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.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Website Updates: July-August 2019 Part I

I've recently updated the main files on the Euro Crime website today. "Euro Crime" includes both British and other European crime fiction writers (that have been published in English); non-British/European born crime writers who are strongly associated with British/European crime fiction (eg. Donna Leon), and crime writers in translation from outside of Europe.

My usual reminders regarding the New Releases page:

1. The main by month/by author pages refer to when a book is published (in English) anywhere in the world however the 'by category ie historical, translated etc' is specific to when it's published in the UK.

2. When a book is released "early" in ebook I am taking the publication date as to be when the print edition comes out (this is the rule we use for determining Petrona Award eligibility).

As always, if you spot something wrong or missing, please do let me know.

Here's a summary of the usual updates:

The Author Websites page now lists 1085 sites.

In Bibliographies there are now bibliographies for 2756 authors (13905 titles of which 3109 are reviewed**).
**Some reviews will be provided by the Crime Review website. (Separate post to follow with more information).

I've added new bibliographies for: Takemaru Abiko, Rikako Akiyoshi, Dov Alfon, J M Alvey, Lawrence Anholt, Stephanie Austin, Alex Beer, Mattias Berg, Connie Berry, Richard Bray, Karin Brynard, Hannelore Cayre, A A Chaudhuri, Sara Collins, Natalie Daniels, James Delargy Virginie Despentes, M T Edvardsson, Guido Eekhaut, Fiona Erskine, Alexia Gordon, Hitoshi Goto, Eamonn Griffin, Rebecca Griffiths, G R Halliday, Nancy Herriman, Anamaria Ionescu, K H Irvine, Olivia Isaac-Henry, Katja Ivar, Stephen Kelly, Erin Kinsley, Liz Lawler, Lorraine Mace, Teodora Matei, Mark McCrum, Ian McCulloch, Michael McGuire, Sam Michaels, Akimaro Mori, Dominic Nolan, Kodo Nomura, Mads Peder Nordbo, Lauren North, Judith O'Reilly, Keikichi Osaka, C L Pattison, David Pearson, J G Roberts, Ango Sakaguchi, Trisha Sakhlecha, G D Sanders, Peter Steiner, Junichiro Tanizaki, Adi Tantimedh, Bev Thomas, Ronnie Turner, Alexandra Walsh, B P Walter and Kerry Watts.


I've updated the bibliographies (ie added new titles) for: G D Abson, Cathy Ace, Jane Adams, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Catherine Aird, Kate Atkinson, Jean-Luc Bannalec, Jo Bannister, M C Beaton, Simon Beaufort, Haylen Beck, Simon Beckett, Lina Bengtsdotter, Parker Bilal, Mark Billingham, Nancy Bilyeau, Cara Black, Sean Black, Oliver Bottini, Sam Bourne, Rhys Bowen, Tom Bradby, Steph Broadribb, Christopher Brookmyre, Eric Brown, Fiona Buckley, Steve Burrows, Stella Cameron, Andrea Camilleri, Jane Casey, Julia Chapman, Karen Charlton, Clare Chase, Lee Child, Alys Clare, Cassandra Clark, Ann Cleeves, Barbara Cleverly, Aoife Clifford, Sheila Connolly, Lesley Cookman, Colin Cotterill, Mason Cross, Fiona Cummins, Lisa Cutts, Alex Dahl, Kjell Ola Dahl, Luca D'Andrea, E M Davey, Michelle Davies, Maurizio De Giovanni, Anders de la Motte, A A Dhand, Katerina Diamond, Ruth Downie, David Downing, Ashley Dyer, Sam Eastland, Jim Eldridge, Lexie Elliott, Alice Feeney, Charles Finch, Paul Finch, Helen FitzGerald, Nicola Ford, Caz Frear, Dianne Freeman, Malin Persson Giolito, Leonard Goldberg, Ann Granger, Elly Griffiths, Johana Gustawsson, Peter Guttridge, Lisa Hall, Kate Hamer, Penny Hancock, Mari Hannah, Oliver Harris, Cora Harrison, Alis Hawkins, Veronica Heley, Mick Herron, Suzette A Hill, Matt Hilton, Anne Holt, Jorn Lier Horst, Catherine Ryan Howard, Debbie Howells, Cara Hunter, Phillip Hunter, Graham Hurley, Graham Ison, David Jackson, Maxim Jakubowski, Bill James, Peter James, Diane Janes, Michael Jecks, Maureen Jennings, Doug Johnstone, Ragnar Jonasson, B E Jones, Sandie Jones, Alan Judd, M R C Kasasian, Jim Kelly, Christobel Kent, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Vaseem Khan, Olivia Kiernan, Margaret Kirk, Alanna Knight, Joseph Knox, Volker Kutscher, James Lasdun, Peter Laws, Stephen Leather, Adam Lebor, Howard Linskey, Amy Lloyd, Phoebe Locke, TM Logan, Kate London, Peter Lovesey, Stuart B MacBride, Malcolm Mackay, Adrian Magson, Louise Mangos, Scott Mariani, David Mark Stephanie Marland, Edward Marston, Andrew Martin, Alex Marwood, Priscilla Masters, Alyssa Maxwell, Colette McBeth, Mel McGrath, Catriona McPherson, Dervla McTiernan, Deon Meyer, R N Morris, T F Muir, Guillaume Musso, Barbara Nadel, Fuminori Nakamura, Andreas Norman, Carlene O'Connor, Clare O'Donohue, Kristina Ohlsson, Darren O'Sullivan, James Oswald, Leonardo Padura, Kate Parker, Vikki Patis, Chris Pavone, Anne Perry, S W Perry, Christoffer Petersen, Caro Ramsay, Anne Randall, Heather Redmond, Amanda Reynolds, Marnie Riches, Mike Ripley, Mark Roberts, Michael Robertson, Michael Robotham, Jacqui Rose, Rosemary Rowe, Laura Joh Rowland, Priscilla Royal, Craig Russell, Leigh Russell, Michael Russell, Norman Russell, Michelle Sacks, Fay Sampson, Robert Scragg, Kitty Sewell, William Shaw, Paige Shelton, Lilja Sigurdardottir, Abi Silver, James Silvester, Chris Simms, Alexander McCall Smith, Sally Spencer, Gunnar Staalesen, Viveca Sten, S D Sykes, Emma Tallon, C L Taylor, Hildur Sif Thorarensen, M J Trow, Antti Tuomainen, Helene Tursten, L C Tyler, Nicola Upson, Fred Vargas, David P Wagner, Camilla Way, Tim Weaver, Stephen Weeks, Kaite Welsh, Jeri Westerson, Susan Wilkins, Kerry Wilkinson, Inger Wolf, Hideo Yokoyama and David Young.

Monday, August 05, 2019

New Releases - August 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in August 2019 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). August 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.
• Abdullah, Kia - Take It Back
• Alagiah, George - The Burning Land
• Anderson, Lin - Time for the Dead #15 Rhona MacLeod, forensic scientist, Glasgow
• Askew, Claire - What You Pay For #2 DI Helen Birch
• Bartoli, Enzo - Six Months to Kill
• Blake, Elizabeth - Pride, Prejudice and Poison #1 Erin Coleridge, Bookshop owner, Yorkshire
• Booth, Stephen - Drowned Lives
• Bowen, Rhys - Love and Death Among the Cheetahs #14 Lady Georgiana Rannoch ('Georgie'), 1930s Britain
• Carter, J P - At Your Door #2 DCI Anna Tate
• Clare, Alys - City of Pearl #9 Lassair, 11thC, East Anglia
• Clarke, Wendy - We Were Sisters
• Cleverly, Barbara - Invitation To Die #2 Inspector Redfyre, Cambridge, 1923
• Conroy, Vivian - Death Comes to Dartmoor #2 Merriweather and Royston, Victorian Era
• Cotterill, Colin - The Second Biggest Nothing #14 Dr Siri Paiboun, Laos
• Cross, Jake - Perfect Stranger
• Daly, Paula - Clear My Name
• Davies, Merilyn - When I Lost You #1 Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson
• Davies, Michelle - Dead Guilty #4 DC Maggie Neville, Family Liaison Officer
• de Muriel, Oscar - The Darker Arts #5 Frey & McGray, Edinburgh, 1880s
• Delaney, J P - The Perfect Wife
• Doughty, Louise - Platform Seven
• Douglas, Claire - And Then She Vanishes
• Dunford, Caroline - A Death at the Church #13 Euphemia Martins
• Empson, Clare - Mine
• Fields, D K - Widow's Welcome #1 Tales of Fenest
• Finlay, Caz - The Boss
• Frances, Michelle - The Daughter
• Gitsham, Paul - Blind Justice #6 DCI Warren Jones
• Gradidge, Claire - The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox
• Gregory, Susanna - The Sanctuary Murders #24 Matthew Bartholomew, 14th Century physician, Cambridge
• Heley, Veronica - Murder for Good #20 Ellie Quicke, widow, London suburbs
• Hewitt, J M - The Night Caller #1 Detective Carrie Flynn, Manchester
• Holton, Noelle - Dead Inside #1 DC Maggie Jamieson
• Horst, Jorn Lier - The Cabin #13 Chief Inspector William Wisting, Larvik
• Howard, Catherine Ryan - Rewind
• Jewell, Lisa - The Family Upstairs
• Khan, Vaseem - Bad Day at the Vulture Club #5 Inspector Chopra
• La Plante, Lynda - The Dirty Dozen #5 WPC Tennison
• Lagercrantz, David - The Girl Who Lived Twice (Millennium VI)
• Lewis, Susan - Home Truths
• Lindsay, Douglas - The Art of Dying #3 DI Westphall
• McDermid, Val - How the Dead Speak #11 Dr Tony Hill, Psychologist and DCI Carol Jordan, Yorkshire
• McDermott, Alan - Fight To Survive #3 Eva Driscoll
• McGowan, Claire - What You Did
• Meade, Glenn - A Prayer for Nadia
• Miller, Danny - The Murder Map #6 Inspector Frost Prequel (see also James Henry)
• Montgomery, Hugh - Control
• Quinn, C S - The Bastille Spy
• Rayne, Sarah - Music Macabre #4 Phineas Fox
• Rayner, Nicola - The Girl Before You
• Roslund, Anders & Hellstrom, Borge - Three Hours #8 Detective Inspector Ewert Grens
• Ross, Jacob - Black Rain Falling #2 Michael (Digger) Digson, the Caribbean
• Royal, Priscilla - The Twice-Hanged Man #15 Eleanor, Prioress of Tyndal, 13thC, East Anglia
• Ryan, Chris - Black Ops #7 Danny Black
• Sanders, G D - The Victim #2 DI Edina Ogborne, Canterbury Police
• Saunders, Kate - The Mystery of the Wandering Scholar #2 Laetitia Rodd, Private Detective, Victorian Era
• Schutz, Lars - The Alphabet Murders
• Stirling, Joss - The Silence
• Tinnelly, Rebecca - Don't Say a Word
• Vargas, Fred - This Poison Will Remain #10 Commissaire Adamsberg, Paris
• von Leyden, James - A Death in the Medina #1 Karim Belkacem, Morocco
• Waites, Martyn - The Sinner #2 Tom Killgannon
• Ware, Ruth - The Turn of the Key
• Weinberg, Kate - The Truants
• Zeh, Juli - Empty Hearts

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Awards News: CWA Dagger Shortlists (2019)

Here are the shortlists for the CWA Daggers 2019. Taken from the CWA's website:


2019 CWA DAGGER SHORTLISTS IN FULL:

CWA GOLD DAGGER

Claire Askew: All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton)

M W Craven: The Puppet Show (Constable)

Christobel Kent: What We Did (Sphere)

Donna Leon: Unto Us a Son is Given (William Heinemann)

Derek B Miller: American by Day (Doubleday)

Benjamin Wood: A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better (Scribner)



CWA JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD)

Claire Askew: All the Hidden Truths (Hodder & Stoughton)

Alex Dahl: The Boy at the Door (Head of Zeus)

Chris Hammer: Scrublands (Wildfire)

Vicky Newham: Turn a Blind Eye (HQ)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson: Blood &Sugar (Mantle)

Vanda Symon: Overkill (Orenda)



CWA ALCS GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

Sue Black: All That Remains (Doubleday)

Mikita Brottman: An Unexplained Death (Canongate)

Claire Harman: Murder by the Book (Viking)

Kirk Wallace Johnson: The Feather Thief (Hutchinson)

Ben Macintyre: The Spy and the Traitor (Viking)

Hallie Rubenhold: The Five (Doubleday)



CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER

Megan Abbott: Give Me Your Hand (Picador)

Dan Fesperman: Safe Houses (Head of Zeus)

Luke Jennings: Killing Eve: No Tomorrow (John Murray)

Stephen Mack Jones: Lives Laid Away (Soho Crime)

Holly Watt: To the Lions (Bloomsbury)

Tim Willocks: Memo from Turner (Jonathan Cape)



CWA SAPERE BOOKS HISTORICAL DAGGER

Liam McIlvanney: The Quaker (Harper Fiction)

S G MacLean: Destroying Angel (Quercus Fiction)

Abir Mukherjee: Smoke and Ashes (Harvill Secker)

Alex Reeve: The House on Half Moon Street (Raven Books)

C J Sansom: Tombland (Mantle)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson: Blood & Sugar (Mantle)



CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER

Dov Alfon: A Long Night in Paris, tr Daniella Zamir (Maclehose Press)

Karin Brynard: Weeping Waters, tr Maya Fowler & Isobel Dixon (World Noir)

Gianrico Carofiglio: The Cold Summer, tr Howard Curtis (Bitter Lemon Press)

Keigo Higashino: Newcomer, tr Giles Murray (Little, Brown)

Håkan Nesser: The Root of Evil, tr Sarah Death (Mantle)

Cay Rademacher: The Forger, tr Peter Millar (Arcadia Books)



CWA SHORT STORY DAGGER

Martin Edwards: Strangers in a Pub in ‘Ten Year Stretch’ edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller (No Exit Press)

Syd Moore: Death Becomes Her in ‘The Strange Casebook’ by Syd Moore (Point Blank Books)

Danuta Reah*: The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing in ‘The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing and other Fantastic Female Fables’ (Fantastic Books)

Teresa Solana: I Detest Mozart in ‘The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories’ by Teresa Solana (Bitter Lemon Press)

Lavie Tidhar: Bag Man in ‘The Outcast Hours’ edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (Solaris)

*Danuta Kot writing as Danuta Reah.



DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY

M C Beaton

Mark Billingham

John Connolly

Kate Ellis

C J Sansom

Cath Staincliffe



DEBUT DAGGER

The CWA’s renowned competition for the opening of a crime novel by an uncontracted writer

Shelley Burr: Wake

Jerry Krause: The Mourning Light

Catherine Hendricks: Hardways

David Smith: The Firefly

Fran Smith: A Thin Sharp Blade



DIAMOND DAGGER

Presented to Robert Goddard.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

New Releases - July 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in July 2019 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). July 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: Invisible Blood (ed. Maxim Jakubowski)
• Alexander, Rebecca - A Shroud of Leaves #2 Sage Westfield, Archaeologist
• Anholt, Lawrence - Art of Death #1 DI Shanti Joyce & Vince Caine, the Mindful Detective
• Baker, J A - The Woman at Number 19
• Black, Sean - The Deep Abiding #10 Ryan Lock, ex-soldier turned elite bodyguard, America
• Boland, Shalini - The Marriage Betrayal
• Bottini, Oliver - The Dance of Death #3 The Black Forest Investigations
• Burrows, Steve - A Dance of Cranes #6 Inspector Domenic Jejeune, Saltmarsh, Norfolk
• Burston, Paul - The Closer I Get
• Chapman, LK - Never Let Her Go #3 'No Escape' Trilogy
• Chatfield, Tom - This is Gomorrah
• Chaudhuri, A A - The Scribe #1 Kramer & Carver
• Clifford, Aoife - Second Sight
• Dahl, Alex - The Heart Keeper
• D'Andrea, Luca - Sanctuary
• Diamond, Katerina - Come Out and Play #5 DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles
• Doherty, Paul - Death's Dark Valley #20 Hugh Corbett
• Downie, Ruth - Prima Facie (novella) #9 Gaius Petreius Ruso, Chester, Roman Britain
• Edger, Stephen - Til Death Do Us Part
• Edvardsson, M T - A Nearly Normal Family
• Eekhaut, Guido - Purgatory #2 Walter Eekhaut & Alexandra Dewaal
• Eldridge, Jim - Murder at the Ashmolean #3 Former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson
• Granger, Ann - The Murderer's Apprentice #7 Lizzie Martin, Lady's companion and Inspector Ben Ross, Victorian Era
• Holt, Anne - A Grave for Two
• Hurley, Graham - Sight Unseen #2 Enora Andresson
• Irvine, K H - A Killing Sin
• Jakubowski, Maxim - Invisible Blood Editor
• Janes, Diane - The Missing Diamond Murder #3 Frances Black and Tom Dod, 1929
• Jecks, Michael - The Dead Don't Wait #4 Jack Blackjack, Tudor Era
• Jenkins, Victoria - The Divorce
• Kasasian, M R C - Betty Church and the Man Who Died Three Times #2 Inspector Betty Church, 1939, Sackwater, Suffolk
• Kent, Christobel - A Secret Life
• Khan, Abda - Razia
• Kinsley, Erin - Found
• Knox, Joseph - The Sleepwalker #3 Detective Aidan Waits, Manchester
• Leather, Stephen - Short Range #16 Dan Shepherd, SAS trooper turned undercover cop
• Locke, Phoebe - The July Girls
• Logan, TM - The Holiday
• Lovesey, Peter - Killing with Confetti #18 Peter Diamond, Bath
• MacLean, S G - The Bear Pit #4 Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector, 1654
• Marsh, JJ - Honey Trap #8 Beatrice Stubbs
• Marsons, Angela - Child's Play #11 DI Kim Stone
• Marwood, Alex - The Poison Garden
• McKinty, Adrian - The Chain
• Meyrick, Denzil - A Breath on Dying Embers #7 DCI Daley
• Michaels, Sam - Trickster #1 Georgina Garrett
• Musso, Guillaume - The Reunion
• Neill, Fiona - Beneath the Surface
• Nesbo, Jo - Knife #12 Detective Harry Hole, Oslo, Norway
• Oswald, James - Nothing to Hide #2 DC Constance Fairchild
• Parker, Steve - You Can't Hide #4 Paterson & Clocks
• Pattison, C L - The Housemate
• Petersen, Christoffer - Blackout Ingenue #2 Detective Freja Hansen
• Phifer, Helen - The Girl in the Grave #1 Beth Adams, Forensic Pathologist, Lake District
• Quinn, Suzy K - Don't Tell Teacher
• Redmond, Heather - Grave Expectations #2 Charles Dickens
• Reynolds, Amanda - Hidden Wife
• Riches, Marnie - Tightrope
• Rigby, Sally - Fatal Justice #2 DCI Whitney Walker & Dr Georgina Cavendish
• Riley, Mary-Jane - Gone in the Night #4 Alex Devlin, Journalist, Norfolk
• Robotham, Michael - Good Girl, Bad Girl
• Ross, L J - Penshaw #13 DCI Ryan
• Rowley, Emma - Tell Me Everything
• Russell, Michael - The City in Flames #5 Garda Detective Stefan Gillespie
• Russell, Norman - Tongued With Fire
• Searle, Nicholas - A Fatal Game
• Sewell, Kitty - The Fault
• Silver, Abi - The Cinderella Plan #3 Burton and Lamb
• Silvester, James - Sealed With A Death #2 Lucie Musilova
• Sinclair, Rob - The White Scorpion #5 James Ryker
• Smith, Graham - Fear in the Lakes #3 Detective Beth Young
• Southward, Adam - Trance #1 Alex Madison
• Stone, Lisa - The Doctor
• Sykes, S D - The Bone Fire #4 Oswald de Lacy, 14C Kent
• Tremayne, Peter - Blood in Eden #28 Sister Fidelma
• Tyler, L C - The Maltese Herring #8 Ethelred Tressider, author & Elsie Thirkettle, agent
• Voss, Louise - The Last Stage
• Wilkinson, Kerry - The Unlucky Ones #14 DS Jessica Daniel, Manchester
• Wilson, Andrew - Death in a Desert Land #3 Agatha Christie
• Wright, M P - A Sinner's Prayer #4 J T Ellington, Bristol, 1969

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Name's Brontë

I've posted before about famous people as sleuths including books which feature Charlotte Brontë as sleuth and another about Jane Eyre having her own series.

I'm very much looking forward to reading Rowan Coleman's new book, published under the pseudonym of Bella Ellis, The Vanished Bride, which features all three Brontë sisters as sleuths.

The Vanished Bride is released first in the US, in September, followed by the UK release in November.

No only are the covers different but so are the blurbs (taken from Amazon):

US
Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were detectors in this charming historical mystery...

Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Just a few miles away, a humble parson's daughters--the Brontë sisters--learn of the crime. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance.

These three creative, energetic, and resourceful women quickly realize that they have all the skills required to make for excellent "lady detectors." Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, "detecting is reading between the lines--it's seeing what is not there."

As they investigate, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are confronted with a society that believes a woman's place is in the home, not scouring the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril...

UK
Yorkshire, 1845

A young woman has gone missing from her home, Chester Grange, leaving no trace, save a large pool of blood in her bedroom and a slew of dark rumours about her marriage. A few miles away across the moors, the daughters of a humble parson, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified, yet intrigued.

Desperate to find out more, the sisters visit Chester Grange, where they notice several unsettling details about the crime scene: not least the absence of an investigation. Together, the young women realise that their resourcefulness, energy and boundless imaginations could help solve the mystery - and that if they don't attempt to find out what happened to Elizabeth Chester, no one else will.

The path to the truth is not an easy one, especially in a society which believes a woman's place to be in the home, not wandering the countryside looking for clues. But nothing will stop the sisters from discovering what happened to the vanished bride, even as they find their own lives are in great peril...

Friday, June 07, 2019

New Releases - June 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in June 2019 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). June 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.
• Amphlett, Rachel - The Friend Who Lied
• Ashley, Jennifer - Death in Kew Gardens #3 Kat Holloway, Victorian Era
• Atkinson, Kate - Big Sky #5 Jackson Brodie, Retired PI
• Austin, Stephanie - Dead in Devon #1 Juno Browne
• Baker, Jo - The Body Lies
• Beck, Haylen - Lost You
• Black, Cara - Murder in Bel Air #19 Aimee Leduc, Paris
• Brolly, Matt - Dead Lucky #2 DCI Lambert
• Cameron, Stella - Trap Lane #6 Alex Duggins, Folly-on-Weir, Cotswolds
• Candlish, Louise - Those People
• Cavanagh, Steve - Twisted
• Chapman, Julia - Date with Poison #4 The Dales Detective Series
• Chase, Clare - Murder in the Fens #4 Tara Thorpe
• Clark, Cassandra - Murder at Whitby Abbey #10 Hildegard, Nun, 14thC, Yorkshire
• Connor, John - The Opposite of Mercy (also published under the name Tom Winship in 2011)
• Cookman, Lesley - Death Treads the Boards #3 Dorinda, Owner of the Alexandria Theatre, Edwardian Era
• Corry, Jane - Child of Mine
• Craven, M W - Black Summer #2 Washington Poe
• Davey, E M - The Killing Gene
• De Giovanni, Maurizio - Cold for the Bastards of Pizzofalcone #3 Bastards of Pizzofalcone
• Dhand, A A - One Way Out #4 Detective Harry Virdee, Bradford
• Dickson, Diane M - Brutal Pursuit #3 DI Tanya Miller
• Dyer, Ashley - The Cutting Room #2 Sergeant Ruth Lake and DCI Greg Carver
• Flint, Shamini - The Beijing Conspiracy
• Frear, Caz - Stone Cold Heart #2 DC Cat Kinsella, London
• Freeman, Dianne - A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder #2 Countess of Harleigh, Victorian England
• Galbraith, Gillian - The End of the Line
• Giolito, Malin Persson - Beyond All Reasonable Doubt
• Goldberg, Leonard - The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth #3 Daughter of Sherlock Holmes series
• Gray, Lisa - Thin Air #1 Jessica Shaw
• Halsall, Rona - The Honeymoon
• Heald, Ruth - The Mother's Mistake
• Herron, M - Joe Country #6 Slough House
• Hurley, Graham - Raid 42 #4 Wars Within
• Ison, Graham - Naked Flames #17 DI Brock & DS Poole
• Jones, Sandie - The First Mistake
• Kent, Serena - Death in Avignon #2 Penelope Kite
• Kirk, Margaret - What Lies Buried #2 ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler, Inverness
• Koomson, Dorothy - Tell Me Your Secret
• Linskey, Howard - Ungentlemanly Warfare
• Mace, Lorraine - Injections of Insanity #3 DI Sterling
• Mackay, Malcolm - A Line of Forgotten Blood #2 Darian Ross, PI
• Macmillan, Gilly - The Nanny
• Manzini, Antonio - Spring Cleaning #4 Rocco Schiavone, deputy prefect of police, Italian Alps
• Marston, Edward - The Unseen Hand #8 Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy
• Martin, Andrew - The Winker
• Maslen, Andy - Torpedo #9 Gabriel Wolfe
• McBeth, Colette - Call Me a Liar
• McGeorge, Chris - Now You See Me
• North, Alex - The Whisper Man
• North, Lauren - The Perfect Betrayal
• O'Donohue, Clare - Breaking the Dance #2 A World of Spies
• Organ, Emily - An Unwelcome Guest #7 Penny Green, Victorian Era
• Osterdahl, Martin - Ten Swedes Must Die #2 Max Anger
• Perry, S W - The Serpent's Mark #2 Nicholas Shelby, Elizabethan Era
• Porter, Henry - White Hot Silence #2 Paul Samson
• Ramsay, Caro - Mosaic
• Ricthie, Peter - Our Little Secrets #5 Detective Grace Macallan, Edinburgh
• Ripley, Mike - Mr Campion's Visit #6 Albert Campion
• Roberts, J G - Little Girl Missing #1 DCI Rachel Hart
• Rose, Jacqui - Sinner
• Sacks, Michelle - All the Lost Things
• Sakhlecha, Trisha - Your Truth or Mine?
• Simpson, Sarah - I Know You're There
• Sinclair, Rob - Fugitive 13 #2 Sleeper 13 series
• Spain, Jo - The Boy Who Fell #5 Detective Tom Reynolds, Dublin
• Staalesen, Gunnar - Wolves at the Door #21 Varg Veum, PI in Bergen, Norway
• Walker, Martin - The Body in the Castle Well #12 Bruno, Chief of Police, France
• Walsh, Alexandra - The Elizabeth Tudor Conspiracy #2 Marquess House Trilogy
• Way, Camilla - Who Killed Ruby?
• Wilkinson, Kerry A Face in the Crowd

Monday, May 27, 2019

Selecting a book by its cover

I haven't yet got a copy of G R Halliday's From the Shadows however I hope to acquire one as its cover reminds me of one of my favourite reads from last year: The Devil's Dice by Roz Watkins.


















Here's the blurb for From the Shadows from amazon:

Seven days. Four deaths. One chance to catch a killer.

Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.

A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death.

Meanwhile, Inverness-based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message; Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven days.

As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Petrona Award 2019 - Winner

Announcing the winner for:



The 2019 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year

On 11 May 2019, at the Gala Dinner at CrimeFest, Bristol, Petrona Award judges Kat Hall and Sarah Ward announced the winner of the 2019 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

The winner is THE KATHARINA CODE by Jørn Lier Horst, translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce and published by Michael Joseph.

As well as the trophy, Jørn Lier Horst receives a pass to and a guaranteed panel at next year's CrimeFest.

Jørn Lier Horst and Anne Bruce will also receive a cash prize.

The judges' statement on THE KATHARINA CODE:

THE KATHARINA CODE is a twenty-year-old mystery and failure of justice that haunts its investigator. From the code’s intriguing introduction in the novel’s opening pages to the duel of wits at its end, Jørn Lier Horst has crafted an outstanding and thrilling police procedural. The judges were particularly impressed with how the author takes established tropes – the ‘cold case’, the longstanding suspect, the dogged nature of policework – and combines them in ways that are innovative and fresh. THE KATHARINA CODE is the seventh novel in Horst’s ‘William Wisting’ series to be superbly translated by Anne Bruce from Norwegian into English, and a highly worthy winner of the 2019 Petrona Award.

This is the second time that Jørn Lier Horst has received the Petrona Award: he first won in 2016 with THE CAVEMAN, translated by Anne Bruce and published by Sandstone Press. Both of the winning novels are from Horst's excellent 'Wisting' series.


The Petrona team would like to thank our sponsor, David Hicks, for his generous support of the 2019 Petrona Award.

Watch the presentation (recorded via Facebook):



Jørn Lier Horst with his second Petrona Award trophy:



Awards News: CWA International Dagger Longlist (2019)

Here is the longlist for the CWA International Dagger 2019. The shortlist will be announced in the summer and the winner in October. (Taken from the CWA website.):


Author Title Translator Publisher
Dov Alfon A Long Night in Paris Daniella Zamir Maclehose Press
Karin Brynard Weeping Waters Maya Fowler & Isobel Dixon Europa – World Noir
Gianrico Carofiglio The Cold Summer Howard Curtis Bitter Lemon Press
Keigo Higashino Newcomer Giles Murray Little, Brown
Håkan Nesser The Root of Evil Sarah Death Pan Macmillan – Mantle
Cay Rademacher The Forger Peter Millar Arcadia Books
Andrea Camilleri The Overnight Kidnapper Stephen Sartarelli Pan Macmillan – Mantle
Kjell Ola Dahl The Courier Don Bartlett Orenda Books
Martin Holmén Slugger A A Prime Pushkin Vertigo
Jørn Lier Horst The Katherina Code Anne Bruce Penguin – Michael Joseph

Friday, May 03, 2019

New Releases - May 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in May 2019 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). May 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.
• Abson, G D - Black Wolf #2 Senior Investigator Natalya Ivanova, St Petersburg, Russia
• Adams, Jane - The Clockmaker #4 Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone, 1928
• Ahnhem, Stefan - Motive X #4 Fabian Risk
• Allan, Claire - Forget Me Not
• Bannalec, Jean-Luc - The Missing Corpse #4 Commissioner Dupin
• Bilal, Parker - The Divinities #1 Crane and Drake, London
• Billingham, Mark - Their Little Secret #16 DI Tom Thorne, London
• Boyd, Damien - Beyond the Point #9 DI Nick Dixon
• Bradby, Tom - Secret Service
• Carter, Chris - Hunting Evil #10 Homicide Detective Robert Hunter, LA
• Curran, Chris - All the Little Lies
• Drinkwater, Carol - The House on the Edge of the Cliff
• Feeney, Alice - I Know Who You Are
• Finch, Paul - Stolen #3 Lucy Clayburn
• FitzGerald, Helen - Worst Case Scenario
• Ford, Nicola - The Lost Shrine #2 Hills & Barbrook
• Friis, Agnete - The Summer of Ellen
• Galan, Jorge - November
• Hall, Lisa - Have You Seen Her
• Hamer, Kate - Crushed
• Hanington, Peter - A Single Source #2 William Carver, BBC Reporter
• Harris, Oliver - A Shadow Intelligence
• Hawkins, Alis - In Two Minds #2 Harry Probert-Lloyd, 1850s, Wales
• Hilary, Sarah - Never Be Broken #6 DI Marnie Rome
• Jackson, David - Your Deepest Fear #4 DS Nathan Cody, Liverpool
• James, Peter - Dead at First Sight #15 Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, Brighton
• Johnstone, Doug - Breakers
• Jordan, Jack - Night by Night
• Kendal, Claire - I Spy
• Khoury, Raymond - The Ottoman Secret
• Kutscher, Volker - The Fatherland Files #4 Detective Inspector Rath, Berlin, 1929/30s
• Lawler, Liz - I'll Find You
• Lindsay, Douglas - Boy in the Well #2 DI Westphall
• MacBride, Stuart - All That's Dead #12 DS Logan McRae, Aberdeen
• Mariani, Scott - Valley of Death #19 Ben Hope, Ex-SAS
• Massey, Sujata - The Satapur Moonstone #2 Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer, 1920s
• McKenna, Clara - Murder At Morrington Hall #1 Stella and Lyndy, 1905
• Mina, Denise - Conviction #1 Anna McDonald
• Moore, Syd - Strange Tombs #4 Rosie Strange
• Morris, Vera - The Loophole #3 Anglian Detective Agency series
• Nadel, Barbara - A Knife to the Heart #21 Cetin Ikmen, Policeman, Istanbul
• Newham, Vicky - Out of the Ashes #2 DI Maya Rahman
• O'Connor, Deborah - The Dangerous Kind
• O'Sullivan, Darren - Closer Than You Think
• O'Sullivan, Darren - Close Your Eyes
• Padura, Leonardo - Grab a Snake by the Tail #7 Lt Mario Conde, Cuba
• Pavone, Chris - The Paris Diversion #2 Expats
• Reeve, Alex - The Anarchists' Club #2 Leo Stanhope, Victorian era
• Roberts, Mark - Date With Death #5 DCI Eve Clay, Liverpool
• Robinson, Maggie - Who's Sorry Now? #2 Lady Adelaide, England, 1924
• Rowe, Rosemary - A Prisoner of Privilege #18 Mosaicist Libertus, Glevum (modern Gloucester)
• Russell, Leigh - Rogue Killer #12 DI Geraldine Steel
• Sansom, Ian - The Sussex Murders #5 The County Guides to Murder
• Sebastian, Tim - Fatal Ally
• Shaw, William - Deadland #2 DS Alexandra Cupidi
• Shelton, Paige - The Loch Ness Papers #4 Scottish Bookshop Mystery
• Sheridan, Sara - Indian Summer #7 Mirabelle Bevan (retired Secret Service), 1950s
• Steiner, Peter - The Good Cop
• Swallow, James - Shadow #4 Marc Dane
• Wagner, David P - Roman Count Down #6 Rick Montoya Italian Mysteries
• Wassmer, Julie - Murder Fest #6 Pearl Nolan, Whitstable
• Weaver, Tim - No One Home #10 David Raker, Missing Persons Investigator
• Webb, Katherine - The Disappearance
• Welsh, Kaite - The Unquiet Heart #2 Sarah Gilchrist, Victorian Era, Scotland
• Wilson, Andrew - Death in a Desert Land #3 Agatha Christie
• Woodhouse, Jake - The Copycat #4 Inspector Jaap Rykel, Amsterdam

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Petrona Award 2019 - Shortlist


From the press release which was embargoed until 8.00am today:

Outstanding crime fiction from Denmark, Iceland and Norway shortlisted for the 2019 Petrona Award


Six outstanding crime novels from Denmark, Iceland and Norway have been shortlisted for the 2019 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year, which is announced today.

THE ICE SWIMMER by Kjell Ola Dahl, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)
THE WHISPERER by Karin Fossum, tr. Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway)
THE KATHARINA CODE by Jørn Lier Horst, tr. Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway)
THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jónasson, tr. Victoria Cribb (Penguin Random House; Iceland)
RESIN by Ane Riel, tr. Charlotte Barslund (Doubleday; Denmark)
BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)

The winning title will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 11 May during the annual international crime fiction convention CrimeFest, held in Bristol on 9-12 May 2019. The winning author and the translator of the winning title will both receive a cash prize, and the winning author will receive a full pass to and a guaranteed panel at CrimeFest 2020.

The Petrona Award is open to crime fiction in translation, either written by a Scandinavian author or set in Scandinavia, and published in the UK in the previous calendar year.

The Petrona team would like to thank our sponsor, David Hicks, for his continued generous support of the Petrona Award.



The judges’ comments on the shortlist:

There were 38 entries for the 2019 Petrona Award from six countries (Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Norway, Sweden). The novels were translated by 25 translators and submitted by 24 publishers/imprints. There were 14 female and 20 male authors, and two male-female writing duos.

This year’s Petrona Award shortlist sees Norway strongly represented with four novels; Denmark and Iceland each have one. The crime genres represented include the police procedural, the private investigator novel, psychological crime, literary crime and the thriller.

The Petrona Award judges faced a challenging but enjoyable decision-making process when drawing up the shortlist. The six novels selected by the judges stand out for their writing, characterisation, plotting, and overall quality. They are original and inventive, often pushing the boundaries of genre conventions, and tackle highly complex subjects such as mental health issues, the effects of social and emotional alienation, and failures of policing and justice.

We are extremely grateful to the translators whose expertise and skill allows readers to access these gems of Scandinavian crime fiction, and to the publishers who continue to champion and support translated fiction.



The judges’ comments on each of the shortlisted titles:


THE ICE SWIMMER by Kjell Ola Dahl, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)

Kjell Ola Dahl has achieved international acclaim for his ‘Oslo Detectives’ police procedural series, of which The Ice Swimmer is the latest instalment. When a dead man is found in the freezing waters of Oslo Harbour, Detective Lena Stigersand takes on the investigation while having to deal with some difficult personal issues. With the help of her trusted colleagues Gunnarstranda and Frølich, she digs deep into the case and uncovers possible links to the Norwegian establishment. Once again, Dahl has produced a tense and complex thriller, with his trademark close attention to social issues.


THE WHISPERER by Karin Fossum, tr. Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway)

Winner of the prestigious Riverton Award and Glass Key Award for Nordic crime, Karin Fossum is a prolific talent. The Whisperer focuses on the case of Ragna Riegel, an unassuming woman with a complicated emotional history, who has recently been arrested. As Inspector Konrad Sejer delves into her psyche in the course of a claustrophobic interrogation, Fossum slowly reveals the events leading up to Ragna’s crime. This is a highly assured mix of police procedural and psychological thriller, which really gets to the heart of one woman’s mental turmoil, and how easy it is for an individual to become unmoored from society.


THE KATHARINA CODE by Jørn Lier Horst, tr. Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway)

Jørn Lier Horst’s ‘William Wisting’ novels are distinguished by their excellent characterisation and strong plots. In The Katharina Code, a dormant investigation is reopened when police focus on a missing woman’s husband and his possible involvement in an earlier, apparently unconnected case. Wisting, who has long harboured doubts about the man’s innocence, becomes a somewhat unwilling participant in the surveillance operation. This finely plotted thriller with a strong sense of unresolved justice shows how Lier Horst is as comfortable writing about rural landscapes as urban settings.


THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jónasson, tr. Victoria Cribb (Penguin Random House; Iceland)

In Ragnar Jónasson’s The Darkness, the first in the 'Hidden Iceland' trilogy, a Reykjavík policewoman on the brink of retirement looks into a final case – the death of Elena, a young Russian woman, which may mistakenly have been labelled a suicide. As much a portrait of its flawed investigator, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir, as of the investigation itself, the novel explores themes ranging from parental estrangement and the costs of emotional withdrawal to the precarious status of immigrants trying to make their way in a new land. The novel’s ending is bold and thought-provoking.


RESIN by Ane Riel, tr. Charlotte Barslund (Doubleday; Denmark)

Ane Riel’s Resin is an ambitious literary crime novel with a remote Danish setting. Narrated mainly from the perspective of Liv, a young girl, it tells the story of three generations of one family, while exploring the complicated factors that can lead individuals to justify and commit murder. Other narrative voices – such as those of Liv’s mother and a neighbour – provide further nuance and depth. A moving meditation on the consequences of social isolation and misguided love, Resin is an innovative novel that offers its readers a keenly observed psychological portrait of a close-knit but dysfunctional family.


BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)

In this highly acclaimed, long-running series, former social worker turned private investigator Varg Veum solves complex crimes which often have a strong historic dimension. In Big Sister, Veum is surprised by the revelation that he has a half-sister, who asks him to look into the whereabouts of her missing goddaughter, a nineteen-year-old trainee nurse. Expertly plotted, with an unsettling, dark undertone, this novel digs deep into Veum’s family past to reveal old secrets and hurts, and is by turns an absorbing and exciting read.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Annie the Detective Fairy

The Rainbow Magic series for younger children (5+) is a phenomenon with dozens if not hundreds of entries. The latest collection comprises four "Discovery Fairies", the third of which caught my eye... I've been working in libraries for over ten years and have often been asked for the 'fairy' books by Daisy Meadows (who is a collection of writers) but this is the first time that I've read one.



Rachel and Kirsty are so excited to meet the Discovery Fairies, who look after some of the most exciting jobs in the world. But when Jack Frost steals Annie the Detective Fairy's magical item, detectives everywhere run out of clues! Can the girls help Annie get it back and help solve mysteries everywhere?


Annie the Detective Fairy's magical notebook has been stolen by Jack Frost. Human girls, Kirsty and Rachel are shrunk to fairy-size and return with Annie to Fairyland to help her get her notebook back. Whilst Jack Frost has the notebook, Detectives will not be able to solve their cases!! Jack has renamed himself Shivershock Bones and his goblin sidekick is Dr Gobson. When the girls and Annie arrive in Fairyland they appear in an incomplete fairy circle - the sixth toadstool (house) and six fairies having just disappeared one day. A real mystery. It takes an unexpected collaboration to solve that mystery and for Annie to get her notebook back.

Annie wears a trench coat and uses a magnifying glass to shrink her human friends. There are brief references to Sherlock Holmes. The mystery is resolved by magic however fairies, humans, goblins and Jack Frost have to work together first sharing their information (clues).

Notable books in the series to come are: the first Boy Fairy (7/19) and a Librarian Fairy (4/20):
 

  

Monday, April 01, 2019

New Releases - April 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in April 2019 (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.
• Anthology - Berlin Noir (ed. Thomas Wortche)
• Aird, Catherine - Inheritance Tracks #24 DI C D Sloan, Calleshire
• Barnes, Kerry - The Hunted #1 Hunted
• Beckett, Simon - The Scent of Death #6 Dr David Hunter
• Beech, Louise - Call Me Star Girl
• Berry, Connie - A Dream of Death #1 Kate Hamilton, American antiques dealer
• Brandreth, Gyles - Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper #7 Oscar Wilde
• Brookmyre, Christopher - Fallen Angel
• Casey, Jane - Cruel Acts #8 DC Maeve Kerrigan
• Cole, Karen - Deliver Me
• Collins, Sara - The Confessions of Frannie Langton
• Connolly, John - A Book of Bones #17 Charlie Parker, PI, Maine
• Cross, Mason - What She Saw Last Night (as MJ Cross)
• Cummins, Fiona - The Neighbour
• Davis, Lindsey - A Capitol Death #7 Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco
• Dearman, Lara - Dark Sky Island #2 Jennifer Dorey, journalist & DCI Michael Gilbert, Guernsey
• Delargy, James - 55
• Downing, David -Diary of a Dead Man on Leave
• Elliott, Lexie - The Missing Years
• Erskine, Fiona - The Chemical Detective
• Fields, Helen - Perfect Crime #5 DI Luc Callanach, Edinburgh
• Gibney, Patricia - Final Betrayal #6 Detective Lottie Parker
• Gunnis, Emily - The Girl in the Letter
• Guttridge, Peter - Swimming With the Dead #6 Brighton series
• Halliday, G R - From the Shadows #1 DI Monica Kennedy, Inverness
• Harris, C S - Who Slays the Wicked #14 Sebastian St. Cyr, Regency England
• Herriman, Nancy - A Fall of Shadows #2 Bess Ellyott, Tudor England
• Huber, Anna Lee - An Artless Demise #7 Lady Darby, Scotland, 1830s
• Hunter, Cara - No Way Out #3 DI Adam Fawley, Oxford
• Isaac-Henry, Olivia - Someone You Know
• Jonasson, Ragnar - The Island #2 Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdotti
• Jones, B E - Wilderness
• Jones, Philip Gwynne - The Venetian Masquerade #3 Nathan Sutherland
• Kelly, Erin - Stone Mothers
• Kelly, Lesley Death at the Plague Museum #3 The Health of Strangers series
• Kerr, Philip - Metropolis #14 Private Detective Bernhard Gunther, 1930s Berlin
• Kidd, Jess - Things in Jars
• Kiernan, Olivia - The Killer in Me #2 DCS Frankie Sheehan
• Knight, Alanna - The Dower House Mystery #18 Inspector Faro, Edinburgh, Victorian Era
• Lebor, Adam - Kossuth Square #2 Balthazar Kovacs, Detective, Budapest
• Lloyd, Amy - One More Lie
• Magson, Adrian - Rocco and the Price of Lies #6 Inspector Lucas Rocco, Poissons-Les-Marais, 1960s
• Marland, Stephanie - You Die Next #2 DI Dominic Bell and Clementine Starke
• Martin, Faith - A Fatal Flaw #3 Ryder & Loveday, Oxford, 1960s
• Masters, Priscilla - Blood on the Rocks #14 Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy, Leek, Staffordshire
• McAllister, Gillian - The Evidence Against You
• McPherson, Catriona - Scot and Soda #2 Last Ditch Mysteries
• Mitchell, Caroline - The Secret Child #2 Detective Amy Winter
• Morris, R N - The White Feather Killer #5 Silas Quinn, police detective
• Nesser, Hakan - Intrigo #1 Short Story & Novella Collection
• Parsons, Tony - #taken #6 Detective Max Wolfe of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, London
• Perry, Anne - Death in Focus #1 Elena Standish, Photographer, 1930s
• Robb, Candace - A Conspiracy of Wolves #11 Owen Archer
• Robson, Amanda - Envy
• Sidebottom, Harry - The Lost Ten
• Siger, Jeffrey - The Mykonos Mob #10 Former Athens police chief Andreas Kaldis & local police chief Tassos Stamatos, Mykonos
• Sigurdardottir, Yrsa - The Absolution #3 Children's House series
• Taylor, Andrew - The King's Evil #3 Ashes of London series
• Taylor, C L - Sleep
• Thomas, Bev - A Good Enough Mother
• Thomson, Lesley - The Playground Murders #7 Stella Darnell
• Upson, Nicola - Sorry for the Dead #8 Josephine Tey, real-life crime writer
• Watkins, Roz - Dead Man's Daughter #2 DI Meg Dalton, Derbyshire
• White, D E - Remember Me
• Whitehouse, Lucie - Critical Incidents #1 Ex-DI Robin Osborne, Birmingham
• Young, David - Stasi 77 #4 Oberleutnant Karin Müller

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Review: Evil Things by Katja Ivar

Evil Things by Katja Ivar, January 2019, 320 pages, Bitter Lemon Press, ISBN: 1912242095

Reviewed by Lynn Harvey.
(Read more of Lynn's reviews for Euro Crime here and here.)

Feeling curiously devoid of emotion, Hella ran down the steps to where a canvas sack stood on the frozen earth, a dark brown stain spread across it like some exotic flower. She motioned towards it.
“Is it inside?”


Ivalo Police Headquarters, Northern Finland, 13th October 1952.
The speck on the map that is the Sami village of Käärmela, surrounded by marshes and hills, makes Hella wonder why she is determined to go there. Chief Inspector Eklund, her boss, has dismissed the idea of a crime. An accident, he says. An old man disappears, probably got lost or drunk. Hella points out that a man born in that forest wouldn’t get lost. Nor would he leave his six year old grandson alone for days. Eklund is scornful. The man is probably not the perfect grandfather that she imagines. She tries again, pointing out that the local priest’s wife has reported it to them. Won’t an uninvestigated report ruin the section’s statistics? Eklund seems to grow uncomfortable. He orders Hella to tell the priest’s wife that with winter snows due they cannot send an investigator but will take up the case in May when the snows melt. After a long unpleasant haggle which includes suffering Eklund’s opinion that Hella would be better off looking for a husband at the next town ball, Hella takes Eklund’s offer of vacation time to visit the village. But only for a couple of days. She forces a smile at her boss.

Käärmela, near the Finnish-Soviet border.
The priest’s wife, Irja, again tries to reassure the silent little boy that his grandfather will return soon. Four days ago an old woman had dragged the boy into Irja’s home claiming that his grandfather was missing, probably dead, and that she had had to beat the boy to get him to leave the empty house. He won’t eat, sleep or speak, said the woman. It's Irja’s duty, as the priest’s wife, to look after him. Irja tried to reassure the distraught boy as he clutched their old cat for comfort. Putting him to bed, she immediately wrote a letter to the Ivalo Police about the missing grandfather.

Ivalo Police Headquarters, 14th October 1952
Persistently irritated by the sign on her door which reads “H. Mauzer, Polyssister” (she was Helsinki’s first woman detective for God’s sake, not a tea-maker cum hand-holder), Hella is further annoyed to see that her colleague Ranta has again been snooping around her office. She concentrates on leaving her desk in scrupulous order with a view to appeasing Chief Inspector Eklund. At home she packs: a rucksack, walking boots, warm clothes, notebook, her coffee pot. She shudders at having to accept a lift north with Kukoyakka, the only logging driver willing to take her. She decides to take her gun. True, the armed conflict in the countryside is quieter now but if Kukoyakka pushes his luck… She smiles.

Käärmela, same day.
The priest's wife has another visitor, a neighbour of the boy and his grandfather. Has he come to ask after the little boy? No, he says. He has decided to buy the missing man’s house. The boy can live with her and the priest after all. He reaches into his coat and pulls out some notes, pushing them across the table to her. The price of a bag of fish. He rises, announcing the deal done. Irja is outraged and pushes the money back at him explaining that now is not the time. “Bitch!” For a moment she is frightened of him but she stands her ground and he leaves.
Irja had asked the Ivalo police about the disappearance but had been treated with contempt. The boy keeps asking when they will arrive and despite her own doubts she humours him. When a tall angular figure in a parka and carrying a pack approaches their house through the dusk the boy is positive it is the police. Then he whispers in disbelief, “It’s a woman”...

EVIL THINGS is Katya Ivar’s first novel. Raised in both Russia and the US and now living in Paris, Ivar has given us, in EVIL THINGS, a gripping police procedural set in an unfamiliar time and place for most crime readers. Set in a remote community in a time of political turmoil but also a time and society pushing women to conform to tradition, Katja Ivar's collected portraits of the women who conform and those who don't are strikingly drawn. Hella Mauzer herself, as befits a central “cop” figure, is always at the edge: the outsider, the misfit, considered by her colleagues to be mad, bad and possibly dangerous to know. The first woman investigative police officer in Helsinki until disgraced, downgraded and moved to a remote posting in Ivalo near the Finnish-Russian border, Hella is convinced that there is something to investigate in a grandfather’s disappearance from his remote Lapp village, she wangles her way onto the case and organises a search party. When they find animal-savaged human remains in the forest snow it is Hella who realises that the remains are those of a woman and this is truly a murder investigation. Ivar’s slow reveal of Hella's character and past add to the suspense in this mystery filled with strong character writing. Ultimately Hella leads us into a frantic race and final battle of wits to uncover and confront both society’s demons and her own. A strong start to what I hope will become a Hella Mauzer series.

Lynn Harvey, March 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Publishing Deal - G S Locke

Is Birmingham becoming more popular as a setting for crime fiction? This April we have Lucie Whitehouse's Critical Incidents, the first of projected trilogy set in Birmingham and next year sees Neon from the pseudonymous G S Locke. Details from today's Bookseller:
Orion has scooped a debut thriller by G S Locke, about a Birmingham detective and hitwoman tracking down a serial killer.

[]It will be published by Orion Fiction in spring 2020.

The book follows “desperate detective” Matt Jackson and hitwoman Iris as they try to find the murderer who killed Jackson’s wife. The synopsis explains: “But the killer, dubbed ‘Neon’ for the way he displays his victims among elaborate, snaking neon light installations, is also on the hunt – and has both Jackson and Iris in his sights.”

Locke, the pseudonym for a Birmingham based crime writer, said: “For some time, I’ve had this powerful image in my head of a desolate detective sitting alone in a café, picking up the phone and ordering his own murder after his wife is killed by a serial killer. With that, DCI Jackson was born, and with him, Iris, a contract killer who I hope is as fierce and unrelenting a character as Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander and Killing Eve’s Villanelle. What follows is a story of survival, revenge, an unorthodox investigative partnership, and a serial killer with a particular fondness for neon art.”
More Birmingham crime fiction can be found here.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Petrona Award 2019 - Judging Panel



I'm very pleased to be able to confirm the judging panel for this year's Petrona Award. The judges will be meeting shortly to determine the shortlist which will be taken from this list.



Judging Panel Announced for The 2019 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
The Petrona Award team would like to extend a warm welcome to our new judge, crime fiction expert and well-known blogger Raven Crime Reads. Raven has been a bookseller for 17 years and brings a wealth of critical expertise to the judging panel and we are delighted to welcome her on board.

Raven joins Dr Kat Hall and Sarah Ward on the judging panel for the 2019 Petrona Award.

Barry Forshaw, one of our founding judges, has stepped down to work on his magnum opus, Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide – which, he tells us, will have a large Nordic Noir section. We would like to thank Barry for his enormous contribution to our judging panels over the past five years, and for his help in making the Petrona Award such a success since its creation in 2013.

More details on the Petrona Award, which is sponsored by David Hicks, can be found at www.petronaaward.co.uk.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Publishing Deal - Sarah Ward

News has been released today of the next book(s) from Euro Crime favourite, Sarah Ward. She is changing tack to historical crime fiction, and so the new book will be under the pseudonym of Rhiannon Ward.

Here are some of the details (from The Bookseller):
Trapeze has acquired historical mystery The Quickening by Sarah Ward, writing under a pseudonym, in a two-book deal.

[] Written by crime writer Ward under the pen-name Rhiannon Ward, the first book will be published by Trapeze in hardback, e-book and audio in February 2020.

The novel’s protagonist is Louisa Drew, based on the celebrated Christina Broom, a pioneer of women’s press photography in the Edwardian era.

Its synopsis states: “Louisa Drew lost her husband in the First World War and her six-year-old twin sons in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. Newly re-married to a war-traumatised husband and seven months pregnant, Louisa is asked by her employer to travel to Clewer Hall in Sussex where she is to photograph the contents of the house for auction.

“She learns Clewer Hall was host to an infamous séance in 1896, and that the lady of the house has asked those who gathered almost thirty years ago to come together once more to recreate the evening. When a mysterious child appears on the grounds, she finds herself compelled to investigate and becomes embroiled in the strange happenings of the house. Gradually, she unravels the long-held secrets of the inhabitants and what really happened thirty years before… and discovers her own fate is entwined with Clewer Hall’s.”

Win: A Pass to CrimeFest 2019



CrimeFest has kindly donated a pair of weekend passes to the upcoming event in Bristol (9-12 May, 2019).

The passes - worth £200 - provide access to all panels and interviews, Thursday through Sunday, as well as a delegate goody bag and a programme. (Accommodation, food and travel expenses are not included.)

2019's headline authors include John Harvey and Robert Thorogood, and there will be a special appearance by Agatha Raisin herself - Ashley Jensen.

The competition closes on 24 March 2019 at 11.59pm.
There are no geographical restrictions on entrants, but please only enter if you are able to attend. (The passes are non-transferable.)
Only 1 entry per person please.

To enter the competition, put Petrona and the answer to the question below, in the subject line of an email, adding your name and address in the body, and send to competition@crimefest.com
Who won the very first Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year?
The winner of the 2019 Petrona Award will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Dinner (tickets available separately).

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Saturday, March 09, 2019

New Releases - March 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in March 2019 (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.
• Alvey, J M - Shadows of Athens #1 Philocles, Athens, 443BC
• Arlidge, M J - A Gift for Dying
• Beaufort, Simon - Watchers of the Dead #2 Alec Londale, Victorian Era
• Bjork, Samuel - The Boy in the Headlights #3 Holger Munch & Mia Kruger, Oslo Police
• Blaedel, Sara - Her Father's Secret #2 Ilka Nichols Jensen
• Brightwell, Emily - Mrs Jeffries Delivers the Goods #37 Mrs Jeffries
• Caine, Will - The Inquiry
• Celestin, Ray - The Mobster's Lament #3 City Blues Quartet
• Charlton, Karen - Murder in Park Lane #5 Detective Lavender and Constable Woods
• Dahl, Kjell Ola - The Courier
• Daniels, Natalie - Too Close
• Ellory, R J - Three Bullets
• Ford, M J - Keep Her Close #2 DS Josie Masters
• Fowler, Christopher - Bryant & May - The Lonely Hour #16 Inspectors Bryant and May, London
• Gitsham, Paul - A Deadly Lesson #5 DCI Warren Jones
• Gray, Alex - The Stalker #16 DCI Lorimer & psychologist Solomon Brightman, Glasgow
• Grebe, Camilla - After She's Gone
• Green, Linda - The Last Thing She Told Me
• Hancock, Penny - I Thought I Knew You
• Hannah, Mari - The Scandal #3 Stone and Oliver
• Harris, C S - Who Slays the Wicked #14 Sebastian St. Cyr, Regency England
• Harrison, Cora - Season of Darkness #1 Gaslight Mystery
• Heller, Mandasue - Brutal
• Hunter, Cara - No Way Out #3 DI Adam Fawley, Oxford
• Jackson, Stina - The Silver Road
• Judd, Alan - The Accidental Agent #6 Charles Thoroughgood, ex MI6
• Kristjansson, Snorri - Council #2 Helga Finnsdottir
• Leather, Stephen - The Bag Carrier
• Leon, Donna - Unto Us a Son Is Given #28 Commissario Guido Brunetti, Venice
• Mackay, Niki - I, Suspect #2 Madison Attalee
• McDonald, Christina - The Night Olivia Fell
• McGrath, Mel - The Guilty Party
• McTiernan, Dervla - The Scholar #2 Cormac Reilly
• Moloney, Catherine - A Mind Diseased #4 DI Gilbert Markham
• Nolan, Dominic - Past Life
• O'Reilly, Judith - Killing State #1 Michael North
• Parker, Kate - Deadly Deception #4 Olivia Denis, 1930s London
• Patis, Vikki - The Girl Across the Street
• Runcie, James - The Road to Grantchester #1 Sidney Chambers prequel
• Russell, Craig - The Devil Aspect
• Scragg, Robert - Nothing Else Remains #2 Porter & Styles, Police Officers
• Selman, Victoria - Nothing to Lose #2 Ziba Mackenzie
• Simms, Chris - Marked Men #2 DC Sean Blake, Manchester
• Smith, Alexander McCall - The Department of Sensitive Crimes #1 Detective Varg, Malmo
• Smith, Graham - A Body in the Lakes #2 Detective Beth Young
• Suter, Martin - Allmen and the Pink Diamond #2 Allmen
• Thomson, E S - Surgeons' Hall #4 Jem Flockhart, Apothecary, 1850s
• Tinnelly, Rebecca - Never Go There
• Todd, Charles - The Black Ascot #21 Insp Rutledge
• Tope, Rebecca - The Grasmere Grudge #8 Persimmon Brown, Florist, Lake District
• Trow, M J - Black Death #10 Christopher Marlowe
• Watts, Kerry - Heartlands #1 Detective Jessie Blake
• Winspear, Jacqueline - The American Agent #15 Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, 1930s London
• Yokoyama, Hideo - Prefecture D
• Zander, Joakim - The Friend

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Ann Cleeves' new series

With the conclusion of the Shetland series (in print at least), Ann Cleeves is turning her hand to a new series set in Devon. Out in September, it's called The Long Call.

Here are some details from goodreads:
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

Friday, February 01, 2019

New Releases - February 2019

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in February 2019 (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.
• Abbott, Rachel - The Shape of Lies #8 DI Tom Douglas
• Armstrong, Sarah - The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt
• Bourne, Sam - To Kill the Truth
• Bowen, Rhys - The Victory Garden
• Bray, Richard - Material Remains
• Brittany, Amanda - Tell the Truth
• Buchholz, Simone - Beton Rouge #2 Chastity Riley
• Buckley, Fiona - A Web of Silk #17 Ursula Blanchard, an Elizabethan lady
• Camilleri, Andrea - The Overnight Kidnapper #23 Inspector Montalbano, Sicily, Italy
• Chambers, Kimberley - The Sting
• Chase, Clare - Death Comes to Call (ebook only) #3 Tara Thorpe
• Clare, Alys - The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits #1 World's End Bureau Victorian Mystery series
• Craig, James - Dying Days #13 Inspector John Carlyle
• Dams, Jeanne M - A Dagger Before Me #21 Dorothy Martin
• Driscoll, Teresa - The Promise
• Eastland, Sam - The Elegant Lie
• Edger, Stephen - Little Girl Gone
• Ellis, Kate - Dead Man's Lane #23 Wesley Peterson (policeman) and Neil Watson (archaeologist), Tradmouth, Devon
• Ellwood, Nuala - Day of the Accident
• Enger, Thomas - Inborn
• Finch, Charles - The Vanishing Man #2 Charles Lenox (prequel)
• Gee, Maggie - Blood
• Goddard, Robert - One False Move
• Good, Anthony - Kill
• Gordon, Alexia - Fatality in F #4 Gethsemane Brown, Ireland
• Griffiths, Elly - The Stone Circle #11 Dr Ruth Galloway, forensic archaeologist and DCI Harry Nelson
• Helm, Kate - The Secrets You Hide
• Hill, Casey - Fallout (ebook only) #8 Riley Steel, Forensic Investigator, Dublin
• Hunter, Phillip - Murder Under a Green Sea #1 Max and Martha Dalton, 1930s
• Jennings, Maureen - Heat Wave
• Kelly, Jim - The Mathematical Bridge #2 Nighthawk series, Cambridge, 1939
• Kent, Tony - Marked for Death
• Knight, Renee - The Secretary
• Kot, Danuta - Life Ruins
• La Plante, Lynda - Widows: Revenge #3 Dolly Rawlins
• Lea, Caroline - The Glass Woman
• Lindstein, Mariette - The Shadow of the Cult #2 The Cult on Fog Island Trilogy
• London, Kate - Gallowstree Lane
• Manfredi, Valerio Massimo - Wolves of Rome
• Mark, David - The Mausoleum
• Massey, Sujata - The Satapur Moonstone #2 Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer, 1920s
• Masterton, Graham - Begging to Die #10 Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire, Ireland
• Michaelides, Alex - The Silent Patient
• Minier, Bernard - Night #4 Commandant Servaz
• Morgan, Phoebe - The Girl Next Door
• Muir, T F - Dead Catch #8 DI Andy Gilchrist & team, St. Andrews
• Natt och Dag, Niklas - The Wolf and the Watchman
• Nordbo, Mads Peder - The Girl Without Skin
• O'Connor, Carlene - Murder in an Irish Pub #4 Siobhan O'Sullivan, Kilbane, County Cork
• Oswald, James - Cold as the Grave #9 Detective Inspector McLean, Edinburgh
• Pastor, Ben - The Horseman's Song #6 Wehrmacht Captain Martin Bora, 1939
• Raybourn, Deanna - A Dangerous Collaboration #4 Veronica Speedwell, adventuress and butterfly hunter, Victorian London
• Reid, Andrew - The Hunter
• Reid, Rebecca - Perfect Liars
• Rogneby, Jenny - Any Means Necessary #2 Leona Lindberg of Stockholm's Violent Crimes Division
• Sampson, Fay - The Wounded Snake #2 Hilary & Veronica
• Sanders, G D - The Taken Girls #1 DI Edina Ogborne, Canterbury Police
• Selman, Victoria - Blood for Blood #1 Ziba Mackenzie
• Sendker, Jan-Philipp - The Far Side of the Night #3 China Trilogy
• Smith, Anna - Fight Back #2 Kerry Casey, Glasgow
• Spain, Jo - Dirty Little Secrets
• Spencer, Sally - Dead End #13 DCI Monika Paniatowski, Whitebridge
• Tallon, Emma - Boss Girl #3 Anna Davis
• Trotter, Alan - Muscle
• Tudor, C J - The Taking of Annie Thorne (apa The Hiding Place)
• Tursten, Helene - Hunting Game #1 Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom
• Tuti, Ilaria - Flowers Over the Inferno #1 Teresa Battaglia
• Tyce, Harriet - Blood Orange
• Walter, B P - A Version of the Truth
• Watt, Douglas - The Unnatural Death of a Jacobite #4 John MacKenzie, Lawyer, 17thC Edinburgh
• Watt, Holly - To The Lions #1 Casey Benedict, Investigative Journalist
• Westerson, Jeri Traitor's Codex #11 Crispin Guest, ex Knight, Medieval times

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review: The Cold Summer by Gianrico Carofiglio tr. Howard Curtis

The Cold Summer by Gianrico Carofiglio translated by Howard Curtis, September 2018, 276 pages, Bitter Lemon Press, ISBN: 1912242036

Reviewed by Lynn Harvey.
(Read more of Lynn's reviews for Euro Crime here and here.)

“… You’re close to the shit, too, like all of us. But you never get it on you. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s like you had some kind of power …
Maybe it annoys me because I admire you, or vice versa. Am I talking crap?”
“No, you’re making perfect sense.”


1992, Bari, Southern Italy, summer-time.
Marshal Pietro Fenoglio sits in his favourite cafe so engrossed in the local newspaper editor’s advice to the police on handling a Mafia flare-up that he doesn’t immediately notice the young man trying to rob the cashier. When he does – he quickly overcomes the would-be robber and pins him to the floor. The cafe unfreezes and the carabinieri are called. Two men walk in and demand Fenoglio hands over the thief. They are not carabinieri. They say they will teach the thief a lesson. Fenoglio promises the men a lengthy stay at the police station if they don’t clear off – which they do. Then he pays for his breakfast pastry despite the owner’s objections and accompanies the young robber to the police station. Frankly, Fenoglio is tempted to let him go. He likes him, believes that this was, as he says, his first robbery attempt. But there are rules. He tells the young man to plea bargain and in all likelihood he will get a suspended sentence. The arrestee is grateful, telling Fenoglio that if he ever needs help he will find him hanging out near the Petruzzelli theatre. The mention of the theatre sours Fenoglio. It had been one of the things he had liked about Bari: concerts, an opera. But someone torched the theatre a few months ago. Now it’s just a burnt-out shell.

Captain Valente, new boss, fresh from Rome, summons Fenoglio to his office and asks him to bring him up to speed on the local mafia fight. Fenoglio obliges. A few weeks ago Shorty, a member of local crime boss Grimaldi's gang, was murdered. Since then several high profile Grimaldi gang members have disappeared or been killed. Valente assumes it’s a rival gang but Fenoglio points out that no-one outside the group has been killed. This looks more like battles within the gang itself.

Over a solitary lunch in a local trattoria, Fenoglio thinks about his current equally solitary life; his recent separation from Serena. The cause? His obsession with work perhaps but truly he thinks it’s because he can’t have children. Fenoglio knows that he has never been any good at showing his feelings. He feels them, but... Would Serena have a child with someone else? Could he stand that?

Back at the office they receive a tip-off. Grimaldi’s son has been kidnapped. Using a traffic violation as cover, Fenoglio questions one of Grimaldi’s associates known as the Accountant. Apparently the boy disappeared on the way to school a couple of days ago. The Accountant confirms there has been a ransom demand but cannot say whether it was paid or not. Fenoglio’s musings over the delicate procedure of demanding the appearance of a local Mafia boss and his wife at a police station are interrupted by news of a shoot-out in a neighbouring village. These incidents and killings are escalating in some kind of silent bubble, corroborating Fenoglio’s belief in an internal gang war. What is more the ransom, it seems, has been paid but the boy hasn’t been returned. They are interviewing the woman who delivered the ransom money when they get the grimmest news of all; the boy’s body has been found at the bottom of an isolated well. He has been dead for days…

Celebrated Italian crime writer, anti-Mafia prosecutor and one-time senator, Gianrico Carofiglio, embarks on a new series with THE COLD SUMMER (translated here by experienced Carofiglio translator Howard Curtis). It introduces Marshal Pietro Fenoglio of the Bari Carabinieri: solitary, thoughtful, reserved, a Northerner from Turin, carabiniere for twenty years and a man of principle. Events revolve around the tragic death of a kidnapped child and are set against the back-drop of real-life events – the Mafia assassinations of two high-profile anti-Mafia judges in 1992. In some parts the writing blends the action of police procedural with the cool reportage of legal deposition. This last might sound tedious but the formal language of the deposition serves to both collapse time and to filter the savagery of the violent crime. And Carofiglio's description of the structure and ritual of the “Societa Nostra” is engrossing and absorbing; simultaneously grandiose and elaborate, they function to confirm a gang member’s loyalty and even the subservience of locals to the rule and composition of the “Family” – perhaps an ornate mirror of modern day urban gang culture. The characters are closely observed: Fenoglio’s complex, reticent personality offset by the almost brutal character of his colleague Pellecchia. Finally a mix of random and purposeful events (Carofiglio has said that: “… real world investigations and trials are much more ruled by chance than in films and novels.”) move this story to an eventual darker turn and protagonist.

Strongly recommended. I look forward to more.

Lynn Harvey, January 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TV News: Trapped II and BBC Four


The BBC confirmed yesterday that Trapped, Follow the Money and Cardinal would be returning to BBC Four and that they have also purchased the Australian drama, Safe Harbour.

Here's the blurb for the second series of Iceland's Trapped:
After the success of the first series on BBC Four, series two of the acclaimed Icelandic crime drama Trapped returns. Outside Parliament in Reykjavik, a man throws himself at the Minister for Industry, setting fire to them both. Andri Olaffson, now working in Reykjavik, is assigned to the case and quickly learns the attacker was the minister’s twin. Their family’s roots are in the North, in the very area Andri had hoped to leave behind, where his old colleague Hinrika is now Chief of Police. Trouble is brewing in the town, with widespread anger at a power plant, drilling and a proposed aluminium plant. Shortly after Andri’s return the power plant’s foreman is found dead. Are the two incidents - the murder and the attack in Reykjavik - connected?
No news yet on the transmission date.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: Cruising to Murder by Mark McCrum

Cruising to Murder by Mark McCrum, June 2018, 224 pages, Severn House Publishers Ltd ISBN: 0727888072

Reviewed by Geoff Jones.

(Read more of Geoff's reviews for Euro Crime here.)

Francis Meadowes is a crime writer and has been invited to give a lecture on the cruise ship the Golden Adventurer in return for a free cruise. This is the high end of cruising, mainly wealthy Americans, some British and a German. Most cruise ships have between 800 and 1200 passengers on board, but this one has considerably less. Sailing the west coast of Africa, the itinerary is not the usual tourist visits but unusual and rare sights.

Francis is befriended by German retired surgeon, Klaus, an elderly lady who is a widow and has sailed on many cruises and looking forward to more, Eve, and an American single lady, Sadie, travelling with her aunt.

When Eve is found dead in her bed and the ship's doctor is reluctant to sign the death certificate everyone is naturally alarmed. When there is then a “man overboard” situation and they realise it is a young woman who is travelling with an older man, everyone is then convinced there is a murderer on board, despite the captain suggesting it is suicide. Francis is asked by the captain to investigate because of his previous success at a literary festival murder. One of the excursion staff accompanies Francis in his investigations on behalf of the captain.

Francis gets deeper into the mystery and soon realises his own life is at risk. Can he solve the case before it is too late?

The author knows his cruising. I've only been on the larger ships, but the description of the activities and the life on board is similar. He has written mainly non-fiction books except THE FESTIVAL MURDERS which also featured Francis. This was very enjoyable and I highly recommend it. I look forward to reading more about Francis, starting with his previous book.

Geoff Jones, January 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019