The Favourite Five

If you are missing travel right now, you can still find all the mystery and adventure of a fantastic journey without actually leaving home.

Join me for a tour of my top five settings in mystery books.

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5 – Barbados

For those of us who get a little bored lounging by the pool, Agatha Christie’s A Caribbean Mystery is the perfect combination of suspense, mystery and holiday relaxation.

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4 – Rome

Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons brought back wonderful memories of this beautiful city. This book is a murder mystery and art history lesson rolled into one.

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3 – Medieval England

Susanna Gregory’s Matthew Bartholomew series is mostly set in the fascinating location of medieval Cambridge. Some of the books feature trips to nearby historic cities including York and my very own Peterborough!

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2 – Egypt

In second place, I’ve chosen another Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile, in which a murder takes place during a river cruise in Egypt. What a fantastic idea to set a murder in a moving location! The culture, the history, the feeling of being trapped with a killer – what more could you want?

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1 – Botswana

I fell in love with Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series because of the setting. The grasslands, the wildlife, the unending sky, the pace of life, and the mysteries – which could only happen in Botswana!

Those are my favourites – what are yours?

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7 thoughts on “The Favourite Five

  1. Great locations. I’ve been to 4 of 5, just missing Botswana. I would add Rio de Janeiro. I was there a few years back. It’s a great spot for adventure and mystery (although a covid mess right now). Thanks for sharing,

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