One Night in Bangkok and the World’s Your Oyster*

Here’s a post close to my heart: Margot Kinberg blogs about crime novels set in Bangkok. And yes, Jayne Keeney gets a mention.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

big-20108222317-MOM00007There’s nothing like an exotic setting to add a sense of atmosphere, not to mention excitement, to a crime novel. And for many Westerners it doesn’t get much more exotic than Bangkok. It’s an old city that reflects an ancient culture. It’s also located in the central part of Southeast Asia, so it’s a commercial, economic and cultural hub. Bangkok attracts people from all over the world, too, so although the term diverse has become almost a ‘buzzword,’ it really does apply to Bangkok. With all of the different kinds of people, businesses, cultures and so on that mix in Bangkok, to say nothing of its exotic atmosphere, it shouldn’t be surprising that plenty of crime fiction takes place there. This post only gives me enough space to mention a few examples; I’m sure you’ll know more than I do.

One of Timothy Hallinen’s series features ex-pat American Philip ‘Poke’…

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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8 Responses to One Night in Bangkok and the World’s Your Oyster*

  1. Thanks, Angela, for passing along my post. And really, how could I write about crime fiction set in Bangkok and not mention Jayne??


  2. kathy d. says:

    Whatever I know about Bangkok and Thailand, in general, I know from Jayne’s adventures. Hope she keeps on teaching me for a long time.


  3. kathy d. says:

    I am so enjoying The Dying Beach. Haven’t had much reading time lately, but I pick up the book every time I have some free moments. Just read the part about Jane and her partner posing as possible investors in the golf course. I was laughing about the mishap Pamela had and enjoy the politics of it.


  4. kathy d. says:

    Factoid: According to the Sept. 8 New York Times magazine, the most visited city in the world is Bangkok.


  5. kathy d. says:

    Yes! True. When will The Dying Beach be available over here in the States? I can think of a few people to whom I’d like to give it as a gift, especially as it deals with environmental issues.


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