Around the World in 80 Books – Mostly by Female Authors


[World map created with Mapchart.net]

The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author’s nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).

On the map I’m only tracking new reads, not also rereads.

This is a project continued from 2019-2021.  2022 reads for a country already covered in 2019-2020 will override the earlier reads.  (2019-2020 books listed below.)

 

The Books:

Africa

William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (new)

 

 

Americas

USA
Zora Neale Hurston: Dust Tracks on a Road (new)
Phoebe Atwood Taylor: The Cape Cod Mystery (new)
Attica Locke: Bluebird, Bluebird (new)
Denise Hamilton (ed.), Various Authors: Los Angeles Noir (new)
Dana Stabenow: A Cold Day for Murder (new)
Marcia Muller: Edwin of he Iron Shoes and Ask the Cards a Question (both new)
Michael McGarrity: Tularosa (new)
Chester Himes: The Real Cool Killers (new)
Amanda Quick: The Girl Who Knew too Much (new)
Isabel Wilkerson: Caste (new)
Denise Hamilton: Savage Garden (new)
Sue Grafton: “A” Is for Alibi (new)
Raymond Chandler: The Little Sister (new)
Sara Paretsky: Killing Orders (new)
Vera Caspary: Laura (new)
Margaret Millar: Vanish in an Instant (new)
Lauren Belfer: City of Light (new)
Kylie Logan: The Scent of Murder (new)
Nevada Barr: A Superior Death (new)
Karen Wynn Fonstad: The Atlas of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth (new)

Canada
Margaret Millar: An Air That Kills (new)
Robertson Davies: Fifth Business (new)

Mexico
Margaret Millar: Ask for Me Tomorrow (new)

 

 

Asia

Turkey
Barbara Nadel: Land of the Blind (new)
Adrienne Mayor: The Poison King (new)

Syria
Agatha Christie: Come, Tell Me How You Live (new)

India
Abir Mukherjee: A Rising Man (new)

Iraq
Agatha Christie: Murder in Mesopotamia (new)

 

 

Australia / Oceania

 

 

Europe

United Kingdom
Anthony Berkeley: Murder in the Basement (new)
Agatha Christie: Three-Act Tragedy, The ABC Murders, and A Deadly Affair (all revisited on audio)
Reginald Hill: A Clubbable Woman (new)
Priscilla Royal: Tyrant of the Mind and Sorrow Without End (both new)
Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith , and I Shall Wear Midnight (all new)
Candace Robb: The Lady Chapel (new)
Helena Marchmont: Bunburry 1-3: Murder at the Mousetrap / A Murderous Ride / A Taste of Murder and Bunburry 4-6: Death of a Ladies’ Man / Drop Dead, Gorgeous / Murder in High Places (all new)
Edmund Crispin: Love Lies Bleeding and Buried for Pleasure (both new)
Matthew Costello, Neil Richards: Cherringham 1-3: Murder on Thames / Mystery at the Manor / Murder by Moonlight and Cherringham 4-6:Thick as Thieves / Last Train to London / The Curse of Mabb’s Farm, and Mydworth Mysteries 2 & 3: A Little Night Murder & London Calling! (all new)
J. Jefferson Farjeon: The Z Murders (new)
Dorothy L. Sayers & Jill Paton Walsh: Thrones, Dominations (new)
Vita Sackville-West: All Passion Spent, Seducers in Ecuador, The Heir, and Selected Writings (all new)
Virginia Woolf: Orlando (reread)
Michael Jecks: The Butcher of St. Peter’s (new)
Margot Bennett: The Man Who Didn’t Fly (new)
Kate Ellis: The Armada Boy (new)
Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West: Love Letters (new)
D.E. Stevenson: Miss Buncle’s Book (new)
Susanna Gregory: An Unholy Alliance (new)
Ann Cleeves: The Long Call (new)
Ian Rankin: Knots and Crosses (revisited on audio)
Richard Osman: The Man Who Died Twice (new)
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (both revisited on audio)

Italy
Donna Leon: The Jewels of Paradise (new)
Lindsey Davis: The Silver Pigs (new)

France
Maurice Leblanc: Arsène Lupin, Gentleman cambrioleur, Arsène Lupin, and Arsène Lupin contre Herlock Sholmes (all new)
James Baldwin: Giovanni’s Room (new)
Agatha Christie: Death in the Clouds (revisited on audio)
Georges Simenon: Maigret: Collected Cases (Classic Radio Crime): Maigret Goes Home, Maigret in Montmartre, Maigret Has Scruples, Maigret in Society, Maigret Sets a Trap (mostly new)

Sweden
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: Roseanna (new)

Switzerland
Nancy Spain: Death Goes on Skis (new)
(Note: Fictional setting, but country clearly modeled on Switzerland)

Russia
Vladimir Nabokov: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (new)

 

The 2022 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2022, to date:
Books by female authors: 52
– new: 42
– rereads: 10

Books by male authors: 29
– new: 26
– rereads: 3

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 2
– new: 2
– rereads: 

The Reading Lists:

AFRICA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/974/africa

LATIN / SOUTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/975/latin-south-america-and-caribbean

EAST / SOUTHEAST ASIA AND OCEANIA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/981/east-southeast-asia-and-oceania

MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/977/middle-east-and-central-asia

EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/978/eastern-and-central-europe

WOMEN WRITERS (global list):
http://themisathena.booklikes.com/post/1618777/women-writers-reading-list

 

 

The 2021 Books:


[World map created with Mapchart.net]

Africa

South Africa
Agatha Christie: The Man in the Brown Suit (revisited on audio)

Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Dear Ijeawele (new)

Sudan
Rebecca Tinsley: When the Stars Fall to Earth (new)

Zimbabwe
Tsitsi Dangarembga: Nervous Conditions (new)

Kenya
Mukoma wa Ngugi: Nairobi Heat (new)

Egypt
Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (revisited on audio)

Algeria
Assia Djebar: L’amour, la fantasia (new)

Cameroon:
Martha Gellhorn: Travels with Myself and Another (new)

 

Americas

USA
Kamala Harris: The Truths We Hold (new)
Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God (new)
Barack Obama: A Promised Land (new)
Toni Morrison: Sula (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Carol, or, The Price of Salt (new)
S.J. Rozan: China Trade (new)
Anne Tyler: Vinegar Girl (new)
John Steinbeck: Travels with Charley in Search of America, The Winter of Our Discontent and The Moon Is Down (all new)
Nella Larsen: Passing (new)
Ursula K. Le Guin: No Time to Spare, A Wizard of Earthsea, and The Lathe of Heaven (all new)
Joy Harjo: Crazy Brave (new)
Marcie R. Rendon: Murder on the Red River and Girl Gone Missing (both new)
Nora Ephron: I Remember Nothing (new)
Mystery Writers of America, Anne Perry (ed.), Various Authors: Odd Partners (new)
Chester Himes: A Rage in Harlem (new)
Sara Paretsky: Deadlock (new)
Colson Whitehead: The Underground Railroad (new)
Robert B. Parker: Small Vices (reread)
Otto Penzler (ed.), Various Authors: Murder Is My Racquet and Murder at the Foul Line (both new)
Bernard Malamud: The Natural (new)
Philip Roth: The Plot Against America (new)
Clayton Rawson: The Great Merlini (new)
Julie Smith: Louisiana Hotshot (new)
Sebastian Junger: The Perfect Storm (new)
Barbara Hambly: Graveyard Dust (new)
Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (revisited on audio)
Michael Connelly: Fair Warning, The Law of Innocence, and The Dark Hours (all new)
Michael Connelly (ed.), Various Authors: Murder in Vegas (new)
Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven and Annabel Lee (both revisited on audio)
Preet Bharara: Doing Justice (new)
Alafair Burke: Never Tell (new)
Julie Schumacher: Dear Committee Members (new)
Donna Andrews: The Twelve Jays of Christmas (new)
Amy Pershing: An Eggnog to Die For (new)
Jessica Fletcher / Donald Bain: Manhattans and Murder (new)

Colombia
Gabriel García Márquez: El coronel no tiene quien le escriba / No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories (new)

Canada
Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride (new)
Katherena Vermette: The Break (new)
Charlotte MacLeod: Murder Goes Mumming (new)

Trinidad & Tobago
Various Authors: Trinidad Noir (new)

Mexico
Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate (new)

 

Asia

Saudi Arabia
Zahra Hankir (ed.): Our Women on the Ground (new)

China
Robert van Gulik (transl.), Anonymous: Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An) (revisited on audio)
Maxine Hong Kingston: The Warrior Woman (new)

Turkey
Orhan Pamuk: My Name Is Red (new)
Jason Goodwin: The Janissary Tree (new)

Tibet
Dalai Lama: Introduction to Buddhism (new)

Russia (Siberia)
Juri Rytchëu (Yury Rytkheu): Wenn die Wale fortziehen (When the Whales Leave) (new)

Uzbekistan
Valerie Hansen: The Silk Road (new)

Singapore
A.M. Stuart: Singapore Sapphire (new)

 

Australia / Oceania

New Zealand
Ngaio Marsh: Died in the Wool, Colour Scheme, Vintage Murder, Photo Finish (all revisited on audio) and Black Beech and Honeydew (new)

Solomon Islands
Graeme Kent: Devil-Devil and One Blood (both new)

Australia
Peter Temple: Black Tide and The Broken Shore (both new)

 

Europe

United Kingdom
J.J. Connington: Mystery at Lynden Sands (new)
Agatha Christie: Crooked House, A Pocket Full of Rye, The Secret of Chimneys, A Murder Is Announced, The Murder of Dr. Ackroyd, The Big Four, The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, The Seven Dials Mystery, The Murder at the Vicarage, Murder in the Mews, Cards on the Table, The Sittaford Mystery, Peril at End House, Midsummer Mysteries, Lord Edgware Dies, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, The Last Séance, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio), The Lie, Spider’s Web, and Giant’s Bread (writing as Mary Westmacott) (all new)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Blood on the Tracks and Resorting to Murder (both rereads), Vintage Crime and Murder by the Book (both new)
Graham Greene: The Fallen Idol (new)
Zadie Smith: Feel Free (new)
John Le Carré: Call for the Dead (new) and A Murder of Quality (revisited on audio)
Shaun Bythell: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops (new)
Ellis Peters: Fallen into the Pit (new)
Nicholas Blake: Minute for Murder and The Sad Variety (both new)
Philip Gooden: The Salisbury Manuscript (new)
The Medieval Murderers: Sword of Shame (revisited on audio)
Christianna Brand: Death of Jezebel (new)
Terry Pratchett: EricMoving Pictures, Reaper Man, and Maskerade (all new) and Hogfather (revisited on audio)
Patricia Wentworth: The Key (revisited on audio)
Georgette Heyer: The Grand Sophy and Sylvester (both new); Duplicate Death (revisited on audio)
Michael Jecks: The Chapel of Bones (new)
John Mortimer: Murderers and Other Friends (new)
Simon Beaufort (Susanna Gregory): Deadly Inheritance (new)
Harriet Rutland: Knock, Murderer, Knock , Bleeding Hooks, and Blue Murder (all new)
Ngaio Marsh: A Surfeit of Lampreys, Grave Mistake, Enter a Murderer, Final Curtain, Opening Night, Death at the Dolphin, Light Thickens, Overture to Death, Death and the Dancing Footman, Tied Up in Tinsel, and Off With His Head (all revisited on audio)
William Shakespeare: Richard II and Twelfth Night (both revisited on audio)
Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (all revisited on audio)
Joanna Cannan: Murder Included and They Rang Up the Police (both new)
Ann Cleeves: Red Bones and Blue Lightning (both new)
Martha Grimes: The Old Fox Deceiv’d, The Man With a Load of Mischief, The Anodyne Necklace, The Dirty Duck, and Jerusalem Inn (all revisited on audio)
Daphne Du Maurier: My Cousin Rachel (new)
Catherynne M. Valente: Space Opera (new)
Val McDermid: Still Life (new)
Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery (revisited on audio)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Clouds of Witness and The Five Red Herrings (both revisited on audio)
Sharon Kay Penman: The Sunne in Splendour (reread)
Molly Thynne: He Dies and Makes No Sign (new)
Leonard Gribble: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (new)
Dick Francis: High Stakes (new)
Stephen Fry: The Stars’ Tennis Balls (new)
Josephine Tey: Richard of Bordeaux (as Gordon Daviot) (new)
Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Tin Man and Bertie and the Seven Bodies (both new)
Julian Symons: The Players and the Game (new)
Bernardine Evaristo: The Emperor’s Babe (new)
Virginia Woolf: A Haunted HouseFlush, The Voyage Out, and Night and Day (all new)
P.G. Wodehouse: The Clicking of Cuthbert (new)
J.M. Gregson: Murder at the Nineteenth (new)
F. Tennyson Jesse, Lassiter Wren, Randle McKay: The Baffle Book (new)
E.C.R. Lorac: Checkmate to Murder, Two-Way Murder, and These Names Make Clues (all new)
Colin Dexter: The Daughters of Cain (revisited on audio)
Elizabeth George: Playing for the Ashes (revisited on audio)
C.P. Snow: Death Under Sail (new)
P.D. James: Devices and Desires (revisited on audio)
Cyril Hare: Death Is No Sportsman (new)
Joy Ellis: The Night Thief (new)
Richard Osman: The Thursday Murder Club (new)
Karen Menuhin: The Black Cat Murders and Murder at Melrose Court (both new)
Brian Flynn: The Five Red Fingers (new)
Mary Kelly: The Spoilt Kill (new)
Kate Ellis: The Merchant’s House (new)
Barbara Vine: The Blood Doctor (new)
E.C. Bentley & H. Warner Allen: Trent’s Own Case (new)
Elizabeth Bowen: The Demon Lover (new)
Ruth Downie: Medicus (new)
David Allan Day (ed.), Various Authors: The Old Haunts (new)
Katherine Mansfield: The Garden Party and Other Stories (new)
William McIlvanney: Laidlaw (new)
Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly and Swan Song (new)
Tony Medawar, Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 4 (new)
Members of the Detection Club: Six Against the Yard (new)
Josephine Bell: The Port of London Murders (revisited on audio)
Martin Edwards: Gallows Court (new)
Catherine Aird: The Religious Body and Henrietta Who? (both new)
Beryl Bainbridge: According to Queeney (new)
Nancy Mitford: Wigs on the Green (new)
Margaret Oliphant: The Library Window (new)
Matthew Costello & Neil Richards: Mydworth Mysteries: A Shot in the Dark (new)
Rupert Latimer: Murder After Christmas (new)
Moray Dalton: The Night of Fear (new)
Various Authors: Murder for Christmas (revisited on audio)
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (revisited on audio)
Anthony Berkeley: The Wintringham Mystery (new)
Various Authors: Murder Under the Christmas Tree (reread)
Rosamunde Pilcher: Winter Solstice (new)

France
Alexandre Dumas: Les trois mousquetaires (reread; audio & print)
Georges Simenon: Les vacances de Maigret (new)
Agatha Christie: The Mystery of the Blue Train (revisited on audio)
Arthur Conan Doyle: Sir Nigel (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game (new)
David Dodge: To Catch a Thief (new)
John Dickson Carr: It Walks by Night (new)

Austria
Graham Greene: The Third Man (revisited on audio)
Mary Stewart: Airs Above the Ground (new)
Carol Carnac: Crossed Skis (new)

Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe: Say Nothing (new)

Bulgaria
Patrick Leigh Fermor: The Broken Road (new)

Romania
Olivia Manning: The Spoilt City (new)

Belgium
Charlotte Brontë: Villette (new)
(Note: Fictional location, but based on Brontë’s stay and experience in Brussels.)

Italy
Ursula K.. Le Guin: Lavinia (new)
Italo Calvino: The Castle of Crossed Destinies (new)

Greece
Gary Corby: The Ionian Sanction and Sacred Games (both new)

Germany
Otfried Preußler: Die kleine Hexe (reread)

Spain
George Sand: Un hiver à Majorque (new)
Arturo Pérez-Reverte: El maestro de esgrima (The Fencing Master) (new)

Finland
Various Authors: Helsinki Noir (new)

Croatia
Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio)
(Note: Yugoslavia at the time of the writing — but the action is set after the train has passed Vinkovci, aka “The Gateway to Croatia”.)

 

The 2021 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2021, to date:
Books by female authors: 138
– new: 86
– rereads: 52

Books by male authors: 90
– new: 66
– rereads: 24

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 18
– new: 13
– rereads: 5

The Reading Lists:

AFRICA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/974/africa

LATIN / SOUTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/975/latin-south-america-and-caribbean

EAST / SOUTHEAST ASIA AND OCEANIA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/981/east-southeast-asia-and-oceania

MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/977/middle-east-and-central-asia

EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE:
http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/978/eastern-and-central-europe

WOMEN WRITERS (global list):
http://themisathena.booklikes.com/post/1618777/women-writers-reading-list

 

 

The 2020 Books:

 


[World map created with Mapchart.net]

Africa

Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We Should All Be Feminists (new)

South Africa
Agatha Christie: The Grand Tour: Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 (new)

Ghana
Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing (new)

Burundi
Gaël Faye: Petit pays (Small Country) (new)

Gambia
Phyllis Wheatley: Memoir and Poems (new)

Egypt
Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile (revisited on audio – twice)

 

Americas

USA
Martha Wells: All Systems Red (new)
Sarah-Jane Stratford: Radio Girls (new)
Various Authors, Lee Child (ed.): Mystery Writers of America Presents: Vengeance (new)
Tamora Pierce: Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hands of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant (all new)
Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora (new)
Sonia Sotomayor: My Beloved World (new)
Charles Portis: True Grit (new)
Sara Paretsky: Indemnity Only (new)
Lee Goldberg: Lost Hills (new)
Anne Fadiman: Confessions of a Common Reader (new)
Martha Grimes: The Horse You Came In On (new)
Anthony Boucher: The Case of the Baker Street Originals (new)
Otto Penzler (ed.) & Various Authors: Murder at the Racetrack, Dangerous Women, and Bibliomysteries (all new)
Ian Doescher: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Verily, A New Hope (new)
Ellery Queen: The Roman Hat Mystery, The Chinese Orange Mystery , Calamity Town, and The Egyptian Cross Mystery (all new)
Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve (new)
Michael Connelly: The Night Fire (new)
Aimée and David Thurlo: Second Sunrise (new)
Sharyn McCrumb: The Ballad of Tom Dooley (new)
Alice Hoffman: The River King (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground (new)
Julie Smith & Various Authors: New Orleans Noir (new)
Jacques Futrelle: The Thinking Machine at Work (new)
Barbara Neely: Blanche on the Lam (new)
Donna Andrews: The Gift of the Magpie (new)
Robert B. Parker: Silent Night (new)
Charlotte MacLeod (ed.) & Various Authors: Mistletoe Mysteries (new)

Antigua
Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place (new)

Peru
Nicholas Shakespeare: The Dancer Upstairs (new)

Barbados
Agatha Christie: A Caribbean Mystery (revisited on audio)

Dominica
Elena John: Unburnable (new)

 

Asia

Philippines
Mia Alvar: In the Country (new)

Syria
Rafik Schami: Murmeln meiner Kindheit (My Childhood’s Marbles) and Eine Hand voller Sterne (A Handful of Stars) (both new)

India
Barbara Cleverly: Ragtime in Simla (new)

Armenia
Eve Makis: The Spice Box Letters (new)

Iran
Anita Amirrezvani: The Blood of Flowers (new)

 

Australia / Oceania

Australia
Holly Throsby: Goodwood (new)

New Zealand
Medieval Murderers: The Lost Prophecies (reread)
(Note: Counting for the book’s final episode, which is set in a post-apocalyptic version of NZ.)

 

Europe

United Kingdom
Gladys Mitchell: Death Comes at Christmas (aka Dead Men’s Morris), Speedy Death, The Mystery of a Butcher’s ShopThe Saltmarsh Murders, and Death at the Opera (all new)
Agatha Christie: 12 Radio MysteriesTowards ZeroOrdeal by InnocenceThe Harlequin Tea Set and Other StoriesCat Among the Pigeons, Dumb Witness, Elephants Can Remember, Poirot Investigates, Poirot’s Early Cases, At Bertram’s Hotel, Sleeping Murder, Nemesis (twice), Murder in the Mews and Other Stories, Sad Cypress, The Hollow, The A.B.C. Murders, 4:50 from Paddington, A Murder Is Announced, The Thirteen Problems, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary, The Murder on the Links, Midwinter Murder, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio), as well as Black Coffee (play) (new)
E.M. Delafield: The Diary of a Provincial Lady (new)
Dorothy Dunnett: The Game of Kings (new)
David Ashton: McLevy, Series 1 & 2 (new)
Elizabeth George: I, Richard and Careless in Red (both revisited on audio)
Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice (twice), Overture to DeathLight ThickensDead WaterDeath at the BarEnter a MurdererA Man Lay DeadDeath on the Air and Other StoriesWhen in RomeSinging in the ShroudsFalse Scent, Final Curtain, Tied Up in Tinsel, Off With His Head (aka Death of a Fool), and Death and the Dancing Footman (all revisited on audio)
Tony Riches: Jasper and Henry (both new)
John Bercow: Unspeakable (new)
Patricia Wentworth: The Case of William SmithThe Case Is Closed, Pilgrim’s Rest, and Lonesome Road (all new), Miss Silver Comes to Stay, and The Clock Strikes Twelve(rereads)
Colin Dexter: Last Bus to Woodstock  and The Dead of Jericho (both revisited on audio)
Raymond Postgate: Somebody at the Door, Verdict of Twelve , and The Ledger Is Kept (all new)
Ellis Peters: The Sanctuary Sparrow, An Excellent Mystery, One Corpse too Many, The Devil’s Novice, The Heretic’s Apprentice, Monk’s Hood, A Morbid Taste for Bones, and The Raven in the Foregate (all revisited on audio)
J. Jefferson Farjeon: Thirteen Guests (new)
Terry Manners: The Man Who Became Sherlock Holmes (new)
Margery Allingham: The Beckoning LadyBlack Plumes (both new), Death of a GhostMystery MileSweet DangerDancers in MourningFlowers for the Judge, and Police at the Funeral (all revisited on audio), My Friend Mr. Campion and Other Stories, More Work for the Undertaker, Coroner’s Pidgin (all new), and The Case of the Late Pig (twice) (reread)
P.D. James: BBC 4 Radio Collection (7 full cast adaptations) and Devices and Desires (all revisited on audio)
Keith Frankel: Granada’s Greatest Detective (new)
Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law, Tenant for Death, and Suicide Excepted (all new)
Georgette Heyer: No Wind of Blame and Envious Casca (both rereads)
Joy Ellis: The Patient Man and They Disappeared (bot new)
Anne Perry: Defend and Betray, and A Christmas Hope (both new)
Michael Cox: A Study in Celluloid (new)
Emmuska Orczy: Lady Molly of Scotland Yard and Skin o’ My Tooth (both new)
Val McDermid: Broken Ground (new)
Josephine Tey: A Daughter of Time and Brat Farrar (rereads), as well as Miss Pym DisposesDickon (as Gordon Daviot), The Man in the QueueTo Love and Be WiseA Shilling for Candles, and The Singing Sands (all new)
Detection Club: Ask a Policeman (new)
Susanna Gregory: An Unholy Alliance and A Killer in Winter (both new)
R. Austin Freeman: The Red Thumb Mark and The Adventures of Dr. Thorndyke (aka The Singing Bone) (both new)
Alan Melville: Weekend at Thrackley (new)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Busman’s Honeymoon (play and novel, new and audio revisit, respectively)Love All (play, new), Have His Carcase, Strong Poison, Gaudy Night, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors (twice), The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Hangman’s Holiday, Lord Peter Views the Body, Unnatural Death, In the Teeth of the Evidence (all revisited on audio), and The Lost Tools of Learning (new)
Bernard Capes: The Mystery of the Skeleton Key (new)
Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone (new)
P.G. Wodehouse: Thank You, Jeeves and Jeeves in the Offing (both new)
Clemence Dane & Helen Simpson: Enter Sir John (new)
Pete Brown: Shakespeare’s Local (new)
Christianna Brand: Green for DangerDeath in High HeelsTour de ForceHeads You Lose, Suddenly at His Residence, and Fog of Doubt (all new)
Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other (new)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Ultimate Sherlock Holmes Collection (posthumous compilation) (audio revisit of selected short stories), Tales for a Winter’s Night / Round the Fire Stories (partly reread / mostly new), and The Blue Carbuncle (revisited on audio)
Clemence Dane: A Bill of Divorcement (new)
E.F. Benson: The Blotting Book (new)
J.K. Rowling: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantstic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages (all audio)
A.E.W. Mason: At the Villa Rose (new)
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Deep Waters, Resorting to Murder, Continental Crimes, Serpents in Eden, Blood on the Tracks, Murder at the Manor, Settling Scores, and A Surprise for Christmas and Other Stories (all new)
Candace Robb: The Riddle of St. Leonard’s (new)
Nicholas Blake: The Beast Must Die (new)
Anthony Gilbert: Death in Fancy Dress (new)
Kathryn Harkup: Death by Shakespeare (new)
Patricia Moyes: The Sunken Sailor (new)
Michael Jecks: The Malice of Unnatural Death and The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (both new)
T.S. Eliot: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (revisited on audio)
J.J. Connington: Nordenholt’s Million (new)
Emmuska Orczy, Maurice Leblanc, Victor L. Whitechurch, Freeman Wills Crofts: Classic Railway Murders ((largely) new)
Paul Doherty: Bloodstone and The Nightingale Gallery (both new)
Tony Medawar (ed.) & Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 3 (new)
Julian Symons: The Progress of a Crime (new)
Ian Rankin: A Song for the Dark Times (new)
The Medieval Murderers: The Deadliest Sin (new)
Deborah Crombie: Dreaming of the Bones (new)
Josephine Bell: The Port of London Murders (new)
Michael Innes: There Came Both Mist and Snow (new)
Lesley Cookman: Murder in Midwinter and Murder out of Tune (both new)
Matthew Costello & Neil Richards: Cherringham: Secret Santa (new)
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest (revisited on audio)
Molly Thynne: The Crime at the ‘Noah’s Ark’ (new)
Christopher Bush: Dancing Death (new)
Moray Dalton: The Night of Fear (new)
Stuart MacBride: 12 Days of Winter (new)
Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (revisited on audio)
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (revisited on audio)
Brian Flynn: The Murders near Mapleton (new)

Iceland
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: The Legacy (new)
A.S. Byatt: Ragnarok (new)

Italy
Patricia Moyes: Dead Men Don’t Ski (new)

France
J. Jefferson Farjeon: Seven Dead (new)
Freeman Wills Crofts: The Cask (new)
Jean-Francois Parot: L’énigme des Blancs-Manteaux (new)
James MacManus: Black Venus (new)

Sweden
Helene Tursten: Night Rounds (new)

Hungary
Patrick Leigh Fermor: Between the Woods and the Water (new)

Romania
Olivia Manning: The Great Fortune (new)

Austria
Lili Grün: Alles ist Jazz (new)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saša Stanišić: Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert and Herkunft (both new)

Croatia
Ranka Nikolić: Mord mit Meerblick (new)
Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio – twice)

Germany
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Über Kunst und Altertum in den Rhein- und Main-Gegenden (new)
Irmgard Wolf & Manfred Engelhardt: Mit Goethe am Rhein (new)

The Netherlands
Martin Edwards (ed.) & Various Authors: Foreign Bodies (new)
(Note: Anthology featuring stories from around the world, attributing it to NL because of the two Dutch entries)

Russia
Naomi Novik: Spinning Silver
(Note: Set in a fictional country, but linguistically, culturally and plot-wise, this is drenched in all things Slav, particularly Russian.)

Greece
W. Stanley Moss: Ill Met by Moonlight (new)

 

The 2020 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2020:
Books by female authors: 176
– new: 91
– rereads: 85

Books by male authors: 73
– new: 64
– rereads: 9

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 22
– new: 21
– rereads: 1

 

 

The 2019 Books:


[World map created with Mapchart.net]

Africa

Nigeria
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)

Egypt
Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)
Agatha Christie:Murder on the Nile (new) and Death on the Nile (revisited on audio)

Zimbabwe
Alexandra Fuller: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (new)

Morocco
Laila Lalami: The Moor’s Account (new)

Rwanda
Clea Koff:The Bone Woman (new)

Ghana
Kofi Annan: Interventions: A Life in War and Peace (new)

Sierra Leone
Aminatta Forna:The Memory of Love (new)

Democratic Republic of Congo
Sandra Uwiringiyimana: How Dare the Sun Rise (new)

 

Americas

USA
Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)
Mary Roberts Rinehart:The Red Lamp (new)
Nevada Barr: Track of the Cat (new)
Louise Erdrich: The Plague of Doves (new)
James D. Doss: The Night Visitor (new)
Ann Leckie:The Raven Tower (new)
Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling (eds.) & Various Authors:A Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales (new)
Bob Berman:Earth-Shattering (new)
Fredric Brown:The Dead Ringer (new)
Jim Butcher:The Aeronaut’s Windlass (new)
Anna Katharine Green:The Golden Slipper (new)
Toni Morrison: Beloved (new)
Clayton Rawson:Death from a Top Hat (new)
Delia Owens:Where the Crawdads Sing (new)
Rex Stout: And Be a Villain (new)
Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen (new)
Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke (revisited)
Dennis Lehane: The Given Day (new)
Sharyn McCrumb: The Unquiet Grave (new)
Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell, Steven Kramer & Various Contributors: Evil Has a Name (new)
Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train (new)
Susan Orlean: The Library Book (new)
Dorothy B. Hughes: The So Blue Marble (new)
Donna Andrews:Owl Be Home for Christmas (new)
Louisa May Alcott:The Christmas Stories (individually part new, part revisited; new as a collection)

* Puerto Rico
Rosario Ferré:The House on the Lagoon (new)

Canada
Stef Penney: The Tenderness of Wolves (new)
Margaret Atwood: Hag-Seed and The Testaments (both new); The Handmaid’s Tale (revisited on audio)
Louise Penny: Still Life (new)

Brazil
Clarice Lispector:The Hour of the Star (new)

Curaçao
John le Carré: The Night Manager (new)

Dominican Republic
Julia Alvarez: How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (new)

Haiti
Tom Reis:The Black Count (new)

Mexico
Silvia Moreno-Garcia:Gods of Jade and Shadow (new)

Jamaica
Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton (new)

Guatemala
Kathy Reichs: Grave Secrets (new)

Barbados
Agatha Christie: A Caribbean Mystery (revisited on audio)
(Note: The book was inspired by Christie’s own visit to Barbados; presumably the book’s fictional island setting of “St. Honoré” is thus based on Barbados.)

 

Asia

China
Xinran:The Good Women of China (new)

Japan
Shizuko Natsuki:Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)

North Korea
Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names (new)

South Korea
Min Jin Lee:Pachinko (new)

Sri Lanka
Michael Ondaatje: Anil’s Ghost (new)

Turkey
Elif Shafak: Three Daughters of Eve (new)

India
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Sister of My Heart (new)
M.M. Kaye:Death in Kashmir (new)
William Dalrymple: The Last Mughal (new)
Anne Perry: A Christmas Garland (new)

Kyrgizstan
Chingiz Aitmatov: Jamilia (new)

Philippines
Laurence Bergreen: Over the Edge of the World (new)

Iraq
Gertrude Bell, Georgina Howell (ed.): A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert (new)

Azerbaijan
Banine:Days in the Caucasus (new)

Malaysia
Zen Cho:Sorcerer to the Crown (new)

Israel / Palestine
Agatha Christie:Star Over Bethlehem and Other Stories (new)

 

Australia / Oceania

Australia
Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock (new)
Trudi Canavan: The Magicians’ Guild (new)

New Zealand
Ngaio Marsh:Vintage Murder, Died in the Wool, and Photo Finish (all revisited on audio)
Witi Ihimaera: The Whale Rider (new)

 

Europe

United Kingdom
Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)
Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets (new)
P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)
Agatha Christie: The Big Four, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, The Unexpected Guest, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary (twice), Parker Pyne Investigates, The Mysterious Mr. Quin, The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories, Hallowe’en Party, And Then There Were None, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, The Witness for the Prosecution, The Golden Ball and Other Stories, and Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (all revisited on audio; The Unexpected Guest also in print); as well as The Lost Plays: Butter in a Lordly Dish / Personal Call / Murder in the Mews (new)
Elizabeth Ferrars: Murder Among Friends (new)
Barbara Pym:Excellent Women, Quartet in Autumn, and An Unsuitable Attachment (all new)
Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters(both revisited on audio), Mort, Sourcery, Guards! Guards!, Monstrous Regiment, Pyramids (all new) and Hogfather (revisited on audio)
Georgette Heyer: Why Shoot a Butler?, They Found Him Dead, A Blunt Instrument, The Unfinished Clue, and Footsteps in the Dark (all new)
Nicholas Blake: A Question of Proof, Thou Shell of Death, and The Case of the Abominable Snowman (all new)
Joy Ellis: The Murderer’s Son, The Fourth Friend, The Guilty Ones, The Stolen Boys, andBeware the Past, and Five Bloody Hearts(all new)
Peter Grainger:An Accidental Death (new)
Elizabeth Gaskell: My Lady Ludlow (new)
Various Authors / Contributors: Agatha Christie Close Up: A Radio Investigation (new)
Virginia Woolf: The String Quartet (new)
John Buchan: The 39 Steps (revisited on audio)
Oscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (new)
Ellis Peters: The Hermit of Eyton Forest, Dead Man’s Ransom, The Leper of Saint Giles, St. Peter’s Fair, The Virgin in the Ice, Monk’s Hood (twice), and The Rose Rent (all revisited on audio)
Patricia Wentworth: The Alington Inheritance, The Gazebo, The Benevent Treasure, Anna, Where are You?, The Key, The Ivory Dagger, Out of the Past, The Silent Pool, The Catherine Wheel, The Fingerprint, and Eternity Ring (all new)
Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body? (twice) and The Five Red Herrings (both revisited on audio)
Martin Fido: The World of Sherlock Holmes (new)
Ian Rankin: In a House of Lies (new)
John le Carré: Our Game and A Murder of Quality (both new)
Martin Durrani & Liz Kalaugher: Furry Logic (new)
The Detection Club:The Floating Admiral (revisited on audio)
Tony Medawar (ed.) & var. Golden Age mystery writers: Bodies from the Libary and Bodies from the Library 2 (both new)
Peter Lovesey: The Last Detective (new)
Colin Dexter: Morse’s Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (new)
Miles Burton:The Secret of High Eldersham (new)
Ngaio Marsh: The Nursing Home Murder and Death and the Dancing Footman (both revisited on audio)
Ellen Wilkinson: The Division Bell Mystery (new)
Ronald Knox: The Three Taps and The Body in the Silo (both new)
Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility (revisited on audio)
Jan Zalasiewicz, Mark Williams:Skeletons (new)
Frank Froest: The Grell Mystery (new)
Julian Symons: The Belting Inheritance (new)
Israel Zangwill: The Perfect Crime, aka The Big Bow Mystery (new)
Richard Hull: The Murder of My Aunt (new)
Elizabeth George: Deception on His Mind (revisited on audio)
Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (new)
C.J. Sansom: Tombland (new)
Winifred Holtby: South Riding (new)
Wendy Moore: Wedlock (new)
J.K. Rowling: The Casual Vacancy (new)
Ruth Rendell: A Sleeping Life and The Monster in the Box (both new)
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman: Good Omens (revisited on audio)
Candace Robb: The Apothecary Rose and A Gift of Sanctuary (both new)
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Mystery of Cloomber, Lot No. 249, The Sealed Room, Danger! (all new), The Speckled Band, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and Sherlock Holmes: Three Tales of Intrigue (all revisited on audio)
Cary Elwes: As You Wish (new)
Diarmaid MacCulloch: Thomas Cromwell (new)
Ben Schott: Jeeves and the King of Clubs (new)
Hesketh Pearson: Conan Doyle: His Life and Art (new)
Arthur Conan Doyle & Various Contributors: The Essential Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (new)
Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (new)
James Hilton:Was It Murder? (new)
Priscilla Royal:Wine of Violence (new)
Peter Ackroyd:Hawksmoor (new)
Michael Gilbert:Smallbone Deceased (new)
Anthony Rolls:Scarweather (new)
Margery Allingham:The White Cottage Mystery (new)
Various Authors:The Lady Detectives, and The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes’ Rival Detectives (both new)
Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (revisited on audio)
Catherine Louisa Pirkis: The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective (new)
Ann Cleeves: Raven Black and White Nights (both new)
J.B. Priestley: An Inspector Calls (new)
Joseph Conrad: The Heart of Darkness (revisited on audio)
Joanne Harris: Gentlemen and Players (new) and Chocolat (revisited on audio)
J.V. Turner: Below the Clock (new)
Tom Parker Bowles: The Cook Book: Fortnum and Mason (new)
Peter May: The Lewis Man (new)
Edmund Crispin: Glimpses of the Moon (new)
John Dickson Carr:The Hollow Man (revisited on audio) and Death-Watch (new)
Michael Innes:Death at the President’s Lodging (new)
Gladys Mitchell: Murder in the Snow (revisited on audio) and Death Comes at Christmas (new)
E.C.R. Lorac:Murder by Matchlight (new)
Chris Ewan:The Good Thief’s Guide to Paris (new)
Cyril Hare: An English Murder (new)
Lesley Cookman:Murder in Steeple Martin (new)
Mary Kelly:The Christmas Egg (new)
Angela Thirkell:High Rising (new)
Anne Perry: A Christmas Beginning and A Christmas Odyssey (both new)
Emma Thompson & Greg Wise (eds.) & Various Authos: Last  Christmas (new)

Ireland
Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)

Greece
Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)
Madeline Miller: Circe (new)
Plato:Timaeus and Critias (new)

Sweden
Astrid Lindgren:Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren: Tagebücher 1939-1945 (A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45) (new)

France
Emmuska Orczy:The Elusive Pimpernel (new)
Sarah Bakewell: At the Existentialist Café (new)

Croatia
Agatha Christie:Murder on the Orient Express (revisited on audio, twice)
(Note: Yugoslavia at the time of the writing — but the action is set after the train has passed Vinkovci, aka “The Gateway to Croatia”.)

Spain
Dolores Redondo:El guardián invisible / The Invisible Guardian (new)
Manuel Vicent:Son de mar / Der Gesang der Wellen (new)
Matthew G. Lewis: The Monk (new)

Italy
Andrea Camilleri: The Shape of Water (new)

Germany
John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany and Absolute Friends (both new)

Slovenia
Nina Blazon:Siebengeschichten (new)

Estonia
Sofi Oksanen:Fegefeuer (The Purge) (new)

Russia
Teffi: Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea (new)
(Note: Counting Russia as European here, not Asian, as the author is from — and this particular book is set in — the country’s European part.)

Denmark
Katrine Engberg:Krokodilwächter (The Tenant) (new)

 

The 2019 “Gender Wars” Stats:

Read in 2019:
Books by female authors: 152
– new: 107
– rereads: 45

Books by male authors: 85
– new: 75
– rereads: 10

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies: 10
– new: 9
– rereads: 1

 

4 thoughts on “Around the World in 80 Books – Mostly by Female Authors

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Literature Reviews

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit – Performed by Andy Serkis

Like its magnificent sequel, The Hobbit is, I think, many things to many people: the first exposition of the universe that would become Middle-earth; prelude to The Lord of the Rings; a bite-sized visit to Middle-earth whenever you don’t feel up to the full blow of the War of the Ring(s); one of the most […]

Read More
Literature Reviews

Karen Wynn Fonstad: The Atlas of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth

Blurb: “Find your way through every part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s great creation, from the Middle-earth of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to the undying lands of the West … The Atlas of Tolkien’s Middle-earth is an essential guide to the geography of Middle-earth, from its founding in the Elder Days – as […]

Read More
Literature Reviews

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings – Performed by Andy Serkis

In another online community, we recently talked about the new Andy Serkis Lord of the Rings recordings.  Well, it turns out that the pull of The Ring is still mighty strong, for however much it may have been destroyed in Mount Doom. I had barely gotten my hands on these audios and I found I […]

Read More
%d bloggers like this: