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Under the Radar: Great Shows from Europe

Are you finding TV to be a little dull since Downton Abbey ended? Here are some other great shows from Europe. These international mysteries will provide hours of entertainment:

From France: Blood of the Vine has an internationally renowned wine expert and part-time sleuth solving puzzling murders in the vineyards of France. Series 1-3

From Sweden: Irene Huss is a former European ju-jitsu champ, mother of two teenage girls, and a detective with the Violent Crimes Unit in Gothenburg, Sweden. Series 1, 12 episodes

From Denmark: The Eagle features Detective Hallgrim Hallgrimson, an Icelander, leading a team of Danish investigators fighting across-border organized crime in Europe. Series 1-3

By Mary K. Paxson, readers advisory assistant and leader of the Novel Idea book discussion group

Under the Radar: Ireland in Fiction

Go beyond James Joyce and Maeve Binchy with these stories, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day:

The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
Detective Sean Duffy is a Catholic cop in the largely Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary of Northern Ireland in this gritty police procedural, first of a series.

The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien
This classic, groundbreaking novel from the early 1960s was banned by the Irish Censorship Board upon its publication. Two young girls leave their small country town for love and experiences in the big city.

An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
First in a series, this is a gently humorous story of a fish out of water. Young, straight-as-an-arrow Barry Laverty goes as a physician’s assistant to tiny, rural Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland where he must learn to get along with his eccentric boss and the inhabitants of the village.

By Debbie Wordinger, Head of Adult Services