I've read good things about the late Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther series of crime novels set in Berlin in the Weimar period. So I thought it best to start with the first book, March Violets (1989). I suppose these novels can be seen as somewhat as derivative since Kerr is clearly inspired by the hardboiled stars of yesteryear-Raymond Chandler and Dashielle Hammett. However, what sets Kerr's novels apart are the historical setting of the novels, which is pre-WWII Germany and these details make it entertaining in immersing one's self in a different time and place that are not wholly familiar. The plot is somewhat labyrinthine like that of his predecessors, all in all quite entertaining, so I'll be keeping up with Bernie Gunther's exploits in subsequent novels.