Monday, December 11, 2023

Six top books for a murder mystery tour of England

Award winning author Liz Fielding was born with itchy feet. She was working in Zambia before her twenty-first birthday and, gathering her own special hero and a couple of children on the way, has lived in Botswana, Kenya and the Middle East, all of which have provided rich inspiration for her writing. She has written more than seventy books, several of which have won awards, and sold over 15 million copies. In 2019 she was honored with the Romantic Novelists' Association Outstanding Career Award.

Fielding's latest crime novel is Murder unde the Mistletoe.

At The Strand Magazine she tagged six books for a murder mystery tour of England, including:

The Crossing Places is the first book in the best-selling Ruth Galloway Mysteries by Elly Griffiths. Dr Ruth Galloway is a university professor and her field is forensic archaeology. She’s called in as a consultant by DCI Harry Nelson when a child’s bones are discovered near a prehistoric site on the north Norfolk salt marshes.

Are they the remains of a local girl who disappeared ten years earlier? Nelson has been getting sinister notes about ritual sacrifice since she vanished and he needs Ruth’s expertise to solve this case. Then a second child goes missing.

There’s a mysterious henge uncovered on a beach and the world of this book is steeped in the mystical liminal space between land and sea. Set in Norfolk, on the east coast of England, with its wide skies and the ever-present sea, the landscape is a character in its own right.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Crossing Places is among Sarah Strohmeyer's seven novels with ominous beach settings and Joanna Schaffhausen's ten top dynamic detective duos in crime fiction.

The Page 69 Test: The Crossing Places.

--Marshal Zeringue