I have been enjoying the novels of Colin Cotterill. His hero is the-reluctant coroner of Laos, Siri Paboun. Siri got the assignment when the then incumbent coroner swam to freedom.
I don't usually like it when the supernatural rears its ugly head, but in dr Siri''s case, it works. He brings it off. By the way, I don't like reading about the future either. Just thought I 'd clear that up.
I like reading about ancient Rome, the Civil War, the depression,WW II. So I do have some topics that speak to me.
Right now, I am reading some books by William Kent Kreuger. They take place in rural Minnesota, where you keep your skis handy by the front door. In case of snow, which usually starts before Halloween. I really like the setting, you get a real sense of place--the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the unspoiled wilderness.
The hero is Cork O'Connor, the once and future sheriff. The townspeople, imcluding those of the Indian Reservation, are well portrayed, for the most part.
Not only does Cork have to solve mysteries, he has to fight the elements in order to do so, and they are formidable.