I've been very lax about keeping up with my record of books read so here goes to try and catch up. I'm now up to 49 countries - you can read the (almost) whole list here.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This was a big hit book a few years back and deservedly so. Beautiful detailed descriptions of the salt marshes on the East Coast of America through the eyes of a poor neglected wild backwoods child who has a unique view of the world.
What the blurb says: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her. But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life's lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies.
War by Candlelight by Daniel Alarcón
This was Alarcón's first book, published in 2006, a collection of short stories set mostly in Lima in Peru. I've not been a fan of short stories, but this collection drew me in very quickly to the stories about a varied collection of people - from an unrepentant revolutionary to a writer who gives up his typewriter to be a clown. There are also a couple of stories set in New York.
Growing up I loved the stories of Zorro - remember Errol Flynn playing the masked hero.
This book tells the story for the first time of how Diego de la Vega became the masked man. Born in southern California late in the eighteenth century, he is a child of two worlds - his father an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner and his mother, a Shoshone warrior
And it was a jolly good swashbuckling read - although I was a bit annoyed with him as a character at points. However, he remains the hero in my heart :)