Monday, January 20, 2020

Award News: Petrona Award Entries 2020

I am pleased to announce that all the 37 titles that were eligible for the 2020 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year have been entered by the publishers.

The winner of the Award will be announced at CrimeFest in June.

The rules for eligibility are:
  • The submission must be in translation and published in English in the UK during the preceding calendar year ie 1 January – 31 December 2019.
  • The author of the submission must either be born in Scandinavia* or the submission must be set in Scandinavia*.
  • The submission must have been published in its original language after 1999.
(E-books that meet the above criteria may be considered at the judges’ discretion (does not include self-published titles))
*in this instance taken to be Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

More details about the award and the history behind it can be found on the Petrona Award website. The winner of the 2019 Award was The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst, translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce and published by Michael Joseph.

The award is sponsored by David Hicks.

Entries (ie published in 2019)

[13 titles are by Female authors, 24 by Male. There are 24 translators (13 Female (23 titles) and 11 Male (14 titles)) and 6 countries are represented.]

I have tagged these titles on Goodreads.

Jussi Adler-Olsen - The Washington Decree tr. Steve Schein (M, Denmark) Quercus
Stefan Ahnhem - Motive X tr. Agnes Broomé (M, Sweden) Head of Zeus
Heine Bakkeid - I Will Miss You Tomorrow tr. Anne Bruce (M, Norway) Raven Books
Mattias Berg - The Carrier tr. George Goulding (M, Sweden) MacLehose Press
Samuel Bjork - The Boy in the Headlights tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Norway) Doubleday

Arne Dahl - Hunted tr. Neil Smith (M, Sweden) Harvill Secker
Kjell Ola Dahl - The Courier tr. Don Bartlett (M, Norway) Orenda Books

M T Edvardsson - A Nearly Normal Family tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles (M, Sweden) Pan Macmillan
Thomas Enger - Inborn tr. Kari Dickson (M, Norway) Orenda Books

Agnete Friis - The Summer of Ellen tr. Sinead Quirke Kongerskov (F, Denmark)Soho Press

Camilla Grebe - After She's Gone tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel (F, Sweden) Zaffre
Johana Gustawsson - Blood Song tr. David Warriner (F, France) Orenda Books

Anne Holt - A Grave for Two tr. Anne Bruce (F, Norway) Corvus
Jørn Lier Horst - The Cabin tr. Anne Bruce (M, Norway) Anne Bruce

Stina Jackson - The Silver Road tr. Susan Beard (F, Sweden) Corvus
Ragnar Jonasson - The Island tr. Victoria Cribb (M, Iceland) Penguin

David Lagercrantz - The Girl Who Lived Twice tr. George Goulding (M, Sweden) MacLehose Press
Leena Lehtolainen - Where Have All the Young Girls Gone tr. Owen F Witesman (F, Finland) AmazonCrossing
Mariette Lindstein - The Cult on Fog Island tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles (F, Sweden) HQ

Stefan Malmström - Kult tr. Suzanne Martin Cheadle (M, Sweden) Silvertail Books
Niklas Natt och Dag - The Wolf and the Watchman tr. Ebba Segerberg (M, Sweden) John Murray
Jo Nesbo - Knife tr. Neil Smith (M, Norway) Harvill Secker
Mads Peder Nordbo - The Girl Without Skin tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Denmark) Text Publishing
Mads Peder Nordbo - Cold Fear tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Denmark) Text Publishing
Andreas Norman - The Silent War tr. Ian Giles (M, Sweden) riverrun

Kristina Ohlsson - The Flood tr. Marlaine Delargy (F, Sweden) Simon & Schuster
Martin Osterdahl - Ten Swedes Must Die tr. Peter Sean Woltemade (M, Sweden) AmazonCrossing

Roslund & Hellstrom - Three Hours tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel (M, Sweden) riverrun

Lilja Sigurdardottir - Cage tr. Quentin Bates (F, Iceland) Orenda Books
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Absolution tr. Victoria Cribb (F, Iceland) Hodder & Stoughton
Gunnar Staalesen - Wolves at the Door tr. Don Bartlett (M, Norway) Orenda Books
Viveca Sten - In the Shadow of Power tr. Marlaine Delargy (F, Sweden) AmazonCrossing
Soren Sveistrup - The Chestnut Man tr. Caroline Waight (M, Denmark) Michael Joseph

Antti Tuomainen - Little Siberia tr. David Hackston (M, Finland) Orenda Books
Helene Tursten - Hunting Game tr. Paul Norlen (F, Sweden) Soho Press
Helene Tursten - Winter Grave tr. Marlaine Delargy (F, Sweden) Soho Press

Joakim Zander - The Friend tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel (M, Sweden) Head of Zeus

Monday, January 13, 2020

New Releases - January 2020

And we're back. Please see previous post for reasons why things have been quiet around here. Thank you for the many kind messages and continuing to visit Euro Crime. Let's hope for a better year in 2020!

Here's the latest in my regular feature, of monthly releases. It looks like a bumper month.

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in January 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). January and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Abbott, Rachel - Right Behind You #9 DI Tom Douglas
• Adams, Jane - The Good Wife #5 Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone, 1928
• Airth, Rennie - Cold Kill
• Airth, Rennie - The Decent Inn of Death #6 John Madden, Scotland Yard Policeman, Southern Counties, early 20th Century
• Alderson, Sarah - In Her Eyes
• Alexander, Tasha - In the Shadow of Vesuvius #14 Lady Emily
• Bayard, Tania - In the Company of Fools #3 Christine De Pizan Mystery
• Beevis, Keri - Deep Dark Secrets
• Black, Benjamin - The Secret Guests (as B W Black)
• Black, P R - The Beach House
• Blake, Sam - Keep Your Eyes on Me
• Bridgestock, R C - Payback #1 DI Charley Mann, Yorkshire
• Brittany, Amanda - Traces of Her
• Brooke, Amanda - The Widows' Club
• Bryndza, Robert - Nine Elms #1 Kate Marshall
• Buckley, Fiona - The Scent of Danger #18 Ursula Blanchard, an Elizabethan lady
• Bugler, Sheila - I Could Be You #1 Dee Doran, ex Journalist
• Burrows, Nathan - Finding Milly
• Carpenter, Elisabeth - The Woman Downstairs
• Carson, John - Dead Before You Die #3 DCI Harry McNeil
• Carter, J P - Little Boy Lost #3 DCI Anna Tate
• Castle, A M - The Perfect Widow
• Caves, S B - A Killer Came Knocking
• Chambers, Kimberley - Queenie
• Chase, Clare - Mystery on Hidden Lane #1 Eve Mallow, Saxford St Peter
• Clements, Rory - Hitler's Secret #4 Thomas Wilde, 1930s
• Comley, M A & Farrar, M K - Down to Sleep #2 Crime After Crime
• Curtis, Gayle - I Choose You
• Diamond, Katerina - Woman in the Water #6 DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles
• Douglas-Home, Mark - The Driftwood Girls #4 Cal McGill, Oceanographer
• Eldridge, Jim - Murder at the Manchester Museum #4 Former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson
• Engberg, Katrine - The Tenant
• Frost, Abbie - The Guesthouse
• Grant, Andrew - Too Close to Home #2 Paul McGrath
• Hamdy, Adam - Black 13 #1 Scott Pearce
• Hannah, Sophie - Haven't They Grown
• Herron, Mick - The Catch #2 Slough House Novella
• Holton, Noelle - Dead Wrong #2 DC Maggie Jamieson
• Hunter, Cara - All the Rage #4 DI Adam Fawley, Oxford
• James, Alison - The Man She Married
• James, Ed - Tell Me Lies #1 Detective Max Carter
• Johnstone, Doug - A Dark Matter #1 Skelfs family
• Kara, Lesley - Who Did You Tell?
• Keane, Jessie - The Knock
• Kelleher, Casey - Mine
• Leather, Stephen - The Runner
• Lee, Lynne - Can You See Me?
• Linskey, Howard - Alice Teale is Missing
• Lloyd, Catherine - Death Comes to the Nursery #7 Kurland St. Mary Mysteries
• Louth, Nick - The Body in the Snow #4 DCI Craig Gillard
• Lupton, Rosamund - Three Hours
• MacDonald, C C - Happy Ever After
• May, Peter - A Silent Death
• Michaels, Sam - Rivals #2 Georgina Garrett
• Mitchell, Caroline - The Perfect Mother
• Monroe, J S - The Other You
• Mundy, Elizabeth - A Messy Affair #3 Lena Szarka, Hungarian cleaner, London
• Oldham, Nick - Wildfire #24 DCI Christie
• Onda, Riku - The Aosawa Murders
• Paris, B A - The Dilemma
• Reid, Rebecca - Truth Hurts
• Riches, Marnie - Backlash
• Rogers, Gemma - Payback
• Rowland, Laura Joh - The Woman in the Veil #4 Miss Sarah Bain, Victorian Era
• Sanderson, Lesley - The Leaving Party
• Savage, Vanessa - The Woods
• Scanlon, Michael - Her Last Goodnight #3 Detective Finnegan Beck
• Scragg, Robert - All That is Buried #3 Porter & Styles, Police Officers
• Sedgwick, Helen - When the Dead Come Calling #1 Burrowhead Mystery
• Seymour, Gerald - Beyond Recall
• Sinclair, Rob - The Rules of Murder #2 DI Dani Stephens
• Spain, Jo - Six Wicked Reasons
• Speechley, Ruby - Someone Else's Baby
• Stanley, Michael - Facets of Death #7 Detective Kubu, Botswana
• Steadman, Catherine - Mr Nobody
• Stein, Jesper - Die For Me #2 Axel Steen
• Teague, Paul J - Truth Be Told #3 Morecambe Bay Trilogy
• Tudor, C J - The Other People
• Warner, H C - She
• Watts, Kerry - Her Secret Past #3 Detective Jessie Blake
• Weatherley, Anna-Lou - The Stranger's Wife
• Young, David - Stasi Winter #5 Oberleutnant Karin Müller

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Update on Why No Updates

Apologies for the lack of updates of late. Both my dad and mother-in-law died last month within two days of each other. Both were sudden. I'm sure many of you have been through this so will know how awful it is and how much there is to be done.

I do hope to get back into blogging and get some book lists done. I also have the Petrona 2020 books and change to the judging panel to tell you about.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Death in Paradise - Cast to change in series 9

The Radio Times has reported that Ardal O’Hanlon aka DI Jack Mooney will be departing mid series 9. Never fear though. the series has been renewed for series 10.
There are no details available regarding his replacement yet.

Read the whole article at the Radio Times

"Details surrounding his departure are being kept under wraps, but we can expect him to be replaced by a new lead detective at some point in series nine, which will air in January 2020.
The show has already been commissioned for a 10th series – but we still don’t know who will be heading the drama up after Ardal departs…"

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

New Releases - October 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in October 2019 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). October and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Anthology - The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuth and Private Eye Stories (ed. Maxim Jakubowski)
• Amphlett, Rachel - Cradle to Grave #8 Detective Kay Hunter
• Austin, Stephanie - Dead on Dartmoor #2 Juno Browne
• Beaton, M C - Agatha Raisin: Beating About the Bush #30 Agatha Raisin, Retired PR person, Cotswolds
• Berry, Connie - A Legacy of Murder #2 Kate Hamilton, American antiques dealer
• Black, Helen - Playing Dirty #3 Liberty Chapman
• Bonner, Hilary - Dreams of Fear #3 DI David Vogel, Bristol
• Brett, Simon - Blotto, Twinks and the Great Road Race #10 Brother and sister sleuths, Blotto and Twinks
• Brody, Frances - The Body on the Train #11 Kate Shackleton, Bradford, 1920s
• Cayre, Hannelore - The Godmother
• Child, Lee - Blue Moon #24 Jack Reacher, ex MP, USA
• Cockram, Jane - The House of Brides
• Cole, Martina No Mercy
• Corcoran, Caroline - Through the Wall
• Crombie, Deborah - A Bitter Feast #18 Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, Scotland Yard
• Cutler, Judith - The Wages of Sin #1 Matthew Rowsley, Steward & Mrs Faulkner, Housekeeper, Victorian Era
• Dams, Jeanne M - Death in the Garden City #22 Dorothy Martin
• de Lange, Louisa - Ask Me No Questions #1 DS Kate Munro
• Doherty, P C/Paul - Dark Queen Waiting #2 Margaret Beaufort
• Driscoll, Teresa - I Will Make You Pay
• Eames, Jessica - Bad Seed
• Ellicott, Jessica - Murder Cuts the Mustard #3 Beryl and Edwina Mystery, 1920s
• Falconer, Colin - Innocence Dies #2 Detectives Charlie George and Clare Reeves
• Finch, Paul - Season of Mist
• Fowler, Christopher - Bryant & May - England's Finest #2 Short Stories
• French, Nicci - The Lying Room
• Gartland, Fiona - Now That You've Gone #2 Beatrice Barrington, Stenographer, Dublin
• Gray, Lisa - Bad Memory #2 Jessica Shaw
• Green, Cass - The Killer Inside
• Griffiths, Elly - Now You See Them #5 Stephens and Mephisto, Brighton, 1950s
• Grzegorzek, Paul - Closer Than Blood #2 PC Gareth Bell, Brighton
• Hall, Tarquin - The Case of the Reincarnated Client #5 Vish Puri, New Dehli
• Hannah, Sophie - The Understudy (co-written with Holly Brown, Claire Mackintosh and B A Paris)
• Hayes, Terry - The Year of the Locust
• Hill, Susan - The Benefit of Hindsight #10 Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, Lafferton
• Isaac, Jane - A Deathly Silence #3 DCI Helen Lavery
• Isaac-Henry, - Olivia The Verdict
• Jakeman, Jo - Safe House
• Jeffrey, Diane - The Guilty Mother
• Jensen, Louise - The Family
• Kinsey, T E - Death Beside the Seaside #6 Lady Emily Hardcastle, 1908
• Lake, Alex - Seven Days
• Le Carre, John - Agent Running in the Field
• Lloyd, Chris - City of Drowned Souls #3 Elisenda Domenech, Catalan city of Girona
• Lloyd, Chris - City of Good Death #1 Elisenda Domenech, Catalan city of Girona
• Lloyd, Chris - City of Buried Ghosts #2 Elisenda Domenech, Catalan city of Girona
• MacBird, Bonnie - The Devil's Due #3 Sherlock Holmes Adventure
• Magson, Adrian - Terminal Black #6 Harry Tate
• Malvaldi, Marco - The Measure of a Man
• Marston, Edward - Fear on the Phantom Special #17 Det. Insp Colbeck, Scotland Yard, mid 19th Century
• May, Peter - The Noble Path (originally pub. 1992)
• Mayhew, Julie - Impossible Causes
• McGowan, Claire - The Other Wife
• McNab, Andy - Whatever It Takes #20 The Nick Stone Missions
• Ohlsson, Kristina - The Flood #6 Inspector Alex Recht
• Perry, Anne - A Christmas Gathering
• Pinto Maldonado, Mercedes - Letters to a Stranger
• Rhodes, Kate - Burnt Island #3 DI Ben Kitto
• Rickman, Phil - For the Hell of It #15 Rev. Merrily Watkins, Ledwardine, Herefordshire
• Rosett, Sara - Murder in Black Tie #4 High Society Lady Detective, 1920s England
• Sigurdardottir, Lilja - Cage #3 Sonja
• Stacey, Lynda - The Fake Date
• Sten, Viveca - In the Shadow of Power #7 Sandhamn Murders
• Street, Karen Lee - Edgar Allan Poe and The Empire of the Dead #3 Poe and Dupin
• Tallon, Emma - Reckless Girl #5 Anna Davis
• Thomas, Sherry - The Art of Theft #4 Lady Sherlock
• Todd, Charles - A Cruel Deception #11 Bess Crawford, battlefield nurse, WWI
• Tuomainen, Antti - Little Siberia
• Williams, Andrew - Witchfinder

Monday, September 16, 2019

New Releases - September 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in September 2019 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). September and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.
• Anthology - Sinful: New Irish Crime Stories (ed. Ferdia Mac Anna)
• Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem - The Empty Birdcage (with Anna Waterhouse) #3 Mycroft Holmes
• Alvey, J M - Scorpions in Corinth #2 Philocles, Athens, 443BC
• Benn, James R - When Hell Struck Twelve #14 Billy Boyle, WW2
• Brightwell, Emily - Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel #38 Mrs Jeffries
• Broadfoot, Neil - No Place to Die #2 Connor Fraser, Stirling
• Buchanan, Tracy - The Family Secret
• Burrows, Steve - A Dance of Cranes #6 Inspector Domenic Jejeune, Saltmarsh, Norfolk
• Camilleri, Andrea - The Other End of the Line #24 Inspector Montalbano, Sicily, Italy
• Chandler, HS - Degrees of Guilt
• Cleeves, Ann - The Long Call #1 Detective Matthew Venn, Devon
• Clifford, Aoife - Second Sight
• Cole, Daniel - Endgame #3 Fawkes and Baxter
• Cookman, Lesley - Murder Repeated #20 Libby Sarjeant, middle aged actress/investigator, Kent
• Cross, A J - Dark Truths #1 Will Traynor, Criminologist
• Curtis, Emma - The Night You Left
• Denzil, Sarah A - The Liar's Sister
• Dunford, Caroline - A Death at the Church #13 Euphemia Martins
• Edwards, Mark - Here To Stay
• England, Caroline - Betray Her
• Fellowes, Jessica - The Mitford Scandal #3 Louisa Cannon, Maid to the Mitfords, 1919
• Fortin, Sue - The Dead Wife
• Francis, Dick - Guilty Not Guilty (by Felix Francis)
• Gustawsson, Johana - Blood Song #3 Roy & Castells
• Harris, Robert - The Second Sleep
• Harrison, Cora - Winter of Despair #2 Gaslight Mystery
• Hartley, Lisa - Time To Go #3 Detective Caelan Small, London
• Hazel, James - False Prophet #3 Charlie Priest, Lawyer
• Heald, Ruth - The Woman Upstairs
• Hill, M K - The Bad Place #1 DI Sasha Dawson, Essex
• Hodge, Sibel - Their Last Breath
• Hunter, Scott - Gone Too Soon #5 DCI Brendan Moran
• Johannsen, Anna - The Body on the Beach #1 DI Lena Lorenzen
• Lewis, Roy - The Quayside Murder (apa A Limited Vision (1983)) #3 Eric Ward
• Lövestam, Sara - The Truth Behind the Lie
• MacKay, Asia - The Nursery #2 Lex Tyler
• Malmström, Stefan - Kult
• Malone, Michael J - In the Absence of Miracles
• Mark, David - A Rush of Blood
• Maslen, Andy - Three Kingdoms #10 Gabriel Wolfe
• Nickson, Chris - The Hocus Girl #2 Simon Westow, Thief-taker, Regency Leeds
• Norman, Andreas - The Silent War #2 Bente Jensen
• Pearson, David - Murder at the Races #9 Detectives Lyons and Hays, Galway
• Penketh, Anne - Play Dead #3 DI Sam Clayton, Norfolk
• Penrose, Andrea - Murder at Kensington Palace #3 Wrexford & Sloane
• Phillips, Louise - The Hiding Game
• Purcell, Laura - Bone China
• Reed, Hannah - Be Still My Bleating Heart (ebook only) #4 A Scottish Highlands Mystery
• Robinson, Peter - Many Rivers to Cross #26 Insp. Alan Banks, Yorkshire
• Rowson, Pauline - Death In The Cove #1 Inspector Alun Ryga, Dorset
• Sefton, Joanne - The Guilty Friend
• Seymour, EV - Scarlett's Secret
• Sharp, Zoe - Bad Turn #13 Charlie Fox, ex-Special Forces soldier turned bodyguard
• Sinclair, Rob - The Essence of Evil #1 DI Dani Stephens
• Smith, Alexander McCall - To the Land of Long Lost Friends #20 Mma Ramotswe, PI, Botswana
• Stansfield, Katherine - The Mermaid's Call #3 The Cornish Mysteries
• Starr, Mel - Without a Trace #12 Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, 14thC England
• Talbot, Theresa - The Quiet Ones #3 Oonagh O'Neil
• Thomas, Joe - Playboy #3 The São Paulo Quartet
• Trow, M J - The Black Hills #6 A Grand & Batchelor Victorian Mystery
• Weaver, Ashley - A Dangerous Engagement #6 Amory Ames
• Wyer, Carol The Sleepover #4 Detective Natalie Ward

Thursday, August 29, 2019

My Top Ten Crime Fiction Books by Women in Translation

As it's August and 'Women in Translation' month, here are my top ten eleven favourite books by Women in Translation, taken from the lifespan of the Euro Crime blog/website/Facebook page up to the end of 2018. Links are to my reviews on the Euro Crime website:

Karin Fossum - Don't Look Back tr. Felicity David, Norway
Karin Fossum - Calling Out for You! tr. Charlotte Barslund, Norway

Sissel-Jo Gazan - The Dinosaur Feather tr. Charlotte Barslund, Denmark

Anne Holt - Death in Oslo tr. Kari Dickson, Norway

Asa Larsson - Until Thy Wrath be Past tr. Laurie Thompson, Sweden

Dominique Manotti - Dead Horsemeat tr. Amanda Hopkinson and Ros Schwartz, France

Liza Marklund - The Bomber tr. Kajsa Von Hofsten (2003) (& Neil Smith 2011), Sweden

Claudia Pineiro - Thursday Night Widows tr. Miranda France, Argentina

Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Silence of the Sea tr. Victoria Cribb, Iceland (Petrona Award winner)

Fred Vargas - This Night's Foul Work tr. Sian Reynolds, France
Fred Vargas - The Three Evangelists tr. Sian Reynolds, France

Also very worth seeking out with consistently good series are Kati Hiekkapelto, Camilla Lackberg and Kristina Ohlsson.