Category Crime Fiction

This thriller could make your weekend! #Review #LittleSiberia #Finland

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 […]

A terrifyingly realistic human story draws to its conclusion – #Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir #Iceland #Orentober #blogtour #IcelandNoir #books

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 […]

Lost You by Haylen Beck #LostYouHaylenBeck @HaylenBeck and @HarvillSecker @Bloody Scotland

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 […]

A dark web of deceit, lies, evil crimes and despicable characters – Wolves at the Door by Gunnar Staalesen #blogtour #nordicnoir #Norway #VargVeum #bookreview

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Norway’s Gunnar Staalesen at Newcastle Noir Crime Writing festival.  He is one of my favourite authors and I knew he had a new book coming out soon. I am so happy I got an advance copy to read and review for Orenda Books so here goes. Wolves at […]

Fermented Shark Optional – my experience at #IcelandNoir

In this article Tricia, a creative writing graduate, crime fiction fan and regular volunteer at Bloody Scotland,  shares with us her experience of Iceland Noir. Thank you Tricia! It’s not often in this life that you get to achieve a long-held dream and even rarer when you get to do it in the company of […]

#IcelandNoir Festival 2018 A review!

The dust (but not the ash cloud) has settled over the Iceland Noir crime fiction festival which was held between 15th and 18th November 2018 in Reykjavík.  We had a couple of willing volunteers there to review it for us. This first piece is by regular guest blogger Ewa Sherman who was Head of Volunteers […]

Nordic Noir Inspired Festive Wishlist (with discount code!)

If you are looking for gift ideas or want to treat yourself to something special or fun during the holidays this is a good place to start. We have been window shopping for a while and want to let you know what we like. Hopefully you will find something to enjoy over winter.  First up […]

Wee Puffs #3 – Concise book reviews

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 place […]

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 […]