Books set outside the U.S.

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

The topic this week: talk about the books we’ve read set outside the United States.

As I looked for books I’ve read set outside the United States I realized most of the books come from just a few countries. Also a number of the books I read are science fiction and fantasy with imaginary settings.

I do have books which take place in other settings. I just haven’t read them yet!


Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O’Connor

Medieval Ireland, on Viking ships, Iceland

Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli


In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicky Delany

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny (French Canada)


Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (Shetland Island)

Scotland, Belgium, Russia

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley


Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

Alaska Territory (1919)

Borrowed Death by Cathy Pegau


And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst

What books set outside the United States do you recommend?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “Books set outside the U.S.”

  1. Firebird sounds interesting and I love the combination of settings. I loved Death in an Irish Village but somehow forgot about it when making this list. It did feel wonderfully Irish!


  2. That’s a pretty good mix of settings outside of the US. I know I’ve read books outside the US but the only ones that spring to mind are Nora Roberts. Many of her trilogies are set in Ireland and her current one takes place in several countries. Interesting post!


  3. Thanks, Bea! I did think of some more settings from books I’ve read after I read other peoples’ responses. Oh, well. It was a fun topic.


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