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This site now includes 345 authors, 64 countries and multi-country regions, 45 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

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Read and Recommended
For a few months, I had time to note specific books that I read and recommended. I had to stop for lack of time. If time is available, this section will resume.
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March 2010

April 24, 2010 - In March, I was fortunate enough not only to find three new novels continuing some of my favorite series—set in Brazil, Palestine, and Tibet respectively—but also a new (to me) Icelandic writer.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir's Last Rituals is her first mystery novel, written in 2005 and translated into English in 2007. There are three more in Icelandic, one of which appeared in English in 2009. I've only read one by her more famous countryman Amaldur Indridason, and not been inspired to read others by him. But Sigurdardottir's detective, Thóra Gudmundsdôttir, is one I will be glad to see in subsequent books.

Closer to the equator, Leighton Gage's Inspector Mario Silva travels from Brasília to the Amazon to investigate a case of kidnapping for snuff movies, in Dying Gasp. In the Middle East, Omar Youssef travels the shorter distance from Bethlehem to Nablus in The Samaritan's Secret, by Matt Beynon Rees. And Eliot Pattison, in Prayer of the Dragon, continues his Tibetan series, with the added element of two Navajo visitors and links between ancient Tibetan and Navajo cultures.

Back in the USA, Los Angeles was the best represented setting, with series books by the always reliable Michael Connelly (The Scarecrow) and Robert Crais ( The First Rule). In New York, Alafair Burke continues her Manhattan series with featuring NYPD Det. Ellie Hatcher ( 212: A Novel). And Steve Hamilton adds out-of-state roadtrips to his usual Michigan settings with an innovative novel featuring a youthful "boxman" with a genius for opening locks (The Lock Artist).

More about these Authors

Alafair Burke on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Michael Connelly on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Robert Crais on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Leighton Gage on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Steve Hamilton on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Eliot Pattison on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Matt Beynon Rees on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia
Yrsa Sigurdardottir on Amazon UK | Bookmooch | Wikipedia