Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to Non-Travellers

November 20, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to Non-Travellers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. This week’s list is…

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to Non-Travellers

Long winded title or what? Travelling can be really expensive if, like me, you prefer to have your creature comforts. Sure you can see the sites but you are at the mercy of the elements and (depending on the country) the locals. Here are some books set in exotic locations that will help you feel as if you are overseas and soaking up the local atmosphere.

Ten books was far too few to cover this topic properly and there are some woeful exclusions – I’ve listed nothing for Eastern Europe, UK, the Middle East, North America, Central Asia etc. If I was allowed to do Top One Hundred Tuesday then I would be in a much better position.

The fact that most books feature people being shot, blown up, stabbed or dying hideously is entirely coincidental. Honest!


Hard to Hold

1. Hard to Hold by Stephanie Tyler
Lieutenant Jake Hansen is trying to locate and then smuggle Dr Isabelle Markham out of Africa

The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency

2. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe is a sturdily built woman from Botswana who has a gift for investigating.

Central America & the Caribbean

Hot Zone

3. Hot Zone by Catherine Mann
Pararescuman Hugh Franco who is tasked with finding survivors of an earthquake, comes across Amelia and her adopted nephew Joshua. Stuff goes down as Hugh tries to keep them safe.

Take No Prisoners

4. Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard
Abbie and Sam try to track down Abbie’s brother in the wilds of Honduras but their job is made a little more difficult as people try to kill them.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Henrick Vanger is convinced someone in his family has committed murder and wants the deets.

The Copenhagen Connection

6. The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters
Elizabeth Jones becomes the private secretary for her idol Margaret Rosenberg but when the lady is kidnapped, Elizabeth must team up Margaret’s son to get her back.



7. A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint
Singh unravels a particularly thorny case involving the murder of a man who converted to Islam to stop his wife getting the kids in a bitter custody battle.

The Case of the Missing Servant

8. The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Vish Puri is the greatest private detective in India (at least in his eyes) and handles his two cases with occasional aplomb.

South America

The Darkest Hour

9. The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks
Ethan Kelly’s wife has been missing for 12 months but when he receives intel that she is being kept somewhere in South America, he is determined to bring her home.

One Grave Less

10. One Grave Less by Beverly Connor
Before forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon took up her role as head of the River Trail Museum of Natural History, she worked on war crimes cases in South America. The past comes flooding back when she is left an odd bone.


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