Mysteries Around the World

Jun 22, 2020 9:22:52 AM Sarah Rymer

It’s summer! Though our travel may be limited, many of us still long for a vacation from our current surroundings. Enjoy some of my favorite mystery series, and have fun traveling to different time periods and places around the world, including countries where IDEAS works!


Amelia Peabody Mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. This is an oldie but goody. As you follow the adventures of Amelia and her Egyptologist husband, you’ll catch glimpses of Egypt, Sudan, and Palestine in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and you’ll also laugh out loud!

Dr. Siri Paiboun Mysteries by Colin Cotterill. This series is set in Laos during the first years of Communism. As the country’s coroner, Dr. Siri and his loveable, quirky group of companions solve mysteries and entertain readers.

Li Du Mysteries by Elsa Hart. This three volume series follows the fortunes of Li Du, an exiled Chinese librarian at the dawn of the 18th century.   

Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by Laurie R. King. While this starts in England, where a retired Sherlock Holmes discovers a worthy protégé in young Mary, the two go on to solve mysteries in Palestine, India, Japan, the U.S., Portugal, Morocco, and Italy.

Medicus Series by Ruth Downie. Although set primarily in Britain, Russo, the main character, travels throughout the Roman empire along with his feisty former slave and now wife, Tilla. This is a fun way to make ancient history come to life.

Perveen Mistry Mysteries by Sujata Massey. Set in India in the 1920s, Mistry, a young Zoroastrian woman, joins her father’s law firm and finds herself embroiled in mysteries that only she, as a woman, can solve.

The Athenian Mysteries by Gary Corby. These irreverently funny books bring ancient Greek history to life.

Yashim the Eunuch Mysteries by Jason Goodwin. Istanbul in the 1830s and 1840s provides plenty of opportunities for intrigue as Yashim solves mysteries that surround the Sultan and his family. 


About the Author: Libby is an IDEAS Associate and professional librarian. She currently resides in Jordan and works with libraries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Enjoy other blogs by Libby, such as Read Around the World for Teens & Tweens.


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