Category Archives: Crime novel

Introducing Sicily and Inspector Montalvano

What is the shape of water? Surely, it is whatever shape you give it—and so the police inspector describes the evidence in this deceptive murder mystery set in modern Sicily. A wealthy and influential engineer is discovered dead in his … Continue reading

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Murder Most Grim on the English Moors

The sky is grey, oppressive and it is threatening rain, unusual for this part of California. This is perfect weather and atmosphere for writing about a British murder mystery set in the Northern England countryside. I can visualize the fog … Continue reading

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Bumbling Detective saves Czarist Russia

A bizarre suicide in a public square teeming with Muscovites enjoying a sunny springtime day is the opening scene in this quirky Russian detective story The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin; the date is the 13 of May 1876.  A … Continue reading

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A Romantic Telenovela Brings Drug Queen to TV

The Queen of the South is Spanish writer Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s epic novel of drug running, murder and intrigue. It is one of my favorite Spanish language novels. I read it several years ago, but decided to reread when I heard … Continue reading

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Rough Guide to Bangkok Underworld

A Nail Through the Heart is a crime thriller set in the exotic underworld of the government authorized entertainment zones in Bangkok Thailand. In these zones explicit sex shows are legal as is the sale of all types pornographic materials. … Continue reading

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Bricklayer Mets Out Justice

In the opening chapter of the crime-terror novel Bricklayer, Steve Vail, a former FBI agent turned brick mason, is making a routine transaction at his branch bank. Suddenly, two armed men enter the bank intent on robbery. But the robbery … Continue reading

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Kidnapping and Beekeeping in Buenos Aires

I found this entry about an unusual Argentine crime novel in my travel blog. Hotel Art in Buenos Aires is a short walk from the Santa Fe Ave. shopping district—what better place to look for some reading material. I was … Continue reading

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A Love Story: Murder and Abuse in South Boston

In this suspenseful and evocative detective mystery, The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner, a mother has abandoned her South Boston home and her sleeping child in the middle of the of the night. She left behind her cell phone and wallet; … Continue reading

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Irish Detectives Solve Baffling Sex Crime

The narrator of this unusual psychological crime novel, detective Rob Ryan, asks us to imagine a summer day in rural Ireland: Picture a summer stolen whole from some coming-of-age film set in small-town 1950s. This is none of Ireland’s subtle … Continue reading

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Chile Discovers an Unlikely Detective

Chile, the birthplace of Nobel poet Pablo Neruda and setting for Chilean novelist Isabel Allende’s famous novel The House of the Spirits, Casa de los espiritus, is also home to the detective fiction of Roberto Ampuero, who created the unlikely … Continue reading

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