One of the joys of retiring is that I love reading and I can make great use of the library services. Detective stories are one of my favourite genres. I love a sense of place or characters that I can relate to. I like UK based stories or somewhere interesting geographically.
Two books I currently have read are:
James Sallis Salt River. The style is very poetic with intense descriptions, and a film noir set of scenes and story lines. The main character Turner, is very like a James Lee Burke character - very anti-heroic. Rural southern US well observed.
Ross McDonald The Drowning Pool. Is very like a classic Raymond Chandler. Nicely paced and well observed early 20th Century California. The story evolves with each conversation between the detective and the suspects. They are pithy with undertones you have to spot; but not as striped out conversations you get with a Robert B Parker novel where you get lost and lose track of the crime!
I'd love to hear of others recommendations.