Monday, February 05, 2024

New Releases - January 2024

Here's a snapshot of what I think was published for the first time in January 2024 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). 110 titles this month. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. 

Please note that, unless specifically mentioned, when a book has differing print and ebook release date, I use the print release date. Translators' names are included where known.

Alexander, Magda - The Case of the Stray Stickpin #2 Kitty Worthington Cozy Capers
Armstrong, Jess - The Curse of Penryth Hall
Bailey, Jaye - The Killing Pages #3 DCI Luke Wiley
Barnes, Charlotte - A True Crime
Baylis, Edie - Trusting Blood #3 Scarred
Bettany, Jane - Murder at the Book Festival #2 Violet Brewster
Black, Katherine - A Most Malicious Messenger #2 Most Unusual Mysteries
Blake, Sam - Three Little Birds
Boland, Shalini - The School Reunion
Brett, Simon - Blotto, Twinks and the Phantom Skiers #13 Brother and sister sleuths, Blotto and Twinks
Brook, Lee - The Echoes of Silence #14 West Yorkshire Crime
Brookes, Dawn - Murder in a Care Home #5 Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe
Bull, Jessica - Miss Austen Investigates #1 Miss Austen Investigates
Butler, D S - Before the Dawn #8 DS Karen Hart, Lincolnshire
Clements, Rory - Munich Wolf
Comley, M A - Revenge Streak #22 DI Sara Ramsey
Connelly, Lucy - Death at a Scottish Wedding #2 Dr Emilia McRoy
Critchlow, Heather - Unburied #2 Cal Lovett Files
Croft, Kathryn - The Girl in Room 12
Dalgliesh, J M - The Talisker Dead #3 DI Duncan McAdam, Isle of Skye
de la Motte, Anders - The Mountain King tr. Alex Fleming #1 Criminal inspector Leonore Asker
Devlin, Cara - Nature of the Crime #6 Bow Street Duchess
East, Philippa - A Guilty Secret
Ellis, Emmy - Reflect #24 Cardigan Estate
Ellis, Emmy - The Blade Killer #8 DI Bethany Smith
Ellis, Emmy - The Sledgehammer Killer #9 DI Bethany Smith
Ellis, Joy - An Aura of Mystery #1 Ellie McEwan
Enright, Robert - Blood Money #13 Sam Pope
Ferraro, Nicolás - My Favorite Scar tr. Mallory Craig-Kuhn
FitzGerald, Helen - Halfway House
Galloway, K T - Still Waters #8 O'Malley & Swift
Goodwin, Sarah - The Yacht
Grace, Fiona - A Scandalous Death #2 The Maid and the Mansion
Graham, R L - Death on the Lusitania
Grayson, C J - Taken From Her Home #1 Detective April Fisher
Greig, Andrew James - The Girl in the Loch #1 Private Investigator Tearlach Paterson, Scotland
Griffiths, Elly - The Last Word
Hall, Araminta - One of the Good Guys
Hall, Traci - Murder at a Scottish Castle #5 Paislee Shaw, Nairn, Scotland
Hannah, Mari - The Longest Goodbye #9 Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels
Hindle, Tom - Murder on Lake Garda
Hood, D K - A Song for the Dead #21 Detectives Kane and Alton
Howard, B M - Blood of the Knights #3 Gracchus & Vanderville
Hunter, E V - A Story to Strangle For #4 Hopgood Hall Murder Mysteries
Hurst, Daniel - The Couple's Revenge
Jackson, Gillian - The Dead Husband
James, Evelyn - Death at the Sun Club #31 Clara Fitzgerald
Jenkins, Victoria - Your Perfect Life
Jensen, Oskar - Helle and Death
Johnston, Anthony - The Dog Sitter Detective Takes the Lead #2 Gwinny Tuffel, Dog sitter
Jordan, G R - Death of the Witch (ebook only) #2 Siobhan Duffy
Kidd, Michelle - Three Broken Bodies #5 DI Jack MacIntosh
Kildare, Kitty - Death at the Fireside Inn #1 Veronica Vale, 1920s
Kinder, Gomery - London Lies Bleeding #1 Justin Martello
Kitson, Bill - Death Sentence #17 Detective Mike Nash, Yorkshire
Kovach, Carla - On a Quiet Street
Lane, Anna Sayburn - The Soho Jazz Murders #2 Marjorie, 1920s
Lewis, J G- Unholy Sanctuary #10 Ela of Salisbury Medieval Mystery
MacLeod, Shéa - Lady Rample and the Lady in the Lake #12 Lady Rample, 1930s
Mancini, Ruth - The Woman on the Ledge
Marlow, Natalie - The Red Hollow #2 William Garrett, Birmingham
Marston, Edward - Murder in Transit #22 Det. Insp Colbeck, Scotland Yard, mid 19th Century
Martin, Faith - Murder by Candlelight
Maslen, Andy - The Seventh Girl #1 Detective Kat Ballantyne
Mason, Simon - Lost and Never Found #3 DI Ray Wilkins, Oxford
McCleave, Simon - The Drowning Isle #4 DCI Laura Hart, Anglesey
McIlroy, Alice - The Glass Woman
McLean, Rachel & Joel Hames - The Mine #2 Cumbria Crime
Morrison, Lynn - The Roman Riddle #5 Dora and Rex, 1920s
Mróz, Remigiusz - Final Appeal tr. ??? #1 Joanna Chylka, Lawyer
Murphy, Martina - The Reckoning #3 DS Lucy Golden
O'Brien, Jenny - Roses for the Dead #2 Detective Alana Mack
Organ, Emily - Murder on the Thames #6 Augusta Peel, 1920s
Pearce, Biba & L T Ryan - The Frost Killer #4 Dalton Savage
Probyn, Jack - Death's Kiss #4 DS Tomek Bowen
Quinn, Cate - The Clinic
Reed, HJ - A Fatal Pact#3 DI Crow
Reynolds, Amanda - The Screenwriter
Richards, Mark & E S Richards - The Hanged Woman #6 Michael Brady, Yorkshire
Richell, Hannah - The Search Party
Rigby, Sally - The Hidden Graves of St Ives #2 Detective Lauren Pengelly & Detective Matt Price
Robertson, C S - The Trials of Marjorie Crowe
Rose, M L - Looking For You #6 DCI Rohan Roy
Rosett, Sara - Murder in the Alps #8 High Society Lady Detective, 1920s England
Russell, Leigh - Poppy Takes the Lead #3 Poppy Mystery
Ryan, Sadie - The Proposal
Ryan, Sadie - The Secretary
Salter, Michelle - Murder at Merewood Hospital
Saxon, Diane - The Good Twin
Seymour, Gerald - The Best Revenge #4 Jonas Merrick
Skuse, C J - Thorn In My Side #4 Sweetpea
Stacey, L H - The Accident
Sullivan, Tim - The Teacher #6 DS Cross, Bristol
Tait, Victoria - Vanilla Chai and a Vanishing Victim #3 Waterwheel Café
Taylor, Stephen - Won't Stay Dead #10 Danny Pearson
Thorogood, Robert - The Queen of Poisons #3 The Marlow Murder Club
Vickery, Sam - The Child at My Door
Vingtras, Marie - Blizzard tr. Stephanie Smee
Weatherley, Anna-Lou - The Housewife's Secret #7 Detective Dan Riley
Webb, Kate - Laying Out the Bones #2 Detective Inspector Matt Lockyer, Wiltshire
Wells, Kate - Stranger in the Village #2 Jude Gray
Welsh, Louise - To the Dogs
Westerson, Jeri - The Twilight Queen #2 King's Fool
Wilkinson, Diana - The Girl in Seat 2a
Wilson, Edward - Farewell Dinner for a Spy #8 Catesby
Wingate, Marty - A Body on the Doorstep #1 London Ladies' Murder Club
Wingate, Marty - A Body at the Séance #2 London Ladies' Murder Club
Wray, C J - The Excitements
Wyer, Carol - A Soul for a Soul #5 DI Kate Young, Staffordshire
Young, Debbie - Driven to Murder #9 Sophie Sayers

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

New Releases - December 2023

Here's a snapshot of what I think was published for the first time in December 2023 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). 66 titles this month. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. 

Please note that, unless specifically mentioned, when a book has differing print and ebook release date, I use the print release date. Translators' names are included where known.

Adler, Dominic - Red Labyrinth
Alexander, Magda - A Murder at Brighton #8 Kitty Worthington
Ashley, Jennifer - Mrs. Holloway's Christmas Pudding (ebook only) - Below Stairs Novella
Atkinson, Heather - Bonds of Loyalty (ebook only) #5 Blagger's Code
Barker, Robert F - Breathe Free #7 DCI Jamie Carver
Bellamy, G J - Primrose Hill #5 Sophie Burgoyne
Blaedel, Sara & Mads Peder Nordbo - Dissolved tr ???
Boland, Peter - Death at the Dog Show #3 Charity Shop Detective Agency
Brett, Simon - Waste of a Life #3 Ellen Curtis, Declutterer
Brook, Lee - The Shadows of Yuletide #12 West Yorkshire Crime
Brook, Lee - The Shadows of the Past #13 West Yorkshire Crime
Campling, Michael - A Must-Have Murder #5 Devonshire Mysteries
Carson, John - Blunt Force Trauma #20 DCI Harry McNeil
Cartwright, Jack - A Winter of Blood #1 DCI Cook, Lincolnshire
Carver CJ - A Treachery of Friends
Cockburn, Tormod - This Emerald Veil #6 Mysterious Scotland
Comley, M A - The Good Die Young #11 DI Sally Parker
Connally, Celeste - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord #1 Lady Petra Inquires
Cookman, Lesley - Murder by Christmas #25 Libby Sarjeant, middle aged actress/investigator, Kent
Coombs, Alex - Murder on the Menu #1 Old Forge Cafe Mystery
Davies, Abby - The Girl Who Heard Maggots
Edvinsson, Anki - The Snow Angel tr. Paul Norlen #1 Detectives von Klint and Berg
Eldridge, Jim - Murder at the Louvre #10 Former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson
Ellis, Emmy - Rusty #23 Cardigan Estate
Ellis, Emmy - The Meat Hook Killer #7 DI Bethany Smith
Finney, Keith - Double Cross #7 Norfolk Cozy Mysteries
Gatland, Jack - Pretend To Be Dead #17 DI Declan Walsh
Giles Stewart - The Cellar #26 DS Jason Smith
Godden, Gillian - The Bad Boy #5 The Lambrianus
Gray, Clio - The Juggler's Box #2 Bookfinders
Gustawsson, Johana - Yule Island tr. David Warriner
Harrison, Cora - Murder in the Mist #5 Gaslight Mystery
Higashino, Keigo - The Final Curtain tr. Giles Murray #10 Detective Kaga
Hurst, Daniel - The Doctor's Mistress #3 The Doctor's Wife
James, Ed - Hope To Die (ebook only) #10 DI Fenchurch, London
Jecks, Michael - One Last Dance Before I Die #1 Detective Rod Cottey, Shanghai Municipal Police
Jordan, G R - A Giant Killing #1 Siobhan Duffy
Jordan, G R - Winter Slay Bells #29 Highlands and Islands
Júlíusdóttir, Katrín - Dead Sweet tr. Quentin Bates #1 Sigurdís, Police officer
Kelly, Ruth - The Escape
King, Casey - Exposed #2 Dublin Thrillers
Kirk, JD - This Little Piggy #2 DI Heather Filson
La Plante, Lynda - Alibi #7 Trial and Retribution
Lindsay, Douglas - We Were Not Innocent #5 DI Buchan
Mark, David - The Burning Time #12 Detective Sergeant McAvoy of Humberside CID
McLean, Rachel & Millie Ravensworth - Death at Tower Bridge #3 Diana Bakewell
McNeill, Robert - Don't Cry, Darling #7 DI Jack Knox
McPherson, Catriona - Hop Scot #6 Last Ditch Mysteries
Menuhin, Karen Baugh - The Belvedere Murders #11 Heathcliff Lennox Investigates
Morgan, Anna-Marie - Murder on Arthur's Seat #1 DI McKenzie
Noel, Sarah F - An Inexplicable Woman #4 Tabitha & Wolf
North, Ely - Gothic Fog #6 DCI Finnegan, Yorkshire
Penketh, Anne - The Brittany Murders #1 The Brittany Murders
Perks, Heidi - The Last Resort
Raymond, Andrew - Blood Money #5 Novak and Mitchell
Rhodes, GS - Someone Else's Skin #10 DI Benjamin Kidd
Shindler, Will - The Cold Case #5 DI Alex Finn & DC Mattie Paulsen, London
Simpson, Carla - Deadly Obsession #6 Angus Brodie and Mikaela Forsythe, Victorian London
Sinclair, J R - Embers of Summer #3 DI Joseph Stone
Stacey, L H - The Safe House
Sten, Viveca - Hidden in Shadows tr. Marlaine Delargy #2 The Åre Murders
Stone, Dan - Ultimate Deceit #2 Jack Kane
Tuti, Ilaria - Daughter of Ashes tr. Ekin Oklap #3 Teresa Battaglia
Wilde, Darcie - The Secret of the Lady's Maid #2 Useful Woman
Wilkinson, Kerry - After the Sleepover #2 Sleepover
Woolf, James - Indefensible

Thursday, December 28, 2023

New Releases - November 2023

Now arriving on [the blog] platform 1, the heavily delayed November Arrivals. Here's a snapshot of what I think was published for the first time in November 2023 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). 109 titles this month. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment. 

Please note that, unless specifically mentioned, when a book has differing print and ebook release date, I use the print release date. Translators' names are included where known.

Ace, Cathy - The Corpse with the Opal Fingers #13 Welsh-Canadian Professor Cait Morgan, Criminologist
Adams, Jane - Murder At the Wedding #9 Rina Martin, Actress
Atkinson, Heather - A Savage Feud #2 The Savage Sisters
Austin, Stephanie - A Devon Midwinter Murder #7 Juno Browne
Bailey, Elizabeth - The Hanging Cheat #10 Lady Fan
Barnes, Kerry - Callous #3 Georgie Deacon
Bateman, E C - Murder Most Antique #2 Felicia Grant, Stamford, Lincs
Beaumont, Charles - A Spy Alone #1 Oxford Spy Ring
Belsham, Alison - The Innocent Angels #3 Detective Lexi Bennett
Benedict, Alexandra - The Christmas Jigsaw Murders
Benjamin, Tom - Last Testament in Bologna #5 Daniel Leicester, Bologna
Bjork, Samuel - The Wolf tr. Charlotte Barslund #4 Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, Oslo Police
Blake, David - Bluebell Wood #10 DCI Tanner, Norfolk
Bolton, Sharon - The Fake Wife
Bond, Martha - Murder in the Grotto #2 Lottie Sprigg Country House
Bowen, Rhys - The Proof of the Pudding # 17 Lady Georgiana Rannoch ('Georgie'), 1930s Britain
Bright, Verity - Murder on the Cornish Cliffs #16 Lady Eleanor Swift, 1920s
Broadfoot, Neil - Unmarked Graves #6 Connor Fraser, Stirling
Brolly, Matt - The Railroad #2 Lynch and Rose
Brook, Lee - The West Yorkshire Ripper #11 West Yorkshire Crime
Brown, Benedict - The Christmas Bell Mystery #12 Lord Edgington Investigates
Browne, Sheryl - We All Keep Secrets
Burrowes, Grace - A Gentleman in Challenging Circumstances #3 The Lord Julian Mysteries
Caine, Michael - Deadly Game #1 DCI Harry Taylor
Carver, Will - Upstairs at the Beresford #2 The Beresford
Casey, Jane - The Outsider Castillo, Javier - The Snow Girl tr. Isabelle Scott #1 Miren Triggs
Chase, Clare - Mystery at Saltwater Cottages #11 Eve Mallow, Saxford St Peter
Chester, Fliss - Death on the Scotland Express #4 Cressida Fawcett, 1920s
Comley, M A - To Catch a Killer #11 DI Sam Cobbs
Cutler, Judith - The Dead Hand #5 Matthew Rowsley, Steward & Mrs Faulkner, Housekeeper, Victorian Era
Dalgliesh, J M - The Dead Man of Storr #2 DI Duncan McAdam, Isle of Skye
Dawson, Lucy - The Night She Lied
Dennison, Hannah - Dagger of Death at Honeychurch Hall #10 Kat Stanford
Dixon, Helena - Murder at the Highland Castle #14 Miss Underhay
Doherty, Paul - Murder Most Treasonable #22 Brother Athelstan
Dowd, Victoria - Murder Most Cold #5 Ursula Smart
Durrant, Helen H - The Ravenswood Murders #2 DCI Alice Rossi
Dylan, Rhys - No One Near #10 DCI Evan Warlow
Ellis, Joy - The Bag of Secrets #6 Matt Ballard
Enright, Robert - The Dead Of Night #1 DS Jack Townsend
Everett, F L - Murder in a Country Village #2 Edie York, 1940s
Farrar, M K - The Night Prowler #12 DI Erica Swift
Farrar, M K - Under the Surface #2 Law of Sandtown
Farrington, C J - Last Stop on the Murder Express #3 Olga Pushkin
Fielding, Liz - Murder Under the Mistletoe #2 Abby Finch, Cotswolds
Fraine, A L - Blood Red Ford #5 Detective Loxley, Nottinghamshire
Frost, Chris - The Killer's Christmas List
Gatland, Jack - Find The Lady #4 Ellie Reckless
Gatward, D J - Dark Harvest #16 DCI Harry Grimm
Gibney, Patricia - The Altar Girls #13 Detective Lottie Parker
Giles, Stewart - The Electrician #25 DS Jason Smith
Greenwood, Ross - Death at Paradise Park #2 DS Ashley Knight, Norfolk
Grimwood, Jack - Arctic Sun #3 Tom Fox
Gunnis, Emily - The Girls Left Behind
Hambling, Michael - Vicious Crimes #12 DCI Sophie Allen
Harper, Izzie - Murder in the Hot Air Balloon #4 The Wootton Windmill Mysteries
Hedgecock, Liz & Harmon, Paula - Death on the Towpath #4 Booker & Fitch
Holliday, SJI - The Party Season
Horst, Jorn Lier - Snow Fall tr. Anne Bruce #16 Chief Inspector William Wisting, Larvik
Hunt, Rosie - Murder on the Coast #5 Lady Felicity Quick, 1920s
Hurst, Daniel - My Daughter's Husband #2 My Daughter's Boyfriend
Isaka, Kotaro - The Mantis tr. Sam Malissa
Isaksen, Jógvan - Dead Men Dancing tr. Marita Thomsen #4 Hannis Martinsson
James, Ed - A Shadow on the Door #4 DI Rob Marshall
James, Jane E - The Son-in-Law
Jardine, Quintin - The Cage #35 Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Skinner, Edinburgh
Kaya, Kerry - Justice #3 The Tempests
Kemp, Martin - The Game
Kernick, Simon - The First 48 Hours
Kobler, Seraina - Deep Dark Blue tr. Alex Roesch #1 Rosa Zambrano, Lake Zurich
Kovach, Carla - Her Deadly Promise #12 Detective Gina Harte
Kray, Roberta - Cheated
Kyriacou, Eleni - The Unspeakable Acts of Zina Pavlou
Lawler, Liz - My Husband's Lies
Leadbeater, David - The Devil's Reaper # 34 Matt Drake
Lyle, H B - Spy Hunter #4 Wiggins, 1909
Lynch, Rachel - The Rich
Mariani, Scott - The Tudor Deception 28 Ben Hope, Ex-SAS
Marsons, Angela - Bad Blood # 19 DI Kim Stone
McDermott, Alan - Ocean of Wrath #6 Eva Driscoll
McLean, Rachel & Ravensworth, Millie - Death in the West End #2 Diana Bakewell
Messina, Lynn - A Murderous Tryst #11 Beatrice Hyde-Clare, Regency era
Meyrick, Denzil - Murder at Holly House #1 Inspector Frank Grasby, 1950s
Mitchell, Caroline - The Islanders
Mosse, Greg - Murder at Bunting Manor #2 Maisie Cooper
Murphy, Kitty - Death in the Holidays #3 Dublin Drag
Nadal, Jay - Secrets to Die For #10 DI Karen Heath
Natt och Dag, Niklas - 1795: The Order of the Furies tr. Ian Giles #3 Jean Mickel Cardell
New, Jacqueline - Scars of the Past #1 DCI McNeill, Edinburgh
Oliver, Kelly - Arsenic at Ascot #4 Fiona Figg
Pearson, David - The Empty Safe Mystery #2 Wexford Homicides
Ramsay, Danielle - My Best Friend's Secret
Rankin, Ian - The Rise (ebook only) - Novella
Reid, TG - Night Comes Falling #6 DCI Bone
Roberts, Adam - The Death of Sir Martin Malprelate
Rowson, Pauline - The Hayling Island Murders #17 DI Andy Horton and his sidekick Barney Cantelli, Portsmouth
Scarrow, Simon - Rebellion #21 Macro and Cato, Roman soldiers
Smith, Alex - Unholy Saints #14 DCI Robert Kett, Norfolk
Smith, Fiona Veitch - The Pantomime Murders #2 Miss Clara Vale, 1929
Stacey, L H - The House Guest
Stevenson, Charlotte - The Serial Killer's Son
Tyler, L C - A Well-Earned Death #9 John Grey, lawyer, 1657
Upson, Nicola - Shot With Crimson #11 Josephine Tey, real-life crime writer
Walden, Celia - The Square
Walter, B P - Notes on a Murder
Ward, Sarah - The Sixth Lie #2 Mallory Dawson, Wales
Williams, T A - Murder on the Matterhorn #5 Armstrong and Oscar
Wood, Tom - Blood Debt #11 Victor, Assassin

Friday, December 22, 2023

Ten Years of the Petrona Award

Over on the Petrona Award website we've been marking 'Ten Years of the Petrona' and revisiting the first ten winners. What a fantastic set of books and a great present for the crime fan in your life - ranging from dark humour to historical, police procedural to private eye, psychological thriller to semi-amateur investigators, there's something for everyone.

Why not check out the classic reviews and new articles on the Petrona website.

Liza Marklund for LAST WILL, translated by Neil Smith

LINDA, AS IN THE LINDA MURDER by Leif G.W. Persson, translated by Neil Smith 

THE SILENCE OF THE SEA by Yrsa Sigurđardóttir, translated by Victoria Cribb,

THE CAVEMAN by Jørn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce

WHERE ROSES NEVER DIE by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett,

QUICKSAND by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

THE KATHARINA CODE by Jørn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce

LITTLE SIBERIA by Antti Tuomainen, translated by David Hackston

TO COOK A BEAR by Mikael Niemi, translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner

FATAL ISLES by Maria Adolfsson translated by Agnes Broomé

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

New Releases - October 2023

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in October 2023 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). 89 titles this month. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.

Please note that, unless specifically mentioned, when a book has differing print and ebook release date, I use the print release date. Translators' names are included where known.

Allen, Jo - Death in Good Time (ebook only) #11 DCI Jude Satterthwaite, Lake District
Allingham, Merryn - Murder in a French Village #7 Flora Steele, Sussex, 1955
Armitage, Richard - Geneva
Barron, Stephanie - Jane and the Final Mystery 15 Jane Austen
Black, Tony - The Lock-in #Short Stories
Blackwell, Penny - Murder at the Bonfire #2 Cherrywood Murders
Bond, Martha - Murder in the Library #1 Lottie Sprigg Country House
Bradley, Rebecca - Cold Hard Truth #4 Claudia Nunn
Brett, Simon - Mrs Pargeter's Patio #9 Mrs Pargeter, Gangster's widow
Britton, Anna - Shot in the Dark #1 Detectives Martin & Stern
Brookes, Dawn - The Museum Murders #3 Carlos Jacobi
Brown, Benedict - Murder at Everham Hall #1 Marius Quin, 1920s
Celestin, Ray - Palace of Shadows
Child, Lee (with Andrew Child) - The Secret #28 Jack Reacher, ex MP, USA
Cole, Martina (with Jacqui Rose) - Loyalty
Comley, M A - The Games People Play #21 DI Sara Ramsey
Cordani, Andreina - The Twelve Days of Murder
Cumming, Charles - Kennedy 35 #3 Box 88
Curtis, Emma - The Babysitter
Dalgliesh, J M - A Long Time Dead #1 DI Duncan McAdam, Isle of Skye
Devlin, Cara - Fatal by Design #5 Bow Street Duchess
Ebsworth, David - Blood Among the Threads #1 Wrexham Victorian Mystery
Ellis, Emmy - The Scorched Skin Killer #4 DI Bethany Smith
Forder, Tony J - What Dies Inside Us #11 DI Jimmy Bliss
Gatland, Jack - Counter Attack #4 Tom Marlowe
Giles, Stewart - Danger on the Island #11 DI Liam O'Reilly
Gray, Clio - The Fifth Face of Fear #2 Troubadours
Grayson, C J - Taken While She Slept #1 Detective April Fisher
Greene, Morgan - The Mark Of The Dead #2 DI Jamie Johansson Files
Griffiths, Elly - The Great Deceiver #7 Stephens and Mephisto, Brighton, 1950s
Hall, Emylia - The Harbour Lights Mystery #2 Shell House Detectives, Cornwall
Hall, Lisa - The Day She Disappeared
Hallett, Janice - The Christmas Appeal #2 Fairway Players
Hancock, Anne Mette - Ruthless tr. Tara Chace #3 Journalist Heloise Kaldan and Police Officer Erik Schäfer
Hannah, Sophie - Hercule Poirot's Silent Night: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery #5 Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard
Harris, Jon - Murder in a Somerset Village #2 Julia Ford
Hattersley, Matthew - When The Kingdom Comes #2 John Beckett
Hill, Karl - The Surgeon
Hill, Reginald - A Candle for Christmas & Other Stories #Short Stories
Hodges, David - Storm on the Levels #12 DC Kate Hamblin
Hollow Mike - The Covent Garden Murder #8 Blitz Detective
Horst, Jorn Lier & Enger, Thomas - Stigma tr. Megan E Turney #4 Alexander Blix
Irving, Alison - Casual Cruelties
James, Alison - The House Guest
Kane, S W - The Drowning Place #2 DI Lew Kirby
Kelly, Julia - A Traitor in Whitehall #1 Evelyne Redfern, 1940
Koning, Christina - Murder in Cambridge (also pub. as End of Term under A. C. Koning) #5 The Blind Detective, 1920s
Leather, Stephen - Baltic Black Ops #5 Spider Shepherd: SAS
Mackay, Niki - The Due Date
Marston, Edward - Danger of Defeat #10 Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy
Martin, Laura - A Poisoned Fortune #3 Jane Austen Investigations
McCleave, Simon - The Colwyn Bay Killings #17 DI Ruth Hunter
McClure, Rob - The Scotsman
McDermid, Val - Past Lying #7 Karen Pirie
McKenna, Clara - Murder on Mistletoe Lane #5 Stella and Lyndy, 1905
McLean, Rachel (with Millie Ravensworth) - Death at Westminster #1 Diana Bakewell
Merritt, Chris - Committed #1 Ellen McGinley
Moloney, Catherine - Crime in the Allotment #20 DI Gilbert Markham
Morgan, Anna-Marie - The Park Murders #21 DI Yvonne Giles
Morris, M S - Days Like Shadows Pass #5 DCI Tom Raven
Morrison, Lynn - Double Cross Dead #4 Dora and Rex, 1920s
Morton, Mandy - Cat Among the Pumpkins #12 The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency
Moss, NJ - The Twins
Muir, T F - The Killing Mood #12 DI Andy Gilchrist & team, St. Andrews
Nixon, Keith - The Dead Can't Lie #8 Solomon Gray
O'Connor, Carlene - Some of Us Are Looking #2 Dimpna Wilde
Pearce, Biba - The Marlow Murders #7 Rob Miller, Police, London
Pearson, David - The Ferry Port Mystery #1 Wexford Homicides
Perry, Anne - A Christmas Vanishing
Perry, Karen - The Worst Thing You Ever Did
Phifer, Helen - The Haunting on West 10th Street #1 Detective Maria Miller
Pine, Alex - The Night Before Christmas #4 DI James Walker, Cumbria
Probyn, Jack - Death's Touch #3 DS Tomek Bowen
Puleston, Stephen - Stone Cold Dead #11 Inspector Drake
Rhodes, Kate - Hangman Island #7 DI Ben Kitto
Rigby, Sally (with Amanda Ashby) - The Stepmother
Riley, Vanessa - Murder in Drury Lane #2 Lady Worthing, Regency
Rose, M L - Hold Your Breath #5 DCI Rohan Roy
Sigurdardottir, Lilja - White as Snow tr. Quentin Bates #3 Arora
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa - The Prey tr. Victoria Cribb
Slater, K L - Husband and Wife
Smith, G N - The Shelter #3 Fiona MacLeish
Starr, Melvin R - A Polluted Font #16 Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, 14thC England
Tuomainen, Antti - The Beaver Theory tr. David Hackston #3 Rabbit Factor Trilogy
Waller, Anita - Fatal Lies #2 Forrester Family
Watson, Sue - The Lodge
Wilkinson, Kerry - The Night of the Sleepover #1 Sleepover
Wood, Michael - Below Ground #11 DCI Matilda Darke
Yokoyama, Hideo - The North Light tr. Louise Heal Kawai

Thursday, October 12, 2023

The Petrona Award 2023 - Winner


Winner of 2023 Petrona Award announced

The winner of the 2023 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year is: 

FEMICIDE by Pascal Engman, translated from the Swedish by Michael Gallagher and published by Legend Press.

Pascal Engman will receive a trophy, and both the author and translator will receive a cash prize.

The judges’ statement on FEMICIDE:

This year’s Petrona Award winner is a page-turning, absorbing and uncomfortable Swedish thriller. FEMICIDE tells of a young woman, Emilie, who is found murdered in her Stockholm apartment in the same week that her violent ex-boyfriend is released from prison. Detective Vanessa Frank is assigned the case. Meanwhile, we hear the story of young journalist Jasmina, the survivor of a recent, severe sexual assault. Author Pascal Engman dives into the world of incels through Tom, a very believable character who is part of a weaponised gender war brought about by, amongst other things, misguided hatred, feelings of being ignored by society, and sexual frustration. FEMICIDE comes to a pinnacle as the attacks against women escalate on a huge scale. 

Continuing in the tradition of fellow Swedish authors Sjöwall and Wahlöö, and Henning Mankell, Pascal Engman uses his writing to comment on societal values making FEMICIDE an interesting, fictional take on the multifaceted topic of violence against women. The book stood out to all the Petrona judges for several reasons. The way FEMICIDE opens the reader’s eyes to the steadily increasing threat of the incel movement and what makes these men tick was felt by all the judges. FEMICIDE is a challenging read that broadens thinking. The writing is well informed, the book has a good sense of urban space, and it picks up pace in a satisfying manner. There is a cast of interesting, and sometimes unconventional, characters for the reader to get to know. All the judges felt this book offered something creatively original that captured the zeitgeist of the early twenty-first century and it is a deserved winner. 

Comments from the winning author, translator and publisher:

Pascal Engman (author):

It feels incredibly significant to win this award. Several of my major idols and heroes in this genre have been recipients of it. I consider it an honour, a great honour. Writing FEMICIDE was a unique experience. The research on the incel movement was very challenging. I was pulled towards their darkness in many ways. Therefore, I also want to thank Linnea, my fiancée, for putting up with me then, as she does now.

Michael Gallagher (translator):

FEMICIDE was a fantastic book to work on. Pascal Engman certainly belongs to the Nordic Noir tradition, but his writing and his characters deftly reflect the tectonic shifts underway in Sweden and the wider world. Always unsettling and compelling, he is not bound by conventions or old cliches. I am delighted that the jury has recognised his talent and that my translation seems to have done it justice!

Cari Rosen (Legend Press Commissioning Editor):

We are so thrilled that FEMICIDE has been chosen as the winner of this year's Petrona Award. The novel delves into the world of incels after a series of brutal attacks against women, and perfectly encapsulates the pace, drama and drive of Pascal's writing. The Vanessa Frank series has sold more than a million copies worldwide and everyone at Legend is delighted to be able to bring this, the first of three books, to an English-speaking audience thanks to Michael Gallagher's expert translation.

The Petrona team would like to thank David Hicks for his continuing sponsorship of the Petrona Award.

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Petrona Award 2023 - Change to Winner's Announcement Date

With many apologies but due to unforeseen circumstances the winner of the Petrona Award 2023 will now be announced on 12 October 2023, rather than 5 October 2023.