Interpol Alert! New International Mysteries
These international police procedurals feature great locations and fascinating detectives — some old friends, some new, some male, some female, some multi-ethnic, and all worth getting to know. Also, we know that you mystery readers take your series seriously. If the title that appears here is not the first in the series, the first book is also available in the Library collection.
Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec
Caffeine-dependent Commissaire Dupin is the coolest cop to come along since Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti, and Brittany is a gorgeous place to spend a literary getaway. In fact, Brittany, an isolated peninsula, combines tourism with a troubled fishing industry and a significant art colony. Sound familiar? Dupin is a wonderful guide to both the fishing ( in Murder on Brittany Shores) and the art (in Death in Brittany, first in the series).
The Fifth Element by Jorgen Brekke
Inspector Odd Singsaker wakes to find himself imprisoned on an island off the coast of Norway, holding a shotgun. Next to him is a corpse. But how did he get here? Author Brekke is the latest Scandinavian crime sensation, whose first Singsaker novel, Where Monsters Dwell, was published in 15 countries.
Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie
If you haven’t yet discovered Crombie’s literate police procedurals about Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and D.I. Gemma James (who also happen to be married), you’re missing the best Scotland Yard mysteries by a living writer! If you like thoughtful, textured British mysteries with complex characters you come to love, start here – with the murder of a nanny in a Notting Hill garden.
August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones
A mixed-race police detective who was drummed out of the force by a corrupt establishment, Snow is home in bankrupt Detroit investigating the apparent suicide of super-wealthy Eleanore Paget. A hard-boiled debut worthy of Raymond Chandler by poet and playwright Jones.
The Dime by Kathleen Kent
Is Brooklyn’s toughest female detective ready for Dallas? Is Dallas ready for her? Mexican drug cartels, cult leaders, a stalker and an unsupportive girlfriend are only a few of Betty Rhyzk’s problems. Gritty as the Texas desert.
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Khan introduces an intriguing new Toronto duo, Detective Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty, who handle minority-sensitive cases. So why are they asked to investigate the death of a local man who fell off a cliff? Unless, of course, the victim is a notorious Bosnian war criminal who may have been murdered for revenge. Khattak and Getty return in two more high-stakes adventures, The Language of Secrets and Among the Ruins.