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  1. I'd recommend Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series for any fan of crime fiction. Certainly checks the same boxes as some of the above named authors e.g. Donna Leon's Brunetti books. I'm currently reading the second in Colin Cotterill's Dr Siri Paiboun series which is extremely good fun. It's set in the 70s in Laos. There's also Ellis Peters' Cadfael books. Historical mysteries set in 12th century England. Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano books. Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway books are contemporary mysteries set in Norfolk, England. She has another series set in 1950s Brighton. I've only read the first books in both but they are well worth checking out.
  2. Thank you for the write up. I'm almost afraid to go back to them. As I say I have vague memories of reading the books. I don't think we had access to many of them back then ( I can't even remember which ones I read) but I do remember really liking them at the time. I've checked and some are available on the Kindle UK store.
  3. I came to a realization in the last couple of years that I'm really into crime fiction, particularly mysteries, and it's not a new thing for me. I have memories of reading some poirot in my early teens and a series called the Three Investigators which I guess is like the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew but not as well known(?). Rarely see anyone mention it. For the longest time I thought scifi and fantasy was the only thing I was into. I must have blotted those early books from memory for whatever reason. I've been correcting it recently but it doesn't help the TBR pile especially with so many mystery series being multiple books long. Of the series mentioned here I can wholeheartedly recommend the Gamache series by Louise Penny and the Falco series by Lindsey Davis. I'm multiple books into both series and they are up there with other favourite series in fiction like the Vorkosigan saga. Esteemed company. Gamache is fantastic. Really atmospheric and evocative with some fantastic characters. It's this mix of cosy atmosphere with obviously much darker undertones. I want to live in Three Pines and I want to be friends with Gamache and co. Likewise the Falco series does for ancient Rome what the Gamache series does for Montreal and its surrounding areas. Really good at transporting you to a different time and place. I have also read the first book in the Cadfael series and thought that was a strong opening book in the series. I intend to get back to it someday. A recurring problem following all these different series People were looking for something set in Australia and Peter Temple's books fit the bill. I have only read the first book in his Jack Irish series but that was enough to convince me to get the rest of them. He's an acclaimed writer but not as well known as some think he should be. Sadly passed away in 2018.
  4. The Crippled God by Steven Erikson is 99p on the UK Kindle store.
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