My Covid-19 experience has been greatly alleviated by the novels of Elly Griffiths, featuring archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. The novels are set in Norfolk and are wonderfully atmospheric – the author has a vivid sense of place. I’ve loved following the up-and-down progress of Ruth’s relationship with a local police officer. The crimes are all to do with bones and Ruth’s expertise in archaeology, there’s lots of history included, and the plots are believable and gripping. There are very well drawn characters, and the books have proved to be a real tonic for me in this stressful time. I do recommend that you read them in order – the first one is The Crossing Places.
Another crime novelist I have greatly enjoyed in recent years is one whose books are closer to home. Sulari Gentill has written a series of novels set in the early 1930s, in Sydney although the characters do sometimes travel to Europe and America. Rowland Sinclair is an artist who shares his Woollahra home with three good friends – a sculptor, a poet and a communist. They get embroiled in various murders and political scandals connected with the Far Right movement in Sydney. There are now ten novels in the series and I have enjoyed them all. The series begins with A Few Right Thinking Men.
I am finding in this difficult time that I want to avoid depressing books, but a good murder seems to be just what the doctor ordered.