I picked out a novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, "The Queen of the South."
According to the author's website, the book "spans continents, from the dusty streets of Mexico to the sparkling waters off the coast of Morocco, to Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. A sweeping story set to the irresistible beat of the drug smugglers' ballads, it encompasses sensuality and cruelty, love and betrayal, as its heroine's story unfolds."
This will be my third book by Pérez-Reverte, having already read "The Club Dumas" and "The Flanders Panel." Based on those experiences, I am genuinely looking forward to this one, though its focus does seem a little different than the two I mentioned, both of which had an old artifact for their focus, and an equally-old mystery that seems to find new life - and death - in the modern world, with the discovery of that artifact.
I'll let you know what I think, sometime this summer.
BTW ..... If you want to read "The Club Dumas," don't be put-off by the sticker advising you that the movie, "The Ninth Gate," was adapted from this book ..... that was a perfectly-awful film adaptation of a perfectly-wonderful book!
ADDED NOTE ..... "When Bloggers Collide" ..... Also perusing the shelves at B&N was Jimmy of Sticky Doorknobs. He was picking up a copy of Garrison Keillor's "Lake Wobegone Days." I'm a great fan of Keillor's spoken word - I want HIS voice when I grow up! - but I've never read Keillor. I'm looking forward to hearing what Jimmy has to say about the book.