As the theme for the 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge in January is #Whodunnit, I’m sharing my recommendations for some of my favorite novels set in various locations around the World.
Detective Galileo Series, Keigo Higashino (Translated by Alexander O. Smith). I’ve read the first 2 books in this series set in Japan – The Devotion of Suspect X AND Salvation of a Saint – and they rock … hard! In both the books that have been put out so far, you know who committed the crime, but believe me when I tell you – that means nothing because the HOW of it is super hard to figure out. Of course, Detective Galileo is on the case. He’s really a professor of physics and friend to the investigating officer, but he’s pretty darn brilliant and hard to fool. You don’t have to read this series in order as each book is a completely separate story.
Harry Hole Series, Jo Nesbo. You can jump into this series at any point, and I did with book 9, Phantom. Listening to the audiobook was the right decision because I got to hear the proper pronunciation for the Norwegian names of people and places. Harry Hole, at this point, is a fantastic ex-detective, but he’s battling some dark demons from his past – so seeing him try to solve a complex, multifaceted case, plus stop himself from drinking and self destructing, makes for quite a thrill ride of a book.
Millenium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson. This probably one of the more well known book series. It’s set in Sweden, and admittedly, the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, takes a while before it hooks you. But give it some time, and you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular, modern day, epic saga. The 2nd book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is even better than the 1st. And the 3rd, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest – HOLD ON! It’s non-stop crazy action. Since Stieg Larsson passed away, another author picked up where the series left off, bringing The Girl in the Spider’s Web (David Lagercrantz, translated by George Goulding). I read it recently and thought it did justice to the original author’s work. It was fast-paced, detailed and kept the essence of the main characters.
What are some of your favorite mystery books set in places other than the US and UK?
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