Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Euro Crime Favourite Reads of 2015

I've asked the recent contributors to Euro Crime to choose their favourite European reads of 2015 and a total of 61 titles have been submitted. The following favourites come from the lists submitted by: Mark Bailey, Amanda Gillies, Terry Halligan, Lynn Harvey, Geoff Jones, Michelle Peckham, Norman Price, Laura Root, Ewa Sherman, Susan White and myself. The breakdown by reviewer, with additional recommendations and any additional comments they have made, can be found here.

Of the 61, 33% were in translation and 33% were by female authors.

The most mentioned titles are:

2 votes:

Kati Hiekkapelto – The Hummingbird tr. David Hackston

Arnaldur Indridason - Oblivion  tr. Victoria Cribb

Ragnar Jonasson - Snowblind  tr. Quentin Bates

Anya Lipska - A Devil Under the Skin

The most mentioned authors (irrespective of title) are:

3 votes:

Kati Hiekkapelto
Arnaldur Indridason

2 votes:

Ragnar Jonasson
Anya Lipska

The most mentioned translator is:

4 votes:

Victoria Cribb (Arnaldur Indridason, Yrsa Sigurdardottir)

All the titles mentioned in the best of lists:

Adrian McKinty – Gun Street Girl
Alex Howard – Cold Revenge
Alex Marwood - The Darkest Secret
Antonia Hodgson – The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
Anya Lipska - A Devil Under the Skin
Anya Lipska - A Devil Under the Skin
Arnaldur Indridason – Oblivion tr. Victoria Cribb
Arnaldur Indridason – Reykjavik Nights tr. Victoria Cribb
Ausma Zehanat Khan - The Unquiet Dead
Belinda Bauer - The Shut Eye
Brian McGilloway - Preserve the Dead
Charles Belfoure - The Paris Architect
Christianna Brand - Green for Danger
Craig Russell – The Ghosts of Altona
David Downing – One Man's Flag
Denise Mina - Blood Salt Water
Deon Meyer – Icarus tr. K L Seegers
Doug Johnstone – The Jump
Gunnar Staalesen – We Shall Inherit the Wind tr. Don Bartlett
Hania Allen – Double Tap
Hans Olav Lalhum - Satellite People - tr. Kari Dickson
Henning Mankell – An Event in Autumn tr. Laurie Thompson
Ian Caldwell – The Fifth Gospel
Jake Woodhouse - Into the Night
John Harvey - Darkness Darkness
Jorn Lier Horst - The Hunting Dogs tr. Anne Bruce
Joseph Kanon – Leaving Berlin
Jussi Adler-Olsen - The Marco Effect/Buried tr. Martin Aitken
Karim Miske – Arab Jazz tr Sam Gordon
Kati Hiekkapelto – The Defenceless tr. David Hackston
Kati Hiekkapelto – The Hummingbird tr. David Hackston
Keigo Higashino - Malice - tr. Alexander O Smith
Leigh Russell – Blood Axe
Luca Veste - The Dying Place
M H Baylis – Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe
M J Arlidge – Eeny Meeny
M J Carter – The Infidel Strain
M R C Kasasian - Death Descends on Saturn Villa
Maurizio De Giovanni – Viper tr. Anthony Shugar
Michael J Malone – Beyond the Rage
Mick Herron – Nobody Walks
Paul Johnston - Heads or Hearts
Philip Kerr – The Lady from Zagreb
Pierre Lemaitre - Camille tr. Frank Wynne
Rachel Abbott – Stranger Child
Ragnar Jonasson – Snowblind tr. Quentin Bates
Rebecca Whitney – Liar's Chair
Robert Karjel - My Name is N tr. Nancy Pick & Robert Karjel 
Ruth Downie – Tabula Rasa
Ruth Dugdall – Humber Boy B
S J Deas – the Protector
Sarah Ward - In Bitter Chill
Steve Cavanagh – The Defence
Stuart Neville – Those We Left Behind
Tim Weaver – Fall From Grace
William Shaw – The Book of Scars
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Silence of the Sea tr. Victoria Cribb
Zygmunt Miloszewski – Entanglement tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'll keep a note of this list! Glad to see a few I read were on it - but there's so many books and never enough time. Great to see so much translated fiction too, which I've been reading more and more of this year. Don't know if it's just a phase but makes an interesting change!