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Some favourite crime-fiction series #1 (no special order)
Maxine Clarke "Maxine of Petrona"
The Martin Beck series - Roseanna
"First and best of modern crime fiction series: a 10-book "story of a crime", that of policeman Martin Beck and post-war Swedish society/politics"
The Black Echo
"Excellent series about LAPD Harry Bosch, various partners and (in later novels) other recurring characters, including the city of LA."
Studio 69: 2 (Annika Bengtzon)
"Swedish journalist Annika Bengztrom struggles with career and personal crises/family. Brilliant series, one of my all-time favourites."
"I don't read historical crime fiction usually, but this London series (starting in WW2) is superb, featuring DI Ted Stratton."
Jar City (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries 1)
"Superb, classic police procedurals from Iceland, often on scientific themes, with a great central character - the very depressive (but occasionally funny) Erlunder."
A Is for Alibi
"Long-running series about PI Kinsey Millhone, the nearest modern equivalent to the classic novels of the 30s and 40s?"
The Dragon Man (Hal Challis Novel) (Hal Challis Mystery 1)
"Excellent, atmospheric Australian series with telling interplay between police colleagues"
"More from Iceland: curious lawyer Thora solves mysteries that are often darker than they seem at first, amid domestic crises"
From Doon With Death: (A Wexford Case)
"The Inspector Wexford series has been running for more than 40 years and still manages to engage the interest, particularly on how global sociopolitics affects people's daily lives"
Raven Black (Shetland)
"Take your pick between this, her Shetland Island series, and her Vera Stanhope police series- both show insight into human dilemmas and are good mystery stories."
The Mind's Eye (The Van Veeteren Series)
"Blackly funny police procedural series by a Swedish author but not set in Sweden"
Don't Look Back (An Inspector Sejer mystery)
"Wonderful fables with psychological insight from Norway; the crime plots are not that central but the stories are memorable."
Bad Debts (Jack Irish Thriller 1)
"Brilliant Melbourne stories - either this, the Jack Irish (ex lawyer PI) series or The Broken Shore/Truth. Wonderful language."
The Crossing Places: A case for Ruth Galloway
"Norfolk atmosphere and wonderful character of Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist, and her interactions with DI Harry Nelson and team."
Dead Before Dying (Coronet books)
"Only loosely connected, Deon Meyer's South African thrillers are so exciting and paint a vivid portrait of a complex country during political upheaval and transition."
The Coffin Trail
"Police procedural (DI Hannah Scarlett) meets history and book collecting in atmospheric series set in English Lake District."
Yours Until Death (Eurocrime)
"Long-running Norwegian PI series about ex-social worker Varg Veum. Lots have not been translated into English (yet?). There is also a TV series available on DVD (US format)."
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
"There are only three books but you can't not read them! Lisbeth Salander is a great creation, and there are thrills aplenty concerning politics, journalism and more."
"Boulder, Colorado psychologist Alan Gregory investigates - sometimes slow but well worth reading."
Echoes From The Dead: Oland Quartet series 1
"With two of the Oland quartet so far published (in English), this may be the best series currently being written. Swedish, and brilliant."
The Redbreast: A Harry Hole thriller (Oslo Sequence 1)
"Harry Hole of the Oslo police, is what makes this series, which is sometimes too OTT and gory, but certainly exciting."
The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
"Sublime Sicilian crime- Inspector Montalbano and colleagues, wonderful translation, incredible food, humour and poignancy."
"Set in Bari, Italy, I love this series about a bibliophile lawyer."
The Monkey's Raincoat
"PI Elvis Cole and ex-vet Joe Pike are a likeable team in classic LA detective stories"
"Swedish series about lawyer Rebecca Martinsson and a detective team led by family woman Anna Marie Mella. I love it."
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