5 International Mysteries for Armchair Travelers

What makes armchair traveling great? You don’t have to sit in a metal tube next to someone you don’t know for several hours. You don’t have to worry about lost luggage or a glitch that canceled your reservations. No bugs. No lines. No stress. And you can always make new friends on the internet!

In the spirit of armchair traveling, here are five stellar, international murder mysteries to give you a change of scenery before September hits and we all have to deal with whatever the fall of 2020 throws at us. And if you don’t feel like reading, a few of these have TV adaptations you can stream to your heart’s content.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana)

Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana’s No.1 (and only) lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. However, the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors.


Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (Iraq)

When nurse Amy Leatheran agrees to look after American archaeologist Dr Leidner’s wife Louise at a dig near Hassanieh she finds herself taking on more than just nursing duties – she also has to help solve murders. Fortunately for Amy, Hercule Poirot is visiting the excavation site but will the great detective be in time to prevent a multiple murderer from striking again?


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Iceland)

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.


My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Nigeria)

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…


Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates by Kerry Greenwood (Australia)

First in a series of delightful and adventurous cosy crime tales featuring the glamorous and feisty Phryne Fisher. Bored socialite Phryne Fisher leaves the tedium of the London season for adventure in Australia!


What are your favorite international mysteries? Let me know in the comments!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. kay says:

    My Sister, the Serial Killer was so good, such a unique thriller. I’ve had Burial Rites on my shelves for a few years, but I’m hoping to finally read it this fall. Great selection!

    1. Resa says:

      I agree! I feel like I learned a lot about the country and got to enjoy a unique thriller.

      I hope you enjoy Burial Rites. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but ended up being really enthralled.

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