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Mystery books set in your travel destinations

Ive devised a fun way to extend the pleasures of travel by finding mysteries and novels -- preferable an entire series -- set in my travel destinations. For Paris, Cara Black has written at least a dozen Aimee Leduc mysteries set in various neighborhoods throughout Paris. Read them on your iPad along with Google maps to pinpoint all the locations and even pull up street scenes. Great way to learn more about the city as well as enjoying a terrific mystery. For the south of France, the Martin Walker series starring Bruno Courreges in fictional St. Denis is a joy. For Venice, the prolific Donna Leon and her Commssario Brunetti will delight in her mysteries. I'm still on the fence about Kent Cristobel's Sandro Cellini mysteries set in Florence. Same for Rome as I think David Hewson's Nic Costa series is a bit too graphic and gruesome - so I'm open for new mystery suggestions.

Any other mystery lovers out there with ideas for European settings?

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Back in Jr HS I read GREAT EXPECTATIONS. My project entailed taking a 1963 map of London & pinpointing every street or district mentioned in the novel. The streets & the waterfront still exist.

My 2-cents Worth

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Jolene I think the Magdalen Nabb series of Marshall Guarnaccia mysteries was better for Florence, although a bit dated now.

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Henning Mankel's Kurt Wallander series, set in and around Ystad, Sweden. Most visitors to Ystad are probably there specifically because of the literary (and TV) connection.

If you watch the original (and far surperior) Danish version of The Killing (Forbrydelsen), you'll never look at Copenhagen the same way again.

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One more series set in Italy is that by Marco Vichi. The translator is Stephen Sartarelli (sp.?). He also did the Inspector Montalbano books, and he is a really good.

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Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein (1818) was set in the Old Anatomy Building of the University of Ingolstadt. That building is now Germany's Museum of Medical History.

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Another great series that takes place in Italy is by the late Michael Dibdin. It follows the non-illustrious career of Aurelio Zen in various locations. try this website italian-mysteries.com for mysteries in Italy as well as listings for other countries.

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If I ever get to Paris, there are some spots mentioned in The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth that I'd like to see. If I ever return to Wales, there are several locations mentioned in Sharon Kay Penman's historical novels, and various mysteries by Glynn Carr and Rhys Bowen that I'd like to visit. I've been to Amsterdam twice and know that I'll return someday as I love the city. Now that I've read The Coffee Trader and A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss, I'll view a number of spots I've already visited with new eyes and there are some new ones (to me) that I'd like to check out.

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The 2005 best-selling thriller The Shadow of the Wind (Zafón) takes place in 1950s Barcelona; sequels include The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. Robert Wilson’s popular police thrillers, including The Blind Man of Seville, are set in Spain and Portugal. Of course there is also Angles and Demons and the Da Vinci Code.

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star of the sea. novel based on the Irish potato famine. there is a murder on a coffin ship, and we don't know who the murderer is. many flash backs to their lives in Ireland before the ship set off. gave me a great inside look at the potato famine............

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Martha Grimes for England. Ditto, Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter series for London and Oxford.

I posted this elsewhere here today, but some Brunetti novels have been made into DVD series by a German producer. Great preparation for Venice (or for escape, if you can't get there soon).

Isabel Dalhousie mysteries (Alexander McCall Smith ) for Edinburgh.

When we rented an apartment in Paris last spring, we learned the owner was an American. It was fun to find a full stock of Cara Black and Donna Leon novels waiting for us on the bookshelves. I didn't have time to read them, but it was oddly comforting to know they were there.

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I would answer the OP's question: yes.
But she hasn't come back here to see our answers.