Thursday, May 31, 2012

CrimeFest - Lee Child Interview

Peter Guttridge interviews Lee Child at Crimefest 2012

Peter opens the interview with the Tom Cruise issue to get it out of the way (takes 15 minutes to answer but of course very interesting stuff)

At the first meeting with Hollywood people LC is
mostly obsessed about 8 dollar water from Norway. How can it be $8? Used it in a later book.

Many big stars have been interested in playing Reacher, LC recounts time he was on train from Manchester to Norwich (these are small trains) and he had George Clooney on the phone! However through working in tv from a young age he is somewhat jaded - met Laurence Olivier when he was 22/23.

Reacher is defined by three things; physicality, intelligent and lacking inhibitions - so very difficult to find actor that fit. Keanu Reeves was interested at one point. They had assumed physicality would be a deal breaker but a year ago they had an epiphany - lose physicality and that meant TC could do the role as he is a good actor and could convey the other two important elements. Need a director who can boss stars around and Christopher McQuarry who wrote The Unusual Suspects, though he is younger than TC he can control him. Film shot in Pittsburgh. You have to have "people" with you in Hollywood so took daughter with him to meet Tom Cruise and they spent a bit of time with Katie and Suri. LC had built up height difference in his mind and then found TC is just a normal sized guy! Werner Hertzog who plays the villain is outrageous, stealing any scene he's within a mile of.

As a movie [One Shot] is going to be a terrific crime movie especially if you've not not read Reacher. If you have read Reacher you may have a WTF feeling for a few minutes but hopefully will enjoy it.

LC makes you two promises - he won't force you to go to the movies and TC won't come to your house and steal your books.

There is some feeling that a book is not thought good enough unless its been on tv/film.Writers are often asked whether a person would have seen their books on tv or film.

LC is happy with possibly two or three films but worries quality will go down eg Prime Suspect. Bad Luck and Trouble could be the third film. Stumbling block is the second one, possibly The Hard Way.

LC in movie as the desk sergeant giving Reacher back his toothbrush.

[I've heard since that the title has changed to Reacher (rather than One Shot)]

A Polish band have done a thrash album with each track a Reacher novel.This didn't affect Reacher nor will film. Unlike with Morse where the books changed and even Bond got Scottish ancestors.In the next book, A Wanted Man - LC re-emphasises Reacher's size as a statement of intent.

LC was a talent spotter in old job, knew Michael Connelly would be big. Sue Grafton was a massive influence on LC. Kinsey Milhone and VI W were first detectives who were real - did laundry. Reacher's Laundry issue a direct result of KM laundry. Reacher was to have no job, no location, no cutesy name eg Hieronymous, Elvis. Liberating. LC loves first few pages as knows he hasn't screwed it up yet. The Western (as in cowboys) hero is adapted from medieval European tradition. Great if they come in fix problem and crucially... move on! Made Reacher a Major, like a knight, but his experience doesn't really fit with being a Major, done for dramatic effect rather than plausible. Majors and below love Reacher in military above hate him as what a nightmare he would be to manage.

Q: Reacher inherits house in fourth book, was he tempted to settle him down?
Shows how respected Reacher is by old boss giving him house. LC hates houses but has bought one in England for anglophile wife and is bemused to find himself Life Member of National Trust.

Q: Any more e-novellas?
Second Son was a down and dirty commercial thing to remind readers of Reacher's brother as he hadn't been mentioned for several books and to drive preorders for new book. A second novella. Deep Down is being written at the moment.

Q: Appeal of Reacher to women?

1. Women more visceral reaction to injustice. Reacher has a feminine type of justice, the arc of the book is turning unfair to fair.
2. Women find it hard to express outrage (still called shrill rather than assertive)
3. Reacher respects and likes women; equal, competent characters.
4. Want to get laid, Reacher is ultimate safe affair: never write, never call, never return. Older women want to look after him, younger 48hrs leg over.

Q: Unresolved phantom from 61 Hours
61 Hours was the the last book in his contract; never takes it for granted that he will get renewed contract so was writing to let it stand as end of series. All the information is in the book as to how he escaped. Not as obvious as in a tv programme. The "to be continued" was not in his original manuscript, but put in by publisher. Worth Dying For is not supposed to be a sequel, rather a separate story.

Lee Child's bibliography on Euro Crime (with reviews).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CrimeFest - Roslund-Hellstrom Interview

International Dagger Chair Janet Laurence interviewed Anders Roslund (AR) and Borge Hellstrom (BH) on the final day of CrimeFest. They had been on panels individually but I think this was the first time the pair spoke together.

Roslund-Hellstrom won the International Dagger last year for Three Seconds which had me gripped. Three Seconds is the fifth book in the series whereas the current release, Cell 8 which covers capital punishment in America, is the third. The next book in English will be Two Soldiers which is the sixth and is I understand out in English later this year.

Here are my notes from the interview:

The pair first met over phone. Apparently AR talks and talks and talks when trying to be convincing and all BH wanted was for him to shut up - "he was exhausting"!

BH doesn't drink, AR drinks much less now spending so much time with BH. Both know a lot about crime.They made a tv documentary but "tv is like writing in sand" doesn't stay in the memory so decided to write. They got rid of their first names, to form new name. They do not discuss in public who does what.

They realise they have a process: first part is 8 months to a year of research and getting people to talk to you - build up trust, the second is plotting and arguing (BH), the final part is the writing.

From the beginning they had a couple of issues they wanted to cover - for Two Soldiers they had the idea in 2004. However it's all about the story, it's supposed to be entertainment; 50% facts from real lives, other 50% story. They don't want to tell the reader their (ie the authors') opinion but to challenge the reader to make their own mind up.

The Vault is being retranslated as the first translation was a bit harsh - not saying it was bad but the translator and story didn't combine.

However Kari Dickson [who has translated the most recent books] has captured the rhythm.

Shooting begins in autumn on the film version of Three Seconds (I think). BH reported that he received a phone call asking them to extend love story but there is no love story!

Grens (series character) is very special, learned to like him (BH); there are no bad people, no evil, just bad acts.

Three Seconds is banned from Texas prisons in case prisoners get ideas. They are not sure how Cell 8 is doing in the US.

BH: if you show criminals the consequences of their acts it may prevent re-offending but psychopaths cannot be reached. 4/5 of prisoners dependent on some sort of drugs incuding alcohol but authorities deny this, so prisoners cannot feel what they have done clearly, as drugged up.

For the first time in 15 years they are writing their own books for a year. BH is not writing a crime novel.

They've tried to keep it quiet but a percentage of all their books goes to charity.

And Jane Eyre's at it too

We've had Jane Austen doing a bit of sleuthing so why not Jane Eyre? (I know one's a real person and one's fictional). Death of a Schoolgirl by Joanna Campbell Slan is the first in the Jane Eyre Chronicles and will be published in August by Berkely:

Synopsis from Goodreads: In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, the year is now 1851, and Jane’s life has finally settled into a comfortable pattern. She and her beloved Edward Rochester have married, and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves…

Jane can’t help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens—Rochester’s ward and Jane’s former pupil, currently at boarding school—warning that the girl’s life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle’s safety.

But almost from the beginning, her travels don’t go as planned—she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman. Even when she arrives at the school, the headmistress takes her for an errant new teacher, and berates her for her late arrival. Most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle’s roommate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one at the school seems concerned. Taking advantage of the misunderstanding, she decides to pose as the missing instructor—and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer’s next target…

Monday, May 28, 2012

2012 Dagger Shortlists

I was away at Crimefest last weekend so I'm trying to catch up on the important things I've missed. I'd already prepared my International Dagger shortlist post (as I knew this one :)). Also announced on Friday were the shortlists for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Dagger in the Library, Non-Fiction Dagger, Short Story Dagger and Debut (ie unpublished) Dagger.

Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Shortlist

The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (Orion)
I Will Have Vengeance by Maurizio de Giovanni (Hersilia Press)
Bitter Water by Gordon Ferris (Corvus)
Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr (Quercus)
Icelight by Aly Monroe (John Murray)
Sacrilege by SJ Parris (HarperCollins)
A Willing Victim by Laura Wilson (Quercus)

Dagger in the Library Shortlist

Belinda Bauer
S.J. Bolton
Susan Hill
Peter May
Steve Mosby
Imogen Robertson

A summary of all the shortlists can be found on the CWA's website. The winners will be announced on 5 July at the CWA Awards Ceremony.

Publishing Deal - Chris Nickson

Chris Nickson, author of the historical Richard Nottingham series, has a publishing deal for a new series, set in the recent past in Seattle. From Booktrade:
Creative Content, the specialist digital publishing company, has signed a 3-book deal with Chris Nickson.

Changing country, century – and the gender of the protagonist – Nickson's "Emerald City" is a trilogy of crime novels set in Seattle during the evolving grunge music scene of the 1980s and '90s, featuring music journalist Laura Barton.

Ali Muirden of Creative Content said "We were really excited when we read Chris's manuscript, as it encapsulates Seattle during the period. Chris lived and worked there for many years and it really shows in the way he writes. His evocative descriptions of Seattle and the surrounding Pacific North West coast area really made me want to visit the city. "

The first novel in the series will be published later this year as a simultaneous eBook original and audio book to be read by Lorelei King.
Read the whole press release here.

Chris Nickson's (crime) bibliography with reviews of all three books (so far) in the Richard Nottingham series, set in Leeds, is on the Euro Crime website

Crime titles on Richard & Judy List

Richard and Judy's Summer Reading List has been announced. There are ten titles and the ones with  crime/adventure content are:
Richard Harris - The Fear Index
Lars Kepler - The Hypnotist tr. Ann Long (Review by Maxine, Review by Lizzie)
Penny Hancock - Tideline
They are now available to buy in a special promotion in W H Smiths.

More information about the bookclub is on Richard & Judy's website.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tweeting from Crimefest

I'm currently away at Crimefest and having been taking electronic notes. Myself and a few others have been tweeting too which you can read on twitter at!/search/%23CrimeFest2012 and get a flavour of the panels.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: The White Lie by Andrea Gillies

The White Lie by Andrea Gillies, Short Books Ltd, February 2012, ISBN: 1780720394

Andrea Gillies is the author of the non-fiction book KEEPER which won the Orwell Prize 2012 and she now turns her hand to fiction with possibly award-winning results with the labyrinthine THE WHITE LIE.

The book opens:

My name is Michael Salter, and I am dead; dead, that much I know for sure.”

Michael is the reader's guide and interpretor as he takes us from the present, to further in the past and even further back again. All the events occur at Peattie, an old country estate adjacent to a loch. The plot is quite simple: fourteen years previously, nineteen-year-old Michael disappears in the loch while out with a family member, supposedly drowned; no body is found so the family cover it up and say that he has gone away, left them for a new life down south. There are rumours in the village that he's committed suicide but the Salters say no more about it to anyone outside the family, and little to insiders. However the family dynamics are completely changed and the repercussions extend further and further as the family expands. Finally a birthday party brings things to a head, everyone's talking about Michael, and eventually the truth is revealed to the reader.

Put quite so baldy it seems unlikely to be a gripping read and yet THE WHITE LIE is fascinating and puzzling and even when you think you know what happened at the loch somebody else says they were lying and you're no further forward. Indeed as Hugh Laurie's Dr House says “Everybody lies” - though to be fair they may not know that they are lying.

Beautifully written and replete with mysteries and family secrets I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's one that requires concentration, as at first I did have to keep referring to the family tree at the front to keep the large cast straight. The setting is convincingly brought to life and you really feel present in that house and at the family meetings and when you do get to the resolution you'll want to go back to the beginning and reread to see if you can pick up more clues second time around.

This may only be a crime novel in the tangential way that Catherine O'Flynn's WHAT WAS LOST is but I'd recommend it to both genre and non-genre fans alike.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Euro Crime Cited on The Black Path

A quote from Maxine's review of Asa Larsson's Until Thy Wrath Be Past has been used on the back of the hardback release of The Black Path which is published 7 June by MacLehose Press.Here are Maxine's reviews of Until Thy Wrath Be Past and The Black Path (US Edition).

Website & Email Issues

Just to let you know the Euro Crime website is unavailable at the moment as is my eurocrime email account. Don't know what's happened - I'm blaming my web host - but apologies if you've sent an email in the last 24 hours as I haven't been able to download them. I can be contacted via twitter or on my alternative email.

Monday, May 21, 2012

International Dagger - Shortlist Speculation

The shortlist for the CWA International Dagger will be announced at CrimeFest on Friday. I've listed the eligible titles by author, rather than by month published, below. Which six books do you think will make the shortlist? And/or which six books would you have put on your shortlist?
Boris Akunin - The Diamond Chariot, tr. Andrew Bromfield
George Arion - Attack in the Library
Anouar Benmalek - Abduction, tr. Simon Pare
Laurent Binet - HHhH (Classed as fiction with thriller elements)
Mikkel Birkegaard - Death Sentence, tr. Charlotte Barslund
Xavier-Marie Bonnot - The Voice of the Spirits tr. Justin Phipps
Horst Bosetzky - Cold Angel: Murder in Berlin, 1949
Andrea Camilleri - The Track of Sand tr. Stephen Sartarelli
Andrea Camilleri - The Potter's Field tr. Stephen Sartarelli
Gianrico Carofiglio - Temporary Perfections tr. Antony Shugaar
Maxime Chattam - Carnage tr. Isabel Reid and Emily Boyce
Laurence Cosse - A Novel Bookstore
K O Dahl - Lethal Investments tr. Don Bartlett
Maurizio De Giovanni - I Will Have Vengeance tr. Anne Milano Appel
Zoran Drvenkar - Sorry tr. Shaun Whiteside
Thomas Enger - Burned tr. Charlotte Barslund
Kjell Eriksson - The Hand That Trembles tr. Ebba Segerberg
Kjell Eriksson- The Princess of Burundi tr. Ebba Segerberg (First UK publication)
Kjell Eriksson - The Demon of Dakar (First UK publication)
Giorgio Faletti - I am God tr. Howard Curtis
Karin Fossum - The Caller tr. K E Semmel
Friis & Kaaberbol - The Boy in the Suitcase, tr. Lene Kaaberbol
Sergios Gakas - Ashes tr. Anne-Marie Stanton-Ife
Sissel-Jo Gazan - The Dinosaur Feather tr. Charlotte Barslund (Moved from May 2011)
Michele Giuttari - The Black Rose of Florence
Juan Gomez-Jurado - The Traitor's Emblem tr. Daniel Hahn
Shiro Hamao - The Devil's Disciple
Keigo Higashino - The Devotion of Suspect X tr. Alexander O Smith & Elye J Alexander
Antonio Hill - The Summer of Dead Toys tr. Laura McGloughlin
Paulus Hochgatterer - The Mattress House tr. Jamie Bulloch
Anne Holt - Fear Not tr. Marlaine Delargy
Jørn Lier Horst - Dregs tr. Anne Bruce
Bogdan Hrib - Kill the General
Fabrice Humbert - The Origin of Violence, tr. Frank Wynne
Arnaldur Indridason - Outrage tr. Anna Yates
Claude Izner - Strangled in Paris
Bernhard Jaumann - The Hour of the Jackal tr. John Brownjohn
Eva Joly & Judith Perrignon - The Eyes of Lira Kazan
Mari Jungstedt - Dark Angel tr. Tiina Nunnally
Mons Kallentoft - Midwinter Sacrifice tr. Neil Smith
Mons Kallentoft - Summertime Death tr. Neil Smith
A J Kazinski - The Last Good Man tr. Tiina Nunnally 
Hans Koppel - She's Never Coming Back tr. Kari Dickson
Camilla Lackberg - The Hidden Child tr. Tiina Nunnally
Camilla Lackberg - The Drowning tr. Tiina Nunnally
Jens Lapidus - Easy Money, tr. Astri von Arbin Ahlander
Asa Larsson - Until Thy Wrath be Past tr. Laurie Thompson
Giulio Leoni - The Crusade of Darkness
Charlotte Link - The Other Child tr. Stefan Tobler
Ernesto Mallo - Sweet Money tr. Katherine Silver
Eduardo Mendoza - The Olive Labyrinth
Deon Meyer - Trackers tr. K L Seegers
Jo Nesbo - Headhunters tr. Don Bartlett
Jo Nesbo - Phantom tr. Don Bartlett
Hakan Nesser - The Unlucky Lottery, tr. Laurie Thompson
Hakan Nesser - Hour of the Wolf, tr. Laurie Thompson
Harri Nykanen - Nights of Awe tr. Kristian London
Kristina Ohlsson - Unwanted tr. Sarah Death
Guillermo Orsi - Holy City
Felix Palma - The Map of Time tr. Nick Caistor
Jean-Francois Parot - The Baker's Blood
Leif GW Persson - Another Time, Another Life tr. Paul Norlen
Claudia Pineiro - All Yours
Roslund-Hellstrom - Cell 8 tr. Kari Dickson
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Day is Dark tr. Philip Roughton
Dag Solstad - Professor Andersen's Night tr. Agnes Scott Langeland
Oana Stoica-Mujea - Anatomical Clues
Stefan Tegenfalk - Anger Mode
Johan Theorin - The Quarry tr. Marlaine Delargy
Helene Tursten - Night Rounds
Valerio Varesi - The Dark Valley tr. Joseph Farrell
Marco Vichi - Death in August tr. Stephen Sartarelli
Marco Vichi - Death and the Olive Grove tr. Stephen Sartarelli
Jan Costin Wagner - The Winter of the Lions tr. Anthea Bell
Carlos Ruiz Zafon - The Midnight Palace
Juli Zeh - The Method, tr. Sally-Ann Spencer

Sebastian Bergman on BBC4

One of the dramas I mentioned in my year of translated tv shows post earlier this year was Sebastian Bergman starring Rolf Lassgard. The first of the two episodes will be on Saturday 26 May at 9pm on BBC4:
Brilliant, difficult and politically incorrect, Sebastian Bergman is one of Sweden's leading police profilers. His life and and career are on the skids when he returns to his home town, two weeks late for his mother's funeral but just in time to help the local police solve the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy.

Titled Den Fördömde in Swedish, "Sebastian Bergman" was released in 2010.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Reviews: Black, Carver, Gregory, Hannah, Hill, Lock, McGilloway, Meyer, Rees

Competition: During May (closes 31st) you can win a copy of Tessa Harris's The Anatomist's Apprentice. The competition is open to UK residents. Answer the question and fill in the form here.

New Competition: Win YA Thriller Soul Beach by Kate Harrison here (UK/Ireland only)

Here are this week's 9 new reviews:
Amanda Gillies reviews Helen Black's, Twenty Twelve, which involves terrorism at the London Olympics;

Terry Halligan reviews Will Carver's The Two the second outing for Detective Inspector January David;

Terry also reviews Susanna Gregory's The Piccadilly Plot the seventh in the Thomas Chaloner Restoration series;

Susan White reviews Mari Hannah's debut, The Murder Wall the first in the DCI Kate Charles series set in Northumberland;

Lynn Harvey reviews Antonio Hill's debut, The Summer of Dead Toys, tr. Laura McGoughlin set in Barcelona and introducing Inspector Hector Salgado;

Lizzie Hayes reviews the paperback release of Joan Lock's Dead Image the first of six in the Victorian era, Sergeant Best series;

Laura Root reviews the latest in the Ben Devlin series from Brian McGilloway, The Nameless Dead writing that it "is one of the best books I have read this year";

Maxine Clarke reviews Deon Meyer's Trackers, tr. K L Seegers of which she states "this book may be the best thriller I've ever read"

and if you travel by train in the UK you can't have missed the posters for Emlyn Rees's Hunted, just out in paperback and reviewed here by Rich Westwood.
Previous reviews can be found in the review archive.

Forthcoming titles can be found by author or date or by category, here along with releases by year.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2012 - Longlist

The longlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2012 has been announced. The winner will be announced at Harrogate however we the public will be able to vote on the shortlist from 5 July. From the press release:

Crime writing's most wanted accolade, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award returns to highlight the cream of the crop of crime novels published by British and Irish authors (whose novels were published in paperback from 1st June 2011 to 31st May 2012). The winning author receives a cash prize of £3000 an a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.

2012 Longlist (links are to Euro Crime reviews)

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz)
Darkside by Belinda Bauer (Corgi)
Now You See Me by SJ Bolton (Corgi)
Where the Bodies Are Buried by Chris Brookmyre (Abacus)
The Burning Soul by John Connolly (Hodder Paperback)
The Calling by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster)
The Hanging Shed by Gordon Ferris (Corvus)
Bryant and May and the Memory of Blood by Christopher Fowler (Bantam)
Blue Monday by Nicci French (Michael Joseph)
The Fear Index by Robert Harris (Arrow)
The Retribution by Val McDermid (Sphere)
The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Orion)
Black Flowers by Steve Mosby (Orion)
Collusion by Stuart Neville (Vintage)
The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin (Orion)
Mice by Gordon Reece (Pan Books)
Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson (Black Swan)
The names of the six shortlisted titles will be announced on Thursday 5 July 2012 and YOU – the readers – will be able to help decide which of the six short-listed authors will take home the most coveted title in crime fiction, by casting your vote online at

Friday, May 18, 2012

Euro Crime - Mystery Month

It's mystery month over at Booklist Online and they've been running series of interviews with fans of the genre and today they've put up an interview with me about Euro Crime, the blog, the website and cats...

Read the article here and check out the whole month's worth and see how many familiar faces you spot and how many more you should be reading!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kristian Ohlsson's books to be televised

Kristina Ohlsson's series featuring Fredrika Bergmann is being made into a tv series.

From The Hollywood Reporter:
In the latest deal for a Nordic noir franchise, Stockholm production group NICE Drama has snatched up rights to a trio of novels by young crime writer Kristina Ohlsson.

The deal, which hopes to follow on such Scandi crime success stories as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Killing, will see NICE produce a six-episode TV series and three 90-minute films based on Ohlsson's books Unwanted, The Daisy and Guardian Angels.

Ohlsson's trilogy centers on Fredrika Bergman, an investigative analyst for the police who uses her unconventional, academic ideas to solve crimes. NICE plans to shoot the series in 2013-14, with the first film of Unwanted, the story of a child killer, planned as a theatrical release in certain territories. The series will be produced by NICE together with co-production partners in Sweden and Germany.

My review of Unwanted is here and the second book, Silenced, again translated by Sarah Death, is published in the UK on 30 August 2012.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Win: Soul Beach by Kate Harrison

I'm currently hosting a giveaway of Young Adult crime thriller Soul Beach by Kate Harrison over on my other blog, Teenage Fiction for All Ages.

So if you want to potentially treat yourself or a family member (and live in the UK or Ireland) enter the giveaway by the end of the month.

My review of Soul Beach, the first part in a trilogy,  is here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Stockholm Text & Swedish Queens of Crime

I came across Stockholm Text after they made one of their titles, The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen, available on Netgalley and today I received a press release giving a bit more information about them:
As the only dedicated digital-first publisher in Scandinavia, Stockholm Text is set to publish 25 English language books for worldwide distribution in 2012. The first titles will be on sale as trade paperback and e-books on all leading platforms beginning May 15th.
Stockholm Text has attracted some of the most popular authors of the region, in genres ranging from bestselling fiction to edgy non-fiction. Among the books to be released this summer are four mystery novels, written by a few of Sweden’s true crime queens, including Mari Jungstedt and Carin Gerhardsen, both with millions of books sold in regional markets. But there are also prize-winning niche authors, with fan bases that extend throughout Europe and beyond.

“We will publish a number of bestsellers,” explains Claes Ericson, founder and publisher of Stockholm Text. “However, our ambition is also to present a variety of exceptional and so far untold stories from our corner of the world. We aim to find the best books, and to add value through quality translations and intelligent packaging.”

Stockholm Text will focus on North America because of the high interest in the mystery/thriller genre as well as the rapid growth of the e-book market, but the UK and Australia are also considered core markets with a high interest in Scandinavian literature.
“We know there is a ready market for these books,” says Claes Ericson, “and we know how to find these readers through social media as well as classic marketing and public relations. We are confident that once our books have been discovered, a loyal following will be the result.”

Available 5 June: The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen
In a short space of time, several bestial murders occur in central Stockholm. When criminal investigator Conny Sjöberg and the Hammarby police begin to suspect that there’s a link between the murders, Sjöberg goes completely cold. There is a killer out there whose motives are very personal, and who will not be deterred.

The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen is the first in the Hammarby series, thrillers with taut, suspenseful plots and unexpected twists and turns. This haunting novel explores schoolyard bullying among young children and the effect it has on them when people look the other way. Many of the scenes in this book are self-experienced and based on Gerhardsen’s own childhood. Urban settings and strong portraits of authentic characters are crafted in depth and detail, insuring the books will linger in the reader’s mind long after the finish.

The Gingerbread House is written in the same tradition as the Sjöwall / Wahlöö crime novels, and has been described as a book version of the tv series The Wire. It is not only published by the same publisher as Stieg Larsson’s The Millennium Trilogy, but by the same editorial team.

Available 29 May: Killer's Island by Anna Jansson
A myth from the Swedish island of Gotland about the White Sea-Lady has existed ever since Tjelvar, the first man on Gotland, lit a fire and the island rose out of the sea, said to be some 3,000 years ago. The story is told that a young woman who drowned on her wedding night has since tried to lure men down to the deadly underwater currents that tumble off the west coast.

The myth of the White Sea-Lady is conjured up one midsummer Gotland island morning, just before a nurse is found murdered in the pavilion on the Tempel Hill of Gorland, in the Botanic garden. She is dressed as a bride.

Detective Inspector Maria Wern is investigating the complex case, but it becomes clear that the police is also under observation. The killer seems omnipotent, able to taunt and provoke the police with a technical know-how that far exceeds their own. As the killer’s demonic plans are being contrived, Inspector Maria Wern realizes the threat that increases with every moment the killer goes undetected.

Available 15 May: The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt (Euro Crime review)
The most isolated island in the Baltic Sea, Gotska Sandön, north of Gotland, serves as the setting for Mari Jungstedt’s perfect crime story. Praised for her intelligent plots, fast pace, and excruciating suspense, Jungstedt has in “The Dead of Summer” written one of her strongest novels.

At the starting-point for this spine tingling book, one of ten in the Anders Knutas series, we join assistant commissioner Karin Jacobsson on the case, leading the investigation as Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas is first away on vacation. Reporter Johan Berg keeps pace with the police team, while at the same time doing everything in his power to win back his big love, Emma Winarve.

Are we ever truly alone? Or, is there always someone watching, and waiting?

Considered “one of Scandinavia’s best crime writers” by The Times, Mari Jungstedt is one of Sweden’s most beloved authors, with more than two million copies of her books sold in Sweden alone.

Available 22 May: Death of a Carpet Dealer by Karin Wahlberg
The brutal murder of a Swedish carpet dealer on a business trip to Turkey is the start of a story about an unknown daughter, an exclusive carpet and – as always when Karin Wahlberg writes – the everyday life and dreams of the people we meet in her stories.

Death of a Carpet Dealeris one of the seven Karin Wahlberg books featuring Police Commissioner Claes Claesson and his wife Veronika Lundborg, doctor at Oskarshamn hospital. It is a traditional crime novel based on a concrete crime to be solved – no politics, no unrelated action, but lots of ordinary life around the characters.

Wahlberg herself is one of Sweden’s most renowned accoucheurs. Her highly literary reads have sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Find out more about Stockholm Text at their website and on Facebook and follow them on twitter: @StockholmText

Competition Winners October 2011 - February 2012

Here are details of who won what in the last few months' Euro Crime competitions:

October 2011

The ten winners of a copy of Strangled in Paris by Claude Izner were:

Sarah Benjamin
Jen Boucher
Rick Carr
Sheila Coulson
James Fenlon
Philip Greenwood
Dave Johnston
Christine Johnson
Roma Pearshouse
Roger Stanley

No competitions in November and December 2011

January 2012

The five winners of a copy of Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley were:

Joanna Coleshill
Cathy Clarke
Becky Lindroos
Diane Smith
Kerry Tannahill

February 2012

The winner of a set of The Broken Token, Cold Cruel Winter and The Constant Lovers by Chris Nickson was:

Neville Rigg

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Reviews: Bolton, Bruen, Faletti, Graham, Haynes, Hill, Lackberg, Wahloo, Winspear

Competition: During May (closes 31st) you can win a copy of Tessa Harris's The Anatomist's Apprentice. The competition is open to UK residents. Answer the question and fill in the form here.

Here are this week's 9 new reviews:
Michelle Peckham is a bit disappointed in S J Bolton's fifth book, and second in the DC Lacey Flint series, Dead Scared, which is set in Cambridge;

Lynn Harvey is bowled over by Ken Bruen's Headstone the ninth in the Jack Taylor series set in Galway;

Laura Root reviews Giorgio Faletti's I am God, tr. Howard Curtis a standalone thriller set in New York City;

Terry Halligan reviews Eliza Graham's literary thriller, The History Room;

Amanda Gillies reviews Elizabeth Haynes' Revenge of the Tide (author of the highly praised Into the Darkest Corner);

Terry also reviews Suzette A Hill's A Load of Old Bones the first of five in the Francis Oughterard (plus his pets Maurice and Bouncer) series which now has a much overdue paperback release;

I review Camilla Lackberg's The Drowning, tr. Tiina Nunnally on audio book, the sixth in the Hedstrom-Falck series set in the coastal Swedish town of Fjallbacka;

Maxine Clarke reviews Per Wahloo's Murder on the Thirty-First Floor which has had a fresh translation by Sarah Death

and Susan White reviews Jacqueline Winspear's The Mapping of Love and Death, the seventh in the Maisie Dobbs series which has found a new UK home at Allison & Busby.
Previous reviews can be found in the review archive.

Forthcoming titles can be found by author or date or by category, here along with releases by year.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg (audio book)

The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg tr. Tiina Nunnally, read by Eamonn Riley, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, March 2012, 12 CDs, ISBN: 978-0-00-744374-1)

The Drowning is the sixth in the Erica Falck-Patrik Hedstrom series set in Fjallbacka and takes place a few months after the events in The Hidden Child.

Christian Thydell, one of Fjallbacka's librarians has finally had his novel The Mermaid (which he was working on in the previous book) published to great critical acclaim however all is not well with Christian as he's been receiving threatening letters which have put him in a dreadful mental state. Erica, a true-crime writer, has been mentoring Christian and when she discovers the existence of the letters steals one to show her police detective husband Patrik and inadvertently advertises their existence to the hungry press, increasing the pressure on Christian.

Meanwhile, back at the station Patrik is dealing with weekly visits by Cia Kjellner whose husband Magnus has been missing for three months. They all presume he is dead but no body has appeared.

As the story progresses it's discovered that Christian and Magnus knew each other. Is there a connection between the anonymous letters and Magnus's disappearance. And what about Magnus's two other friends from childhood, Kenneth and Erik, are they in danger too?

Alongside Patrik's official investigations and Erica's unofficial ones into Christian's background there are chapters told from the point of view of an unnamed boy who has been adopted and who tells of his terrible upbringing at the hands of a cruel mother and indifferent father.

The Drowning is not heavy on plot but there are plenty of characters to meet as well as much local intrigue. As well as the usual Falck family matters (romance, children, pregnancy, general domestic life), the listener gets to know amongst others: Sanna, Christian’s unloved wife; Lizbet, Kenneth's dying wife; Louise, Erik's cheated-on wife and Cecilia, Erik's current girlfriend. Lackberg's novels are a mix of domestic drama and detective novel and in The Drowning it sways perilously close to too much of the former at the expense of the latter. Nonetheless if you have followed the series from The Ice Princess then you will probably enjoy catching up with old friends, however if you are new to the series then this probably isn't the best place to start. The never very bright police team are stymied this time by the refusal of the three friends, Christian, Kenneth and Erik, to reveal what they know about who is behind the letters, which is rather frustrating and it takes an age for the police to do the background check on Christian.

The most interesting books, for me, have been the ones where Erica has had a personal connection: her friend in The Ice Princess and her mother in The Hidden Child.

The beautiful coastal town of Fjallbacka continues to throw up nasty people and nasty crimes which are in stark contrast to the domestic bliss (mostly) enjoyed by the two leads. The trademark cliff-hanger (two in this case) at the end of the book will have fans on the edge of their seats until The Lost Boy/The Lighthouse (title seems to vary) is published...

As usual, Eamonn Riley gives a superb interpretation and should win any audio-book sceptics over.

Read another review of The Drowning.

More reviews of Camilla Lackberg's books can be found on the Euro Crime website.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

New Reviews: Cotterill, Crouch, Griffiths, Johnstone, MacBride, Marston, Nykanen, O'Brien, Staincliffe & new Competition

New month, new competition. During May (closes 31st) you can enter a competition to win a copy of Tessa Harris's The Anatomist's Apprentice. The competition is open to UK residents. Answer the question and fill in the form here.

Here are this week's reviews of which there are 9 again. There are also more updates to the new releases pages (see below):
Michelle Peckham reviews the delightfully named Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill, the second in the Jimm Juree series set in present-day Thailand;

Susan White reviews last month's competition prize, Every Vow You Break by Julia Crouch set in New York state;

Lizzie Hayes reviews the paperback release of Elly Griffith's A Room Full of Bones the fourth in this North-Norfolk set series;

Amanda Gillies may have found her top read of 2012 in Doug Johnstone's Hit & Run, set in Edinburgh;

Staying in Scotland, Lynn Harvey reviews Stuart MacBride's standalone, Birthdays for the Dead;

Down in Devon, Terry Halligan reviews Edward Marston's The Stationmaster's Farewell where railway detective Robert Colbeck is sent to Exeter;

Moving to Finland, Maxine Clarke reviews Harri Nykanen's Nights of Awe, tr. Kristian London the first in the Ariel Kafka series, set in Helsinki;

Terry also reviews Martin O'Brien's The Dying Minutes the seventh in the Jacquot series set in the South of France

and Maxine also reviews Cath Staincliffe's Split Second.
Previous reviews can be found in the review archive.

Forthcoming titles can be found by author or date or by category, here along with releases by year. Titles by Tony Black, Bernadette Calonego, Alexander Campion, Rebecca Cantrell, Donato Carrisi, Karen Charlton, Alys Clare, Lesley Cookman, A J Cross, Victor del Arbol, Thomas Glavinic, J M Gregson, Wolf Haas, Max Kinnings, Priscilla Masters, Carol McCleary, Catriona McPherson, Barbara Nadel, Ann Purser, Pauline Rowson, Gerald Seymour, Linda Stratmann, Stefan Tegenfalk, Will Thomas, Kerry Tombs, Morley Torgov, Peter Tremayne, Neil White and Edward Wilson have been added to these pages this week.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Win: The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris

Thanks to the generosity of the author, Tessa Harris, Euro Crime has five copies of The Anatomist's Apprentice to giveaway.

To enter the draw, just answer the question and include your details in the form below.

This competition is open to UK residents only and will close on 31 May 2012.
Only 1 entry per person/per household please.
(All entries will be deleted once the winners have been notified.)

The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. No one mourns the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgement he agrees to examine Sir Edward's body. But the deeper the doctor's investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A Means of Escape by Joanna Price

A Means of Escape is the first in the Kate Linton series by Joanna Price which is set in Glastonbury.

When Lizzie reviewed it so positively for Euro Crime, I subsequently downloaded the Kindle sample, raced through that and bought the ridiculously cheap full version.

I don't have much to add to Lizzie's review except that I too thoroughly enjoyed the book. The plot works well in the "new age" atmosphere of Glastonbury, there are plenty of red herrings and it keeps the identity of the killer murky plus there is a sparky, but not (yet at least) romantic, relationship between the two main detectives.

I wish I'd read it sooner (International Dagger reading has been my main reading for the last 8 months) however it does mean, not such a long wait for the sequel, Eeny Meeny Miny Moe, which is out at the end of the month.