was first on the list. I do not say it will be so every year. This year I read
13 books with Canadian settings. Leading the way was Canada
which was the setting for 5 books. Tied for second with 3 books each was my
and province of Saskatchewan . I read 1
book from each of British Columbia and the Quebec . Northwest
with 10 books was the country with the second largest number of books read.
Settings were United States (3), California
(2), Chicago (2), Wyoming
(2) and Florida (1). Boston
Three countries tied for third with 3 books per country.
I read one book set primarily in England ,
a second book split between London
and rural London
and a third was set in England Yorkshire.
I read 3 books set in
One took place in rural Australia ,
another was in a distant suburb of Victoria
and the last was set in the vastness of Melbourne Northwest Australia.
The third country with 3 books was
. I read two set in and around
Capetown. The third took place near South
Africa . Durban
There were a pair of countries with 2 books.
I read books from
that were set in Italy and Sicily . Naples
My reading included two books from
One took place in northern Sweden
and the other was in Goteberg. Sweden
There were 6 countries with one book set in that country.
I read a book set in
There was a book set primarily in
secondary setting in Auckland,
New Zealand . Brisbane, Australia
I read a book set in
during the time of the U.S.S.R. Moscow
My reading had a book set in
One book took place in
The sixth country was
with the book set in Norway . Bergen
Two books could not be tied to a single nation. One moved from
Northern Africa to northern Europe
during the book. The other had the characters almost equally spending their
time in ,
Germany and France . Italy
I also read some non-fiction. Two were set in the
, one in United
one in Saskatchewan ,
one in England
and the last one in several European countries. Germany
As you were reading this post were you trying to figure out the characters and authors by the settings? I was not making this post like one of the wonderful quizzes of Margot Kinberg at her excellent blog, Confessions of a Mystery Novelist. It would be impossible to know all of the books be the limited information but some should be easy. If you think you identified any of the books feel free to list in a comment or an email the books you have determined.
By my count I read 44 mysteries so far this year set in 12 specific countries. With Canada and the U.S. accounting for 23 books just under half of the books were set outside North America. Having completed the post I realized it does not really tell me if my horizons have broadened unless I go back to looking at the settings of the books I have read before blogging. I will check out the settings of my 2010 reading and make that the subject of my next post.