Multcolib Picks: Global gumshoes
Annotation:Don't let the pastoral setting and the frequent visits to the cafe fool you - there's some serious who-dun-it action going on in this series set in a small village in France.
Annotation:"Meet India's answer to Hercule Poirot: Vish Puri, a fastidious private eye with a penchant for fast food and dangerous disguises. Puri and his team of undercover operatives are investigating the missing and possibly murdered maidservant of a public litigator, but how will he track down an unknown girl in a population of more than one billion? His search will reveal modern India in all its seething complexity." (Novelist)
Annotation:In the aftermath of the murder of an anonymous victim, assistant superintendent David Bengu begins his career in Botswana, where his determination and methods earn him a local nickname that likens him to a hippopotamus.
Annotation:"Set against the fraught political world of pre-Pinochet Chile, Castro's Cuba, and perilous behind-the-Wall East Berlin, this mystery spans countries, cultures, and political ideas, and features one of literature's most beloved figures--Pablo Neruda." (Novelist)
Annotation:Cajun sleuth Dave Robicheaux discovers that the family he's known since childhood may be involved with the powerful Bobby Earl, a Klansman-turned-politician.
Annotation: A contemporary murder mystery set in the heart of London, this is the story of Tommy Akhtar, hard-drinking veteran of the Mujahideen, devoted on, sometime private investigator and sometime idol to the thug-lites of the ethnic motley of West London. Hired by a bewitching prostitute, he's to track down the whereabouts of her missing friend, last seen meeting a client in a local dive.
Annotation:Australia: Phryne Fisher is a a liberal, rich, aristocratic P.I. in this series set in the 1920s and 30s in Melbourne.
Annotation:Sweden: Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander comes with baggage, including a failed marriage and an estranged daughter, but it doesn't affect his ability to solve crimes.
Annotation:Japan: In the 17th century, Sano Ichiro, senior police commander, investigates the death of a noblewoman and a peasant who drowned in a river tied to each other.
Annotation:Norway: Harry Hole is a tough detective who struggles with alcoholism and works on solving crimes in Oslo and elsewhere, from Australia to the Congo Republic.
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Mystery exists in every corner of the globe, but thankfully there are clever sleuths from Alaska to Zimbabwe ready to solve the crime with local panache and style. Explore the world through these mysteries set in far-ranging places. - Alison K.