Monday, August 31, 2009
A Mystery Vacation with Anne
I recently traveled to a small Canadian town for the weekend--thanks to Louise Penny's new book Brutal Telling, which is due out September 22nd. Since an actual vacation was not in the cards this year, it was a wonderful time away. Her books always tell a good story, the sense of place is strong, and the characters who recur from book to book are becoming friends.
If I want to visit Paris for awhile, the mysteries by Cara Black are the perfect way to do it. Each book is set in a different neighborhood of the city. The descriptions are so vivid you can feel the cobblestones beneath your feet! The most recent book is Murder in the Latin Quarter, and a new one is due out in March of 2010.
One of the more exciting developments in the mystery field over the past few years, is the number of authors from other countries whose works are becoming more available here. It's possible to travel around the world without leaving your favorite place to read. Settle back with any of these authors and enjoy a marvelous mini-vacation:
Kjell Ericksson (Sweden)
Karin Fossum (Norway)
Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
Henning Mankell (Sweden)
Donna Leon (Italy)
Alexander Mcall Smith (Botswanna)
Matt Beynon Rees (Israel/Gaza)
Diane Wei Liang (China)
Anne McMahon hosts a Mystery Book Club at Boswell Book Company every fourth Monday of the month.