I’m Annie Mondegreen and this blog chronicles my trip around the world in 18 detective novels. I’ve put together a list of 18 novels (because 80 seemed impossible to conquer and 8 definitely not enough) that have been recommended by other crime fiction fans and / or have been waiting patiently on my to-be-read list. I tried to spread the novels (relatively) evenly across the continents and for the most part I have tried to steer clear of the notorious “big names”.
In addition to reading around the world, I’m also traveling to the respective countries on my list – not in person, but through songs, movies and documentaries, food and drinks, arts and crafts, and other little activities I can do in my armchair. This mode of traveling has become a favorite past time of mine, even though it was originally born out of necessity because the Coronavirus pandemic brought all actual traveling to a halt.
This is the list of my 18 Sleuths:
- New Zealand: Ngaio Marsh’s “Vintage Murder” (1937)
- Australia: Emma Viskic’s “Resurrection Bay” (2015)
- Japan: Seicho Matsumoto’s “Inspector Imanishi Investigates” (1961)
- India: Satyaji Ray’s “The Adventures of Feluda” (1988)
- Russia: Boris Akunin’s “The Winter Queen” (1998)
- Finland: Antti Tuomainen’s “The Man Who Died” (2016)
- Switzerland: Friedrich Glauser’s “Wachtmeister Studer” (1936)
- Portugal: Francisco José Viegas’ “Um Crime na Exposição” (2015)
- Turkey: Mehmet Murat Somer’s “The Kiss Murder” (2003)
- Egypt: Parker Bilal’s “The Golden Scales” (2012)
- Nigeria: Leye Adenle’s “Easy Motion Tourist” (2016)
- South Africa: Deon Meyer’s “Thirteen Hours” (2009)
- Argentina: Manuel Vázquez Montalban’s “The Buenos Aires Quintet” (2003)
- Brazil: Rubem Fonseca’s “Agosto” (1990)
- Caribbean: Mignon Good Eberhart’s “Speak No Evil” (1941)
- Canada: David Montrose’s “The Crime on Cote de Neiges” (1951)
- USA: Tony Hillerman’s “The Blessing Way” (1970)
- USA, Hawaii: Earl Derr Briggers’ “The House Without a Key” (1932)
UPDATE: Out of solidarity with the Ukrainian people, I’m adding Andrey Kurkov’s “Death and the Penguin” (1996) to my list.
Fancy a short musical trip around the world? Travel with me from Yokohama to Russia, from Egypt and Paris via Portugal to Brazil and to the USA – all in five unique cover songs. I performed these covers in the context of listening parties I streamed on Instagram Live, where I showcased some of my favorite songs that I discovered listening to the countries’ musical histories.
Hako Yamasaki: Yokohama (1958)
(my own creative translation based on several English translations)
Alla Pugacheva: I Like (1976)
(my own creative translation based on several English translations of Marina Tsvetaeva’s poem)
Dalida: Histoire d’un Amour (1958)
Vinícius de Moraes: Saudades do Brasil em Portugal (1968)
Chris Isaak: Wicked Game (1989)
Please note: My apologies if you have to sit through ads to watch this video. I do not monetize my YouTube videos, but because these are cover songs, the original artists (or rather the copyright holders) will place ads and monetize this video.