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Off to the beach? Be sure to pack a few good books for those lazy hours under the umbrella. Whether your taste tends toward mysteries, chick lit, true adventure, or one of the great classics, you will find much to choose from at your local library.
If you don't want to lug a book to the beach, then consider a pre-loaded MP3 Playaway player -- smaller than a deck of cards; lighter than a feather. This little listening device requires one AAA battery, earbuds and, voila, you have a book in a small box. Playaways provide the perfect literary beach experience: gazing out upon the ocean (or keeping an eye on the kids) while being entertained by an engaging novel. Let's not forget the eBook option either. Beaufort County libraries have an eBook library  available for download through the library's 3M Cloud Library subscription. Contact your local branch for details about compatible e-reader devices and the login procedure to take advantage of this handy eBook service.
Here are a few beach read "teasers" for your reading or listening pleasure:
Lowcountry Boil: A Liz Talbot Mystery 
By Susan M. Beyer
Private investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. She's fit to be tied when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, so she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated. When more folks start turning up dead in this small seaside town, Liz must use more than just her wits and charm to keep her family safe, chase down clues from the hereafter and catch a psychopath before he catches her.
Whiskey Beach 
By Nora Roberts
For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore -- and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it's home. Suffering an intense year of public and police scrutiny after being wrongly implicated in his fiance's murder, Boston lawyer Eli Landon takes sanctuary in his family home and falls in love with resident housekeeper, Abra Walsh, with whom he is entangled in an old, life-threatening mystery.
And the Mountains Echoed 
By Khaled Hosseini
This is the third novel by the best-selling author of "The Kite Runner." Hosseini takes us back to Afghanistan to follow the lives of a brother and sister and their families that spread out through the world like ripples in the vast sea of countries and disparate cultures. This is a story that vividly captures the tragic lives of refugees; families torn apart and reborn on foreign shores -- the struggle to find peace, safety and a new connection while yearning for the familiar bond of family.
A Certain Summer 
By Patricia Beard
Helen Wadsworth's husband, Arthur, was declared missing in action during an OSS operation in France, but the official explanation was mysteriously nebulous. Now raising a teenage son who longs to know the truth about his father, Helen turns to Frank Hartman -- her husband's best friend and his partner on the mission when he disappeared. Frank, however, seems more intent on filling the void in Helen's life that Arthur's absence has left. As Helen's affection for Frank grows, so does her guilt, especially when Peter Gavin, a handsome Marine who was brutally tortured by the Japanese and has returned with a faithful war dog, unexpectedly stirs new desires. With her heart pulled in multiple directions, Helen doesn't know whom to trust -- especially when a shocking discovery forever alters her perception of both love and war.
Francesca Denton is the reference manager at Beaufort Branch Library.
Original story at the Island Packet