Mar 18, 2018

Sunday Salon: Mystery Novels Around the Globe

Recently borrowed:
I amazed myself with the type of books, the variety, though all mystery novels, that I came out with after a visit to the library yesterday.  I gravitate towards books set in other places. These are set in Tokyo, Moscow and Laos, and Australia. Armchair travel at its best!

Blue Light, Yokohama, Inspector Iwata #1
Setting: Tokyo
Genre: mystery, police procedural
Tokyo Police Inspector Iwata, recently reinstated to a new post, is assigned to investigate a disturbing multiple murder.
Am so glad I get to read the first in a new mystery series set in Tokyo! This way, I hope to get more of the flavor of the great city, even if only from a novel. By a writer who fell in love with Japan.

And another thriller set in Tokyo:
Soul Cage (Reiko Himekawa, #2)
Soul Cage by Tetsuya Honda
Published July 18, 2017, Minotaur Books
Setting: Tokyo
Genre: police procedural
This is the second in the series featuring the detective in Tokyo. A severed hand, a missing body, and a victim who was living under a false identity all add up to the most complex and challenging case yet for Homicide Detective Reiko Himekawa.

Setting: Laos and Moscow, Olympic Village
The Rat Catchers' Olympics (Dr. Siri Paiboun #12)
The Rat Catchers' Olympics by Colin Cotterill
Published August 15, 2017; Soho Press
Genre: mystery, Dr. Siri Paiboun series #12

1980: The Democratic People's Republic of Laos is proud to be competing in its first-ever Olympics.  Ex-national coroner of Laos Dr. Siri Paiboun begins to suspect that one of the athletes is not who he says he is. Fearing a conspiracy, Siri and his friends investigate, liaising in secret with Inspector Phosy back home in Laos to see if the man might be an assassin.

Setting: isolated bushland in Australia

Force of Nature (Aaron Falk, #2)

Force of Nature: Aaron Falk #2 by Jane Harper
Published February 6, 2018; Flatiron Books
Genre: mystery, thriller
When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.

But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened.

I finished reading
Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison, Septemer 5, 2017, Mira Books
Genre: psychological suspense
My review: 
A married couple, both writers, have an ideal married life with success and fame until they begin to drift apart due to professional jealousy, betrayal, domestic fighting, and the sudden death of a child to SIDS. But what seems obvious on the outside is anything but, and as readers we plumb the depths of several twists and turns that land you in unexpected places in the story.

Somewhat suspenseful and surprising, this was an enjoyable though not always believable read. A domestic thriller that is entertaining and easy to read. 

What books are you reading this week?
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  1. I never thought of that. Of getting books from different areas. What a lovely idea. I have to do that. Take a journey of that area one book at a time. Nice. Hope you enjoy your new books! Happy Reading!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #10

  2. I want to read Lie To Me, that looks good!! Have a good week.

  3. I enjoyed Lie To Me...and, as you know, I downloaded Let Me Lie this week.

    I've read a few other "lie" books, which are thematic of our times. LOL.

    I hope to read Force of Nature soon. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. I like Armchair Travel through books. You have a good collection here. I've heard about "Lie To Me." Might have the chance to look for it.

  5. Blue Light, Yokohama and Soul Cage, the books set in Tokyo, sound especially good to me. Happy reading this week, Harvee!

  6. I love to travel through books too. It looks like you came home with some great ones.

  7. Great assortment of books. Armchair traveling is my favorite kind of traveling. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. The two set in Tokyo sound really good. Enjoy!

  9. ENJOY your week and your books.

    BLUE LIGHT, YOKOHAMA sounds good.

    I have read another book by J. T. Ellison and enjoyed it.

  10. Nice group of mysteries! I too like to travel through my books.

  11. That first cover is very eye catching! This seems to be a week big on "lie" titles. Hope you enjoy all of your reading!


  12. Thanks for the sharing these useful books and I love to read books and novels. Its my second hobby. Force of Nature: Aaron Falk #2 is looks cool. I will download eBook in PDF and read the novel. Once again thanks for sharing a priceless gift.


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