Top 7 detective series set in foreign locales

Two of the most popular summer book genres are mystery and travel, and there's no better way to enjoy both than by reading detective novels set in foreign locations. Check out this list to learn about seven series that will keep you on the edge of your beach chair – all summer long.

1. "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" series, by Alexander McCall Smith

The award for "most charming" detective books would perhaps go to "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" series, which details the episodes of Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s only female private investigator. The whodunit aspect of this series may lack the sizzle of some edgier ones, but the real star of “Ladies” is the colorful cast of characters and the vivid descriptions of life in Mma Ramotswe's beloved Botswana.

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