Mystery Resources | Mysteries Around the World

Select an author by country, and meet their detectives.

Algeria

Khadra, Yasmina
Brahim Llob, Algiers police

Australia

Corris, Peter
Cliff Hardy, Sydney P.I.

Disher, Garry
Hal Challis, Melbourne police

Greenwood, Kerry
Corinna Chapman, present-day Melbourne bakery owner

Greenwood, Kerry
Phryne Fisher, 1920s Melbourne flapper sleuth

Hyland, Adrian
Emily Tempest, modern day half-aboriginal Central Australia sleuth

Maloney, Shane
Murray Whelan, Melbourne, government investigator

Temple, Peter
Jack Irish, lawyer and sometime debt-collector

Upfield, Arthur W.
Napoleon "Bony" Bonaparte, half-aborginal Queensland “Outback” police inspector


Austria

Tallis, Frank
Max Liebermann, 1900s Vienna psychoanalyst and Detective Inspector Oscar Rheinhardt


Benin

Wilson, Robert
Bruce Medway, debt collector 


Botswana

McCall Smith, Alexander
Precious Ramotswe, owner of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

Stanley, Michael
David “Kubu” Bengu, Botswana Criminal Investigation Department detective


Brazil

Gage, Leighton
Mario Silva, Brazilian Federal Police inspector

Garcia-Roza, L.A.
Inspector Espinosa, Rio de Janeiro police


Canada

Blunt, Giles
John Cardinal, Algonquin Bay police

Delany, Vicki
Molly Smith and John Winters, British Columbia police

Engel, Howard
Benny Cooperman, Grantham, Ontario P.I.

Hamilton, Lyn
Lara McClintock, Toronto antiquities dealer

Harrison, Mike
Eddie Dancer, Calgary P.I.

Jennings, Maureen
William Murdoch, Toronto P.I.

McFetridge, John
Gord Bergeron, Toronto police

Penny, Louise
Armand Gamache, Quebec police

Wolfe, Inger Ash
Hazel Micallef, Port Dundas, Ontario police


China

Liang, Diane Wei
Mei Wang, a Beijing private investigator

May, Peter
Margaret Campbell, American forensic pathologist teaching at Beijing police academy

Oakes, Andy
Sun Piao, Shanghai police

Pattison, Eliot
Shan Tao Yun, a Chinese bureaucrat imprisoned in a Himalayan labor camp

Qiu, Xiaolong
Inspector Chen, Shanghai police

Van Gulik, Robert
Judge Dee, 7th century magistrate

Walters, Michael
Nergui, ex-head of the Ulan Bator Serious Crime Squad  


Cuba

Padura, Leonardo
Mario Conde, late 1950s Havana police


Denmark

Hoeg, Peter
Smilla Jasperson, Copenhagen sleuth


Egypt

Pearce, Michael
Captain Gareth Owen, colonial police officer, or "Mamur Zapt," in British-controlled Cairo

Peters, Elizabeth
Amelia Peabody, Victorian era feminist Egyptologist'

Finland

Thompson, James
Kari Vaara, Lapland police

Wagner, Jan Costin
Kimmo Joentaa, Turku police

France

Alleyn, Susanne
Aristide Ravel and Commissaire Brasseur, late 1790s postrevolutionary Paris police

Black, Cara
Aimee Leduc, Paris corporate security consultant

Bond, Michael
Monsieur Pamplemousse, gourmet and amateur sleuth

Campion, Alexander
Capucine Le Tellier, Paris judicial police

Izner, Claude
Victor Legris, bookseller in late nineteenth-century Paris

Izzo, Jean-Claude
Fabio Montale, Marseille police

Jakeman, Jane
Cecile Galant, Cannes magistrate

Magnan, Pierre
Commissaire Laviolette, Marseille police

May, Peter
Enzo Macleod, expatriate Scottish forensic scientist teaching biology in Cahors

O’Brien, Charles
Anne Cartier and her husband, Paul de Saint-Martin of the pre-revolutionary Paris Royal Highway Patrol

O’Brien, Martin
Daniel Jacquot, southern coastal police

Simenon, Georges
Jules Maigret, Paris police

Vargas, Fred
Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, Paris police

Walker, Martin
Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, St. Denis (Périgord region) Chief of Police

Wan, Michelle
Mara Dunn, Dordogne region interior designer


Germany

Gregorio, Michael
Hanno Stiffeniis, early 1800s Konigsberg, Prussia magistrate

Savarin, Julian Jay
Jens Muller, Berlin police

Schlink, Bernhard
Gerhard Self, 1980s Mannheim P.I.


Ghana

Quartey, Kwei
Darko Dawson, Accra police


Greece

Markaris, Petros
Costas Haritos, Athens police

Siger, Jeffrey
Andreas Kaldis, Athens police


Iceland

Arnaldur Indridason
Erlandur Sveinsson, Reykjavik police

Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Thora Gudmundsdottir, Reykjavik attorney

India

Cleverly, Barbara
Joe Sandilands, post-WWI Scotland Yard detective

Hall, Tarquin
Vish Puri, Delhi P.I.

Keating, H. R. F.
Ganesh Ghote, Bombay police 

Mann, Paul
George Sansi, Bombay lawyer

Sawhney, Hirsh, ed.
Delhi Noir


Ireland

Black, Benjamin
Garret Quirke, Dublin pathologist

Bruen, Ken
Jack Taylor, Galway P.I.

Charles, Paul
Insp. Starrett, Garda Serious Crime Unit, County Donegal

French, Tana
Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox, Dublin police

Gill, Bartholomew
Peter McGarr, Dublin police

Gorman, Ed, ed.
Murder Most Irish

Harrison, Cora
Mara, Brehon of the Burren, 16th century woman judge

Hart, Erin
Cormac Maguire, Dublin based archaeologist and visiting American pathologist Nora Gavin

Hughes, Declan
Ed Loy, Dublin P.I.

McGilloway, Brian
Benedict Devlin, Garda Inspector

Nugent, Andrew
Denis Lennon and Molly Power, Dublin police

Sansom, Ian
Israel Armstrong, Tumdrum bookmobile librarian

Tremayne, Peter
Sister Fidelma of Cashel, religieuse of the Celtic Church, 664 A.D.


Israel

Gur, Batya
Michael Ohayon, Jerusalem police

Silva, Daniel
Gabriel Allon, art restorer and Mosad agent

Stone, Joel
Levin, Jerusalem P.I.

Italy

Brophy, Grace
Alessandro Cenni, State Police, Umbria

Browne, Marshall
Anders, Rome based Interpol agent

Camilleri, Andrea
Salvo Montalbano, Sicilian police 

Dibdin, Michael
Aurelio Zen, Rome police 

Fitzgerald, Conor
Alec Blume, Rome police

Hewson, David
Nic Costa and Gianni Peroni, Rome police

Kent, Christobel
Sandro Cellini, Florence P.I.

Leon, Donna
Guido Brunetti, Venice police

Lucarelli, Carlo
Commisario De Luca, 1940's Milan police

Lucarelli, Carlo
Grazia Negro, Bologna police

Myers, Beverle Graves
Tito Amato, 18th century Venice opera singer

Nabb, Magdalena
Salvatore Guarnaccia, Florence police

Pears, Iain
Jonathan Argyll, British art dealer, affiliated with the Rome art theft police 

Sklepowich, Edward
Urbino Macintyre, American expatriate sleuth in Venice


Japan

Furutani, Dale
Matsuyama Kaze, 17th century samurai

Marquand, John P.
Mr. Moto, pre-WWII government agent

Massey, Sujata
Rei Shimura, Tokyo based Japanese-American antiques dealer

Nonami, Asa
Takako Otomichi, Tokyo police

Parker, I. J.
Sugawara Akitada, 11th century Ministry of Justice clerk

Rowland, Laura Joh
Ichiro Sano, 17th century Samurai

Takagi, Akitmitsu
Saburu Kirishima, state prosecutor


Kenya

Arruda, Suzanne
Jade del Cameron, post-WWI Nairobi P.I.

Brownlee, Nick
Daniel Jouma, Mombasa police


Laos

Cotterill, Colin
Siri Paiboun, 1970s Vientiane state coroner


Mexico

Solares, Martin
Ramon Cabrera, Paracuan police

Taibo, Paco Ignacio
Hector Belascoaran Shayne, Mexico City P.I.


Netherlands

Baantjer, A.C.
Inspector DeKok, Amsterdam police

Van De Wetering, Janwillem
Rinus DeGier and Henk Grijpstra, Amsterdam police


Nigeria

Ibe, Adimchinma
Tamunoemi (Tammy) Peterside, Rivers State police


North Korea

Church, James

Inspector O, Pyongyang state police


Norway

Dahl, K.O.
Frank Frolich, Oslo police

Fossum, Karin
Konrad Sejer, police inspector in a small unnamed mountain village outside of Oslo

Holt, Anne
Johanne Vik, psychology professor, and Adam Stubo, Oslo police

Nesbo, Jo
Harry Hole, Oslo police

Rygg, Pernille
Ig Heitmann, Oslo research psychologist


Palestine

Land, John
Ben Kamal, West Bank police

Rees, Matt Beyon
Omar Yussef, Bethlehem history teacher


Poland

Miloszewski, Zygmunt
Teodor Szacki, Communist era Warsaw public prosecutor


Russia

Akunin, Boris
Erast Fandorin, 19th century tsarist Moscow gentleman sleuth

Cullen, Robert
Colin Burke, American journalist in Moscow

Kaminsky, Stuart
Porfiry Rostnikov, Moscow police

Ryan, William
Alexei Korolev, Stalinist era Moscow police

Smith, Martin Cruz
Arkady Renko, Moscow police


Singapore

Flint, Shamini
Inspector Singh, Singapore police


South Africa

Cole, Sam
Jeffrey Mendes and Vincent Saldana, Cape Town P.I.s

Kunzmann, Richard
Harry Mason and Jacob Tshabalala, Johannesburg police

Mackenzie, Jassy
Jade de Jong, Johannesburg P.I.  

Nunn, Malla
Emmanual Cooper, 1950s Jacob's Rest police


South Korea

Limon, Martin
George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, 1960-70s Seoul U.S. Army military police officers


Slovakia

Genelin, Michael
Jana Matinova, Slovak Police Force


Spain

Brooke, P.J.
Max Romero, Granada police

Gimenez-Bartlett, Alicia
Petra Delicado, Barcelona police

Jeffries, Roderick
Enrique Alvarez, Mallorca police

Pawel, Rebecca
Carlos Tejada Alonso y Leon 1930s and 1940s Madrid Guardia Civil police

Solana, Teresa
Eduard Martínez and Borja Masdéu, Barcelona P.I.s

Wilson, Robert
Javier Falcon, Seville police


Sweden

Edwardson, Ake
Erik Winter, Goteborg police

Eriksson, Kjell
Ann Lindell, Uppsala police

Jungstedt, Mari
Anders Knutas, Gotland police

Lackberg, Camilla
Patrik Hedstrom, Fjallbacka police

Larsson, Asa
Rebecca Martinsson, Kiruna attorney

Larsson, Stieg
The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.)

Mankell, Henning
Kurt Wallander, Ystad police

Sjowall, Maj
Martin Beck, Stockholm police

Tursten, Helene
Irene Huss, Goteborg police


Switzerland

Glauser, Friedrich
Jakob Struder, Bern police


Thailand

Burdett, John
Sonchai Jitpleecheep, Bangkok police


Turkey

Goodwin, Jason
Yashim Togalu, 19th century Istanbul Ottoman court eunuch

Harper, Tom
Demetrios Askiates (Demetrios the Apokalyptor), 11th century Constantinople bounty hunter

Nadel, Barbara
Cetin Ikmen, Istanbul, Turkey police

Reed, Mary
John the Eunuch, mid-sixth century Lord Chamberlin to the Emperor Justinian in Constantinople

Somer, Mehmet Murat
Nameless Istanbul transvestite nightclub hostess and computer technician

White, Jenny B.
Kamil Pasha, 19th century Istanbul Ottoman magistrate


Jane Murphy, Reference Librarian
Tel: 203.291,4836 E-mail: jmurphy [at] westportlibrary [dot] org