Category Crime Fiction

Wee Puffs #3 – 140 character reviews of 3 books by Rowe, Anderson and Oswald.

From time to time we do 140 character reviews. This kind of review started on Twitter where characters are limited. The word limit really makes you think about what you write in the review.  These are the latest three:   Goodnight Papa by Simon Rowe – Award winning thriller/suspense story collection with strong sense of […]

Palm Beach Finland – A Tale of Twists and Turns #Blogtour #NordicNoir #Books

Even more incredible was the notion that a detective could work undercover in a place like Palm Beach Finland. The very idea is utterly inconceivable. Many things happened, had happened and would happen in the future, but that wasn’t one of them. Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen (p 197), Orenda Books In 2018 I […]

A multiplicity of female characters – Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir – #Giveaway

What Lilja does so well in her writing is tell an exciting, terrifyingly realistic human story through a multiplicity of female characters. The story is revealed through the roles of women; lover, hard worker, caring mother, controlling mother, scared wife, dying wife, alpha female and totally mental double-crossing psychopathic control freak.  I can’t recall another […]

Volunteering @BloodyScotland – an inspiration!

In this piece we hear from Tricia Golledge, a well experienced, locally based volunteer at Bloody Scotland, which takes place in the city of Stirling in September every year. A very friendly festival with a massive amount of choice it is always a joy to attend.  They even have a local cocktail in honour of […]

Scotland on my Mind by Antti Tuomainen

Continuing on with our series of author experiences at book festivals Finland’s Antti Tuomainen reports back on his Edinburgh International Book Festival experience in 2018.  This past August, I was fantastically fortunate to be invited to and to participate in the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I say this with gratitude and happiness because EIBF is […]

Loner by Hildur Sif Thorarensen #Iceland #Norway #Review

Loner, original title Einfari, is a debut novel by Icelandic author Hildur Sif Thorarensen.  Hildur Sif lives in Oslo where she currently studies medicine (having previously completed Master’s Degree in Software Engineering and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science). Judging by her desire to learn and to experience more, it’s no surprise that in any spare moment […]

Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen – A review

‘Reidar Rongved was around forty with dark-blond hair and stikingly thick glasses. It struck me that that might have been why he had chosen the bass: the instrument was big enough for him to see.’ (Big Sister, Gunnar Staalesen p197) Big Sister is a book which is concerned with a missing person’s case and just […]

Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum #bookreview #Norway

Barry Forshaw rates Norway’s Karin Fossum highly as a writer and this is the starting point for me picking up this book.  Don’t Look Back is a police procedural set in small town Norway.  First a young child named Ragnhild goes missing then young woman, Annie Holland, is found dead under strange circumstances at a […]

Newcastle Noir

We’re only a few weeks away from Newcastle Noir, one of the few festivals I get to every year (well, it is my home city)! There’s a fabulous weekend (and a free fringe week) to look forward to, and I’m very excited! You can get tickets to individual panels or day passes or weekend passes. […] […]

The Ice Swimmer (with extract) by Norway’s Kjell Ola Dahl #bookreview

In 2016 it was announced that the UK’s Orenda Books had a 2 book deal with Norwegian author Kjell Ola Dahl.  Published  in 14 countries and winner of numerous prizes his books are popular around the world.  The Ice Swimmer (translated by Don Bartlett) is the second of these books and we were lucky to receive an […]