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

Monday, January 13, 2020

New Releases - January 2020

And we're back. Please see previous post for reasons why things have been quiet around here. Thank you for the many kind messages and continuing to visit Euro Crime. Let's hope for a better year in 2020!

Here's the latest in my regular feature, of monthly releases. It looks like a bumper month.

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in January 2020 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). January 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 - Right Behind You #9 DI Tom Douglas
• Adams, Jane - The Good Wife #5 Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnstone, 1928
• Airth, Rennie - Cold Kill
• Airth, Rennie - The Decent Inn of Death #6 John Madden, Scotland Yard Policeman, Southern Counties, early 20th Century
• Alderson, Sarah - In Her Eyes
• Alexander, Tasha - In the Shadow of Vesuvius #14 Lady Emily
• Bayard, Tania - In the Company of Fools #3 Christine De Pizan Mystery
• Beevis, Keri - Deep Dark Secrets
• Black, Benjamin - The Secret Guests (as B W Black)
• Black, P R - The Beach House
• Blake, Sam - Keep Your Eyes on Me
• Bridgestock, R C - Payback #1 DI Charley Mann, Yorkshire
• Brittany, Amanda - Traces of Her
• Brooke, Amanda - The Widows' Club
• Bryndza, Robert - Nine Elms #1 Kate Marshall
• Buckley, Fiona - The Scent of Danger #18 Ursula Blanchard, an Elizabethan lady
• Bugler, Sheila - I Could Be You #1 Dee Doran, ex Journalist
• Burrows, Nathan - Finding Milly
• Carpenter, Elisabeth - The Woman Downstairs
• Carson, John - Dead Before You Die #3 DCI Harry McNeil
• Carter, J P - Little Boy Lost #3 DCI Anna Tate
• Castle, A M - The Perfect Widow
• Caves, S B - A Killer Came Knocking
• Chambers, Kimberley - Queenie
• Chase, Clare - Mystery on Hidden Lane #1 Eve Mallow, Saxford St Peter
• Clements, Rory - Hitler's Secret #4 Thomas Wilde, 1930s
• Comley, M A & Farrar, M K - Down to Sleep #2 Crime After Crime
• Curtis, Gayle - I Choose You
• Diamond, Katerina - Woman in the Water #6 DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles
• Douglas-Home, Mark - The Driftwood Girls #4 Cal McGill, Oceanographer
• Eldridge, Jim - Murder at the Manchester Museum #4 Former Detective Inspector Daniel Wilson
• Engberg, Katrine - The Tenant
• Frost, Abbie - The Guesthouse
• Grant, Andrew - Too Close to Home #2 Paul McGrath
• Hamdy, Adam - Black 13 #1 Scott Pearce
• Hannah, Sophie - Haven't They Grown
• Herron, Mick - The Catch #2 Slough House Novella
• Holton, Noelle - Dead Wrong #2 DC Maggie Jamieson
• Hunter, Cara - All the Rage #4 DI Adam Fawley, Oxford
• James, Alison - The Man She Married
• James, Ed - Tell Me Lies #1 Detective Max Carter
• Johnstone, Doug - A Dark Matter #1 Skelfs family
• Kara, Lesley - Who Did You Tell?
• Keane, Jessie - The Knock
• Kelleher, Casey - Mine
• Leather, Stephen - The Runner
• Lee, Lynne - Can You See Me?
• Linskey, Howard - Alice Teale is Missing
• Lloyd, Catherine - Death Comes to the Nursery #7 Kurland St. Mary Mysteries
• Louth, Nick - The Body in the Snow #4 DCI Craig Gillard
• Lupton, Rosamund - Three Hours
• MacDonald, C C - Happy Ever After
• May, Peter - A Silent Death
• Michaels, Sam - Rivals #2 Georgina Garrett
• Mitchell, Caroline - The Perfect Mother
• Monroe, J S - The Other You
• Mundy, Elizabeth - A Messy Affair #3 Lena Szarka, Hungarian cleaner, London
• Oldham, Nick - Wildfire #24 DCI Christie
• Onda, Riku - The Aosawa Murders
• Paris, B A - The Dilemma
• Reid, Rebecca - Truth Hurts
• Riches, Marnie - Backlash
• Rogers, Gemma - Payback
• Rowland, Laura Joh - The Woman in the Veil #4 Miss Sarah Bain, Victorian Era
• Sanderson, Lesley - The Leaving Party
• Savage, Vanessa - The Woods
• Scanlon, Michael - Her Last Goodnight #3 Detective Finnegan Beck
• Scragg, Robert - All That is Buried #3 Porter & Styles, Police Officers
• Sedgwick, Helen - When the Dead Come Calling #1 Burrowhead Mystery
• Seymour, Gerald - Beyond Recall
• Sinclair, Rob - The Rules of Murder #2 DI Dani Stephens
• Spain, Jo - Six Wicked Reasons
• Speechley, Ruby - Someone Else's Baby
• Stanley, Michael - Facets of Death #7 Detective Kubu, Botswana
• Steadman, Catherine - Mr Nobody
• Stein, Jesper - Die For Me #2 Axel Steen
• Teague, Paul J - Truth Be Told #3 Morecambe Bay Trilogy
• Tudor, C J - The Other People
• Warner, H C - She
• Watts, Kerry - Her Secret Past #3 Detective Jessie Blake
• Weatherley, Anna-Lou - The Stranger's Wife
• Young, David - Stasi Winter #5 Oberleutnant Karin Müller