Finnish author Antti Tuomainen has had 3 brilliant books published (in English) in three consecutive years.  In my eyes this puts him up there as an annual event in my diary like watching The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and The Big Lebowsky.  I look forward to reading his work the same way I […]

As a reader I always find it bittersweet when I get to the end of a series I have enjoyed. The Reykjavik Noir Trilogy by Lilja Sigurdardottir has been an interesting and exciting series and Cage is the final book in it. The book has already won the title of Icelandic Crime Novel of the […]

I was expecting great things when I heard about this book after all Soren Sveistrup was the writer who came up with The Killing which started this whole passion of mine off and in part lead to the creation of this blog.  Given his success in Denmark with film and TV it is not surprising […]

Sif Sigmarsdottir is a new Icelandic name to look out for.  She just appeared at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in Stirling, Scotland and we are delighted to review her new book The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake.  For a long time I have wanted to feature a Young Adult (Y.A.) book on this blog […]

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An interesting development! https://wp.me/p4kJ6t-3zU

When Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce. Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, […] […]

I have had enough. Barely a month goes by these days without someone having a pop at crime fiction. Now that’s fair enough. It is the most popular genre and as such it’s not unreasonable for critics to have a shot at analysing and critiquing its inner workings. But that tends not to be what […] […]

LONGLIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE McILVANNEY PRIZE 2019& THE SHORTLIST FOR THE INAUGURAL DEBUT SCOTTISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR Winner to be presented at Opening Reception of Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling on Friday 20 September 2019 ‘I went to Bloody Scotland and I was just knocked out….this event was so friendly, […] […]

Today we have an extract for you to read from Haylen Beck’s new novel Lost You. You may be familiar with Northern Ireland’s Haylen Beck (pen name name for Stuart Neville) from Bloody Scotland where he will appear again this year.  The page turning story, which is published today,  goes like this: Libby would do […]