Mystery novels make wonderful travel companions.

Compact and efficient, mysteries are often incredibly atmospheric and fun, while featuring a cast of intelligent and well-spoken characters who really bring a particular place or setting to life.

Besides giving you a taste of intrigue and suspense, mysteries often feature exotic locations, and the hi-jinks and intrigue of the story open your imagination to some of the world’s most fantastic settings.

If you’re going on a trip, we recommend picking up some of these fantastic books to take along, especially because some of them highlight Loftus Guide trip destinations! Without further ado, here are 5 of our favorite travel mystery novels: stories that are sure to give you the urge to wander…

For the Wine-Country Enthusiast

Pinot Envy (A Woody Robins Wine Mystery)

The protagonist of this story is a wine-enthusiast with a love of adventure hired by a Napa Valley winery owner to hunt down a missing bottle of red burgundy. The case quickly turns into more than just a tale of missing wine as the cast of characters delves into the beautiful Napa countryside to hunt down the wine before it’s too late.

This story is full of details about wine, the Napa area, and the wine making process. If you want to learn about wine, mystery solving, and the history of vineyards, this book is for you. You’ll be itching to get out to California for a winery tour!

For the French Gourmand

A Taste for Vengeance (A Bruno, Chief of Police novel)

Starring the Police Chief of the Dordogne village of St. Denis, this story opens with a missing British tourist and Chief Bruno’s quest to find her. The search leads readers through the beautiful Dordogne region of France in quest of the culprit, and there’s plenty of description of the setting and, importantly, the food!

If you’ve got an urge to explore the idyllic French countryside with a smooth-talking Frenchman as your guide, A Taste For Vengeance is your best bet! Fine wine, international mystery, a pregnant Rugby player, this story has something for any reader.


For the Wine AND Food Enthusiast:

Treachery in Bordeaux (The Winemaker Detective Series Book 1)

In this blend of gastronomy and mystery, Benjamin Cooker and his sidekick Virgile investigate potential sabotage at the prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion wine estate. In the course of the mystery, readers get acquainted with the city and France’s wine region as the heroes tap into the underworld of a global luxury industry.

Perfect for wine enthusiasts who want a romp through France’s Bordeaux region, this story is a narrative treat that blends mystery, wine, and food in one dark and fun tale.


For the History Buff

The Templars’ Last Secret (A Bruno, Chief of Police novel)

St. Denis’ Chief of Police returns for a second and just as thrilling mystery, this time looking into a connection between the body of a woman found at the base of the ruins of the Château de Commarque, a stronghold of the Knights Templar, and the underground labyrinth beneath it.

If you like ancient treasures, international mysteries, and historical connections to mysteries of the past, you can’t go wrong with this Police Chief Bruno tale. The town of St. Denis is a treasure trove of historical detail, and these books do the area justice.

For the Politically Minded:

Commissario Montalbano Series

This series is set in Sicily, and over the course of ten adventures you’ll be familiarized with the wonders of Italy’s largest Mediterranean island through the eyes of Italy’s finest police inspector. This series is inexpensive but expansive, and reading the whole series will give you entrance to some of Italy’s finest sights and sounds. Gritty and intense, these books make fantastic plane reading.


Next time you set out on a trip, don’t leave home without a good read! As a bonus tip, we suggest getting digital versions on your e-reader to save space and time. Need some help choosing one of those? Head on over to our blog to learn which Kindle is right for your needs as a traveller.
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