Winter getaway: escape the cold with mysteries set in exotic locations

Fed up with the cold? Longing for a winter getaway? Fear not, for we’ve handpicked the best mysteries (out now or coming soon) set in exotic and intriguing climes to satisfy your December needs and leave you feeling the heat.

MURDER YOUR DARLINGS by Mark McCrum

Crime writer-sleuth Francis Meadowes discovers something dark hiding under the beautiful Umbrian sun when one of his writing group is found dead in Italy. Can he uncover the identity of a murderer before they strike again? Featuring stunning Italian villages, lazy siestas and a picturesque villa, this page-turning mystery is the ideal way to banish the winter blues.

UK readers/US readers

AN ARTFUL ASSASSIN IN AMSTERDAM by Michael Grant

It takes one to know one… A thief, that is. David Mitre is targeted by an assassin while helping FBI Special Agent Delia Delacorte stop a thief in Amsterdam. This fast-paced, cunningly crafted mystery features everything we love about Amsterdam – canals, art and incredible culture – plus the most audacious assassination attempt we’ve come across for some time. You’ll never think of a canal trip in the same way again…

UK readers/US readers

THE CASE OF THE REINCARNATED CLIENT by Tarquin Hall

Transport yourself to India, one of the most exotic locations of all, in the company of the country’s most private investigator, Vish Puri. Vish faces a baffling dilemma when a client claims she was murdered in a past life. She can’t be telling the truth… can she? This lively, exquisitely entertaining mystery, full of delightfully drawn characters, showcases India in all its vibrant, energetic and diverse glory, and left us with a wonderfully warm glow.

UK readers/US readers

A SHADOWED FATE by Marty Ambrose

Back to Italy again, but we’re not complaining because 1) it’s one of our favourite locations, and 2) this beautifully written historical mystery completely swept us off our feet. This second in a fascinating trilogy based on the β€˜summer of 1816’ Byron/Shelley group sees Claire Clairmont travel through Italy to learn the true fate of Allegra, her daughter by Lord Byron, but she finds herself shadowed at every turn and in increasing danger as her journey progresses. Can she uncover the truth – and stay alive? This heartfelt mystery is perfect winter escapism for all Romantics and fans of Byron and Shelley in particular.

UK readers/US readers

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