I’ve been on a big mystery kick these past several weeks. To me, my mysteries are what I go to when I want to de-stress. I like to hang out with some of my favorite detectives as they solve their cases and of course I like to meet some new detectives as well. So I’ve been reading books by Stieg Larsson, Andrea Camilleri, Louise Penny, Carola Dunn and a few others.

And, I’ve also been adding a few mysteries to my radar. Here are the ones that have come to my attention recently.

  • Poisonville by Massimo Carlotto. A noir thriller set in Italy which features a less than heroic protagonist in a tale of greed and corruption.
  • The Pianist’s Hands by Eugenio Fuentes. Spanish detective Ricardo Cupido delves into a passionate investigation where the alibis matter less than the dark and desolate description of the human condition.
  • The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths. When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk. Soon though she’s involved in a mystery when Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson asks for her help.
  • Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner. Paris, 1889 and a bookseller who becomes an amateur sleuth? Oh yes, I want to read this one.

Tell me if you’ve read any of these series or if they are on your list as well.

Me, I’m going back to my latest mystery, White Nights by Ann Cleeves which is the second book in the Shetland Island quartet. So far, it’s very good.

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