Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books Set Outside the US

The Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted at The Broke and the Bookish, this week is top ten books set outside the United States. I love reading books set in very different countries and have many different mystery series that are set around the world. Here are a few:

India - The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Detective Vish Puri and his merry band of investigators take on mysteries in Dehli. Enjoy the foods, the people and Puri's interesting family.

Iceland - Reykjavik Night's by Arnaldur Indridason
 Life is bleak and dark in Iceland for much of the year, making lots of work for the police. 

Italy - A Beam of Light by Andrea Camilleri
Ah, nothing like spending some time on Sicily, with good food and hilarious cops. You really must go to Sicily.

Switzerland - Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Not a mystery series but a good read about a modern wife in Switzerland. There is some suspense in reading the book as to what will happen to poor Anna. 

Australia - The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The Slap is not a mystery either, but it was a great book about modern Australia. Lots of different perspectives, and immigration issues. There are good mysteries set in Australia - look for Peter Temple or Kerry Greenwood

Ireland - Broken Harbour by Tana French
There is a new book by French coming out this fall, so now is the time to get caught up on the back books. Although, each book is actually a stand alone, with a new main character who may have been a minor character in the previous book. Broken Harbour is a great look at Ireland after the financial bust 

South Africa - Seven Days by Deon Meyer
Meyer is writing some very intense, very thrilling mysteries. If you like mysteries and police procedurals, you need to be reading Meyer.

Ghana - Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey
Nice blend of present and past, modern and traditional

Japan - All She Was Worth by Miyiki Miyabe
I've read a few of Miyabe's Japanese mysteries. They are all stand alone and are all unique. 

Botswana - The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Spend some time in Botswana with the lovely Precious Ramwotse and appreciate bush tea and wonderful people

Canada - A Door in the River by Inger Ash Wolfe
Great mystery series set in Ontario with a female cop. Only 4 books in the series which is very manageable.