I can't understand why, but the other day a blog popped into my Google search called The Hieroglyphic Streets - or to be more accurate, a particular post on that blog called Dublin Noir, which is a part-review of, part link-round-up about, the book Christine Falls by Benjamin Black. The link-round-up in the post is actually fantastic, a quite wonderful collection of articles about the book (which I still haven't read, so I have only skimmed some of the articles). If you are like me, and enjoy reading lots of details about a book after you have read it, this is definitely a blog for you.
But more than that, The Hieroglyphic Streets is a rather wonderful blog all told I think. It recommends books for places — "fiction and non-fiction that explains or evokes a neighbourhood, city, or country." As well as the usual search and index, you can find books categorised by the region in which you are interested. Here, for example, is Sweden. Ystad to be precise. Therefore, of course, the book reviewed is by Henning Mankell, in this case Faceless Killers. There are nine books in the Italy category, including one from Sicily – yes, you have guessed it – Andrea Camilleri, The Shape of Water. Finnmark and Norway are represented by Vendela Vida's Let Northern Lights Erase Your Name.
Each post follows the same pattern of a beautiful image, a short review, and a cornucopia of links to various reviews and articles or podcasts about the selected books. A very beautiful blog, and one I am looking forward to following.