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It’s been a stellar year for crime fiction fans, especially given the impressive range of mysteries translated into English. Skilled storytellers including Maurizio de Giovanni, Fuminori Nakamura, Denise Mina and Colin Cotterill deliver not only solidly good mysteries, but also offer fresh perspectives on place. These international writers serve as literary and cultural ambassadors introducing readers to distinct regions of the world --- from the shadowy alleys of Naples and snowy Ukrainian farms to the quiet suburbs of Tel Aviv and haunted waters of the Mekong River. The world of international mysteries is inviting, scary, thrilling and fun. In this special year-end feature, contributor Miriam Tuliao, the Assistant Director of Central Collection Development at BookOps, brings you 10 of her top favorites from 2013.

Baksheesh: A Kati Hirschel Istanbul Mystery written by Esmahan Aykol, translated from the Turkish by Ruth Whitehouse - Mystery
The Crocodile written by Maurizio de Giovanni, translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar - Mystery/Police Procedural
Death of a Nightingale: A Nina Borg Novel written by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, translated from the Danish by Elisabeth Dyssegaard - Mystery/Thriller
Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina - Mystery/Police Procedural
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The Missing File written by D. A. Mishani, translated from the Hebrew by Steven Cohen - Mystery
Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored written by Philippe Georget, translated from the French by Steven Rendall - Mystery/Police Procedural