International Mysteries: Series

Disher, Gary. Blood Moon. Soho, 2009. The first in his Detective Inspector Challis/Sergeant Ellen Destry murder mystery series, The Dragon Man, won the German Crime Fiction Critics Prize in 2001. Chain of Evidence, another book in the series, won the Ned Kelly Award for best Australian crime novel. 5th in the series. 

Baantjer, A. C. Dekok and the Dead Harlequin; translated from the Dutch by H. G. Smittenaar. Speck Press, 2009. At a grotesque double murder in a well-known Amsterdam hotel, Inspector DeKok is faced with murder victims found looking like macabre wooden harlequins. 

McCall Smith, Alexander. The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case. Anchor Books, 2012. Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.

Ruttan, Sandra. Lullaby for the Nameless. Missing girls are turning up murdered, in ways that eerily resemble the MO of the killer from the first case that RCMP Hart, Nolan and Tain worked on together. Did they get the wrong man the first time? Will they be able to stop this killer before tensions drive the team apart-or get one of them killed?

Qiu, Xiaolong. Don't Cry, Tai Lake: an Inspector Chen novel. Minotaur Books, 2012. The 7th book in the Inspector Chen series. Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is the head of the Special Case group and is often put in charge of those cases that are considered politically “sensitive.”  Chief Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Police Department is offered a bit of luxury by friends and supporters within the Party - a week's vacation at a luxurious resort near Lake Tai. 

Peters, Elizabeth. A River in the Sky. William Morrow, c2010. Amelia and Emerson follow an expedition searching for the vanished treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem. Besides suspecting the leader of the expedition of inept excavation practices, they believe him to be secretly working for German intelligence. 

Christie, Agatha, 1890-1976. Death on the Nile: a Hercule Poirot mystery. Berkley Books, 2004.   Christie, Agatha. Murder at the Vicarage. Signet, 2000, c1958.  A Miss Marple mystery.
English crime writer, Agatha Christie (1890 –1976) is best remembered for her 80 detective novels and her successful West End theatre plays. Her works, particularly those featuring detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple, have given her the title the 'Queen of Crime.' 

George, Elizabeth. Believing the Lie. Dutton, 2012. The 17th  Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley mystery. Elizabeth George’s novels of psychological suspense have been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de LittÉrature PoliciÈre, and the MIMI, Germany's prestigious prize for suspense fiction.

James, P. D. The Private Patient. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. At 88, P. D. James has written her 18th  novel, a feat in itself. Inevitably, there is plenty of summing up going on here, as Commander Adam Dalgleish approaches marriage and contemplates retirement from Scotland Yard. (Booklist)

Simenon, Georges, 1903-1989. The Bar on the Seine; translated by David Watson. Penguin Books, 2007. One of the world’s most successful crime writers, Georges Simenon (1903-1989) has thrilled mystery lovers around the world since 1931 with his matchless creation Inspector Maigret. He wrote more than two hundred books under his own name—including seventy-five Maigret novels—and more than two hundred under a series of pseudonyms.

Markaris, Petros. Deadline in Athens: an Inspector Costas Haritos mystery; translated from the Greek by David Connolly. Grove Press, 2004. This is the first in Greek writer Markaris’ series of detective novels starring the grumpy Athenian police investigator Costas Haritos. Deadline in Athens was also published as Late-Night News. There are two other "Inspector Costas Haritos" novels by Petros Markaris published in English, but not available in US. 

Arnaldur Indriðason. Operation Napoleon: translated from the Icelandic. Minotaur Books, 2011. Indridason’s latest is a mesmerizing international thriller, a spellbinding page-turner. He’s known for his Detective Erlendur series.  Jar City (2000) and Silence of the Grave (2001) won the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel. Silence of the Grave also won the CWA Gold Dagger Award (2005) for best crime novel of the year.  

Cleverly, Barbara. The Last Kashmiri Rose. Carroll & Graf, 2002. Set in India in the 1920s, these mysteries feature Scotland Yard Commander Joe Sandilands. Others in the series: Ragtime in Simla; The Damascened Blade; The Palace Tiger.  

Hall, Tarquin. The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing: from the files of Vish Puri, India's most private investigator.  Simon & Schuster, 2010. Sequel to: The Case of the Missing Servant. Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, master of disguise and lover of all things fried and spicy, doesn't believe the murder is a supernatural occurrence, and proving who really killed Dr. Suresh Jha will require all the detective's earthly faculties.

Hughes, Declan. The City of Lost Girls.  William Morrow, 2010. Dublin PI Ed Loy tackles a case that takes him back to Los Angeles -- his home of twenty years -- and a past he'd rather forget in this new novel in the Edgar Award-nominated and Shamus Award-winning series.

McGilloway, Brian. Bleed a River Deep. Minotaur Books, 2010. World politics, industry, and organized crime collide in McGilloway's most accomplished, most gripping, and most powerful work yet--a labyrinthine tale of big business, the new Europe, and the dispossessed.

Leon, Donna. Beastly Things. Atlantic Monthly Press, c2012. Since 1992's Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon and her shrewd, sophisticated, and compassionate investigator Commissario Guido Brunetti have been delighting readers around the world. Leon's novels have opened a window into the private Venice of her citizens, a world of incomparable beauty, family intimacy, shocking crime, and insidious corruption. 

Camilleri, Andrea. The Potter's Field; translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Penguin Books, 2011. Life-loving, pasta-inhaling Inspector Salvo Montalbano, the embattled Sicilian policeman, has much to worry about, from his growing bald spot to his ever-tottering relationship with the demanding Livia to the steadily more vicious crimes he must confront. 

Church, James. Bamboo and Blood. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008. In a late 1990s North Korea, a younger Inspector O is working Pyongyang as the nuclear missile program begins to escalate and when the wife of a North Korean diplomat turns up dead in Pakistan. As he investigates, he discovers that the woman's death could lead to a larger conspiracy. 

Cotterill, Colin. Killed at the Whim of a Hat. St. Martin's Press, 2011. A brand new series by one of the most highly regarded “cult favorite” crime writers today. Set in present day rural Thailand, uprooted crime reporter Jimm Juree is thrilled to investigate skeletons and a murder.   

Flint, Shamini. A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul: Inspector Singh investigates. Minotaur Books, 2011. An unexpected murder victim turns up amid the carnage after a terrorist bombing at Bali's Sari Club in Flint's engaging second Inspector Singh mystery (after 2010's A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder).

Fossum, Karin, 1954-. Bad Intentions; translated by Charlotte Barslund. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. The newest installment since The Water’s Edge (2009). Fossum, the “queen of Norwegian crime fiction” is the author of the internationally successful  & award-winning Inspector Konrad Sejer series.

Dahl, Kjell Ola. The Last Fix. Minotaur Books, 2010. Intense police inspector Gunnarstranda and his easygoing aide, Frank Frolich, tackle the murder of recovering drug addict Katrine Bratterud. This is Dahl's 3rd crime thriller after The Fourth Man (2007); The Man in the Window (2008).

Rees, Matt. The Samaritan's Secret: an Omar Yussef mystery. Soho, c2009. A member of the tiny but ancient Samaritan community has been murdered. The dead man had controlled millions of dollars of government money and if the World Bank cannot locate it, all aid money to the Palestinians will be cut off. Omar Yussef must solve the murder and find the money, or all Palestinians will suffer.

Akunin, B. (Boris). Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel; translated by Andrew Bromfield. Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2009. Akunin's third and final Sister Pelagia mystery. Pelagia's use of her intellectual gifts for crime-solving draws the censure of St. Petersburg's Chief Procurator of the Holy Synod, who believes she may be unfit to continue to wear the veil.

Beaton, M. C. Death of a Chimney Sweep. Grand Central Pub., 2011. The 26th Hamish Macbeth Scottish cozy. The mystery centers in the tiny Highlands village of Drim, a huddle of white-washed cottages on the banks of a sea loch. There, the body of the posh new owner of a long-abandoned estate is found, stuffed up the chimney. 

Beaton, M. C. Death of a Kingfisher. Grand Central Pub., 2012. The 27th Hamish Macbeth mystery has all the elements Beaton fans come to expect: murder in a Scottish Highlands village and the semicomic, semiheroic investigation that follows. 

Rankin, Ian. The Complaints. Little, Brown and Co., 2011. The many fans of Rankin's John Rebus series that ended with Exit Music (2008) will welcome this stand-alone work that again brings to life the mean streets of Edinburgh. DI Malcom Fox works in Complaints and Conduct, which means he investigates other cops.

Vázquez Montalbán, Manuel. Tattoo: a  Pepe Carvalho mystery. Serpent's Tail, 2010. Pepe Carvalho is a phlegmatic investigator. His greatest concern is with his stomach, but when not pursuing delicacies, he can unravel the most tangled of mysteries. Montalban (1939-2003), won both the Raymond Chandler Prize and the French Grand Prix of Detective Fiction for his thrillers.

Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Last of the trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008); The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009). Made into films in Sweden and in Hollywood.

Mankell, Henning. The Troubled Man; translated by Laurie Thompson.  Knopf, 2011. In Mankell's 11th novel, Wallander's quest for the truth leads him back to the era of cold war espionage. Mankell deftly interweaves the problems of Swedish society with the personal challenges of one man trying to understand what happened and why.

Burdett, John. Vulture Peak. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Burdett's 5th Sonchai Jitplecheep novel finds the Bangkok police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep hip-deep in the world of illegal organ harvesting.

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Bland, Eleanor Taylor. A Dark and Deadly Deception. St. Martin's Minotaur, 2005. Unspoken fears, guilty secrets and divisions between rich and poor serve as the unsettling backdrop for Bland's well-crafted 13th Marti MacAlister mystery.

Mosley, Walter. All I Did Was Shoot My Man. Riverhead Books/Penguin Group, 2012. In Mosley's 4th Leonid McGill mystery (after 2011's When the Thrill Is Gone), the best in the series to date, the New York City PI tries to atone for a misdeed from his checkered past.

Neely, Barbara. Blanche Passes Go. Viking, 2000. Blanche White, Barbara Neely's smart, queen-sized, middle-aged African American sleuth, is a no-nonsense dame who's carrying some old baggage when she takes the summer off from cleaning houses for rich Boston matrons and returns to her North Carolina hometown. What's most interesting about this lively series is the point of view of its heroine, a woman with a strong and clearly depicted perspective on the uneasy truce between blacks and whites in American society. 

Chinese American
Rozan, S. J. Ghost Hero. Minotaur Books, 2011. What starts as rumors over new paintings by a dead artist quickly becomes something far more desperate – a high-stakes crisis that finds PIs Lydia Chin and Bill Smith risking everything to resolve. 

Hawaiian American
Atkinson, Deborah Turrell. Pleasing the Dead. Poisoned Pen Press, 2009. Rich with Hawaiian folklore, Atkinson's fourth mystery to feature attorney Storm Kayama explores the dark side of paradise. Realistic stories of contemporary Hawaii mix with facts about the islands’ past. 

Hispanic American
Garcia-Aguilera, Carolina. Bitter Sugar: a Lupe Solano mystery. Avon Books, 2002.  Surprises abound in Lupe Solano's sixth foray into the seamier side of Miami's Cuban Amigra community, whose residents await Castro's defeat and an eventual return home.

Japanese American
Hirahara, Naomi. Blood Hina: a Mas Arai mystery. Minotaur Books, 2010. Curmudgeonly Japanese American gardener Mas Arai hunts for an ancient Japanese doll. Snakeskin Shamisen won the 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category of Best Paperback Original. 

Jewish American
Kellerman, Faye. Gun Games. William Morrow & Co., c2012. Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are back in this gripping mystery involving a secret cabal of some of Los Angeles' most wealthy-and vicious-teens.

Korean American
Chang, Leonard. Underkill. Thomas Dunne Books, 2003. Korean American investigator Allen Choice is on a case that becomes as much a personal journey as an exploration of murder and its harrowing consequences.

Native American
Doss, James D. Coffin Man. Minotaur Books, 2011. Charlie Moon tracks a missing pregnant friend in his 16th outing (after A Dead Man's Tale).

Hillerman, Tony (1925-2008). The Shape Shifter. HarperCollins, c2006. Retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is called upon once again to solve a crime. This time it's Joe's last case, a case that remains unsolved and continues to haunt him.

Thurlo, Aimée & David Thurlo.  Black Thunder: an Ella Clah novel. Forge, 2011. Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah's ability to concentrate on a string of murders is battered by worries about her teenage daughter, who has been skipping school, and her mother, who is cooking up a storm, a sure sign that trouble is brewing in the household.  

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April 2012