I’m still moving through the world’s detective stories, country by country, and Bangkok 8 was a great stop on the trip. The story is populated by flamboyant characters and moves down a road of incidents that is startling, but believable. The Buddhist backdrop to the story is a very interesting one, and I found the detective to be very attractive. He is not, in any way, a stereotype–either of a detective or of a Buddhist–and I’m looking forward to meeting him again. I’m now starting a story set in Italy by the English writer, Ngaio Marsh, When in Rome, and then I think I’ll look at one of the Japanese tales I’ve come across.