Thursday, January 3, 2019

Around the world in 365 days

I managed to visit 36 countries through fiction in 2018, plus a handful of others through non-fiction. The list is still dominated by the United States, England and Ireland though, despite my best intentions to wander geographically a bit more.

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs ***
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan ***

Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart ****.5

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway **** 
The Death Season by Kate Ellis ***
Sirens by Joseph Knox *****
A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan ****
The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts ****.5
Watch Her Disappear by Eva Dolan *****
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer ****.5
A Book of Scars by William Shaw ****.5
Spook Street by Mick Herron ****.5
Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid ****.5
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz ****
Without the Moon by Cathi Unsworth **.5
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch ****

Exit Berlin by Tim Sebastian ***.5
The Innocent by Ian McEwan ****
Slumberland by Paul Beatty ****

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey ***.5

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent *****

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee *****
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan ***

The Treacherous Strand by Andrea Carter ***.5
Rain Falls on Everyone by Clár Ni Chonghaile *****
Echobeat by Joe Joyce ****.5
The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan ****
The Confession by Jo Spain ***.5
Angels in the Moonlight by Caimh McDonnell ****
Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent ***.5

Blood Curse by Maurizio de Giovanni ***

Tokyo Station by Martin Cruz Smith ****

The Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Coterill ***

Under the Frangipani by Mia Couto ***

New Zealand
Death on Demand by Paul Thomas ****

Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle ***.5

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn ***

Who Killed Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas Llosa ***

The End of the World in Breslau by Marek Krajewski ** 

African Sky by Tony Park ***

Red Plenty by Francis Spufford *****
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles *****

Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin ****.5
The Deep Dark Sleep by Craig Russell ***.5

South Africa
Capture by Roger Smith ***.5

The Sentinel by Mark Oldfield ***

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson ***

Thumbprint by Friedrich Glauser ****

Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari ***.5
Ghost Month by Ed Lin **

Deep Waters by Barbara Nadel ****.5

Cop Hater by Ed McBain ***.5
City of the Dead by Sara Gran ***.5
The Force by Don Winslow *****
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier ****.5
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper *****
The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag ***
Fletch by Gregory McDonald ***
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore ****
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes ****
Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard ***
The Big Kiss-Off of 1944 by Andrew Bergman ****.5
Lamentation by Joe Clifford ***.5
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell ****.5
Straight Man by Richard Russo ***
Bone Island Mambo by Tom Corcoran ****
Night Life by David C Taylor ****.5
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter ***
White Butterfly by Walter Mosley ****.5
Paris Trout by Pete Dexter ***.5
A Negro and an Ofay by Danny Gardner ***.5
Dark Town by Thomas Mullen ****.5
The Sugar House by Laura Lippman ***.5

This Thing of Darkness by Harry Bingham *****
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham *****

More than one country
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje **** (Italy, Egypt, Libya)
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut *** (Germany, United States)
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp *** (Italy, England, Hong Kong, United States)
Early One Morning by Robert Ryan **** (Ireland, France, England, Germany)
The Age of Treachery by Gavin Scott *** (England, Germany, Denmark, Norway)
The Cypher Bureau by Eilidh McGinness *** (Poland, France, Spain, England)
The One Man by Andrew Gross ****.5 (Poland, United States)
The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross ***.5 (England, United States, Netherlands)
Defectors by Joseph Kanon *** (United States, Russia)
The City in Darkness by Michael Russell **** (Ireland, Spain, UK)
Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson **** (England, Russia, United States)
A Little White Death by John Lawton **** (England, Lebanon, Russia)
Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr ****.5 (Germany, Greece)
The Way Back to Florence by Glenn Haybittle ***** (Italy, England) 

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