Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maria Lang's books to be available as ebooks

BBC Four have bought the Swedish crime series Crimes of Passion, based on Maria Lang's books. No schedule date for it yet but (not too coincidentally I imagine) the three books that have been translated into English, back in the '60s are being made available as ebooks.

No More Murders
is released today, to be followed by A Wreath for the Bride in May and Death Awaits Thee in June, all published by Mulholland Books.


Jealousy and cruelty lurk under the pleasant surface of the small town of Skoga in this classic murder mystery from Sweden's answer to Agatha Christie.










If you are in the US, the DVD of Crimes of Passion is available eg. from MHZ.

Based on the classic crime novels by Maria Lang and featuring Ola Rapace from Skyfall and the Swedish series, Wallander, Crimes of Passion is a collection of stylish whodunnits set in postwar Sweden. The stories follow the exploits of the brainy and beautiful literature student Puck; wherever she goes, mystery and murder are never far behind. Together with fellow academic Eje and police chief Christer, they witness the passions, betrayals and intrigue in the lives of respectable and seemingly quiet-living Swedes. Crimes of Passion was filmed in the beautiful region of Bergslagen in south central Sweden. It’s far north, but there’s nothing chilly about these folks, given their secret lives and steamy affairs.
 

Watch a trailer for the episode Death of a Loved One here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Award News: Petrona Award Eligibles 2015

Here is a list* of books (40) that can be submitted for the 2015 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year ie:
  • The submission must be in translation and published in English in the UK during the preceding calendar year ie 1 January – 31 December 2014.
  • The author of the submission must either be born in Scandinavia* or the submission must be set in Scandinavia*.
(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 2014 Award will be announced at CrimeFest.

Links are to reviews by the Euro Crime team; gender, country and publisher details are also included.

Publishers please note: an entry form can be downloaded here or requested from admin@petronaaward.co.uk.

*This list will be updated as and when additional titles are identified.

Published in 2014

January

Jorgen Brekke - Where Evil Lies (apa Where Monsters Dwell) tr. Steven T Murray (M, Norway) Pan
Hans Koppel - You're Mine Now tr. Kari Dickson (M, Sweden)  Little Brown (Sphere)
Asa Larsson - The Second Deadly Sin tr. Laurie Thompson (F, Sweden) MacLehose Press
Helene Tursten - The Fire Dance tr. Laura A Wideburg (F, Sweden) Soho Press

February

Jussi Adler-Olsen - Guilt (US: The Purity of Vengeance) tr. Martin Aitken (M, Denmark) Penguin
Thomas Enger - Scarred tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Norway) Faber
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Silence of the Sea tr. Victoria Cribb (F, Iceland) Hodder & Stoughton

March

Cilla & Rolf Borjlind - Spring Tide tr. Rod Bradbury (M&F, Sweden) Hesperus Press
Martin Jensen - Oathbreaker tr. Tara Chace (M, Denmark) Amazoncrossing

April


Carin Gerhardsen - Cinderella Girl tr. Paul Norlen  (F, Sweden) Penguin
Camilla Lackberg - Buried Angels tr Tiina Nunnally (F, Sweden) HarperCollins
Jo Nesbo - The Son tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Norway) Harvill Secker

May

Kjell Eriksson - Black Lies, Red Blood tr. Ebba Segerberg (M, Sweden) Allison & Busby
Jorn Lier Horst - The Hunting Dogs tr. Anne Bruce (M, Norway) Sandstone

June

Arne Dahl - To the Top of the Mountain tr. Alice Menzies (M, Sweden) Harvill Secker
Karin Fossum - The Murder of Harriet Krohn tr. tbc (F, Norway) Harvill Secker
Hans Olav Lahlum - The Human Flies tr. Kari Dickson (M, Norway) Mantle

July


Kati Hiekkapelto - The Hummingbird tr. tbc (F, Finland) Arcadia
Sander Jakobsen - The Preacher tr. Sander Jakobsen (M&F, Denmark) Little Brown (Sphere)
Hakan Nesser - The G File tr. tbc (M, Sweden) Mantle
Andreas Norman - Into a Raging Blaze tr. Ian Giles (M, Sweden) Quercus
Joakim Zander - The Swimmer tr. tbc (M, Sweden) Head of Zeus

August

Jussi Adler-Olsen -  Alphabet House tr. Steve Schein (M, Denmark) Hesperus Press
Arnaldur Indridason - Reykjavik Nights tr. tbc (M, Iceland) Harvill Secker
Lars Kepler - The Sandman tr. Neil Smith (M&F, Sweden) Blue Door
Fredrik T Olsson - Chain of Events tr. tbc (M, Sweden) Little Brown

September

Jussi Adler-Olsen -  tbc (US: The Marco Effect) tr. tbc (M, Denmark) Penguin
Mons Kallentoft - The Fifth Season tr. Neil Smith (M, Sweden) Hodder
Henning Mankell - An Event in Autumn tr. tbc (M, Sweden) Harvill Secker
Kristina Ohlsson - Hostage tr. tbc (F, Sweden) Simon & Schuster

October

Sara Blaedel - Only One Life tr. Erik J Macki & Tara F Chace (F, Denmark) Little Brown (Sphere)
Pekka Hiltunen -  Black Noise tr. Owen Witesman (M, Finland) Hesperus Press
Steffen Jacobsen - Trophy tr. Charlotte Barslund (M, Denmark) Quercus
Tom Johansen - Blood on Snow tr. Neil Smith (M, Norway) Harvill Secker
Liza Marklund - Borderline tr. Neil Smith (F, Sweden) Corgi
Leif GW Persson - Falling Freely As If in a Dream (apa Free Falling, as If in a Dream) tr. Paul Norlen (M, Sweden) Doubleday
Stefan Spjut - Stallo tr. Susan Beard (M, Sweden) Faber & Faber

November


Elsebeth Egholm - Dead Souls tr. tbc (F, Denmark) Headline
Sissel-Jo Gazan - The Arc of the Swallow tr. Charlotte Barslund (F, Denmark) Quercus
Anne Holt - The Lion's Mouth tr. tbc (F, Norway) Atlantic

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: Like This, For Ever by Sharon Bolton

Like This, For Ever by Sharon Bolton, November 2013, 512 pages, Corgi, ISBN: 0552166375

Reviewed by Amanda Gillies.
(Read more of Amanda's reviews for Euro Crime here.)

Barney has a secret. He thinks he knows who the murderer is but is too scared to tell. He sees things differently does Barney and while it is useful for finding things he sometimes loses track of time. He doesn't like that. He also misses his mum.

Dead boys are being found beside the Thames, tied up and drained of their blood. Whoever is doing this is speeding up and the pressure is on for DI Dana Tulloch to find the killer as soon as possible. The public is scared and no one is safe outside after dark, although Barney and his friends still do venture out, and end up terrified as a result. Lacey Flint is still on sick leave and determined to resign from the police force once and for all. Except her neighbour, Barney, asks her for help finding his mum and, once drawn in, she can't help but get involved, even when she herself becomes a suspect in the current killings.

This fabulous book is so well written it will draw you in and transport you to another place. You walk down the street with Barney, see what he sees, sit in his room with him and desperately will him to find his mum so that he can be at peace. I had no idea at all who the killer was and the reveal at the end was a fantastic surprise that, then, all made sense. The storyline chapters are interspersed with shorter ones that are the (unknown) killer talking to a psychiatrist at a later date. The tale they tells about why they like blood and what it was like to kill for it, is gruesomely disturbing and written such that you end up suspecting everyone over the course of the book. Everyone except the actual killer, that is!

I love books by Sharon Bolton. She has a real way with words that fills me with dread and keeps me totally focused. This is the third in a series featuring Lacey Flint and I am looking forward to finding out what she does next.

Highly Recommended.

[Read another review of LIKE THIS, FOR EVER.]

Amanda Gillies, April 2014.

Monday, April 21, 2014

TV News: Hinterland on BBC Four



Over a year ago it was announced that Welsh crime series Hinterland would be shown on BBC Four and now there's a start date.

Hinterland has been on in its Welsh language version on S4C and also on BBC Wales in the English language version (though the scheduling was very erratic) and now it has a regular slot on BBC Four, beginning 28 April at 9pm.

Episode 1 (1hr 34m):
On his very first day in his new job in Aberystwyth, DCI Tom Mathias is called out to investigate a suspicious disappearance. In a quiet seaside bungalow he discovers a bathroom covered in blood but no sign of the owner. His investigation into the disappearance of 64-year-old Helen Jenkins leads him to the cascading waters of an ancient ravine at Devil's Bridge, and uncovers the cruel history of a long-closed children's home.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

TV News: 35 Diwrnod/35 Days


I've only just heard about 35 Diwrnod/35 Days (via The Independent) which is a Welsh crime series being shown on S4C. If you're outside of Wales then you can pick up S4C via Freesat and Sky but not on Freeview.

35 Diwrnod/35 Days is in eight parts and the first four can be watched online at Clic. Episode 1 will expire in 9 days so be quick. English subtitles are available.

The next episode is on S4C tomorrow at 9pm and is repeated on Tuesday at 10pm.
Finding a dead body on a living room floor marks the shocking start to this ground breaking drama series. And the challenge to the viewers during the eight weeks of viewing? To guess who from the Close is responsible for Jan's death. The first episode commences 35 days before the discovery of the body - before Jan moves onto the Close. Week by week we count down the days to Jan's demise and untimely death. On the surface a happy and content community, but their false morals, manicured and precise lawns and borders hiding frailties and sins. So how does one explain the body of the young woman lying on the floor in one of the houses at the beginning and end of our story?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas tr. Siân Reynolds

Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas translated by Siân Reynolds, April 2014, 256 pages, Harvill Secker, ISBN: 1846558190

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

Paquelin leaned over the object more closely. The little thing was gnawed, corroded, pierced with dozens of pinpricks, and slightly brown in colour. He'd seen bones before, but no, this fellow must be having him on.

Paris, 1995
Marthe, who must be about 70 now, is sitting in the café doing a crossword when Louis Kehlweiler comes in. She interrogates Louis at the top of her voice as usual: what’s he doing here – what's he working on – where's the girlfriend? Louis, one-time investigator for the Ministry of Justice tells her, not unkindly, to keep her voice down and, after a drink together, sees her home. He is on his way to one of his many observation posts – “Bench 102”. Here he keeps an eye on the nephew of a far-right politician. And although it is pouring with rain, Kehlweiler knows how to look like a tramp on a bench under a tree. He pulls a disgusted face. Some dog has done his business at the foot of the tree. That's happened since Kehlweiler was last at here at lunch-time.
Next morning, back at the bench, one of his helpers – Vincent – is already in place. Louis asks if Vincent minds if he puts Bufo on the bench; Bufo is Louis' confidante and companion, a pet toad. Vincent has no objection. But he tells Louis that Marthe is homeless, evicted by a landlord keen to redevelop. It was typical of Marthe's pride not to have let on when Louis delivered her to her front door last night. Louis is distracted by a tiny white object under the tree, where the dog had left its calling card. A bone. A human bone. A toe bone in fact.
The Paris police are not interested in the bone. Kehlweiler feels he has no option but to do what he does, which is to investigate. Using his small army of “co-investigators” and street-contacts he keeps watch on the routine evening dog-walkers. He even calls for help from medieval historian Marc Vandoosler, already employed in maintaining the archive of cuttings necessary for Kehlweiler's investigations. When Vandoosler finds no reports of Paris deaths that would tally with the toe bone, Kehlweiler asks him to broaden the search to recent deaths outside Paris. One – an elderly woman who fell and died whilst collecting winkles from rocks in Brittany – tallies with the ownership of a certain dog and draws Kehlweiler and Bufo to the far west.

An unashamed Vargas fan, I've been looking forward to DOG SHALL HAVE HIS DAY. This is not a new Vargas book in fact, but a translation by Vargas's long-time prize-winning translator into English, Siân Reynolds, of the second Three Evangelists book which was published in France in 1996. As such, it re-introduces us to the young archaeologist/historian trio of THE THREE EVANGELISTS and in particular, to the medievalist Marc Vandoosler, clad in black and still searching for chivalric love. But it is the obsessive investigator Louis Kehlweiler, mysterious as to his own past, family and nationality, who is central to this story of a bone, a toe, a corpse and a dog.

If you know the work of four-times CWA International Dagger Award winner, Fred Vargas, you know to expect a crime story of mystery and suspense filled with rich characters and regionality. And although these characters are rich to the point of eccentricity, they still convince. DOG WILL HAVE HIS DAY does not disappoint. An earlier book, it is more of a straightforward "whodunnit" than some of the Adamsberg books. But the Vargas eye and ear for individual character, voice and conversation is all here. She has said in an interview: "I like to use these people from villages. Theirs are the voices that never move and never change." Her innate knowledge of community and character which she depicts with humanity is what make her books a joy. They are deeply “French” – in the tradition of the films of Renoir and Truffaut: life is here, complete with both humour and tragedy, but not painted so dark as to make traumatic reading. DOG WILL HAVE HIS DAY is a well-told intriguing mystery: a story about people's lives, desires and intrigues. So, although there is no Inspector Adamsberg, this is Vargas through and through. Read and savour.

Lynn Harvey, April 2014.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Reviews: Enger, Fowler, Kavanagh, Learner, Lipska, Macbain, Sutton, Tuomainen, Walker

Here are nine reviews which have been added to the Euro Crime website today, three have appeared on the blog over the last couple of weeks and six are completely new.

In another of my occasional feature posts, I recently put together a list of vegetarian detectives and sidekicks.

NB. You can keep up to date with Euro Crime by following the blog and/or liking the Euro Crime Facebook page.

New Reviews


Laura Root reviews Thomas Enger's Scarred tr. Charlotte Barslund, the third in the Henning Juul series set in Oslo;

Mark Bailey reviews the latest in the Bryant and May series by Christopher Fowler: Bryant & May and The Bleeding Heart;



Michelle Peckham reviews Emma Kavanagh's debut, Falling;

Terry Halligan reviews T S Learner's third thriller, The Stolen;

Geoff Jones reviews Anya Lipska's Death Can't Take a Joke the follow-up to the well-received, Where the Devil Can't Go;

Susan White reviews The Bull Slayer, the second in Bruce Macbain's Pliny series;

Terry also reviews Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square by William Sutton, set in Victorian London;

Lynn Harvey reviews Antti Tuomainen's The Healer tr. Lola Rogers which is now out in paperback

and Amanda Gillies reviews Martin Walker's The Resistance Man the latest in the Bruno, Chief of Police, series set in rural France.


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.