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River of Darkness is the first of Airth's John Madden series. It's a psychological thriller set in England just after WWI. The descriptions make it clear that this is a two-way character study focusing on the psychology of both the criminal and the detective. Sounds good.
Another first of a series, The Mind's Eye introduces Chief Inspector Van Veeteren looking into a case closed as a domestic homicide that turns out to be something else. One of the blurbs says: "A Swedish crime writer as thrilling as Mankell, a detective as compelling as Wallander . . ." If so, this will be a good one.
Set in Laos, The Curse of the Pogo Stick by Colin Cotterill sounds like a wild ride. It's got a shaman, a demon, a curse and maybe an exorcism. The blurb and some reviews suggest it is a unique mix of supernatural, mystery and cultural exploration. Sounds like fun.