Chief Inspector Adamsberg series by Fred Vargas
Have Mercy on Us All. 2003
Seeking Whom He May Devour. 2004
Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand. 2007
This Night’s Foul Work. 2008
The Chalk Circle Man. 2009
You can tell by the titles that this is no ordinary mystery series. Travel to France with these books and meet the most extraordinary characters to populate a contempory mystery. Vargas deserves her many awards (and more).