Our Criminal Destinations Series focuses on mystery and detective novels and short stories. These were all chart-busting best-sellers in their day but, once again, these books have never been translated into English before. We have found these books to be fascinating, and not just because they are great reads. Unlike some literary fiction, crime novels aren’t written to make a point, they are written to tell a gripping story. The cultural details are true-to-life and familiar to the reader – at least they would have been familiar to the reader in the time and place they were written.

For example, I’m not Austrian and I don’t live in turn-of-the-century Vienna so The Adventures of Dagobert Trostler – the Sherlock Holmes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – are like a visit to an undiscovered world. It’s a glimpse of Vienna and Viennese society in the years before the first world war. The stories are great, too. If you loved Downton Abbey — or Sherlock Holmes — you’ll love The Adventures of Dagobert Trostler.

That’s our goal. Each of our Criminal Destinations Series let you explore a different time and place while enjoying a page-turning mystery at the same time. We here at Kazabo Publishing don’t think life gets much better than that!