2010 Global Reading Challenge Update – The Extremist Level

global As some fellow bloggers have put it, reading is a never-ending-story or an infinite plan. Therefore it has come as a no surprise to me that, once the first participant has reached the Expert Level in the 2010 Global Reading Challenge, there was a need for an additional level, the Extremist Level.

First I’d like to congratulate Craig at Crime Watch for his achievement and next I can’t resist the idea to upgrade my participation to this level.

My aim is to read, during the course of this year, three novels from each one of these continents: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America (incl Central America), South America, two novels set in Antarctica plus a “wildcard” novel (a novel from a place or period that is NEW to me). My personal requirements also include to read only crime fiction books from completely new to me authors. My selection at this point include the following books (the ones I’ve already read are highlighted).


1. A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley (Botswana)

2. Like Clockwork by Margie Orford (South Africa)



4. The Gigolo Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer (Turkey)

5. Out by Natsuo Kirino (Japan)



7. Dead Point by Peter Temple (Australia)

8. Overkill by Vanda Symon (New Zealand)



10.  Death Rites by Alicia Giménez- Bartlett (Spain)

11. Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum (Norway)

12. Basic Shareholder by Petros Márkaris (Greece)

North America:

13. Havana Gold by Leonardo Padura (Cuba)

14. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (USA)

15. A Sweet Scent of Death by Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico)

South America:

16. Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru)

17. Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina)



19. Purgatory Road by Bob Reiss

20. In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews


21. City of Silver by Annamaria Alfieri (Potosí, now Bolivia)

Since I could not find any other book in my TBR pile that meets those requirements, any assistance I can get to fill up the gaps would be very much welcome.

11 thoughts on “2010 Global Reading Challenge Update – The Extremist Level”

  1. >As I have almost the same gaps as you I don't think I can be much help with recommendations. Though the book I have just finished was set in India in the 1960s and is called Mrs D'Silva's Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta by Glen Peters. It was quite a delightful book to read

  2. >Jose Ignacio – I'm impressed with how well you're doing with this challenge. I admire your choice to go on to the extreme reader level, too – well done! I'm really enjoying discovering all of the books you're adding from this challenge, too.

  3. >I won´t recommend books I haven´t read yet, but I think you are doing really well, and it is a great pleasure to host the challenge as so many participants seem to enjoy it very much.

  4. >Nice line-up thusfar Jose. For another African novel, I'd happily recommend any of the Paul Doherty Ancient Egypt series. I know that Elizabeth Peters' Egypt set mysteries are quite popular with some readers too. For Asia, there is the Inspector Singh series (Malaysia/Indonesia/Singapore), of which I read one for the challenge, and another Asian-set book I have on my bookshelf is THE CASE OF THE MISSING SERVANT, set in India (by Tarquin Hall). If you want another Kiwi book, flick me your postal address and I'll send you one set in the North Island (since Vanda's one is set in the South of the South Island).

  5. >Thanks for your recommendations Craig. I was also thinking in some setting in the North Island, maybe by Paul Cleave. Have also Neil Cross in my wish list. Case I have any difficulty getting hold of some books I will contact you. Appreciate your kind offer.

  6. >How about one of Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramowotse novels for another Africa (Botswana). These are always charming if sad, and short!For another Asia, The Shadow Walker by Michael Walters is very good, a police procedural set in Mongolia. (I reviewed it for Euro Crime if you want to check it out).Of course neither of these authors is from the region in question, but they both have or do spend extensive time there.

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