Top Ten Tuesday: Book covers of international mysteries

Top Ten Tuesday book meme

Top Ten Tuesday is held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about.

This week the topic is the best of the year thus far, but I decided to do something else — covers of thrillers and mysteries set anywhere but the UK or US — because I can’t choose 10 brilliant reads, because I liked everything I read if it makes sense. Maybe I’ll do one later or something.

Top Ten Tuesday The Good Son

The Good Son: This is about a young man who wakes up one day and discovers his mother is dead. And then he begins to discover just who he is. This is the one that I was talking about that messed with my head on Monday, and the cover, I’m not sure which boy (from the book) that it is.

Top Ten Tuesday Murder in the Marais

Murder in the Marais: is a wonderfully old school cover, which given it was written in 1999, makes sense. But more than that, this particular series of covers just fits Paris, I think. My review is up tomorrow!

Top Ten Tuesdays Penance

Penance: This is such a lonely, desolate cover, I couldn’t get it out my head the first time I saw it, and after having read it, the sense of isolation experienced by the characters makes so much sense with these covers. Here’s my review.

Confessions: Is by the same author as Penance, but the cover while lonely, just seems more darker because of the blurb: after an accident on the school grounds, where a teacher’s young son is killed (I think), she seeks her revenge on her students that hurt him. The empty desks are OMINOUS.

The Widows of Malabar Hill: Set in 1920s Bombay and I was so distracted by the door (?) frame that I didn’t realise that was a woman with a briefcase there — the main character in fact — this is a book about the first female lawyer in India.

History of Violence by Edouard Louis: This is one I recently found out about and am still figuring out if I want to read. It’s about the author’s rape, and aftermath he experienced, and it’s getting wonderful reviews.

Don’t send Flowers: revolves around a retired police detective in northern Mexico and the disappearance of a 17 year old girl, who he is asked to find. Naturally he runs into an old enemy and everything comes to a head in a small town next the US border. This cover looks like an old picture, but when I focused I realised how wrecked and dilapidated everything looked. That’s the thing about covers — I look quickly, make a decision about whether to pick up to look at the blurb and sometimes forget to look closer.

Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness: Set in Thailand, this cover and title just made me smile when I first saw it. Then of course, there’s a mystery in the emergency room of a hospital there, which is entirely at odds with the cover I feel.

And that’s it!


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