It's A Mystery 5/18/09

We have a winner!

P.D. James' Adam Dalgliesh has been voted Chief Inspector in our Mystery Madness Contest.  Representing the Police Procedurals bracket, he handily defeated sleuths from the Pet Detectives, Cozy, and Culinary Mystery categories.  You can find all 14 titles in the Dalgliesh series in the Mystery section of WPPL.  We also have many titles in Large Print, in Audio on CD, and film versions on DVD and Video.  Thanks to all who voted!

A Great Escape

In tough economic times, consumers frequently turn to books and movies as an inexpensive form of escape.  Gaining in popularity with mystery readers, and a great way to take your mind off the news of the day, are a number of crime series set in international locations.  If you'd like to armchair travel to some interesting destinations, these contemporary mysteries might be worth a look.

Beijing, China - featuring Mei Wang, female PI, by Diane Wei Liang

Shanghai, China - featuring Chen Cao, Police Inspector, by Qiu Xiaolong (shelved under Qiu)

Tokyo, Japan - featuring Rei Shimura, Japanese-American antiques dealer/sleuth by Sujata Massey

North Korea - featuring Inspector O, state police officer, by James Church

Melbourne, Australia - featuring Corinna Chapman, amateur sleuth who runs a bakery, by Kerry Greenwood

Reykjavik, Iceland - featuring Erlendur Sveinsson, Detective Inspector, by Arnaldur Indridason

Norway - featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer, working in a small mountain village, by Karin Fossum

Gothenburg, Sweden - featuring Erik Winter, Chief Inspector of Police, by Ake Edwardson

Uppsala, Sweden - featuring Ann Lindell and Ola Haver, detectives in the Violent Crimes Division, by Kjell Eriksson

Ystad, Sweden - featuring Kurt Wallander, Inspector, by Henning Mankell

Sweden - featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, by Hakan Nesser

Paris, France - featuring Aimee Leduc, owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security, by Cara Black

Venice, Italy - featuring Guido Brunetti, police commissario, by Donna Leon

Mallorca, Spain - featuring Enrique Alvarez, Police Inspector, by Roderic Jeffries

Botswana - featuring Mme Precious Ramotswe, owner of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith (shelved under McCall)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - featuring Inspector Espinosa, by Luis Alfredo Garcia-Rosa (shelved under Garcia-Rosa)

Quebec (Three Pines) Canada - featuring Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Surete du Quebec, by Louise Penny


Bon voyage!

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