Traveling by Armchair

“ ... You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”--Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss.

A patron was delighted recently to see that we had available, World's Best Travel Experiences : 400 Extraordinary Places/ foreword by Andrew McCarthy, published by National Geographic (2012).  This impressive volume is contributed by well-known authors and offers dazzling, oversized, full-color photographs in a wide variety of location categories.

Many of us like to travel by armchair, whether to browse a travel guide of a place we are interested in visiting or read a book describing an author’s travel experiences.  Mysteries that are set in a foreign country are often favored for offering suspense as well as a strong sense of place.  In a new mystery, Murder at the Castle by Jeanne M. Dams, Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, are invited to join their close friends Nigel and Inga Evans at a Welsh music festival held in an ancient castle.  A tragic accident takes the life of one of the choir, and the same fate befalls the star soloist.


Some mystery series are geared to a particular locale.  Those written by Donna Leon feature Commissario Guido Brunetti who often travels by gondola tracking down clues throughout Venice. Colin Cotterill writes of wry senior Dr. Siri who battles red tape in his investigations of bodies in Laos. Frank Tallis, a writer and practicing clinical psychologist in Harley Street, has written a series of Vienna thrillers, set around 1903, involving the expertise of psychoanalyst Dr. Max Liebermann, a student of Freud.

Whatever is your style, enjoy your armchair traveling!






Written by Reference Librarian Ellie.

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