Summer People Pdf Summary Reviews By Aaron Stander

Summer People Pdf is a Murder Mystery Thriller novel By Aaron Stander.

Summer People Book Summary

It is late June in Michigan’s gold coast resort area. 

The summer residents are settling in for the season and the tourists are beginning to flood the highways and beaches. But the idyllic vision of a summer at the shore is suddenly shattered by a gangland-style shooting. This murder is quickly followed by the deaths of three more summer residents, each taking place under suspicious circumstances.

At time hindered by local politics and the proverbial tension between the “summer people” and the “natives,” Sheriff Ray Elkins searches for the possible links between the four victims. As he probes into their tangled lives and dark histories, he finds both the motive and the possible murderer.


About Aaron Stander Author Of Summer People Pdf Book

Aaron Stander
Aaron Stander

Aaron Stander Author of Summer People Pdf spent most of his adult years in the Detroit area, where he taught English and trained writing teachers. In 2000 he and his wife left college teaching positions and moved permanently to their cottage near Traverse City. Aaron is the author of 11 mysteries set in northwest lower Michigan. He is also the author of numerous articles, stories, and reviews, and the host of Michigan Writers on the Air on Interlochen Public Radio. When not writing or thinking about writing, Aaron spends a lot of time kayaking along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Summer People pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Summer People Pdf
Summer People Pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Writers & Editors; Second edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 260 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0978573218
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0978573218
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #269,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #7,614 in Police Procedurals (Books)
  • #8,102 in Murder Thrillers
  • #19,882 in Suspense Thrillers
  • Customer Reviews: 3.8 out of 5 stars    1,171 ratings

Summer People Book Reviews


4.0 out of 5 stars Elkins tries to find a connection between 4 catastrophic events, 25 years old.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 23, 2022

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Ray Elkins in the Sheriff of Cedar County in the northeastern area of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. He is relatively new to the job and is coming up for reelection. He has worked hard to clean up the corruption in the force left by his predecessor; however, just when he thinks the department is heading in the right direction, a memory from the past raises its ugly head.

This summer is a busy one and Elkins has his hands full with more activity in one week than he generally sees in an entire summer. Two murders, a rollover car accident, and a drowning all seem to have some connection as each of the victims are white, middle-aged men, whose families vacationed in the area during the summers. They were “summer people” (as opposed to year-round residents). But the connections are tenuous, at best, the prosecutor isn’t convinced and the voting residents want answers. Can Elkins prove their connection before election day?

Summer People is book 1 in the Ray Elkins Mystery Series. It offers plenty of action and mystery. Elkins is a great protagonist but we are just getting to know him and his co-workers and friends in this, his first, book.However, I assure you that our knowledge and respect for the characters growsin relation to their development and depth with each subsequent book. (I started with book 11 by accident and have jumped all over since then.) All of the books are fun, quick reads. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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3.0 out of 5 stars starts strong, ends slow
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 20, 2012

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When I started reading “Summer People” I expected a much different kind of murder mystery than the one I found myself reading. I guess I expected a little more drama and a little more flash, overall just a lot more excitement. The book starts off on a fast paced pitch, but slows down almost instantly. The first chapter had me hooked, but around chapter 25 I was starting to wonder just how much more I had left to read. The characters are actually written very well. I love Sheriff Ray and think he makes a good detective, if a little stereotypical. There is enough personality there to make him seem like a real person and I truly cared about whether or not he solved the crime. There are a few other characters who stick out just as well, but there aren’t many.

Stander shows some potential here, but I think he bit off a little more than he could chew with the plot. It is difficult for any mystery writer to connect multiple murders together in a plausible way and then create a murder with sufficient motive and intelligence to pull it off. While the murders were all done fairly well, the way they were tied together was flimsy at best. The one and only subject with motive seems to have just been thrown in at the last minute and there is no suspense, no build up, leaving the end anti-climactic. I love mysteries that make me think “wow, didn’t see that coming” at the end, sadly this one just made me shrug. Aside from a flimsy plot the book is actually written fairly well. Stander has an interesting voice and his descriptions of location were very well done. I think he is capable of crafting a suspenseful case, there was just something about this book that fell flat. For such a short book there was just too much going on, too many minor plot threads, for them to all be pulled together to create a stellar conclusion. This book is a quick read and it is a decent introduction to Stander’s writing style (if not his ability to craft a plot) and as it is the cheapest of his four books it might be worth downloading if you want to dig into Stander as an author. If you’re just looking for a fast-paced, suspenseful mystery this is probably not the book for you.


4.0 out of 5 stars An “I know What You Did Last Summer” for 40 somethings
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 19, 2014

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I like this one. It is a procedural series because Ray is a county sheriff for a resort community on the Great Lakes, but it has a slow pacing that actually works if you let it. This summer Ray has had four deaths in one week, which is what you do not want to happen in a tight re-election campaign. Ray is thrilled that his friend is back to live full time in his grandparent’s summer house on the Gold Coast. Ray was a town person and his friend a summer resident, but it did not keep them from staying friends. The book is written like waves and as they sweep in and go out, you find more about who Ray is and how his mind works. As a procedural it works because not all killers are caught. It just so happens that the killer gets away with it in this one. There is not enough evidence and quite frankly you do not want there to be. A woman loses her daughter to a gang rape gone bad and suffers a mental break after swearing to get all the culprits. It brings up a long buried hurt that needs to be addressed for the woman to get on with her life.

I like this one, but it will not be for everyone. It does have a plot, but it evolves slowly between the two forty something friends who do not have kids and are re-evaluating their lives. It also has a lot to do with the nature of justice and how we are compelled to do things. It is an ongoing series where I assume we will keep getting to know these friends and their lives as they adjust to what comes next.

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