A book list by Ann Cleeves because we could all do with vicarious travel as well as a good page-turner.
Georges Simenon£7.99 £7.43
I could have chosen any of the Maigret books, but this is a classic, set in Paris, and it’s been translated by Ros Schwartz, whom I admire.
Nicolas Freeling£8.99 £8.36
This was a game-changer of a crime novel, first published in the sixties. It introduced Van Der Valk – very different from any of the TV adaptations – and is an exploration of sexual obsession.
Henning Mankell£8.99 £8.36
One of the Kurt Wallander books, this has the most stunningly visual opening scenes, I’ve ever read.
Jane Harper£8.99 £8.36
This depiction of the dry Australian outback is a study of an isolated community under pressure.
Will Dean£8.99 £8.36
Set in Central Sweden, Dark Pines introduces the delightful deaf local journalist Tuva Moodyson.
David Baldacci£20.00 £18.60
A complete change in mood. American to its core, for lovers of fast-paced thrillers.
Fred Vargas£9.99 £9.29
In contrast, this couldn’t be more European, starting with a contemporary Parisian town crier. It has a special resonance at the moment with references to the Plague. Features the wonderful Commissaire Adamsberg.
Andrea Camilleri£8.99 £8.36
Introducing Salvo Montalbano, this is satirical, political, but still comforting in difficult times with its descriptions of food, wine and sunshine.
Ragnar Jonasson£8.99 £8.36
Nobody can conjure dark, claustrophobic small communities like Jonasson. This brings to a close the Ari Thor Arason series, set in northern Iceland.
Hakan Nesser£8.99 £8.36
This novel, featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, was the first Nesser novel I read and it’s still one of my favourites.