Reading the newest Ann Cleeve, along with the Shetland Island series, has reminded me how much I love books set in bleak places, especially mysteries. Examples, in addition to the three series by Cleeves, include:


Peter May's Lewis Trilogy, starting with The Black House, set in the Outer Hebrides;

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, which is in Cornwall, but has the similar sense of bleak isolation;

Buriel Rites by Hannah Kent, set in 19th century rural Iceland;

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey; 19th century Alaska

Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson: Northern Iceland

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths: coastal Norfolk

Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis: the English Fens


I've admittedly read a lot of books with this type of setting, but I'm always on the lookout for more. Any ideas?