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:



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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)

HÃ¥kan Nesser: The Root of Evil, tr Sarah Death (Mantle)

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


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.


M C Beaton

Mark Billingham

John Connolly

Kate Ellis

C J Sansom

Cath Staincliffe


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


Presented to Robert Goddard.