Exploring the World, One Mystery at a Time

Dreaming of exotic destinations overseas while you swelter in humdrum Washington summer heat? Try reading one of these great mysteries set in another country. You’ll get a chance to experience a whole new culture, with enough thrills and twists to keep your attention riveted no matter how high the thermometer climbs. If you’re in the mood for a classic mystery series, you can explore Venice with Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti, visit Sweden with Henning Mankell’s Inspector Wallander, or tour Ireland with Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad. You can see Botswana through the eyes of Precious Romotswe of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency or stick a little closer to home with Louise Penny’s French-Canadian Inspector Gamache.

If you’d like your adventure destination a little more off the beaten trail, try one of the mysteries below. Just sit back with a cool drink and explore the world, one mystery at a time.

The Dry by Jane Harper
“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” When his childhood friend kills himself, his wife and son on their family farm, federal agent Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his drought-stricken Australian hometown. Old secrets and animosities resurface as Falk investigates the truth behind Luke’s death.

The October Killings by Wessel Ebersohn

October 21st, 1985 is a day Abigail Bukula, chief director of the South African Department of Justice, has tried to put behind her. To help the soldier who saved her life 20 years ago, however, Bukula will have to confront a dark moment in the apartheid struggle to see justice done today. 
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

An intellectual high school mathematics teacher, who secretly admires the single mother living next door, helps her cover up the murder of her abusive ex-husband. This best-selling Japanese crime novel delivers an intricate plot interwoven with a moving examination of love, sacrifice and devotion.


The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat

When wealthy Toronto businessman Christopher Drayton dies in a fall, it seems surprising that an inspector in charge of a community policing unit is called into investigate. When Inspector Khan realizes Drayton may have been a notorious Serbian war criminal in hiding, he must determine whether Drayton’s past had finally caught up with him.

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason

Inspector Erlendur is called in when a long-buried human skeleton is discovered near Reykjavik on a construction site. The author weaves a tragic story of World War II and the inspector’s own bleak family history with Erlendur’s attempts to uncover the truth of that lonely grave.

-Rebecca Wolff, George Mason Regional Library

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