pretty American missionary teams up with the police chief and a local witch doctor and his wife to solve the crime.

3 book covers: Beautiful Ruins, Laughter Fell from Sky, Boy Stole Leopard's Spots