It would be a memorable summer indeed if you were to spend it solving murders and hunting down hidden fortunes. And if you can do all that while relaxing with a coffee or lying back on a sun lounger, even better. Full of thrills and spills, these are the most addictive adventure books of the year so far.

Penguin pick: Past Tense by Lee Child

There’s nothing quite like a Jack Reacher novel to make a long passport queue fly by. In this latest instalment, our unpredictable anti-hero's American road trip is interrupted by a strange revelation about his father. As Reacher tries to uncover the truth about his family’s past, his story starts to collide with that of a couple trapped in a life or death situation in the middle of nowhere. Lee Child is a master at invoking paranoia and as the tension racks up, and Past Tense ranks alongside his very best.

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