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Mystery Movember at Collected Works WEEK 4: Overseas Mysteries

Pietr the Latvian (Inspector Maigret Series #1) by Georges Simenon $11.00 Paperback

Inspector Maigret is called upon to hunt down a notorious con-man who has set up shop in Paris. Pietr the Latvian is the first in Simenon’s prolific ‘Inspector Maigret’ series. Don’t miss out!

Death at Sea: Montalbano’s Early Cases by Andrea Camilleri $16.00 Paperback

The Sicilian criminal underworld is on display in Death at Sea, a translated collection of 8 mysteries from the godfather of Italian crime literature, Andrea Camilleri. Starring the witty Italian sleuth-extraordinaire Inspector Montalbano, Death at Sea is an exquisite collection of mafioso mystery inspired by life in Sicily.

The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series) by Jo Nesbø $16.00 Paperback

Nesbø’s trademark gritty, dark style is on full display in The Thirst, as Detective Harry Hole must hunt down a serial killer who is using the dating app Tinder to profile and hunt their victims. Haunted and troubled in his own right, Harry Hole is a protagonist who continues to grow and surprise as the series goes on.

In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear $15.99 Paperback

In This Grave Hour finds P.I./Spy/Heroine Maisie Dobbs back in London on the eve of World War II. In such tumultuous times, Dobbs finds herself wrapped in a subterfuge of murder and international espionage while simultaneously battling demons from her past.

Red Sparrow: A Novel (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews $17.00 Paperback

One has to assume that Jason Matthews’ books are influenced by his past life as a veteran CIA operative. One should also be extremely thankful for this. Red Sparrow, the first in Matthews’ Russian spy series (and his first published book) is action-packed and teeming with whip-smart dialogue.

Teatro La Fenice, an opera house in Venice is the scene of a murder in Donna Leon’s Death at La Fenice. The famed Commissario Brunetti must solve a case with no apparent leads after a German conductor is found dead in his dressing room during the middle of a show.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series #1) by Stieg Larsson $16.95 Paperback

The book that launched a series and caused social uproar in Larsson’s native Sweden, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is 21st-century zeitgeist material. Focusing on the juxtaposition between Scandinavian humility and the dark side of Sweden’s privileged political/business elite, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a stunning beginning to this noir murder-mystery series.

In the Woods: A Novel by Tana French $17.00 Paperback

In The Woods is the first entry in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. When a young child is murdered in a forested area outside of Dublin, Detective Rob Ryan must dive into dark memories in order to make sense of the present day mystery he and his partner must solve.

Reviews by Joel

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