Around the World in Books…

I have been to only one place outside India and that is Nepal. More and more it seems to me that in this lifetime at least, I won’t venture outside India (though there are a few places that I am very keen to visit so one never really knows). Through books, however, I have been to quite a few places on this globe. On this page, I’ll be keeping a track of my global treks. If a country has a significant presence in a book, I’ll consider myself to have made a journey to that place.

So off I go…



Grim Pickings by Jennifer Rowe (1991)


The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield (1929)



Murder in Bermuda by Willoughby Sharp (1933)



Tales from The Arabian Nights



Les invites de Minuit (The Seventh Guest) by Gaston Boca and John Pugmire (1935)

The Poisoners by George R. Preedy (1936)


The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (1958 – but set in 1920s)



Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque (1936)



A Gathering of Friends by Ruskin Bond (2015)

As Death Stared Back by Ajinkya Bhasme (2019)

Goa: Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya (2019)


Dasa Kumara Charitam by Dandin (650-750 CE)

Bengal/ Cashmere: Tales from The Arabian Nights


The Puffin Book of Funny Stories (2005)



Tales from The Arabian Nights



The Dark Frontier by Eric Ambler



The Majestic Mystery by Denis Mackail (1924)

The Hand of Doom by J.M. Walsh (1927)

The Sark Street Chapel Murder by Thomas Cobb (1930)

And Call it Accident by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1936)

Bury Him Darkly by Henry Wade (1936)

The Injured Lover/ The Second Key by Marie Belloc Lowndes (1936)

Judy of Bunter’s Buildings/ The Magnificent Hoax by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1936)

The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay (1936)

The High Sheriff by Henry Wade (1937)

The Hunted Man by Walter S. Masterman (1938)

The Old Manor by Cecil Freeman Gregg (1945)

An Afternoon to Kill by Shelley Smith (1953)

A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill (1970)

Death Trap by Harry Carmichael (1970)

Hunt the Slipper by Henry Cecil (1977)


The Family Man by Anne Meredith (1942- Set in the last decades of Victorian England)

The Hungry Goblin by John Dickson Carr (1972 – Set in Victorian England of 1896)

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey (1929)

The Murder on the Enriqueta by Molly Thynne (1929)

The Treasure House of Martin Hews by E. Phillips Oppenheim (1929)

Death of a Star by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole (1932)

Death at Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell (1934)

Death as an Extra by Val Gielgud & Holt Marvell (1935)

Dr. Tancred Begins by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole (1935)

The Twisted Tree by Frank Baker (1935)

The Cloze Papers by Kenneth Livingston (1936)

Measure for Murder by Clifford Witting (1941)

The Mouse who wouldn’t play Ball by Anthony Gilbert (1943)

Four-Ply Yarn by Miles Burton (1944)

Murder with Impatience by Robert Verron (1944)

Subject-Murder by Clifford Witting (1945)

The Writing on the Wall by Herbert Adams (1945)

Ask a Policeman by E.C.R. Lorac (1955)

The Double Turn by Carol Carnac (1956)

The Seeds of Hate by Harry Carmichael (1960)

Evil Intent by John Wainwright (1966)

The Religious Body by Catherine Aird (1966)

Life Cycle by Harry Carmichael (1978)



Death in the Dovecot by Q. Patrick (1932)

The Album by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1933)

Death in the Back Seat by Dorothy Cameron Disney (1936)

A Puzzle for Fools by Patrick Quentin (1936)

The Black Shrouds by Conyth Little (1941)

Voice Out of Darkness by Ursula Curtiss (1948)

Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh (1952)

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (2016)


The Black Corridors by Conyth Little (1940)

The Black Thumb by Conyth Little (1942)

The Black Curl by Conyth Little (1953)

The House that Died by Josephine Gill (1956)