Wednesday, April 01, 2020

New Releases - April 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in April 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). April 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 - The Murder Game #2 Stephanie King
• Allott, Susan - The Silence
• Atkins, Lucy - Magpie Lane
• Baldwin, Jackie - Avenge the Dead #3 DI Frank Farrell, Dumfries
• Balzano, Marco - I'm Staying Here
• Black, Cara - Three Hours in Paris
• Blaedel, Sara - The Third Sister #3 Ilka Nichols Jensen
• Casey, Jane - The Cutting Place #9 DC Maeve Kerrigan
• Chapman, Julia - Date with Danger #5 The Dales Detective Series
• Dahl, Kjell Ola - Sister #9 Gunnarstranda and Frolich, Oslo Police
• Davis, Lindsey - The Grove of the Caesars #8 Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco
• Edwards, Martin - Mortmain Hall #2 Jacob Flint, Journalist, 1930
• Erskine, Fiona - The Chemical Reaction #2 Jacqueline Silver
• Finlay, Mick - Arrowood and the Thames Corpses #3 Arrowood, PI, 1895
• Gunnis, Emily - The Lost Child
• Hall, Matthew - The Black Art of Killing
• Harris, C S - Who Speaks for the Damned #15 Sebastian St. Cyr, Regency England
• Hawkswood, Sarah - Vale of Tears #5 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12
• Howe, Samantha Lee - The Stranger in Our Bed
• Jonasson, Ragnar - The Mist #3 Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdotti
• Jones, Philip Gwynne - Venetian Gothic #4 Nathan Sutherland
• Kent, Tony - Power Play
• La Plante, Lynda - Buried #1 DC Jack Warr
• Lackberg, Camilla - The Gilded Cage
• Lawton, John - Hammer to Fall #3 Joe Wilderness
• May, Peter - Lockdown (ebook only)
• McGilloway, Brian - The Last Crossing
• McPherson, Ben - The Island
• Morris, R N - The Music Box Enigma #6 Silas Quinn, police detective
• Naughton, Sarah J - The Mothers
• O'Connor, Carlene - Murder in Galway #1 Tara Meehan
• O'Reilly, Judith - Curse the Day #2 Michael North
• O'Sullivan, Darren - Dark Corners
• Parris, S J - Execution #6 Italian monk Giordano Bruno, Elizabethan era
• Perks, Heidi - Three Perfect Liars
• Perry, Anne - A Question of Betrayal #2 Elena Standish, Photographer, 1930s
• Perry, S W - The Saracen's Mark #3 Nicholas Shelby, Elizabethan Era
• Ripley, Mike - Mr Campion's Seance #7 Albert Campion
• Savin, Jennifer - The Wrong Move
• Schellman, Katharine - The Body in the Garden #1 Lily Adler, London, 1815
• Smith, Alexander McCall - The Talented Mr Varg #2 Detective Varg, Malmo
• Tallon, Emma - Fearless Girl (ebook only) #6 Anna Davis
• Taylor, Andrew - The Last Protector #4 Ashes of London series
• Taylor, C L - Strangers
• Thomas, Joe - Bent
• Vaughan, Sarah - Little Disasters
• Walter, B P - Hold Your Breath
• Watt, Holly - The Dead Line #2 Casey Benedict, Investigative Journalist
• Whishaw, Iona - A Match Made for Murder #7 Lane Winslow
• Whitaker, Chris - We Begin at the End
• Wilkins, Susan - Buried Deep #1 Detective Megan Thomas
• Wyer, Carol - The Secret Admirer #6 Detective Natalie Ward

Review: Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St John

Yesterday I posted my review of Lauren St John's Kat Wolfe Investgates on my libary's Facebook page:

KAT WOLFE INVESTIGATES, the first in a new series from Lauren St John, won CrimeFest’s, Best Crime Novel for Children (8-12) last year. And I loved it too.

After an unpleasant incident in their London home, Kat's mum, a veterinary surgeon, and Kat relocate to a slightly mysterious job in an idyllic Dorset sea-side town called Bluebell Bay. One of the conditions is that they take on the previous owner's cat, which is no ordinary British Domestic Shorthair... Plus Dr Wolfe has to be able to treat monkeys at the local sanctuary.

As it's the school holidays Kat is soon running her own small business – pet sitter for hire, and meets a temporarily housebound American girl of her own age (12) who has been thrown and badly injured by the very horse that Kat is to look after. Kat also offers to look after a parrot whose Paraguayan owner is returning home for a while. This latter job is what instigates an involving adventure with international implications.

This is a very rich book, with quite a complicated storyline. I don't want to say anything more about the plot but it is I think, quite an unusual story for this age group. Kat is a great animal-whisperer and not surprisingly her and her mum are vegan. She has a good heart and those around her respond to it. This book beams with good messages, has an exciting story and is quite funny as well.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cover Theme - Stone Circles

The first four have stone circles on the cover and the fifth, The Puppet Show, involves stone circles in the plot. Please let me know of others that feature stone circles. I just love these covers!

Monday, March 09, 2020

The Queen as sleuth (II)

C C Benison wrote a short series featuring the Queen and one of her maids as sleuths back in 1996-1998:

• Death At Buckingham Palace19961
• Death At Sandringham House19972
• Death At Windsor Castle19983

and the Queen is back again as a sleuth in this newly announced series from S J Bennett.

From The Bookseller:
Zaffre has pre-empted a series of books by S J Bennett starring Queen Elizabeth II as a secret amateur detective who solves crimes between royal duties.

Publishing director of the Bonnier Books UK imprint, Ben Willis, scooped UK and Commonwealth rights for five books in the Her Majesty Investigates series in a “major” deal with Charlie Campbell at Kingsford Campbell. First book The Windsor Knot will be published in hardback and e-book in early 2021.

Its synopsis explains: “When a man is found hanged in an apparent suicide in one of Windsor Castle’s guest bedrooms during a ‘Dine and Sleep’ event, the Queen secretly investigates the suspicious death. Set during the run-up to the Queen’s 90th birthday, it combines a rich cast of characters–including cameos from Prince Phillip, David Attenborough, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Obamas–with a witty and brilliantly researched portrait of royal daily life.”

Bennett’s second book in the series, currently untitled, will be set at Buckingham Palace, while her third will play out at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Monday, March 02, 2020

New Releases - March 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in March 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). March 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.
• Adler-Olsen, Jussi - Victim 2117 #8 Carl Morck and his assistant Assad, Department Q, Copenhagen
• Amphlett, Rachel - None the Wiser #1 Detective Mark Turpin
• Bannalec, Jean-Luc - The Killing Tide #5 Commissioner Dupin
• Bourne, Sam - To Kill a Man #5 Maggie Costello
• Boyd, Clare - My Perfect Wife
• Bradley, Kate - To Keep You Safe
• Broadribb, Steph - Deep Dark Night #4 Lori Anderson
• Bruce, Camilla - You Let Me In
• Brunet, Marion - Summer of Reckoning
• Buchholz, Simone - Mexico Street #3 Chastity Riley
• Butler, D S - Don't Turn Back #3 Detective Karen Hart
• Camilleri, Andrea - The Safety Net #25 Inspector Montalbano, Sicily, Italy [UK release is April]
• Chung, Maxine Mei-Fung - The Eighth Girl
• Dalbuono, Nadia - The Devil #5 Detective Leone Scamarcio, Rome
• Davies, Martin - Mrs Hudson and the Samarkand Conspiracy #4 Mrs Hudson and Sherlock Holmes
• Dean, Will - Black River #3 Tuva Moodyson, Sweden
• Doherty, Kevin - The Leonardo Gulag
• Duckworth, Charlotte - Unfollow Me
• Dunford, Caroline - A Death at the Races #14 Euphemia Martins
• Dunphy, S A - Why She Ran #4 David Dunnigan
• Fairfax, John - Forced Confessions #3 William Benson and Tess de Vere, Lawyers
• Ferrari, K - Like Flies from Afar
• Fleet, Rebecca - The Second Wife
• Fornesa, Ivo - Death in Saint-Chartier
• Gray, Alex - When Shadows Fall #17 DCI Lorimer & psychologist Solomon Brightman, Glasgow
• Hannah, Mari - Without a Trace #7 Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels
• Hardy, S M - The Evil Within #1 Dark Devon Mysteries
• Harrison, Cora - Death of a Prominent Citizen #7 Reverend Mother Aquinas, Cork, 1920s
• Hawkswood, Sarah - Hostage to Fortune #4 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12
• Heley, Veronica - False Conclusion #14 Bea Abbott, Sixty-something owner of The Abbott (Domestic) Agency
• Jia, Mai - The Message
• Kealey, Imogen - Liberation
• Kepler, Lars - Lazarus #7 DI Joona Linna, Stockholm
• Koch, Emily - Keep Him Close
• Lark, J S After You Fell
• Leon, Donna - Trace Elements #29 Commissario Guido Brunetti, Venice
• Lynch, Rachel - Little Doubt #7 DI Kelly Porter, Lake District
• Mancini, Ruth - One Dark, Two Light #2 Sarah Kellerman, Lawyer
• Mark, David - Borrowed Time
• Merritt, Chris - Knock Knock #1 Detectives Lockhart and Green
• Moor, Jessica - Keeper
• Nath, Michael - The Treatment
• Nickson, Chris - The Molten City #8 Detective Inspector Tom Harper, Leeds Police, 1890s
• Niven, John - The F*ck-it List
• Nolan, Dominic - After Dark #2 DS Abigail Boone
• Nugent, Liz - Our Little Cruelties
• Parks, Alan - Bobby March Will Live Forever #3 Harry McCoy, Police Officer, Glasgow, 1973
• Parris, S J - The Academy of Secrets (ebook only) #2 Giordano Bruno Novella
• Pattison, Nell -The Silent House #1 Paige Northwood
• Pryce, Malcolm - The Corpse in the Garden of Perfect Brightness #2 Jack Wenlock, Railway Detective
• Raybourn, Deanna - A Murderous Relation #5 Veronica Speedwell, adventuress and butterfly hunter, Victorian London
• Ross, Jacob - Black Rain Falling #2 Michael (Digger) Digson, the Caribbean
• Seskis, Tina - Hope Close
• Sherratt, Mel - Liar Liar #3 DS Grace Allendale
• Skelton, Douglas - The Blood is Still #2 Rebecca Connolly
• Todd, Charles - A Divided Loyalty #22 Insp Rutledge
• Trow, M J - The Reckoning #11 Christopher Marlowe
• Wood, Michael - The Murder House #5 DCI Matilda Darke
• Wood, Trevor - The Man on the Street #1 Jimmy Mullen, Newcastle
• Yi, A - Two Lives: Tales of Life, Love and Crime
• Zulczyk, Jakub - Blinded by the Lights

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cover Theme - Snowy Roads

With the welcome news of a new 'Vera' from Ann Cleeves in September, the cover is the latest in some very attractive "snowy roads" covers...

Though I prefer the HB cover:

Friday, February 07, 2020

New Releases - February 2020

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in February 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). February 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.
• Beaton, M C - Death of a Love #35 PC Hamish Macbeth, Lochdubh, Scotland (I'm not sure if/when this will come out due to the author's recent death)
• Beevis, Keri - M for Murder
• Belsham, Alison - Her Last Breath #2 DI Francis Sullivan & tattoo artist Marni Mullins, Brighton
• Bengtsdotter, Lina - For the Dead #2 Detective Charlie Lager
• Brett, Simon - The Clutter Corpse #1 Ellen Curtis, Declutterer
• Brolly, Matt - The Crossing #1 Detective Louise Blackwell
• Carlotto, Massimo - Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores #9 Alligator, PI, Padova, Italy
• Clare, Alys - The Indigo Ghosts #3 Gabriel Taverner, Former ship's surgeon, C17 Devon
• Clark, Cassandra - The Hour of the Fox #1 Brother Chandler, 1399
• Coates, Anne - Perdition's Child #4 Hannah Weybridge, Journalist
• Dhand, A A - Darkness Rising (Quick Reads) #1 Detective Harry Virdee Novella
• Dolan, Eva - Between Two Evils #5 DI Zigic and DS Ferreira, Peterborough
• Donohue, Rachel - The Temple House Vanishing
• Elgar, Emily - Grace is Gone
• Ellis, Kate - The Burial Circle #24 Wesley Peterson (policeman) and Neil Watson (archaeologist), Tradmouth, Devon
• Ellwood, Nuala - The House on the Lake
• Ewan, Chris - M A Window Breaks (as C M Ewan)
• Ewart, Andrew - Forget Me
• Finch, Charles - The Last Passenger #3 Charles Lenox (prequel)
• Foley, Lucy - The Guest List
• Griffiths, Elly - The Lantern Men #12 Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist and DCI Harry Nelson
• Hammersley, Heleyne - Reunion #4 DI Kate Fletcher
• Hill, Suzette A - Deadly Primrose #2 Primrose Oughterard
• Ho-Kei, Chan - Second Sister
• Horst, Jorn Lier & Enger, Thomas - Death Deserved #1 Alexander Blix
• Hunt, Arlene - No Escape
• Hurley, Graham - Off Script #3 Enora Andresson
• Jeffrey, Diane - Those Who Lie
• Kelly, Jim - The Night Raids #3 Nighthawk series, Cambridge, 1939
• Keogh, Valerie - The Three Women
• Laws, Peter - Possessed #4 Professor Matt Hunter
• Lloyd, Sam - The Memory Wood
• Mace, Lorraine - Rage and Retribution #4 DI Sterling
• MacNeal, Susan Elia - The King's Justice #9 Maggie Hope
• Mara, Andrea - The Sleeper Lies
• Martin, Nicola - Dead Ringer
• Masterton, Graham - The Last Drop of Blood #11 Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire, Ireland
• Maxwell, Alyssa - A Silent Stabbing #5 Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery
• Mayhew, Margaret - The Lifeline #4 The Colonel, Frog's End, Dorset
• Miller, A D - Independence Square
• Mitchell, Dreda Say - Trap Door
• Morgan-Bentley, Robin - The Wreckage
• Muir, T F - Dead Still #9 DI Andy Gilchrist & team, St. Andrews
• Odden, Karen - A Trace of Deceit #2 Victorian Mystery
• O'Donovan, Gerard - The Doom List #2 Tom Collins, 1920s Hollywood
• Oswald, James - Bury Them Deep #10 Detective Inspector McLean, Edinburgh
• Quintana, Jenny - Our Dark Secret
• Ramsay, Caro - The Red, Red Snow #11 DCI McAlpine, DS Anderson and DS Costello, Glasgow
• Rose, Jacqui - Poison
• Saxon, Diane - Copycat
• Shemilt, Jane Little Friends
• Shindler, Will - The Burning Men #1 DI Alex Finn & DC Mattie Paulsen, London
• Skuse, C J - The Alibi Girl
• Smith, Anna - End Game #3 Kerry Casey, Glasgow
• Thomas, Russ - Firewatching #1 Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler, South Yorkshire
• Wesolowski, Matt - Beast #4 Six Stories
• White, Nicola - A Famished Heart #2 Vincent Swan
• Wignall, Kevin - The Names of the Dead
• Wojtas, Olga - Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace #2 Miss Blaine's Prefect
• Wolf, Klaus-Peter - The Oath

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