No time or budget for a Mediterranean cruise? Why not try a great mystery that whisks you away to a faraway vacation spot? Spending time with these books that perfectly immerse you in their sense of place – the buttery taste of a croissant, the sound of footsteps crossing St. Mark’s Square as church bells ring, the heady scent of Istanbul’s spice markets - will be a mini vacation without leaving home. Pack your bags with one of these exciting reads by writers who have mastered the art of setting.
In the mood for something more romantic? Try Arturo Perez-Reverte’s stories of retired soldier Diego Alatriste. Seventeenth century Spain comes alive in these tales of the adventures of a swordsman for hire in Madrid during the Inquisition. The first book of the series is Captain Alatriste.
Italy is represented by American expat Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti in Venice, where the romance of the setting presents shadowy contrasts to murder, crime, and the corruption of the local police. Leon makes her home in Venice and it shows.
With Egypt, it’s best to slip into the past, when heat stroke and tomb curses were the biggest problems for a visitor. Spend time with the irrepressible adventurer and archaeologist Amelia Peabody. The first in the nineteen book series is The Crocodile on the Sandbank.
Can the impossibly serene Greek islands harbor a murderer? Beautiful Mykonos is terrorized by a serial killer in Jeffrey Siger’s Murder in Mykonos, starring hot shot former Athens police chief Andreas Kaldis.
Do you have a favorite book set in another place or time? What book did you take on vacation?