Fifteen Mysteries Set Outside the U.S.

July 19, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 16

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books Set Outside the U.S.

I’m expanding beyond traditional and cozy mystery to including a few romantic suspense novels (the Mary Stewarts) and one book that is more fiction, but does have codebreaking and a bit of historical puzzle (A Desperate Fortune.)

Austria (Vienna and the Alps): Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart

Bulgaria: The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (Goodreads)

Canada: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery;  The Edge by Dick Francis (set on a transcontinental train)  (Goodreads)


China: Mrs Pollifax on the China Station by Dorothy Gilman (Goodreads)

France: A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley  (Goodreads)

Greece (Corfu): This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart


The Holy Land: O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King (Goodreads)

India: The Game by Laurie R. King  (Goodreads)

Japan: Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King


Mexico: The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb by Cathy Ace (takes place in a Mexican beach resort)

Morocco: Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King (Goodreads)

The Netherlands: The Corpse with the Garnet Face by Cathy Ace


New Zealand: Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh (Goodreads)

Turkey: The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman (Goodreads)

Zambia and Rhodesia: Mrs. Pollifax on Safari by Dorothy Gilman (Goodreads)

16 Responses to “Fifteen Mysteries Set Outside the U.S.”

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    I’ve read and enjoyed those Mary Stewart books a long time ago, and have read a couple of Kearsley books, but not that title (yet).

    My mother always read Mrs. Pollifax books when I was young. I remember this fact distinctly and yet I’ve never thought to read them also, and have a connection to her now that she’s passed. Thanks for a thoughtful list, different than most I’m reading today.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Mrs. Pollifax novels are great fun, though sometimes she gets into some pretty difficult situations. I hope you’ll give them a try, especially with the connection to your mom. Thanks for stopping by, Rita.

  2. Ardene

    I’m not familiar with Cathy Ace, I’ll have to check her out. I do like the Laurie King books. Have you read any of her early ones about Kate Martinelli?

    A new-to-me series that I just ran across is set in Egypt; the first book is Golden Scales by Parker Bilal. I’m still working on writing a review.

    Thanks for a new author to look for!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I haven’t read the Kate Martinelli books yet. I may try them one of these days. I tend to be less interested in modern police procedurals, but there are exceptions, like Deborah Crombie’s wonderful Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Well, there are several good series represented here! If you haven’t read Laurie R. King’s “Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes” series, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Take a look at my review of the series and you’ll see why.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I haven’t read Mrs. Pollifax in ages but I used to love her and Dorothy Gilman so much! Gilman had some stand alones that were my absolute favorite. You’re inspiring a trip to the library! I also didn’t realize how much traveling with Sherlock and Russell I had ahead of me. Great list! You’ve reminded me of so many books I want to read or reread.
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  4. Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style

    I love Mrs. Pollifax, although it’s been awhile since I’ve read most of them.

    You might enjoy Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew. It’s a cozy set in South Africa. I’d highly recommend the audiobook, as they hired a South African actress to read it.

  5. Lindsay

    I’ve never read any of the Mrs. Pollifax books, but it sounds like they provide tons of vicarious travel! I’ll have to check them out!

    As you know, I’m working my way through the Mary Russell books (I’m planning to finally read book 4 this summer), so eventually I’ll get to read about Morocco and Japan!
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