No, I am definitely not a city person, but now and then I delve into a crime story which is set in a city or large town, and occasionally I even find one I enjoy.
Here are three crime novels set in cities, written by authors I have discovered this year and enjoyed very much.
Laura Lippman, The Girl in the Green Raincoat.
What I fell for first of all was the female protagonist, Tess Monaghan. She is pregnant, but though her surroundings keep telling her to relax, she is far too impatient to sit back and twiddle her thumbs for nine months. The story is set in Baltimore, and Lippman is deft at making the city come alive.
Rebecca Cantrell, A Trace of Smoke
This historical crime series was also a delicious find. Crime reporter Hannah Vogel is another intelligent protagonist, and through her eyes we get a strong impression of pre-war Berlin, including Nazis, nightclubs and cross-dressers.
Colin Bateman, Mystery Man
Bateman is one of the funniest writers I have found this year. His main character, the owner of a second-hand bookshop, is certainly not your average sleuth, and I wouldn´t exactly call him likeable. But he is an entertaining character, and I enjoyed seeing Belfast through his eyes.
What is your favourite crime novel or series which is set in a city? Why do you like this particular setting?