Books: 6 Detective Series to Savor

Novels that keep you guessing, with brilliant sleuths and vivid settings

PETER ROBINSON

INSPECTOR ALAN BANKS

England's Yorkshire dales have their bleak moods, but they're not nearly as haunted as those that drive the melancholy head of the Eastvale murder squad. In his 15th procedural, Strange Affair, Banks must plumb his own brooding depths to unravel the disappearance of his brother. The crimes in this series can be grisly, but pleasure comes from watching the nuances of Banks' character rise to the surface.

DONNA LEON

COMMISSARIO GUIDO BRUNETTI

No one knows the labyrinthine world of Venice or the way favoritism and corruption shape Italian life like Leon's Brunetti. Blood from a Stone...

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