Decoda Summer Reading 2018 – Margaret Sutherland
Date posted: August 22, 2018
I read crime fiction. Quite a lot of it. Every two or three books I sprinkle in something else, a bestseller or a piece of literary fiction – often something recommended to me by the two librarians in my life, my daughter, Sarah, and our Decoda librarian, Tina. Both can be relied on to come up with something new, quirky or interesting. And, both of them like crime fiction too!
For the last few years I have been reading my way around the world of crime fiction, looking for authors or series from different countries. This is a good way for me to fit exploring the world into my schedule, which already includes quite a bit of travel for work.
Here is a list of authors and series I have been enjoying and the countries they write about:
Scotland: Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels are set in his home town of Edinburgh. Rankin doesn’t disappoint! Look for the next in the Rebus series this fall. Recently, I read Peter May’s latest, I’ll Keep You Safe, a thriller that switches between Paris and the Scottish Hebrides. I was quite transfixed with the description of the Hebrides.
England: There are so many great English crime fiction writers. My current favourite is Elly Griffiths. I eagerly await the next installment of her Ruth Galloway series. Ruth is an unlikely sleuth, a forensic archeologist living in Norfolk. The 25th of Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks series will be out in Canada in October. A new Banks is always something to look forward to.
South Africa: Deon Meyer’s books are dark, gritty and compelling. Set in South Africa, they are translated from Afrikaans.
France: Fred Vargas is the pseudonym of the French historian, archaeologist and writer Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau. Her books are set in Paris, and have threads of history and mysticism threaded throughout. Highly recommended!
Laos: Tina recently lent me the first book in Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri Paiboun series. They are engaging reading, I have consumed several more this summer! I had a long-time ESL student who was a refugee from Laos. Many of the stories she told me make sense now that I have read more about the country and the events taking place at the time she left.
Cuba: Peggy Blair is a Canadian lawyer. Her Inspector Ramirez series is set in Cuba and is well worth taking off the shelf.
Canada: What can I say about Louise Penny’s Dr. Gamache series? If you haven’t already, read them! The next in the series will be released in November.
Coming Up? I am going to read Thomas King’s Dreadful Water mysteries and There There by Tommy Orange, the book recommended to me when I took the Bookstore Quiz.